Barrington Veterinarians

Barrington Vet Dr. Kimberly Ford, Dental Resident

When Dr. Kimberly Ford was a child in Palatine, Illinois, one of her family's young dogs developed cancer. After the dog's affected leg was amputated, he continued to live a very spirited life, characterized by years of running, jumping and playing. Witnessing her dog's recovery made a significant impact that motivated her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She studied animal science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was accepted to veterinary school there after three years of undergraduate study. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Barrington Animal Hospital was fortunate to have Dr. Ford join our staff in June 2005.

"Every day is different," says Dr. Ford when asked which aspect of her career she finds most satisfying. "Sometimes trying to find the source of a sick patient's illness can feel like a mystery but it is a privilege to be part of a patient's life from the start to the very end."

Trained by Dr. Stapleton, Dr. Ford has a professional interest in veterinary dentistry. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association.

At home, Dr. Ford cares for three miniature pinschers. Outside work, she enjoys gardening, knitting and baking.

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Barrington Vet Dr. Alison Wolfgram Duke

Dr. Alison Duke's childhood was spent in three different locations: Indianapolis, Omaha and Barrington, Illinois. She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1998 and went on to earn her master's degree in animal science from the University of Arizona in 2002. While there, she focused on the use of infrared technology to identify heat stress in lactating dairy cattle. Dr. Duke earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She joined our veterinary staff in April 2011.

"Some of my most memorable experiences occurred in veterinary school," Dr. Duke recalls. "We spent time studying and treating a camel, a gazelle and an Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale, which presented some of the best learning opportunities." She attributes her early interest in veterinary medicine to Nebraska's public education system which focused her attention on state history and the old pioneer days. "Images of oxen and pioneers working together to make their way across the prairie had a profound effect on me," she recalls. "I wanted to explore the profession that supported that relationship."

Dr. Duke's professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and general veterinary medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.

At home, Dr. Duke cares for Greta, her German wirehaired pointer, and Winthorpe, her domestic short hair cat named after Dan Aykroyd's character in Trading Places. She belongs to the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club and in her spare time enjoys cross country skiing, and gardening. Dr. Duke also has two children with her husband Grant, whom she met in 4th grade at Barrington's Countryside Elementary School.

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Barrington Vet Dr. Heather E. Williams

Veterinary associate, Dr. Heather Williams grew up in Hamilton, Massachusetts. She received her Biology degree in 1995 from Grinnell College, and continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2001. Dr. Williams is a proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Williams finds veterinary medicine to be the perfect fit for her as it combines her love of animals, fascination with medicine, and desire to problem solve in one challenging career. The satisfaction of seeing pets’ lives improve with proper treatment and the joy of their families is irreplaceable.

Dr. Williams and her husband Jimmy, have three children, Nicholas, Madelyn, and Hayden. They also have two dogs named Fenway and Joey, as well as two cats, a rescue named Mr. Kittybiscuits, and Elly. She enjoys baking, skiing, sand volleyball, watching movies, and attending her children’s sporting events in her free time.

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Barrington Vet Dr. Michelle Golz, Associate Veterinarian

Growing up in Orland Park, IL, Dr. Michelle Golz developed her love of animals from a very young age. She loved taking horseback riding lessons and volunteering at local animal shelters, and she was a natural caregiver to all of her animals. Today, Dr. Golz is truly passionate about diagnosing difficult cases and helping families care for their pets.

Dr. Golz has known that she wanted to be a veterinarian since her time in the 4-H club at Carl Sandburg High School. Dr. Golz joined our team in July of 2020, and specializes in internal medicine and ultrasound. Dhe is also part of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has spent a lot of time volunteering at small and mixed animal clinics.

Previously, Dr. Golz has volunteered at Wildlife Medical Clinic, Animal Welfare Club, and she interned after vet school. Dr. Golz regards her internship as an extremely influential experience that guided her to where she is in her career today. In 2013, Dr. Golz graduated from Western Illinois University and then graduated from veterinary school at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2019.

At home, Dr. Golz has a domestic medium hair cat named Jack and a northern alligator lizard named Regent. In her free time, Dr. Golz loves tabletop games, exploring new hiking trails, learning languages, and playing video games. She also loves spending time with her spouse, John.

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Barrington Vets Dr. Barbara L. Stapleton, DAVDC, Dental Residency Director, Diplomate AVDC

Caring for pets and improving their quality of life is very important to Barrington Animal Hospital's owner Dr. Barbara Stapleton. As a child growing up in Wilmette, Illinois, she often performed "surgeries" on her stuffed animals and spent many hours removing and reattaching eyes, stuffing and plush toy animal parts.

Dr. Stapleton earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was the top chemistry student in her class and held a 5.0 GPA. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985. She completed the requirements and examination to become a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, as well as the requirements and examination to become a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College — the highest level of veterinary dentistry training in the United States. Dr. Stapleton purchased Barrington Animal Hospital in 1991.

Over the years, Dr. Stapleton has acquired a library of fond veterinary recollections and memories. "My consistently memorable cases," she says, "are those that require the surgical removal of foreign bodies, including: coins, clothing, peach pits, string, a chain collar, a rubber door stopper, ear plugs, golf balls, a toy snake, half a tennis ball and many, many more."

Dr. Stapleton's professional interests include internal medicine and board certified in veterinary dentistry. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and the American Veterinary Dental College. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.

At home, Dr. Stapleton cares for three dogs: Todd, Alice, and Maizy. When not working, Dr. Stapleton enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, a retired building engineer and Vietnam veteran, watching movies, and cooking.