Meet The Team
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.
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.
Madison is a part-time veterinary assistant and weekend kennel attendant. She is at the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine and will receive her doctorate in 2022. 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 cats, Mojito and Mr. Mistoffelees. 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.
Amanda is a part-time veterinary assistant. Born and raised in Chambana, Amanda knew from an early age she had a passion for animals. She spent a couple years in college and then got a job at a local dog daycare and boarding facility. She absolutely loved working so closely with the animals. She then started volunteering at the Champaign County Humane Society and became a foster parent for Mobile Mutts Pet Rescue. In fall, 2018 she wants to pursue a certification in Animal Acupressure and Massage and hopes to one day open her own rescue.
Amanda and the love of her life, Stanford who is in the military and in the Veterinary Technician program through Penn Foster, live in downtown Champaign with their five fur babies: Melo (Mely Bear), a Great Pyrenees/German Shepheard, Peluche (Puche), a long-hair Chihuahua, and three kitties, Athena (Kiki), Arnie and our newest addition, Cardi B. In her free time, she loves spending time outside with Stanford and the dogs, hiking, riding her bike, yoga, Zumba, traveling, cooking, and, most importantly, napping and eating ice cream.
Kelly is a part-time veterinary assistant at Loving Paws. She is from Colorado and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2015 from Colorado Mesa University. She enjoys working with a variety of animals. While her background experience mostly involves working with reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, and birds, she grew up surrounded with dogs and cats and loves being an advocate for them.
Kelly has done a lot of public outreach and education regarding animals. She loves sharing knowledge about our furry friends to help guide the public in ways of better care and appreciation for these amazing creatures and the environment. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, watercolor, reading, and hanging out with friends.
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 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.
Lyndsie is a part-time receptionist at Loving Paws. Although her educational background is in mental health, she has always had a passion and love for animals. Her interests in the veterinary field include holistic health, service, and therapy animals. Lyndsie is excited to be a part of the fun and energetic Loving Paws team, especially working with all the wonderful animals for which they care. Her current “fur babies” are all rescues, including one dog (Tucker) and two cats (Mogwai and Fox).
Originally born and raised in Wisconsin, Lyndsie enjoys taking road trips to visit her family and friends. When not spending time with her loved ones, Lyndsie enjoys making art, gardening and canning, interior design, collecting books and antiques, hiking, traveling, and kayaking.
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.