You can’t just go wrong with Dr. Pol. The veteran veterinarian who manages the Pol Vet Services is a beloved figure on television. For years, the man has catered to the needs of animals and has built quite a reputation in the process. His adventures are documented in the show “The Incredible Dr. Pol” and have recently completed its 16th season. Today we take a closer look at the staff members of Dr. Pol.
Dr. Jan Ham Pol:
Jan Pol who also is known as Dr. Pol is the flag bearer of the Pol Vet Services. As the leading man of the farm, Dr. Pol is responsible for making sure things run smoothly. The 77-year-old began the clinic in 1981 after moving to Michigan. With thousands of cases in his bag, Jan Pol continues to work on the farm.
The second in command, Diane is the wife of Jan Pol. Born on the 6th of February 1944, Diane was born and raised in Mayville, Michigan. An animal enthusiast, the Pol Vet Services wouldn’t have reached the heights it is today without Diane. She moves behind the scenes and works as a managerial figure for the clinic. Although Diane stays away from the medical side of things, her managerial skills certainly come in handy during the day to day workings.
Dr. Brenda Grettenberger:
A senior staff member, Dr. Brenda Grettenberger has spent most of her professional life in the clinic. Brenda was born on the 23rd of February 1967 and is a native of Michigan. She began her job at the clinic in 1992 and has climbed all the way to senior staff veterinary doctor. Early on, Brenda found it difficult to assert her authority in a field dominated by men. She slowly asserted her authority in the clinic and has been an integral part of the TV series as well.
A much newer addition to the team, Michele Sharkey began her journey in the Pol clinic sometime during 2018. She was officially initiated into the gang after her appearance as a newly instilled vet appearance in the series. While it was Michele’s first appearance alongside Dr. Pol, it was not the first time she met him. During 2011, Michele made regular trips to the clinic to discuss the problems with her horses.
The youngest addition to the team Nicole Arcy officially joined the clinic on the 23rd of February 2019. She made her TV appearance in late 2019 and has gone on to establish herself as a fan favorite.
In her brief time at the clinic, Nicole has helped Dr.Pol in surgeries and taking care of the farm. An alma mater of the University of Missouri, Arcy joined the clinic as an intern before permanently settling there.
The cast who left “The Incredible Dr.Pol
It is heartbreaking to bid farewell to the cast we are so used to and love onscreen. Over the years several cast members have left the show. Credit goes to fans who have been loyal despite big-name departures. Following is the list of the cast who left the show.
Dr. Emily Thomas:
A staff DVM at Pol veterinary service, Dr. Emily Thomas left after appearing in the current sixteenth season. Dr. Emily was born as Emily Keene on 1st April 1984 in Georgia, the southeastern state of U.S. Mother of three, Emily made show debut in 2015 and only grew among fans later. Her husband Tony Thomas assisted her in farm calls.
Dr. Emily left the show to pursue a career opportunity that does not require filming in front of the camera. Also, she wanted to spend more time with her family.
Dr. Emily and her family moved to Virginia around June in 2019. She now works at Virginia Warren County Veterinary Clinic. We Hope she misses her camera days and returns to Michigan and the show “Dr. Pol.”
There were other popular employees like Dr. Sandra Wisniewski and Dr. Elizabeth Grammar who also departed the show.
Dr. Sandra Wisniewski:
Dr. Sandra debuted in 2012 in season 2 as a veterinary student. She transitioned from an aspiring student to a staff DVM while still on the show. She featured in 14 episodes before leaving the show in 2017. The primary reason as to why she left the show is down to her family commitment.
Dr. Sanda was already engaged with her fiance soon to be husband Chris Shindorf. The couple tied the knot in 2014. The problem began to arise as Sandra had to maintain her work and spend less time with Chris. She also got pregnant with her first child Madilynn whom she had in 2016.
Her husband was living in the city of Belding, Michigan while she had to attend her job in Weidman Michigan. Hence to spend more time with the family she left.
After leaving the show, she gave birth to her second child a baby boy named Sam in 2019. Sandra is currently content with her husband and children in Belding, Michigan.
Dr. Elizabeth Grammar
Dr. Elizabeth left the “The Incredible Dr.Pol” after appearing in a total of nine episodes. She dominantly appeared in her debut year in 2016.
Everyone praised her debut, must have thought she was in for the long run. However personal tragedy shattered her TV career. Her husband passed away on December 30, 2016. After that, she confined herself for some time. Reportedly she also tried to commit suicide.
She was kept under observation and was later shifted to a psychiatric ward in Macon Medical Center. After seeking treatment she further appeared in two episodes one in 2018 and others in 2019. Currently, she works as a veterinarian for “Animal Amour Veterinary Hospital and Pet Lodge” in Georgia, Hampton.
That’s it for this update on “The Incredible Dr. Pol” cast.