• Dr. Cory Dehnart

    Associate Veterinarian

    Coming Soon

  • Dr. Julia Brooks

    Associate Veterinarian

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  • Dr. Rozman

    Veterinarian

    Coming Soon

  • Kaitlin Huesca

    Practice Manager

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Mexican

    Biggest pet peeve?

    When people are late

    If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

    Pet insurance is important!

    Favorite quote about animals?

    “Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog the world will change forever!”

    What is your biggest fear?

    The dark

    Last book you read:

    The Next Girl on the List by Roger Stelljes

  • Jennifer Reyer

    Office Manager

    What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?

    Seeing pets from Alsip rescue that seemed unadoptable, get adopted into great families!

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

    Being office manager and getting married to my amazing husband.

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Soup – preferably potato

    If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

    Trust the doctors; they really do know best.

    Favorite quote about animals?

    “My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.” – Edith Wharton

    Most unusual pet you’ve owned?

    A chameleon named Larry

  • Maggie Teske

    Veterinary Technician and Kennel Manager

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Ice cream

    Biggest pet peeve?

    When people say they are going to do something and they don’t do it

    If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

    Do your research before getting the breed you want.

    Most unusual pet you’ve owned?

    Bearded dragon

  • Samantha Gasaway

    Head Certified Veterinary Technician

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

    Getting my CVT

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Seafood

    If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

    Keep your pet on heartworm prevention and stay on top of their preventive care

    Something people might be surprised to know about you?

    I own and show horses

    What is your biggest fear?

    Regret

    Most unusual pet you’ve owned?

    Chinchilla

  • Ariel McBounds

    Registered Veterinary Technician

    What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?

    Watching a sick animal fully recover.

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

    Becoming a mom! And graduating from vet tech school, and becoming a registered veterinary technician.

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Soul food – fried chicken, greens, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas, rice, and hot-water cornbread.

    If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

    Preventive care is cheaper than treatment.

    3 things people might be surprised to know about you?

    I am skilled in horticulture designs (floral arrangements, centerpieces, and other artsy projects). I am an introvert. I enjoy trying new things (visiting new places, trying new foods and snacks, etc.)

    Favorite quote about animals?

    “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

    Last book you read:

    Me Before You

  • Nicole Steuer

    Registered Veterinary Technician

    What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?

    Those times when pets come in very sick or on emergency & it seems unlikely they’d survive, but after a lot of hospitalization and care they pull through!  The real reward though comes from the gratitude of an owner who didn’t think they’d be bringing their pet home…& it melts my heart every time to see that pet run to their owner.

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

    I have many accomplishments I am proud of, but one that means the most is my dog “Coy”. He is a German Shepard mix. He was very sketchy, had heartworms, ehrlichia, Lyme disease & was malnourished…even though I was actually kinda nervous about this dog…I kept him. I treated him & handled him everyday!  It’s been 2 years & he is such a good dog!  He was just so scared of everything and everyone…I don’t think he was ever socialized…it’s crazy how much he has changed & how he loves everyone’s attention now!

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Potatoes

    Advice to pet owners?

    To research what pet you’re about to get, where you’re getting it from & if it’s a right fit for you. Pets can be very expensive & certain pets/breeds can come with a lot of issues & needs. It is very unfair to an animal that ends up in the wrong type of family & now is stressed due to the environment, children, lack of play time or is not taken care of due to financial issues. On the flip side…it’s always awesome to see those dedicated owners that get a new pet, but when it ends up sick they do anything they can…instead of just not treating it or dumping it.

    What is your biggest fear?

    Spiders and bats. Even looking at them makes me a little nervous!

    Most unusual pet you’ve owned?

    My mom found a praying mantis on a really cold fall day (she was not gonna make it another week) so she brought her inside & made a whole set up for her, fed her, researched her & gave her a nice “bug” environment…she ended up living for months!  We were all so attached, her picture still hangs on the fridge! Her name was “Bug.”

  • Kara Mitchell

    Veterinary Technician

    If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

    Have an emergency fund set aside for unexpected medical costs.

    3 things people might be surprised to know about you?

    I am an insect (and spider) advocate, I really enjoy entomology. I worked with Arizona’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse & Burro Program, providing veterinary care to 600+ wild horses and burros.

    Favorite quote about animals?

    “The greatness in humanity is not in being human, but being humane.” – Jane Goodall

    What is your biggest fear?

    Car accidents

    Last book you read:

    Saddleseat Horsemanship by Smith Lilly

  • Gabriella Chavez

    Reception

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Chocolate banana milkshake with Lime Flamin’ Hot Cheetos!

    Biggest pet peeve?

    Hearing people chew; there is no need to be making those noises!

    If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

    Keep in mind they aren’t just animals, they are a member of the family and they should be treated as such.

    3 things people might be surprised to know about you?

    After graduating high school, I was enlisted in the Marine Corps for four years. I deployed to Afghanistan. I’ve climbed a volcano in Guatemala.

    Favorite quote about animals?

    “Sometimes all you need in life is to lay on the floor with a dog…or 10.”

    What is your biggest fear?

    A tie between the dark, and getting old!

    Fun fact:

    I speak Spanish fluently; I actually didn’t learn English until I started preschool.

  • Rachel Farrell

    Reception

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

    Having two degrees; one in the culinary arts and one in surgical technology.

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Pasta

    Biggest pet peeve?

    When someone interrupts you while you’re talking

    Favorite quote about animals?

    “A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

    What is your biggest fear?

    Failure. I’ve always had a fear of disappointing others.

  • Stephanie Mejia

    Reception

    What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?

    Working at the clinic where a woman brought in a stray that was found in the rain, sheltering between two garages. I brought him home and named him Kobe.

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

    Buying a house for my children.

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Tamales

    If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

    Love your pet like you would want them to love you back.

    Favorite quote about animals?

    “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” – Martin Buber

  • Denise Ploetz

    Kennel Team

    What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?

    Gaining the trust of a very fearful and reactive dog when I worked at Alsip to the Rescue.

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

    Giving birth to 2 very handsome boys and watching them become very kind men!

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Mashed potatoes

    Biggest pet peeve?

    When the toilet paper roll is empty and no one changes it!

    If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

    Be patient, loving and consistent, and do your research.

    Favorite quote about animals?

    “It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.”

    What is your biggest fear?

    Dying

    Last book you read:

    The Other End of the Leash

    Most unusual pet you’ve owned?

    A turkey named Bird

  • Samantha Johnson

    Kennel Team

    What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?

    Teaching a dog tricks before he went back to his foster home.

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Chicken Alfredo

    Biggest pet peeve?

    People with no patience.

    What is your biggest fear?

    Disappointment

    Most unusual pet you’ve owned?

    A Diamondback turtle

  • Kasey Tomlin

    Reception

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

    Being a mom and marrying my best friend.

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Homemade baked mac and cheese

    If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

    Do not use Google!

    Favorite quote about animals?

    “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

    Most unusual pet you’ve owned?

    An African flying green snake named Pickles

  • Sarah Combis

    Kennel Team

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

    Graduating high school

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Cookie dough ice cream

    Biggest pet peeve?

    People who can’t drive

    What is your biggest fear?

    Spiders and heights

    Last book you read:

    When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

  • Kristina Carlson

    Coming Soon