Meet Our Veterinary Care Team Members

Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic’s client relations team members and veterinary technicians care for your pets as if they are our own. From providing a friendly, low-stress environment to assisting with high-tech surgeries, they’re committed to exceptional veterinary care and personalized attention. Read more about each member of our veterinary care team and see how long each has been a part of the BRVC family.

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 and many of us remember her coming to work in her school uniform.  Chrissy has worked pretty much every position within the clinic, starting as a receptionist and eventually working as an assistant.  In 2001, she began vet tech school at Joliet Junior College where she graduated with honors as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2003.  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 was promoted to 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.  Terriers are some of her favorite types of dogs, having owned Scottish and West Highland terriers.   In 2016, Chrissy started grooming cats and is now a Certified Feline Master Groomer.  Since then she has added two more kitties to the family.

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Terriers are some of her favorite types of dogs, having owned Scottish and West Highland terriers.

In 2016, Chrissy started grooming cats and is now a Certified Feline Master Groomer.  Since then she has added 2 more kitties to he family

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Jessica

Nursing Team Leader, Certified Veterinary Technician

Jessica began working for BRVC in 2003 as a member of the client relations team while in high school.  After several years Jessica became a veterinary assistant and graduated from Joliet Junior College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2010.  She was promoted to Nursing Team Leader in 2014 and is responsible for making sure BRVC’s technicians provide the very best care to patients who visit the clinic for appointments, surgeries, and dental procedures.  Jessica is a devoted aunt to two nephews and one niece and shares her home with a pit bull mix named Rosie.

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Barb

Client Relations Team Member

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

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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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Che

Client Relations Team Member

Che has been a member of the Burr Ridge family since 2017 and is a devoted mom to Australian Shepherds Aiden and Bru and cats Fergus Angus and Nigel.

Chris

Client Relations Team Member

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

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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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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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Debbie

Veterinary Assistant

Debbie began her full-time employment with Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic in 2013 as a client relations team member and transitioned to a veterinary assistant position in 2014.

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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, Opie a rescued Old English Sheepdog and a couple of parrots.

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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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Kathy

Client Relations Team Member

Kathy began her employment with Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic in August 2015 and currently works as a client relations team member.

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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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Kim

Nursing and Client Relations Team Member

Kim has been a Nursing Team member at the clinic since 2001 and, in addition, joined the Client Relations Team in 2017. She is mom to Chi Chi, a terrier, and also shares her home with several saltwater fish.

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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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Liz

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Liz first came to BRVC as an intern during Vet Tech school and graduated from Joliet Junior College in 2011.  She worked full-time at BRVC for two years and now works part-time as she and her husband raise their daughter Megan and son Caleb.

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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.

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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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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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Trisha

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

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

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