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, two Bernese Mountain dogs and a domestic shorthair cat. 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.
Libby | Veterinary Technician
Libby grew up with pets and has been around animals most of her life. Her family moved around a lot when she was growing up, and her pets were one of the few constants. She graduated from Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in March 2021, and completed most of her training at Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies in Colorado. Libby originally floated around from job to job before she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine; it has helped to shape the person she is today. One of the most rewarding aspects of her profession has been seeing pets that were in critical condition recover and walk out the door to return home. Another would be finally grasping/understanding something that she once struggled with. Every day is a learning experience.
Libby has one cat, a domestic shorthair named Figaro. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, writing, and playing Phasmophobia with her friends in Colorado.
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.
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.
Courtney | Animal Care Assistant
Animals have been a safe haven for Courtney ever since she was young. She’s always had a passion for learning everything she could about animals, and this inspired her to go into the veterinary profession. Giving back and doing what she loves at the same time is a double-win in her book.
Courtney has a menagerie of pets, including Milo, a Blue Tick Coonhound, Jazzie the grey and white tuxedo cat, Ame the Syrian hamster, and 6 tarantulas named Meatball, Teddy, Zorra, Minnie, Nugget, and Rosie. She enjoys writing poems and watching anime, and loves spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
Jackie | Animal Care Attendant
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!
Lauren | Animal Care Attendant
Bio coming soon!