Our Team

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.

Hospital Manager

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Denise

Denise has been managing the practice since her husband, Dr. Juriga, purchased from Dr. Lovett in the year 2000. She graduated from the University of Illinois where she met football standout Jim Juriga. While attending Illinois, she earned all Big Ten Honors as a scholarship athlete for Volleyball. In addition, she was named to the Senior 100 Class, which honors 100 seniors in a given class for their unique contributions plus outstanding leadership and academic qualities in activities at the University. In the past 14 years, she has directed the progression of the practice from a single veterinarian practice to a multi-veterinarian practice. She helped design and oversee the current facility’s construction and acquisition of medical staff and equipment. Prior to joining Valley, Denise was a commercial insurance underwriter and part time tax preparer. The hospital has been a part of her family life. All three of her children and pets (maybe not "Marley", a Cavachon) have lent a helping hand here at Valley. Dillon, her late yellow lab has even donated his blood.

Technicians

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Jenny, MTech

Jenny has worked here at Valley Animal Hospital since 2001. She has two cats named Jaguar and Stinky. She started as a Kennel Assistant and soon after was trained to be a Veterinary Technician. Jenny has always loved animals and grew up wanting to become a veterinarian. She graduated from North Central College in Naperville as a member of the National Honors Society in Psychology, with a degree in Psychology and a minor in sociology, art and criminal justice. Jenny is now our Technician Team Leader and inventory manager, which means she helps organize the hospital, conducts employee meetings, and oversees the service and care given to both our clients and our patients.

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Kathy, CVT

Kathy lives here in Geneva and joined our staff in July of 2005 after graduating from the Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in Denver, Colorado. Kathy has one daughter named Tiffany. She has 5 cats, Arwen, Patches, Peaches, Shania and Orange Juice. She loves educating our clients on anything they want to know! Kathy has wanted to work with animals since she was a little girl, just ask her mom. In case you're looking for someone to watch your pets while you are on vacation, Kathy is a highly recommended pet sitter.

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Lauren, CVT

Lauren joined Valley Animal Hospital in September 2013, but has been working as a veterinary technician since 2004. She received her bachelor’s in Equine Studies at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. After completing her undergraduate degree she went on to Joliet Junior College where she received her Veterinary Technician Certification in 2012. Lauren has one orange and white cat named George, and a tortie named Nugget! In her spare time, Lauren loves anything to do with the outdoors, especially fishing and hiking.

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Olivia

Olivia has been working at our hospital since 2003. Olivia has three cats, Reese's Pieces, Maya and Sebastian. Her areas of interest include assisting in surgery, dental health, and radiography. Outside of work, Olivia loves doing art and photography projects. She also spends free time taking dance classes and performing.

Lindsay

Lindsay

Lindsay started with us back in 2002. She has three cats named Boo Boo, Nemo, and Olaf. She loves being a veterinary technician because every day is always a unique experience. It is really rewarding for her to see pets she treated and cared for return healthier and happier. Her areas of interest include assisting with surgery and performing pet dental cleanings. When Lindsay is not working, she loves spending time with her two daughters and son.

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Penny

Penny has over 20 years of experience working in the veterinary field. She has 2 dogs, Kahlula and Gypsy, and 2 cats, Jersey and Mooch. Penny enjoys performing lab work and helping patients and their owners feel better. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, especially camping and being outdoors.

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a wonderful asset to our VAH team! She started at Valley in August of 2012, and although she is known for many things, we love her for her impeccable memory and her constant happy demeanor. When Elizabeth is not here at Valley, assisting our doctors as a technician and helping our clients in reception, she is often found spending time with her family. Elizabeth and her husband, Brandon, have 3 wonderful children, Zachary, Sean, and Monica, and one Dachshund named Millie! She loves to watch her son play soccer, and to root on our Chicago Blackhawks!

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Christie

Christie was born and raised in Geneva and has always been passionate about animals. Christie joined our team in 2016 and has since been trained as a Veterinary Assistant and hopes to become a CVT in the future! Prior to working at VAH Christie graduated from the Equine Science Program at Black Hawk College before transferring to Western Illinois University where she received a Bachelors in Communications with a minor in Animal Science. Outside of work Christie enjoys art, the outdoors, horseback riding, and spending time with her animals. She has a Quarter pony named Honey Bee, a black lab mix named Ali, and a Box Turtle named Fred!

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Marge

Marge has been a member of our staff since January 2013. She has worked in the medical field for many years for a neurologist and a pediatrician before coming to Valley Animal Hospital. Marge loves working “up front” and interacting with the clients; she enjoys spending time with our furry friends, and their owners, too. She shares her home with her husband and their two dogs, Corona a yellow Labrador retriever and Brandi a Lab mix. Marge is also the proud parent of two grown children.

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Anna

Anna joined our team in September 2013 and is excited to be part of VAH. Prior to joining VAH, Anna had volunteered her time for the Fox Valley Wildlife Center. Anna is a mother of three wonderful girls, and she has 3 dogs, 1 rabbit, 2 doves, and a fresh water aquarium!

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Lynne

Lynne recently joined our customer service staff after working 11 years in customer service with a local utility department. She specialized in answering account questions whether it be setting up new accounts or straightening out billing questions. Working at Valley has offered Lynne the opportunity to combine two of her favorite things- people and pets! Her background is in marketing where she worked for several years at Blue Cross before staying at home to raise her 2 children who are now college age and senior in high school. She has been a cat owner since 1996 and loves their personalities!

Other

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Murdock

Murdock is our current clinic cat. He loves to hang out in the doctors’ office and makes a great lap cat. He makes sure everyone stays hard at work. In his spare, time Murdock loves to eat, sleep, and play with his toys…he especially loves his catnip!

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Ghetto

Our hospital was lucky to have this addition to our “resident cats”. As you can see by the photo. Mr. G is busy giving staff a much needed back rub when they sit in the break room.

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