Capitol Illini Veterinary Services | Staff
We are very proud to have a broadly-trained and highly experienced team of professionals to attend to your questions and concerns as well as the health and well-being of your companion pet. The veterinary technicians very capably and compassionately assist our veterinarians during procedures and tend to your pet during any pre- and post- procedure activities that may be required. Our receptionists are pleased and proud to give you the best possible experience while you and your pet are at the Capitol Illini clinics.
You can be sure that your pet is receiving the finest veterinary care!
Venus, Chatham Clinic Cat
Venus has been a resident at Capitol Illini Chatham since 1996. Found as a youngster, Venus was brought into Capitol Illini by a Good Samaritan who was concerned she had a broken leg. A physical examination and radiographs revealed radial nerve paralysis in her left front paw. Unfortunately Venus would never have normal use of the affected paw. Due to the severity of her condition, the Good Samaritan entrusted us with her care and she quickly won the doctors' and staff's hearts. She has been a prominent part of Capitol Illini Chatham ever since. Venus seems unaffected by her condition and still to uses her paw to play and groom herself. Her favorite activities include sleeping, bird watching, lying in the sun, and chasing bugs in the foyer.
Betty, Human Resources Manager
Betty joined Capitol Illini in 1975 as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. She was later promoted to office manager in 1976. In April 2011 her role was changed to Human Resources Manager. Betty's family consists of her husband, their son and four dogs. Betty has a wide range of animal interests including working at her son's dog training school in her spare time. She has seen a number of positive changes at Capitol Illini during her term and looks forward to many more in the years to come.
Motivated by her love of animals, Pam has been with Capitol Illini since 1986. She is the bookkeeper for both clinic locations. Pam and her husband Don were married in 1973 and have two children and one granddaughter, Lilly. Pam has a chocolate Miniature Poodle named Isabella. Pam enjoys spending time with her family, movies, shopping, reading, camping and going to dirt car races with Don.
Gail, Office Manager and Inventory Manager
Gail joined the Capitol Illini team in the summer of 1992. She received the majority of her in-house training in Pennsylvania where she previously lived. Gail has over 30 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. She was the head surgical technician from 1994-2009, enjoying all surgical procedures especially the orthopedic cases with Dr. Wright. Currently Gail is our Inventory Manager, taking pride in the precise management of the hospital’s extensive inventory. In April 2011, she took over the role of Office Manager , supervising the performance of our entire veterinary staff. Gail and her husband have 2 daughters, a Chihuahua mix Rosie, and a cat Mitchell.
Heather, Certified Veterinary Technician
Heather is a graduate from Parkland College Veterinary Technician Program. Prior to joining the team at Capitol Illini in May 2009, Heather spent almost five years working in the companion animal veterinary field and wildlife rehabilitation of difficult cats and dogs. In addition, she is starting a weight management program at our hospitals. Heather is highly motivated in helping pet owners better understand their pet’s medical, weight, and behavioral conditions. She shares her home with her fiancé Bruce and their four legged family. The family includes four cats: Carmella, Guido, Thomas and Cheshire; their dog, Cheyanne (always a loyal companion) and a little pet hedgehog named Athena. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, football and spending time with her family.
Michayla, Certified Veterinary Technician
Michayla, born and raised in Scott County, IL, always knew she wanted a career helping animals. After highschool she went to Champaign and worked for a veterinary hospital while attending Parkland College. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology programat Parkland in May, 2010, then joining Capitol Illini in August 2010. Michayla loves spending her free time with her animals. She has a lion faced rabbit named Cookie, a Maltese Dachshund mix named Moxy, a Maltese named Meiko and another Maltese named Kiara. Other things she enjoys in her free time are running, spending time with friends and family, dog/house sitting and basic agility training with Meiko and Kiara.
Molly, Certified Veterinary Technician
Molly joined the Capitol Illini team in August, 2011 after moving from Star Prarie, a small town in Wisconsin. She is a 2010 veterinary technology graduate from Globe University in Woodbury, Minnesota. Prior to Capitol Illini, Molly gained experience with both large and small animals, through a private veterinary practice and at the University of Large Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Outside of work Molly enjoys spending time with her daughter, Allison, cooking, reading, watching dirt bike racing and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. She is also looking to adopt a dog in the future.
Andrew, Technician Manager
Andrew was hired as a Veterinary Assistant in 2001. He has been Dr. Wright's assistant since 2002 focusing on orthopedic medicine. Having grown up on a farm, Andrew had ample exposure to animals throughout his adolescence. True to his childhood roots, Andrew has five Appaloosa horses, Sassie, Flite, Joker, Soldier and Scout, one Bulldog, Junior and two cats, Louis and Little Tom Brady. Andrew is currently housing several feral "barn" cats. Naturally, he enjoys spending his free time riding his horses and hopes to one day operate his own horse farm, raising and showing Appaloosas.
Sammi, Veterinary Assistant
Sammi joined the Capitol Illini staff in October 2008. She attended Lincoln Land Community College prior to employment, working towards a degree in Science. Sammi shares her home with fiance Todd, son Kaiden, daughter Kelsie and a yellow lab named Dixie. In her spare time Sammi enjoys attending craft shows, reading, shopping and outdoor activities. Sami enjoys working at Capitol Illini because of the awesome staff and the ability to make a difference in our clients and pets lives.
Kacie, Veterinary Assistant
Kacie joined the Capitol Illini team in December, 2010 as a veterinary assistant. Kacie grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from JHS in 2007. Currently she is enrolled in an online program for Animal Care which will be completed in 2011. Sharing her home with 2 great pets; Scarlet, a 1 yr. old Shepherd mix and a 1 yr. old kitty named Veda. Kacie spends her free time with friends, family and of course her pets! A favorite quote: Roger Caras once said,"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." Kacie chose Capitol Illini to help keep our pets healthy and with us for as long as possible.
Sam, Veterinary Assistant
Sam had previously worked for Capitol Illini as a kennel assistant while she was in high school. Now, soon to graduate from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in December 2013, she will be joining our team once again as a veterinary assistant until she passes her Certified Vet Tech exam next year. Sam has a dog Luna, who she adopted from her Vet Tech school, and 2 cats Peaches and Wilby. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, cheering for the Cubs and spending time with her family and pets.
Lauren, Records Keeper & Veterinary Assistant
Lauren began her employment at Capitol Illini in April, 2011. She was hired as a veterinary assistant, but now acts as both records keeper and assistant. She was born and raised in Chatham, graduating from Glenwood in 2005. Working with animals has always been one of Lauren's ideal jobs. She currently lives in Auburn with her boyfriend, her Doberman Gotti and her shepherd mix Tucker. Lauren's affection for animals, her personality and quick humor has made her a wonderful addition to our team.
Heather, Veterinary Assistant
Heather joined the Capitol Illini team in May, 2011. She graduated from Western Illinois University in 2011 with honors of Summa Cum Laude and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Zoology. In her free time she enjoys spending as much time outside as possible with her boyfriend, Kyle and their Vizsla, Hyde. They also enjoy hunting deer and upland birds together. Heather plans to go on to Veterinary School in the future to pursue a DVM with an interest in large animals.
Amy, Veterinary Assistant
Amy became a member of the Capitol Illini team in October 2010 as a veterinary assistant. In the Fall of 2011 she left for school and came back to work with us in September 2012. She enjoys spending time with her husband Dempson, their dog Chevy, a Shih-Tzu, and their cat, Clancy. Amy enjoys working at Capitol Illini because it challenges her to always be learning about pets and because she loves to care for them as well.
Briana, Veterinary Assistant
While pursuing a position as a Medical Assistant through Express Employment Professionals, Briana was offered a position at Capitol Illini and joined the team in April 2012. Briana has since gained a new respect and love for animals. She does not have any inside pets of her own, but has been caring for a feral cat in her neighborhood who she has named Kitty-Kitty. Briana’s family includes her son and boyfriend and hopefully a new cat or dog very soon.
Renee, Records Manager & Patient Care Coordinator
Renee has been a member of the Capitol Illini reception staff since August 2005. She still gets to fill in as receptionist when needed but her main job now is keeping the medical records updated. Her warm personality and excellent customer service skills make her an important part of our team. Renee is the proud mother of three children, two boys and one girl. When their children aren't keeping Renee and her husband busy, the family pets are. Renee and her family have a Lab mix named Jack, a Shetland Sheepdog named Snickers, a cat named Sam. When not working or attending their children's sporting events Renee and her husband enjoy camping.
Amber joined the Capitol Illini team in June 2008. She eagerly accepted the position because it combined her experience in customer service and her love of animals. A native of Williamsville, she shares her home with her daughter, Sydney, their rambunctious toy poodle, Daisy and their 2 cats Little Peyton Manning and Little Cooper Manning. In her spare time, Amber enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and cheering for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.
Cassie joined the Capitol Illini team in May 2012. She loves cats and has three of her own, Frahnkenhead, Church and Zombie. She and her boyfriend also have a miniature Australian shepherd named Atreyu. Cassie achieved her CNA license in 2011 and is currently attending University of Illinois Springfield to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. In the future she hopes to earn her Masters degree in Art Therapy. Cassie enjoys working at Capitol Illini because she is happy to build relationships with the great pets and owners that she meets on a daily basis. In her little spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family and boyfriend, and her cats, especially Frahnkenhead.
Alyssia joined the Capitol Illini team as a receptionist in August 2012. She is currently completing her Associates degree in Pre-Vet medicine and eventually would like to transfer to University of Illinois to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Biology or Zoology. Alyssia has interned for the past 2 summers at Henson Robinson Zoo, pursuing her interest in exotics. In her spare time, she loves to fish, take care of her bearded dragon Spunkers and spending time outdoors. She enjoys working for Capitol Illini because it gives her a chance to work with pets in a new and rewarding way.
Christina joined the Capitol Illini team in May 2013. She was born and raised in Chatham, graduating from Glenwood High in May 2003. She is the proud mother of 5-yr old son Mikey, who attends Chatham schools. She also works as a hair and make-up artist, successfully running her own business for 6 of the 10 years that she has been a licensed cosmetologist. Christina has 2 dogs, a 6-yr old Beagle named Olive and a 2yr old Beagle/Red-tick coonhound mix named Ginger. Her dogs love to go on long walks and enjoy going to work with mom. Christina has been a great addition to the receptionist team at our location in Chatham.
Zachary, Kennel Assistant
Zach was a welcomed addition to Capitol Illini in March 2010. He enjoys working not only with animals, but with the staff as well. Zach is a graduate of Glenwood High School and is currently attending Lincoln Land Community College with plans to become a police officer. Zach has a cat named Angel and 2 dogs, a Yorkie named Alex and Jack, a black Lab mix.
Ashley, Kennel Assistant
Ashley became a team member at Capitol Illini in March 2013, as a kennel assistant. She enjoys working at our hospital because she loves to watch over the pets and take them for walks. She stays very busy keeping our hospital neat and clean. Ashley also takes great pride in caring for her own dog Tess and her horse Rose.