The Animal Doctor® – Staff
Our dedicated staff members bring a diverse mixture of expertise, training and interests to The Animal Doctor. Click on the links below to find out more about our backgrounds, our families and our own pets!
- Lori W. Wyatt, DVM, CCRP (Practice Owner)
- Tammy Garr, DVM, CVA (Veterinarian)
- Blair Daus, DVM (Veterinarian)
- Lacey Schmidt, DVM (Veterinarian)
- Glenda (Office Manager/Receptionist)
- Cathy, CVT, CCRP (Technician)
- Jennifer, CVT (Technician)
- Sandy, CVT (Technician)
- Amy (Veterinary Assistant)
- Debbie D. (Veterinary Assistant)
- Sandy (Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant)
- Heather (Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant)
- Lisa E. (Receptionist)
- Tracy (Receptionist)
- Debbie O. (Receptionist)
- Samm (Kennel/Veterinary Assistant)
- Michael (Kennel Assistant)
Dr. Wyatt is a native of Kentucky who received her B.S. degree from Western Kentucky University in 1986 and her DVM from Tuskegee University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She then attended Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Wyatt’s career in small animal practice began in Illinois at two animal hospitals prior to establishing The Animal Doctor in July of 1996. Dr. Wyatt has a special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, animal rehabilitation and physical therapy, as well as working on challenging medical cases. In 2010, Dr. Wyatt completed Certification in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. She is married to Karl and they have a daughter named Karla, and a dog named Kaleb. Memberships and Affiliations: American Veterinary Medical Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association, Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society
Dr. Garr has been practicing veterinary medicine at The Animal Doctor since August 2000. She completed animal acupuncture course work at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida and is certified in veterinary acupuncture. She has a special interest in integrative veterinary medicine by combining traditional and herbal medicines along with acupuncture. She grew up in Rockford, Illinois and received her Bachelors in animal science in 1996 and her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Her primary focus is canine and feline medicine but Dr. Garr also sees some exotic animal patients. She currently resides in Woodstock. She enjoys live music, travel, reading, and spending time with friends and family in Chicago and Rockford. Memberships and Affiliations: American Veterinary Medical Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association
Dr. Daus joined The Animal Doctor in July of 2011. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is happy to be back home. She obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame and her DVM from Tufts University in Massachusetts. After veterinarian school, Dr. Daus completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Wisconsin. She previously practiced emergency medicine. Dr. Daus’s interests are in all aspects of canine and feline medicine. Special interests include internal medicine, neurology, and emergency medicine. When not working, Dr. Daus enjoys spending time with her dog, Knox, her cat, Stella, and her fiancé, Justin. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and especially baking. Memberships and Affiliations: American Veterinary Medical Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Schmidt received her B.S. in Animal Science in 2003 and DVM degree in 2007 from Iowa State University. She then completed a rotating small animal internship at New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater, MA. Upon completion of her internship, Dr. Schmidt moved to Illinois and worked as an emergency and critical care veterinarian at a local specialty practice for 5 ½ years before joining The Animal Doctor in December 2013. Dr. Schmidt has special interests in neurology, surgery, abdominal ultrasound, emergency medicine, and hospice care. Outside of work, Dr. Schmidt enjoys spending time with her husband, T.J., two daughters, Morgan and Rylie, and dog, Cappy. When she’s not running after 2 small children, she enjoys biking, cooking, and spending time with friends. Memberships and Affiliations: American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
Glenda joined The Animal Doctor in December of 2003 as a receptionist. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Glenda moved to the area in 2000 and has six children and nine grandchildren. Glenda enjoys barbecues, movies, doing projects with the children, babysitting, and writing poetry. As a member of Trinity Baptist Community Church she is involved with the Hospitality Committee, the Sign Ministry, Women’s Fellowship, and the Women’s Prison Ministry. Here at The Animal Doctor her duties include all the responsibilities of great customer service by handling the multi phone calls efficiently, scheduling appointments for clients’ convenience, and assisting any client to the best of her ability. Her objective has always been she believes “your pets are your children and we will treat them as such.”
Cathy graduated with her associates in applied science and became a certified technician (CVT) in 2004 after attending Parkland College Veterinary Technology School. She also completed certification in canine rehabilitation (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been with The Animal Doctor since August of 2004. Her responsibilities include rehabilitation (PT), assisting the doctors with appointments and surgeries, performing x-rays and ultrasounds, dental cleanings and running lab work. Her favorite part of the job is working with all her rehab patients as they progress and get better. She also enjoys seeing all the puppies and kittens, assisting the doctors with the sick and injured animals, assisting in surgery, performing dental cleanings, and working with everyone at The Animal Doctor.
Jennifer has worked at The Animal Doctor since the clinic opened in July of 1996. Her main responsibilities include assisting the doctors with appointments and surgeries, running lab work, and performing x-rays and dental cleanings. She completed her associates degree in veterinary technology through Penn Foster College in 2015 and became a certified technician in 2016. Jennifer and her husband Vince have a daughter named Jordan. They own a red-nosed pittie named Lena who they lovingly refer to as The Energizer Bunny – she just keeps on going and going. Jennifer’s favorite part of her job includes seeing the variety of animals, watching the puppies and kittens grow, and helping the sick and injured animals go home healthy.
Sandy started out working as a professional cake decorator. When she mentioned she wanted to make a career change, her medical doctor suggested nursing. On her way home Sandy drove through Crystal Lake and saw the sign for Animal Medical Center (AMC). She decided to stop in, and by the grace of God, the owner hired her on the spot. That was in 1990! She started out as a kennel attendant and eventually became practice manager. Sandy also received a degree in Animal Science through Cedar Valley College’s AAHA program and became a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). After Dr. Wyatt acquired AMC, Sandy was happy to share her expertise and joined the team at The Animal Doctor. Over the years Sandy has owned race horses, pet horses, and dogs. After marrying her husband she joined him in his love for cows. Together they own a dairy farm with over 250 cows and heifers in the herd. They also have two dogs and 18 very friendly barn cats.
Amy has worked at The Animal Doctor since its opening in July of 1996. As a technician her responsibilities include assisting the doctors in surgery, performing various x-rays, running lab work on our in-house equipment, performing dentals and various other procedures that ensure each animal entering the hospital receives exceptional care. Amy and her husband Neil have two children. They enjoy their dog Xena, a pit bull and mastiff mix. In her spare time, Amy loves to relax by scrap booking, cross-stitching, reading, and being together with her family. Amy enjoys interacting with the clients and their animals. “It is a wonderful feeling to help the sick and injured animals live a healthier and happier life.” She feels very fortunate to have a job she enjoys so much.
Debbie joined The Animal Doctor staff in February of 2007. She is married to Dennis and they have two sons, Tony and Mike. They also have two dogs, Snoopy the Beagle, and Buddy the Jack Russell Terrier. Debbie completed a Veterinarian Assistant class and has received a certificate to be a Veterinarian Assistant. Prior to working at The Animal Doctor she did home childcare for 25 years. She loves animals and now that her kids are grown she decided to make a change and do something different. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dogs, going out with friends, camping, riding snowmobiles and riding her motorcycle.
Sandy started at The Animal Doctor in the summer of 1998. Prior to that, she worked for three years at another animal hospital. She assists the clients and pets from the time they enter the clinic until the time they go home. Some of her responsibilities as a receptionist include checking in patients and arranging their appointments. When she is working as an assistant her responsibilities include running blood work on the in-house lab equipment, performing x-rays, and assisting the doctors to provide superb healthcare to each patient. Sandy and her husband Mark own two cats, Noel and Incubus, and a dog named Miranda. She likes to spend quiet time at home as much as possible. During the summer months she enjoys short track racing in the Midwest with her two grown sons Mark Jr. and Brian, and her daughter-in-law Cathy. She also enjoys traveling as much as she can. Sandy likes to help out wherever she is needed; she enjoys a challenge and knows that your animal will receive the best possible care at The Animal Doctor.
Heather worked at The Animal Doctor in 1996; she was recently welcomed back in 2015 with open arms by Dr. Wyatt and the entire staff. While living in Mississippi for nearly 20 years, she worked with veterinarians to continue her animal care education. She and her husband have five pets that they love dearly. In her free time, she enjoys camping, reading, cooking on the grill and of course, spending time with her animals.
Lisa has worked at The Animal Doctor since August of 1997. She has a B.S. degree in education from Drake University. Her primary responsibility is assuring the overall efficiency of the front desk operation. She also assists the doctors and technicians with animal healthcare. Lisa and her family have two dogs, Rocks and Sparkle. Her husband, Brad and children Alex and Kaden, enjoy most sports including swimming, boating, skiing, and skating. They also like traveling, shopping, going out to dinner, cooking, and just hanging out together.
Tracy started working for The Animal Doctor in August of 1999. Her primary responsibility is that of operating the front desk, which requires efficiently handling the influx of phone calls, the scheduling of appointments, and all aspects of customer service. Tracy graduated from Marshall University in 1990 and holds a degree in Communications. She has been married to her husband Pete since 1996, and together they have two children, Kole and Cherolyn, and a Golden Retriever mix named Mica. Tracy enjoys working at The Animal Doctor because she loves animals and believes people who own animals are usually very happy and friendly. She finds that people with these qualities are the best people to be around.
Debbie joined The Animal Doctor in June of 2017 as part of our reception team. She came to us with four years experience for other animal hospitals and has been able to assimilate quickly. She is originally form rural Iowa and came to the Chicago area after graduating from Loras College in Dubuque with and English and Education double major. Debbie is an avid reader and also enjoys going to flea markets and resale stores looking for treasures. She and her husband have two furry kids, Cisco & Sweetie, both adopted from shelters when Debbie was a volunteer. Her favorite part of working at The Animal Doctor is talking with the clients and helping so many different types of animals.
Samm has worked at The Animal Doctor since the spring of 2014. She is currently attending school and is striving to become a certified veterinary technician. She has experience as a groomer, which makes animals look better; but she felt the need to do more and make them feel better. Her responsibilities include taking care of the animals in the kennel and assisting with appointments. During Samm’s off time she enjoys reading, sewing, and camping. She has two dwarf rabbits named Merlin and Ella.
Michael started working at The Animal Doctor in September of 2015. His love of animals made him a perfect fit for taking care of the animals boarding in the kennel. His favorite thing to do during work is playing with the dogs during gym times. Michael enjoys forming bonds the animals that board frequently, and always looks forward to the next time they visit. In his off time, he enjoys spending time with his cat Lily, reading, and watching movies.