Parkway Veterinary Clinic

Quality veterinary care for your pet's has been our mission for over 50 years. Dr. Elizabeth Routson is proud to carry on this tradition. Parkway Veterinary Clinic was founded by Dr. Wes Lichfeldt in 1949. The practice served both large and small animals and was surrounded by fields and open space.

Over the years, Dr. McClumpha became the veterinarian and gradually the practice grew to serve the small animal population. Eventually, Dr. McClumpha was joined by Dr. Kirchgatter.  Dr. Bares became a partner in 1975, as the practice continued to grow. Dr. Routson joined the practice in 1990. We are so pleased to have Dr. Kelly Simons join our staff. Dr. Routson grew up in the Plymouth/Canton community and Dr. Bares, now retired grew up in surrounding communities. Our veterinarians have all remained committed to serving this area which has served us so well throughout our early years.

We are dedicated to remaining an integral part of this community for years to come. The entire Parkway staff is dedicated to providing the best possible care for you and your pets. We strive to practice high quality medicine. We appreciate your faith in allowing us to partner with you in caring for your pets.
  • 41395 Wilcox
  • Plymouth,MI 48170
  • Phone: 734-453-2577
  • Fax: 734-453-3313
  • Email Us
  • Monday through Friday 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM
  • Sat: 8:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Sun: Closed
  • After Hours: 734-207-8500
  • Dr. Elizabeth A. Routson, Practice Partner

    I have been interested in caring for animals from my earliest memories. When I moved to Plymouth two days before the beginning of 5th grade, I made life plans of operating a horse farm with my good friend and classmate at Bird School. She would ride the horses, and I would care for them. At that time, I thought caring for the horses involved feeding, cleaning and brushing them.

    As I grew up, I maintained my fascination with animals, and loved visiting homes with pets. My mother was allergic to anything with feathers and fur, so enjoying other families' pets was the best I could do.

    In school, I loved math and science and literature, a strange combination, I know. Puzzles of most types fascinated me greatly.

    My father wanted to know my career goals before I applied to college, and I read college catalogues cover-to-cover so that I could choose wisely. I was the oldest of four children, and was expected to be responsible in my choice, not a bad thing, I might add.

    Veterinary medicine seemed to be the best way to combine my love of problem solving, science (especially biology), animals, and interaction with people. I am pleased to report that my choice has been a wise one for me as I cannot imagine doing anything else as passionately as this.

    I graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 and began work in a small animal practice in Grand Rapids. This was a great learning experience and I really learned to appreciate the Plymouth community that I had grown up in. After nine months, I returned home, and began working at a large practice located in Detroit. This practice consisted of a large central hospital with a 24 hour emergency service and several smaller satellite clinics. I loved the mix of emergency work with general practice and benefited greatly from the ability to follow cases as they recovered from the initial emergency and became healthy, happy patients once again.

    In 1990, I returned to Parkway Veterinary Clinic in Plymouth. This was where I first worked as kennel help before vet school. My long-standing mentors have been Dr. Clif McClumpha and Dr. Richard Kirchgatter. I feel fortunate to have been first exposed to veterinary medicine by these two caring and wonderful veterinarians.

    Currently my life centers around my faith, family and career. I have two children currently in college, and a dog, a cat, and a very patient husband. In my "spare time", I enjoy reading and nearly anything to do with textiles. This includes weaving, spinning, sewing, needlework and quilting.

    My second family consists of the staff and clients of Parkway Veterinary Clinic, and I feel very privileged to be invited by clients to help them provide the best care they can for each of their beloved pets.

    My current plans are to remain at Parkway Veterinary Clinic as long as I can practice, which, God willing, will be for many years to come.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1977
    Michigan State University
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Charles J. Bares, Practice Partner

    Dr. Bares has retired as of July 1, 2014.  

    I graduated from MSU with a B.S. degree in Medical Technology in 1969. I then spent a one year internship at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. I was employed in the Pathology Department at MSU as a Medical Technologist and I started working towards a M.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. I subsequently graduated from MSU with my DVM in December, 1974.

    Besides being the president and partner in the practice, I have had a considerable amount of management duties. My professional interest includes surgery, internal medicine, feline medicine, dentistry and dermatology. I have had extensive hours in continuing education at various local, national and international meetings.

    I have been a member and past president of Canton Rotary Club, and am currently a member of the Plymouth Rotary Club and past president of the Plymouth Rotary Foundation. I am a member and past president of the Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, member of Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Heartworm Society.

    I am married to wonderful woman named Sue, and have two married children, David (Laura) and Lisa (James). I have three grandsons (Charlie, Evan and Dominik) and two granddaughters (Natalia and Sarah).  I currently have a Golden Retriever named Izzy and I have a soft spot (i.e. passion) for Siamese cats.

    My other interests outside of practice include riding my jet skis, water skiing, SCUBA diving, and golf. I am still active in Sokol Detroit which is a Czechoslovak based gymnastic, cultural and social organization where I have been Director of Men for several years and currently I sit on its Board of Directors. I have a passion for MSU sporting activities especially football and basketball where I am a season ticket holder.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1975
    Michigan State University
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Kelly Simons

    I was born and raised in Livonia. I knew from about the third grade that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I have been fortunate enough to have the means and ability to make my dream happen! I went to Michigan State University and graduated with my B.S. degree in Animal Science. I applied to many vet schools, hoping to find the perfect fit, which ended up being at Kansas State University in Manhattan Kansas. While I loved my time in “the Little Apple,” with lots of friendly people, a great veterinary school, and awesome hiking trails, it was a little too quiet, and far from my family for me. I graduated with my veterinary degree in May of 2017 and returned home to start my career.

    In veterinary school I enjoyed working on a wide variety of creatures, but especially liked cats and dogs. My favorite rotation was spent working on the mobile surgery unit performing spays and neuters for many of the shelters in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.  In practice, my I love seeing the bond between owners and their beloved pets. My favorite areas of practice are preventative care and dentistry. In school I even got the chance to clean and polish a tiger’s teeth at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan and I took supplemental dentistry courses to get more practice.   

    I currently live in Plymouth with my amazing auto-engineer boyfriend, Rob and out wonderful little rescue dog, an adorable border collie-papillon mix named Luna. In my spare time I love hiking, camping, off roading, wine tasting, cooking, and reading. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
  • Pam, Practice Manager

    I have 3 dogs.  Two Springer Spaniels, and one Springer mix that was rescued out of Detroit by Guardian Angel Animal Rescue and ESRA. (English Springer Rescue America)  He was near death with parasites, and had heartworm disease.  In fact, he had to undergo the heartworm treatment twice.  I would not wish that on any dog, so please use year-round prevention.  I have a cat who can get a little sassy and thinks he is the boss of the dogs. I also have 2 rescue gold fish that I could talk about for hours.  Early 2016 I added a horse to my family.  He has become the center of my life. He came to me with the name Tommy already so I kept it as he comes to me when I call him.  I could not imagine life without him in our family.  I spend and enjoy a lot of time with my pets. 

    I have a 1970 Vintage Forester camper named the “Tacky Shack” that I vacation in most summer weekends.  I have it parked at my sister’s home in West Branch.

    Other things that I enjoy doing are reading, gardening, and yes, I do love to watch TV. 

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 01, 1992
    Member of the Veterinary Hospital Manager's Association
    Volunteer with English Springer Rescue
  • Debbie, Receptionist

    Hi, I'm Debbie. I've worked at Parkway Veterinary Clinic since 1999. I've worked in the boarding kennel and as a veterinary assistant. My favorite position is my current position of Client Care. (Big Smile) It combines my love of animals and people. I love talking to you about your pets. I can be of help if you have a question or a problem.

    Equally important to me, is being comforting and understanding during sad times for you and the pet you love. I know that people who love animals are good people to know!!

    On the personal side, (you had to ask!) I lost my beloved Norwegian Elkhound, Queta, in December 2006. She was with me for almost 15 years. I still miss her. I have 5 cats, all of which I adopted as strays from Parkway. Two of them were just days old when I took them in to feed and raise -- I couldn't part with them after that!! (Call me a sucker!)

    I also like drawing and painting people. I'm working/learning how to do portraits and have taken and will take more art classes at schoolcraft College. I love antiques (shopping & buying) especially the Victorian era. I like traveling by car or motorcycle and stopping at out of the way places -- just because. I like crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. I like doing aerobics to rock n' roll music and last but not least, I love hockey. Go Red Wings! I hope to see you soon! Come in and say Hi!
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1999
  • Cassidy, Receptionist

    I have been an animal lover my entire life. I helped my mom with her Rabbit Rescue and volunteered at many shelters and rescues. I have had every kind of small animal you could imagine. Rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, lizards, fish, ferrets, I even had a Degu! My family didn't get our first dog until I was almost 13 years old. When I finally got a dog I knew that's what my passion was.

     Time went by and I moved out on my own. I finally got my very own dog. Her name is Harley-Quinn. She was a stray that came from a small town in Ohio. She came to me unspayed and had ringworm. She was only about a year old. She's a Jack Russell/Miniature Pinscher/Terrier mix. She has had some health issues along the way, but she is so worth it! I also live with a little Malti-Poo named Lily. She is Harley's best friend and my little buddy. 

     As I got older the more I wanted to work with animals as a career. I wanted to help them. I got my job at Parkway one year ago and it has been the best year of my life. I love meeting new pets and new people everyday. I love helping them even in the smallest way. Every pet is special to me.  I hope one day to go into Pet Nutrition! 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
  • Sarah, LVT

    Hi, my name is Sarah and I graduated from the Michigan State University Veterinary Technology Program in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. I have three cats of my own: Boots, Sadie, and Simba.  Boots is an 11 year old domestic short hair cat with mostly black fur and white on his paws.  He loves to snuggle with you and my mom has becom very attached to him because of this.  This year he has been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and is currently being treated and doing very well.  Sadie is an 8 year old gray domestic long hair cat who has had a total of 13 teeth removed due to something called Resorptive Disease.  It is were her tooth roots are degenerating and her teeth can become loose and painful.  She is now doing very well but just has a different smile.  Boots and Sadie were both adopted from Petsmart, but Simba I adopted from a client here at Parkway.  She had some declining health issues and could no longer take care of Simba.  He is a 19 year old black tabby who has had one eye removed due to possible cancer and also has Hyperthyroid disease.  He is getting along great with Boots and Sadie and loves to give kisses.

    Michigan State University
    Bachelor of Science of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michelle, LVT

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Licensed Veterinary Technician-Baker College
  • Dawn

    I have always loved animals.  I grew up on a farm and learned how to care for and groom my pets.  I have a miniature Schnauzer.  I have been working in the Veterinary field for over 20 years.  I like cooking, drawing and crafts in my spare time.    
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1998
  • Matt

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
    Veterinary Assistant, Ross Medical