Meet Our Veterinary Team in Palos Heights

Palos Animal Hospital is proud to be staffed a team of professional, compassionate certified veterinary technicians, office staff, and veterinary assistants. If you have any questions about our veterinary staff, feel free to contact us.

Veterinary Technicians

Brandy

Certified Veterinary Technician

Brandy has been part of our team since 1983 and became a CVT in July 1986. She earned her Associate in Science degree from Parkland College. She has always loved animals and wanted to work with them. While in veterinary technician school, she was at the University of Illinois and got the chance to work with the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. She loves being part of the caring Palos Animal Hospital team and sharing her colleagues’ passion for helping pets. Every time she sees a new pet, it brightens her day. She and her husband, Tony, have a daughter named Marissa as well as a shih tzu named Mini and a Shi-Poo named Mia.

Carrie

Certified Veterinary Technician

Carrie joined the staff in July 1984, fulfilling a childhood dream of working with animals. She earned her Associate in Applied Science degree from Parkland College. With her more than 38 years in the field, she has many memorable experiences, including X-raying a baby lion with nutritional fractures in its legs. Her favorite part of working at Palos Animal Hospital is seeing a pet that she and the team have been treating for a long time enjoy a better quality of life. She also enjoys her ability to befriend nervous patients, making them feel less anxious about their visits. She and her husband, Rich, have three children, Rebecca, Chris, and Kyle; a son-in-law named Micah and a daughter-in-law named Jenny; and three grand-daughters. Her “four-legged children” include a mixed breed dog named Logan from Hoof Woof & Meow Rescue. In her spare time, she likes to read, spend time with family, and camp.

Cyndy

Certified Veterinary Technician

Cyndy joined our team in May 1996 after earning her associate degree from Parkland College. Being a veterinary technician enables her to combine her love for animals with her love for medicine, so she considers the position the best of both worlds. She also loves the variation in her schedule, especially her dental cases, and working with people who do their best to help pets down the road to wellness. Cyndy and her husband, John, have two children, Ben and Courtney. They also have a Labrador mix named Shilo, a schnoodle named Missy, and two cats named Grover and Buzz. In her spare time, she enjoys bicycling.

Lori

Certified Veterinary Technician

Lori has been with Palos Animal Hospital since April 1995. She started as a veterinary assistant. Then, she went on to become a certified veterinary technician after earning her associate degree in applied science from Parkland College. She has a special interest in clinical pathology. Growing up, she always wanted to work with animals and once even worked with lions and tigers at the University of Illinois while she was a student. As a CVT at Palos Animal Hospital, she enjoys working with her co-workers to care for various small animal companions. Lori and her husband, Bill, have two children, Brynn and Joey. She also has a pit bull mix named Loki, a miniature schnauzer named Benson, an African clawed frog, and two goldfish. In her free time, she enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, and reading.

Managers

Char

Office Manager

Char joined our staff in June 1988, due to her love for animals, and has actually been a client of Palos Animal Hospital since she was 4 years old. She earned her Associate in Applied Science degree and her Associate of Arts degree in English from Moraine Valley Community College. As the office manager, she especially loves interacting with the clients—some of whom are like family—and with their pets, many of which are patients for their entire lives. She also loves the diversity of the practice. Although it’s hectic at times, it’s never boring, and no two days are the same. She has a special love for dachshunds and German shepherds. She has a 13-year-old German shepherd named Ruby. In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking the dog, and spending time with her friends. If given the financial opportunity, she would open a facility where senior citizens can receive the care they need without ever having to give up their pets.

Veterinary Assistants

Alyssa

Veterinary Assistant

Alyssa has been helping us care for our patients since August 2021. She loves meeting all the different dogs and cats that visit our hospital, and helping our patients feel happy and relaxed. Alyssa shares her home with a Goldendoodle named Marley and a lizard called Shaniqua. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys hanging out with her friends, visiting her family, and shopping.

Candy

Veterinary Assistant

Candy joined the Palos team in early 2022. She grew up around animals, and hopes to become a veterinary technician or veterinarian in the not-so-distant future. She loves seeing different pets every day and learning new things in her job. Candy has a couple of four-legged family members at home: a Chihuahua named Coco, and a tabby cat named Chita. In her free time, she loves playing soccer, watching movies, and hanging out with her pets!

Dan

Veterinary Assistant

Dan is an alumnus of Saint Xavier University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He always wanted to work with animals in some way, and at Palos Animal Hospital, he got his wish. His favorite part about working with us is getting to meet and help take care of so many different animals. Dan has 4 pets of his own: 1 dog named Maggie and 3 cats named Bruce, Selina and Murphy. His hobbies include reading, baking and cooking, building models, hiking, bird-watching, and watching movies.

Delaney

Veterinary Assistant

Delaney has been with us since March 2021, and is currently majoring in pre-vet at Purdue University. Her childhood dream was to become a veterinarian, and she’s excited to be working at our practice to see what it’s like (and she loves it!). Delaney loves meeting all the animals who visit our hospital, and learning about all kinds of different health conditions and their causes. Some of her favorite tasks include holding the animals and doing ultrasound procedures. She also had the opportunity to assist one of our doctors with her own pet’s rhinoplasty and neuter procedure. Delaney has 4 pets: an Australian Cattle Dog named Gunner, a Chihuahua, a tabby cat named Indy, and a parrot named Pikachu who is older than Delaney herself! Outside of work, Delaney’s favorite activities include fishing, watching things on Netflix, and going to her lake house in Michigan.

Jaycie

Veterinary Assistant

Being in the veterinary profession feels right to Jaycie. She joined our team in August 2022, and is a natural at reading animals and interacting with them so they feel more at ease. She has 3 kittens, Chunkers, Mavis, and Nova, and 4 adult cats named Zoey, Snuffles, Shiva, and Xena B. When she’s not working, Jaycie enjoys going for walks and sitting outside with a book and a hot cup of coffee.

Lauryn

Veterinary Assistant

Lauryn came to PAH in October 2019. She has an associate degree and is currently working on getting her BA in philosophy. Lauryn once had a dog named Rock (whom she used to bring to work) who gave her so much joy. She felt that the joy she got from animals could and should be reciprocated, and this solidified her decision to work around animals! One of Lauryn’s favorite aspects of working at PAH is getting to see many new faces and having new experiences every day.

Natalie

Veterinary Assistant

Natalie started working with us in June 2020. She is in the process of finishing the first year of her vet tech program at JJC. Her favorite aspect of working at PAH is seeing so many different dogs and cats, and building trusting relationships with our pet patients. Natalie has 3, siblings and 7 pets total: 3 dogs named Pumpkin, Winnie, and Lucy, and 4 cats named Merry, Trixy, EV, and Ollie. In her free time, she enjoys walking the dogs and cats, hanging out with her friends, and shopping.

Sherri

Veterinary Assistant

Sherri started working at Palos Animal Hospital in June 2013 and earned her Bachelor of Science at Saint Xavier University with aspirations to go to veterinary school. She loves animals and has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 6 years old. As a veterinary assistant, she gets the opportunity to see a lot of interesting things. She loves to help the doctors, especially with surgeries. Sherri shares her home with two dogs named Rocky and Taz, two turtles named Daytona and Cocoa, two birds named Stitch and Leroy, and a bearded dragon named Mushu. In her free time, she loves to read, swim, and hang out with friends.

Sue

Exam Room Assistant

Sue started working at Palos Animal Hospital in 1998. She loves working with animals and that every day on the job is a new experience. She has two sons, Josh and Ethan, and shares her home with her partner, Tammy, and their two dogs, an Australian shepherd named Kody and an Australian shepherd mix named Ace. When she’s not at work, she enjoys playing softball, spending time with her sons, and attending her sons’ sporting events.

Taylor

Veterinary Assistant

Taylor became a valued member of our team in August 2021. She is currently attending school to obtain her associate degree in veterinary technology. She loves taking care of the dogs here at Palos Animal Hospital and keeping them happy and healthy. Taylor has a canine family member of her own at home, a Dachshund named Adella.

Receptionists

Olivia

Receptionist

Since 2020, Olivia has been a wonderful addition to our team. She’s currently enrolled at Ashworth College, where she is pursuing her vet tech degree. Previously, Olivia worked with an animal rescue, and it was one of the most rewarding jobs she has ever had. It made her realize she wanted to dedicate her life to helping animals. Olivia loves meeting people and their pets here at PAH, and seeing the happiness on a person’s face when they are told their pet is going to be okay. She has 3 pets of her own: a Pit Bull named Lucy and 2 cats, Wicca and Voodoo. Voodoo is a polydactyl cat, which means she has extra toes. In total, she has 26 toes—that’s 8 more than the average cat! When she isn’t at the practice, Olivia enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, and hiking and enjoying the outdoors.