Our Support Staff
Michael, Practice Manager
Michael graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He’s involved with various organizations, including IVECCS, CVMG, CCRC, and NAVTA. Michael has had too many interesting experiences in the veterinary field to list, but he believes that’s what keeps him going. He chose this career path due to his love of science, physiology, animals, and medicine. His favorite part about being practice manager at Lindenhurst is not knowing exactly where the day will lead, seeing satisfied clients, happy and healthy patients, and working with efficient and knowledgeable staff. Michael is known in the work place for his positive attitude, reassuring his coworkers when things get tough that everything will be fine.
Heather started working with us in July of 2014. She attended Rockford Career College, where she obtained her certification. She chose to work in the veterinary field after her dog, Tippy, had to have cruciate surgery, and she noticed the letters CVT on a staff member’s name tag. She researched the field, and decided that was what she wanted to do. She is very proud to have accomplished this goal. Heather’s favorite part about being a certified veterinary technician is educating clients on proper pet care, and treating pets when they’re sick. Her most memorable experiences include taking X-rays of a red-tailed hawk, and administering injections to a great horned owl. She has a fox hound mix named Nelson, and a cat named Ninja. Dogs are her favorite animal. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her family and friends, and is a big fan of The Interview with a Vampire book series by Anne Rice.
Ivy has been with our practice since August 2017. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Parkland College, and uses her skills to help our patients each day at our practice. Ivy loves being part of our staff, and providing education to our clients. Ivy has a small menagerie of pets including 5 dogs, 1 cat, 1 cockatiel, 1 hedgehog, 2 goldfish, 2 chameleons, and 2 frogs; and she isn’t playing with them, she can be found playing videogames, traveling, or engaging in all sorts of outdoor activities.
Megan, Veterinary Assistant
Since she was young, Megan has had a strong passion for helping animals. She brings that passion with her to our practice each day, making our patients feel loved, and giving their families peace of mind. Megan took part in the EMT-B and Veterinary Assistant programs at McHenry County College, and she is able to uses her education each day to help our patients get back on the road to wellness. She and her husband Andrew have a German Shorthaired Pointer named Chloe, and a AQHA/APHA horse named Magic.
Kate has been part of the Lindenhurst team since 2007. She attended Northern Illinois University and the College of Lake County where she earned her veterinary education, and is happy to be pursuing a career that allows her to work with animals every day. Since she was a little girl, Kate has loved helping animals, and she gets to do this every day within a great practice, surrounded by talented team members. Kate loves meeting new clients and helping our furry patients, and handling new and interesting cases. Kate is married with two children, and two fur children. When she’s not working, Kate enjoys spending time with her family.
Marilyn came to Lindenhurst in April of 2017. She started working at Save-A-Pet in 2005 and gained additional experience working at another animal hospital. She has been working in veterinary practices since April of 2011. A veritable cat whisperer, she enjoys helping cats have a calmer experience when they visit their doctor. Marilyn is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and has received an award for training canines to bite on command (Bite Work). At one point, she had the memorable experience of helping to treat a hermaphrodite Pug. She pursues continuing education, and received management training through Veterinary Practice Solutions (VPS). Her favorite part about working at the practice is forming strong relationships with clients and patients, and being an advocate for her patients. Marilyn is known for being a great multitasker, as well as forming lasting bonds with clients. She has 2 children, Aaron and Faith, along with 3 four-legged family members: Pit Bulls Rex and Riley, and a cat named Bonnie. In her spare time, Marilyn enjoys relaxing with her kids and pets, and arm knitting (one of her special talents). Her favorite animals are Pit Bulls and tigers, and one of her proudest accomplishments was starting her own rescue through her previous employer. Helping the strays of the community.
Matt, Veterinary Technician
Matt began working at Lindenhurst on December 19th, 2015. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Veterinary Animal Science, also making the Dean’s List during his time there. He chose a career in the veterinary field due to a combined passion for animals and science. He enjoys being a vet tech because it allows him to establish bonds with his patients and their owners. Matt is known and well-trusted for his skills in animal handling. In his spare time, he enjoys singing, songwriting, and gymnastics/parkour. One of his proudest accomplishments is having his music be played almost 1 million times (per song) worldwide. Austin, Texas is one of the most best places he’s ever been. He finds birds really interesting, and his favorite book and movie are Next by Michael Crichton, and The Three Amigos.
Heather K, Veterinary Assistant
Bio Coming Soon!
Jim, Kennel Manager/Technician
Jim’s dedication to helping sick pets become well and getting to know our clients make him a valuable asset to our team, and an exceptional kennel manager. Jim is especially skilled at positioning for blood draws, helping to make the experience as quick and painless as possible for patients. One of his most memorable experiences in the veterinary field is getting to assist a doctor in performing surgery on a tiger (tigers are his favorite animal). His favorite part about working at our practice is the flexibility it affords for home/work life. Jim is married to his wife of 30+ years, Hope, and they share their home with a Lab/Chow mix named Rascal. His proudest accomplishments including being married for over 30 years and opening up his own pet sitting business. Jim is loyal, has a good sense of humor, and works well with cats and dogs. When he’s not helping us out, he enjoys traveling up to Wisconsin, ATVing, and observing wildlife. His favorite destinations so far are Alaska and Ireland. His favorite film is Scarface, and if he had $1M, he would invest it and retire.
Max, Kennel Assistant
Max is happy to be taking care of the animals at our practice. He comes in every day with a smile on his face and a kind word for all he meets. Max’s interest in veterinary medicine took him to the College of Lake County where he earned an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. You may not know this, but Max is an Eagle Scout, and in his free time you can find him relaxing, reading, playing video games, or going on long walks.
Brooke’s smiling face is the first one everyone sees when they come in to our practice. She loves working with our clients, and showing love to their furry family members. Brook loves that she gets to meet so many great people and see such a large variety of animals at our practice, and be part of a fantastic team. Brooke earned her education from the College of Lake County, and she is married with two kids. In her free time, Brooke enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking, fishing, baking, and making crafts.