Our Staff

Christine, Head Certified Veterinary Technician

Christine has been a member of the Avenue family since December 2001. She graduated and received her CVT license from Joliet Junior College in 2001. Her favorite thing about veterinary medicine is being able to support and manage the health of furry, non-verbal patients. “Being able to make them feel better when they are feeling down and not themselves is a great feeling to have,” she says, “In turn, you can see the help it provides not only the patients, but the owner that relies on their pet for emotional support. In particular, she loves the close, family-like atmosphere at Avenue. She calls them her “non-blood family!” 

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time doing all the outdoor activities, swimming, RV camping, bike riding and more, with her husband Mikey, daughter, Kaitlyn, and son Toby. She also enjoys spending time with her two ferrets, Noodle and Snickers, and 8-year-old English Bulldog, Bambina. She is a LOVER of English bulldogs! Last fun fact, Christina loves to watch NASCAR!


Shelby, Office Manager

Shelby loves veterinary medicine for the clients, friendship, educating clients, and learning new things every day. She loves working at Avenue because of the family environment, wonderful coworkers, and great clients. 

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Don, daughters, Ashley and Sarah, and son Kyle.

She enjoys taking walks, hiking, and reading a good book. She also shares her home with two dogs: Saydee the English Mastiff and Luna the Chocolate Labrador, and four cats E-Walk the maine coon mix, Boots the short hair domestic, Tux the shorthair tuxedo, and Ashley the shorthair Tortie shell.


Sarah, Certified Veterinary Technician

Shortly after graduating from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in April 2013, Sarah started working at Avenue Animal Hospital. Her favorite thing about working at AAH is her team’s desire to treat clients like family and really get to know them and their pets. Sarah noted that everyone on her team loves veterinary medicine and they are always learning, growing, and given opportunities to advance their careers by way of specialization.

Sarah enjoys going to concerts and conventions, reading, drawing, and playing video games. She has a Basset Hound named Daisy.


Amber, Certified Veterinary Technician

Amber has been a member of the Avenue team since April 2015. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in 2015 and became certified in 2016. Her favorite thing about working at Avenue is the close, family-like relationships she has with her coworkers and you, the clients. She chose to work in veterinary medicine is having a voice for someone who does not. She loves to watch your pets improve or get better after providing treatment. She specifically loves cleaning teeth!

Outside of work, she enjoys shopping, decorating her home, brewery/distillery hopping, baking, making charcuterie boards, exploring the great outdoors, fishing and spending time with great friends and her husband and their zoo of pets: Floyd and Kiki, the dogs, Anabelle and Figaro, the cats, Janis Hoplin, the rabbit, Pogo, the snake and a few sea horses too! Amber can’t wait to meet you and your pets!


Jackie, Certified Veterinary Technician

Jackie began her career at Avenue Animal Hospital in April 2018 shortly after graduating from Fox College. She became certified in December 2020. Her favorite thing about AAH is the family atmosphere. The feeling of acceptance she receives while working motivates and enables her to continue learning in the field every day. Each day is different and that is something she thoroughly enjoys. Jackie enjoys arts and crafts, gaming, gardening, researching/learning how to become a beekeeper, reading, and enjoys spending time outside in her free time. She has two cats, a DMH named Sorcha and a DSH, Juju. She also has an Australian Cattle dog named Yogi.

Growing up, she had various pets including various species of fish, anoles (lizards), dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, rats, frogs, toads, cockatiel, and a parrotlet!


Stacey, Certified Veterinary Technician

Stacey joined the Avenue family in August 2014. She graduated from Fox College in May 2011 and received her license in August of the same year. She started working in veterinary medicine because in her opinion, it is the most rewarding professions. Seeing a sick pet one day and seeing them return for a recheck where they are back to their normal selves is a really good feeling. She loves working with the team at Avenue because they share the same passions that she does. She loves the relationships that she has built with her coworkers. It is a tight knit crew that treats each other like family. 

Outside of work she enjoys playing Xbox and hanging out with friend and her husband jack, daughter Nora, son Nash, and her chihuahua mix Tater Tot. She is looking forward to helping take care of your pets!


Ashley, Certified Veterinary Technician

Ashley joined the Avenue family in August 2019. She graduated from Joliet Junior College in 2016 and became certified in 2016. She went into veterinary medicine because she loves to help animals and make a difference. She specifically loves Avenue for the friendly, positive environment that feels like a family. 

Outside of work, she enjoys playing games, making crafts, and spending time with her 6-year-old American Staffordshire terrier, Jasper. She is excited to work with your pets!


Samantha, Certified Veterinary Technician

Samantha has been a member of the Avenue team since September 2020. She graduated from Fox College in May 2020, and received her license in late August 2020. She went into veterinary medicine because she loves to help all the animals that come in. She loves to work at Avenue because of the kind and knowledgeable team that she is surrounded with. 

Outside of work, she enjoys playing video games and spending time outdoors. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs: Teddy and Boomer, and three cats: Boo, Jellybean, and Snickers.


Helen, Certified Veterinary Technician

Helen graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in June 2020. She received her license shortly after and started at Avenue Animal Hospital in December 2020. Her favorite thing about veterinary medicine is helping patients. Being able to interpret what an animal is communicating helps her reach a diagnosis. Working alongside welcoming and friendly staff and clients helps her provide extraordinary care.

Outside of work, Helen enjoys swimming, reading, crafting, and spending time outside with her two dogs, Yogi and Nugget. She also has two cats, Elliot and Juju.


Jessica, Veterinary Technician

Jessica joined the Avenue family in October 2020. She began working in the vet industry because she loves the feeling she gets when she can help an animal in need. She loves how everyone works together at Avenue. Everyone works together and truly cares about the animals. The whole team is knowledgeable and very friendly. 

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys hanging out with her friends, family, and her two rescue pups Jaba, a 10-year-old Schnauzer mix, and Tipsy, a 7-year-old Maltese mix. She also enjoys going off roading and spending time outside when the weather is nice!


Marilyn, Client Care Specialist

Marilyn has been a member of the Avenue family since August 2019. Her favorite part about veterinary medicine is helping your fur babies and keeping them healthy. She particularly loves her team at Avenue because of their care and compassion for pets, and the morals the team stands for. 

Outside of work she enjoys hiking, climbing, traveling, and is always looking for a new adventure. She enjoys binge watching the show Criminal Minds, photography, photo editing, meditating and yoga. She also enjoys spending time with her son, Luke, and beagle mix, Harrison. She can’t want to see you and your pets!


Cindy, Client Care Specialist

Cindy has been a member of the Avenue family since October 2017. She has been working in administrative roles in the veterinary industry since 1990. She loves the veterinary industry! She loves that she gets to help take care of the pets that bring so much love, joy, and fun to their owners. The best part of working at Avenue is the camaraderie between coworkers and you, the great clients. 

Over the years Cindy has had a dog and three cats, but now she has two cats: her boy Pippen and girl Punky who were both adopted the summer of 2015. Outside of work she enjoys watching TV and movies, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family whenever she can! She is excited to meet you and your family!


Karyn, Client Care Specialist

Karyn started as a part-time receptionist at Avenue in December of 2019, just a few months before the 2020 pandemic. She thought this would be her retirement job after a long & successful career in marketing and fundraising. However, she quickly found out that this job would become so much more than that. She loves her position and veterinary medicine because of the interaction with both the human and animal clients.

She specifically loves the Avenue team because they are a great bunch of hardworking, dedicated, caring, and fun individuals.

Outside of work, one of her favorite things to do is go to an outdoor concert or neighborhood festival and loudly sing off-key.  Her and her family, her husband, two adult sons, and rescue mutt midnight, have done a lot of traveling which always includes some sort of sporting event.  You name the sporting event and They’ve probably been there, done that.  She says it’s been a great way to see the country. She looks forward to welcoming you to the Avenue Animal Hospital!