Our Careteam

Karen Rooney

Hospital Manager

Karen is the Hospital Manager at Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic and has worked here as manager since 1997, when she was hired by the practice’s founder, Dr. Velders. She grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, where she received a degree in international business. As an undergrad, Karen met her husband Brian and they married between his first and second year of vet school.

Karen has served at president and board member of the ISVMA and CVMA auxiliaries and has volunteered for the CVMA Pet Loss Helpline. Outside of veterinary medicine, she has also held board positions in the PTA, Downers Grove South Marching Mustang Band Boosters and many committees at her church as well as serving as a senior high youth group leader. She is the proud mom of 2 daughters and her “fur baby” son, Pierre. Her “boy” was abandoned outside of the clinic in 2012 and welcomed into the Rooney home after undergoing surgery to remove an injured eye.

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Christine (Chrissy) Schultz

Practice Manager, Certified Veterinary Technician

Chrissy has been with the clinic since she was 16 years old. Many of us can still remember her coming to work in her school uniform. Chrissy has worked pretty much every position within the clinic. She started as a receptionist and eventually moved to working as an assistant. In 2001, she started Vet Tech school at Joliet Junior College where she graduated with honors in 2003.

After passing her board exam, Chrissy became a Certified Veterinary Technician.  That year she also adopted Charlie, a cat that was brought into the clinic by some good Samaritans after being hit by a car. Unfortunately, the accident ended up causing irreversible damage to her leg and it ended up having to be amputated, but she is still a very active “tripod” kitty. 

In 2005, Chrissy had become the Nursing Team Manager. That same year, she journeyed to Louisiana after hurricane Katrina hit to help with the animal victims along with her co-worker, Donna. It was one of the most fulfilling and life changing experiences in her life.

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Terriers are some of her favorite types of dogs, having owned Scottish and West Highland terriers.  Currently, she is mom to Cedric, the Westie.

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Donna

Client Relations Team Member

Donna is a member of our Client Relations Team. She has been with the clinic since 1997. Her pet family includes: Olive Oyl, a Great Dane who joined her family in May 2013 and a couple of parrots.

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Chris

Client Relations Team Member

Chris has been one of our client relations team members since 2005

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Dawn

Client Relations Team Member

Another member of our Client Relations Team, Dawn began her career at the clinic in 2007. She is Mom to a four-legged child, Lola the shih tzu.

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Laureen

Client Relations Team Member

Lauren started with Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic in 2008 as a member of our Client Relations Team. She has a particular fondness for old English sheep dogs and now Goldendoodles since she added a Goldendoodle, Mr. Higgins, to her family in 2013.

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Michele

Client Relations Team Member

Michele has been one of our Client Relations Team members since 2002. She is a self-professed all around animal lover and is mom to Riley, a yellow lab.

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Barb

Client Relations Team

Barb joined the Burr Ridge family in October of 2014.  She shares her home with Sophie, a little Silky Terrier.

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Nicole

Client Relations Team Member

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Kathy

Client Relations Team Member

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Jessica

Nursing Team Leader, Certified Veterinary Technician

Jessica is a member of our Nursing Team and has been with the clinic since 2003. She graduated from Joliet Junior College Veterinary Technology Program 2010. Jessica shares her home with Rosie, a pit bull mix.

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Kim

Nursing Team Member

Kim started with Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic in 2001 and is one of our Nursing Team members.  She is Mom to Louie, a lhasa apsoChi Chi a terrier, as well as Oscar Mayer, a shorthair cat. She also shares her home with several salt water fish.

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Trisha

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Trish is a Nursing Team Member who started at clinic in 2003. She graduated from Parkland Veterinary Technology Program 2000.

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Tim

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Tim is one of our Nursing Team members. He began working at the clinic in 2005. In 2008, he graduated from Joliet Junior College Veterinary Technology Program. Tim shares his home with 2 rescued mixes named Mona and Kirby.

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Carol

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Carol started at Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic in 2007 and is currently a member of our Nursing Team. She is a 2006 graduate of Joliet Junior College Veterinary Technology Program. Carol is Mom to Brody the golden retriever.

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Jenny

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Another member of our Nursing Team, Jenny started with us in 2008. A few years later, in 2011, she graduated from Joliet Junior College Veterinary Technology Program. Jenny shares her home with Chewy the shih tzu, Callie the sweet calico kitty, and Theodore, a dwarf rabbit.

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Katie

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Katie joined our Nursing Team in 2009, the same year that she graduated from Joliet Junior College Veterinary Technology Program. Her animal children include: Faith, a pit bull; Frank the Tank and Moo, two loveable kitties; and Brenda the Beta Fish.

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Liz

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Liz first came to BRVC as an intern during Vet Tech school.  She graduated from Joliet Junior College in 2011 and has been back with us full-time since 2014.  At home, she is mom to a kitty named Ike.

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Debbie

Veterinary Assistant

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Monica

Nursing Team Member

Monica came to Burr Ridge with 10 years of veterinary experience.  She loves her kitties, Butterbean and Claws

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Danielle

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Danielle graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in August 2010 and joined BRVC in October of 2016. 

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