Our Careteam

Denise
Client Coordinator
Pets have been a part of Denise’s family ever since she was a child, and she’s adored animals for as long as she can remember. Being able to serve as a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves is Denise’s dream come true! She’s able to do that on a daily basis here at Knoll Animal Hospital.

Born in Chicago, Denise was raised in Bellwood and was still a teenager when she stumbled across a job opportunity at a local animal hospital. That launched a journey that hasn’t let up since. In total, Denise has worked in veterinary medicine for more than a decade, and has been a member of the Knoll Animal Hospital family since 2012.

Denise is a proud grandmother, and much of her free time is spent enjoying her grandson and gardening in her backyard. She shares her life with two Yorkie-Poos: Lexi, a rescue who enjoys spending most of her days eating; and the aging Rocco, who still acts like he’s a puppy and insists on playing fetch at 6:00 a.m. every morning.
Paulina
Head Veterinary Technician
Paulina grew up in Franklin Park with her parents and little brother. Shortly after high school, she enrolled in the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in Tinley Park, graduating in May of 2012 and passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam later that year to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Paulina then transitioned from her job at a nearby animal hospital to a clinic in Lombard, where she first met Dr. Knoll. When Dr. Knoll decided to open her very own hospital, Paulina jumped at the chance to join forces! She’s been a member of the Knoll Animal Hospital team since the summer of 2015.

Away from work, Paulina enjoys gardening, crafting, bicycling, swimming, entertaining, and working on construction and interior design projects around her home. She lives in Melrose Park with her longtime boyfriend, Bill, and several pets. They share their lives with three dogs—Pogo, Daisy, and Meaty—as well as a pair of cats who go by Micah and Ophelia.
Megan
Veterinary Technician
Megan grew up on a cattle farm in Michigan, where she was surrounded by horses and other animals from day one. She’s always been passionate about the care and welfare of animals—she knew that the veterinary field was the perfect choice for her. Megan is proud to help pets hands-on as a Certified Veterinary Technician!

Megan grew up caring for animals as a member of the 4-H organization and the Pony Club until heading off to college in 2013. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017—working as a Junior Surgery Technician Assistant at the university’s teaching hospital during her studies—and then launched her career as a Tech at a clinic in Houghton, Michigan.

After relocating to this area in early 2019 thanks to her husband’s job, Megan joined the Knoll Animal Hospital family in March and couldn’t be happier to get to know the area’s pets and animal parents. Around the clinic, she enjoys monitoring pets under anesthesia and helping to educate the area’s pet owners on proper care techniques. Megan knows that community outreach and client education are so important for the future of veterinary medicine, and she’s proud to be a part of that!

Megan’s interests outside of veterinary care include horse dressage, running—she’s completed a half-marathon and a 25K—and crafting. She even runs her own small business selling handcrafted fabric dog leashes! Megan and her husband live in Lombard with their two loveable dogs: Cooper, a gentle Beagle who loves chasing squirrels and snuggling on the couch, and a mischievous Maltese named Winston whose favorite pastimes include barking at strangers and going for long walks in the park.
Ashley
Veterinary Assistant
Ashley has felt drawn to the earth’s creatures her entire life, and began volunteering at animal shelters at a very young age. Her fascination with medicine also blossomed during her early childhood years. For Ashley, combining her love for animals with her interest in the medical field was a perfect pairing—she’s proud to now serve as one of Knoll Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistants!

Ashley was born in Clarendon Hills, Illinois but grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her journey in veterinary care began when she signed on at a therapeutic riding stable, where she tended to farm animals and mucked stalls. After four years spent there, she took a job as a receptionist at a local animal hospital before becoming an overnight emergency Veterinary Technician.

Ashley was happy to return to daytime small-animal care here at Knoll Animal Hospital in February of 2017. Around the clinic, she likes critical care work and the fast-paced nature of her job. Ashley also loves to interact one-on-one with the area’s pets and animal owners, forming lasting connections with the area’s families.

When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital, Ashley enjoys writing, horseback riding (she’s been riding since she was only four years old!), and spending time with her family at home. She and her boyfriend, Bill, share their lives with two dogs and a guinea pig. Roxanne is a Boxer mix who was adopted from a shelter in Miami during Ashley’s brief residence there; Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Bichon Poodle mix, was adopted from Chicago; and Crowley the guinea pig loves cuddling and eating bananas.
Megan
Veterinary Assistant
Megan grew up in the Lombard area, where she loved being around animals of all sorts ever since she was a little girl. For her, working in the world of veterinary medicine allows her to give something back to the pets who have given her so much! Megan proudly serves as a Veterinary Assistant with the Knoll Animal Hospital team.

Megan first joined the clinic family as a receptionist in November of 2016. It wasn’t long before she decided that she would like to take on a more hands-on role dealing one-on-one with patients—she began working closely with Dr. Knoll and now helps pets as a Veterinary Assistant! Megan loves learning new techniques on a regular basis, and her favorite part of the job is forming relationships with her patients and their loving owners.

At home, Megan has two dogs of her own: Gracie, a Shepherd/Boxer mix whose favorite pastimes include playing with her ball and staring out the living-room window at passersby; and a Foxhound/Beagle mix named Zoey who enjoys spending time outdoors digging for insects and exercising.

Much of Megan’s free time away from work is spent running her own small business. She creates and sells custom dog-collar bows—her handiwork is available for purchase here at the hospital!—as well as baby headbands, hair bows, and paintings.
Rachel
Veterinary Assistant
Rachel grew up in the Chicago suburbs alongside plenty of family dogs, and she felt an intrinsic connection with them ever since she can remember. Her fascination with animals never wavered—she would visit the Brookfield Zoo with her family every year for her birthday, and she even dreamed of becoming a marine biologist or a wildlife researcher. For Rachel, one thing was clear: a career in veterinary care would suit her perfectly!

Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology, and worked in the retail industry for a time after her collegiate career. After having children, she decided to return to her true passion and jump headfirst into the veterinary world. Rachel had the opportunity to shadow Dr. Knoll on two separate occasions, and it wasn’t long before an employment opportunity became available. Rachel didn’t hesitate! She’s now a proud member of the clinic’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Away from work, most of Rachel’s free time is spent with her family. She and her husband have two wonderful boys—both are extremely interested in dinosaurs and fossils—and the family shares their home with one dog: Baxter, whose favorite activities include relaxing and eating.
Theresa
Receptionist
Theresa grew up on a farm in Bloomington, Indiana surrounded by animals, so she’s no stranger to the world of pet care. When the opportunity arose for her to work alongside animals and other pet-lovers just like herself, she jumped at the chance! Now, Theresa is thrilled to continue her veterinary journey as a member of the Knoll Animal Hospital front-desk team.

After being a stay-at-home mom for a number of years to raise her two wonderful children, Theresa returned to the workforce as an after-school art teacher. When she decided to make a change from the education world, she heard about an opening at a pet clinic from her daughter—a zookeeper at Cosley Zoo and a part-time Veterinary Technician herself!—and quickly signed on to start her journey in veterinary medicine.

Theresa joined the Knoll Animal Hospital team in March of 2019, and loves meeting and greeting pet owners and their companions at the front desk. Her favorite part of the job is getting to work with a team that loves pets as much as she does—nothing beats coming to work every day and knowing it will be filled with kindness, compassion, and pets!

Away from the office, Theresa enjoys making art as a part-time graphic artist, spending quality time with her family, and relaxing with her own pets at home. She and her husband of more than 30 years share their lives with an aging horse, Cashel, who loves chocolate chip cookies; a 113-pound Saint Bernard/Newfoundland mix named Stella who thinks she is a lapdog; and a vocal Siamese cat who goes by Caleb.
Vanessa
Groomer
Vanessa became a groomer for two simple reasons: one, because she loves dogs; and two, because they offer the perfect canvas on which to express her creativity. For her, nothing feels better than the challenge of taking a dog in dire need of grooming and making them look and feel their absolute best! Vanessa is the proud owner and operator of The Purple Poodle grooming salon inside Knoll Animal Hospital.

Vanessa graduated from grooming school in 2012, and worked as a dog groomer at a number of facilities before deciding to strike out on her own. She met Dr. Knoll shortly after the practice opened, and Vanessa learned that the hospital was in need of grooming services as a convenience to clients. It couldn’t have been a more perfect fit––Vanessa opened The Purple Poodle inside of Knoll Animal Hospital in December of 2015, and she feels it’s one of the best decisions she’s ever made!

Vanessa has a particular passion for grooming nervous or anxious dogs, and she loves to help teach proper coat-care techniques to the area’s pet owners for a lifetime of good skin and fur health. Visitors to the clinic will often hear classical or jazz music emanating from the salon––a lifelong fan of ballets and operas, Vanessa loves to play music while working and finds that it helps calm both her and the dog that she’s grooming! She also loves attending continuing education classes to further her skill and knowledge in the world of professional pet grooming.

Vanessa lives in Lombard with her husband, Jerral, her son, Gus, and two dogs: Ammo the Great Dane and a Greyhound who goes by Ava. In her spare time, she loves to go swimming, boating, and fishing; cheer on her son at his baseball, football, and basketball games; and spend time relaxing at the family lake house.

The Purple Poodle Dog Grooming
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