Bellwood Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.
Lindsay Wares, CVT — Hospital Manager
Lindsay has been lighting up Bellwood Animal Hospital with her beautiful smile since April 2014. She is a graduate of Rockford Career College's Veterinary Techician program and holds a CVT designation. Her veterinary special interests include nutrition and behavior. She was promoted to Hospital Manager in April 2019.
Lindsay lives in Belvidere with her family and dogs. She is especially fond of boxers. Outside of work Lindsay enjoys spending time with family and gardening.
Tammy Burkon, CVT — Veterinary Technician
Tammy grew up in Cherry Valley, IL and now lives in Poplar Grove. She has been working in the animal field since 2002 and later graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. In 2008, she earned a CVT designation.
Tammy lives in Poplar Grove, has two awesome kids, two cats, and a dog. Tammy's hobbies include art, music, gardening, and hiking.
Becca Irvin, CVT — Veterinary Technician
Becca graduated from Rockford Career College as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2013. She worked at Hillcrest Animal Hospital for seven years prior to joining Bellwood Animal Hospital in 2014.
Becca is originally from Stillman Valley but now resides in Rockford with her family and two dogs, a Boston Terrier and an English Mastiff.
Caitlin Yeoman, CVT — Veterinary Technician
Caitlin graduated from Rockford Career College in 2015 and joined Bellwood in 2016 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She enjoys educating pet owners and caring for the animals in her community. With her soft-spoken manner and warm smile, Caitlin gives our clients and their pets compassionate and attentive care.
Caitlin loves spending time outdoors with her two Labradors, Benny and Ellie, and lounging around with her two cats, Kitty Baby and Dunkin.
Emily Sansone — Veterinary Technician
The sparkly purple color of Emily’s 2010 Harley Davidson Iron Sportster matches her sweet personality! Born and raised in Rockford, Emily has worked at Bellwood since 2015. Previously, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Animal Science. Emily is all smiles and eager to take care of our furry friends and their families.
At home she has several fur babies of her own. Reid is the latest addition; he’s a black lab mastiff mix, is super clumsy, and will lick you to death. Cappi, her black lab beagle mix, is the most loving pup you’ll ever meet; he looks like a black lab puppy with big floppy ears. Last but not least is Emily’s first pet, long haired tabby Magic. She loves to play outside with her pets while listening to Christmas music, all year long. After you meet Emily, you’ll remember her smile and caring personality.
Jen Lesak — Veterinary Technician
Jen has a passion for making people happy. You can see it in her eyes when she welcomes clients to Bellwood and when she talks about her two young sons, who keep her on her toes. Jen has an associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Rockford Career College and was formerly with Banfield in Rockford.
At home she has two pets including Minnie Mouse, a Rottweiler, and Buster Douglas, an American Bulldog. In addition to working with animals, Jen enjoys being outside and spending as much time as she can with her family.
Stacie Lenius — Veterinary Technician
Our veterinary technician, Stacie is always willing to lend a hand. She joined the Bellwood team in April of 2018 with an amazing 20 years of animal experience. She brings 18 years of technician experience with her, and her dedication shows.
Stacie grew up and has remained in the Rockford area where she cares for her furry family members Jack the Sheltie, Oliver “Monkee” the Collie, the adorable Kylo, and Syris and Gloom the kitties. When Stacie is not hard at work, she enjoys outdoor activities like having bonfires, going to the beach and taking care of her garden.
Kristin Karczewski — Veterinary Technician
Bio coming soon.
Nicole Mann — Veterinary Assistant
Nicole joined the Bellwood Animal Hospital Staff as a Kennel Attendant in January of 2013. Since then she has added Client Care Specialist and Veterinary Assistant to her role at the clinic. Nicole graduated from Rockford Christian School and went on to complete an Associates Degree of Science from Rock Valley College. Currently, Nicole is working towards completing a bachelor's degree in Animal Science at the University of Illinois. She hopes to one day become a Veterinarian.
She always looks forward to coming back to Rockford and working at Bellwood Animal Hospital during winter and summer breaks. At home, she has a toy Poodle named Emma and a cat named Kitty.
Vanessa Raisanan — Veterinary Assistant
Our Veterinary Assistant, Vanessa, is always eager and enthusiastic when interacting with pets! Currently enrolled in a Veterinary Technician program, Vanessa works at Bellwood Animal Hospital around her class schedule. She also has an associates degree in arts, as well as a wealth of experience taking care of animals.
Vanessa was destined for a life with animals as she has been riding her family's horses since she was five years old. Vanessa now has several other pets in addition to horses, including rabbits, cats and chickens. Outside of work and school, Vanessa enjoys boating and helping others look after their animals.
Samantha Wallace — Customer Care Specialist
Samantha is a recent addition to the Customer Care Specialist team. Since beginning to work at Bellwood Animal Hospital in August 2017, she has graced our customers, pets and staff with her amazing personality. Samantha's seven years of previous customer service experience gave her skills to ensure a great client experience.
Her home life in “Lovely Rockford, IL” includes bowling and spending time with her sister, friends and family, which includes a one year-old Black Lab Lailah and five year-old Tiger cat Precious. She is determined to bring a smile to your face!
Jeanine Rosati — Customer Care Specialist
Our clients rave about the exceptional care they receive from Customer Care Specialist Jeanine. Coming to us with ten years of veterinary experience, we are lucky to have her on our team.
You would never guess it from her mild-mannered, soft-spoken demeanor, but Jeanine enjoys scary movies and a good game of poker, alongside spending time with her two daughters and many fur babies. She has two cats, Milo and Toby, and two dogs, Charlie and Luna.
Felicia — Customer Care Specialist
Felicia readily shares her animal care knowledge with clients in her role as Customer Care Specialist. She joined Bellwood Animal Hospital in 2016 and works hard every day to make sure our clients’ needs are being met. Felicia first got her start in the animal field working in a pet boarding and a daycare facility.
Felicia likes all animals, except spiders! At work she’s our informal "tech guru." Outside of work she enjoys making good food, especially Italian and Chinese!
Abby Kenney — Customer Care Specialist
If you have ever visited us, you have probably noticed Abby, our bubbly, smiling customer care specialist.
Abby comes to Bellwood with over six years of customer care experience. She loves working with people, and the pets are an added bonus!
Abby grew up and has remained in the Rockford area with her chocolate lab, Buddy, and Tuxedo kitty boy named Teddy. When not taking care of her devoted customers, she loves to decorate, travel, and soak in as many Netflix movies as she can.
Shane Harris — Grooming Manager
Shane grew up in Genoa, IL, and has been the Grooming Manager at Bellwood Animal Hospital since 1997. He has a way with dogs! It’s common for him to be able to groom a dog "au natural" when they were referred to us as needing sedation - clients call him "the Dog Whisperer!" Shane's friendly personality, contagious laugh, and passion for customer service are notable throughout Bellwood Animal Hospital.
Shane's animal companions are his dogs Lola, Angelica and Madge. When he's not at the hospital, he enjoys gardening, home improvement, camping and hiking.
Mackenzie Hutchins — Groomer
Mackenzie has been grooming pets since 2011 and has been a member of the Bellaire Grooming team since November 2016. She says that working as a groomer doesn't even feel like a "job", and she loves making your pets look and feel good!
Mackenzie has what she calls a "zoo" at home, including Cowboy, a Poodle, and his best friend Leia, a Tabby cat. She also has a Great Dane named Jersey and rare white-faced, pastel grey Cockatiel named Mukey. Mackenzie enjoys hiking with her dogs and playing with her three children in her spare time.
Kim Wilhelm — Kennel Assistant
Kim has been a Kennel Assistant at Bellwood Animal Hospital since 2012 after moving to Rockford from Chicago. She brings over 50 years of animal care experience including raptor handling and training, reptile husbandry and working at a no-kill animal shelter. Kim has had her own collection of snakes and lizards for over 20 years. In the past, she has volunteered at the Sonoran Desert Museum in Arizona where she cared for reptiles and Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education in Loves Park. Since 1995 she has also volunteered at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, IL, as a raptor interpreter.
Jenny Barth — Kennel Assistant
Jenny joined the Bellwood team in November of 2018. She is currently attending Rockford Career College where she is furthering her education and love for animals in the veterinary technician certification program. Jenny has 13 years of experience working with animals. She started her career at a doggy daycare facility, transitioned into boarding and, eventually, managed a kennel and grooming facility in Tennessee.
Jenny grew up in the Crystal Lake area but now resides in Harvard where she has 4 dogs, 3 cats, and 8 chickens. When she is not at work, Jenny loves to experience music concerts and enjoys spending time with family and friends.