Meet the Team at SPORTSVET:

Extraordinary Veterinary Care in Central Illinois

Steve Jacobs, DVM, MSPT
Steve Jacobs, DVM, MSPTDr. Jacobs is one of only a few dually licensed veterinarian/physical therapists in the country. He is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received his master's degree in physical therapy. He owned and operated two physical therapy centers prior to managing four centers for a major rehabilitation corporation. Dr. Jacobs received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois in May 2003. He has attended several canine sports medicine and physical therapy seminars and received his certification to perform the tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO). He is also certified in the PennHIP procedure, performs the tightrope cruciate ligament injury stabilization technique (Tightrope), and has been trained in canine total hip and knee replacement surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Canine Sports Medicine Association. When not working, Dr. Jacobs enjoys spending time with his family and three Labrador retrievers. He also enjoys the outdoors, competing in triathlons, and traveling.
Dayle Dillon, DVM
Dayle Dillon, DVMDr. Dillon joined the SportsVet team as an associate veterinarian in 2015. A resident of central Illinois, she developed a love for animals while working with horses and numerous other animals on her family's farm. Upon graduation from GCMS High School, she attended North Park University in Chicago, Illinois where she played volleyball and softball while working towards degrees in Secondary Education and Biology. Dr. Dillon graduated from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the first class in a newly developed curriculum which encouraged a strong focus on clinical experience as well as traditional classroom learning. This additional clinical experience is what allowed her to develop a passion for canine rehabilitation, which only grew as she spent much of her free time volunteering in the rehab ward at school. Dr. Dillon began her veterinary career at a small animal practice in Decatur, IL. gaining experience in medicine and surgery by providing both general and on-call emergency care. During her time at SportsVet Dr. Dillon has pursued specialty training in ultrasound, and is currently in the process of obtaining her license as a Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner. Her additional interests include both surgery and wound management/repair. Dr. Dillon has two pets of her own; Trooper, a Miniature Dachshund, and Gracie, an Australian Cattle Dog. Outside of the veterinary clinic, Dr. Dillon is an avid triathlete, and enjoys being outdoors with her pets and husband.
Susan Hites, DVM
GryffinDr. Hites is an Associate Veterinarian at SportsVet Animal Medical Center and the owner of The Whole Pet, which provides individualized, integrative medicine for small animals. Dr. Hites has worked at hospitals in the Chicagoland area, southern New Mexico, and throughout central Illinois. Since elementary school, her only career desire was to be a veterinarian. After graduating as valedictorian from Grayslake High School, she attended the University of Illinois where she completed her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science and was a member of the University of Illinois Women's Club Volleyball team. Dr. Hites graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and practiced traditional medicine, working with small animals, pocket pets, birds, and reptiles. Realizing that she had a passion for aging pets as well as those with chronic illnesses, she studied animal chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, and herbal medicine. By using both traditional and alternative modalities, Dr. Hites has extended the quality of life for animals and their owners, helped agility dogs win blue ribbons, and been the veterinarian of choice for celebrities. Pets at home with Dr. Hites are Jasper, a 10-year-old male tabby cat that is an excellent string chaser and sun bather, and Gilley, a 9-year-old male beagle that specializes in calming special needs children and holding down the recliner. When not at the hospital, Dr. Hites enjoys coaching and playing volleyball, reading, and Sudoku. Dr. Hites is devoted to partnering with clients to help their animal companions live better quality lives.
Carli Miller, Practice Manager
Carli Miller, Practice ManagerCarli joined our team in January 2017. Carli is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she majored in Agricultural Communications with a heavy focus in Animal Sciences. Growing up on her family's farm in Central Illinois, she has been involved with animals and livestock production all her life. Carli especially loves seeing our patients advance through their rehabilitation treatments and return back to their happy, active lifestyles! Carli actively competes in rodeos on her barrel horses, and is a member of several rodeo and racing associations across the US. Her favorite traveling partner, Boots, is a red Australian Cattle Dog pup!
Ashley Hilliker, CVT, Clinical Coordinator
Ashley Hilliker, CVT/ Hospital ManagerAshley began working at SPORTSVET in September 2006. While she keeps busy doing a multitude of different clinical tasks, some of her favorite things include assisting Dr. Jacobs in surgery and seeing various orthopedic cases from the initial injury all the way through to the patient returning to full function. She enjoys getting to know the owners of orthopedic patients as they progress through the surgery and recovery process. As Clinical Coordinator, Ashley manages all of our patient care, treatments & surgeries. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dogs. Together, they travel all over North America competing in both straight and oval track racing with their 4 Whippets. Other hobbies include traveling, cooking and spending time with her friends.
Emily Burgard, CVT
Emily Burgard, CVTEmily began working at SportsVet in November of 2010 as a veterinary assistant. After graduating from Parkland College's Veterinary Technology program in May of 2012, she joined the staff full time as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Emily enjoys many aspects of her job, including assisting Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Dillon in surgery, keeping the clinic's inventory organized and stocked, and helping the client/patient experience here be the very best. When not working, Emily enjoys taking long walks with her two dogs, an English Springer Spaniel, Gunther and a Border Collie, Charm. Other hobbies reading and spending time with family and friends.
Rachel Elliott, CVT
Rachel Elliott, CVTRachel joined our SportsVet team in July 2015. She moved to the Champaign area from the Chicago suburbs after graduating from Joliet Junior College. She worked as a veterinary assistant for 2 1/2 years prior to attending school to become a CVT. Rachel enjoys getting to know the clients and patients at SportsVet, as well as assisting in surgery with Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Dillon. In her free time, Rachel likes to watch movies with her two dogs, visit her family in the Chicago suburbs, and try cooking new recipes with her boyfriend.
Michelle Morris, CVT
Michelle Morris, CVTMichelle started working with us in April 2017 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Parkland College, where she earned her Associates in Applied Science and her Veterinary Technology degree in 2013. Michelle's favorite part of her job is getting to use her "kitty magic" in handling challenging cats, as well as seeing all the interesting orthopedic cases that come in. She enjoys spending time with her golden retriever, Griff, and three kitties: Kali, Molly, and Pickle. Michelle also enjoys spending time with her human loved ones, hiking, reading and gardening!
Shay Anspach, Veterinary Assistant
Shay joined SportsVet in August 2015, but has worked in the veterinary field for seven years. She enjoys getting to know the clients at SportsVet and helping patients excel in underwater treadmill therapy. Shay is a mom of three, and in her free time she enjoys watching her youngest play high school soccer, spending time with her fiancé and taking care of her two dogs, Gunner and Tick.
Megan Magsamen, Veterinary Assistant
Megan Magsamen, Veterinary AssistantMegan joined the SportsVet team in the summer of 2016. Megan is currently enrolled in the Parkland Pathway Program with the University of Illinois, and plans to transfer there next fall. Megan is a pre-veterinary student, majoring in Animal Sciences. Megan plans on attending veterinary school after graduation in 2019, and is still deciding her concentration. Megan enjoys helping the Doctors and Certified Veterinary Technicians in any way that she can, and is always learning new things! One of Megan's favorite things to do is care for the dogs at SportsVet and bond with them during their stay. Megan has two adorable puppies at home with her parents, Mya and Bella. Outside of work, Megan enjoys working out, playing softball, and is currently on the Parkland Softball Team!
Holly Stallard, Veterinary Assistant
Holly Stallard, Veterinary AssistantHolly joined the SportsVet team in March 2017. She is currently working on a degree in Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois and plans to attend veterinary school after graduation in 2019. At SportsVet, Holly loves spending time caring for patients and helping the doctors and technicians. When she's not working, Holly enjoys running, spending time with family, and training her adorable dog, Biscuit!

Audrey Sather, Full-time Receptionist
Audrey joined the SportsVet team in October 2016. After graduating from Mizzou in 2011, she spent four years working in pharmaceutical research, then moved to the Champaign area with her husband, Bryan, in 2015. Audrey enjoys getting to know clients and their pets and catching their best moments on camera. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband and black lab, Dakota and visiting her family back in Missouri. She spends her free time doing home renovations, baking, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Briana McDade, Receptionist
Briana McDade, ReceptionistBriana began working at SportsVet in December 2016, but has worked in the veterinary field for over 8 years. She thoroughly enjoys getting to know clients, as well as their pets, which is why you will find her at our reception desk greeting you with a smile! Briana has two dogs, two cats, and three fish living at her home. Briana is the owner of her own pet sitting business, Briana's Buddies, where she loves numerous other pets as her own and works to care for them on a daily basis. When not working with animals, Briana enjoys watching movies, spending time with her husband and two kids, and trying out new recipes!
Liz Todd, Receptionist
Liz joined the SportsVet team in April 2017! Liz enjoys spending time with her family, being a mother, cooking, and reading. She especially enjoys spending any time that she can outdoors with her kids (going to zoos, water parks, museums, hiking trails, and fishing). Liz is the proud owner of JoLee, an 8-year old Yorkie, a 3-year old pointer mix, Nova, and a domestic short hair cat, Oliver! Liz's favorite thing about working at SportsVet is the interaction she has with our clients. She enjoys getting to know each and every one of their special pets!
Kaysee Matthis, Receptionist
Kaysee Matthis, Receptionist Kaysee joined the SportsVet team in April 2017. She loves hearing the stories our clients share about our special patients when they come in for visits! Working with the rest of the staff is one of her favorite things about being at SportsVet. Kaysee really enjoys crafts, hanging out with her family and friends, and is currently spending most of her free time remodeling her house! She has two dogs at home, Chili and Teddy!

Holly Dailey, Groomer
Holly Dailey, GroomerHolly will be joining the SportsVet team in June 2017. Born and raised in Wisconsin, her passion for animals began early as she cared for her horses and dogs. Holly's grooming career first began when she obtained her Early Childhood Degree and began apprentice grooming in the evenings. She now has over 20 years of experience in the field, and has utilized her grooming skills working in veterinary clinics and owning her own Boarding & Grooming Salon. Holly enjoys family time with her husband, Kirk, and son, Clay. They enjoy horseback riding, fishing, boating, camping, and any activity that involves the outdoors! Holly has 1 horse, with aspirations for more; and a wonderful English Bulldog, Lucy! Holly's goal is for the customer and their dog to have a pleasant grooming experience and for both to leave happy and satisfied, each time they walk through the door.
PuffPuff is a male Persian cat born in January of 2010. He came to live with us in November of 2011 when he was in need of a new home. Puff spends most of his days perched on the front desk greeting our clients or napping in Dr. Jacobs' office chair.

SportsVet Animal Medical Center was the best vet I have ever had. I live in Minneapolis now and not only are all of the vets very expensive, they do not really seem to care in the same way Dr. Jacobs did.

Nadine Frances Mercil

I’ve never seen a vet be so caring and compassionate to not only the animals, but the animals owners as well. We think so highly of Dr. Jacobs and his staff that we travel and hour and a half for all our vet needs.

Keri Robinson

SportsVet Animal Medical Center performed TPLO surgery on our 7 year old flat-coat retriever. We were very pleased with her care, Dr. Jacobs and his staff could not have been more thorough, professional, and friendly.

Vickie Hart

Thank you so much, Dr. Jacobs and staff, for helping little Duke regain use of his left leg (he suffered a grade 4 patellar luxation). We so appreciate your kind care, surgical skill and postop therapy.

Lila & Barry McCammon

Dr. Jacobs and his staff are AMAZING. Every time I called, which was often (multiple times a week), they were happy to speak with me. They even sent me video of her during her underwater treadmill therapy. 4.5 years later, while some of her other joints struggle, her knee is perfect.

Callie Cozzolino

Dixie had her TPLO surgery on Jan. 10th and went for her first water therapy yesterday. She is doing great. Getting stronger and using her leg more everyday. Everyone at SportsVet is soooo supportive and caring. Thank you again so much!!!!

Becky Didier

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