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Dr. Jerry H. Withers has cared for pets at Eola Point Animal Hospital ever since the hospital opened its doors in 1998. Originally from Dunlap, Dr. Withers attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 1987. He continued his education at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. He is particularly interested in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, especially anterior cruciate repairs. Dr. Withers is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. When he's not busy with his duties at the hospital, Dr. Withers can often be found watching Chicago Bears and Illini football games. He also enjoys weightlifting. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Rybicki, and their three children.
Dr. Elizabeth Rybicki is originally from Oswego and has treated pets as a general practitioner at Eola Point Animal Hospital since 2002. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Rybicki received her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 1990 and a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She continued her veterinary education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Her professional interests include internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Rybicki is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. At home, Dr. Rybicki and Dr. Withers enjoy the companionship of their four cats, Barbie, Keith, Shadowfax and Mimi, and their dog, Reese. In her spare time, Dr. Rybicki enjoys going to plays and movies, traveling, reading, and playing games with her children.
Ashley began her career in the animal care field in 2001 and joined the Eola Point Animal Hospital staff in August of 2009. She has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Benedictine University and fulfills a number of roles here such as handling the various pets that come to us, helping with X-rays, and various office duties. She enjoys working with animals each and every day as well as being in an environment where she is constantly learning. Outside of the clinic Ashley enjoys being with family and friends, watching movies, going to the theater, enjoying the outdoors, baking and volleyball.
Theresa, a Certified Veterinary Technologist, rejoined EPAH in March 2014 after working here back in 2008. She attended Joliet Junior College where she earned her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology. She continued her education at St. Petersburg College in Florida where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology. Her special interests include dentistry and pain management. In her free time, Theresa enjoys running 5k's, weight-lifting and off-roading. To relax she spends time with her daughter, boyfriend and 2 cats Junior and Latte.
Joslyn has been an assistant at Eola Point Animal Hospital since 2006. She loves working with the caring staff and veterinarians and enjoys the opportunities for continuing education at the hospital. She has many outside interests, including reading, biking, crocheting, and spending time outdoors with her family. When she's not at work, she can often be found at the dog park with her Aussie mix Jet or attending Hawks games. She also shares her home with two awesome male tabby cats named Bogart & Hank.
Briana graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors in Animal Science in 2013, and she joined our team in February 2014. She is currently working on her masters in animal nutrition. Outside of work, Briana enjoys relaxing with her fiance and watching Netflix. Briana has a sassy cat named Kindi and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Barbie who are always happy to join in on the couch cuddles.
Denise joined us in December 2014 while concurrently attending Aurora University for health science. Previously Denise volunteered at an animal shelter caring for and walking dogs. Denise is also an aspiring veterinarian and hopes to one day see the world while focusing on caring for animals in impoverished areas. Denise’s favorite things about Eola Point are being able to learn new things while also getting valuable hands-on experience. In her free time, Denise enjoys playing volleyball, singing, and acting.
Hayley obtained her bachelor's in psychology & neuroscience with an emphasis on animal behavior from North Central College. She joined our team in August of 2016. Her prior experiences include riding and caring for horses in addition to numerous other animals belonging to her family & friends. Her primary areas of interest are animal neurology and wildlife conservation. Hayley will be attending a veterinary technician program in her home state of New Hampshire in the spring. In her free time, Hayley enjoys weightlifting, swimming, hiking, painting, and horseback riding. Her fur-babies back home in New Hampshire include a chocolate lab named Isabel and Saco the cat.
After attending NIU and changing directions from human to animal nutrition, Samantha joined our team in the fall of 2016. Samantha grew up around and has cared for many pets. Her current aspiration is to return to school and become a certified technician. Samantha's favorite aspect of working here at EPAH is being able to have the time to get to know all of our fabulous clients and their furry babies. When Sam has time on her hands she loves spending it with her boxer mix Roxy. Roxy and Samantha are frequently found at the dog park and at other coordinated play dates.
The vets and staff at Eola Point Animal Hospital are simply the best. The vets and staff are highly educated, trained and go beyond the obvious and anticipate all aspects of care needed. No matter how busy they are, they always make time for questions and issues that arise. They greet us each time with humor, kindness and smiles. Our dog actually loves going to see them. He strains at the leash to get in the door. To us, that is the best testimonial of all. We feel blessed to have such wonderful, skilled, kind and knowledgeable vets and staff to assist our little member of our family.
Stacie & Bruno / Aurora, IL
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