Meet Your Veterinarian & Support Staff

Each member of our team has a common goal: deliver the best veterinary experience possible to you and your pet. We go the extra mile to accommodate your pet's every need - and with our level of flexibility, it's no problem at all! Learn more about our exceptional team and don't forget to set up an appointment soon to meet us all in person.


Dr. Schaele | Practice Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Schaele earned his DVM from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation, he began his veterinary career as a large animal veterinarian. However, he soon realized that he wanted to be a practice owner. It has been an 11-year journey to get the experience he wanted in order to take the leap into a leadership role. In his current role, Dr. Schaele loves interacting with clients and being able to be a small part of their lives. It’s wonderful to see pets grow and age with their families. He also finds it gratifying to develop relationships with multiple generations of families! Dr. Schaele is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Association (WVRA), and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Dr. Schaele married a classmate of his from veterinary school who also now works as a veterinarian. Together, they have three kids, one Bernese Mountain dog, Willow, and a domestic shorthair cat, Bucky. As a family, they enjoy anything outdoors as well as sporting events! In his spare time, Dr. Schaele enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, attending his kids’ sporting events, being outdoors, and cooking.

Tracey | Office Manager

Tracey is our office manager. She started in this industry officially in 2009 and found that she was very passionate about being an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. The relationships she builds with clients and their pets is unbelievably rewarding and she loves being able to watch the bond grow between a pet and their owner. She enjoys being a part of the fun journey of pet ownership! She considers herself so lucky to have found a job that she truly loves!

Tracey has a Beagle named Adrenalyn and a Rat Terrier named Squirt. She loves spending time with her dogs and catching up with friends when she is not at work!


Michele | Certified Veterinary Technician

Ever since she was a child, Michele knew she wanted to help animals. She began her career in veterinary medicine as a member of the kennel staff and has continued to expand her skills in the field ever since. Michele is proud to have accomplished her goal of working in the animal field and helping and educating pet owners. Her background includes a Bachelor of Animal Science from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and an associate vet tech certification from Parkland College. Michele enjoys being able to take care of animals through all the stages of their lives and play a role in keeping them happy and healthy.

She has 2 pets of her own, a Chihuahua named Ren and a domestic shorthair cat named Mouse. In her spare time, Michele enjoys bike riding, hiking, and traveling. 

Colleen | Veterinary Technician

Colleen knew right from the start that she wanted to work with animals after graduating high school. She went straight to a 2-year college to earn her associate degree in veterinary science. Colleen finds great fulfillment in helping animals get better and stay healthy. She has one furry family member of her own, a white and grey cat named Peach.

In her free time, Colleen enjoys playing video games, watching movies, playing frisbee and golf, hiking, and swimming. She’s also a big fan of Disney. 

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Erika and Spartacus

Erika | Client Service Representative

Erika started pet sitting when she was in elementary school. From there, she gained a passion for working with animals and became an assistant dog groomer after she graduated high school. She has been in the animal hospital industry for less than a year, but she truly feels that her niche is to care for and help animals. She would eventually love to further her career and become an assistant or vet tech in the future. In her current role, she loves connecting with clients and meeting all their pets!

Erika is married to her husband, Mike, and they love spending time with their niece, Veronica, and nephew, Aidan. They also have a pet of their own, a Maine Coon cat named Spartacus. In her spare time, Erika enjoys watching Hulu and Netflix, singing to her favorite music, cat sitting, and traveling to her favorite place: Sister Bay, Wisconsin.

Megan | Client Service Representative

Megan is a Client Service Representative. Prior to joining the Buffalo Grove team, Megan worked at receiving her Associates Degree at Lincoln College.

Megan enjoys spending time with her dog Sadie, a Catahoula Leopard dog mix! She also loves having Game Night with friends and a good steak!


Jared | Animal Care Assistant

Jared is a Certified Nursing Assistant. He has no pets of his own, but he does have a wonderful family (his other half and his nieces and nephews) that he loves. Some of his favorite activities to do outside of work include drawing, playing games, and meditating.

Jackie | Animal Care Assistant

Jackie is an animal care attendant at Buffalo Grove Animal hospital. She has been working with animals of all sorts for a while now and is excited to help them in other special ways. To work with animals, she believes it takes a special person to put all selfish needs behind them and put a stranger as their first priority. She is extremely proud to say she has a heart open to all. Jackie has a ten-year-old Yorkshire Terrier named Bear. She loves meeting all the new faces every day. Jackie feels lucky to never have the same day twice at work, it’s always a challenge at hand and never a dull moment. Jackie loves getting together with friends and family. It’s always exciting talking about new puppies or the certain doggos that steal her heart!

jackie with dog

Lauren | Animal Care Assistant

Lauren has always had a love and passion for animals. She finds being able to care for them as a career very rewarding and enjoyable. With her strong passion of helping animals and their owners, Lauren has no plans on ever leaving the veterinary field!

Outside of work, you can find Lauren doing what she loves most…hanging out with her 5-year-old tabby cat, Moe! She also likes to listen to music and watch movies and tv shows.