Our Doctors

Laurie Nelms, DVM, MS – Owner

I am excited to bring my love for emergency veterinary medicine and surgery to the greater Lansing area. I am originally from Alabama, completing an undergraduate degree in microbiology, a masters in anatomy and physiology, and my veterinary degree all at Auburn University—War Eagle! After graduating in 2008, I completed a rotating internship and eventually landed at Michigan State University for a surgical fellowship. During my time at MSU, I also worked in emergency medicine after hours. I found my personality and talents best suited there and have rooted myself in the field, working at various emergency hospitals throughout Michigan and Indiana the past 11 years. I have a 12 year-old Shih Tzu, “Peg” (named after “Lady and the Tramp”). In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, theater, and outdoor activities with my husband and two lovely daughters.

Cory Breen, DVM

I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2003 from Michigan State University and have practiced emergency medicine since then. I grew up in the East Lansing/Okemos area and am happy to be able to finally work close to home. I live with my wife and two kids along with three dogs: Coco, a Labrador Retriever mix; Ava, a Cocker Spaniel; and Libby, a Beagle/Dachshund mix. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, playing golf, and watching sports.

Derek Erickson, DVM

My veterinary career and love for animals began when I started working as a veterinary assistant at the local vet clinic in rural northern Wisconsin where I grew up. I moved to Michigan in 2013 when I was accepted into the college of veterinary medicine at MSU. Following graduation, I started working in emergency and have continued down that route. During this time, I have come to enjoy the multiple facets which emergency provides including internal medicine and surgery. My wife and I live in Lansing with 3 dogs, Willow, Romy and Michele as well as many cats. In my free time I enjoy camping, golfing, fishing, scuba diving and playing magic the gathering.

Nikyda Aeschliman, DVM

I grew up in Gladwin, MI. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in biology/physiology from Northern Michigan University in 2011. Afterwards, I went on to graduate from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. I have been practicing small animal medicine for the past 4 years. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my 2-year-old daughter, Sloane, and two dogs, Stella and Coco as well as being outdoors, playing volleyball, and staying active.