Dr. Deckert received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Illinois University and started at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine with a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1996. She and her husband, Rob moved back to the Peoria area to stay and raise a family. With her three 2- legged children and many 4 legged kids, she spends her spare time enjoying outdoor activities like gardening, fishing, hunting, running, biking and raising poultry as a hobby. Her current 4 legged household includes Jack, a black Lab, 4 cats (Pig, Batty, Possum, and Cupcake), 3 tortoises, and a variety of chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl and peafowl.
What is Dr. Lora Deckert’s favorite thing about being a veterinarian?
Pets are an important part of our lives, both mentally and physically. Pets provide unconditional love (yes, even cats) to make the bad days better and the good days great. As a vet, I enjoy watching these relationships develop and mature, re-living some of the crazy things our pets do. Physically, they force us to be active, even if it is to get up and feed them or take them for a walk. My job, as a veterinarian, is to make sure these relationships can continue for as long as we have our furred friends. Another part of this career is public health. There is significant overlap between veterinary and human medicine, and this can only benefit our patients as well as learning more about our species. We learn something new almost every day, even after 20+ years of practice.
Dr. Lissa started off at our Dunlap location and now works at our Peoria clinic mainly. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She absolutely loves the people that she meets, and really enjoys performing surgeries and ultrasounds. Outside of work Dr. Lissa enjoys spending time with her husband Dr. John Calhoun and their 3 children. Her hobbies include horseback riding, gardening, and skiing.
What is Dr. Lissa Calhoun’s favorite thing about being a veterinarian?
There is definitely not just one thing I love about being a veterinarian. I love so many aspects of this career. Being a veterinarian means continually learning and improving. Every day is different. I never know how the next patient will challenge my skills and knowledge. No matter what the day brings, every day is an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives through their pets.
Dr. Suzanne began work at Dunlap Veterinary Clinic in May of 2004 after graduating from the University of Illinois that same year. She enjoys seeing the great variety of patients and different cases that she is presented with on a weekly basis. She especially enjoys dermatology. When not at work Dr. Suzanne enjoys many different outdoor activities such as running, four-wheeling, and hiking.
What is Dr. Suzanne Gilles’ favorite thing about being a veterinarian?
Working with animals is something I have aspired to do ever since I was about 4 years old. I still remember catching baby bunnies with my grandpa and letting them run around the living room. My teachers were not nearly as excited as I was, bringing in snakes, minnows, and crawfish to show and tell. I enjoy all aspects of being a Veterinarian, especially internal medicine. Every day brings a new challenge, new learning and forming new relationships. I love the fact that I can help pets bring their owner’s happiness, health, and unconditional love.
Dr. John works primarily at our Chillicothe location. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1996 with his wife Dr. Lissa Calhoun. In his free time, Dr. Calhoun enjoys woodworking and spending time with his wife and three children.
What is Dr. John Calhoun’s favorite thing about being a veterinarian?
I’ve been around animals and veterinary medicine my whole life. What I’ve learned most from this is the importance animals play in people’s lives. Being trusted to care for those family members is something I cherish and find very important. Helping animals get through an illness, recover from an accident, or even finding solace when the end draws near is what I try to do with every case. The joy this can bring to families, especially the young ones, is my favorite part of being a veterinarian. Being able to work with the great people in our clinics is something else I cherish. Bringing happiness to animals and working with great people is a very special combination!