Dr. Lora Deckert grew up in Northern Illinois in McHenry with her mother and sister. She came back to the Peoria area after graduating from veterinary school at the University of Illinois, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She eventually joined CVC in 2014.
Dr. Deckert shares her home with a plethora of pets and livestock. They currently have six cats who provide plenty of entertainment and companionship: Cupcake, Batty, Possum, Ocicat, Dobby and Noodle. Outside, they raise chickens and other poultry including peafowl. In addition, they have an angelfish, cichlids and a guinea pig named Whistle Pig.
In her free time, Dr. Deckert supports her three children with their activities, which include cross country and track for Princeville High School. She also is an assistant coach on the Princeville High School track team, working with the distance runners. It should come as no surprise then that Dr. Deckert herself enjoys running, along with swimming and biking—she also competes in several road races or triathlons each year. When she’s not being active, she enjoys a good book, as well as spending nice days fishing and hunting.
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 grew up in Peoria and has lived here all her life. In fact, she first started going to Dunlap Vet with her own childhood pets. When she was growing up, her grandfather used to help her catch all kinds of creatures such as bugs, bunnies, snakes and more—this helped confirm her desire to work with animals, and she eventually attended the University of Illinois for veterinary school.
Dr. Suzanne lives with two lion head rabbits named Henry and Bentley. Henry was adopted from PAWS and Bentley has one blind eye which doesn’t stop him from anything! In her free time, Dr. Suzanne enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her children and husband.
Dr. John Calhoun grew up in Dunlap and got his start in Chillicothe after purchasing a building to practice in. He eventually purchased the Dunlap location from his father, then later built the Peoria location.
Dr. Calhoun realized the importance of animal care after witnessing the joy and relief that clients experience from their pets. He currently lives with some mischievous animals, including Greta, who can open almost any door that isn’t locked; Mia, who is either 100 percent on or 100 percent asleep; and ¬Chinook, who is just a big ol’ scaredy cat!
In his free time, Dr. Calhoun enjoys using QuickBooks and Excel Spreadsheets, as well as wood working and cooking.