Prairie View Animal Hospital

24 Rich Road
Dekalb, IL 60115



Amanda S

Amanda has been working here at Prairie View Animal Hospital since May of 2010.  She is a member at the Fox Valley Saddle Association, and enjoys riding her horses every day. Amanda has two ponies named Buddy and Sierrah, and two quarter horses named Willy and Sox.  She also has multiple dogs: A Great Dane named Crash, an Australian Shepherd named Mack, and a Bulldog mix named Roni. In her spare time, Amanda, enjoys playing volleyball and softball, riding her horses, walking her dogs, and spending time with her husband Nick. She also just finished classes to become a dog groomer!             

Amy G

Amy has been working in the veterinary field since 2008 and here at PVAH since April 2012. Amy grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. Amy attended Minnesota State University Moorhead from 1999 to 2003 where she received her BA in criminal justice and sociology. She then attended North Dakota State University from 2005 to 2010 where she received her BS in veterinary technology and minored in large animal veterinary technology. Amy has two Chihuahuas named Fonzie & Caddie. She also has a Quarter Horse named Chance. In her spare time, Amy enjoys horseback riding and attending AQHA horse shows.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan and her adorable son Charlie.

Angie S

Angie has been working in the veterinary field and here at Prairie View Animal Hospital since 2004. She recently returned from 3 months away in Vermont as an environmental educator & raptor handler.  Angie also works at the Morton Arboretum and enjoys landscaping. Angie has been involved with breeding and raising goats for the FFA. Angie’s pets include 3 cats named Petunia, Sophie, and Yoshi and 2 Great Pyrenees Border Collie Mixes named Mater and Cali.  Angie attended Northern Illinois University to achieve her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. In her spare time, Angie enjoys traveling, horseback riding, hiking, and doing agility with her dogs.    

Ashley D

Ashley is our newest team member. She started here November 2016. She is an aspiring veterinary technician. She is currently assisting us in our boarding facility. She also works at Sally Beauty Supply. She attended DeKalb High School, where she graduated in 2013.  She then attended Kishwaukee College.

Christa R

Christa has been involved with horses most of her life and worked in the animal related field since 1989.  She has been at Prairie View since 2001.  She grew up in Shabbona, IL Christa attended Kishwaukee Community College and received her AS in Agriculture and at the University of Illinois she received her BS in Animal Science.  Christa is involved with the Waterman Bible Church. She also enjoys trail riding, horse shows, camping and family time with her husband Dewayne and their children (Riley, Rylie Margaret, Makayla, and Chase).  Their family also includes their dogs Ruby, Minka, Chisum, Pearl and Joey, 1 house cat named Tinsel, and their 6 horses Teddy, J.G., Shiloh, Diamond, Houston, and Sparky.

Debbie K

Debbie has been at Prairie View and in the Veterinary field since May of 1996. Debbie spends most of her free time with her son Paul born November, 2006, attending all of his sporting events.  Debbie enjoys scrapbooking and traveling to numerous baseball fields around the United States. Debbie grew up in Arlington Heights, and moved to the De Kalb area to study at Northern Illinois University. Debbie graduated from NIU in 1988 with a Bachelor’s in Education.  Debbie is a supporter of The American Cancer Society ( for colon cancer research in memory of her husband Tony.

Emma R

Emma started here in 2015. She has been a valued team member in our boarding facility. She grew up in DeKalb, IL. She is currently going to school to become a veterinary technician. She has a very loved Boxer mix at home named Lady.

Jen H

Jennifer started here at Prairie View as an extern from Rockford Career College. She was hired as a veterinary technician in July of 2012 after graduating from RCC. Jennifer has worked with animals since 2002, managing a boarding kennel for 6 years before deciding to pursue a career as a certified veterinary technician.  Jennifer also has an Associates of science degree from Kishwaukee College & a Bachelors of Science degree from NIU.  Jennifer grew up in Cortland and now lives in Malta with her chocolate lab named Kaya and her Shih Tzu named Bella. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time at her family's cabin on the Rock River, running, hiking & watching/attending as many Chicago Bears, Cubs, Bulls & Blackhawks games as she can! 

Kate B

Kate started working in the veterinary field when she was 15 years old as a kennel worker, and has been here at Prairie View Animal Hospital since January of 2007.  In the past, Kate has been a trail escort at a horseback riding stable, a volunteer at wildlife rescues, and a horseback riding instructor for disabled children. Kate and her husband Matt have a bunch of furry children consisting of: 2 Anatolian Shepherds named Brock & Tillie, a Cairn Terrier named Maddie, a Chihuahua mix named Roo, and a Pitt Bull named Olin. They also have cats, chickens, goats, and a pig! In her spare time, Kate enjoys horseback riding, bike riding, camping, and hiking.

Liz K

Liz, a.k.a. The Cleaning Machine joined our staff part-time in2007.  She grew up in Hampshire and currently lives in DeKalb, IL with her family. Liz enjoys a wide variety of activities including drawing, painting, riding her bike, cooking, eating, watching old movies, and spending time with her family & friends. Liz has several family pets consisting of 2dogs, Hansel & Stella, her cats Rosie & Lilly, a turtle named Senior Huevo, and her fish Stevie & Fernando.

Marissa D

Marissa has been with Prairie View Animal Hospital since June 2014. She started here as an extern from the Rockford Career College Veterinary Technician Program. She has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since December of 2014. Marissa lives in Belvidere near the Kishwaukee River with her Fiancé Derek, chubby black cat Tuxy, little black & white cat Puck, & new puppy Holli. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys reading, going to concerts, doing outdoor activities with her family and watching the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Morgan D

Morgan is one of our kennel workers. She loves animals! She has 2 adorable kittens named Ollie & Leo.

Nancy S

Nancy has been in the veterinary field since 1988 and has worked in various private practices since 1990.  She has been at Prairie View since 1999. Nancy grew up in Leland, IL.  She attended Parkland College and received her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology in1988.  In her community, she is an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching her sons play sports, and singing with her band, the Distractions. Nancy's family includes her husband Rod and their three sons Ryan, Curtis, and Brett.  Nancy has 2 dogs; Cubby a Maltese and Bailey a Schnauzer.

Rachel D

Rachel is our newest technician. She started here September 2016. She is currently attending RCC to get her certified veterinary technician license. She grew up in Gilberts, IL and moved to Kirkland about 1 year ago. She has a lab mix named Harley, a horse named Apollo, and 4 barn cats. She is also a 4 legged foster mom. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities including riding her horse, camping, hiking, fishing, etc. She also house sits! If you need to schedule time for her to watch your furry babies while you are away, contact her via e-mail at

Sarah C

Sarah has worked at Prairie View since December 2007.  Sarah grew up in Chicago, and moved to the DeKalb area in 1993,where she attended Sycamore High School.  She is currently enrolled at Kishwaukee Community College. Sarah has 2 cats named Muffin & Bruce, a Golden Retriever named Rosebud, and several types of birds: finches, chickens, guinea fowl, and ducks. Sarah and her husband Rodney have a daughter, Anabelle, who likes swimming, playing in the snow, and writing stories.

Sarah K

Sarah has been in the veterinary field since 1999 and has been with Prairie View Animal Hospital since October of 2002.  She grew up in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and attended James B. Conant High School.  She received her bachelors in liberal arts and sciences with a major in biological sciences and a minor in philosophy from Northern Illinois University in June of 2006. Sarah has a miniature Labrador Retriever named Irwin, a Dauchund mix named Pretzel, and a very old Maltese named Zoom. She also has several cats named Keatzel, Peg Leg, Bindi Sue, and Rory.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling, visiting national parks, hiking, and spending time with her friends & very large family. She is also a volunteer and foster home for Cause for Paws Rescue (

Taylor W. 

Taylor Watkins started working here at PVAH in the Summer of 2017. She is a new receptionist and has always loved animals. She has three pets: a black cat named Elvis, a Pomeranian named Lucy, and a German Sheppard/Huskie mix named Diesel. Taylor is also studying Communicative Disorders at Northern Illinois University and will be graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in December of 2017. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her animals, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kevin T.