Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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Edward V. McGinniss D.V.M (Dr. Ed) is a 1984 graduate of the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine.He earned his bachelor’s degree prior to that from the University of Illinois,College of Agriculture. He started the Animal Hospital of Lake Villa in 1993. Dr. Ed shares his home with two Australian Shepherds, Reyna, and Finlea. Reyna, and Finlea come to work every day and many times will greet you at the front desk.
Professional Associations: Dr. McGinniss is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Illinois Sta County Veterinary Society.te Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA), the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and the Lake County Veterinary Society. Dr. McGinniss has served on the executive board of the CVMA and is a past President. Dr. Ed has also served on the board of the ISVMA and is president of the Lake County Veterinary Society.
Rodney Unger, DVM – Dr. Unger is a 1992 graduate from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine giving him over 24 years of experience. When Dr. Unger was younger, he actually wanted to become a garbage man, however somewhere between 3rd and 4th grade he realized that veterinary medicine was his true calling. He grew up near a dairy farm that made their own ice cream in Leigh High Valley, Pennsylvania which helped him develop his love of animals. His favorite part of the job is not only helping pets recover, but helping them enjoy the entire veterinary experience. Dr. Unger is a huge believer in using Fear Free techniques making him a great asset to our team. He is an avid fitness lover, participating in triathlons that allow him to swim, bike and run a lot. His most recent accomplishment was finishing the Iron Man Challenge which consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run which took about 15 hours. He trained for years to be able to accomplish this great adventure and plans on doing it again this September. Dr. Unger has a huge heart and loves to volunteer time to his church whether it’s to guest host or usher for services. He loves watching baseball and even though his heart belongs to the Cardinals, he does root for The Cubs thanks to his wife of 24 years.
Maria joined our team in April of 2013. Her upbeat and exciting attitude made her an outstanding addition to the front desk but soon proved to have other amazing qualities. She has since then become the Director of PR and Marketing. Through this position, she has added the responsibilities of running our social media websites, setting up community events, gathering surveys and overseeing other marketing duties. Maria loves meeting new people and maintaining a great rapport with all of our clients. Maria is very hands on in the practice and helps where she is needed, whether that means answering phones, helping with radiographs, taking vital signs or anywhere in between. She is currently working on finishing up her Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Marketing. Expect to be hearing Maria’s cheerful voice when your pets are due for their annual examinations. It also helps that Maria habla español. Maria shares her home with an adorable yet stubborn Lhasa Apso whom she named Chewie, after her favorite character in the Star Wars film series.
Tamar joined our Veterinary Assistant team in the Spring of 2015. She has a passion and love for animals that is shown through her volunteer work at Briar Hill’s Farm. This type of work has made Tamar an exceptional staff member, aiding in restraining and handling animals. Have you ever tried to sheer sheep before? Tamar has and while it’s not an easy task, Tamar loves doing it! Tamar received her Bachelor of Arts from Washington University. She loves to travel and experience new things. Her young, fresh and adventurous approach to situations has proven to be a great asset to our team. Tamar has a very caring and compassionate heart which is why she's always ready to help with all of our rescue fundraising and volunteer efforts. She is pictured with her very own, Emma, a shy and lovable beagle.
Brooke joined our rambunctious team in the fall of 2015 and her cheerful, pleasant manor has made her a wonderful addition to the front desk staff. Her official title is Director of Administrative Services so she takes care of a lot of the book work for us. Brooke has been a long time friend of Animal Hospital of Lake Villa and regularly volunteers time to our fundraising efforts benefiting local rescue groups or foundations. Her very own Ruger, so handsomely pictured on the right of Brooke, is trained to search for narcotics, ballistics, people and trained for bite work. It helps that Brooke’s husband, Terry, is a professional trainer and handler. Brooke, the smart cookie that she is, is also a Certified Nursing Assistant but she gave up that career path to start a family. She now has a beautiful family with two adorable kids and we are very happy she has chosen to work with us.
Brittani is our most recent addition to the team but don’t let that fool you! She started out at our front desk but has since then become a veterinary assistant. Brittani is the ultimate outdoors gal with hobbies like fishing, archery, hiking, kayaking, camping, four wheeling, and more! If it’s outdoors, she loves it. Brittani’s father was a fire fighter so she grew up with all sorts of fire training and has even been trained in side scanning sonar. While Brittani doesn’t own any pets of her own, she frequently works with cadaver dogs as a part of the Community Emergency Rescue Team. She grew up with all sorts of dogs during her childhood years so naturally, she became an animal lover like the rest of us. Brittani is pictured to the left with K9 Nadja of Seldin Security.
Matt has recently joined our team but don’t let that fool you! He comes with 14 years of veterinary assistant experience and we’re very excited to have him on our team. Matt gained a passion for helping animals during his years working at Save-A-Pet. His favorite part of the job is having a positive effect on the animals, clients and life overall. Currently, he loves that Animal Hospital of Lake Villa genuinely does the right thing when it comes to the patients and our efforts through our Fear Free Certification. In his free time, Matt enjoys playing guitar and singing lead. Him and his band actually recorded an album and signed a record deal and he aspires to do that again someday. His favorite foods are Cuban food and sushi. He’s also a big coffee drinker like the rest of us but likes his coffee black. Matt shares his home with two cats and a chinchilla and he’s already shown to have a special way with our patients. We look forward to mutual growth, learning and service.
Many of you have already heard Garrett's helpful voice up at our reception desk. He joined our team in the Spring of 2017 and has since then passed all his training. Garrett is currently attending Ohio State University for Biology. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with his friends. He doesn't currently own any pets but his favorite dog breed is the German Shepherd. He considers himself a dog person because he loves how compassionate and loyal man's best friend is. He's been an animal lover his whole life and in the picture to the right, he's holding Twister. Twister was born to a stray mama cat, whom we took in through our in hospital rescue. Mama and all kittens now have loving homes!
Grace joined our little work family in May of 2017 and came to us with over 16 years of experience. The only thing she has ever wanted to do since she was a little girl was something that would simply help animals which makes her a perfect addition to our team! Grace's favorite animal is a wolf which is no wonder why her first dog as an adult was a husky, her favorite breed. While she misses her husky, Ravyn, she doesn't currently own a dog. She plans to in the future but for now, her home is warm with the help of her 2 kids, 2 cats and a chinchilla named Yuki. Grace is pictured with Tipsy on the left but her other cat's name is Chianti. Why you ask? Because if you drink too much Chianti, you get Tipsy! She is a huge fan of the Blackhawks, Cubs and Harry Potter. In her free time, Grace enjoys camping, listening to music and reading. Her favorite aspect of the Veterinary Assistant role is helping with surgeries and nursing care. This certainly explains why her favorite, craziest memory is of a laparotomy where they removed Polly Pocket Dog from the inside of a cat! How ironic, right?! Besides her role as Veterinary Assistant, Grace also takes on the responsibility of Inventory Manager here at Animal Hospital of Lake Villa.
Amanda's bubbly and cheerful attitude has made her a great asset to animal nursing. She joined our team in April of 2017 and has been working with animals for over 15 years. Like most of us the industry, she has known since birth that she wanted to work with all sorts of different animals. Her passion and love for the field is what makes her the perfect addition to our team. Even though she just recently accepted our Veterinary Assistant position, she has actually been one for over 10 years. In her spare time, Amanda likes to volunteer at different local rescue groups or for local animal control teams. Other than that, she simply loves spending time with her family and fur babies. Amanda shares her home with 2 dogs, Chloe and Santos, and 2 cats, Miss Kitty and Stitchy Poo. To the left, she is pictured with Chloe. Her favorite dog breeds include Huskies and Border Collies. Amanda loves trying new foods and she loves helping others. Both qualities make her fit right in at Animal Hospital of Lake Villa!
Cody's love of animals and aptitude for animal nursing have made him a great addition to our Veterinary Assistant Team. He recently graduated from The University of Central Florida in May of 2017 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Environmental Studies. Cody aspires towards becoming a Veterinarian some day and he's on the right track! He was an Executive Board member of his Pre-Veterinary Society at UFC and plans to apply to vet school in the summer of 2017. His favorite breed of dog is the Pitbull which explains why he chose to be photographed with Pluto, his very own adorable pitty. He also shares his home with a bearded dragon and 4 red eared turtles. As you may have already guessed, Cody has a large interest in exotic and zoological medicine but would also love working in farm animal medicine. Cody is a huge sports lover with an extra interest in Baseball which he played for 15 years. He's also loves the outdoors and in his free time likes to go camping, hiking and kayaking. One of his life goals is to go to all 59 US National Parks!
Nic is one of our young Summer Interns and this is actually his second summer with Animal Hospital of Lake Villa. He has had a huge interest in animals and hopes to go into the Veterinarian field.
Simone is one of our most recent Summer Interns which means she will only be with us for the Summer of 2017. She is currently studying at Iowa State University and majoring in Animal Ecology. She has worked at Brookfield Zoo and the Wildlife Rehab Ceter at Iowa State University. Her favorite animals are Elephants and Whales and her favorite dog breed is the French Bulldog. Simone loves to travel and her hobbies include drawing, listening to music and pretty much anything outdoors. She likes to snowboard during the winter and Early spring in Wisconsin and Colorado. Her interest and passion for animal medicine has made her a great intern and we look forward to helping guide her in her future goals!
Dr. Joanna Proszowska-Szewerniak (a.k.a. Dr. Joanna) is a veterinarian that provides relief services to hospitals in the Chicagoland area. Her professional interests include small animal medicine, emergency medicine, conservation medicine, and humanitarian development work. She is a 2006 graduate from University of Illinois and also recently completed her MS in Conservation Medicine at Tufts University. She is also an Executive Director for the All For One Foundation that works to provide health and education to children in developing countries. She believes that as veterinarians, we must devote time to advocate for animal welfare, public health, and environmental health.