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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!

  • Jenn
    Customer Care Representative

    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 currently helps 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 just glad she's still able to come & work with us even if it's only for a short period each week!

  • 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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  • Erica
    Licensed Veterinary Nurse

    Erica joined Best Friends in January of 2017. She is a registered nurse but also fills in for us at the reception desk. During her spare time she enjoys video games and singing. She also has several pets of her own including kitties, a puppy and bearded dragons.

  • 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.

  • Heather
    Resort Attendant

    Heather has been with Best Friends since June of 2007. She is a well-known animal lover to the people she is close to.

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  • Erica
    Resort Attendant

    Erica has been caring for pets as a resort attendant at Best Friends since 2016. She has 2 cats of her own which she enjoys spending time with.

  • Sidney
    Resort Attendant

    Although Sidney spends most of her time caring for pets in the resort, she also serves as a customer care representative when needed. She has only been with us since the summer of 2017 and is one of our newest team members. It's always been a dream for her to work with animals. She has her own German shepherd name Bailey as well as 2 wonderful cats. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies & going to concerts.

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-5:00 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!"