Gage came to us from Oblong back in 2014. Since then he has moved his way up and learned the ins and outs of each department of the clinic. He took some time off from 2019-2020, but is back and excited to once again be a part of the PWCOSI team. Outside the clinic Gage spends his time with his husband, 5 cats, & his dog, Casper.
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.
Mackenzie was born and raised in Newton. She graduated from Newton Community High School in 2017. She then moved on to Parkland Community College and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology. In Mackenzie's free time she enjoys hanging out with her dogs Gus Gus, Harley, and Jack Jack and her boyfriend.
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.
Holden started with us back in April and is our newest Veterinary Assistant. Holden grew up in Effingham and enjoys playing guitar and longboarding at the trec trail. While at the Clinic, Holden most enjoys interacting with all the animals and getting to know their owners. Holden currently has one (1) cat named Frida.
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.
With over 10 years in the grooming industry, Lindsey has the skills to keep pets looking and feeling their best. She grooms dogs XL to small and enjoys forming a bond with each and every pet that comes through. In her downtime, she loves walking trails with her German Shepherd and Mini Bull Terrier Vladimir and Lux and spending time with her husband and son.
Mikaela grew up in Edgewood and has been working for us since February 2021. Mikaela splits her time at the Clinic between helping the grooming department and assisting the Veterinarians. While at the Clinic, she enjoys seeing the progress of our patients as they get better and also enjoys helping in surgery. Outside of the Clinic, Mikaela spends her time fishing, taking naps, and walking her dog on the trec trail. Mikaela has one (1) dog named Aries and two (2) cats, Alyssa and Apollo.
Natalie is our newest employee and she is a great Member of our team. Natalie grew up in Shumway and graduated from Altamont High School. While at the Clinic, Natalie really enjoys playing with all the dogs that come in to get groomed. On her days off, she goes swimming, tanning, and hangs out with her friends and family. Natalie currently has two (2) dogs named Daily and Lily.