Meet Our Veterinary Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Peoria Area Veterinary Group! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

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Get to know our veterinary team!

Peoria Area Veterinary Group of Peoria and its staff are dedicated to providing our clients with service excellence and superior patient care to maintain the highest quality of life for our patients.

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Peoria Veterinary Team

Here at Peoria Area Veterinary Group of Peoria, we pride ourselves on treating each patient as if it were one of our own. Our doctors and staff work hard to provide the pets we see with top-tier veterinary care.

Primary DVMs
Dr. Suzanne Gilles
Dr. Lissa Calhoun

Practice Manager
Dustin Stribling 

Technicians
Tammi Burton
Kayla Vester
Leah Dehne
Brenda Herron

Customer Care Representatives
Joni Bradshaw
Marcy Wright
Claudia Engquist

Claudia Engquist
Claudia Engquist
Customer Care Representative

Claudia was born and raised in Chillicothe. She grew up with animals and worked as a doggy daycare attendant for two years before finding her way to working in a veterinary clinic. Claudia is currently attending ICC for her associate’s degree in science. She is a self-proclaimed Crazy Cat Lady and shares her home with five cats – Nugget and Hershey, to name two. She also has three Leopard Geckos, three Bearded Dragons, and seven Axolotis (a species of fully aquatic salamanders)! When she’s lucky enough to have free time, you might find Claudia napping or soaking up the sunshine on a beautiful day.

Marcy Wright
Marcy Wright
Customer Care Representative

Marcy Wright was born and raised in Peoria and has lived here most of her life. She did spend two years in Mississippi and two years in Geneva, Switzerland, and while in Switzerland, she spent her time dogsitting for friends while they were away. She has loved animals since she was a little girl and knew that she wanted to work with them eventually—it was very exciting then for her to get hired at Dunlap Vet.

Marcy shares her home with two Havanese doggies, Seger and Harley. When she’s not hanging out with her pack, she loves listening to local live music and making seasonal wreaths for her doors.

Joni Bradshaw
Joni Bradshaw
Customer Care Representative

Joni is a Customer Care Representative at our Dunlap 2 location. She began work with Peoria Area Veterinary Group in September of 2012. Joni loves the people and animals that she gets to meet. When not in the office she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

Tammi Burton
Tammi Burton

Veterinary Technician

Tammi grew up in Washington, Illinois, and first realized that she wanted to work with animals when she was just a young girl. She later graduated from Parkland College in 2006 and has been a vet tech for the last 12 years. This December, she will be celebrating her six-year anniversary with us!

Tammi currently lives with a 1.5-year-old Pitbull/whippet mix who is very active and of course, loves KONG toys. She also has a 70-pound Pitbull/Lab mix who is seven years old and has lived his whole life thinking he is a lap dog.

In her free time, Tammi enjoys video games, hiking, collecting model horses, watching movies with her husband, and playing with her doggies.

Leah Dehne
Leah Dehne

Technician

Leah has lived in East Peoria all her life. She worked at Methodist before she came to us at Dunlap and is currently enrolled at Penn Foster College to complete her veterinary technician degree, which will be finished soon. She’s always loved animals, especially cats since that’s what she grew up with.

Currently, she has two felines, Newo and Olive, who are sisters and have been with her since they were seven weeks old—wherever Leah goes, they go, and they are always there to greet her when she gets home.

In Leah’s free time, she loves hanging out with family and friends. She currently lives with her grandpa, and together they like to do crossword puzzles. She also enjoys taking pictures and just being crafty.

Brenda Herron
Brenda Herron

Technician

Brenda began working at our Dunlap location in 1997 and joined our Dunlap 2 location shortly after its opening. Brenda has loved animals her entire life and enjoys being able to help each patient that she sees. This makes her an excellent fit for her position as a veterinary assistant. Brenda is pictured here holding her loving lab Abby.

Kayla Vester
Kayla Vester
Veterinary Technician

Kayla Vester hails from Henry, Illinois. She graduated with a degree in veterinary technology from Cedar Valley College and passed the board in 2013.

Kayla lives with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Storm and a retired German Shepherd Police K9 named Flits, who is spending his golden years with her family after recovering from surgery. Kayla has two young children, which means she has little free time—but when she does have time, she enjoys a good Netflix show, baking or just hanging out with her pack!

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