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Meet Our Veterinary Care Team Members

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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

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.

Jessica Willer

Jessica Willer

Practice Manager, Certified Veterinary Technician

Jessica began her career at the clinic as a Client Relations Team member while in high school and after several years became a veterinary assistant until graduating from Joliet Junior College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2010.  She was promoted to Nursing Team Lead in 2014 and Practice Manager in 2020, and is responsible for making sure BRVC provides excellent care for pets and the best possible customer service to their families.  Jessica is a devoted mom to one daughter and aunt to two nephews and one niece.

Amber

Amber

Client Relations Team Member

Amber started at BRVC in 2020 after working as an animal care technician for a local humane society. A cat person at heart, Amber shares her home with a 3-year old Great Pyrenees named Douglas, cats Blaire, Fester, Cubby Bear and Munchie, and a chameleon named Kona.

Carol

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.

Che

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

Chris

Client Relations Team Member

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

Christine (Chrissy) Schultz

Christine (Chrissy) Schultz

Certified Veterinary Technician

Chrissy has been with the clinic for more than 25 years.  She started as a member of the Client Relations Team while in high school, transitioned to a veterinary assistant role, transitioned again to a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2003 after graduating from Joliet Junior College and was promoted to Nursing Team Manager in 2005 and Practice Manager in 2011.  Chrissy is a Certified Feline Master Groomer, spending most of her time as the owner of a successful mobile cat grooming service, but continues to lend her skills to the clinic as a surgery technician one day each week.  She is a long-time owner of cats and dogs with special medical needs and shares her home with her husband Rob, cats Sammie, Leroy and Missy, and West Highland terrier Ozzy.

Dawn

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.

Danielle

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.

Debbie

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.

Elise

Elise

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Elise graduated from Joliet Junior College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2013 and worked at an emergency vet clinic before joining BRVC in 2019. She has a thoroughbred horse named Lottie and she and her husband share their home with a mixed breed dog named Cash and three cats – Violet, Bandit and Bobo.

Jenny

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.

Katie

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: Frank the Tank and Moo, two loveable kitties; and Brenda the Beta Fish.

Kathy

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.

Kim

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 terrier Chi Chi, shih tzu Holly and terrier mix Luka and also shares her home with several saltwater fish.

Korrine

Korrine

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Korrine joined BRVC in 2018 as a veterinary technician intern and graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Fox College in 2019.

Laureen

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.

Liz

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.

Madeline

Madeline

Client Relations Team

Madeline joined the client relations team at the end of 2021 after moving to Illinois with her all white cat, Prin.

Rachel

Rachel

Nursing Team Member, Certified Veterinary Technician

Rachel joined BRVC in 2019 as a veterinary technician intern, graduated from Joliet Junior College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2020, and permanently joined our nursing team in March 2020.

Trisha

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.

Tim

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 a rescued mix named Mona.