Meet Our Team

  • Joyce Gast

    Having been born into a family with four siblings, when I was offered a scholarship to attend Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, I accepted. During the years following my graduation, I completed a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of St. Francis. Later, I received a Masters in Health from the University of Notre Dame. My Veterinary Degree was earned from Ross University with the internship from the University of Illinois.

    For almost twenty years, I was an intensive care nurse, with two years as a cardiac rehabilitation assistant, and six years in charge of outpatient surgery. The experience has proven to be invaluable in the diagnostic and assessment skills needed in the veterinary field. The rewards in meeting the needs of companion animals and their families are as satisfying as life gets.

    Since graduating as a veterinarian, I performed as a relief associate. I then spent five years as an associate veterinarian at the Chicago Ridge Animal Shelter and Clinic.

    During this time, my very supportive husband and three children continued to develop into their own. My husband Joe formed a sign design and installation business. My eldest Amy is a patent attorney and mother of four, while my elder son is both a large and small animal veterinarian and the younger is a radiologist specializing in interventional radiology.

    While the day-to-day pleasures and challenges are primarly fulfilled as veterinarian, I am a very proud wife, mother, and grandmother. Gardening and cooking are my most favorite pastimes as the time allows.

  • Cherie Salisbury
    Vet Technician

    I graduated from Brown Mackie South Bend and then came to work here. I have a small farm with goats, pigs, horses, cows, ducks, and chickens. I have a six year old son named Cason. I also have four dogs: Annie, Jim, Susan, and Wendy.

  • Jordan Hippie
    Veterinary Assistant

    I am currently attending Valparaiso University to study nursing. I have two dogs, Cork and Clarence. I am a huge fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. I enjoy spending time camping with my family and running children's events at the campground. 

  • Jessica Agonis
    Veterinary Assistant

    I started working here after graduating from high school. I am currently going to Purdue West Lafayette for Animal Sciences with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in Aquatic Sciences. I also have a dog, Ginger, a pet mouse, Shrimpy, and pet fish.

  • Anne Kutemeier
    Veterinary Assistant

    I graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Biological Sciences. I have been a veterinary assistant for 7 years now and am in the process of applying to Vet school. In my free time I play volleyball, softball, and hang out with my family!

  • Jessica Rooth
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College. In addition, I have obtained my Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. In my free time I love photography and doing pet portraits. I have an Akita named Mila as well as two guinea pigs and two goats.

  • Madelyn Schiesser
    Veterinary Assistant

    I am a Biology Major and Chemistry Minor at Valparaiso University. My goal is to one day be a veterinary technician. I have danced ballet for 14 years. I love traveling and learning about different wildlife. 

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