Meet Our Team in St. John

Our veterinarians and staff in St. John are excited to work with you and be a part of your pet's healthy journey. Whenever you have questions or concerns, we're always here to listen and lend a hand. Get to know about our team today!

Veterinarians

Dr. Lindsay Rozman

Dr. Lindsay Rozman

Veterinarian, Medical Director

Dr. Rozman received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Purdue University in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Becoming a veterinarian is her biggest life accomplishment (so far), and she joined the Coyne team in 2016. Dr. Rozman advises that pet owners trust in preventative medicine and its benefits–many animals that become infected with a disease could have stayed healthy with the proper care. In addition to being a veterinarian, Dr. Rozman holds other (past and present) distinctions: she is the Pig Wrestling Champion of the Washakie County, WY Fair, and has 3 state pole vaulting medals from high school.

Dr. Rachel Vandermyde

Dr. Rachel Vandermyde

Veterinarian

Dr. Rachel Vandermyde graduated from the University of Illinois in the spring of 2019 and started working with us in June of the same year. We are thrilled to have her on our team with the compassionate care she shows for each patient, her strong work ethic, and her amazingly stylish scrub caps!

Dr. Vandermyde has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a child and feels that following her dream to achieve her goal of practicing veterinary medicine and saving the lives of animals is her biggest accomplishment to date. One of the experiences that has touched her most in her career thusfar happened during vet school when she was able to nurse a dog back to health and help him walk again after being hit by a truck. It is these sudden moments that have led Dr. Vandermyde to believe that every moment we have with our pets is precious, and we should cherish all the time we get to spend with them.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Vandermyde’s interests include art, ethics, and forensics, and she loves anything made with peanut butter or chocolate!

Dr. Brandi Porto

Dr. Brandi Porto

Veterinarian

I graduated with a BS in Finance and Management from UIC in 2005 and returned to school to complete my Veterinary Degree in 2014 from the University of Illinois.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
Raising my 3 kids to chase their dreams no matter how big they are!!
If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Listen to your vet’s advise – trust us, we know more than Google!
3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
1) I worked in corporate finance and managed several small businesses before pursuing my dream of being a Veterinarian.
2) I spend almost all of my free time and weekends being a chauffeur and groom – all of my kids participate in a rodeo sport of some kind from Barrel Racing to Bull Riding and I love every second of it!!
3.) I’m a Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner (AKA I do chiro on pets)

Dr. Ryan Cuddihy

Dr. Ryan Cuddihy

Veterinarian

I attended Ross University and Purdue for my clinical year. My own dog had choked on a boneless piece of chicken when I was in elementary school. I was comforted by multiple veterinarians that got her through it and wanted to provide that for others.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

Becoming a veterinarian.

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

Cherish all moments with your pets.

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?

I fed lion and bear cubs.
I have 3 rescue pets 2 dogs, named Saba and Marteen, and one cat named Pearl.
I am a sports fan.

Dr. Kyle Jasik

Dr. Kyle Jasik

I went to school at the University of Glasgow. Besides a general love of animals I really like seeing the companionship between people and their pets. Becoming a vet was the best way to both see that companionship and help it grow by keeping pets healthy.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
Going to school overseas and becoming a veterinarian.
If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Mental stimulation is usually overlooked for our companions. Playing with them is always better than just having toys lying about. Teaching them tricks is a great way to get their brains going and minor things like letting them sniff things on their walks are also helpful.
3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
I’m a bit of a gym enthusiast, especially weightlifting and climbing. Besides two dogs I’ve also raised three birds: a cockatiel, a dove, and a lovebird. I also enjoy DnD both to play and watch shows about.

Management Team

Nora B.

Nora B.

Practice Manager

I grew up in the South Suburbs of Chicago and majored in Health Administration at Robert Morris University while on a Lacrosse scholarship (National Champion 2014.) After receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I moved to Austin, Texas and fell in love with animal rescue. In my spare time, I volunteered at local shelters, as well as fostering with Austin Boxer Rescue. After moving to Austin, I immediately knew I wanted to stay in the medical field but also help care of animals. I started working in the Veterinary field in 2017 and eventually worked my way up into Practice Management.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I currently have 2 pets. Penelope is a 7 year old terrier mix and Simba is a 6 year old Boxer/Pit mix.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding thing about working with animals is not only seeing patients get back to great health, but also seeing the smile on a clients face whether its from seeing their dogs new and awesome hair cut, or picking up from boarding after being separated from a long vacation and even having their dog go home healthier and happier when they first arrived.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I am not working, I love going around Downtown Chicago and taking pictures as well as spending time with my nieces and nephews.
What causes are you most passionate about?
My 2 most important goals as a Practice Manager is Patient Care and Team Morale.

Samantha L.

Samantha L.

Office Manager

I have always loved animals since I was little. I wanted to go to tech school when I graduated high school but ended up going a different route and got my associates in applied science. I started as a receptionist here at Coyne in 2020 and have loved every second of it!

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
I have 3 pets, Nova is my 9 year old pit bull who is the sweetest girl you will ever meet, Hemi is my almost 2 year old collie mix who gets the fastest zoomies and Tails is my cat that makes the cutest little chirping noises .
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I am not working I enjoy hanging out with my kids.

Melissa L.

Melissa L.

Head Veterinary Technician, RVT

I knew I wanted to work with and help animals since I was young, especially when I saw first-hand a medical emergency with my own pet. When I was around 12, my rescue greyhound broke her leg playing in the backyard. Naturally, my first instinct was to help my dad bring her to our veterinarian and tend to her during her recovery.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have an Alaskan Malamute/German shepherd mix named Laika and a short little cat I adopted from work named Wednesday. No matter what happens, I can always count on them to be goofy and make me smile.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding part of working with animals is the fact you get to help an innocent creature who truly is grateful and appreciates you.

Emaly H.

Emaly H.

Kennel Manager

I always wanted to be a veterinarian so when I got the chance to work in a shelter, it felt so natural. I worked as a handler, kennel attendant, and field officer and learned as much as I could about the animals I was working with. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A monkey! They’re adorable and They’re intelligent.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a beagle mix named Copper. He loves people so much and it’s always so heartwarming to see how excited he gets to see someone new
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Getting to rehabilitate the more timid animals that aren’t used to being in a kennel setting.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Spending time with my kids and making the best of it

Jen R.

Jen R.

Inventory Manager

I’ve always had a love for animals and have worked with them since first getting a job out of high school. I’ve done everything from caring for boarding pets as a kennel attendant, assisting pet parents as a customer service representative, working in the management and administrative teams, and now I help care for pets that come in to see a doctor, which I find very rewarding!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why? 
A giraffe, they’re gentle giants.
Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
2 Dogs, a Yorkie named Tink and an English Bulldog named Max
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
Seeing a sick pet feeling better and the owners being so appreciative

Veterinary Technicians & Assistants

Nicole S.

Nicole S.

Veterinary Technician, RVT

What has been your most rewarding moment working with animals?
Those times when pets come in very sick or on emergency & it seems unlikely they’d survive, but after a lot of hospitalization and care they pull through! The real reward though comes from the gratitude of an owner who didn’t think they’d be bringing their pet home…& it melts my heart every time to see that pet run to their owner.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
I have many accomplishments I am proud of, but one that means the most is my dog “Coy”. He is a German Shepard mix. He was very sketchy, had heartworms, ehrlichia, Lyme disease & was malnourished…even though I was actually kinda nervous about this dog…I kept him. I treated him & handled him everyday! It’s been 2 years & he is such a good dog! He was just so scared of everything and everyone…I don’t think he was ever socialized…it’s crazy how much he has changed & how he loves everyone’s attention now!

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Potatoes

Advice to pet owners?
To research what pet you’re about to get, where you’re getting it from & if it’s a right fit for you. Pets can be very expensive & certain pets/breeds can come with a lot of issues & needs. It is very unfair to an animal that ends up in the wrong type of family & now is stressed due to the environment, children, lack of play time or is not taken care of due to financial issues. On the flip side…it’s always awesome to see those dedicated owners that get a new pet, but when it ends up sick they do anything they can…instead of just not treating it or dumping it.

What is your biggest fear?
Spiders and bats. Even looking at them makes me a little nervous!

Most unusual pet you’ve owned?
My mom found a praying mantis on a really cold fall day (she was not gonna make it another week) so she brought her inside & made a whole set up for her, fed her, researched her & gave her a nice “bug” environment…she ended up living for months! We were all so attached, her picture still hangs on the fridge! Her name was “Bug.”

Kristi S.

Kristi S.

Veterinary Technician Shift Lead

Kristi has been in the field since 2014 after graduating from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s in Animal Sciences. She has always had a passion for animals, so having a career in the veterinary field was a natural step for her. Her favorite part of her job is reuniting owners with their pets after helping heal them. She enjoys camping and hiking with her three dogs, but equally enjoys cuddling up on the couch with her two cats and a good movie. If she could give owners one piece of advice it would be prevention is key! It is so much easier (and cheaper in the long run) to prevent diseases than to treat them for it.

Mikayla P.

Mikayla P.

Head of Imaging, RVT

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

One of the funniest stories that happened at work was when an owner called and asked to be on speakerphone. Their pet was being stubborn so over speakerphone, the owner scolded their pet and told them to behave for us.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A cat. I love taking naps and only want attention when I ask for it, and I’m very independent.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A tiger. They are beautiful animals; and who wouldn’t want to cuddle a huge cat (if it was nice)?

Tanner G.

Tanner G.

Technician Assistant

I’ve always loved animals and strived to help those in need. After working as a kennel attendant for two years I was inspired to become a tech assistant to become closer to the patients that needed help the most.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Capuchin Monkey, I took a trip to Mexico and the wild monkeys would come up onto the resort and I fed them by hand every day and fell in love with them.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have two dogs, Stitch and Pepper. My favorite thing about Stitch is how loving she is towards everyone even after having an unfortunate life before I rescued her. My favorite thing about Pepper is simply her being an odd dog. It’s her world we’re just living in it.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
You’re given opportunities to connect with each patient, especially those who are fearful and nervous. Being able to gain an animal’s trust and provide comfort during their visit is what I value the most.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Golfing with my family and friends.

Catrina W.

Catrina W.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

As a little girl, I always wanted to work with animals and be around them. I graduated from Fox College and have been working in the field for about 4 years. I love being a tech. I couldn’t imagine myself working in any other field.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any animal in the world as a pet it would probably be a little penguin. They’re so cute and you can train them to do some cool tricks.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have 2 dogs-Zola and Mia who both love to cuddle and 2 cats- Max and Callie.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I love seeing a hospitalized patient being reunited with its owner after being brought back to good health.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Relaxing at home with the doggos.

Alex B.

Alex B.

Veterinary Assistant

I’ve always had a dream to be a vet since I was a little girl. Now that I’m in college pursuing this dream I figured it’d be best to learn more about the career by working at a vet hospital. It was the best choice I’ve ever made because it really made me feel like this is where I wanna be!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I’d love to have a big ol’ Burmese python! They’re just big squishy babies!
Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
I’ve got 2 snakes (Sunny and Ares), a lizard (Paarthunax), 2 dogs (Atos and Juno), and 3 cats (Vicky, Phoebe, and Lou). It’s a big family!
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
I love learning the personalities of each animal, it lets me know more and more about them.

Morgan B.

Morgan B.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

I started my journey into the field after volunteering to help my personal horse vet on an emergency call for a friend of mine’s horse. Her horse was choking on her food, I helped her work all night till 1 am removing the blockage. I enjoyed helping keep the horse calm as well as explaining to the owner what happened and that everything would be ok. The horse fully recovered and the next day I applied for the current program I am in now at Penn Foster College.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
River Otter, otters are extremely hyper and playful, it would be interesting to see them explore the world.
Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
I live on a farm so I have quite an array of animals:
Two horses Royal an American Paint, Zoe Shetland Pony
Two goats Henry and DC Nigerian Dwarfs
Two ferrets Kit and Cinder both are sable masks
Two indoor cats Sable and Ella
Four indoor dogs Blake Pitbull/Rhodesian ridgeback mix, Jade German Shepard, Maverick German Shepard, Bear Yorkie mix
Two livestock guardians Ozzie & Olivia Great Pyrenees
Barn cats KP, Jerry, Lilo, Miles, Hayzel, Bruno, Mya, we got all of these cats from a trap and release program to help the cat population with housing.
An array of ducks and chickens.
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
I enjoy working with animals because they teach you new things all the time, animals can’t speak like us humans so it is very interesting to watch them communicate with us. I also enjoy being there to comfort owners by answer questions and calm any nerves they have. Being there to help animals in their time of need to be there to keep them calm and ease any discomfort they have is a big part of why I decided to work with animals.

JoDee L.

JoDee L.

Veterinary Assistant

I can still hear my mom saying “JoDee is going to work with animals one day”. Everyone could see that animals were just drawn to me. I went to the park and an injured dog followed me home. I had a special rapport with feral cats in the neighborhood. I love them all!!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, crafting, and baking.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I worked at a shelter for 25 years before coming to Coyne. I worked with and still friends with trainers and rescues. Doing whatever I can to make sure all fur babies have the best life.

Rachel C.

Rachel C.

Technician Assistant

Growing up I knew the love I had for animals! I’d always wanna help animals and kept learning and learning more about what the animal field was like!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Horse. They’ve been my favorite animals since I was a little girl, they are just majestic animals

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I have two Dobermans, Carole she loves to protect what she loves! Morty always loves meeting new people

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

Seeing them grow every time an animal comes in and watching animals improve with health!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Hiking, going out with friends, and working out

Kostadin K.

Kostadin K.

Technician Assistant

I’ve been surrounded by animals my whole life and figured the best career path would be in the animal field. I aim to become a veterinarian one day while I get my Masters at Purdue University.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A sugar glider because they’re so small and can fly when jumping from heights.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I love meeting all the different personalities these patients present. Every dog is different and it feels rewarding when you can make an impact on their life.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and being able to hangout with my friends.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I am very passionate about shelter dogs and getting those pets adopted out. These animals deserve a second chance and deserve forever homes.

Nancy R.

Nancy R.

Veterinary Technician

I decided I wanted to get into the veterinary field a few months before graduating from high school. I’ve loved animals since I was very young, so I decided to do vet tech school. After doing an externship at Coyne I decided that working as a vet assistant would give me a great experience. I am working on graduating to become an RVT.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would have a horse, I just have always loved them. I love how free and beautiful they look.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I currently have 2 dogs, Achilles a bull terrier, and Patol a chihuahua they are 5 and 8 years old. I love how loving and loyal they are. They always follow me around the house.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I find it most rewarding when they come in looking so sick and as they feel better you can slowly see them get their personality back.

Aero E.

Aero E.

Veterinary Assistant

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A raccoon. They are mischievous, smart, and the cutest.

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I currently have 2 dogs (Oakley and Holly), 3 cats (Prince Otter, Leia, and Jupiter), and 7 rats (Rable, Moth, Naoko, Fenna, Nymph, Pumpkin, and Eerie)

Karen S.

Karen S.

Veterinary Assistant

I live in Munster, IN with my two daughters. I have worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years. I have always loved animals, but couldn’t have any as a child because of my brother’s severe allergies. My goal is to provide support and comfort to the owners of sick animals.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would have a pit bull because they are the sweetest, most loving dogs.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a guinea pig named Piggie. I love seeing my kids take care of her and treat her gently.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?

I love when people pick up their pet after being hospitalized and they are so happy that their pet is back to their old self.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy reading, playing pool, dancing, and hanging out with my kids.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about women’s rights. Working in a predominantly female field, I believe that women deserve equal pay and equal opportunity for advancement in the workplace.

Katie H.

Katie H.

Veterinary Assistant

I was inspired to work in the veterinary field when a friend of mine told me the story of when she got to help save a dog after being run over by a car. My goal is to be able to help as many pets as I can. I have had the pleasure of fostering a hand full of puppies, kittens, an old chihuahua, a cat, and even a squirrel. One day I hope to work in wildlife rehabilitation.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A dog. As boring as that answer is, dogs are very loyal and will always love you until the end.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a dog, a German Shepherd named Koda. My favorite thing about him is how he is always by my side. I also have 2 cats. One is a foster named Nancy and the other is my own named Tom. My favorite thing about Nancy is how cuddly she is. My favorite thing about Tom is his attitude.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding part is seeing them happy, especially when bringing them back to their owners.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy staying at home and being as lazy as I can with my pets.
What causes are you most passionate about?
Any rehabilitation and wellness causes for animals

Julie G.

Julie G.

Technician Assistant

I have always wanted to work with animals since I was a little girl. I eventually would like to go to school to be a certified technician.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A polar bear. I know it’s not possible haha but I think that are beautiful animals.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a Pitbull mix named Zero and a lab mix named Sally. I am a huge Nightmare Before Christmas fan so I named them after characters in the movie. My favorite thing about them is they are big on cuddling.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy going to concerts, hiking adventures with the pups, taking photos, and just playing with my dogs in the backyard.
What causes are you most passionate about?
Rescues. Especially pit bulls. You never know what they went through before. I like to give them the love they might have never had and the feeling of they are safe now.

Katherine W.

Katherine W.

Veterinary Assistant

Growing up, my pets have always been my best friends and I always thought their Veterinarians and care team were super heroes. I was lucky enough to start working in an animal clinic at 17 years old and have continued working with animals ever since. I have spent the last decade dedicated to helping every animal I can and plan on continuing to do so for several more decades.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a pug named Hamlet and 2 cats, Della & Nala. My favorite thing about them is that they are all fat & sassy.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Building a relationship with pets and their owners is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. Whether it is getting to watch a puppy or kitten grow up or being apart of a patient’s long term recovery process. It feels great to get to know our clients and patients and how we can best serve them!
What causes are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about Fear Free practices. It is so important to create a low stress environment and positive visit experiences for our patients.

Becca V.

Becca V.

Technician Assistant

I have always had a love for animals. Treating them is my passion and I have always wanted to be a veterinarian. This is the perfect way for me to get a foot in the door of my chosen career path.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I could never see myself owning anything other than a domesticated animal. I would love to have a Cane Corso in the future. It is my favorite breed of dog.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a Whipador (whippet-lab mix). Her name is Harley and she is the sweetest dog I have ever met. She loves people.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Earning trust from even the shyest animals is the most rewarding thing for me.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I tend to find myself reading constantly. Whether it be trying to further my knowledge or immerse myself in a mystical world of the unknown.
What causes are you most passionate about?
The Animal Welfare Institute. Their mission is to save all living animals from any form of inhumane and violent treatment. I am also passionate about The Marine Mammal Center, whose mission is to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

Room Assistants

Kaylin F.

Kaylin F.

Room Assistant

I’ve always had a love of animals and helping them become the best furry babies they can be! I really want to be a vet tech as my career expands. While working at Coyne my passion for animals has grown to help them more.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
I do have a pet! My pet’s name is JJ and my favorite thing about JJ is when I come home from work, he is by the door waiting to greet me!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding thing is helping sick animals feel better and having owners feel relieved about their animals.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy spending time with my family. My family is so important to me.

Katie B.

Katie B.

Room Assistant

My Oliver went through a health scare recently and as scary as it was, every person I encountered through that experience was helpful, understanding, and kind. My pets have always been so important to me and now being in this field, I get to try and be that person for someone else and it is so rewarding.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
My first choice is always going to be a dog. I just think they’re the best but if I had to chose, probably a hedgehog!
Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
I have a Rottie/Lab mix named Oliver, a Shepard/Lab mix named Mia, and an orange tabby named Perseus! They’re the loves of my life!
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
Being able to help owners take care of their family members is first. Getting to pet and cuddle them as I do is also an added bonus! I also love that every day I come to work, I learn a new, invaluable piece of information that makes me a better pet owner.

Tyler H.

Tyler H.

Room Assistant

I actually never saw myself in the vet field, I went to school for fashion design and have worked retail since I was 15 and never thought I would do anything else. My grandma raised me for most of my life and passed her love of animals to me. She always made it a point to take me to the petting zoo and we had to go to the theater to see any movie that involved talking animals. She always hoped I would end up working with animals so once I saw this job open up, I leapt for the chance to leave retail and try something new. And I’ve been here or about 2 years and have been happier ever since.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any animal in the world as a pet it would be a red panda, the small ears and that cute face, they basically look like a baby Chow Chow and I’m just absolutely obsessed.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have 2 dogs and 3 cats. My dogs are Izzy and Nala and my three cats are Thackeray, Binx, and Penelope. It’s hard to narrow down just one thing I like about them. They are all so loving and playful and in my opinion just the best pets I’ve ever owned.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding thing about working with animals for me is leaving here knowing that we have made a difference in a pet’s life or just their general well-being. I know what it is like to be obsessed with your pets and I know how hard it can be once they get sick or are going through something. So I am happy knowing that I have been able to give any sort of comfort to the pet & owner during their visit.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I am not working I love to go hiking, in my garden, or just hanging out on the couch with my dogs.

Kayla F.

Kayla F.

Room Assistant

I’ve always wanted to work with animals in one way or another. For now, I would like to get my vet tech license, and then go further from there! One day I would like to work with exotic pets!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would have to say a wolf, because of how majestic and big they are. They are absolutely breathtaking. I could listen to a pack of wolves howl all night long!
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I currently have 6 pets. Two cats, two bearded dragons, a ball python, and a dog. My favorite thing about them is that they are all different in many ways!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The pure joy and happiness an animal can give you! You don’t have to fake anything or pretend around animals!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy doing anything that has to do with animals. I also love anything outdoors.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I would have to say I am most passionate about women’s rights.

Jordan Z.

Jordan Z.

Room Assistant

I have always loved animals and knew from the start I wanted to work with them. My goal is to be a veterinarian in the future and have my own animal clinic. Working at Coyne helps me pursue that career goal and learn extra knowledge along the way.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a black lab, her name is Belle. My favorite thing about her is she howls at fire trucks.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I love being able to give extra love to nervous animals throughout the day.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love doing anything outdoors. My favorite activities are hiking, going to the beach, and going on the boat.

Client Service Representatives

Stephanie T.

Stephanie T.

Client Service Representative

I have always wanted to work in the veterinary field since I was little. When I saw Coyne being built I knew I had to work here. I love interacting with all of the pets and their owners. I cannot wait to see my career grow!

Stephanie imagines that if animals could talk, birds would be the most terrifying. They would be able to listen to all of our conversations and tell our secrets!

If her pets were part of the movie Secret Life of Pets she believes that they would host a sock eating contest as soon as the humans left the house.

Megan S.

Megan S.

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

I have always had a strong passion for animals. Since I was a child I have had a special bond with them, and even got along with some animals that others said were not friendly and did not like kids. I always tried to bring home and help any stray animals.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would want to have a monkey as a pet because they have a lot of human-like traits and are very smart and cute.

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
I have an Australian Shepherd named Thor.

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
I love forming a special bond with them and getting to see all of their different personalities.

Maggie J.

Maggie J.

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

My whole life I’ve never gone without having pets. I’ve had all kinds of animals; cats, dogs, bunnies, hamsters, turtles, fish, hermit crabs, and even a praying mantis! I’ve always had a special bond with animals and want to do anything I can to better their lives. I aspire to become an RVT and further my career from there. My dream is to work with aquatic animals.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A snow leopard, or any large cat honestly! I’m a huge kitty person so what could be better than an extra large version of my babies to cuddle??
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a Rottie/Shepard mix named Bear, who loves to go hiking with me and chase waves at the beach. I also have three cats; Saturn, River, and Omi. My kitties love to chase bugs and sunbathe in the backyard.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I love seeing all the different personalities. I especially love being able to provide nervous, fearful, animals a safe and loving environment.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy hiking and going to the beach. I love gardening and especially love growing herbs and vegetables. I also like to crochet!

Kaila H.

Kaila H.

Client Service Representative

Whenever I heard other people say they have or do work for a vet clinic I would always just imagine the stories and people and different personalities you get to meet. I have always been an animal lover, never once have I not had a pet in my life because to me they are family. It warms my heart to see how I am not the only person to see animals the same way.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A deer. I went to a deer park with my grandma when I was little and I will never forget it seeing how beautiful they really are.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Hades is a pitbull, his strange personality is my favorite. He’s my right-hand man but he does the weirdest stuff I’ve ever seen a dog do. His best friend is my ferret named Rafiki. And also have 3 snakes and 4 lizards all names of dragon ball z characters.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I don’t believe zoos should be around for entertainment. I believe they should only be around for rehabilitation and conservation purposes.

Roxanne S.

Roxanne S.

Client Service Representative

I have always loved animals, and I want to go back to school eventually to be a Vet. I just started working in this industry not too long ago and I absolutely love it. It mixes my love for pets and customer service all together in one!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Something in the big cat family, I LOVE cats personalities
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Yes, I have a bichon named Maggie, I love when she runs and her ears flop up and down she looks like she’s having the time of her life.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love hanging out with my 12-year-old daughter, she’s my mini best friend, I love dancing, watching movies, and music… LOVE music.

Brittany T.

Brittany T.

Client Service Representative

I am new to the veterinary field but I absolutely adore it. I have wanted to work in the medical field my whole life and I have loved animals my whole life so I thought why not put the two together?

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any animal in the world it would be an Alaskan husky
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have two dogs named Blitzen and Boo and I love their rambunctious personalities
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding part about working with animals is seeing their cute cuddly faces

Eliot W.

Eliot W.

Client Service Representative

I’ve always loved the saying “if you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life” I find that being with animals, taking stress and pain away from others, and making people happy is something I love. Working at an animal hospital may be work, but seeing adorable pets every day never fails to put a smile on my face. I’m happy to be able to do my part to better people’s lives and bring their families together.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I think it would be really cool to have an octopus as a pet. They are fascinating creatures that are very intelligent and have even been known to decorate their homes. I think it’d be great to have one as a friend.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I’m not working, I love playing board games, video games, and roleplaying games like Dnd. If I’m not playing games, you can find me cooking, reading, or watching tv and movies.

Whitney D.

Whitney D.

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

Kennel Team

Paige B.

Paige B.

Kennel Attendant

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would want to have a monkey because they are the cutest!

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I have 5 dogs and 4 cats. A golden retriever named Tanley and four dachshunds named Sunny, Bella, Frank, and Duncan. 

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

I love to help them feel better and to give them cuddles! 

Gianna D.

Gianna D.

Kennel Attendant

I have had 2 dogs and have been surrounded by many. I have always loved and cared for them. 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would pick a sloth because, besides dogs, sloths are my favorite animal. 

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I have one dog named Milo and he is a Treeing Walker Coonhound.

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

My favorite thing about working with animals is caring for them and helping them.

Kaylee A.

Kaylee A.

Kennel Attendant Shift Lead

I have always had a love for animals and caring for them. I’m actually that person that always has treats in my car in case I see a stray. I love having the opportunity to be around animals every day, it truly brings me happiness. My favorite thing about my career is being able to understand their minds.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would love to have a lion or tiger. My favorite animals are cats so a bigger one would definitely be interesting.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I currently have three pets- Leo, Virgo, and Blu. Leo and Virgo are black DSH cats that happen to be litter mates. Blu is a corgi mix that I adopted here at Coyne. I don’t know what I’d do without them!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Outside of work, I enjoy spending extra time with my pets and my boyfriend, relaxing, and of course shopping.

Liv H.

Liv H.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Brandon B.

Brandon B.

Kennel Attendant

I am a huge animal lover and my role model is my mother. She has worked in animal daycare and foster animals. I have volunteered in the past and have had many types of pets and each one has taken part of my heart. I currently have two cats, one being diabetic just like myself. All animals deserve love and to be treated amazingly. If an owner can’t have time for their fuzzy children then I’d be more than happy to make them feel loved for that time being.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Honestly, I would love to own an owl. They are my favorite animal and basically cats with feathers.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have two cats. Bilbo is my old diabetic man who is a tuxedo breed. He is friendly to anyone that walks through the door and cuddles 24/7. My other cat is Jack who is a ginger tabby who is the exact opposite of Bilbo. He is a scardy cat who chirps like a bird. A little crazy boy but loves me and my spouse.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Making the animals happy and feel safe.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I write, play video games, and mainly a home body along with my spouse.
What causes are you most passionate about?
Making sure all animals get a safe warm place of their own.

Jayden P.

Jayden P.

Kennel Attendant

I am currently in college going for a bachelor’s in marketing. I have always been a huge animal lover and ever since I was a kid have always wanted to work with animals whether that be in a zoo, rehabilitation, or whatever else I could do. When I saw a job opening at Coyne I jumped at the opportunity because this was my shot at finally working with animals.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any animal in the world as a pet I would have a lion because their mane looks really soft.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have 2 pets. I have a dog named Tyson and my favorite thing about him is that he is so well-tempered. I also have a dwarf hamster and my favorite thing about her is how she runs on her running wheel, it’s really funny to watch.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and playing video games.

Brooklynn B.

Brooklynn B.

Kennel Attendant

Becoming a veterinarian has been my ambition since I was a little girl. A career consisting of animal healthcare and well-being meant more to me than any other career during my school’s annual STEM Career Day. Each year I would represent a different field within veterinary medicine, waiting for the day I would turn 16 and be able to take the first steps of becoming a vet. Now that the time has come, I am even more motivated to start my first career working in a respected veterinary center. I am dedicated to the position, and I am excited to learn from the people around me. Animals have already taught me so much, and I aim to advocate and represent them.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any animal in the world as a pet I would choose to own a dog. Canines are a man’s best friend and life’s companion. I wouldn’t know what to do without my current dogs. Their loyalty, intelligence, and strength are what fuels my devotion to my dreams. They have taught me the responsibilities and actions a dog owner needs to take to advocate for their pet. Veterinary medicine wouldn’t be my choice of career otherwise.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I currently own three dogs and a cat. Two of my dogs, Phoenix and Apollo, are Belgian Malinois. They are crazy and keep me on my toes, but I love them. They are protective, goofy, and persistent. My Australian Shepherd Shuggie, in sum, is a separation anxiety fluff butt. Working with him these past few years has been a roller coaster of a job, but in the end, has proved successful. My cat, on the other hand, eats and sleeps. Sherbert is a 4-year-old Tabby cat who provides comfort during the hardest of times. Her cuddles distract me from my worries. All my pets have taught me so much and have helped me in so many ways. To me they aren’t even pets: they are family.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Working with animals is not an easy task. They are individuals with their own minds and inability to speak it. They use actions instead of words, and rely on us to read their thoughts. Working with them takes experience and the acceptance of mistakes made. Bonding and figuring out one another is the reason why the challenge is accepted, but the successes and learning opportunities achieved is what makes the task rewarding.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When not working, I enjoy hobbies such as horseback riding and dog training. They have become a part of my life, and are what make me happy. All the jobs in my life have one thing in common: animals. Animals are my root to success, motivation, and healing. I couldn’t survive without them.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about causes such as St. Jude and Animal Humane Societies. I have created fundraisers for both in the past, which I am very dedicated to. Saving the lives of children and animals who have had a rough start to life is apart of my life’s mission.

Caitlyn W.

Caitlyn W.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon.

Nicole M.

Nicole M.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon

Grooming Team

Hannah D.

Hannah D.

Groomer

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I was inspired to work in this field because I have always been so fascinated with animals, how different their personalities can be, how they can save lives in many ways, and how resilient they are. They can go through so much and still be so loving.

What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I love helping animals feel better, and also keeping their owner happy by making them look cuter than they already are.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I am an artist, I paint and draw in my free time!

Brittany B.

Brittany B.

Groomer

Graduated from NWI Grooming Academy in 2015. Groomer for 8 years and counting.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Kiba – how literally perfect he is
Maru – how cute she is
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Helping somebody who can’t repay you, making them feel confident, and watching scared dogs gain trust.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Gaming, reading, spending time outside

Skylar C.

Skylar C.

Grooming Assistant

Growing up as a kid I always had dogs around me, and it made me fall in love with animals. I knew as a kid that working with animals would be a dream job. I plan on going back to school in the fall and doing something related to animals.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Yes, I have a dog named Echo. My favorite thing about Echo is how crazy she is no matter the time of day she always wants to play.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The thing I find most rewarding about working with animals is seeing how happy they can be. It always makes my day ten times better.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also play in a softball league and always look forward to doing that in the summertime.