Staff of Barrington Animal Hospital

Barrington Animal Hospital StaffDawn, Practice Manager

As our practice manager, Dawn's responsibilities include processing accounts receivable and accounts payable, assisting with account balance monitoring, developing marketing strategies, and making sure our days run smoothly. She has worked in the animal related field for four years and joined our staff in April 2013. Dawn's two favorite aspects of her role at Barrington Animal Hospital are "being around animals and being able to use [her] business skills."

At home, Dawn cares for her cat, Spirit, and her dog, Amber. In her spare time, Dawn enjoys boating, traveling and gardening.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffSam, Veterinary Technician Manager

Veterinary Technician Sam joined our team in April of 2017, and has been working in the in the animal related field for over 13 years. Sam’s daily duties include retrieving patient history, drawing blood, monitoring pets under anesthesia, administering x-rays, reading ear cytologies, and lab work. The part of her job that Sam enjoys the most is interacting and forming bonds with clients and their pets.

“Everyone here has the same goal to deliver the best veterinary care and customer service with a compassion,” Sam proclaims. Sam has been a great addition to our tech team. She brings a lot of knowledge and a is great communicator to our clients. She will be a great role model for our team.

At home, Sam enjoys baking, traveling, going football and basketball games. She appreciates spending her down time with her loving family and friends.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffDeeDee, Certified Veterinary Technician

DeeDee joined our team here at Barrington Animal Hospital in May of 2017 as our veterinary technician. Her responsibilities are laboratory work, taking x-rays, anesthesia monitoring, obtaining medical histories, and more. One of her favorite parts of working with us is assisting our doctors in surgery to better the health of your pets.

She holds an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science, a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts, as well as the title of certified Veterinary Technician, Associate of Applied Science from Joliet Junior College, and a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology.

DeeDee has been working in the animal related field for 4 years with the experience of working with exotic animals. When she’s not spending time bettering our patients, she’s spending time with her own pets – her 13-year-old shepherd mix Harley and 12-year-old chihuahua Gizmo. In her free time, DeeDee loves to paint, read, cook, and go hiking with her fluffy best friends.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffKatie, Certified Veterinary Technician

Since joining our team as a full-time member in August of 2017, certified veterinary technician Katie brings a bubbly personality and advanced knowledge in animal medical practices to Barrington Animal Hospital. Katie helps provide care to the animals that enter our facility, assists our doctors with patients and in surgery, helps with dental cleanings, and much more. She has been certified by the America Veterinary Medical Association, and is licensed to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin.

After obtaining an Associates in veterinary technology from Rockford Career College, Katie went on to pursue further education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. There, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in animal science with an emphasis in equine and swine management. Since graduating, Katie has accumulated over 11 years of valuable experience having worked as a kennel technician for various other hospitals before coming to Barrington as a CVT.

“Dr. Stapleton is an amazing woman to work for,” says Katie. “The team here is great and very friendly. Everyone works together. It is a very happy environment here.”

Outside of the office, Katie enjoys spending her free time by going to Napa Valley and hanging out with her husband. She also likes to pass the time by going to family get-togethers, working on getting her veterinary technician specialty in dentistry with the help of Dr. Stapleton, and looking after her beloved dogs. Katie owns a Rottweiler named Axel, a Boston Terrier Mix named Rudy, and two cats named Norman Bates and Sherman.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffBri, Certified Veterinary Technician

Bri joined our team here at Barrington Animal Hospital in September 2017 as our veterinary technician. Her responsibilities include patient and client care, surgical assistance, and specimen collection. One of her favorite parts of working here is developing close relationships with the patients and their parents. With her knowledge regarding exotic pets, emergency response, and critical care, Bri is a key component to our team.

“Dr. Stapleton specifically is a wonderful person with a huge heart and is very compassionate and supportive towards her staff,” Bri says. “And, of course, I love my fellow techs!”

When she’s not working, Bri enjoys participating in yard sales and flea markets, completing home improvement, baking, and spending time with her family and pets. She has two dogs, a Beagle named Beagle, a Wire-Hair Terrier named Annie, a tripod cat named Elle, a red-footed Tortoise named Rosie, and a Jenday Concure named Norby!

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Mandy, Certified Veterinary Technician

Mandy is our part-time veterinary technician who joined our team in August 2017. She assists our doctors in surgery, completes dental cleanings for pets, and completes other tasks to help our doctors and clients. With her fun personality combined with her numerous years of experience and problem-solving abilities, Mandy is an incredibly fantastic addition to our team.

She’s worked in the animal related field since 2004, one job being a technical assistant and kennel assistant during her college years at Iowa State University. Mandy believes that Barrington Animal Hospital is a “fast paced, forward thinking clinic that practices great medicine and does amazing and advanced procedures” for their clients.

At home, Mandy has one dog named Bo, two cats named Beans and Zuzu, and lots of ducks and chickens! She has a small farm with over fifty chickens and about five ducks. In the future, she’d like to get some pigs and goats.

In her free time, Mandy enjoys gardening, fishing, caring for all of her farm animals, and spending time with her two boys.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffCaitlin, Certified Veterinary Technician

Caitlin joined our team at Barrington Animal Hospital in September 2016 and works as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She holds an Associate degree in Applied Science from Joliet Junior College and is a graduate of their veterinary medical technology program. At Barrington Animal Hospital, Caitlin is responsible for assisting with anesthesia, taking X-rays and assisting the veterinarians in a variety of treatments. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with the pets and being able to provide them with a high level of veterinary care.

"I love the staff of Barrington Animal Hospital, the high-quality of medicine we provide and the ability to work with the client and their pets," Caitlin says.

At home, Caitlin has a 3-year-old domestic shorthair named Bee. She enjoys being outside in the warm weather, going for walks, bike riding and spending time with her cat.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffMary, Certified Veterinary Technician

Mary Manley joined our team as a full-time veterinary nurse in March of 2018. Her responsibilities include patient care like drawing blood and placing IVs, and patient education. Her experience in the ER gives her an improved understanding in our patient care, which in turn allows her to better educate our clients on any questions or concerns that they have.

Mary has an Associates Degree in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology and is a Certified Veterinary Technician in the state of Illinois. She has over 4 years of experience in the animal-related field, from a kennel assistant to a certified vet tech, before joining our team.

She believes that working at our veterinary hospital offers the "best mix of all aspects of veterinary medicine - general practice (preventative care), ER, surgery, and specialty dentistry." Here, Mary loves that she's able to use all of her skills.

At home, Mary has two dogs and a cat. Diesel is a 5-year-old Australian Shepard mix, Cali is an 8-year-old Pitbull, and Athena is a 5-year-old domestic shorthair Tortoiseshell cat. Some of Mary's hobbies include reading, drawing, video games, working out, and watching old horror movies.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffAmanda, Veterinary Technician

Amanda is a full-time veterinary technician here at Barrington Animal Hospital. She enjoys being a part of a hospital team that provides efficient and exceptional care. Amanda has been in the animal care field since she was 12 years old. She has experience as a junior volunteer, emergency technician, hospital manager and more.

When she isn’t working, Amanda enjoys spending her time with her husband in the outdoors. They love fishing, camping, and hunting together. Amanda has a Siamese cat of her own named Oppossum, and a pond with several koi fish and turtles. She also had a dog that recently passed, but can recollect numerous fond memories they shared with one another.

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Janet, Veterinary Technician

Janet Svoboda has been a Veterinary Technician for many years. She began her career in the veterinary industry at Barrington Animal Hospital in 1995, and since as provided over 20 years of work experience at two other veterinary clinics. In February of 2018 Janet returned to Barrington Animal Hospital working part time. She enjoys working here at Barrington Animal Hospital because of the team environment we conduce and the professionalism we strive towards that enables Janet to perform well.

Janet has many responsibilities as a Veterinary Technician, one of the most important being to assist doctors and clients through patient care. Some of her other responsibilities include laboratory work, surgical preparation, patient monitoring, pharmacy services and radiology. Additional non-veterinary jobs Janet has held are “Whelp Help” or assisting people with purebred, arranging healthy dogs to be bred, birthing litters, and helping raise and evaluate litters.

Away from the hospital, Janet has 4 canines companions at her house: Truoy, Summer, Cricket, and Macy. She has bred 13 litters over the last 26 years. As a result, she helped to produce top dogs at a great number of venues. In her spare time, Janet likes to keep her dogs company with things like training and showing. She also enjoys going hunting, hiking, baking, and gardening in her free time. Janet can also be found boating, 4-wheeling, and snowmobiling when time and conditions allow.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffLizzie, Reception Manager

Receptionist Lizzie joined the team at Barrington Animal Hospital in October, 2014 and is responsible for greeting clients, checking in pets, answering the phone, and filing. Lizzie holds a Bachelor's in media arts and animation, and is Barrington Animal Hospital's resident artist. "I can draw caricatures of people and their pet," she says. "I also have mad dance skills. You never know when those might come in handy."

"I love working here because the people I work with treat everyone like family," she says. "Plus, work goes by really quickly and is always a lot of fun."

Lizzie shares her home with Hiccup, the adorable cat she is holding in the photo. Lizzie likes to spend her free time drawing, sculpting and "being very lazy" with the help of Netflix.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffPatti, Receptionist

Greeting clients and "loving the furry babies" is what Barrington Animal Hospital's receptionist Patti loves most about her job. Her job responsibilities include welcoming pet owners and their pets, checking patients into and out of the hospital, answering phones and filing patient charts. Patti joined our veterinary hospital in August 2005.

"Barrington Animal Hospital is a very caring hospital," Patti says. "The staff is intelligent with hearts of gold. We all love what we do and it shows."

Patti has two Pit Bull terriers, Wheezy and Capone. In her free time, Patti enjoys her pets, going to the movies, baking, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffPatti Ann, Receptionist

As a receptionist at Barrington Animal Hospital, Patti Ann has many duties, including greeting clients and their pets, scheduling appointments, answering phones and ensuring that pet owners have a pleasant experience at our hospital. Patti Ann has a natural gift for making clients smile and we are grateful to have her as part of our team since May 2012.

For Patti Ann, it's the family atmosphere that she enjoys most about working at Barrington Animal Hospital. "Ours is not a corporate environment," she says. "Here, the clients are nice people and our hospital environment is very friendly."

Patti Ann likes to volunteer for "As Good As Gold: Golden Retriever Rescue" and also enjoys pet sitting and pet walking. She has one Golden Retriever named Alex, and one long-haired cat named Charlie. In her free time, Patti Ann likes baking, gardening, cooking, dining with friends, bowling, dancing, craft shows and movies.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffAmy, Receptionist

As one of our receptionists, Amy loves talking to clients and getting to know their pets. Her job includes answering phone calls and clients' questions, cleaning our kennel facility and caring for our boarded guests. She joined our Barrington Animal Hospital staff in April 2013.

"I love working here because every staff member cares deeply about every animal and client," Amy says. "Everyone is very friendly and helpful and we all feel like part of the Barrington Animal Hospital family."

Aside from caring for the pets at our hospital, Amy tends to her own pets: a dog, two cats, a guinea pig, a hamster and "a million" fish. When not at work, she enjoys playing basketball, soccer and volleyball and cooking.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffBarbara, Receptionist

"I love the animals!" exclaims Barbara when asked what she likes best about her job. As our receptionist, her responsibilities include greeting Barrington Animal Hospital clients, scheduling appointments, and answering phones. She has a deep compassion for people and their pets. Barbara joined our staff in January 2014.

"I simply love animals and I enjoy my job for many reasons, mainly because I work with the best people in the business," she says.

When not enjoying the company of Barrington Animal Hospital clients' pets, Barbara cares for her own: two dogs, a cat, two rabbits, four chickens and two birds. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, being outdoors and horseback riding.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffLadonna, Receptionist

Receptionist Ladonna joined the team at Barrington Animal Hospital in January of 2016. Her responsibilities include greeting clients and patients, answering phones and scheduling appointments. A life-long animal lover, Ladonna came to Barrington Animal Hospital with two years of experience in the animal care field.

At home, Ladonna has a chocolate Labrador mix named Sheba. She enjoys exercising, motocross, being outdoors, shopping, traveling, video games, concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffMaureen, Receptionist

Maureen joined the staff at Barrington Animal Hospital in July 2016. As a receptionist, she is responsible for greeting clients and patients and checking them in, scheduling appointments, managing records, processing payments, testing results, and overseeing food and medication sales. Maureen's favorite part of the job is greeting the clients and their pets. She has always been an animal lover and considers every encounter a gift.

Prior to joining the hospital, Maureen earned a college degree from Mundelein College in Chicago. She's worked in customer service most of her life, and has a natural desire to help everyone. Combining her helpful nature and her love for animals makes Maureen a great addition to the hospital's staff.

"I love working at this veterinary hospital because of the people," Maureen says. "The doctors are top-notch, kind and compassionate; the technicians are patient, gentle and highly-skilled; and the receptionists and management are some of the best people I have ever known. I'm so lucky!"

At home, Maureen has a 2-year-old Boxer named Brandy. She enjoys walking, bonding and laughing at Brandy's clown-like behavior. Maureen also enjoys boating with friends, gardening, traveling and cooking. She has a part-time job as a teacher's assistant in a special needs preschool classroom.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffKayla, Kennel Manager and Receptionist

As one of our receptionists, Kayla most enjoys "swooning over all the cute cats and dogs that come in." With her positive attitude and friendly smile, she helps create a welcoming environment for all of our clients and patients. She also helps care for and clean up after any pets that are staying overnight at the hospital.

Kayla joined our Barrington Animal Hospital staff in January 2016. She earned her bachelor's degree in environmental studies, with a minor in photography, from DePaul University in Chicago. Her past animal-related experience includes volunteering at a shelter for rabbits and completing a six-month internship at PAWS Chicago.

"I have a bunny who I’m obsessed with," Kayla says of her grey Netherland dwarf-Polish mix named Luxe. She also has another rabbit named Cyrus, and a three cats who go by the names of Lola, Wyatt, and Pretty Kitty. Her hobbies include learning about sustainability and nature, being outdoors, DIY crafts and taking photographs.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffCindy, Kennel Assistant and Veterinary Assistant

As a Kennel/Veterinary Assistant, Cindy’s responsibilities include feeding, walking and bathing the animals, monitoring their health, eating habits and behavior while boarding and performing sanitation for all areas of the facility. She assists the veterinary technician with animal restraint when examinations and injections are performed, wound care, and during testing, such as x-rays. Cindy joined our staff in May 2011.

"I love working at Barrington Animal Hospital because we are all a team with a common goal: to be a quality medical practice and protect the wellness of our clients' pets," Cindy says.

At home, Cindy cares for her Miniature Goldendoodle, Scarlett (O’Hara) , and her tabby cat, Emmett. In her spare time, she enjoys walking Scarlett, exercising, fostering dogs, volunteering at a rescue shelter and spending time with her daughter and son.

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Barrington Animal Hospital StaffAndrew, Kennel Attendant

Since joining the team at Barrington Animal Hospital in March of 2015, Andrew has been charged with duties that include feeding the animals, cleaning cages, and cleaning offices and other areas of the animal hospital and kennel.

"Working at a practice like Barrington Animal Hospital is fantastic, because it gives me great opportunities for one-on-one interaction with dogs and cats, and their owners," Andrew says.

In his free time, Andrew enjoys going to the movies and hanging out with his friends. He's the pet parent to a variety of fish, a guinea pig named Calix, a dog named Panda, and two cats named Sasha and Callie.

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