Our Careteam

Elyse
Veterinary Assistant
Although she’d always had a soft spot for animals, Elyse didn’t know she would find herself working in the veterinary profession one day. When she first applied to be a veterinary employee, she was just looking for something a little different. Now, Elyse’s work is much more than a job—it’s her true passion!

Elyse first joined the Animal Hospital of McHenry family in November of 2011. Her favorite part of the workday is the wide variety of things she gets to do and the multitude of different pet personalities she’s able to interact with on a daily basis.

At home, Elyse has several pets. She shares her life with two cats named Noah and Summer; a rescued mouse who goes by Mousy; and multiple fish.
Karen
Veterinary Assistant
Karen grew up in Deerfield, Illinois, where she got her first dog at the age of three and began riding horses when she was only four years old. All her life, she’s been interested in helping animals—Karen is thrilled to continue her veterinary journey as a member of the Animal Hospital of McHenry team!

Karen started her animal-care career at a large-animal facility, then became a state-certified large-animal investigator. After working a number of other jobs in various fields, she accepted a position at another local small-animal practice before joining the Animal Hospital of McHenry family.

Karen and her husband have three children and six grandchildren. They share their home with two dogs—a Labrador named James Brown and a mixed-breed named Minnie—as well as three horses and a pony. Karen trained, taught, coached, and showed horses for many years, and is happy to now share her knowledge and love of these wonderful creatures with her grandchildren.
Stacy
Veterinary Assistant
Stacy grew up in a small Wisconsin town, where she spent a lot of time on the family farm. Her passion for animals was apparent quite early—she remembers getting reprimanded frequently for bringing critters into the house! As fate would have it, Stacy’s love of animals has come full circle. Now, she’s able to help pets on a daily basis as a Veterinary Assistant.

Stacy’s veterinary journey began several years ago when she took a reception job at a specialty practice in Buffalo Grove. When her son was born, she took a few years off before getting back into the workforce part-time as a waitress. As her son grew a bit older, Stacy was ready to transition back into day work and knew that a veterinary clinic was the only place for her—that’s when she joined the Animal Hospital of McHenry team. As an Assistant, she’s especially fond of performing dental cleanings and chatting with pet parents during check-ins. Stacy never tires of a cute animal story!

Much of Stacy’s free time is spent reading, a hobby that she’s happy to say has been passed down to her son. The family lives with several pets of their own: Jinx, a rambunctious pit bull who still thinks he’s a puppy; an elderly cat named Cricket who loves giving Jinx the cold shoulder; a pair of crested geckos; and a corn snake.
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    • Alex S.Alex S.

      Dr. Schmitt and her team are so amazing. Every time I bring my dog in it's like visiting family; the love and care they show is unmatched. I took my dog in... Read More

    • Courtney HillCourtney Hill

      My super senior (14 yo) Weimaraner was seen by Dr. Schmitt as a second opinion for neck and face swelling that was not resolving. The original vet we had seen said there was not much to do for her and that she was at her end. Dr. Schmitt took time to check her and explained the options. My Weimaraner continued to get worse and Dr. Schmitt did not give up. Finally, by working together, we got the swelling down. Thank you to the caring staff and Dr. Schmitt for giving me more time with my sweet girl.

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    • Monika N.Monika N.

      We spent many years with another animal hospital in McHenry. But when the time came to put our doggy down, our vet put us off another day, delaying her pain... Read More

    • Melissa CholewinskiMelissa Cholewinski

      My pup and I love it here! Always a happy greeting, appointments are easy to get in, the staff are the best and so is Dr Schmitt!

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    • Elena Schuchard-BastearElena Schuchard-Bastear

      Very compassionate and caring staff.

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    • Marta KenarMarta Kenar

      Dr. Tammy is a gift to animals, especially those that are forgotten. Her dedication and heart to shelter animals, had us at hello!

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    • Amy ZaborAmy Zabor

      Just changed to this Vet and everyone was super nice. They did not have good news about my Trudi but I finally got answers. Excited to have people that care about my Doxie’s and know what they are talking about!

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