Meet The Team

Veterinary Technician/Assistants

Aubrey Buening, CVT

Aubrey is our head technician who is a licensed Certified Veterinary Technician working for us full-time. She earned her degree through San Juan College, making this her third degree. Aubrey worked in the veterinary field for 10 years before joining Loving Paws spending 6 years working in emergency medicine and critical care and 4 years in small animal practice. Her primary interests are: nursing care, dentistry, pain management, and minimal restraint, low stress handling techniques. Aubrey strives to provide patients with a low stress experience through TLC and gentle handling. 

 

In her spare time, Aubrey enjoys target shooting, hiking with her dogs, Odie, Maximus, and Sunny, and enjoying country living. She also shares her home with Jon, her husband and love of her life, plus two Cockatiel birds, Elmo, and Leo. Aubrey is a big Disney fan and will soon be sharing her time by visiting children in the hospital dressed up as her favorite Disney princess, Cinderella. In the summer months Aubrey and her husband Jon love to be out on the water swimming, boating, and canoeing. They also enjoy growing a large garden and canning vegetables.

 

Zachary Guhlincozzi

Zac, a part time veterinary assistant and weekend kennel caretaker, grew up as an Air Force brat. He attended Texas A&M University, where he earned his degree in Biochemistry and Genetics in May of 2016. He lives in Champaign with his wonderful wife Aida and two friendly cats, Milo and Outlaw. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and volunteering at the Wildlife Medical Clinic in Urbana. 


Zac is currently working towards a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois and is due to graduate in 2020. His professional interests are broad and include small, large, and exotic animal medicine.

 

Jayme Stewart

Jayme is a part-time veterinary assistant and a student at Penn Foster where she is studying veterinary technology. In fall 2017 she will take her boards to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Jayme has aspirations of earning her VTS (veterinary technician specialty) in emergency critical care (ECC) and general practice. Her primary veterinary interests are in fear free techniques, emergency critical care, and overall animal nursing. Jayme is a strong advocate of animal adoption from local shelters.

 

Jayme and her husband, Dean, share their country homestead outside of Allerton with their five dogs (Finn, Charlotte, Shadow, Bailey, and Daisy) whom are all from the shelter or are “foster failures”, Felipe (leopard gecko), zebra finches, and cat (Fuzzy Black) who thinks he is a dog.In her spare time, Jayme loves hiking and horseback riding at Turkey Run State Park, volunteering and leading at her church, 90’s country music, farm shows, canning vegetables from the garden, Dave Ramsey’s teachings, and attending Miranda Lambert concerts.

 

Naomi Roberts

Naomi is a part-time veterinary assistant and is currently attending Parkland College. Her goal is to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Naomi has always loved animals, and her Dad refers to her as “the girl that will feed animals before she will feed herself”. Naomi’s interests in veterinary medicine are broad but include emergency care, animal rehabilitation and exotic animal care. Naomi has spent the majority of the last 15 years being a stay at home mother and working with children in some capacity; however now that her kids are older she has finally decided to pursue her dream of working with animals. Naomi has volunteered at the University of Illinois Rehabilitation Department, as well as the Champaign County Humane Society. Naomi is thrilled to have joined the team at Loving Paws, and looks forward to spending her days helping and loving on all the pets.

 

Naomi shares her home with her three children, Makayla, Akylah, and Jesse, her boyfriend, Brandon, and his son, Brandon Jr. When Naomi was growing up her home was always filled with animals. Today that still holds true. She also shares her home with a Pit Bull named Ace Boogie (named from the movie Paid in Full), a Bearded Dragon named Spike, and a Snake named Queenie. It was originally thought that Queenie was a male and was named King, until they came home to a tank full of 46 babies! King then became Queenie. They also have two turtles named Dip, a male Red Eared Slider, and Squirt, a female Yellow Bellied Slider. 

 

Madison Kapraun

Madison is a part-time veterinary assistant and weekend kennel attendant. She is currently a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in animal sciences with chemistry and business minors. Her goal is to attend the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She would like to be a veterinarian working with both horses and small animals. Currently she is a volunteer at the Wildlife Medical Clinic at the vet school and works with raptors such as bald eagles, red tail hawks, and owls, as well as orphaned baby birds, possums, raccoons, and squirrels.

 

Madison lives with her cat, Mojito. In her free time she loves to spend time hanging out with friends and family. She also enjoys reading, mainly mystery novels, and watching Netflix.

 

Receptionists

Jacki Ahasic

Jacki is a part-time receptionist and veterinary assistant who comes to Loving Paws after spending several years as a property manager.  In her new position, she is excited to spend her days surrounded by animals and the people who love them! Jacki’s passion for animals started young as she helped care for the many animals she grew up with. Her current four-legged friends include cats: Moritz, Pickle, and Albie, a German Shepherd named Panzer, and a grumpy looking bearded dragon named Stanley, who is lovingly referred to as ‘Stancake’. She resides in Urbana with her husband, Patrick, her son, Jeremiah, and her daughter, Evie, who help care for the herd.

 

Along with her job at Loving Paws, Jacki is continuing her education to become a Veterinary Technician at Penn Foster with dreams of working with cattle.

 

Groomer

Julia Velazquez

Julia graduated from cosmetology school in May of 1996. Throughout school, she kept the idea of learning pet grooming in the back of her mind. After working in a beauty salon for several months, she came across a job posting at a veterinary clinic looking to train a groomer. With her clipper and shear skills, she became a natural working with the animals. Her career began at a small veterinary clinic in Sterling, IL. In February 2009, she opened up Puppy Love Grooming Salon in her hometown of Morrison, IL. In August 2017, she relocated to Urbana and joined Loving Paws.


Julia's time outside of work is spent with her family, fiancé, Craig, son Theron, and daughter, Maya, along with their dogs, Roxy and Princess. She loves yoga and meditation; she is a certified yoga instructor. Her passion is Buddhism. She was studying Buddhism and taught meditation at the Lamrim Kadampa Center in Davenport, IA. In September, she will continue studying Buddhism in the teacher-training program at the Kadampa Meditation Center in Chicago.

Housekeeper

Patty Kincaid

Patty is the person who keeps the clinic clean and makes sure there are no finger (or nose) prints on the windows. She is a hard worker and loves her job at Loving Paws and everyone she works with. She especially loves petting the dogs that come in.

 

Patty comes to us through the Developmental Services Center. She is originally from Marshall, IL but now lives in Urbana with her husband, Jim, and dog, Rip. In her free time Patty likes to watch movies, especially Star Wars and follows Nascar. She also likes to draw.