Welcome! From Our Veterinary Team
When you and your pet visit Fairview Hospital for Animals in Decatur, our veterinary team will greet you both with a warm welcome. We want your pet’s visit to our veterinary practice to be as easy as possible. By treating you both like family members and utilizing fear-free handling techniques, we’re able to ease any anxiety in your pet. We are a full-service small animal hospital with over thirty years of experience. Dr. Shelly Stevens and Dr. Robert Groesch lead our hospital as a complimentary husband and wife duo. Plus, all our staff members are animal lovers!
Shelly Stevens, DVM
Dr. Stevens earned her DVM degree from the University of Illinois in 1982. After practicing for 3 years in a Chicago suburb, Dr. Stevens and her husband, Dr. Groesch, moved downstate to be closer to their families. They purchased Fairview Hospital for Animals in 1989 and built a new facility in 2006. Dr. Stevens has also served on the Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation Board since its inception and has held every position on the executive board. She was instrumental in helping plan, design and fund-raise for the the new county animal control facility. Dr. Stevens also served as Rabies Control Administrator from 2001-2008. Her special interests are ophthalmology, dermatology and endocrinology. Dr. Stevens is the proud mother of three children and two dogs.
Robert Groesch, DVM
Dr. Groesch, a University of Illinois alumni, received his DVM degree in 1982. He worked in Arlington Heights in a busy 6 doctor practice before moving to Decatur. In 1989, he and his wife, Dr. Stevens, purchased Fairview Hospital for Animals. He has neutered over 450 feral cats in Macon County since 2012 as part of our partnership with Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation’s Trap-Neuter-Return feral cat program and the Macon County Animal Control BARN program. These programs help control the feral cat population in Macon County. Dr. Groesch’s special interests are animal surgery, soccer and his Norton Commando motorcycle.
Our team is exceptionally friendly and informative about any of our services. Chat with them today! We encourage dialogue between pet owners and our veterinary team. Our hospital has an open layout, so you can observe most of our services and procedures. Your pets are our passion!
Beth Tatum, our Office Manager and receptionist, started in 1999 as a kennel technician before she moved to the front office. Because Beth splits her time between office manager and receptionist, she still has the opportunity to spend time welcoming pets and their owners to our practice. Besides making sure our animal hospital is warm and inviting, Beth also works on client education and serves as a certified Hill’s Veterinary Nutritional Advocate. Beth is married, with two children and two dogs.
Emilie Bublitz, our receptionist, joined us in January 2015 as a kennel technician but quickly moved to the front office because of her ability to make our clients feel comfortable. Emilie holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, and she uses the knowledge gained from her education daily at our practice. Emilie also serves as a certified Hill’s Veterinary Nutritional Advocate. Through client education and her attention to client satisfaction, she helps make our clients feel like a priority. Emilie has one cat.
Ann Diller, our receptionist, joined our team in August 2016 but she has over 40 years experience in the veterinary field. Ann especially enjoys meeting and interacting with our clients and their pets, and serves as a certified Hill’s Veterinary Nutritional Advocate. Pet parent to three dogs, one cat and three cockatiels, Ann is also the mother of one son.
Amanda Woodruff, our exam room assistant, joined our team in November 2015 as a kennel technician. Even before joining our team, Amanda was a part of the Fairview Family as a client. A natural animal lover, Amanda has cared for pets ever since her first pet at five years old and currently has one dog and one cat. Amanda enjoys coming to work and being around the variety of dogs and cats we see at our practice. In November 2016, she was promoted to exam room assistant.
Krista Kerwood, our kennel technician, joined the Fairview Hospital for Animals team in April of 2017. As Krista grew up, she found herself always around and caring for animals. She continues this care today by working with cats, dogs, and horses. Krista enjoys being around fellow animal lovers at our practice and meeting new clients and their beloved pets.
Autumn Pfeiffer, our kennel technician, joined our team in 2018 but had been a client for years before that. Autumn immensely loves animals and has always had pets. She is currently working towards completing an online veterinary assistant program. Autumn is married with 5 kids, 4 dogs, 1 macaw, 2 pythons and 2 cats. Autumn has always dreamed of working in the veterinary field and we are pleased to have her on our team.
We encourage pet owners to be involved with their pet’s care and aware of what is happening. You can always trust our Decatur veterinarians to provide professional and compassionate care for your pets, because at Fairview Hospital for Animals, your pets are our passion.