Janet E. Figarra D.V.M.
Dr. Janet Figarra is a 1988 graduate of Michigan State University. She practiced small animal medicine and surgery at the Ann Arbor Animal Hospital for 31 years before purchasing the Ann Arbor Cat Clinic in 2019. Her passion is for soft tissue surgery and we have had plenty to keep her busy with ear polyps, mass removals, abdominal exploratories and, via our foster program, sooo many sterilizations.
Raised with her 12 siblings on a produce farm in Superior Township, Dr. Figarra is a lifelong area resident. Her love of animals grew with her experiences raising and showing animals in 4-H. She was a Washtenaw County 4-H leader for 16 years and mentored students through the Ann Arbor Public School Health Profession Program for 30 years.
Dr. Figarra lives in Ypsilanti Township where her family runs a greenhouse. They have a myriad of pets including horses, goats, poultry, dogs and, of course, the ruler of their farm, Boris the cat.
Marcia J. Mengel D.V.M.
Dr. Mengel graduated from Michigan State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984.
After graduation she moved to Andover Massachusetts and practiced in a hospital there for almost 12 years. Her patients were mostly dogs and cats, but also included birds, pocket pets, and even a pot bellied pig. She treasured the years she got to explore beautiful New England.
Dr. Mengel moved back to her hometown of Ann Arbor at the end of 1995 and started practicing at the Ann Arbor Cat Clinic shortly thereafter. She promptly added to her fur family by adopting a kitten within the first week. January 8th marks her 25th anniversary at the Cat Clinic caring for fabulous mysterious felines.
Besides cats, Dr. Mengel has a passion for gardening, music and photography. In 2014 she had the honor of having her gardens included on the Ann Arbor Garden Tour.
She shares her home with 2 elderly cats and her amazing 91 year old mother.
Erin L. Whitaker D.V.M.
Dr. Whitaker is a 1994 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Go Green!! She completed an externship at the Cincinnati Zoo where she treated many of their “big” cats, which are her true love. Right out of veterinary school she practiced as a small animal/equine practitioner. Her husband’s job moved her to different states for the next 5 years. In 2000, she returned to Michigan and joined the Ann Arbor Cat Clinic. This has been her second family for over 20 years. Cats have always been her passion as they are very secretive and hide disease. It is often a puzzle to figure them out. Dr. Whitaker’s veterinary interests are not only in general medicine but also surgery.
Her personal hobbies include the great outdoor wildlife, gardening, horseback riding, hockey, and auto racing. Yes, she can keep her foot on the gas through the corners during family auto racing events. She especially enjoys family time as life has repeatedly shown her just how quickly it can be gone. “ Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That is why they call it a present.” Bill Keane
She shares her home with four occupational hazards, all adopted from the Ann Arbor Cat Clinic. Her husband no longer allows her to foster as she is a failure at returning them.
Teresa S. Taylor D.V.M.
Dr. Teresa Taylor obtained her B.S. in Zoology and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (Go White!!). She graduated with her DVM in 2006 and started working at a feline only practice in Metro Detroit where she grew up. Later, she practiced for a short time in a small animal clinic but realized she was happiest tending to her feline patients. Dr. Taylor joined the Ann Arbor Cat Clinic in 2010 and enjoys the challenges of internal medicine and geriatric medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Dr. Taylor continues to live in Metro Detroit (internal conflict with rival college town) with her fiance (a U of M fan) and two cats, Socket and Kash. She is partial to adopting blind cats but recently added fully-sighted Kash to the household given his unfortunate background, zest for life, and lovable personality. Dr. Taylor prefers to spend most of her time outdoors hiking, walking, and more recently, gardening. She also loves Michigan State Basketball, spending time with her niece and nephews, traveling, and exercise.
Molly Avery D.V.M.
Dr. Molly Avery graduated from the Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and became an associate veterinarian at the Ann Arbor Cat Clinic. Dr. Avery is passionate about educating clients on issues that impact their cats' physical and behavioral health. Having experienced the golden years of her 18 and 19 year old cats, elderly kitties hold a special place in her heart. The Avery Farm is home to 12 hens, 6 rabbits, 2 goats, 2 rats, 2 cows, and 2 horses. Dr. Avery is a 4H leader and the superintendent of the Washtenaw County 4H Youth Fair Cat Show. She splits time between the Cat Clinic and homeschooling her two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys running, volunteering, and helping her husband with projects around the farm.
Molly Lynch D.V.M.
Dr. Mary "Molly" Lynch joined the staff of Ann Arbor Cat Clinic in 2016. She is an alumna of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Feline medicine has always been her passion in the veterinary field. During vet school, she served as President of the MSU Student Chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, pursued feline specialty externships and training opportunities, and received the American Association of Feline Practitioners Outstanding Senior Student Award for her graduating class. Cat-specific continuing education remains a hobby in her spare time. She has been a SEMVMA Academy Member since 2014, which requires a minimum of 50 hours of medical continuing education annually. Dr. Lynch lives with her small clowder of senior cats and shares custody of two corgis with her father. Outside of work, she enjoys swimming, woodland walks, and playing music with only her cats as an audience.
Laurie J. Racey D.V.M.
Dr Racey graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 1991. She spent the next seven years working on both dogs and cats first in a rural practice in western Michigan and then in an urban practice outside of Washington, DC. She joined a feline exclusive practice in Alexandria, VA in 1998 and there her passion for cats caught fire as she was immersed fully in the intriguing and challenging world of feline medicine.
After returning to Michigan in 2005, she spent the next 14 years with a cat clinic in Plymouth before joining Ann Arbor Cat Clinic in February 2020. Dr. Racey’s special interests are internal medicine and preventative health and she is dedicated to helping families understand how the environment their cat lives in has a large impact on health and behavior. It is her personal goal to help balance the needs of the family and the needs of the cat all while respecting the cat as the majestic and mysterious being that it is.
Dr Racey lives in Plymouth with her husband of 30+ years and any number of her four adult or nearly adult children at any given time. She has never had much time for hobbies, but thinks cooking and eating are essential things that also bring her great joy. Her family includes five cats ranging in age from 2 to 14, all with woeful origin stories, a 30-gallon tankful of never-ending guppies, and a neurotic rescue dog of mysterious lineage who she is convinced is really just a cat-in-a dog-suit.