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 enjoys all parts of veterinary medicine. Dr. Hayes approached Jill about taking over the practice manager position in February of 2018. 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! Jill is currently taking classes to complete her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager certification. The CVPM certification would set Jill apart in the world of veterinary management. This has been a big and exciting undertaking for a new manager!
Her home includes her husband, Adam; son, Austin; daughter, Avery; their cat, Winnie; and a Goldendoodle named Brewer. 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 now assists the practice manager.
She has a heart for providing the best and most caring service possible.
Aly makes sure 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, special events, and assists the practice manager.
Aly and her husband, Tony, live in the country with their five kids who happen to be dogs, Freya, a German Shepherd; Emmy, a Cavachon; Oscar, a Shih Tzu mix; Mena, a Cavachon/Shi Tzu mix; and their dog, Annie. Aly and Tony enjoy spending time together and 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 orthopedic surgery and physical rehabilitation, 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 senior cat, Pewter.
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 keeps busy with many projects including fostering dozens of kittens over the past few years and running an Airbnb.
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. Kaley is a talented photographer and has taken many pictures for our practice. They recently welcomed their 1st child Kira.
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 a rescued pack of poodles, Shelton and Spencer, all who enjoy hiking. She also has two fathead Persians, Sedrick and Sparrow, who run the house, as well as Scottie, the Poochon, and Sulley, the miniature Golden Doodle.
Lori loves traveling, spending time with her family and friends, painting, decorating her house, picking antiques, distressing furniture 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, and rehabilitation. 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 sassy independent daughter Elena. 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. Courtney shares her home with her fiancé Dan and their son Declan. She loves spending time with her 5 cats; Sassy, Jericho, Vincent, Hope, and Ino. She also enjoys raising her 3 chickens; Blanche, Sofia and Dorothy. 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 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 Degree in Veterinary Technology with honors. Becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician has been a goal for Alysa since childhood, as caring for animals is her passion. She has a special interest in surgery and rehabilitation for animals that have orthopedic injuries or have undergone surgery. She has also developed a love for acupuncture, spinal manipulation and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine since starting here with us.
Alysa enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her two pets: her Beagle, Pippa, 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 rabbits, Tucker and Hazel. In her spare time, she enjoys watching the St Louis Blues, going bowling with her family, and spending time 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.
Amber joined our team in 2020 with over 10 years of veterinary experience and a true love for the profession. Amber is an advocate for all of her patients and works hard every day to ensure they get the best possible care. She shares her home with her daughter, Sydney, her 4 cats, Bella, Avery, Louise, and Kupono. Her newest addition to the family is Lucy, a Beagle/Basset Hound Mix. Amber enjoys coloring, swimming, and spending lots of time with Sydney.
Taylor, Veterinary Assistant
Taylor grew up around animals and has always had an interest in veterinary medicine. In 2021 she joined our team and had been amazed at everything she has learned in that short time. Taylor really enjoys her co-workers and loves spending time with our patients. Taylor and her fiancé Carey share a daughter, Keegan, and four dogs; Luna, Pepe, Cacio, and Paloma, a fish named Fish, and 2 horses. They love watching the cooking channel, hiking, riding horses, and traveling to see family in Michigan and Minnesota.
Whitney, Veterinary Assistant
Whitney originally started with us as a client, then a kennel person, and recently moved up to veterinary assistant in 2021! Her love for animals and positive, caring personality is what makes her such a wonderful fit for our hospital. Whitney loves the fact that we are an AAHA accredited hospital and enjoys learning from her talented co-workers. She shares her home with her husband, Jeremiah, and their three cats; Goose, Homer, and Whiskers. Whitney is also a trained barista with a passion for coffee; she loves to read, write, paint, go for walks, and swim.
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 Pitbull named Jan, 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 an adult daughter, Morgan. Morgan and her husband Ben are both nurses at area hospitals. They have two cats, Romeo and Gracie, and two dogs, Kaci and Tuck. Tami and her husband love fishing and relaxing at the beach.
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, Ursula, and Charlie, and their bearded dragon Xena, Warrior Princess. She enjoys gardening, campfires, sewing, knitting, reading, bird watching, and snuggling with her pets!
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 adopted a kitten named Arlo and a puppy named Ivy! She loves to do art and pottery; she uses it as a great way to relax and unwind.
Kara always had a love for animals and an interest in veterinary medicine; this made her decision to join our practice in 2020 an easy choice! Kara loves her co-workers and all the excitement veterinary medicine brings each day. She has learned so much in the last year and developed a true passion for her career. She shares her home with, Paxt, a German Shepherd; and loves traveling, reading, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family.