Dr. Jan Pol is a Veterinarian and a television personality, known for the lead role in Nat Geo Wild’s show “The Incredible Dr. Pol.” which first aired in 2011. The show follows Dr. Pol and his team as they run a veterinary clinic in rural Michigan, treating a wide variety of animals, from cows and pigs to cats and dogs. While Dr. Pol’s professional life is there to catch on television his personal life is not often talked about. Dr. Pol has shared all his life with one woman, Diane Pol illustrating long marriages do exist in times when the relationship tends to fall apart like a house of cards. In the years of togetherness, the pair also shared the roof with three children Diane Pol Jr., Kathy Pol & Charles Pol. None of the three are biologically born of Dr.Pol or Diane Pol. In this article, we will bring everything to know about Dr. Pol’s Children.
A quick stroll through Dr. Pol and Diane Pol’s relationship:
Dr. Pol & Diane Pol’s marriage is an inspiration to those who long to live with a single partner all life. The good doctor and Diane exchanged wedding vows in 1967, and after over 55 years, the relationship is still going strong. Even though the pair never gave birth to children it did not stop them from adopting. The pair adopted not one, not two but three children.
Alongside taking care of children the pair were able to balance their work life perfectly. The pair co-founded the “Pol Veterinary Service” out of their home in 1981. The veterinary care grew over the years currently operating out of a larger facility in Weidman, Michigan, which provides service to over 20,000 clients. Also, the three children became part of the family business growing up helping around with animals and farm calls. Among the three children, Diane Jr is the eldest, Kathy Pol is the middle one, and Charles Pol is the youngest.
Pol couple adopted Charles and Kathy Pol right from birth. Kathy was the first to be taken in the family followed by Charles Pol. And then Diane Pol Jr. joined the Pol household at the age of 9 years after her mother had passed away recently.
It is such a heartwarming story of love and friendship as to how Diane Jr. came into the Pol family. Diane Pol Jr. was born to Joann, a close friend of Diane Pol. She named her baby girl after Diane Pol which goes to show how close Joann and Diane were. While Diane Jr. was still a child, Joann was diagnosed with cancer, to be specific in 1981. Even though her days were numbered, Joann made sure to raise Diane Jr. in the presence of both parents. She asked Diane Pol to take her daughter in and the rest we know, Dr. Pol and Diane Pol raised the girl from the age of nine.
Kathy was born Kathlene Pol on August 21, 1973, which makes her age 49 years old. She holds American citizenship and belongs to the caucasian ethnicity. Kathy was raised on a farm in Michigan where she learned about taking care of animals and helped her father on farm calls. She attended Chippewa Hills High School in Remus, Michigan, and following graduation, she enrolled at Delta College in Bay City, Michigan. She currently works as Phlebotomist in McLaren Bay Region.
Kathy Pol Husband and Children:
Kathy was married to Gregory butch for the longest time. After graduating from college, she and Greg tied the knot on July 30, 1995. In the years of conjugal life, the pair gave birth to two children Adam James Butch (born August 20, 1996) followed by Rachel Butch. The family of four lived in Bay City, Michigan. Greg worked as a Chemical technologist and everything was going well until he was diagnosed with cancer. After four years of battle, Greg passed away at the age of 50 on February 20, 2016.
More tragedy along the way:
Kathy was hit with tragedies one after another in the span of three years. First her husband then she had to bear the life of her young son perish. Adam James Butch died at the age of 23 on September 18, 2019. Adam was a Michigan State University Alum and a certified Pharmacy technician.
Kathy’s only remaining child is Rachel Butch. While she has not necessarily pursued a career in the TV industry, fame has found its way to her. As Dr. Pol’s granddaughter, Rachel appeared in two episodes of “The Incredible Dr. Pol.”
Moving on and finding solace in the arm of man:
Kathlene had a series of tragedies befall in a couple of years. We cannot begin to imagine the pain and sadness she must have gone through. Nonetheless, she was able to see past her dark days. She currently resides in Bay City, Michigan. After staying single for a long time she has found solace in the arms of a man. She is currently in a relationship with Thomas Rakowski.
Diane Pol Jr.
Diane Louise Pol is the eldest child in the Pol family. She is the biological daughter of Joann who passed away in 1982. Joann was diagnosed with cancer in 1981, and in desperate times, she trusted the responsibility of her daughter to Diane Pol. While Diane Pol was already raising Charles Pol and Kathy Pol she decided to show a big heart and took in Diane Jr who at the time was 9 years old. Even though not in the paper Diane Jr. lived as their child before officially getting adopted at the age of 18.
Diane Pol Jr. was born on March 27, 1973, the birthdate makes her 49 years old. She attended Chippewa Hills High School, the same school as her younger sister Kathy. She then joined Central Michigan University and graduated in 1996. Diane Jr. later joined Northeastern University where she studied Technical Writing & Communication.
Talking about her professional endeavors Diane Jr. worked as a technical writer at Oracle Hospitality. She then joined Holiday Inn & Suites Mount Pleasant as assistant manager. In the company, Diane worked her way up to manager and currently holds the position of Director of Sales.
As the daughter of Dr.Pol, Diane Jr. finds herself in the media spotlight from time to time. She also has television credits in her own right. Diane Jr. made two episodes of appeareances on “The Incredible Dr. Pol” from 2013-2016.
Diane Pol Jr. Weight Loss:
Diane indeed suffered from obesity and tried different methods to lose weight. She has been vocal about her weight loss journey, and by no means has she had it easy. After deciding to shed some weight, she accepted the surgery method. In addition to surgery, she underwent a strict diet plan and medication. However, Diane has not shared the amount of weight she lost. She continues to battle weight and wants to lose further weight. On January 3, 2023, in a Facebook post, she shared:
“It is time to jump start my stalled Weight Loss Journey. I have a short term and long term goal. Short term, look nice in my wedding dress; long term, get to my goal weight and live a longer, healthier life.”
Diane Pol Jr. is engaged soon to be married:
Diane Jr. is in a relationship with her to-be husband Ryan Lapham. After dating for some time the pair took the relationship a notch forward, Ryan popped up with a ring in December 2020. Even though the pair plan to get married in the future for now they have not shared the wedding date or venue.
Charles Pol was born in Central Michigan’s farm country on March 6, 1979. The birthdate makes his age 43 years. Growing up in Michigan, Charles worked as his father’s sidekick as early as 5 years old. He used to assist Dr. Pol at the clinic, helping out on farm calls and taking care of the vast number of pets and farm animals. Charles loved working with animals but when the time came he was determined to make his own path. Thankfully, Dr. Pol & Diane Pol were not opposed to the idea, in fact, they encouraged him to pursue a career of his taste.
Charles wanted to have a career in the entertainment industry and right after graduating in communication from the University of Miami in 2003, he moved to Los Angeles. Thereafter he took internships in acting and production with reputed companies like Paramount Pictures, Parkway production, and Mirage Enterprises. And during this period he got a chance to learn from Hollywood legend, the late, Sydney Pollack.
Charles worked in production for some years before venturing into acting with his family show “The Incredible Dr. Pol”(2011). He is also known for the TV series The Legend of Sheriff Gus Skinner (2013) and Calling Dr. Pol (2014).
Charles Pol is currently married to Beth Pol and shares two children. Their eldest Abigail Pol was born on October 19, 2019, followed by Silas Pol on July 12, 2021.