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Meet Our Amazing Team

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Veterinarians

Dr. John Coyne

Dr. John Coyne

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. John Coyne has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 40 years. He was raised on a farm in Central Illinois, which cultivated his love for animals and inspired him to pursue veterinary medicine. In 1974, he graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Since then, Dr. Coyne has blazed the proverbial trail, providing the quality of care he believed should be the norm and mentoring many skilled young veterinarians along the way. His dedication to hard work and persistence have led to him now owning and operating multiple animal hospitals throughout Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Dr. Coyne places special emphasis on wellness care and providing pets with the best quality of life through proactive treatment. Like many pet owners, he regards pets as friends and family members. With that in mind, he believes that pets deserve to have access to timely, quality care whenever they need it, and is willing to go above and beyond to meet their needs.

While the years have gone by, Dr. Coyne’s commitment to pets, pet owners, and his employees, whom he treats like family, has never changed. He continues to innovate and find new ways to help those around him—be it through providing medicine or offering scholarships to veterinary students.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Coyne is a big fan of University of Illinois athletics and enjoys all Chicago sports. He and his wife, Ruth, have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Dr. Matthew Szalay

Dr. Matthew Szalay

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. Joylnn Rudman

Dr. Joylnn Rudman

Veterinarian

Bio coming soon.

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.

Staff

Jordyn Moffett

Jordyn Moffett

Office 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.

Kara Mitchell

Kara Mitchell

Head Veterinary Technician

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Have an emergency fund set aside for unexpected medical costs.

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
I am an insect (and spider) advocate, I really enjoy entomology. I worked with Arizona’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse & Burro Program, providing veterinary care to 600+ wild horses and burros.

Favorite quote about animals?
“The greatness in humanity is not in being human, but being humane.” – Jane Goodall

What is your biggest fear?
Car accidents

Last book you read:
Saddleseat Horsemanship by Smith Lilly

Mandy LeRoyer

Mandy LeRoyer

What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?
Being able to create bonds with them. But also I love watching how happy and excited they get when they see their owners after a little time apart.

What is your favorite quote about animals?
“Animals make such agreeable friends- they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” -George Eliot

Favorite comfort food:
Tacos

What is the most unusual pet you have ever owned?
A bearded dragon

Allison Gleason

Allison Gleason

Client Service Representative

What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?
Every moment is rewarding when I can get an owner to smile, even in tough times.

Favorite comfort food:
Homemade cookies or Jambalaya

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Be proactive with your pets. The best care is preventative care.

What is the most unusual pet you have ever owned?
Nothing unusual, but we had a claw foot tub by our garage that we converted into an atrium for all of our turtles. Our tank inside had bluegills and sunfish.

Derrick Brandon

Derrick Brandon

Kennel Team

What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?
Helping people that treat their pets like family members.

Favorite comfort food:
Pizza

Last book you read:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Kim Harris

Kim Harris

Client Service Representative

What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?
Over the last 13 years, working for Dr. Coyne, I’ve had a hand in saving dogs’ lives, being there for owners, and just making friends with dogs!

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
My wonderful family–2 Pomeranians, a loving husband, the best parents, and 2 great older sisters.

Favorite comfort food:
Pizza!

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Animal cruelty, and people not washing their hands.

If you could give just 1 piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Food does NOT equal love. Obesity causes many health problems and can shorten an animal’s life.

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
1. I donated a kidney to my sister in 2005. 2. I’m a huge fan of the Backstreet Boys. 3. I’m obsessed with The Sims PC game.

What is your favorite quote about animals?
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures. They give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

What’s your biggest fear?
Germs.

Last book you read:
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Most unusual pet you’ve owned?
My Pomeranian, Damon. He understands every word you say. He also hates when people touch me, and will bark and lunge.

Jessica Westerhoff

Jessica Westerhoff

Groomer

What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?
Working with an aggressive animal and getting them to trust me.

What is your favorite quote about animals?
“A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

Favorite comfort food:
French fries

Last book you read:
Murder House by James Patterson

Most unusual pet you’ve owned?
An iguana

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