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Shelly Stevens, DVM
I earned my DVM degree from the University of Illinois in 1982. After practicing for 3 years in a Chicago suburb, my husband, Dr. Groesch and I moved downstate to be closer to our family. We purchased Fairview Hospital for Animals in 1989 and built a new facility in 2006. My special interests are ophthamology, dermatology and endocrinology. I am the proud mother of three children, two dogs and one cat.
Robert Groesch, DVM
I am a University of Illinois alumni. My undergraduate was in Agricultural Science and Animal Science and I received my DVM degree in 1982. I worked in Arlington Heights in a busy 6 doctor practice before moving to Decatur. In 1989, my wife, Dr. Stevens, and I purchased Fairview Hospital for Animals. My special interests are animal surgery, soccer and my Norton Commando motorcycle.
I joined Fairview Hospital for Animals in March of 1992 working as a kennel technician. I left in the fall to start veterinary technician classes. The following summer I did my internship at Fairview. After 2 years of schooling at Parkland College in Champaign, I received my veterinary technician degree. Dr. Stevens then asked me to return to work for them as a Certified Veterinary Technician. I enjoy the dentistry and surgery aspects of my job. Monitoring patients under anesthesia is very important to me. I want to care for the patients as if they were my own. As for my home life, I have been married since 1999 and have 2 daughters. I have been a veterinary technician my whole life and cannot imagine doing anything else. I have a cocker spaniel, Mimi; Caesar, an English Toy Spaniel and a cat, Wiggles.
I came to Fairview Hospital for Animals looking for a career change. I had always loved dogs and thought I would enjoy working with them too. I started working in the kennels and then moved to receptionist. Being a receptionist, I was still able to interact with pets but on a less physical basis, plus I was able to work more with the owners. Over the years I found that I truly enjoyed the front end aspect of the job. Being the first person clients see when they walk in the door is a very important job. You must always have a smile on your face. Now a husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs and a decade later, I am enjoying being the Office Manager as well as a receptionist so as to relieve some duties from Dr. Stevens. I want to make sure our hospital offers the best and most efficient care possible to all of our clients and patients. And also make sure it is an enjoyable place for the employees to work, too. I am also a certified Hill's Veterinary Nutritional Advocate.
Carol Whitsel, Veterinary Assistant
I have been working here since April 2005 and enjoy every day. I love working with the animals in the exam room and assisting the doctor in providing a thorough exam. My main concern when an animal comes into the practice is providing a comfortable experience. I also take a lot of care to be sure pets are at their proper weight and I care about getting the animal to a healthy weight. A healthy pet is a happy pet! I am a certified Hill's Veterinary Nutritional Advocate. I have 1 dog, Christina and 2 cats, Twix and Professor Frankfurd. Our patient's health is my #1 priority. I can't wait to see you and your animal in the exam room.
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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.
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