Meet Our Team in Portage

We wouldn’t be the veterinary practice we are today without our team of phenomenal veterinarians and staff members. We’re proud to have so many talented individuals working hard every day to help pets and their families. Take a few minutes to read on and learn more about us! When you're ready to meet us in person, call us at (219) 763-3311.

Veterinarians

Dr. Stephanie Caverly

Dr. Stephanie Caverly

Veterinarian, Medical Director

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life? Aside from becoming a veterinarian…earning my private pilot’s license. If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be? Plan for when you are not there and keep them active. Favorite comfort food: Chimichangas and pierogis 3 things people might be surprised to know about you I have my private pilot’s license, I am a 10-year State Champion accordion player, and I love to play tennis.

Dr. Jolynn Rudman

Dr. Jolynn Rudman

Veterinarian

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment at this point in your life?

I’ve practiced for 38 years and every day brings joys – and I’m at home with an incredible team – what more could anyone ask for!

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

Slow down, look into your options, and leave your money at home when you first explore pets.  This is a life-long adoption, and it should feel good from the beginning

Favorite comfort food?

Anything Serbian

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?

Coming home to our farm is a vacation each day – restful and restoring.  Singing in Liturgy keeps me peaceful and grounded.  I still enjoy writing letters and sending cards through the mail.

Dr. Adam Fessenden

Dr. Adam Fessenden

Veterinarian

Dr. Adam Fessenden graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2019 and started his veterinary career with us in June of 2019. In veterinary school, Dr. Fessenden developed an interest in veterinary dentistry, dermatology, and behavior. He wants owners to know that there are many options available for pets with behavioral problems. Dr. Fessenden also believes that you know your pet’s normal behavior the best out of anyone, so if they are acting out of the ordinary, and seem sick, don’t wait to seek help from a veterinarian. Even if you aren’t sure, or have questions, he is always willing to help. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Fessenden’s interests include soccer, snowboarding, and travel. If he could, he would spend all his free time in the mountains. Dr. Fessenden also has lived in 3 different countries, including volunteering in Thailand to care for and help find homes for their stray cats and dogs.

Dr. Lisa Schneider

Dr. Lisa Schneider

Veterinarian

Bio coming soon!

COMING SOON – Dr. Meaghan Spalla

COMING SOON – Dr. Meaghan Spalla

Veterinarian

Starting July 2024!

Management Team

Nora B.

Nora B.

Practice Manager

I grew up in the South Suburbs of Chicago and majored in Health Administration at Robert Morris University while on a Lacrosse scholarship (National Champion 2014.) After receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I moved to Austin, Texas and fell in love with animal rescue. In my spare time, I volunteered at local shelters, as well as fostering with Austin Boxer Rescue. After moving to Austin, I immediately knew I wanted to stay in the medical field but also help care of animals. I started working in the Veterinary field in 2017 and eventually worked my way up into Practice Management.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I currently have 2 pets. Penelope is a 7 year old terrier mix and Simba is a 6 year old Boxer/Pit mix.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding thing about working with animals is not only seeing patients get back to great health, but also seeing the smile on a clients face whether its from seeing their dogs new and awesome hair cut, or picking up from boarding after being separated from a long vacation and even having their dog go home healthier and happier when they first arrived.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I am not working, I love going around Downtown Chicago and taking pictures as well as spending time with my nieces and nephews.
What causes are you most passionate about?
My 2 most important goals as a Practice Manager is Patient Care and Team Morale.

Liz S.

Liz S.

Office Manager

I formed a Home and Pet Care business and began working in an emergency facility to build my knowledge base. I have always enjoyed caring for pets.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A horse. I was an equestrian rider (hunter/ jumper) and enjoy every aspect of horse ownership/ riding.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
Yes, Ginger is my baby! She is my shadow and is always there for her Momma.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I enjoy not only loving on the pets, but building relationships with their owners.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy my family and friends.

Megan M.

Megan M.

Head Veterinary Technician, RVT

I was in high school and went out on a limb and decided to apply to tech school. I was accepted to the Vet Tech Institute and fell in love with animal medicine. Being able to work hand and hand with the doctors, clients, and pets to make a difference is my passion

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A whale, I love to watch them in their natural environment but would love to have one to watch whenever I would like.

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
I have a Boxer named Cricket and 2 cats – Astro and Orbit.

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
Being able to put blood, sweat and tears into a case and having a positive outcome for that animal. Having your hard work pay off makes you feel amazing.

Kaylee R.

Kaylee R.

Kennel Manager

I have always had a major love for animals. I would wander around the pet store with my parents at a young age and beg for every new animal I encountered. Animals are my happy place, they bring so much joy into my life. I fall in love with every animal I come into contact with. Working in animal care is literally a dream come true and I couldn’t be happier living it out for the rest of my life.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Without any doubt or hesitation, I would have a sloth. They are my all-time favorite animal, they are so brilliant and have the sweetest looking faces!
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
I currently have 6 cats (Ella, Loki, Bandit, Callie, Rusty, Willow), 2 dogs ( Graham, Paisley), 3 leopard geckos (Echo, Stitch, Yoshi), and a bearded dragon (Toothless). They all have such unique personalities. Coming home from a long day and being greeted by them all is the best feeling in the world!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
It is the best feeling in the world to see how comfortable and happy we can make our clients fur babies while their parents are on vacation or have a family emergency. To see these dogs light up with that big cheesy grin and wiggle around when they get to see their best friend in daycare. And my all time favorite is when I gain that bond and they see me and want to leap into my arms and shower me with love!

Jen G.

Jen G.

Inventory Manager

Bio coming soon!

Technicians/Assistants

Amber P.

Amber P.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

Favorite animal quote:

“True compassion is showing kindness towards animals, without expecting anything in return.”

Favorite comfort food:

Fudgy Brownies

Last book I read:

Gone Girl

Jennifer D.

Jennifer D.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Favorite quote about animals:

“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot

Favorite comfort food:

Ice cream

Last book(s) you read:

Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling

Ashley C.

Ashley C.

Veterinary Technician Shift Lead, RVT

Favorite Quote:

“Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what’s missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we’re here.” ― Trisha McCagh

Favorite comfort food:

My mom’s home cooked puerto rican rice

Last book(s) read:

“Girl wash your face” by Rachel Hollis

Stephanie B.

Stephanie B.

Veterinary Assistant

Growing up I’ve always had a love for animals and caring for them. I have always wanted to work in this field. Working at Coyne has made me extremely grateful to have a job I enjoy.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
My dog Simon, he is the goodest boy!
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a 13-year-old tuxedo cat named Pinche and Gus a 3-year-old all black DSH cat. My newest addition is Simon, a 1-year-old boxer pup. My favorite thing about them is coming home to them. They bring so much love and joy into my life.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Getting to see the bond between owners and their pets. The love they share and the happiness they bring into each other’s lives is such a cool thing to see.

Alexandria R.

Alexandria R.

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Jennifer J.

Jennifer J.

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Room Assistants

Dawn S.

Dawn S.

Room Assistant

I have always loved animals. I have had pets from a skunk to all rodents, cats, dogs, and much more. If I get upset or stressed over anything, holding my dog instantly relaxes and calms me. I would be lost without animals in my life.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

An otter. I just love how playful they always seem to be.

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I have two cats, Camille and Faith who are 19 and 20 years old. I also have 1 dog, Lucy, who is 4 years old.

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

They don’t judge you and they always let you know when they are happy, which in turn makes me happy.

Malina C.

Malina C.

Room Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Megan R.

Megan R.

Room Assistant

I have always had a soft side for animals and heart-filled dreams of working with them. To be able to help animals is a true accomplishment and I aspire to grow in the vet community.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Yes, I currently have three dogs Rose, Roo, and Zilla, two cats Clair and Viola, two rabbits Franklin and Frisky, four rats, and a fish named Roger. I enjoy all of their company and their unique personalities.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my animals, and family, and being crafty.

Customer Service Representatives

Gwen W.

Gwen W.

Client Service Representative

Gwen attends Vincennes University as a Pre-Veterinary Medicine student and plans to transfer to Purdue University to become a Veterinarian. They have always had a passion for working with animals whether it be her horse, goat, or other pets in the animal-care industry. She wants to become a Vet to continue to help others and provide quality care for the pets that need it most.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would have a pet raccoon. They are incredibly smart animals and are super cute when they use their paws like little people!
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
I have a horse named Goat and I love his goofy personality. My favorite thing about my three cats, Ed, Lyla, and Hazel is that they greet me everyday when I come home and love to sleep on their squishmallows. I like to teach my dog new tricks, my favorite trick that I taught Henry, is “whisper”.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Gaining the trust of the animals you work with is the most rewarding. Being able to connect with an animal that doesn’t understand what you say, but understands your empathy and compassion is incredibly special.

Maddi B.

Maddi B.

Client Service Representative

Hello, My name is Maddi. One thing you should know about me is… I have always dreamt of working with animals my whole life. My goal is to become a licensed Technician one day so I am more involved in the field.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
I have 3 dogs, Diesel is my first baby, he loves playing fetch. Chance loves to chew on tree branches and lay under the blankets. Nova-lyn is the sweetest dog that loves everyone and especially water. I also have a horse and her name is Angel she loves eating treats and grass all day long.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding part about working with animals is giving them services that they couldn’t tell us that they needed.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love enjoying the outdoors, playing with my animals, and riding my horse, Angel.

Laurie R.

Laurie R.

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

Myra A.

Myra A.

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon

Kennel Attendants

Delaney S.

Delaney S.

Kennel Attendant

A dog named Indy was the start of my passion for animal care. She was a neglected twelve-year-old black lab running the streets in East Chicago and my first foster. Indy then led to about sixty more foster dogs and made me want to impact more animals’ lives.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Dog are amazing pets that strive on pleasing their owners with so much loyalty so they are my favorite pet that I could ever have. But besides a dog I would love to own a cow. Cows seem so friendly plus, they are very cute.

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
I currently own an English Mastiff, Khaleesi (Nugget), a black lab puppy, Hank, and three French Bulldogs, Max, Luna, and Lincoln.

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
My favorite thing about working with animals is the bonds I can create with them. I also love helping animals come out of their shell.

Alyssa R.

Alyssa R.

Kennel Attendant

I decided I wanted to work this job since I’ve always had a huge love for animals.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would love to have a lion or leopard they are my favorite land animals.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
I have a dog named Ivy and my favorite thing about her is her goofy personality.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I find their love and their neediness the most rewarding when working with animals

Ellie S.

Ellie S.

Kennel Attendant

I have loved animals from a young age. As a toddler I toted around our two cats, and have fallen in love with almost every horse I’ve laid eyes on/worked with, not to mention the years I’ve spent training and loving on my own dog. Now, I’m living out my love for animals by caring for them daily!

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have one dog, Lucy. I love how active she is and how much she loves to do agility/obedience training. And she’s also super cute!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Both the feeling of gaining an animal’s trust and getting to see the unconditional joy that they give every day. They never fail to make me smile!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Riding horses, baking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Mattie D.

Mattie D.

Kennel Attendant

I have always grown up with dogs in my house and I don’t really think I can say I ever not enjoy being around animals.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would definitely want a snake only because I find them to be pretty cool.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a dog named Milo and I would have to say I just love his goofy little smile!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I feel like there’s never really a dull moment working with animals
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Spending time with family and friends I also enjoy finding new places I can take my dog

Cheyenne V.

Cheyenne V.

Kennel Attendant

I am a mom of two human babies and two fur babies. My goal for the future is unclear at this time but I know for now my focus is my children. The thing that inspired me to work with animals is my love for animals and I wanted somewhere that going to work was something I look forward to.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
An elephant because I always say it’s my spirit animal.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
Yes, my dogs are Athena and Zeus. My favorite thing about both of them is how well they get along with my kids.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
There’s always something to smile about at work.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family.

Kylie C.

Kylie C.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Makalya S.

Makalya S.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Lily R.

Lily R.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Serena R.

Serena R.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Emily S.

Emily S.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Grooming

Kayla R.

Kayla R.

Groomer

I am one of the groomers at the Portage location, I love working with dogs. I have always taken care of animals so I decided to make it my career! I went to Animal Behavior College and trained at the Crown Point location before coming to Portage a year ago, hoping to be here for many more!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would want to keep having Labrador Retrievers, they’ve always been my dog of choice and I am very comfortable with them and know how to care for this breed.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Yes, right now I have a Golden Retriever named Heidi.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy reading and writing when not working

Housekeeping

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