Joan - Practice Manager

Joan is the daughter of Dr. Higgins, former owner of the Higgins Animal Clinic and sister clinic to The Wheeling Animal Hospital and Pet Resort.

Joan also runs the Pierre LeBark Pet Boutique where she is greatly enjoying finding both necessary and unique items to sell!

Joan is a Registered Nurse who also has degrees in Psychology and Spanish Education. In her nursing career, she has held positions as a bilingual psychiatric nurse and Director of Nursing for Home Health.

Joan is married to Dr. Roberts and is the mother of two adult children, Lindsay and Alyssa.

In her free time, Joan enjoys creating beaded jewelry and is the coordinator of a community- based English-as-a-second language program.

Joan may be contacted at 847-495-4266 or at

Matt - Practice Manager

Matt's official title at our clinic is Business Manager, however, he may be seen on any given day in numerous areas of the clinic. Matt often helps out in Daycamp, Kennel, Reception, Vet Teching, and poses as "Santa" for our "Pet Photos with Santa".

A Business major at Harper College, Matt enjoys working at our clinic because he says that he "likes the facility and being a part of a team who really cares about pets".

Among Matt's many pets are two rescued dogs; both Rhodesian Ridgeback mixes, Billy and Honey, a cat named Rum, and a Chameleon named Rocky

In his spare time, Matt likes to read.

Jerry - Surgical Assistant

Gerardo (Jerry) grew up on a farm in Mexico. He is a Veterinarian in his home country. He attended C.E.T.A. Centro de Estudios Agropecuarios en Santa Maria del Oro Durango and C.E.U. Centro de Estudios Universitarios de Monterrey, Nuevo Leon where he received his degree in Medico Veterinario Zootechnista.

Jerry, who is well-known to many of our long-time clients, keeps our surgerical suite organized and functioning smoothly and has been sharing his knowledge with us at The Wheeling Animal Hospital and Pet Resort since 1991.

He lives with his wife, Claudia, two daughters, Natalie and Kaitlin, and their dog named Blue.

Candace - Veterinary Assistant Team Leader

Candace began working here at the Wheeling Animal Hospital on June 23, 2016. She is one of the friendly faces you will see here, recently she was promoted to Veterinary Assistant Team Leader. She graduated from a Veterinary Technology Program in May, 2016, and earned an Associate Degree in Science. She worked at a small animal clinic in Palmetto, FL, while attending college.

She loves taking care of the many animals that come through our doors. In her spare time Candace enjoys listening to country music, attending concerts, taking bike rides and camping.

Kurtis- Veterinary Assistant

Kurtis started working at the Wheeling Animal Hospital & Pet Resort on June of 2011. Kurtis was our Lead for Kennel/DayCamp. Unfortunately for us, Kurtis took another job, but he still manages to work here twice a month as a Veterinary Assistant. He also is attending school and is working towards finishing his Bachelors Degree.

Kurtis has two dogs, Weezy - a Labrador Retriever, and Max - a Pug.

In his spare time he produces music, plays sports and spends time with his pups!

Debbie - Lead Client Care Specialist

Debbie joined The Wheeling Animal Hospital in February of 2011. Debbie worked for a major airlines, as a Flight Service Manager, which afforded her the opportunity to travel all over the world! She also did volunteer work for Heartland Animal Shelter for over two years prior to working at Wheeling.

Currently Debbie has no animals at her home, she's too busy loving on the ones that come in here to Wheeling!

Outside of work Debbie spends time with her husband and they enjoy traveling and taking long walks. She also loves cooking and baking - which we then get to sample here at Wheeling!

Mary - Client Care Specialist

Mary stated working at The Wheeling Animal Hospital in October of 1991, not long after the little blue and white building became an animal hospital. She is a receptionist and a dedicated "Crazy Cat Lady"! Amazingly she only has one cat of her own, a 8 year old orange and white long haired beauty named Libby, who loves being an only cat.

Mary grew up in Massachusetts and is always missing the beauty of the ocean. She still has some family there and loves to go back home, whenever she can. Now that she has two adorable grandsons, Drew, age 6 and Danny, age 4 (almost) she spends as much time as possible spoiling them to the best of her ability and checkbook!

Mary also enjoys reading and needlework. She loves her job and so enjoys the many adorable animals that stop to say "HI" at the front desk.

Shelby - Client Care Specialist/W.A.G.S. Fundraiser Coordinator

Shelby started working at the Wheeling Animal Hospital in August, 2017. For six years she's been working in Customer Service/Receptionist positions. Shelby has been obsessed with all animals her whole life. She loves greeting and assisting the animals who walk through our doors.

Shelby also does a fantastic job being our W.A.G.S. Fundraiser Coordinator. She has put together the Wheeling Animal Group Saves FaceBook Page, a Garage Sale, Bingo Night, as well as coordinates with multiple restaurants, that for every food item purchased, if you mention Wheeling Animal Hospital on a specific day - W.A.G.S. will receive 20% off all proceeds. A Big Thank You To Shelby For All Of Her Hard Work!!

Shelby has two dogs, Gracie & Gibby - which are the loves of her life! She enjoys napping in her spare time (if she ever has any)!

Tina - Client Care Specialist

Born, raised and still lives here in Wheeling, Tina's family has been using Wheeling Animal Hospital since 1996.

She was a cake decorator for 12 years and decided she wanted a fun job with animals. Tina is also our craft lady who comes up with brilliant ideas and makes different items to sell here at Wheeling, to raise money for our W.A.G.S. Animals.

Tina has had many different animals over the years, She takes care of two outdoor cats, and also has 3 indoor cats. Most recently she's been known as the neighborhood Cat Mom!

Sue - Lead Pet Resort Reservations Specialist

Sue joined the staff of The Wheeling Animal Hospital and Pet Resort several years ago as a Pet Reservations Specialist.

Sue worked in Human Resources for 15 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Once her daughter got older, Sue decided to indulge her passion for animals by working with them on a daily basis.

Sue lives with her husband, daughter, (who is now attending her last year of college at University of Illinois - GO ILLINI!) and two dogs; Buddy, a Beagle, and Weiser, a white Labrador Retriever.

Linda - Pet Resort Reservations Specialist

Linda joined the Wheeling Animal Hospital in February, 2011. She grew up in Chicago, and has lived the past 10 years in Elk Grove Village.

For 17 years she worked in Corporate Travels with American Express, which gave her the opportunity to travel to Europe and throughout the United States.

Linda's pride and joy is her cat, named Matilda.

In her spare time she enjoys going to movies, or just hanging out with family and friends. Also she loves creating "Zentangle" artwork, and baking easy recipes she finds on Facebook (which she then brings in to try out on our staff members)...YUM!!

Susan - Animal Care Lead/DayCamp Lead

Susan started working here at The Wheeling Animal Hospital in October of 2015, she is our Animal Care Lead/DayCamp Lead. Susan grew up in Schaumburg, IL, she also lived in Texas for a couple of years.

Susan really enjoys working with all the animals here at Wheeling.

Currently she has a bunny named Boo Bears and a kitty named Faith. In her spare time she enjoys just hanging out with her furry friends.

Morgan - Animal Care Assistant/DayCamp Counselor

Morgan grew up in Mount Prospect and started working at the Wheeling Animal Hospital on April 12, 2017, and is working in our DayCamp and Kennel Area.

She is currently enrolled in school studying to become a Veterinary Technician. Before coming to Wheeling she was working at a salon as a hair stylist.

Morgan has one dog named Shea, who will be turning three in July. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also loves attending sporting events (mostly baseball games) and concerts.