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Welcome to Pet Wellness Center of Southern Illnois
Call us at (217) 342-7444

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If you live in Effingham or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care of your pets – look no further. Dr. Nanci Wood Huels and Dr. Jean Czemski are licensed IL veterinarians, specializing in the health of cats and dogs. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your furry family members the care they deserve.

Pet Wellness Center of Southern Illnois is a full-service animal hospital that welcomes emergency cases, routine medical, surgical, and dental care, as well as, grooming . Dr. Nanci Wood Huels has three decades of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we are also a Certified Feline Friendly practice and we have been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, an honor presented to only about 12% of veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada .

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn way to better take care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (217) 342-7444 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Effingham veterinarian office is very easy to get to -- just check out the map below!

At Pet Wellness Center of Southern Illnois, we make your pet our priority.

Dr. Nanci Wood Huels and Dr. Jean Czemski

Pet Wellness Center of Southern Illnois | (217) 342-7444

1911 W. Evergreen Avenue
Effingham, IL 62401

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Nanci Wood-Huels
    Veterinarian and Owner

    Dr. Nanci has been a familiar face in the Effingham area for the past 32 years. Practicing at the Altamont Veterinary Clinic since 1988, she has now grown her practice to include The Pet Wellness Center. “Building a state of the art facility that can provide exceptional care while being cost conscious for our clients has been a dream of my self and my husband’s for many years”. Dr. Wood-Huels and her husband, Dr. Stan Huels have two sons and 6 cats and currently live in Altamont.

  • Dr. Jean Czemski
    Associate Veterinarian

    Growing up in Olney around various animals, Dr. Jean knew she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After receiving her Bachelor degree at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, she attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she spent the next seven years practicing in southern Illinois. Dr. Jean enjoys preventative medicine the most, but dermatology and nutrition are of interest as well. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Jean enjoys spending time with her cat Tempe, reading, drawing, constellation hunting, and visiting with her parents, still in Olney.

  • Kristina Logsdon
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Kristina graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College December of 2016 as a Veterinary Technician. She came to work at the Pet Wellness Center shortly after graduating. Kristina lives in Altamont with her boyfriend Tanner and her cats Lucy, Persephone, and Zuko. Outside of the clinic Kristina enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her pets and reading.

  • McKayla Frutiger
    Practice Manager

    McKayla was born and raised in Newton, IL. McKayla went to school at the Vet Tech Institute of Hickey College in St.Louis, Missouri, where she graduated in the winter of 2013.  McKayla enjoys working with the six rescues as well as, helping both the patient and the client be happier and healthier. McKayla has two rescued furbabies- Gus the yellow Labrador retriever and Grayson the domestic short hair kitty. In her free time, McKayla enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Chad, and their fur babies.

  • Katie Stodden
    Certified Veterinary Assistant

    Katie completed her internship for school with us in May 2019, and joined our team full time shortly after. Katie enjoys working with all the animals and getting to know the staff. Outside the clinic, Katie spends her time hanging out with her son, family & friends, and her 2 German Shepards, Zoey & Loki.

  • Jen Wormhoudt

    Jennifer is originally a native of Effingham, IL where she lives with her 3 children and two cats. Prior to joining the PWCOSI team, Jennifer has had a wide-ranging career in the animal care field. She graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture with a specialty in Animal Health Technology from Murray State University. She then went on to spend 5 years working as a Veterinary Technologist in veterinary clinics, followed by 6 years working in Veterinary Software and Technology, and the past 8 years running her own grooming business, Diamonds in the Ruff Grooming.


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I met with Dr. Nancy. She invited me into tour and talk to her about my pet’s needs. She really knows the specific concerns for pet owners in this area and really cares! Great person!"
    John Psaradellis
  • "They have an excellent staff and helpful to every pet’s need. They explain everything greatly to where I understand! Call for follow ups to make sure my pets are doing good. I can tell they work their tails off to make sure your pet and you are taken care of. Beautiful building!"
    Cathy Weddell
  • "I just love this office. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Dr. Nanci and Dr. Jean are the best vets that I have ever experienced in my 72 years. In fact, they are sweethearts. Both doctors are brilliantly efficient, professional, adept, caring, and friendly. They feel like family. The doctors and staff treat my dogs (my babies) with respect, and have never acted like my questions or concerns are misplaced or annoying."
    Frank Gennaro

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Due to COVID-19, our emergency services are only available for our established clients. Please refer to the Contact Us section for more details.


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