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Staff

  • Dr.
    Craig Staehle
    Veterinarian
    Full-Time
    Dr. Craig Staehle received his veterinary doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1996. He began his career practicing in the Chicagoland area.
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  • Dr.
    Kimberly Staehle
    Veterinarian/Managerial
    Part-Time
    Dr. Kimberly Staehle obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1995 and her masters in reproductive physiology in 1996 from the University of Illinois.
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  • Dr.
    Deni Stallons
    Veterinarian
    Full-Time
    Dr. Deni Stallons joined our team in May 2011. She attended McKendree College prior to graduating from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
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  • Dr.
    Jenna Magnuson
    Veterinarian
    Full-Time
    Dr. Jenna received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2014 from the University of Illinois.
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  • Darlene
    Office Manager
    Darlene, our office manager, joined Best Friends in February, 2007 after having worked for the State of Illinois for 16 years.
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  • Jenn
    Lead Customer Care Representative
    Jenn is has been with us for 2 years and is our lead receptionist.
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  • Bernadette
    Customer Care Representative
    Bernadette has been providing excellent customer service at Best Friends for over a year now. She is the proud mother of 5 amazing children. Her oldest is currently attending Purdue University and her youngest 2 are in 2nd grade. She also has 3 fur babies that she adores. 'B' enjoys spending time with her kids including activities with the Boy & Girl Scouts, sports, school events, to family dinners and game nights at home. Her husband, Sal, has proudly served in the military for over 20 years. They've been happily married for 19 years. Bernadette is fun loving, caring, and always striving to be the best!
  • Shayla
    Customer Care Representative

    Shayla joined our team in the fall of 2017.  Although she didn't have much experience in the veterinary field, she has done phenomenal!  With an easygoing and warm personality, clients and colleagues alike really enjoy working with her.  When she's not here she spends time with her 2 dogs (she is a HUGE labrador fan), cat, beautiful young daughter, and husband.  OR she might even be found teaching gymnastics! 

  • Cerelia
    Customer Care Representative

    Cerelia joined Best Friends in the fall of 2017.  She had quite a bit of experience having worked in customer care at a clinic in California.  Professional and knowledgeable, she quickly caught on here at our clinic and is a wonderful asset.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family which includes a cute Cavalier mix, a husband, and young son.  She recently gave birth to her 2nd son and we anxiously anticipate her return!

  • Jenn
    Customer Care Representative & Nurse

    Jenn has been a member of our team for several years. Initially, she worked as a veterinary nurse but after having had twins and reducing her hours, she worked only as a customer care rep, mainly on Saturdays. Jenn loves pets and has a couple of her own that have kept her quite busy. We're glad that she's recently been able to return to at least some of her nursing duties!

  • Teresa
    Lead Veterinary Nurse, Licensed
    Teresa is our lead veterinary nurse. She is a registered veterinary nurse and has been with us since August, 2006.
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  • Abby
    Licensed Veterinary Nurse
    Abby joined the Best Friend’s Team in October 2008 as a registered technician. She graduated from Sanford-Brown College in St. Peters, MO where she obtained her degree in veterinary technology.
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  • Robin
    Licensed Veterinary Nurse
    Robin joined our team in September of 2015. She recently graduated from Vatterott's veterinary technician program & we were lucky enough to hire her!
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  • Erin
    Veterinary Nurse
    Erin joined our team in August of 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University in Kentucky in May 2015.
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  • Karrie
    Veterinary Nurse
    Karrie graduated from her veterinary technology program at SICCM in 2014. Since then she's been working in the veterinary field, but didn't join our team until June 2017. In her free time she likes to draw, play video games, read comics, and watch movies. She has a dog named Pepper and multiple reptiles including ball pythons and leopard geckos. When she's not working she also enjoys spending time with her family.
  • Erica
    Lead Resort Attendant

    Erica has been caring for pets as a resort attendant at Best Friends since 2016. She did such a great job that we eventually made a wonderful decision in assigning her as lead.  Being meticulous, professional, and a true pet lover has allowed her to excel in her role.  In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her 2 cats. 

  • Aubrey
    Resort Attendant & Customer Care

    Aubrey started with us several years ago as a resort attendant.  Because she did so well we convinced her to then help with customer care.  After a short leave, she's now back!  Aubrey is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.  She loves ALL pets, and has several of her own.  Hopefully she'll begin her training as a nurse in the near future.

  • Kelsey
    Resort Attendant

    Kelsey is currently enrolled at Animal Behavior College as a Dog Obedience Instructor. She is also working on her training hours to get her Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed Certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.  Eventually Ishe'd like to get a Behavior Consultant Certification through CCPDT as well. When she's not working in the resort she's working independently as a dog trainer, dog walker and pet sitter. She also volunteers at shelters.

    She enjoys teaching her Australian Shepherd new tricks and looking at her cat because she won't let her pet her. Lol :)
    Sometimes she plays PC games, or spend an hour modding it and then spend half the day trying to figure out which mod is crashing the game! 

Our Location - 202 Frank Scott Pkwy E, Swansea IL

Office Hours

Main Office

Monday:

7:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

  • "This was our first visit with our two girls as our previous vet retired. We were very impressed with all of the staff. One of our girls can be timid around strangers but everyone did a great job making her feel welcome and at ease. The vet gave us sound advice and did not try to push or upsell products to us which I greatly appreciate."
  • "You might hear this alot from reviews, but the techs and vets here actually really care about you and your furry kid. I have been taking my hedgehog in to get some issues taken care of and while it's been a long process they have cared every step of the way. Very knowledgeable and kind hearted people. Definitely a recommend for specialty exotics pets!"