Meet Our Amazing Team

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Veterinarians

Dr. Matthew Szalay

Dr. Matthew Szalay

Veterinarian, Medical Director

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
Getting accepted into veterinary school and starting my career in this amazing profession. I will never forget opening that letter…

 

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
If an owner has a concern about their pet, consult their veterinarian before looking up symptoms online. Google can be a dangerous place to find advice. Veterinarians will gladly offer advice 10 times over having a pet owner Google something just once.

 

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Chipotle. Hands down.

 

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
I’m an avid sports fan. Strong loyalty to the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls. I am not a fan of winters because I enjoy outdoor activities like golfing, fishing, and attending baseball games. I love to cook—everything from preparation, the cooking process itself, the presentation, and of course…the eating…is fun for me.

Dr. Mallorie Barenie

Dr. Mallorie Barenie

Veterinarian

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
Graduating from vet school, of course!

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Owning a pet is a fun and rewarding responsibility. Try to be as educated as you can about your pet’s wellness needs throughout his or her life; however, always consult your veterinarian first if there are any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s healthcare.

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Macaroni and cheese

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
I played the piccolo in Purdue’s All American Marching Band, I’ve traveled to London, Beijing, and Costa Rica, and I enjoy hiking and photographing nature.

Dr. Therese Bonoma

Dr. Therese Bonoma

Veterinarian

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
I consider becoming a veterinarian my greatest accomplishment thus far. It was a lifelong dream and I can’t imagine doing anything else!

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Preventative care is the most important part of ensuring your pets have a healthy and long life. Make sure they are kept up to date on vaccines, flea/tick and heartworm prevention, and get them spayed/neutered at the recommended age. Feed them a high-quality diet and get their teeth professionally cleaned regularly.

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Chocolate and ice cream

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
1. I completed a full Ironman Triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin in 2015. It consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. I finished in 12 and a half hours!

2. I have had my horse, Cowboy, since I was 12 years old. He even came to college and vet school with me.

3. I took part in a variety of animal science and veterinary-related studies abroad—including spending time in the Netherlands and South Africa.

Dr. Krista Turey

Dr. Krista Turey

Veterinarian

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
My greatest accomplishment has been filling my life long dream of becoming a veterinarian.

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Preventative care and routine exams are the best steps to keeping your pets happy and healthy!

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Flaming Hot Cheetos

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
1. I studied abroad multiple times during college in Thailand, Italy, Tanzania, and the Dominican Republic.

2. I’m an avid baker and like to bring treats in for my coworkers on Mondays as a good way to start the week.

3. I have recently become a green thumb and am currently growing 30 different vegetables and fruits.

Dr. Jade Bazarnik

Dr. Jade Bazarnik

Veterinarian

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
Taking the leap to attend Veterinary School in a foreign country. I had never traveled outside the U.S. and actually didn’t obtain a passport until I was preparing to leave for school.

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. The expense of some of the things we can do as preventative medicine (vaccines, spay/neuter, routine dental care, or even heartworm preventative) truly pales in comparison to some of the costs of treatments of the conditions your pet may suffer from without them.

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Spaghetti and meatballs with my grandmother’s recipe for a homemade sauce

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
My first job was in the kitchen at a nursing home. I’ve never seen or read Game of Thrones.  The only shadow puppet I can do is a rabbit.

Dr. Kailynn Madsen

Dr. Kailynn Madsen

I attended the Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California. I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian my entire life. I grew up riding horses, but I have always had a love for all animals. I have never considered any other career path other than a veterinarian.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

Graduating from veterinary school and finally getting to start my dream career.

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

Routine care is crucial to keeping your pet healthy. Staying up to date on physical exams, vaccinations, parasite preventatives, and feeding a well-balanced diet are the most important things to keep our furry friends healthy.

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?

I can play the guitar and ukulele. I was on my college’s equestrian team. I love spending my Saturdays off watching college football.

Dr. Katherine Bialas

Dr. Katherine Bialas

I attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. I am also Chicago-born and raised!
Every few years we would travel to Poland to visit our grandparents, I was always so fascinated by all the animals they had on their farm – if my parents couldn’t find me it was because I was in the barn or out in the field with the animals!

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

Becoming a veterinarian sure tops the list!

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

You would be surprised how much nutrition affects an animal, a high-quality, well-balanced diet can truly give your pet a longer and healthier life.

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?

1. I spent 5 months living in Thailand where I got to work with elephants.
2. I speak fluent Polish, dziendobry!
3. I was in a folklore dance group for over 15 years, we would perform all over the world, as far as China and as close as Chicago.

Management Team

Jordyn M.

Jordyn M.

Practice Manager

What is your favorite quote about animals?
“Those who teach us the most about humanity aren’t always human.” – Donald L. Hicks

Favorite comfort food:
Dairy Queen ice cream

Last book you read:
The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Most unusual pet you’ve owned?
I currently have a rat.

Ashlee R.

Ashlee R.

Administrative Assistant

This is my first time working in the animal care field, but nothing has ever suited me more. I have loved animals my entire life and always found myself advocating for their safety.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

If I could have any animal as a pet I would choose a dolphin! They are beautiful, intelligent, fun, and kind. 

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I have a Norwegian Forest Cat named Thor. 

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

I have always loved and advocated for animals. They are kind, non-judgemental, and pure. Animals act in a way of survival without ulterior motives. Animals need us to be their voice and keep them safe from harmful humans.

Allison G.

Allison G.

Office Manager

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
We did a “battle of the bands” team-building exercise. We had groups, costumes, and laughed until we were in tears over the joy we brought each other.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
It would have to be a doggie. I am loyal, protective, and enjoy laying around and snuggling.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A horse. I loved riding, watching them play, run, trot, and just be the majestic beauties that they are.

Lynn B.

Lynn B.

Pharmacy Manager

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

I was helping the technician get a fecal sample from a dog. The technician went in to get the fecal and pulled out a baby carrot!

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A cat – I like to sleep and have people wait on me.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A duck. I’ve always wanted a duck to be bonded to me and follow me everywhere!

Lauren H.

Lauren H.

Head Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Rosalie F.

Rosalie F.

Kennel Manager

I was raised in rural Michigan, where my mother’s homeschooling methods often meant throwing me outside to explore the world first person; tearing the tarp of the compost pile and grabbing as many snakes as I could before they got away, watching a spider’s web until something happened, catching and raising tadpoles while avoiding the crawdads that often got into my “traps” (for sure just yogurt containers I made holes in), or simply watching bats come out at twilight instilled such a genuine awe for the natural world. I have been fascinated by the biodiversity of even the most familiar ecosystem since childhood, which has given me cause to pursue ethology, biology, and animal husbandry both professionally and as my hobby. I am so grateful for my position at Coyne as I learn hands-on while going through a vet tech program.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I already have most of my dream animals, but Argentine tegus, Madagascar hognoses, Malagasy tree boas, and at least one false water cobra still need to happen
Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
Proud owner (or co-caretaker, since my little siblings have taken after me) or a German shepherd, two cats, three tarantulas, four lizards, ten snakes, several arthropod colonies, and a hedgehog!
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
1) I have an up-close and personal look at their incredible design.
2)I work with incredible, innovative, and caring people who I’ve witness save and influence lives in amazing ways.
3) I feel like I make a real difference in the lives of our patients and the clients hold them dear to their hearts.

Amanda D.

Amanda D.

Grooming Manager

My sister in law asked me to help her at her shop (I do love animals). Then I got stuck grooming for 10 years and haven’t stopped!

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A cat because I’m fierce and friendly at the same time.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A Siberian Tiger or Polar Bear because they are my favorite animals. Beautiful and majestic.

Cody G.

Cody G.

Training Coordinator

I, like many others, have loved dogs my whole life. I have a few other family members who have encouraged me to join this field.I’ve always enjoyed customer service jobs and can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

When traveling on the back roads at night I always come across animals (racoons, possums, foxes, etc.). I always pull to the side of the road and shoo them to the side so they do not get hit by a car.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

I would compare myself to a bat. They are dark and mysterious but also cute and sweet!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

Either a horse or a horse or a cow. I’ve always wanted a farm that has 1 of every animal.

Veterinary Technicians & Assistants

Kara W.

Kara W.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

When my old dog nervous peed on a stranger’s lap that she randomly decided to jump onto while hiking.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

Probably a cat. Independent and I appreciate attention but only when I want it.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A wombat – they’re hilarious and adorable.

Rachel M.

Rachel M.

Veterinary Assistant

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

One of my cat’s favorite spots to pee is on my brother’s bed, so that’s pretty funny.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A platypus because I’m just living my life.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A grizzly bear because they are big, dangerous, stuffed animals. They look so cuddly and walking one would mean no one would stop to talk to me.

Jessica K.

Jessica K.

Veterinary Technician Shift Lead

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

My favorite moment on the job was when I was helping care for a patient that was being stubborn while taking their medications. The owner called and requested to be put on speakerphone so they could talk their pet into taking their medications!

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

Gold retriever because they get to swim and lay in the sun all summer long!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A deer because they’re so cute and seem so sweet!

Nicolette T.

Nicolette T.

Veterinary Assistant

Ever since I was young, I have had a love for animals. After the cat I grew up loving passed away, I decided to pursue my Associate Degree in Veterinary Science Technology. I told myself that I would love other pets as much as I loved her. The best experiences I have at work are when clients tell me that they can tell I’m passionate about what I do.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

Dolphin because I would want to keep it in my back yard in a huge pool. It would be awesome for my son and husband, and I could swim with it anytime!

McClaryn M.

McClaryn M.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

A dog came in that had eaten a toy, we induced vomiting and when the dog threw up the toy squeaked as it was coming out.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A bear, I eat a lot, sleep a lot in the winter, and love the cold weather.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

Tiger – I love big cats.

Mike L.

Mike L.

Veterinary Assistant

I have been working at Coyne since April 2018 and I absolutely love it. My inspiration to want this job was simply my love for animals. When you’re working in a place full of animals every day is very heartwarming.

Mike’s most embarrassing moment at work was when he accidentally locked himself in the outdoor kennels and realized he had no way to climb out over the wall.

If he had to choose two animals to breed together, defying the laws of nature, he would want it to be a cat and a dog so that it could be the real-life version of the cartoon ‘Catdog’.

Megan R.

Megan R.

Veterinary Assistant

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

My dog and I have this fun game where I give her a bath and then she immediately runs and jumps on my bed.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

Well, I took a quiz online because I honestly didn’t know. I got a penguin since they are resilient, intelligent, witty, and loyal to those they are close to and I felt like that was pretty accurate.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I wouldn’t choose anything over my 10-year-old beagle mix Dixie because she is perfect.

Rachel W.

Rachel W.

Veterinary Assistant

I first got introduced to Coyne Vet Center when I job shadowed Dr. Barenie through my vocational class in high school. I job shadowed her for three days. I also met Dr. Szalay while I was there. Dr. Szalay opened my eyes to possibly working at Coyne as a Kennel Attendant that way I could get more experience. I went through all the steps and here I am, working at Coyne! I have always wanted to be a veterinarian because I love animals and I think being able to help them would be the best job ever. Working here has really made me confident that becoming a veterinarian is truly what I want to do. I want all owners to know that our pets love us day in and day out, no matter what mood you’re in, what you look like, or what kind of a day you have had, so try to love THEM as much as they love you.

If Rachel could defy the laws of nature she would breed together her two favorite animals a wolf and a shark. This would make the furriest fish in the sea or a very large wolf with a mouth full of huge shark teeth. She would name it the “Warkf”.

Every year when Rachel and her family go on a fishing trip and on the last day of the trip, her family has a tradition of jumping into the lake. All of them must jump in.

Cassy K.

Cassy K.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

I started working as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital when I was in high school, just after I got my first dog. The more I learned, the more my love for animals grew. One dachshund shortly turned into four and that’s when I realized this was the field I was meant to be in! I definitely have a passion for small animals and am always eager to help with any exotics that come through.

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
Some of my favorite memories are a result of a challenge. There are a few instances I can think of with rowdy birds, but I think one of my favorites was handling two birds in a room with the doctor. The birds flew straight out of their kennel and around the whole room. The owners refrained from telling us that their birds were rarely handled and they did not necessarily feel comfortable handling them in the hospital. But luckily, they were just startled and were very friendly!

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
If I could compare myself to any animal, I would choose a Beluga Whale. I love how playful and friendly they are, even in the wild. I love watching videos of them lending a helping hand and returning stuff people drop in the ocean.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I did an internship at a zoo over the summer and loved taking care of the Cotton-Tipped Tamarins. They look like little mad scientists and are so devious; I could watch them play all day.

Madison B.

Madison B.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

I am currently in my gap year after graduating with an animal science degree from Purdue in May. I’m awaiting vet school acceptances at this moment. Upon getting into vet school, I aspire to eventually open a practice of my own and practice on companion animals.

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
In one of my animal science courses at Purdue, I had to go to the swine farm at 5 am and vaccinate 200 piglets with one other person. The piglets were about 30 pounds so they were getting kind of heavy as the morning went on, and they were running around their pen like psychos so we basically had to tackle them to stop them from running away. Meaning- I was diving straight into manure for 3 hours. My body hurt for 3 days after, and I had thrown my clothes away after 5 washes that didn’t get the manure stench out…

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
Probably a sloth because I can be completely content laying around doing absolutely nothing all day.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I know crowns aren’t exotic and easily accessible, but I would have a Jersey cow because they seriously have the sweetest faces. Their eyelashes are so long and adorable!

Sara L.

Sara L.

Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon.

Mackenna H.

Mackenna H.

Veterinary Assistant

When I was young I volunteered at an animal clinic I fell in love with animals and knew I wanted to make taking care of them my career. 

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

My coworker ordered an extra cheese pizza and got one with no cheese at all. 

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

I would compare myself to a pitbull because I am loyal and active. 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would have a sloth because they are adorable and lazy!

Skyler B.

Skyler B.

Veterinary Technician

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

A horse I rode laid down in a big mud puddle while I was on her and would not get up.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A sloth because I keep to myself most of the time. I’m shy when I first meet someone new.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A black leopard because I think they are pretty.

Joshua S.

Joshua S.

Veterinary Technician

My passion for animals started when I was young and veterinary medicine has been a very rewarding way to make this mission my career. I became a veterinary assistant to gain experience on my path to becoming a veterinarian.

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

When I try to get a kiss from my own dog sometimes she just smacks me in the face instead. If I have a scratch on my face, it’s most likely because she did it.

Alyse C.

Alyse C.

Veterinary Assistant

I have always loved animals and had a passion for caring for them. Growing up I’ve always been one to take home strays and get them back to health so I wanted to learn more about it professionally.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any pet in the world it would probably be a monkey because they are pretty cool.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have 3 dogs, 3 horses, 4 cats, 3 chickens and a hamster. They are all unique in their own ways.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I believe the most rewarding part of working with animals is being able to experience watching them heal.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Spending time with my animals.

Travon B.

Travon B.

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Nereida J.

Nereida J.

Technician Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Room Assistants

Nicole W.

Nicole W.

Room Assistant Shift Lead

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

As an animal lover, I cannot help wanting to help animals in need. As I was getting ready for bed I heard a cat outside meowing. I was already in PJs and thought no one would see me in the dark. Just as I was about to get the cat, my neighbor came home. I hid behind a large tree but the motion lights caught me and my neighbor asked what I was doing. I told him about the cat and he said, “only that would happen to you.”

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

I would compare myself to a goat. I always find myself in crazy situations and sometimes cannot get myself out. I’m funny, sometimes without even trying to be and my quirky personality will put a smile on your face.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would want a sloth. They are calm and easy-going. They always appear to be smiling and would be a wonderful pet to tell your secrets to. Sometimes it would do me good to just sit and chill and move as slow as a sloth.

Autumn N.

Autumn N.

Room Assistant Shift Lead

I have always had a passion for animals since I was little. In high school, that love grew after volunteering at an animal shelter. While working at Coyne, I received my bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue University.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
An elephant, I simply love them!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When not at work I enjoy going to farmer’s markets, practicing calligraphy, and hanging out with my cat!

Chris B.

Chris B.

Room Assistant

I was inspired to get into animal care after my first semester of college, being a civil engineering major, and realizing it was not for me. I took some time to rethink my career choice and thought of becoming a veterinarian and it inspired me to change career paths.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why? If I could have any pet in the world it would have to be a cat, because my family had one when we were younger but has since passed away.

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
The fun and unique personalities of them.

Anthony L.

Anthony L.

Room Assistant

My name is Anthony, but at work, I go by Tony. I started here at Coyne in September 2021 and plan to apply to vet school in the future. Growing up, I had so many different kinds of pets: dogs, cats, birds, turtles, fish, hamsters, and hermit crabs. I think helping care for them and their specific needs piqued my interest and led to my current career aspirations.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I currently have a cat, an orange domestic shorthair named Leo. He is my first cat and I love how playful he is!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Seeing animals come in very sick, helping them, and then seeing them come back healthy, happy, and playing is such a rewarding experience every single time.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
In my free time, I love to play video games, read, and go hiking and running.

Emma B.

Emma B.

Room Assistant

Animals have always had a special place in my heart. I was unsure if I wanted to pursue a career in the veterinary field, but after working at Coyne, I instantly fell in love. This is what I was meant to do, and I plan to go to school to be a veterinarian technician!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
An Elephant! Who doesn’t want a gentle giant?
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have an English black lab named Eve and we call her Evie! My favorite thing about Eve would be that she is a total goofball and is always ready to play!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I think the most rewarding thing for me is meeting the pets that come in and watching our connection grow more and more over time!!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love to read, draw, and spend time with my family and friends!

Samantha B.

Samantha B.

Room Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Client Service Representatives

Kaylin B.

Kaylin B.

Client Service Representative

Bio Coming Soon.

Dani A.

Dani A.

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

I’ve always loved pets and have a soft heart for them. When I was younger I wanted to work in animal care but life seemed to take me elsewhere. I’m happy to join this team and get closer to an animal care career.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why? Besides dogs, I would want a snake because I love reptiles, a hedgehog because their noses are so adorable, and a chinchilla because they are so soft.

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names? I just have one dog, a mini Dachshund named Max (but he responds to Ween and Weenie)
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
I just love that animals love you without judgment.

Kristine F.

Kristine F.

Client Service Representative

I am starting a new chapter in my life. I have worked with human patients for 20 years and now I have the opportunity to make a difference in a furbaby’s life! 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would love an Alpaca. Years ago I took my daughter to a farm where you could feed Alpaca by hand. I had this sweet Alpaca come up and put his head on my shoulder. I was so excited and my daughter was busy snapping pictures! 

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

Yes, two rescue cats named Lola and Carly Sue. 

Olivia V.

Olivia V.

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

Growing up I always dreamt of being a veterinarian, but as I got older I tried to be more realistic with myself and how much schooling I wanted to put myself through. I’ve always had pets growing up and the older I got the more my love grew for animals, so when the opportunity came up to work with animals I couldn’t pass it! 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would pick a cow because I think they are so cute and I feel like I’m pretty equipped to handle cow-like animals (my dog).

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I have two dogs, Athena and Zeus. Zeus is a Great Dane puppy and Athena is a Great Dane Pitbull mix. They are both still really young and hyper so they keep me on my toes. 

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

My favorite thing would be the interactions that happen daily with not only the pets I get to come in contact with but the owners as well. Pet owners often feel as though their pets are family so I’m excited to help them with all their needs.

Tayllor M.

Tayllor M.

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

I love working with pets that bring so much joy to our lives!
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Sea turtle
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have one dog named Lucas. I love how he thinks he is still a tiny puppy, even at 100 Ibs!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The happiness they bring to any situation.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I am a full-time hairstylist after work hours!

Marley P.

Marley P.

Client Service Representative

I am currently attending Purdue Northwest to get a BS in Forensics. I got inspired to choose this career from the tv show Bones. My love for dogs is the reason I started working here at Coyne. I love seeing them be happy, healthy, and thriving.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A thresher shark because of their speed and their use of their tail. I also would also love to have a panda because of their fluff, their laziness, and the fact they’re surrounded by bamboo.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have two dogs. Their names are Flower and Atari. Flower is my baby pit mix and loves to play or give kisses. Atari likes to relax and lay around all day.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Getting to give them love and making them happy. It’s also nice to know they’re here to get help with any of their health concerns.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love to ride my long board, listen to records, and drive. All of them help me clear my mind and relax.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I’m very passionate about the fight for equal human rights. People are people and should be free to love who they want and do what they want regardless of their background. I’m also passionate about climate change since there is no Planet B.

Bridget M.

Bridget M.

Client Service Representative

Shannon F.

Shannon F.

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

Madison H.

Madison H.

Client Service Representative

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Kennel Team

Kim H.

Kim H.

Daycare Attendant Shift Lead

I started working in the veterinary field 14 years ago, with Dr. Coyne, as a kennel attendant. I’ve learned so much working with all these talented and knowledgeable doctors and technicians. However, working in doggie daycare has been so rewarding and enjoyable. I’m obviously an avid dog lover and I’ve built such a bond with so many dogs (and a lot of owners too). Do you know how some people dread going to their job every day? Not me. I look forward to seeing my favorite 4 legged friends. They make my days brighter. It’s very rewarding to gain a shy, timid dog’s trust and watch them come out of their shell. I truly care and love them. Dogs are my life.

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures. They give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” -Gilda Radner

If Kim had to set up her dogs’ dating profiles they would read as follows:

Stefan: Ball enthusiast. Loves his mother. Enjoys snuggling on the couch. Expert bully stick chewer. Loves treats and ice cream. Enjoys long walks. One look at me and you’ll fall in love instantly. I’m adorable.

Damon: Opinionated. Strong. Boisterous. Loves naps. Enjoys car rides. Loves his father.

I love to kiss, even if you don’t want me to. I’m very loving, but if you do something I don’t like, I will eat you!

Jessica O.

Jessica O.

Daycare Attendant

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

Whenever I work with Kim, she always imitates the dogs and makes them sound like how they would if they were humans, and it never fails to make me laugh.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

I would compare myself to a turtle because I could either lay in the sun or hang out in the water and I would be protected by my shell.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would have a koala bear as a pet because they like to sleep all day and so do I. They seem very cuddly.

Madison J.

Madison J.

Daycare Attendant

I really like working with dogs in daycare because they’re all just so cute and adorable, they also love to cuddle, so how can you not love them? I love when dogs want to give me a big hug or if they’re tired, so they want to lay on my lap, it’s literally the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I also think it’s awesome because I get to work with one of my best friends so that’s a good thing about coming to work.

If Madison’s dogs lived in the movie Secret Life of Pets she believes that her dog Pluto would find the closest shoe he could since he believes that shoes are toys. Her other dog Emma would find something on the counter like the bread or bagels and take it into the living room and tear it apart.

Stephanie S.

Stephanie S.

Daycare Attendant

My inspiration came from when my sister became a Vet-Tech, and I really wanted to be part of the animal care field as well.

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

My sister’s dog Brutus chased us with a garden hose through the whole garden. In the end, he was super happy and me and my sister were soaking wet.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

Probably a cat, they’re very sweet and cuddly and independent but also a bit standoff-ish watching the action from a distance.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

Definitely a sloth, they’re just so cute!

Ethan W.

Ethan W.

Daycare Attendant

Bio coming soon.

Emily C.

Emily C.

Kennel Attendant

I decided I wanted to work with animals because I have always owned pets my whole life. I want to be a vet when I am older because I genuinely want to make animals’ lives easier and help with their injuries. I know that working at Coyne is a great beginning path for that! 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would love to have a pet monkey because they are very intelligent animals. I feel like they would be fun to own. They are also adorable!

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

Yes – I have 3 beagles (Abby, Pumpkin, and Gizmo), 2 cats (Kitty and KJ), a bearded dragon (Adam), a red-footed tortoise (Turt), and lots of fish! 

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

My favorite thing is noticing how loving pets can be. They truly make you feel like you are their best friend!

Madelyn G.

Madelyn G.

Kennel Attendant Shift Lead

I wanted to join the animal care field because I love working with animals. No animal has ever not made me happy. They will always bring joy into my life. I have a dog of my own and I don’t know what I would do without him. 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

If I could have any animal in the world I would have a horse. I would have a horse because they are beautiful and smart animals. I have always loved horses since I was little. My uncle has horses and he always lets me ride them. 

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I currently have one pet. It is a dog and his name is A.J. He is a Pekingese and he is 9 years old. 

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

My favorite thing about working with animals is how happy they make me. They just bring so much joy in life because they are always happy. They are always so cute and whenever I do work with them, it doesn’t feel like work, it just feels like play.

Sydney H.

Sydney H.

Cuddle Time Attendant

At the age of 5, I had a little kitten that died in an accident. After her passing, I got more into caring about animals and their wellness. Since then it has been my dream to be a veterinarian.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

If I could have any animal in the world as a pet it would be a Panda. I would take a Panda as a pet because they are currently endangered and they seem to be gentle giants. 

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I currently have 4 Maltese. In order from oldest to youngest their names are Holly, S’more, Ratchet, and Lily. 

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

My favorite thing about working with animals is seeing their tails or seeing how happy they get after playing, it just puts a smile on my face.

Kaylee K.

Kaylee K.

Kennel Attendant

The thing that happened in my life that inspired me to get into the animal care field is when I was younger my parents brought home a dog named Kobe. He was a pomeranian and he was very sick, I felt so bad because he was so miserable and had to go to the vet every week. 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would either have a Tiger, a Panda, or a Red Panda as a pet if I could. The reason why I chose these animals is that I find Tigers strong and very beautiful animals and Pandas/Red Pandas are cute and silly animals.

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I currently have 2 pets. As of now, I have a dog named Zoe, she is a Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso mix and I have a cat named Mochi, she is a Siamese Munchkin cat. 

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

My favorite thing about working with animals is getting to be around them, pet them, love on them, and knowing that they are in the right place with the right people being cared for.

Amanda L.

Amanda L.

Cuddle Time Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Aiden T.

Aiden T.

Daycare Attendant

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Valorie G.

Valorie G.

Kennel Attendant Shift Lead

I have always had animals at home and always wanted to work with animals since I was a kid.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would love to have an elephant as a pet just because of how loving they are to humans.

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I have 4 dogs and 4 cats of my own. Pomp and Goldie are small breeds, Jinx is an Australian/German Shepard, and Daisy is a Goldendoodle.

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

My favorite thing about working with animals is how different every animal is from each other.

Dolores T.

Dolores T.

Kennel Attendant Shift Lead

I’ve been an animal advocate for 28yrs, it was in caring for exotics I found a purpose to educate and care for other rehomed animals. While I joined this hospital to learn better means to speak with the public and gain more confidence in our abilities with all species. I’ve gained so much more… I don’t think I’ll be away from Coyne at any point in our endeavors to care for your animals too.

What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Understanding the deepest purpose in life for all of us I would suppose, the existence of each animal is like that of you and me, important, special, and necessary for the continuation of the symbiotic nature of the world we live in. The personalities and communication abilities are never-ending, and there is always something new to learn.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I’m a gamer at heart who also loves to create artwork. Though I do keep my nose in the books at times, I enjoy Pathogen, genetic, biology, and herpetological research studies and long nights watching documentaries!
What causes are you most passionate about?
Protection of our Native and non-native wildlife and ecosystems, as well as Captive care of such species in the happenstance that the wild becomes unsavory to provide life for any of its creatures.

Ashley C.

Ashley C.

Kennel Attendant Shift Lead

Cheyenne S.

Cheyenne S.

Daycare Attendant

I have always had animals in my household. I love working with animals. I have dog-sat some of my family animals, which also inspires me to work with animals.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any pet in the world it would be a dog because they are very loyal and I love dogs a lot.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have one dog her name is Hallie. My favorite thing about is all the good pictures I get to take of her and the way she sleeps.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The animals that you work with get to know you and get to trust you.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy cooking and baking. I also love to hang out with my boyfriend and family. I also like to play volleyball, go shopping, and getting my nails done

Jamie B.

Jamie B.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Richard A.

Richard A.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Jordan W.

Jordan W.

Kennel Attendant Shift Lead

Bio coming soon!

Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Kennel Attendant

I initially applied to try a new line of work compared to my previous jobs, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I have been. Just like any other job, this one has its ups and downs. However, I’ve found that I genuinely enjoy working with animals and would like to eventually go back to school to become a Vet Tech.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A fox for no other reason than I think they are incredibly cute!
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a cat name Tazi, he’s a very hairy boy and he lets me wear him around my neck like a scarf! I have a Beagle Pomeranian named Hayden, he is the chonkiest boy! Then I have a Heeler mix puppy named Pixel and she is by far the sweetest dog I have ever met!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I feel like the work I do has a purpose. The fact that my work directly affects an animal’s quality of life and potentially their happiness, makes me feel like I’m not just doing another job. Every day I do my best to give these animals the quality of care they deserve.

Amelia B.

Amelia B.

Cuddle Time Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Jamari A.

Jamari A.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Shyann S.

Shyann S.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Jaylen L.

Jaylen L.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Ellie S.

Ellie S.

Kennel Attendant

Animals have always helped me on my mental health journey. They always seem to understand and comfort in ways humans can’t. My mother is RN Nurse at the VA and I wanted to also work in the medical field, then through a friend, I was encouraged to apply at Coyne. Now not only am I working a dream job with animals, but I also hope to become a Vet Tech so I can help on a more medical side.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would have to go with a Panda! I have always loved pandas. When I was adopted as a baby I was given a panda stuffed animal. I still have him on my bed today. Pandas are goofy, lazy, and adorable creatures. I’d love to take a big nap on a cozy panda bear.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a dog named Charlie who is always ready to cheer me up when I need it, and a fish named Excalibur who is very good at hind and seek.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding part about working with animals is that they all tell a story. You as the interpreter of the story have the chance to really dig deep and feel the emotions that they give off in a very empathic way. Animals can’t always help themselves so they look to their hoomans and us to help get them back to normal. Seeing the attitude adjustment or change in energy, it’s almost like meeting a whole new happier, and healthier version.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I’m not doing boring homework, I like to watch anime, play video games, and do something artistic. That could include drawing, sculpting, or playing guitar with my dog Charlie.
What causes are you most passionate about?
– The Jane Goodall Institute
– Best Friends Animals Society
– Act To Change
– The Trever Project

Payton D.

Payton D.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Trinity P.

Trinity P.

Kennel Attendant

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Grooming Team

Kristen T.

Kristen T.

Groomer

I have always wanted to work with my mom at the pet shop she worked at. At 15 I did. Then she inspired me to go and learn grooming which is what I do now. My love for animals is so strong that anytime I see a stray animal on the street I try to locate the owner or take the animal to a shelter. A heartwarming experience I’ve had is when I had to groom a Lagotto Romagnolo for the first time which made me very nervous. When the groom was complete the owner was very happy and has since requested me to do their grooming in the future.

Kristen’s recommendation for everyone to try at least once would be to get a massage with hot rocks.

If her pets lived in the movie a Secret Life of Pets… her dog Cuddles would panic because she was left alone and chew on everything all while her sister Lucy would be sleeping the day away.

Faith G.

Faith G.

Groomer

Bio coming soon.

Bree L.

Bree L.

Groomer

After I left college, I really aspired to find work I genuinely enjoyed doing. I had an interest in working with animals and grooming, so I decided to go for it. Now I found myself enjoying my work for the first time and love what I do.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A giraffe. I just think they’re really cool and they’re herbivores which I think is adorable.
Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
I have 1 dog and 2 cats. My dog’s name is Koda, he’s a black tri, mini Australian Shepard. A boy all-black cat named Zak Bagans, and a girl white and grey cat named Salad.
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
Seeing all the different breeds of cats and dogs, everyone is just so cute!

Grace G.

Grace G.

Grooming Assistant

I am currently a student majoring in biology and I want to go into veterinary science for marine life, which is what inspired me to apply to Coyne. I wanted to work with animals and also see some of the vet side of things.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any animal in the world as a pet it would be a shark because I love studying sharks and I think they are beautiful fascinating creatures.
Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
I currently have two dogs and a guinea pig. My dogs’ names are Audrey and Laila and my Guineapig’s name is Tina.
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
My favorite thing about working with animals is their different personalities and how much love is put into taking care of the animals. I also love when I bring out customers’ dogs after their groom and how happy they look and how happy the dogs are to be reunited with their owner.

Victoria H.

Victoria H.

Bather

Bio coming soon!

Jade B.

Jade B.

Grooming Assistant

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Kennedy M.

Kennedy M.

Grooming Assistant

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Housekeeping

Patty O.

Patty O.

Maintenance

Bio Coming Soon.