Meet Our Team in Peoria, IL
Whitney Veterinary Hospital is so proud to have team members who all share the same love and passion for making and keeping pets in Peoria well. You can learn more about them below.
Jill B., CVT & Practice Manager
Jill has been with our practice since 2005 as a Certified Veterinary Technician who enjoyed all parts of veterinary medicine. In February 2018 Dr Hayes approached Jill about taking over for our current Practice Manager; Barb, who retired this year. Jill was excited to take on the new challenges of what goes on behind the medicine. She has always been a very driven and organized problem solver who is ready to take our team to the next level! After working “in the trenches” for 13 years, she feels she can relate to every area of the hospital and make it the best environment for our team, clients, and patients!
Her home includes her husband, Adam; son, Austin; daughter, Avery; their senior citizen golden retriever, Chesney; and their cat, Winnie. She enjoys reading, shopping, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Aly, Client Care Coordinator and Assistant to the Practice Manager
Aly has a desire to make a difference in the lives of her co-workers, our clients, and their pets. Originally a client, in 2012 she responded to an opening for a receptionist and quickly advanced to overseeing our customer service team. She has a heart for providing the best and most caring service possible.
Aly makes sure that our customer service is top-notch and that things run smoothly “behind the scenes.” She is great at anticipating the needs of the team and of our clients and patients. Aly is a talented problem solver and is quick to help in any way needed. She was essential in our project of going paper-lite as well as helping with planning for and carrying out our move to a new hospital.
She is very familiar with our software and hardware and trains others. She takes care of numerous tasks including accounts payable and receivable, reminders, prepares for employee birthdays, holiday parties, and special events.
Aly and her husband, Tony, live in the country with their four kids who happen to be dogs, Nadia a German shepherd; Emmy a Cavachon; Oscar, a Shih Tzu mix; and Mena, a Cavachon/Shi Tzu mix. Aly and Tony enjoy spending time together, working outside and on their home. She also loves to be with extended family.
Our Certified Veterinary Technicians & Technician
We have an amazing team of C.V.T.s with varied interests, skills, and talents who have enabled us to grow and change and to continually improve. We are very proud and appreciative of all of them!
Bunny is a 2001 graduate of Parkland College, where she received her Certification in Veterinary Technology. She especially enjoys ultrasonography, endoscopy, and radiology. She loves behavior problems, client education, and patient care for all pets, whether they are young, seniors, healthy, or sick.
Bunny enjoys anything outdoors, including hiking, camping, and gardening. She also trains and competes in agility with her dogs. Her home includes Ziva and River, both German shepherds; Lanie, a rescued mixed breed dog; and two cats, Pewter and Seyma.
Jill C., C.V.T.
Jill joined us in 1995 as a new graduate of the C.V.T. program at Parkland College. Now working part-time, her main focus is assisting with appointments, but her heart is as a feline advocate. She worked with Dr. Roe to have our hospital certified as a Cat Friendly Practice® so that our feline patients get the special care they need. Jill has an artistic side, and all of the employee pet portraits seen throughout our hospital are an example of her talent.
Jill’s family includes her husband, Nate, and children, Nathan, Logan, and Teagan. They have three dogs and many cats. She is a busy mom, is involved with the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Run, and volunteers at her children’s schools. She is also a licensed real estate agent.
While working as a technician assistant, Kaley attended the online AAHA certified C.V.T. program through Cedar Valley College in Texas. Dr. Hayes was her mentor along with our C.V.T. Jill B., who helped her to successfully graduate in 2016. She knows the struggles of having a pet with allergies, and her favorite areas are dermatology and cytology. She likes helping our patients and their owners to get the best veterinary care. She also enjoys dentistry. Kaley is certified in Fear FreeSM patient care, which helps each visit to go smoothly for both pets and their owners.
Kaley is married to her husband Eric, and they enjoy hiking, playing Frisbee, and doing agility with Peyton, their Labrador. They also share their home with Lily, a fun loving white cat. Kaley is a talented photographer and has taken many pictures for our practice.
Lori graduated from Parkland College in 1997 and joined our practice in 1996 while still a student. She also has a degree in business. Lori does an amazing job of ordering and keeping track of our inventory and supplies. She almost always finds just what we need. Along with her technician duties, she has a lot of varied responsibilities, so every day brings a new adventure. Her interests include but are not limited to behavior, dermatology, radiology, and nutrition.
Lori shares her home with her husband, Mack, and two miniature poodles, Shelton and Spencer, who both enjoy agility, hiking, and traveling with their mom and dad. She also has two fathead Persians, Sedrick and Sparrow, who run the house. Lori loves traveling, spending time with her family and friends, painting, picking antiques, and country music.
Stacey joined us in 2007 as a new graduate of Parkland College’s Certified Veterinary Technician Program. She has always had a love for animals and a desire to care for them. Stacey is a busy multitasker and an excellent patient & client care advocate. She has a special interest in orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation, and dermatology. Stacey is great at anticipating the needs of our clients and doctors. She helped with planning for the move to our new hospital.
Stacey’s home includes her husband, Jesse, who loves all sports—especially baseball— a son, Dominic—a busy little boy—and a daughter, Elena. They are expecting another child soon. They also have two dogs, Riot and Riggs, both high energy boys who love hiking and swimming. Their cat, Toby, loves a comfy spot to curl up and sleep. Stacey is a hiker and a runner and has competed in local races with fellow techs and doctors. She enjoys anything that involves the outdoors.
Courtney Van Dyke, C.V.T.
Courtney joined our team in May of 2018 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is a 2015 graduate of the Parkland College Veterinary Technology program. She loves spending time with her 5 cats; Sassy, Jericho, Vincent, Hope, and Ino. Courtney is also a medic in the National Guard and enjoys hiking, camping, reading, amusement parks, and going to movies or plays. She is very interested in veterinary dentistry and feline behavior, loves seeing any kitten visits here in the clinic and also enjoys fostering cats.
Alysa is a 2018 graduate of Parkland College in Champaign, where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology with honors. Becoming a Veterinary Technician has been a goal for Alysa since childhood, as caring for animals is her passion. She has a special interest in rehabilitation for animals that have orthopedic injuries or have undergone surgery. She has also developed a love for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine since starting here with us.
Alysa enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her two pets; Pippa, a beagle she adopted from the Parkland College Veterinary Technology Program, and her guinea pig Rocco.
Alyssa N, C.V.T.
Alyssa N came here as a Parkland College Veterinary Technician student in 2018. We were thrilled to hire her back as a Certified Veterinary Technician upon graduation in 2019. She has a big interest in surgery and anesthesia; but loves the variety of tasks technicians get to do every day! Alyssa shares her home with her boyfriend Andrew, her two dogs; Cody, a Pomeranian, and Jake, a black Lab, and her rabbit, Tucker. In her spare time she enjoys; watching the St Louis Blues, going bowling with her family, and spending times with friends.
Erika joined us in 2004. She loves animals and everything medical. She has studied some vet tech courses online through Cedar Valley College. Erika works part-time for us and enjoys patient care and client education. When she is not here she works full-time as a certified massage therapist/corrective exercise specialist.
Erika served in the Army National Guard & Ready Reserve for eight years. She enjoys running, training her dogs, and photography. Erika and her husband, Josh, have two Rottweilers, Bruce and Beatrix, who enjoy rally obedience, agility, and anything that involves a ball. They also have two rescued kitties, Chewbacca and Miles.
Grace, Tech Assistant
Grace came to us in February of 2016 as a technician assistant. Grace has always had a passion for animals and loves to help care for our patients here. She is also in charge of our sterilization room, setting up for surgeries, and assisting with our kennel staff. Grace is an amazing addition to our team and we love her willingness to jump in and help with anything!
Grace’s pet family includes a chocolate lab named Oakley. She has lived in Sparland her entire life. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Our Customer Service Team
Our compassionate and dedicated customer service team is ready to welcome you and to make sure that you and your pet are well taken care of at every visit.
Corrie joined us as a receptionist in 2012. She has a great love for animals and enjoys welcoming and visiting with our clients and their “fur” babies and giving them special attention. She anticipates the needs of our clients and makes sure that each visit to our hospital is special.
Corrie has a husband, James and one daughter, Melody. They have a Manx cat named Fievel who loves being outside or cuddling with any human available. They also have a Staffordshire Terrier named Rey, a Chihuahua named Isabella and a Persian cat named Maeve. Corrie loves running, hiking, fitness, bird watching, and anything outdoors.
Tami is a people person who loves to warmly greet our clients and their pets. She has a great love for animals and enjoys seeing all the different breeds and personalities. She is very compassionate and understanding. She gives hugs, kisses, and pats, and she treats each pet as if they were her own.
Tami is married to Randy, and they have one adult daughter, Morgan, who is in nurse’s training. They have two cats, Romeo and Gracie, and two dogs, Kaci and Tuck. Tami and her husband love fishing and relaxing at the beach.
Kyle came to us in October 2017 after deciding he wanted a total career change. He loves meeting clients and enjoys hearing their stories about their pets and how much they mean to them.
He shares his home with his wife Michelle, daughter Lucy and step children Ian and Ivy. They have 3 cats; Nimoy, Ziggy Stardust, and Alleria.
His outside interests are film and history. His quirky sense of humor keeps all of us on our toes around here and has made him an excellent addition to our team!!
Janette came to us from the food service industry and was super excited for the change of pace! She loves the ever changing array of things that come in the door here. We really enjoy her funny sense of humor and having her on our team. She shares her home with her husband Lowell, three dogs; Aesop, Yoda, and Ben; three cats, Weena, Mr. Pants, and Charlie, and their bearded dragon Xena, Warrior Princess. She enjoys gardening, campfires, sewing, knitting, reading, bird watching, and snuggling with her pets!
Val started out as a long time client of Whitney Veterinary Hospital and jumped at the opportunity to join our team in 2018! She loves meeting new people and seeing how our team can come together to save pets in need. Val offers our clients amazing customer service and is such a good addition to our team! She shares her home with her husband Matt, a mutt named Cooper, and a Coonhound named Annie. In their spare time they enjoy camping, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Emily joined our team in August of 2019 from a retail sales environment. She loves talking with clients and seeing their adorable pets. We love Emily’s smiling face and warm heart at our front desk! Emily recently relocated to a home with her boyfriend Clayton, and is looking forward to adopting some furry friends soon! She loves to do art and pottery; she uses it as a great way to relax and unwind.