Our Team

Dr. Megan Mosier

Dr. Megan Mosier

Veterinarian

Dr. Megan Mosier graduated from Kansas State University in 1999 and then completed a small animal internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital, a large specialty/referral hospital in Florida.  Since then she has practiced small animal medicine in a variety of practices as an associate and then as a relief veterinarian.  After meeting her future husband in Florida, Dr. Mosier relocated to the Chicagoland area where she lives with her husband, son, and twin daughters.  In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, taking care of her myriad of pets (rabbits, dog, cats, gecko, and horses), and travelling.

From Dr. Burgess....

Rare do you meet a person like Dr. Mosier.  Exuberant, bubbly, just plain joyous are how I would start to describe her, but this only scratches the surface.  A talented veterinarian with a fierce dedication to her patients, Dr. Mosier is a balance of compassion, knowledge, and reality that is truly essential to thrive in our profession.  I have known Dr. Mosier since veterinary school, and we have had very similar paths over the years.  Personally she has provided me support and been a cheerleader through thick and thin, professionally she leaves me feeling confident and at peace when caring for our patients.  I cannot tell you how excited I am to work with Dr. Mosier again!


Kadee Palmquist

Kadee Palmquist

Care Coordinator

Kadee joined Healthy Paws Animal Hospital in 2011.  Her favorite part of working at the hospital is building relationships with the clients and their pets.  Her husband and she live in Cary with their daughter and two cats while her son currently attends University of Iowa.  In her free time, Kadee can be found cheering on her children in all they do, making a fun new recipe, or reading a good book.  

From Dr. Burgess....

I had the pleasure of meeting Kadee as a child care provider years ago.  Her openness, welcoming personality, and sincerity immediately caught my eye as someone I wanted to be around and work with someday.  Kadee has since become a strong base for our team.  As we often say, you can hear Kadee's smile through the phone.  Ever the source of wisdom, we all benefit from Kadee's sage advice, in particular on the parenting front!


Cheri Eckdhal

Cheri Eckdhal

Veterinary Technician

Cheri joined the Healthy Paws team in 2012. She has 20 years of animal hospital experience with various specialty experiences including surgery, diagnostic imaging, emergency, and critical care. Cheri has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Andrews University and an Associate in Sciences and Arts degree from College of DuPage. She is married with one son and shares a home with her dog Max. In her free time Cheri enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking, and traveling.

From Dr. Burgess....

Cheri and I worked together at a specialty hospital in Downer's Grove.  When we were planning Healthy Paws, I told her there would always be a spot for her working with me, just say the word.  I still remember the call two years later and my joy at being reunited with this amazing person.  Cheri has a spirit that is pervasive.  Those that meet her immediately experience her exuberance for life.  She is one of the toughest people I know with one of the best attitudes you can imagine.  Cheri helps us all lead not just a "half full" life, but an "overflowing" one.


Katelynn Sosine

Katelynn Sosine

Care Coordinator

Katelynn joined our team in September 2015.  She has been in the veterinary industry for five years and is looking forward to growing with Healthy Paws.  Most of her time away from work is spent with her husband and son Mason born in June 2016.  When time allows she can be found hiking with her two dogs Greenbean and Mac.  She is also a mom to cat Pretzel and box tortoise Stitch.

From Dr. Burgess...

Katelynn has to be one of the "chillest" people I have ever met.  During our first phone interview it was obvious that Katelynn had a presence, a confidence in herself, her beliefs, and her goals that made her special.  Daily we see this in how she handles situations with a calmness that is enviable.  Katelynn's journey through pregnancy and as a new mother has been a joy for all of our team to experience together.


Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith

Veterinary Technician

Brooke started at Healthy Paws in January 2016 as an extern.  She officially joined our Healthy Paws team in March 2016 after graduating with her Certified Veterinary Technician degree from Rockford College.  Brooke lives with her basset hound mix Annabelle, her boxer mix Cheddar, and her fiance.  In her free time Brooke enjoys spending time with her family and nephew.

From Dr. Burgess

I first heard about Brooke from a previous co-worker that I greatly respected.  She suggested Brooke as a potential extern.  While I was not sure we were ready to support a student, I knew there must be something special about Brooke for her to come so highly recommended.  Was she ever spot on.  While new to this field, Brooke has exceeded all of our expectations.  Not only are her skills exceptional, but her positive attitude and work ethic are remarkable.  While initially a bit shy, we have seen Brooke blossom and grow.  I am so happy we are part of her journey.


Liz Hartzheim

Liz Hartzheim

Veterinary Technician

Liz has over ten years of experience as a veterinary technician.  She earned an associates degree in veterinary technology at Madison Area Technical College in 2004.  In her free time Liz enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.  Her hobbies include reading, cooking, and walking her best friend, their lab mix Indy.

From Dr. Burgess...

The words that best describe Liz to me are quiet grace, spice, and confidence and her personality is such a fun mix of these three qualities.  Getting a rise out of Liz is nearly impossible which is so valuable in our often tumultuous world.  While one may think that Liz is shy, she has a spark that makes us laugh on a daily basis.  And when it comes to skills and experience, she is wise beyond her years.  Having Liz join us has given us a stability I could only have dreamed of from a team member.


Eden Sinitean

Eden Sinitean

Care Coordinator

Eden has been working in the veterinary industry since high school.  While she has had many roles, she has found her passion in operations as a care coordinator.  Joining our team spring of 2016, Eden shares her home with her fiance, two young sons, four cats, and one eyed Pug, Zeppelin.  In her free time she enjoys spending time outside with her family gardening and hiking when not studying for her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and Bachelors in Business Management degrees.

From Dr. Burgess....

Rare do you come across a person with as many layers and sides as Eden.  Very quickly after meeting her it was apparent that she was not just a super nice person but a go getter.  When you think Eden's platter has to be full, she is there asking for more, wanting to learn and master any new skill offered.  Her appetite to figure things out is a true gift.  All the while, she is an amazing mother and caregiver.  You know you are in good hands when you are with Eden.


Jean-Marie Brickey

Jean-Marie Brickey

Accountant

Jean-Marie has been with Healthy Paws since our opening in 2010.  She has a degree in Animal Ecology from Iowa State and second degree in Operations Management and Information Systems from Northern Illinois.  She has been a stay at home mom after leaving her previous role in audit with Sears.  A lifelong resident of Crystal Lake, Jean-Marie lives with her husband and their four children who attend Central High School and St. Thomas.  In her free time, Jean-Marie enjoys sports as a fan and coach, reading, volunteering, and in general having fun.

From Dr. Burgess....

Jean-Marie wears many hats.  She is not only our bookkeeper, but also my sister-in-law, an amazing mother, aunt, Godmother, and friend.  Owning a small business is not always easy, and managing the books is no exception.  To know you have infinite trust in someone as your bookkeeper is such a peace of mind.  Jean-Marie keeps us in line while still making sure we are having fun.


Stevie Cheatham

Stevie Cheatham

Facility Care, Assistant

Stevie is our newest member at Healthy Paws but has been in and out of the animal health field for six years.  Originally from Huntley, during her time away from work she enjoys dog sitting and spending time with her family.  At home Stevie has six dogs to keep her busy.

From Dr. Burgess...

As Stevie is new to our group, we are just getting the chance to know her better.  How we present ourselves to our clients and patients is of utmost importance to us.  We strive to make Healthy Paws like no other in every way possible.  Stevie is crucial to this.  A Jack of all trades, she morphs seamlessly from keeping our patients comfortable, to ensuring we have the supplies we needs at a moment's notice, to making our hospital arguably the cleanest in town.  


John Ferrero

John Ferrero

Practice Manager

John, co-owner and Practice Manager of Healthy Paws, is Dr. Burgess’ husband and proud father to 4 beautiful girls, and pet dogs Ollie, Elsa, and Willow.  Prior to developing Healthy Paws John spent almost two decades at Motorola in finance, business development, and operations management.  The Ferrero family loves outdoor activities, traveling,  and spending time with family and friends.

From Dr. Burgess...

My rock and partner.  It was not without much thought that we started this practice.  It was a dream for years, but without John's support, guidance, and business experience it would have never come to fruition.  I am proud of what we have developed, but even more proud to have John as our team leader.


Jessie Banwart

Jessie Banwart

Care Coordinator

Jessie has been with Healthy Paws since we opened in 2010.  Hired on as a Care Coordinator she quickly felt the need to be involved with the overall care of the animals. When not helping the furry friends at Healthy Paws, Jessie finds herself biking, traveling and enjoying the culture of downtown Chicago.  In early 2016 Jessie transitioned to a full time role at a Chicagoland referral hospital while continuing to manage Healthy Paws' internet presence and inventory.

From Dr. Burgess....

Jessie's drive and hunger to learn was obvious from day one.  As a problem solver, Jessie enjoys tackling projects and not giving up until she has a solution.  Personally Jessie is equally as driven.  Always ready for an adventure, Jessie adores world travel with her most recent adventure being to Singapore.  Living life vicariously through Jessie has provided quite the adventures over the years.


Macaroni, Cheddar, and Queso

Macaroni, Cheddar, and Queso

Clinic Ratties

From Dr. Burgess....

This spring we not only added cats to our team, but three female rats, Cheddar, Queso, and Macaroni.  Two years ago our children wanted a new pet.  Already having a full house of dogs, and a clinic cat, we begrudgingly agreed to something a bit smaller.  After much research by all, we brought home our first three pet rats.  I cannot say enough about these little creatures and their personalities.  What most do not realized is rats are extremely intelligent and trainable, clean, and sweet.  I had low expectations going into this adventure, and I am now a rattie advocate highly recommending them as a first pet in particular for children.  We are super excited to share our rodent friends with our clients and many a friend they have made.  Stop by and ask to hold one of them someday!


Clinic Cats

Clinic Cats

Masters of Mischief

April 2016 brought two new friends to Healthy Paws Animal Hospital, Gus Gus (orange longhaired) and Eleanor (gray shorthaired).  Although not yet a year has passed, they have learned the ropes of being clinic cats and earned spots in everyone's hearts.  Be sure to pet our friendly mischievous kittens.


Gus Gus

Gus Gus

Gus Gus has a more regal presence and is ever the socialite making sure everyone receives a proper welcome.  His favorite past times are playing with his Turbo Scratcher toy, eating food from his SlimCat Toy, and carrying around his favorite mouse.  


Eleanor

Eleanor

Eleanor could be described as goofy and presumptuous.  Her favorite pastime is being in people's business, hiding in drawers, swatting under exam room doors, and opening cabinets.


Vincent

Vincent

In Loving Memory

It seems wrong to remove our dear Vincent from "Our Team".  As many of our clients know, Vinnie was our resident cat from our opening in 2010 until his passing February 2016.  From the day he was adopted from Helping Paws until his passing, he watched carefully and provided joy for our staff, clients, and every child he met.  Ever the welcoming feline, memories of Vinnie are with us nearly daily.