Steve Jacobs, DVM, MSPT
Dr. 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, CCRP
Dr. 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 additional 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.
Sarah Turek, DVM
Welcome Dr. Turek, one of the newest members of the Sportsvet Team! After graduating valedictorian from Triad High School in central Illinois, Dr. Turek moved to the Champaign area to begin her education in Animal Sciences. She also joined, and was very active in, the Professional Agricultural Sorority, Sigma Alpha. She obtained her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine both from the University of Illinois. Dr. Turek began her veterinary career at a small animal practice in Mendota, Il. Here she immersed herself in learning about medicine, exotics, ultrasound and on-call services. While there she married her husband, Patrick and had their son, Wyatt. She has two pets of her own; Pez, an American Staffordshire terrier, and Jezebel, a pit bull mix. Outside of he veterinary clinic, Dr. Turek enjoys playing volleyball, camping and attending any concert she can fit in between being a veterinarian, wife and mother. Dr. Turek has a keen interest in dermatology and dental care. She thrives on educating her clients about the prevention of diseases in their beloved pets.
Lindsey Weber, DVM
Dr. Weber joined the SportsVet team in December 2017 as a Convenient Care/Emergency Veterinarian. Dr. Weber obtained her Bachelors of Science at Loyola University Chicago. She then went to the University of Illinois to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After she graduated, Lindsey completed a small animal rotating internship at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Louisville, Kentucky, where she learned from board certified specialists in surgery, internal medicine and emergency and critical care. Dr. Weber spends her spare time volunteering around her community, as well as spending time in the great outdoors with her three dogs, Ollie, Mac and Calvin.
Erik Nuss, DVM
Dr. Nuss came aboard in July of 2019. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Dr. Nuss also obtained his undergraduate degree from the University if Illinois. His favorite thing about being a veterinarian is the opportunity to help animals during all stages of life. He also enjoys performing surgeries. Dr. Nuss has a yellow Lab named Duchess, he adopted her when in vet school. She came in as a rescue / stray and was spayed at the veterinary school as a ‘junior surgery’ dog. When he isn’t at work, Dr. Nuss enjoys golfing, all sorts of outdoor activities (hiking biking, kayaking), he participates in a kickball league and loves spending time with his family and friends. A fun fact about him is he has hit a hole-in-one while golfing. He is also related to the creator of the cartoon Popeye.
Tina Stortzum, DVM
Dr. Stortzum began working at SportsVet in December of 2017. She has been working in emergency medicine since she graduated from the University of Illinois school of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. The part of her job that she most enjoys is the variety of cases she sees working in urgent care, she also enjoys performing surgery. When she isn’t busy at work, Dr. Stortzum enjoys running, reading, hanging out with her black Lab, Wallykazam, and spending time with her family and friends. When asked for a fun fact about herself, Dr. Stortzum replied that she has the “best kid ever”!
Jessica began her career in the veterinary field in 2004. She started out as part-time office staff at Sangamon Avenue Veterinary Clinic (SAVC) and quickly advanced to the position of Office Manager. By 2008, Jessica was performing the role of Office Manager for both SAVC and sister clinic, Coble Animal Hospital. In 2015 she was promoted again to the role of Practice Manager at Coble Animal Hospital. In July of 2019 Jessica moved with her family to Champaign-Urbana and joined the SportsVet team as our Hospital Administrator. She has strong interests in customer service, enhancing the client experience and human resources. Outside of the clinic she enjoys spending time with her husband and son as well as baking, crochet, biking, bowling and spending time with friends.
Ashley Hilliker, CVT
Client Liaison, Marketing Coordinator
Ashley began working at SportsVet in September 2006. After the birth of her daughter in 2017, Ashley shifted her focus here at the clinic and took on the role of Client Liaison. This shift took her away from orthopedics/hands-on patient care and gave the opportunity to continue building client relationships through personal interaction, phone calls and through the management of our social media accounts. One of her favorite things about being here at SportsVet is getting to know our clients and making sure their experiences here are the very best. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and their dogs. Together, they travel all over North America competing in both straight (WRA) and oval track (NOTRA) racing with their 4 Whippets. Other hobbies include traveling to tropical locations, cooking, wine tasting and spending time with her friends.
Nicole has been working in the veterinary field for 15 years as a technician/assistant. She has worked with small animals, as well as equine and even exotics. Nicole loves emergency medicine, and staying busy to help wherever needed. When Nicole is not at work, she spends most of her time with her husband (Justin) and three kids (Emily, Landen, and Jesslyn). All three of her children are very active in sports, so Nicole spends a lot of time outside and at sporting events! Pictured with her is Moose, her yellow lab!
Lead Veterinary Receptionist
Kaysee joined the SportsVet team in April 2017 as a part-time receptionist. She became a full-time receptionist when we moved to our new facility in June of 2017. She most enjoys bonding with and communicating with our clients and learning about their pets. She has 2 dogs, both rescues, Teddy and Beary. Kaysee loves doing craft projects in her free time, a hobby she began doing with her mom as a child. She also enjoys family time – her 2 nieces and 2 nephews are her world.
Veterinary Receptionist / Assistant
Liz joined the SportsVet team in April 2017, but she has been working in the veterinary field for over 8 years. She splits her time between client services and hands-on veterinary assisting. Liz enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children. 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 two dogs (Jolee and Nova), one cat (Oliver), and 6 chickens. Liz’s favorite thing about working at SportsVet is the interaction she has with our clients. She also loves to assist our Doctors as they work to help pets when they need us most.
Kassidy joined the SportsVet team in August 2017. One of her favorite aspects of her job is the interaction she has with each patient and client on a day to day basis. She especially enjoys chatting with all of the clients and playing with the patients as they are briefly waiting for their appointment to begin. Although, the best part of her job would have to be the moment when our clients are picking up their pets after a long day apart and the pure excitement displayed by the pets and the loving smiles on our clients faces. When Kassidy is not working, she is either attending Parkland classes, playing softball, volleyball, with family, friends, or playing with her new blue tick beagle puppy named Ruby. She hopes to one day be a Musculoskeletal Sonographer with a house full of fur babies.
Kenzee joined us in June of 2018. She enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with clients and their pets when they come in for visits. She also appreciates that she can be there for clients when things aren’t going well, and they may need some extra support. When she isn’t working, Kenzee loves spending time with her family and their pets. Kenzee has two snakes (Jupiter & Isis), three kitties (Sophie, Stella & Kiedis) and a dog named Blaze. When she has free time, Kenzee enjoys kayaking and visiting wineries.
Shay joined SportsVet in August 2015, but has worked in the veterinary field for many years. She enjoys getting to know the clients working full-time in our Boarding, Grooming & Daycare lobby. She handles the busy day to day booking of reservations, grooming appointments, daycare scheduling and greeting our furry guests each day. Shay is a mom of three, and in her free time she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her children and grand babies.
Emily Burgard, CVT
Emily 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 primarily works with Dr. Jacobs, handling all of our orthopedic cases. She gets to know our orthopedic patients and their owners from the initial scheduling of their consultation through their surgical procedure and recovery. Being a part of each patient’s journey to full orthopedic recovery is one of the things she finds most rewarding about this position. When not here at the clinic, Emily enjoys taking long walks with her dogs: English Springer Spaniel (Gunther), Border Collie (Charm), rescued Pug (Myra), and rescued Pitbull (Piglet). Other hobbies include reading and spending time with family and friends.
Primary Care Team Leader
Michelle 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
Lead Emergency Technician
Megan graduated from the Parkland Veterinary Technician program in 2012. She joined SportsVet as a part-time CVT in summer of 2017 and became a full-time ER CVT after our facility became 24/7 in December. She started her career as an ER technician 4 years ago, and has loved it ever since. Megan also teaches in the Vet Tech program at Parkland. Her favorite part of her job is being able to help save patients’ lives in emergency situations and she has a passion for pain management. In her free time, she enjoys challenging herself with long distance running and triathlons. She is married with 3 cats and a guinea pig. Tiger, her oldest and first love, is pictured above!
Anglia joined the SportsVet team in December of 2017 after working in emergency care for 20 years. She graduated from the Parkland Veterinary Technician program in 1998. Anglia also works as a dental hygienist in a pediatric office! Anglia is married, has four children, three handsome cats, and two dogs at home. On her days off, she enjoys shopping, hanging out with her kids, and cuddling with her 5 fur babies!
Scott graduated from the Joliet Junior College Veterinary Technician program in 2007. He worked for a few years in general practice until he found his passion for emergency medicine at Tri-County Animal Emergency Clinic in Peoria, IL. Scott started with SportsVet when we became a 24-hour facility in December 2017, working at the Animal Emergency Clinic of Champaign for the three years before that. Scott also has his Bachelor’s degree in biology from Eureka College. Separate from work, Scott enjoys taking care of his homestead (fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, vegetable garden) with his wife (Heather), son (Konnor), and lab mix (Ellie). His other hobbies include hunting, fishing, home remodeling, and being a volunteer member of the St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District.
Erica is originally from northern Illinois, but has lived in the area since 1999. After receiving her BS in Animal Science from the University of Illinois, she later decided to return to school to continue her education. She graduated from the Parkland College Veterinary Technology program in 2012. Erica started with SportsVet in December of 2017, when we became a 24 hour facility. Her hobbies include gardening, watching movies and taking care of her variety of animals. Erica and her husband live on a small farm with their dog Cletus, 3 cats and a variety of chickens, ducks and peacocks
Ryan began is career in the veterinary field working at a small clinic in Tennessee, back in 2002. He became interested in emergency medicine and then moved to Champaign, IL, where he began working at the Animal Emergency Clinic. In 2015, Ryan graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Parkland College. He joined the SportsVet team when we combined forces in December 2017. On Ryan’s days off, he often can be seen running with his dogs, or training and teaching Brazilian jujitsu.
Adrienne joined the SportsVet Team in February of 2019. She primarily works with Dr. Jacobs handling orthopedic cases. Adrienne is originally from Northern Canada, the town she lived in often held regional dog sled races. Outside of the clinic Adrienne enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and exploring new places with her family and two dogs: Benny & Geri. When asked what her favorite thing about working here was, she responded with “I love the people I work with and all the animals we get to help. I love using my skills and being able to care for patients and educate their owners and help clients make the best decisions they can for their pets.”
Full-Time Veterinary Assistant
Kayla joined the SportsVet team in May of 2018. Originally from Southern California, Kayla joined the Army shortly after high school and then moved to Illinois in 2013. She now shares her life with her husband and their two dogs, Zoey and Reggie. Kayla has been working in the veterinary field since 2014 and is currently working on obtaining her Veterinary Technician’s license. Kayla works closely with Dr. Dillon seeing patients, helping with surgery and following up with clients. Her hobbies include hiking with her family, yoga, and playing video games.
Full-Time Veterinary Assistant
Megan began working at SportsVet in 2017, but then took 2018 off to play collegiate softball in West Virginia. We were thrilled to welcome her back in 2019 as a full-time assistant. Megan enjoys caring for hospitalized animals, forming bonds with them and their owners. She has two dogs of her own, Oakley a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Cooper a Chocolate Lab. In her free time Megan enjoys working out, boating and taking her pups to swim in the lake.
Alexis began working at SportsVet in December of 2018. The thing she likes most about her job here is the constant opportunity to learn. She plans on attending veterinary school and eventually working as an emergency veterinarian. When not busy here at the clinic, she enjoys working out and spending time with her Black Lab puppy, Koda (pictured with Alexis). A fun fact about Alexis is she can perform all the crazy baseball bat flips you see on the internet.
Sam joined the SportsVet Team in March of 2019. She is currently a Veterinary student at the University of Illinois. Her favorite part of working here at SportsVet is being able to learn so much from the Doctors she works with. When not working or studying, Sam enjoys spending time with friends, traveling and trying out new breweries. A fun fact about Sam: she loves completing New York Times crossword puzzles.
Averie joined the team in September of 2018. Her favorite part of working at SportsVet is getting to be a part of caring for so many patients with a team of people who all care as much as she does for animals. Averie shares her life with a Plott Hound Mix named Buddy and a Domestic Longhair named Bandit. When she finished undergrad, Averie plans to attend Veterinary school and eventually provide low-cost vet care all over the world. When she isn’t busy with school or working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, riding horses and traveling. A fun fact about Averie: she has traveled to 5 of the 7 continents.
Claire began working at SportsVet in December of 2018. She enjoys spending quality time with the animals we see, both in our boarding department and through our hospital boarding service. She loves to give each pet special attention while they are here. When she isn’t here at work, Claire enjoys hanging out with her two dogs: Kia a Newfoundland and Zooey a Border Collie Mix. She also enjoys being outdoors as much as out Illinois weather allows. Claire would like to go on to Veterinary school when she finishes her undergraduate degree. A fun fact about Claire: her dog, Kia< weighs more than she does!
Madison has been working at SportsVet since December of 2017. She is one of our Emergency Assistants and absolutely loves the challenge that emergency medicine provides. She particularly loves getting to know both the pets and the clients and has a passion for making the client experience as perfect as possible! She shares her life with 6 cats (Shatze, MuMu, Clementine, Ghost, Nymeria and Greysen), all of which are rescues. She recently added a dog to her little family – Tahoe, an English Cream Golden Retriever. Madison is currently studying English at the University of Illinois and will be graduating this December; she will be applying to law school this fall and hopes to be able to study on the west coast somewhere. When not working or studying, she loves to hike, swim and be on the lake. One fun fact about her is that she grew up in the Netherlands and has been living in the states for about 5 years now!
Adriana joined the SportsVet team in March of 2019. She enjoys the fast pace of emergency medicine and the opportunity to work with so many great people. When she isn’t at work, Adriana keeps busy as a veterinary student at the University of Illinois. She shares her life with two kitties, Raleigh and Slider. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, catching up with friends or spending time outdoors. Before deciding on veterinary medicine, Adriana wanted to be a marine biologist.
Hailie began working at SportsVet in March of 1019. The thing she most enjoys about her role here is getting to know our clients and their pets as well as getting to be around animal every day. Hailie shares her life with a yellow lab named Hope and a kitty named Kovu. She is currently enrolled at the University of Illinois studying animal sciences. She would like to go to Veterinary school and eventually practice veterinary medicine in both large and small animals. A fun fact about Hailie: her favorite animal is a Pig.
Lauren joined the SportsVet team in March of 2019. All of the opportunities to learn more about veterinary medicine and being able to utilize new skills as she continues her education are what she likes most about working here. She will graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021 and plans to work as a mixed animal (large and small) veterinary practice. When not busy with work or veterinary school, Lauren enjoys craft projects, playing volleyball and binge watching Netflix. She has two kitties, Kazmir and Patina and two Guinea Pigs, Louie and Hazel.
Holly joined 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.
Full-Time Animal Caretaker
Tracy joined the SportsVet Team in June 2017. She was a longtime client prior to becoming an employee. Tracy enjoys meeting all the clients and their pets, and especially loves ensuring that their pets are happy and well-cared for while they are away from home. Tracy has two dogs: Bearenger (Boxer) and DaVenchie (Ozark Mountain Dog). She has been married for 30 years and has two sons. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, bowling, working in the yard, fishing, going to the pool, participating in 5k walks/runs, and riding her horse, T-Bird. Tracy also loves spending time with her granddaughter!
Doggy Daycare Attendant
Martha has over 24 years of experience in pet sitting and dog boarding. She has felt very lucky to always have a career in the animal field. Her favorite thing about working with dogs is getting to know each one on an individual level. She loves finding out their quirks and different personalities, and of course, doggie kisses are a bonus! In Martha’s spare time, she loves spending time with her wife and their 5 fur-kids. They have two dachshunds and three cats. Martha is pictured with Jaz…a.k.a her soul kitty. She also enjoys spending time with family/friends, cooking vegan food, running, cycling, hiking, and cheering for the Cubs.
Pam joined the Sports Vet Team in June 2017. Pam has been working in the small animal field for almost 20 years, owning her own boarding and daycare facility for 11 of those years. One of Pam’s favorite things to do at SportsVet is to meet and interact with all the different breeds and personalities we see through our grooming department. Pam’s best friends are her dogs: Molly, George and Maggie May. She also has Leo the cat, who thinks he’s the king of the house. Outside of SportsVet, Pam loves spending time with her son, daughter, and 2 grandchildren.