I was born in Central Illinois, in Logan County, and grew up on a grain and livestock farm. I attended college at the University of Illinois for my undergraduate degree in animal science and then again for veterinary school. I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 1988. I have continued my education over the years with numerous seminars and conferences, also graduating from the Executive Veterinary Program at the University of Illinois. I have also been active in several veterinary associations throughout the state as well.
Upon graduation, I returned to the area and started working at Greenhaven Animal Clinic, where I had worked as an intern during summers and school breaks. This was to originally only be for a short time, but with all of the great clients and friends that we made, we are still here.
I strive to practice the highest quality veterinary medicine available, and provide the best customer service possible. Since we are the patients advocate and they can’t speak for themselves, we have to let the owners know what is going on and what needs to be done for their best care.
I was lucky enough to meet my wife, Kay, shortly after graduation. We were married in May 1990, and we have been blessed with three wonderful boys: Michael, a recent graduate from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and now living and working as a pharmacist in St Louis. Logan, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois chemical engineering program. Who is now living and working in Indianapolis. William, is a junior at the University of Illinois studying molecular and cellular biology.
In my "spare" time, I enjoy being outdoors hunting, fishing, or working on landscaping. We also enjoy traveling and seeing different parts of the United States. Also, I have been quite active in our church and our church’s school, Carroll Catholic.
I have been a member of the Greenhaven Animal Clinic team since 2003. I am a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. My professional interests include equine dental care, lameness, and reproduction, and I have pursued continuing education in these areas. I enjoy the benefits and challenges of a mixed animal practice in a small town setting.
I am married to Dr. Karren and we have three boys. We share our home with home with 1 dog, Truman; 2 cats Jose, and Fiddles a 3 legged wonder; 2 horses, Martha and Gideon, and 2 ponies. My personal interests include American history, genealogy, and bow hunting.
I am a 2007 graduate from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine and have been in general practice since that time. I grew up in rural Emden, Illinois. Before joining the Greenhaven team as an Associate Veterinarian in October of 2013, I began working at Greenhaven in high school as an assistant. From there I went on to college to study veterinary medicine. During the last 6 years I have worked in a mixed practice in western Illinois and a small animal practice in southern Illinois. My professional interests include small animal internal medicine and large animal herd health.
I am married to my beautiful wife of 10 years, Elizabeth, and have two young daughters. My pets include Chief, a 9 year old black lab who thinks he is human and Suzy, a rambunctious 4 year old yellow lab with no manners. With my little remaining free time I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, gardening and hunting. I am excited to return to Central Illinois and look forward to serving our clients.
I am a 2013 Graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine where I also graduated with an undergraduate degree in Animal Science. I joined the Greenhaven team as an associate veterinarian in July of 2014 and had the pleasure of coming to work at Best Friends Animal Hospital in the fall of 2014.
My veterinary interests include small animal soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and behavior modification, as well as large animal herd health and emergency. Continuing education is important to me and I look forward to learning new techniques and advances in veterinary medicine as our profession evolves. Working in a mixed practice environment definitely brings day to day surprises and keeps the job exciting and interesting.
My husband, John, and I both grew up in Mason County and were married in 2011. At home we have two small children a son, Kaleb, born in 2014 and a daughter, Kodi, who we welcomed in 2016. Our family also includes a rambunctious English pointer named "Oskee."
In my spare time you can find me cooking, baking, spending time outside or with family. I am excited to be a part of the Greenhaven, Best Friends and Prairiehaven team and look forward to meeting you.
I joined the Greenhaven team in May 2015 as an associate but worked here as an assistant in the summers. I attended Oklahoma State University for my undergraduate degree in animal science and continued there for my veterinary degree finishing in 2015. My interests include surgery on any size animal and bovine reproduction. I enjoy all the surprises and challenges in mixed animal practice!
I grew up in Petersburg on a small livestock farm raising Angus cattle and showing them all across the country. I was lucky enough to marry my husband Garrett shortly after graduation and move back to central Illinois. In my spare time, I enjoy working in the show barn with my husband, running, baking and spending time with my family.
I was born and raised in Middletown and graduated from LCHS. I continued my education at Parkland College where I earned my Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. My passion for the last 16 years had been emergency medicine, but had the pleasure of working part time for Greenhaven for the last 7 years. Dr. Bill and Dr. George are wonderful doctors to work for and the company and their goals are what drew me to pursue a full time position with them as Practice Manager of Best Friends. I actually started my career in veterinary medicine at this location when I was 16 years old and Dr. Pierce and Dr. Kvittle gave me my first job in their kennels. I am thrilled to hopefully have the pleasure of starting and ending my career in the same location. It’s crazy how life comes full circle. In my free time, I love spending it with my husband of 17 years, Kevin, and our two wonderful children, Katie and J.R. We have a small hobby farm outside Lincoln where we raise pigs, cows, chickens and horses. We, of course, have 3 dogs and 4 cats. We are active members of the First United Methodist Church, where we have the pleasure of leading Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. Our children are active in 4-H, Girl Scouts and Aqualynx. I have loved the opportunity of reuniting old friends and meeting new ones at the clinic and welcome you to come check us out anytime.
I became a Certified Veterinary Technician when I graduated from Parkland College in 1991 and have been at another small animal practice from then until July, 2014. I then joined the Greenhaven team in August, 2014. I was born and raised in Delavan and now reside there with my husband, Steve, and four children. In my spare time, if I'm not at one of my kids' sporting events, you can either find me out caring for my own menagerie of critters or out in our extensive garden. I also enjoy freezing and canning, and making jelly. I'm also a leader for my kids' 4-H club and enjoy watching them show their projects at the fair.
I grew up in Decatur Illinois and started working with animals as soon as I could convince someone to let me help. I started working in wildlife rehabilitation at 15 and started as a kennel girl when I was 16. I graduated from Parkland college as a Veterinary Technician in 2009. My interests in veterinary medicine include ANYTHING "CAT " , internal medicine and exotics. I love to embrace the role of "cat lady" in our team and have special interest in behavior medicine and environmental enrichment in felines. I share my home with my longtime partner Bruce as well as 4 cats and 1 dog: Pretty kitty, Thomas, Guido, Cheshire and Cheyanne. Cheyanne loves to travel with us and go on visits to the hospital where she is a registered therapy dog. In my spare time I enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, gardening and cooking.
I have worked for Best Friends Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant since 2012. I love animals of all kinds! I have one dog, a four year old Border Collie named Oliver. When I'm not chasing around my wild 2 year old son I enjoy shopping, painting and hanging out with my family and friends!
I have been a veterinary assistant with Best Friends since 2008. I have been blessed to have two children, Kyle and Kelsey. I have 2 dogs, Bo and Gabby, and two cats, Manny and Smokey. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and spending time with my children and friends.
I moved to Lincoln a year ago and began working for Best Friends in October. I love meeting all the new people that come here and their furry families. I have 3 daughters and 2 son-in-laws I am very proud of and 3 granddaughters that warm my heart everyday. Family and friends that have became a part of my world are my true blessings in life.
I am happy to be a part of the team at Best Friends Animal Hospital. I grew up on a farm in Logan County and exhibited sheep and pigs in 4-H. I have two spoiled chocolate labs, Cocoa and Bear. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and doing anything outdoors.