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Dr. Justin D. Brown

Dr. Brown has been involved in 4-H since he was 8 years old.  He participated in livestock projects and showed at county fairs for years, sparking his interest in becoming a vet.  He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.  After practicing in Danville for several years, he moved his growing family to the Peoria area and started Brown Animal Hospital in 2005.  He continually works to grow the practice.  His professional interests include both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.  His most interesting clinical experience involved performing oral surgery on a full grown Bengal tiger!  His personal interests include outdoor activities such as fishing and archery.

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Dr. Brown is married with 3 lovely girls and one lonely boy at home.  His family lives with and alongside 4 dogs (Lucy, Maya, Bear, & Otis), 2 cats (Oliver & Sarafina), 4 rabbits, 2 pigs, 8 ducks, 14 chickens, and 2 turkeys!

Dr. Barbara Shelton

Dr. Shelton is one of 6 veterinarians her family has produced within the last 3 generations.  Graduating with her degree from Kansas State University, she then practiced in Texas for 27 years.  She recently returned home to the Peoria area.  Her special interests include reproductive medicine as well as both pediatric and geriatric care for animals.  She has bred and shown Standard Poodles, Miniature Long Haired Dachshunds, and American Short Haired Cats.  Her personal interests are awe inspiring! On a recent 2014 vacation she zip lined and rode in a glider plane in Utah.  We are thrilled to add her expertise.

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Dr. Shelton is currently sharing room and board with a lab mix named Chico and her American Short Hair cats named Showy, Rolex, Starfire, Snuggles, and Lightening. 

Dr. Stephanie Gingras

Dr. Gingras received her degree from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.  After practicing in the Quad Cities area, she moved here to practice in Peoria.  She is specially trained in the use of Cold Level Laser Therapy and has helped us add this service at our clinics.  She and her husband have a beautiful son and daughter.  We are happy to welcome her to our clinic.

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Dr. Kenny Davis

Dr. Davis is something of a local legend in mid-central Illinois.  He practiced both large and small animal medicine for over 22 years before moving out of the area and taking a position with the USDA.  He will be seeing clients for Brown Animal Hospital on Saturdays. 

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Melissa Hammond, Practice Manager

Melissa has worked directly with animals for years.  She took over as Practice Manager here in 2013 and concentrates her energy on constantly improving customer satisfaction, as well as clinic efficiency.  Melissa is married with 2 active sons.  She enjoys reading and following Cardinals baseball.

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 Melissa is cared for by 3 dogs named Remmy, Gunner and Max.  She also has 2 cats named Oakley and Curry.  

Sara, Front Desk Lead

Sara has worked at Brown Animal Hospital since 2013.  She has been a wonderful addition to our clinic family.  She loves to greet all the pets that come through our door with hugs and kisses.  She and her husband recently added a beautiful baby boy to their family.

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Sara and family share their home with Buster the Beagle, Rico the Chihuahua, Riley the Calico Cat, and Wilson the Orange Cat.

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Mandy, Front Desk

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Kayley, Front Desk

Kayley attends Illinois Central College and balances her 2 jobs with school very well.  She plans to go into the veterinary field someday.

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Glory veterinary assistant

Glory, Lead Veterinary Assistant

Glory is a certified CNA.  She has worked with animals in some capacity since 2007.  She enjoys all outdoor activities including fishing and mushroom hunting.  She has 3 beautiful children- 2 girls and a boy.

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Glory and her family host a cat named Star, African cichlid fish, and 2 crested geckos named Akasha and Lestat.

Sarah, Veterinary Assistant

Sarah is a Brimfield native. She has worked in both our Elmwood and Peoria locations.  She will be entering the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine program in the Fall of 2017 and we couldn't be more proud!

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Sarah is a graduate of Eureka College with a degree in Biology. 

Brittney veterinary assistant

Brittney, Veterinary Assistant

Brittney loves working with animals and is excited to learn new skills in this field.  She has worked in the grooming field and enjoys riding horses and spending time with her husband and son.

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Brittney and her husband live with a pug/lab mix named Dixie and a Siamese mix kitty named Roxy. 

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Gina, Veterinary Assistant

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Kendra, Groomer and Vet Assistant

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Jenny veterinary assistant

Jenny, Veterinary Assistant

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Cheryl, Kennel Manager

Cheryl has years of experience working with animals.  In addition to working with us, she also spends her time volunteering at SAMS animal shelter!  You can always find her giving our furry friends extra attention.

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Cheryl shares her home with 3 cats- Jackson, Black Walnut and Shiegra.

Marley kennel assistant

Marley, Kennel Assistant

Marley attends Dee-Mack High School.  She plans to go to veterinary school after getting her undergraduate degree.  She will attend SIU-Edwardsville in the Fall of 2018.

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At home, Marley gives her love and attention to Booker the Boston and Phyllis the Yorkie.

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Grace, Kennel Assistant

Grace attends Dunlap High School where she is involved in Best Buddies and Penguin Project.  She plans to go to medical school after getting her undergraduate degree.

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Grace helps love and take care of 4 dogs, 2 cats, 4 rabbits, 4 ducks, 2 turkeys, 2 pigs, and 20 chickens.

Kassi, Assistant

Kassi, Kennel Assistant

Kassi is a student at Dunlap High School.  She is an avid animal lover and has shadowed with us for years prior to her employment.

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Rafiki resident kitty

Rafiki, Leader of the Clinic Cat Pack

Rafiki was a stray rescued by a client shortly after we moved into our new building.  He's a pest and a pain and we all completely adore him!  He enjoys trying to constantly escape into areas he knows he's not allowed in.  He also likes to mock the dogs in the boarding area.

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Rafiki takes medication to help prevent seizures that he occasionally suffers from.  

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Pepper- Second in Command, Clinic Cat Pack

Pepper came to us after she didn't get along with her housemates.  She has crazy eyes and will occasionally lure you in for belly rubs and then ATTACK!  She is otherwise a very good kitty.

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Pepper will also answer to Pepper Potts.

Poppet, Last in Line, Clinic Cat Pack

Poppet was rescued from the streets of Africa by a rescue group.  They reunite strays with the servicemen that befriend them while overseas on active duty.  Poppet was unable to live with her original servicemen and stayed with us.  She loves to get on the counters in our cat room but occasionally gets too fat to do so!

 

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Poppet enjoys squirrelling away in hard to find places- causing us to look for her just long enough to really start to worry- and then showing up with a nonchalant look on her face.