Dr. Tim Whalen was born and raised in and around Toledo, Ohio. He attended Olivet College, graduating in 1984 with a double major in Biology and Biochemistry. He then went to the Michigan State University where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1988.
He practiced for two years in South Bend, Indiana before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1990. He and his wife, Lisa, together founded the Jenison based Cottonwood Veterinary Center in 1999. Their daughter, Adair, is an actress who is currently studying abroad.
Dr. Whalen’s two passions as a veterinarian are the medical care of exotic pets and orthopedic surgery. His non-medical passions include backpacking, fishing, and birding.