Meet Our Team

Joella Koss

DVM, Owner

  • School Attended: U of Illinois
  • From: Pesotum, IL
  • Professional Organizations: ISVMA, AVMA
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Client education, surgical procedures, dentistry, dermatology, and mentoring
  • Pets: Blitz, German Shepherd (Chief Security Officer), five Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • Hobbies/Interests: Outdoor activities, watching sports, working out
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Turner and Hooch
  • Favorite Pet Name: Dapper Dan
  • Loves: Vacationing with family, cooking, fall
  • Hates: Spiders, rude people, cleaning up after cooking
  • Favorite Local Activity with Her Pets: Playing outside in the country
  • Alternative Career Choice: Professional drag racer, medical or law school, mechanical engineering
  • Fun Fact: Grew up on a farm, played multiple sports, Triple Illini graduate 🧡💙

Kate Rutherford

DVM

  • School Attended: University of Illinois 🧡💙
  • From: Shelbyville, IL
  • Professional Organizations: ISVMA, AVMA
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Working with the team, puppy visits, helping geriatric pets feel better
  • Pets: Yoshi (English Pointer mix who loves sitting on people’s feet), Llewey (English Setter mix who loves snuggles), Lucky (Percheron Paint mix, partner in eventing), Tack and Echo (pampered barn cats)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Showing her horse, reading long fiction series, baking, and puzzles
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Bolt
  • Loves: Date nights with her husband, mocha brownies, quiet time in the barn caring for her critters
  • Alternative Career Choice: Teaching another science
  • Fun Fact: She grew up in a veterinary clinic, her dad is a recently retired mixed practice veterinarian
  • Bonus Fun Fact: She teaches DVM students at U of I’s Clinical Skills Learning Center

Meg Gantzer

DVM

  • School Attended: University of Illinois! I-L-L 🧡💙
  • From: Freeport, IL
  • Professional Organizations: AVMA, ISVMA
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Helping families keep their pets happy and healthy, puppy breath, kitten snuggles
  • Pets: Romee and Jubee, two cats adopted from the first veterinary clinic she volunteered at in 2015
  • Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, video games, working out
  • Favorite Pet Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
  • Loves: Cupcakes, working out, stickers
  • Hates: Cilantro, when you choke on food and a piece gets stuck in your sinuses, delayed flights
  • Alternative Career Choice: Cirque du Soleil Acrobat
  • Fun Fact: Certified in scuba diving

Adrianne

Practice Manager

  • From: Peoria, Illinois
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Taking care of the people that take care of pets
  • Pets: Dude, a spoiled rotten mixed breed mutt and an only child
  • Hobbies/Interests: Amateur beekeeping, reading, crossword puzzles. Known for pop-culture references that are at least 20 years old
  • Favorite Movie: Rescued by Ruby
  • Favorite Pet Name: Peeve
  • Loves: Siamese Cats, puns, Mountain Dew
  • Hates: Alarm clocks, okra, spiders on the ceiling
  • Favorite Activity with Pet: Camp Dogwood at Lake Delton, Wisconsin (not local but worth the drive)
  • Alternative Career Choice: Working in a plants & flowers nursery
  • Fun Fact: Started in vet med as kennel help in 1989

Caleb

Lead CVT

  • School Attended: Parkland
  • From: Champaign, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Puppies and kittens, helping people and their pets, working with coworkers
  • Pets: Cotton (cat) and Dash (dog)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Playing card/board/video games with wife Megan, following Illini basketball, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Cubs
  • Loves: Cooking, family, making people laugh
  • Alternative Career Choice: Teaching

Amber

CVT

  • School Attended: Parkland College
  • From: LaPlace, IL
  • Professional Organizations: ISVMA
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Surgery and dentals
  • Pets: 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 rabbit
  • Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, bike rides, and being outside
  • Favorite Movie: Notebook
  • Loves: Wine, animals, the outdoors
  • Hates: Politics, hatred, onions
  • Favorite Local Activity with Her Pets: Dog park
  • Alternative Career Choice: Surgical Technology or Ultrasound Tech
  • Fun Fact: Mom of 3 boys and loves cookies 🍪

Brooke

CVT

  • School Attended: Parkland College
  • From: Illiopolis, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Working with amazing coworkers and providing the best care to patients.
  • Pets: 1 dog and 2 Guinea pigs
  • Hobbies/Interests: Reading, roller skating
  • Favorite Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
  • Favorite Pet Name: Hank
  • Loves: Books, Bassett hounds, astrology
  • Hates: Math, snow, wasabi
  • Favorite Local Activity with Her Pets: Playing fetch
  • Alternative Career Choice: Librarian

Shelby

CVT

  • Education: Parkland College
  • From: Princeton, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Meeting the different kinds of pets
  • Pets: Belle (a cat) and three rats (Arya, Nymeria, and Remi)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Listening to music, reading, and working out at the gym
  • Loves: Ramen
  • Alternative Career Choice: Marine biologist

Lauren

Veterinary Technician

  • School Attended: College of Southern Idaho
  • From: Weiser, ID
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Reuniting patients with their owners, performing dentals, and doing lab work
  • Pets: 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 ferrets
  • Hobbies/Interests: Playing with her child, swimming, camping, playing D&D and video games
  • Favorite Movies: Balto, Pride & Prejudice, Thor Ragnarok
  • Loves: Ice cream, thunderstorms, spending time with family
  • Hates: Water chestnuts, being lied to, losing boss fights in video games
  • Favorite Local Activity with Her Pets: Playing fetch with dogs, going on walks
  • Alternative Career Choice: Dental hygienist or something in music
  • Fun Fact: Her cats come to listen to her when she sings at home

Tammy

Client Service Representative

  • From: Monticello, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Developing relationships with clients and their pets, watching puppies grow up, and the work family
  • Pets: Pearl, a very sassy Beagle, and Onyx, a sweet baby kitten
  • Hobbies/Interests: Working in flower beds, taking care of clinic flowers, taking long walks
  • Loves: Shopping, flowers, cats
  • Hates: Snakes, spiders, spicy food
  • Alternative Career Choice: Interior design

Karlie

Client Service Representative

  • Education: Illinois State University, majored in Biology with a focus in Zoology
  • From: Decatur, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Loving on all the kitties and the occasional exotic patient, especially reptiles
  • Pets: Zucchini ``Kini the Kitten`` and Squash ``Squish the Kitty`` (cats), and Jefferson Cheese (hedgehog)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, target shooting, camping, watching anime and K-dramas, taking naps
  • Favorite Movie: Spaceballs
  • Favorite Pet Name: Any dog with the last name Streeter
  • Loves: Reptiles, anime, sleeping
  • Hates: Getting up early, long car rides, running out of Mt. Dew
  • Favorite Activity: Curling up and watching a movie in front of the fire with a buzzing kitty
  • Alternative Career Choice: Caretaker at a herpetarium
  • Fun Fact: Has owned many pets including fish, frogs, a hermit crab, gerbils, hamsters, rats, mice, a hedgehog, a ball python, dogs, cats, a leopard gecko, and a mountain horned lizard

Alex

Client Service Representative

  • From: Tolono, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Contributing to a team that improves animals' lives daily
  • Pets: Bo (a tree walking coonhound/lab mix who still acts like a puppy) and a German shepherd/lab mix full of love. Plus two cats, Oliver and
  • Gilly, who love to chase each other around at night.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Kayaking, playing video games, and watching movies
  • Favorite Movie: The Labyrinth (1980s)
  • Loves: Relaxing, eating, and laughing with friends
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Laying on the couch with both dogs after a long day
  • Fun Fact: Enjoys the camaraderie of working in a vet clinic and has a strong passion for helping animals

Elena

Companion Care Taker

  • Education: Currently an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Animal Sciences
  • From: Chicago, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Walking the dogs
  • Pets: Sadie (a cat) and two ferrets named Rocket and Pebbles
  • Hobbies/Interests: Skateboarding, walking, playing soccer
  • Favorite Pet Name: Luna
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Walks to the park
  • Alternative Career Choice: Humane Investigation
  • Fun Fact: Elena can ride a unicycle

Marci

Companion Care Taker

  • Will be Groomer in Fall 2024
  • From: Muncie, IL
  • School Attended: Bachelors in Animal Sciences from UIUC
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Meeting and getting to know all of the dogs, each with their unique personality
  • Pets: Cora (Pittie mix), Asher (Weimaraner), Zoey (Terrier mix), and Sadie & Millie (cats)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Enjoying nature, playing with dogs, spending time with family and friends
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Bolt
  • Favorite Pet Names: Peter Barker and Tony Bark
  • Favorite Activity with Pet: People/dog watching from the balcony
  • Alternative Career Choice: Something allowing for world travel
  • Fun Fact: Loves F1 and MLB, has a fondness for succulents and cacti but struggles to keep them alive

Karsyn

Companion Care Taker

  • Education: Illinois State University, Parkland College
  • From: Mahomet, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Providing calm care to pets
  • Pet: 4-year-old rescue Shih Tzu named Louie
  • Hobbies/Interests: Watching movies, spending time with family
  • Favorite Movie: Mean Girls the Musical
  • Loves: Exploring, sleeping, new foods
  • Favorite Activity with Pet: Visiting different parks
  • Alternative Career Choice: Event planning or production entertainment

Leah

Companion Care Taker

  • Education: Parkland College Vet Tech Program
  • From: Heyworth, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Having one-on-one time with animals daily
  • Pets: Koda Bear (a gentle giant Bernese Mountain Dog), and two cats, Nico and Jax
  • Hobbies/Interests: Spending time outdoors, going to the gym, and spending time with family and friends
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Marmaduke
  • Favorite Pet Name: Maru
  • Loves: Animals, the beach, and long summer nights
  • Dislikes: Snakes, spiders, and the winter season
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Taking her dog Koda Bear on hikes
  • Alternative Career Choice: Photography and Graphic Design

Tori

Companion Care Taker

  • From: Mahomet, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Getting to spend time with pets and making them feel loved when their owners are gone
  • Pets: Blakely (Australian Shepherd) and Cooper (mixed breed)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Volunteering, walking, spending time with family and friends
  • Favorite Pet Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
  • Favorite Pet Name: Molly
  • Loves: Family, dogs, and walks
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Trail walk at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet
  • Fun Fact: Currently attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. Member of the Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity

Ava

Companion Care Taker

  • From: Mahomet, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Meeting diverse personalities and breeds of dogs/cats, and ensuring they have an enjoyable stay
  • Pets: Ozzy, a 5-year-old Egyptian Mau with a big personality who loves cuddling, adventuring outside, and napping
  • Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, working out, hanging out with friends, and meeting new people
  • Favorite Pet Movie: A Dogs Purpose
  • Favorite Pet Name: Murphy
  • Loves: Being with family and friends (including animals), food, and being active
  • Dislikes: Pickles, being stressed, and insects
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Letting her cat Ozzy adventure outside in the yard
  • Fun Fact: Plans to pursue a career in accounting

Emma

Companion Care Taker

  • Education: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Majoring in Animal Sciences
  • From: Mahomet, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Creating bonds with clients' pets and being surrounded by a positive, hardworking atmosphere
  • Pets: Momo, a cat adopted from the humane society in Normal, IL. She is timid but beautiful, sweet, and silly
  • Hobbies/Interests: Being active outdoors, playing volleyball, hiking, watching sunsets, biking, listening to music, and watching movies/shows
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Bolt
  • Loves: Animals, traveling, and coffee
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Watching the sunset with her cat Momo from their deck
  • Alternative Career Choice: Animal nutritionist or other animal-related field
  • Fun Fact: Emma has never broken a bone

Michael

Companion Care Taker

  • From: Danville, Illinois
  • Favorite Job Aspect: The dogs and their people!
  • Pets: Four dogs - Bella, Oliver, Trumpy, and Mitzi
  • Hobbies/Interests: Taking his dogs to the park and the lake
  • Favorite Movie: Sargent Stubby
  • Favorite Pet Name: Stony
  • Loves: Dogs, cats, people
  • Hates: Fat-free food, zero sugar drinks
  • Favorite Activity with Pet: Playing with the dogs on the lake

Irene

Groomer

  • From: Wapella, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Building lasting relationships with her clients and their pets
  • Pets: Ozzy (a sweet and appreciative pit/lab mix), Sophie (a spicy and bossy Shih Tzu)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, kayaking, and attending lots of concerts
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Lady and the Tramp
  • Alternative Career Choice: Animal behavior
  • Fun Fact: Irene says: ``I'm not going to make your dog behave when they're with me; we're here to have fun!``

Haillie

CCT/CSR/Vet Assistant/Bather

  • From: Fisher, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: The work family, amazing clients, and patients
  • Pets: Bindi (a wonky-eyed kitty), Bob Cat (a sweet, timid kitty), Beckett (a spoiled rotten bearded dragon), Bentley (a blind and deaf lop-eared rescue bunny), Barnabas (a very social axolotl), Grimm (a handsome betta)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Crocheting, video games, spending time with the misfit pet crew
  • Favorite Pet Movie: All Dogs Go To Heaven
  • Favorite Pet Name: Valor
  • Loves: Animal snuggles, coffee, and enjoying both at the same time
  • Hates: Being cold, driving to unfamiliar places, having a day off when favorite patients are at the clinic
  • Alternative Career Choice: Writing books
  • Fun Fact: Has a special fondness for one-eyed animals

Sofia

CCT / Veterinary Assistant

  • Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • From: Chicago, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Meeting patients and pets, each with their unique and distinct personalities
  • Pets: Two cats, Hazel and Jade, both male cats who were originally mistaken for girls
  • Hobbies/Interests: Watching Grey's Anatomy repeatedly and taking Hazel for walks around campus in his stroller
  • Favorite Pet Movies: The Secret Life of Pets and Bolt
  • Loves: Cats, hot chips, and Birkenstocks
  • Dislikes: Red velvet, crowded gyms, and wet socks
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Walking around campus
  • Alternative Career Choice: Picking music for movies
    Fun Fact: Sofia has three sisters and is the second youngest

Joella Koss

DVM, Owner

  • School Attended: U of Illinois
  • From: Pesotum, IL
  • Professional Organizations: ISVMA, AVMA
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Client education, surgical procedures, dentistry, dermatology, and mentoring
  • Pets: Blitz, German Shepherd (Chief Security Officer), five Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • Hobbies/Interests: Outdoor activities, watching sports, working out
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Turner and Hooch
  • Favorite Pet Name: Dapper Dan
  • Loves: Vacationing with family, cooking, fall
  • Hates: Spiders, rude people, cleaning up after cooking
  • Favorite Local Activity with Her Pets: Playing outside in the country
  • Alternative Career Choice: Professional drag racer, medical or law school, mechanical engineering
  • Fun Fact: Grew up on a farm, played multiple sports, Triple Illini graduate 🧡💙

Kate Rutherford

DVM

  • School Attended: University of Illinois 🧡💙
  • From: Shelbyville, IL
  • Professional Organizations: ISVMA, AVMA
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Working with the team, puppy visits, helping geriatric pets feel better
  • Pets: Yoshi (English Pointer mix who loves sitting on people’s feet), Llewey (English Setter mix who loves snuggles), Lucky (Percheron Paint mix, partner in eventing), Tack and Echo (pampered barn cats)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Showing her horse, reading long fiction series, baking, and puzzles
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Bolt
  • Loves: Date nights with her husband, mocha brownies, quiet time in the barn caring for her critters
  • Alternative Career Choice: Teaching another science
  • Fun Fact: She grew up in a veterinary clinic, her dad is a recently retired mixed practice veterinarian
  • Bonus Fun Fact: She teaches DVM students at U of I’s Clinical Skills Learning Center

Meg Gantzer

DVM

  • School Attended: University of Illinois! I-L-L 🧡💙
  • From: Freeport, IL
  • Professional Organizations: AVMA, ISVMA
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Helping families keep their pets happy and healthy, puppy breath, kitten snuggles
  • Pets: Romee and Jubee, two cats adopted from the first veterinary clinic she volunteered at in 2015
  • Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, video games, working out
  • Favorite Pet Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
  • Loves: Cupcakes, working out, stickers
  • Hates: Cilantro, when you choke on food and a piece gets stuck in your sinuses, delayed flights
  • Alternative Career Choice: Cirque du Soleil Acrobat
  • Fun Fact: Certified in scuba diving

Adrianne

Practice Manager

  • From: Peoria, Illinois
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Taking care of the people that take care of pets
  • Pets: Dude, a spoiled rotten mixed breed mutt and an only child
  • Hobbies/Interests: Amateur beekeeping, reading, crossword puzzles. Known for pop-culture references that are at least 20 years old
  • Favorite Movie: Rescued by Ruby
  • Favorite Pet Name: Peeve
  • Loves: Siamese Cats, puns, Mountain Dew
  • Hates: Alarm clocks, okra, spiders on the ceiling
  • Favorite Activity with Pet: Camp Dogwood at Lake Delton, Wisconsin (not local but worth the drive)
  • Alternative Career Choice: Working in a plants & flowers nursery
  • Fun Fact: Started in vet med as kennel help in 1989

Caleb

Lead CVT

  • School Attended: Parkland
  • From: Champaign, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Puppies and kittens, helping people and their pets, working with coworkers
  • Pets: Cotton (cat) and Dash (dog)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Playing card/board/video games with wife Megan, following Illini basketball, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Cubs
  • Loves: Cooking, family, making people laugh
  • Alternative Career Choice: Teaching

Amber

CVT

  • School Attended: Parkland College
  • From: LaPlace, IL
  • Professional Organizations: ISVMA
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Surgery and dentals
  • Pets: 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 rabbit
  • Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, bike rides, and being outside
  • Favorite Movie: Notebook
  • Loves: Wine, animals, the outdoors
  • Hates: Politics, hatred, onions
  • Favorite Local Activity with Her Pets: Dog park
  • Alternative Career Choice: Surgical Technology or Ultrasound Tech
  • Fun Fact: Mom of 3 boys and loves cookies 🍪

Brooke

CVT

  • School Attended: Parkland College
  • From: Illiopolis, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Working with amazing coworkers and providing the best care to patients.
  • Pets: 1 dog and 2 Guinea pigs
  • Hobbies/Interests: Reading, roller skating
  • Favorite Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
  • Favorite Pet Name: Hank
  • Loves: Books, Bassett hounds, astrology
  • Hates: Math, snow, wasabi
  • Favorite Local Activity with Her Pets: Playing fetch
  • Alternative Career Choice: Librarian

Shelby

CVT

  • Education: Parkland College
  • From: Princeton, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Meeting the different kinds of pets
  • Pets: Belle (a cat) and three rats (Arya, Nymeria, and Remi)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Listening to music, reading, and working out at the gym
  • Loves: Ramen
  • Alternative Career Choice: Marine biologist

Lauren

Veterinary Technician

  • School Attended: College of Southern Idaho
  • From: Weiser, ID
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Reuniting patients with their owners, performing dentals, and doing lab work
  • Pets: 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 ferrets
  • Hobbies/Interests: Playing with her child, swimming, camping, playing D&D and video games
  • Favorite Movies: Balto, Pride & Prejudice, Thor Ragnarok
  • Loves: Ice cream, thunderstorms, spending time with family
  • Hates: Water chestnuts, being lied to, losing boss fights in video games
  • Favorite Local Activity with Her Pets: Playing fetch with dogs, going on walks
  • Alternative Career Choice: Dental hygienist or something in music
  • Fun Fact: Her cats come to listen to her when she sings at home

Tammy

Client Service Representative

  • From: Monticello, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Developing relationships with clients and their pets, watching puppies grow up, and the work family
  • Pets: Pearl, a very sassy Beagle, and Onyx, a sweet baby kitten
  • Hobbies/Interests: Working in flower beds, taking care of clinic flowers, taking long walks
  • Loves: Shopping, flowers, cats
  • Hates: Snakes, spiders, spicy food
  • Alternative Career Choice: Interior design

Karlie

Client Service Representative

  • Education: Illinois State University, majored in Biology with a focus in Zoology
  • From: Decatur, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Loving on all the kitties and the occasional exotic patient, especially reptiles
  • Pets: Zucchini ``Kini the Kitten`` and Squash ``Squish the Kitty`` (cats), and Jefferson Cheese (hedgehog)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, target shooting, camping, watching anime and K-dramas, taking naps
  • Favorite Movie: Spaceballs
  • Favorite Pet Name: Any dog with the last name Streeter
  • Loves: Reptiles, anime, sleeping
  • Hates: Getting up early, long car rides, running out of Mt. Dew
  • Favorite Activity: Curling up and watching a movie in front of the fire with a buzzing kitty
  • Alternative Career Choice: Caretaker at a herpetarium
  • Fun Fact: Has owned many pets including fish, frogs, a hermit crab, gerbils, hamsters, rats, mice, a hedgehog, a ball python, dogs, cats, a leopard gecko, and a mountain horned lizard

Alex

Client Service Representative

  • From: Tolono, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Contributing to a team that improves animals' lives daily
  • Pets: Bo (a tree walking coonhound/lab mix who still acts like a puppy) and a German shepherd/lab mix full of love. Plus two cats, Oliver and
  • Gilly, who love to chase each other around at night.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Kayaking, playing video games, and watching movies
  • Favorite Movie: The Labyrinth (1980s)
  • Loves: Relaxing, eating, and laughing with friends
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Laying on the couch with both dogs after a long day
  • Fun Fact: Enjoys the camaraderie of working in a vet clinic and has a strong passion for helping animals

Elena

Companion Care Taker

  • Education: Currently an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Animal Sciences
  • From: Chicago, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Walking the dogs
  • Pets: Sadie (a cat) and two ferrets named Rocket and Pebbles
  • Hobbies/Interests: Skateboarding, walking, playing soccer
  • Favorite Pet Name: Luna
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Walks to the park
  • Alternative Career Choice: Humane Investigation
  • Fun Fact: Elena can ride a unicycle

Marci

Companion Care Taker

  • Will be Groomer in Fall 2024
  • From: Muncie, IL
  • School Attended: Bachelors in Animal Sciences from UIUC
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Meeting and getting to know all of the dogs, each with their unique personality
  • Pets: Cora (Pittie mix), Asher (Weimaraner), Zoey (Terrier mix), and Sadie & Millie (cats)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Enjoying nature, playing with dogs, spending time with family and friends
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Bolt
  • Favorite Pet Names: Peter Barker and Tony Bark
  • Favorite Activity with Pet: People/dog watching from the balcony
  • Alternative Career Choice: Something allowing for world travel
  • Fun Fact: Loves F1 and MLB, has a fondness for succulents and cacti but struggles to keep them alive

Karsyn

Companion Care Taker

  • Education: Illinois State University, Parkland College
  • From: Mahomet, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Providing calm care to pets
  • Pet: 4-year-old rescue Shih Tzu named Louie
  • Hobbies/Interests: Watching movies, spending time with family
  • Favorite Movie: Mean Girls the Musical
  • Loves: Exploring, sleeping, new foods
  • Favorite Activity with Pet: Visiting different parks
  • Alternative Career Choice: Event planning or production entertainment

Leah

Companion Care Taker

  • Education: Parkland College Vet Tech Program
  • From: Heyworth, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Having one-on-one time with animals daily
  • Pets: Koda Bear (a gentle giant Bernese Mountain Dog), and two cats, Nico and Jax
  • Hobbies/Interests: Spending time outdoors, going to the gym, and spending time with family and friends
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Marmaduke
  • Favorite Pet Name: Maru
  • Loves: Animals, the beach, and long summer nights
  • Dislikes: Snakes, spiders, and the winter season
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Taking her dog Koda Bear on hikes
  • Alternative Career Choice: Photography and Graphic Design

Tori

Companion Care Taker

  • From: Mahomet, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Getting to spend time with pets and making them feel loved when their owners are gone
  • Pets: Blakely (Australian Shepherd) and Cooper (mixed breed)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Volunteering, walking, spending time with family and friends
  • Favorite Pet Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
  • Favorite Pet Name: Molly
  • Loves: Family, dogs, and walks
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Trail walk at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet
  • Fun Fact: Currently attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. Member of the Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity

Ava

Companion Care Taker

  • From: Mahomet, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Meeting diverse personalities and breeds of dogs/cats, and ensuring they have an enjoyable stay
  • Pets: Ozzy, a 5-year-old Egyptian Mau with a big personality who loves cuddling, adventuring outside, and napping
  • Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, working out, hanging out with friends, and meeting new people
  • Favorite Pet Movie: A Dogs Purpose
  • Favorite Pet Name: Murphy
  • Loves: Being with family and friends (including animals), food, and being active
  • Dislikes: Pickles, being stressed, and insects
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Letting her cat Ozzy adventure outside in the yard
  • Fun Fact: Plans to pursue a career in accounting

Emma

Companion Care Taker

  • Education: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Majoring in Animal Sciences
  • From: Mahomet, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Creating bonds with clients' pets and being surrounded by a positive, hardworking atmosphere
  • Pets: Momo, a cat adopted from the humane society in Normal, IL. She is timid but beautiful, sweet, and silly
  • Hobbies/Interests: Being active outdoors, playing volleyball, hiking, watching sunsets, biking, listening to music, and watching movies/shows
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Bolt
  • Loves: Animals, traveling, and coffee
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Watching the sunset with her cat Momo from their deck
  • Alternative Career Choice: Animal nutritionist or other animal-related field
  • Fun Fact: Emma has never broken a bone

Michael

Companion Care Taker

  • From: Danville, Illinois
  • Favorite Job Aspect: The dogs and their people!
  • Pets: Four dogs - Bella, Oliver, Trumpy, and Mitzi
  • Hobbies/Interests: Taking his dogs to the park and the lake
  • Favorite Movie: Sargent Stubby
  • Favorite Pet Name: Stony
  • Loves: Dogs, cats, people
  • Hates: Fat-free food, zero sugar drinks
  • Favorite Activity with Pet: Playing with the dogs on the lake

Irene

Groomer

  • From: Wapella, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Building lasting relationships with her clients and their pets
  • Pets: Ozzy (a sweet and appreciative pit/lab mix), Sophie (a spicy and bossy Shih Tzu)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, kayaking, and attending lots of concerts
  • Favorite Pet Movie: Lady and the Tramp
  • Alternative Career Choice: Animal behavior
  • Fun Fact: Irene says: ``I'm not going to make your dog behave when they're with me; we're here to have fun!``

Haillie

CCT/CSR/Vet Assistant/Bather

  • From: Fisher, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: The work family, amazing clients, and patients
  • Pets: Bindi (a wonky-eyed kitty), Bob Cat (a sweet, timid kitty), Beckett (a spoiled rotten bearded dragon), Bentley (a blind and deaf lop-eared rescue bunny), Barnabas (a very social axolotl), Grimm (a handsome betta)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Crocheting, video games, spending time with the misfit pet crew
  • Favorite Pet Movie: All Dogs Go To Heaven
  • Favorite Pet Name: Valor
  • Loves: Animal snuggles, coffee, and enjoying both at the same time
  • Hates: Being cold, driving to unfamiliar places, having a day off when favorite patients are at the clinic
  • Alternative Career Choice: Writing books
  • Fun Fact: Has a special fondness for one-eyed animals

Sofia

CCT / Veterinary Assistant

  • Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • From: Chicago, IL
  • Favorite Job Aspect: Meeting patients and pets, each with their unique and distinct personalities
  • Pets: Two cats, Hazel and Jade, both male cats who were originally mistaken for girls
  • Hobbies/Interests: Watching Grey's Anatomy repeatedly and taking Hazel for walks around campus in his stroller
  • Favorite Pet Movies: The Secret Life of Pets and Bolt
  • Loves: Cats, hot chips, and Birkenstocks
  • Dislikes: Red velvet, crowded gyms, and wet socks
  • Favorite Local Activity with Pets: Walking around campus
  • Alternative Career Choice: Picking music for movies
    Fun Fact: Sofia has three sisters and is the second youngest