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.

Chelsea Bickerstaff-Dost, DVM

I earned a bachelor’s in animal science in 2010 and my doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2014, both from Michigan State University. After practicing general medicine for four years, I started picking up shifts at the local emergency clinic and really enjoyed the integration of the medical and surgical aspects that emergency medicine provided. I have been practicing emergency and critical care full-time since 2018. I live with my husband and son on a small farm with horses, cows, chickens, and ducks. I enjoy spending time with two dogs, Wilma and Pebbles and cats, Elvis and Chester. In my spare time, I enjoy riding and showing horses, gardening and farming with my husband, and bonfires and camping together in the summer.

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.