Steve Jacobs, DVM, MSPT
Dr. Jacobs is one of only a few dually licensed veterinarian/physical therapists in the country. He is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received his master's degree in physical therapy. He owned and operated two physical therapy centers prior to managing four centers for a major rehabilitation corporation. Dr. Jacobs received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois in May 2003. He has attended several canine sports medicine and physical therapy seminars and received his certification to perform the tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO). He is also certified in the PennHIP procedure, performs the tightrope cruciate ligament injury stabilization technique (Tightrope), and has been trained in canine total hip and knee replacement surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Canine Sports Medicine Association. When not working, Dr. Jacobs enjoys spending time with his family and three Labrador retrievers. He also enjoys the outdoors, competing in triathlons, and traveling.
Dayle Dillon, DVM
Dr. Dillon joined the SportsVet team as an associate veterinarian in 2015. A resident of central Illinois, she developed a love for animals while working with horses and numerous other animals on her family's farm. Upon graduation from GCMS High School, she attended North Park University in Chicago, Illinois where she played volleyball and softball while working towards degrees in Secondary Education and Biology. Dr. Dillon graduated from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the first class in a newly developed curriculum which encouraged a strong focus on clinical experience as well as traditional classroom learning. This additional clinical experience is what allowed her to develop a passion for canine rehabilitation, which only grew as she spent much of her free time volunteering in the rehab ward at school. Dr. Dillon began her veterinary career at a small animal practice in Decatur, IL. gaining experience in medicine and surgery by providing both general and on-call emergency care. During her time at SportsVet Dr. Dillon has pursued additional training in ultrasound, and is currently in the process of obtaining her license as a Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner. Her additional interests include both surgery and wound management/repair. Dr. Dillon has two pets of her own; Trooper, a Miniature Dachshund, and Gracie, an Australian Cattle Dog. Outside of the veterinary clinic, Dr. Dillon is an avid triathlete, and enjoys being outdoors with her pets and husband.
Susan Hites, DVM
Dr. Hites is an Associate Veterinarian at SportsVet Animal Medical Center and the owner of The Whole Pet, which provides individualized, integrative medicine for small animals. Dr. Hites has worked at hospitals in the Chicagoland area, southern New Mexico, and throughout central Illinois. Since elementary school, her only career desire was to be a veterinarian. After graduating as valedictorian from Grayslake High School, she attended the University of Illinois where she completed her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science and was a member of the University of Illinois Women's Club Volleyball team. Dr. Hites graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and practiced traditional medicine, working with small animals, pocket pets, birds, and reptiles. Realizing that she had a passion for aging pets as well as those with chronic illnesses, she studied animal chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, and herbal medicine. By using both traditional and alternative modalities, Dr. Hites has extended the quality of life for animals and their owners, helped agility dogs win blue ribbons, and been the veterinarian of choice for celebrities. Pets at home with Dr. Hites are Jasper, a 10-year-old male tabby cat that is an excellent string chaser and sun bather, and Gilley, a 9-year-old male beagle that specializes in calming special needs children and holding down the recliner. When not at the hospital, Dr. Hites enjoys coaching and playing volleyball, reading, and Sudoku. Dr. Hites is devoted to partnering with clients to help their animal companions live better quality lives.
Carli Miller, Practice Manager
Carli joined our team in January 2017. Carli is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she majored in Agricultural Communications with a heavy focus in Animal Sciences. Growing up on her family's farm in Central Illinois, she has been involved with animals and livestock production all her life. Carli especially loves seeing our patients advance through their rehabilitation treatments and return back to their happy, active lifestyles! Carli actively competes in rodeos on her barrel horses, and is a member of several rodeo and racing associations across the US. Her favorite traveling partner, Boots, is a red Australian Cattle Dog pup!
Ashley Hilliker, CVT, Client Liaison
Ashley began working at SportsVet in September 2006. While she keeps busy doing a multitude of different clinical tasks, some of her favorite things include assisting Dr. Jacobs in surgery and seeing various orthopedic cases from the initial injury all the way through to the patient returning to full function. She enjoys getting to know the owners of orthopedic patients as they progress through the surgery and recovery process. As Clinical Coordinator, Ashley manages all of our patient care, treatments & surgeries. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dogs. Together, they travel all over North America competing in both straight and oval track racing with their 4 Whippets. Other hobbies include traveling, cooking and spending time with her friends.
Emily Burgard, CVT
Emily began working at SportsVet in November of 2010 as a veterinary assistant. After graduating from Parkland College's Veterinary Technology program in May of 2012, she joined the staff full time as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Emily enjoys many aspects of her job, including assisting Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Dillon in surgery, keeping the clinic's inventory organized and stocked, and helping the client/patient experience here be the very best. When not working, Emily enjoys taking long walks with her two dogs, an English Springer Spaniel, Gunther and a Border Collie, Charm. Other hobbies reading and spending time with family and friends.
Rachel Elliott, CVT
Rachel joined our SportsVet team in July 2015. She moved to the Champaign area from the Chicago suburbs after graduating from Joliet Junior College. She worked as a veterinary assistant for 2 1/2 years prior to attending school to become a CVT. Rachel enjoys getting to know the clients and patients at SportsVet, as well as assisting in surgery with Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Dillon. In her free time, Rachel likes to watch movies with her two dogs, visit her family in the Chicago suburbs, and try cooking new recipes with her boyfriend.
Michelle Morris, CVT
Michelle started working with us in April 2017 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Parkland College, where she earned her Associates in Applied Science and her Veterinary Technology degree in 2013. Michelle's favorite part of her job is getting to use her "kitty magic" in handling challenging cats, as well as seeing all the interesting orthopedic cases that come in. She enjoys spending time with her golden retriever, Griff, and three kitties: Kali, Molly, and Pickle. Michelle also enjoys spending time with her human loved ones, hiking, reading and gardening!
Kaysee Matthis, Veterinary Receptionist
Kaysee joined the SportsVet team in April 2017. She loves hearing the stories our clients share about our special patients when they come in for visits! Working with the rest of the staff is one of her favorite things about being at SportsVet. Kaysee really enjoys crafts, hanging out with her family and friends, and is currently spending most of her free time remodeling her house! She has two dogs at home, Chili and Teddy!
Kendall Johnson, Veterinary Receptionist
Kendall started in September of 2017. He was born and raised in Urbana, IL. His hobbies include theater, often directing or stage managing shows at the Station Theater in Urbana, volunteering with local non-profits GCAP and the UP Center, playing video games, and hanging out with his Beagle-Basset Penny Lane, hedgehog Sophie, and husband, Thomas. Currently, Kendall and Thomas are spending every weekend house-hunting. His favorite part of working at SportsVet is greeting all the fluffy dogs, and all the fabulous people he works with daily.
Liz Todd, Veterinary Receptionist
Liz joined the SportsVet team in April 2017! Liz enjoys spending time with her family, being a mother, cooking, and reading. She especially enjoys spending any time that she can outdoors with her kids (going to zoos, water parks, museums, hiking trails, and fishing). Liz is the proud owner of JoLee, an 8-year old Yorkie, a 3-year old pointer mix, Nova, and a domestic short hair cat, Oliver! Liz's favorite thing about working at SportsVet is the interaction she has with our clients. She enjoys getting to know each and every one of their special pets!
Kassidy Clark, Veterinary Receptionist
Kassidy joined the SportsVet team in August 2017. One of her favorite aspects of her job is the interaction she has with each patient and client on a day to day basis. She especially enjoys chatting with all of the clients and playing with the patients as they are briefly waiting for their appointment to begin. Although, the best part of her job would have to be the moment when our clients are picking up their pets after a long day apart and the pure excitement displayed by the pets and the loving smiles on our clients faces. When Kassidy is not working, she is either attending Parkland classes, playing softball, volleyball, with family, friends, or playing with her new blue tick beagle puppy named Ruby. She hopes to one day be a Musculoskeletal Sonographer with a house full of fur babies.
Hannah Pruitt, Veterinary Receptionist
Hannah joined the SportsVet Team in August 2017. She enjoys greeting the clients as they enter the door and getting to know each and every one! She recently moved here from Utah, and spends her time studying for dental hygiene, hanging out with family and friends, and hiking with her dogs. She has four dogs: Beau; a bloodhound, Roxy; a toy poodle, Sadie; a pit bull mix, and Captain; a lab mix.
Erika Yoesel, Full-Time Veterinary Assistant
Erika joined the SportsVet Team in June of 2017. Erika enjoys assisting the Certified Technicians and Doctors wherever she is needed. She is from Omaha, NE, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012. Since graduating, she’s been given opportunities to work at multiple vet clinics, sharing her knowledge with pet owners and helping those veterinary businesses grow! She and her husband share their home with their 3-legged cat, Juniper. In her free time, Erika enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending Husker football games, skiing, and traveling.
Emma Robbins, Veterinary Assistant
Emma joined the SportsVet team in May 2017. Emma is currently a sophomore at the University of Illinois, studying Animal Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medical Sciences. Emma has been involved in equine rescue/rehabilitation and helps out at the U of I horse farm during foaling season. Emma enjoys being able to see all sorts of innovative veterinary medicine up close and personal at SportsVet, and also loves getting to cuddle the puppies! When Emma is not at work, she loves to hang out with her dog Jackson, drawing, and drawing her dog Jackson.
Betsy Laurence, Veterinary Assistant
Betsy joined the SportsVet team in August 2017, but has worked the veterinary field for four years. She enjoys working with the animals and helping with underwater treadmill therapy. Betsy is attending Parkland to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys canoeing, fishing and playing with her three dogs; Joey, Phoebe and Judge.
Nicole Schimmel, Veterinary Assistant
Nicole joined the Sportsvet Team in June 2017. Nicole loves getting to know each each animals’ personality and helping to maintain a compassionate and flourishing environment at the clinic. Nicole has three cats: Lucky, Bubba, and Gabriel, and two dogs: Max and Skippy! She also has Peanut, the turtle. When Nicole is not working here at SportsVet, she teaches ZUMBA and Cycling in Champaign! Nicole is an avid reader and writer, and is preparing for Veterinary School in her future.
Erin Kettelkamp, Veterinary Assistant
Erin began working as a Veterinary Assistant at SportsVet in January 2016. She graduated from the University of Illinois with her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences, and is currently attending the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Erin loves that she can pursue her professional degree, while also working in the industry! While at the clinic, Erin enjoys the one-on-one time she is able to spend with the boarding guests and clinic patients during their stay at SportsVet. Outside of work and school, Erin enjoys spending time on her family’s farm, managing their livestock with the help of her border collie; Circus.
Shay Anspach, B/G/D Manager
Shay joined SportsVet in August 2015, but has worked in the veterinary field for seven years. She enjoys getting to know the clients at SportsVet and helping patients excel in underwater treadmill therapy. Shay is a mom of three, and in her free time she enjoys watching her youngest play high school soccer, spending time with her fiancé and taking care of her two dogs, Gunner and Tick.
Holly Dailey, Groomer
Holly will be joining the SportsVet team in June 2017. Born and raised in Wisconsin, her passion for animals began early as she cared for her horses and dogs. Holly's grooming career first began when she obtained her Early Childhood Degree and began apprentice grooming in the evenings. She now has over 20 years of experience in the field, and has utilized her grooming skills working in veterinary clinics and owning her own Boarding & Grooming Salon. Holly enjoys family time with her husband, Kirk, and son, Clay. They enjoy horseback riding, fishing, boating, camping, and any activity that involves the outdoors! Holly has 1 horse, with aspirations for more; and a wonderful English Bulldog, Lucy! Holly's goal is for the customer and their dog to have a pleasant grooming experience and for both to leave happy and satisfied, each time they walk through the door.
Audrey Sather, B/G/D Receptionist
Audrey joined the SportsVet team in October 2016. After graduating from Mizzou in 2011, she spent four years working in pharmaceutical research, then moved to the Champaign area with her husband, Bryan, in 2015. Audrey enjoys getting to know clients and their pets and catching their best moments on camera. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband and black lab, Dakota and visiting her family back in Missouri. She spends her free time doing home renovations, baking, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Breanna Kelley, B/G/D Receptionist
Breanna joined the SportsVet Team in June 2017. She is attending Parkland Community College to pursue a degree in Sociology. Breanna especially enjoys meeting new clients and loving on their pets! Her free time outside of work is spent studying and spending time with her boyfriend Clay and their two dogs: Chloe, a Peke-a-chon and Duncan, a JackChi.
Tracy McIntyre, Full-Time Animal Caretaker
Tracy joined the SportsVet Team in June 2017. Tracy enjoys meeting all the clients and their pets, and especially loves ensuring that their pets are happy and well-cared for while they are away from home. Tracy has three dogs: Bearenger (Boxer), DaVenchie (Ozark Mountain Dog), and Buddha (English Bulldog). She has been married for 30 years and has two sons, Corey and Dustin. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, bowling, working in the yard, fishing, going to the pool, participating in 5k walks/runs, and riding her horse, T-Bird. Tracy also loves spending time with her granddaughter, Ashlynne!
Pam York, Doggy Daycare Attendant
Pam joined the Sports Vet Team in June 2017. Pam has been working in the small animal field for almost 20 years, owning her own boarding and daycare facility for 11 of those years. One of Pam’s favorite things to do at SportsVet is to meet and interact with all the different breeds and personalities playing together in Doggie Daycare. Pam’s best friends are her dogs: Molly, George and Maggie May. She also has Leo the cat, who thinks he's the king of the house. Outside of SportsVet, Pam loves spending time with her son, daughter, and 2 grandchildren.
Puff is a male Persian cat born in January of 2010. He came to live with us in November of 2011 when he was in need of a new home. Puff spends most of his days perched on the front desk greeting our clients or napping in Dr. Jacobs' office chair.