Our Team in Lindenhurst
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.
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.
Christine started in this field 15 years ago as a kennel attendant and worked her way up to technician. She attended one year of online technician college, but had to resign in order to take care of her first child who had medical issues. Two years ago, she was able to return to the field and is working toward going back to school for her certification. The most rewarding part of her job is forming close relationships with clients and their pets.
Christine has three children, Morgan, Chase, and Mackenzi as well as two pets: Labrador Retrievers named Mazi and AJ. In her free time, she enjoys working out, running with the dogs, hiking, and going to parks with the kids.
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.
Sadie has a Certificate of Training for pet grooming from Midwest Pet Grooming School in Barrington. She has two fur children, a Papillon named Future and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Arrow. Sadie finds it very rewarding to help other animal lovers keep their pets happy and healthy.
Outside of work, Sadie enjoys being with her family, doing yoga, and exercising in general. She also absolutely loves pasta!
Berenice, Technician Assistant
Berenice is dedicated to helping animals and loves meeting new patients. She and her husband have three “dog children”: Smokey, a German Shepherd; Ricky, a Cairn Terrier; and Tito, an Old English Bulldog.
In her spare time, Berenice enjoys doing crafts, painting, and organizing around the house.
Brett has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Columbia College. After working in the music business for over 20 years, she decided to take some time off to figure out what to do next and if there was anything else she was as passionate about as she was about music. As it turns out, Brett is passionate about helping animals, and this set the stage for her new career in veterinary medicine. She enjoys helping pet parents during difficult times and getting puppy kisses.
Brett and her family share their home with Baby Banjo, a much-loved Catahoula Leopard dog. In her free time, she loves hiking and exploring in the national parks, cooking/baking, reading, going to concerts, and enjoying good wine.