Our Careteam

Mindy
Veterinary Technician
Mindy grew up playing “veterinary hospital” with her best friend, Dr. Kristin Brand. As fate would have it, they now work together in the real-world animal care field! Mindy serves as one of Richmond Veterinary Clinic’s Veterinary Technicians and simply couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Mindy grew up in McHenry, Illinois. Her veterinary career began in Long Grove, where she worked as a Technician for 10 years before joining the Richmond Veterinary Clinic team in late 2012. Mindy’s favorite part of the job is the fun factor—her day is full of excitement on a daily basis!

At home, Mindy has two dogs: Norman, a Golden retriever who enjoys showing off, and lab mix Murphy, who Mindy received from her grandmother.

Traveling is one of Mindy’s great passions outside of the veterinary care world. She’s also fond of playing softball, running, snow skiing, water skiing, and walking her dogs.
Katie
Veterinary Technician
Katie grew up with many animals in the house, and actively participated in 4H as a kid. In high school, she heard about the veterinary technician field and knew instantly it was the perfect fit for her!

Katie was raised in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, then moved to Wisconsin at the age of 14. She attended the Madison Area Technical College after high school, receiving her veterinary technician’s certification in 1999. She worked at three different clinics before joining the compassionate team at Richmond Veterinary Clinic in early 2015. Here, she loves working alongside the fun-loving care team and using her honed technical skills to draw blood and place IV lines.

Katie and her husband, Mike, have three wonderful children named Claire, Caitlin, and Troy. They also share their home with two dogs: Maggie, a Labrador who babysits the kids when they play outdoors, and Candy Kane, a rescued collie.

Katie and her family enjoy taking trips to northern Wisconsin, where they visit relatives, ride four-wheelers, and hike. Katie is also an avid gardener and plants both flowers and vegetables when the weather allows.
Tina
Veterinary Technician
Tina used to work in the human medical field. After a while, she wanted a change of scenery while still being able to work with the science that fascinated her. Since she’d always wanted to serve as a voice for animals, Tina decided to become a Veterinary Technician!

Tina came to work at Richmond Veterinary Clinic nearly 13 years ago. She particularly enjoys performing dental cleanings; seeing the transformation of a pet’s mouth is the ultimate reward! Tina also enjoys taking X-rays and performing physical exams.

Tina and her husband, Chuck, have three children named Robert, Amber, and Sarah. The family has plenty of pets, including nine dogs, three cats, three horses, a pair of bearded dragons, a tortoise, and several fish.

Most of Tina’s spare time is spent around animals—she does a lot of dog training in the warmer months, and also is active in raccoon rehabilitation. When not at work or with her family, Tina loves spending time with her dogs and horses.
Jill
Veterinary Technician
When Jill started as a kennel attendant in a local animal hospital at the age of 14, it was just a job for her. Over time, though, it developed into a true calling and Jill’s life-long career! Now she serves pets and their owners every day as one of Richmond Veterinary Clinic’s Veterinary Technicians.

Jill grew up in the suburbs of Illinois. Her veterinary journey began at an Arlington Hills animal hospital, where she learned everything from receptionist work to veterinary technician duties. 27 years later, she couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

Lab work is one of Jill’s favorite aspects of her work as a veterinary technician. She also enjoys radiographs, and using her skills to save a pet in an emergency is extremely rewarding.

Jill and her husband have a young son and share their home with three cats: Butterscotch, Diesel, and Clutch. When she isn’t spending time with her family or caring for pets around the clinic, Jill enjoys fishing with her father, camping, and hiking.
Julie
Veterinary Technician
Julie was first inspired to work with animals when her family visited Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Watching the veterinary team there care for an injured pelican made Julie realize that she would love to care for pets herself! Now she’s a Certified Veterinary Technician here at Richmond Veterinary Clinic.

Julie was born in Long Island, New York, and moved to Illinois in 1989. Her animal care career began when she worked in a shelter and then a boxer rescue. She then attended Rockford Career College, graduating and passing her board examinations in 2008 to become a Veterinary Technician. Julie came to Richmond Veterinary Clinic that same year after completing her externship right here at the hospital.

Julie and her husband Christopher recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Naomi, into the world. The family shares their home with four dogs—Jackie, Molly, Tri, and Bazinga—as well as four cats named K.C., Baby Girl, Lennie, and Wu.

When she isn’t working, caring for her family, or spending time with her dogs, Julie enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, and staying active in her church.
Brittany
Veterinary Technician
Brittany has grown up with animals all her life. To this day, she owns pets herself—Brittany knows firsthand how valuable and special our animal companions are. She’s thrilled to continue her journey in veterinary medicine as a member of Richmond Veterinary Clinic’s team of skilled Veterinary Technicians!

Brittany is from Island Lake, Illinois and began her pet-care journey more than six years ago at another local hospital, where she received the hands-on training that serves her well to this day. After expanding her horizons at another nearby clinic for a time, she joined the Richmond Veterinary Clinic family in May of 2019. Brittany has special interests in allergy care and still finds it amazing how important nutrition is when helping pets suffering from allergy problems.

In her free time, Brittany loves working out and spending quality time with her family and pets. She and her two wonderful sons, Kurt and Tim, share their lives with several pets: Olive, a rescued Pit Bull who is terrified of storms; four rescued cats who go by Lynx, Max, Onyx, and Binx; as well as seven fish and a loveable hamster.
Jamie
Veterinary Assistant
Before she became a Kennel Technician here at Richmond Veterinary Clinic, Jamie and her family were clients at the hospital for 20 years! Having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of animals makes Jamie’s job the most rewarding one she’s ever had.

Jamie grew up in Spring Grove, Illinois with her parents and two older sisters. After graduating high school, Jamie earned her Associate’s degree at community college while deciding what field to pursue. Many people who knew that Jamie had a passion for animals encouraged her to look into the veterinary field, so she applied here at the clinic. She knew instantly she’d made the right move! Soon, Jamie will be attending Veterinary Technician school at Rockford Career College.

At home, Jamie and her family keep three pets: Payton is a German shepherd, Dakota is a Siberian husky, and Bandit is a tabby cat who keeps both dogs on their toes. Outside of her duties at the clinic, Jamie enjoys wakeboarding, taking walks with her dogs, and snowmobiling.
Angie
Veterinary Technician
Angie grew up with her family in Wonder Lake, Illinois, where she was surrounded by pets from day one. She had everything from dogs and cats to fish, birds, hamsters, and chinchillas! It wasn’t hard for Angie to develop a passion for pet care early on in life—she hasn’t looked back since.

Angie was only 15 years old when she started working part-time at a pet shop while also putting in hours at her father’s chiropractic office. She started volunteering with a local shelter, then left her job at the pet store to accept a management position at a larger facility.

After the family chiropractic business closed their doors, Angie decided to continue pursuing veterinary medicine full-time. That’s when she joined the Richmond Veterinary Clinic team—she’s been a Veterinary Technician with the hospital family since April of 2017 and couldn’t be happier.

Angie and her husband have two wonderful children and share their lives with two dogs, Sadie and Dublin, as well as four cats: Kali, Chief, Sonny, and Blaze. When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic or spending time with her family and animal companions at home, Angie enjoys gardening in her backyard and crocheting. She’s made countless blankets, gloves, scarves, and hats, and even crafted a stuffed turtle for her nephew!
Michael
Veterinary Assistant
After spending almost a decade in the military, Michael moved to the Philippines for a few years. There, he ran a farm and worked with creatures of all shapes and sizes. It didn’t take long for him to fall in love with the world of animal care! Michael knew that he wanted to expand his knowledge and carry his passion into the veterinary field back in the States. That’s exactly what he did—now, Michael is a proud member of Richmond Veterinary Clinic’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Michael grew up in the McHenry County area and returned to his home state after moving back to the U.S. He attended McHenry County College’s veterinary assistant program to study veterinary technology and get his foot in the door of the animal-care profession. The program required that he complete externship hours, and he was more than happy to sign on here at Richmond Veterinary Clinic to satisfy his requirements. Michael was hired on as an employee after graduating, and he’s been here ever since!

Medically, Michael enjoys reading slides under the microscope and performing laboratory work. His favorite part of the job, though, is getting to meet new animal companions and their loving owners on a daily basis.

When he’s not at work, Michael can be found running, riding motorcycles, and spending quality time with his family. He and his wife have three wonderful children and one pet: a parrot, Diego, whose favorite pastime is screaming at the neighbors and then laughing maniacally after he’s finished.
Dawn
Client Service Representative
Dawn had previously worked in almost every customer service position imaginable, save for one in the area that she loved most: animal care. When an opportunity arose for her to use her people skills to better the lives of pet owners just like herself, she knew it was too good to pass up! Dawn has been involved in the veterinary profession ever since, and is thrilled to now serve as a member of Richmond Veterinary Clinic’s front-desk team.

Dawn is originally from Chicago but also lived in Washington State for a number of years before returning to Illinois. When her daughter was entering high school, Dawn knew that she wanted to explore a new path in life herself, but wasn’t sure quite what she wanted to do. A friend of hers worked as a Technician at another clinic in McHenry County, and referred Dawn for a receptionist position. The rest is history! She’s been a veterinary professional ever since, and joined the Richmond Veterinary Clinic family in May of 2019.

When she isn’t at work, Dawn can be found riding her motorcycle, traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and pets. She has two cats, Nashville and Hiccup, as well as a Chihuahua named Mia.
Melanie
Kennel Technician
Melanie wanted to work with animals to make an impact in the lives of pets. If she can improve even a small part of their day, she knows she’s been successful! Melanie is excited to begin her journey in the animal care world here at Richmond Veterinary Clinic.

Melanie grew up in Ingleside, Illinois and moved to Richmond at the age of seven. When a family friend and clinic employee—who happened to know that Melanie had a passion for animal care—let her know that an opening was available here at the hospital, Melanie jumped at the chance to submit an application. Three months later, in July of 2011, she was hired! Soaking up knowledge from the veterinarians and technicians around her is one of Melanie’s favorite things to do during her workday, and she especially enjoys getting to sit in on surgeries.

At home, Melanie and her family have three cats: Jay Jay, Jasmine, and Angel. When she has free time, Melanie enjoys singing, horseback riding, painting and drawing, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Joey
Kennel Technician
As a little girl growing up in Wisconsin and Texas, Joey always found comfort and companionship in the presence of animals. Those experiences made a permanent impression—Joey has known ever since that she wanted to give something back to pets! She’s able to do just that as a member of the Richmond Veterinary Clinic kennel staff.

Joey started here at the hospital in August of 2017 after hearing about an open position from her husband’s aunt, a client of Richmond Veterinary Clinic herself. Joey was thrilled to become a member of the clinic family, and she’s been helping the area’s boarding pets as a Kennel Technician ever since. She loves to jump in and help the Veterinary Technicians and doctors whenever she can, and her favorite part of every shift is getting to meet a wide variety of animal personalities.

Outside of work, Joey enjoys practicing her needlepoint and crochet skills, going for long walks, and spending quality time with her own pets at home. She has three loveable cats named Tweak, Nidalee, and Danny.