Our animal hospital team in Collinsville

Our Team

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.

Receptionists

Amy

Amy at Northgate Small Animal Hospital

Amy previously worked at Northgate from 2002 to 2007 and has returned to work as a receptionist. She left in 2007 to pursue a career in event planning. She decided to accept a part time position at Northgate so that she can spend more time at home with her 2 children. We are happy to have her back. She has 2 cats Levi and Zipper, siblings who were rescued from a bad situation. She calls them “partners in crime” as they are always getting into mischief. Amy likes working in the yard, boating, playing golf, and is a huge fan of reality T.V.

Gloria

Gloria at Northgate Small Animal Hospital

Gloria started work at Northgate May of 2007. She previously worked as a pharmacy technician and also worked in the accounting department at a jewelry store. She has one dog a Yorkie-Poo named Mystee. She enjoys sewing and spending time with her grandchildren ( all eight of them).

Rhonda

Rhonda at Northgate Small Animal Hospital

Rhonda started work at Northgate in July 2006. She returned to work as a receptionist after an 18 year absence. She is our seasonal decorator, bringing many of her own items to enhance the reception area. Her pets include Buddy, a Border Collie/American Eskimo mix, and Pinky ( her grand-dog ). Rhonda has many hobbies including, cooking, gardening, crafts, and photography.

Rita

Rita at Northgate Small Animal Hospital

Affectionately known as “Aunt Rita” by her co-workers, Rita has worked at Northgate since 1996. She has adopted and cared for many stray and unwanted cats over the past years. Rita loves a bargain; you will find her searching the flea markets for antiques most Saturdays.

Sydney

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Kaitlynn

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Wendy Sens, Office Manager at Collinsville Animal Hospital

Wendy Sens
Hospital Manager

Say hello to Wendy! She is our newest team leader. Wendy graduated from SIU Carbondale in 1999 with a BS in Workforce Education and Development. After graduation she perused a career in retail management/pharmacy where she worked for 18 years. During that time she held several job titles including store manager. Wendy left the retail industry to join a small animal veterinary practice in 2016 as the practice manager and has since come to join our team as the Hospital Manager at Northgate Small Animal Hospital.

Wendy is married and has two rescue dogs Columbus and Baxter. As a family they enjoy hiking, sailing on Carlyle Lake, kayaking, white water rafting and other water sports.

Kirstin
Lead Technician

Kirstin Joined Northgate in July of 2007. She graduated from the veterinary technician program at Sanford-Brown College in September of 2009. She was promoted to the position of lead technician in January of 2016. She manages a team of six technicians and is responsible for day to day running of the “back” of the clinic. She has one pet, a cat named Tempura

Veterinary Technicians

Carolyn

Carolyn at Collinsville Animal Clinic

Carolyn began working at Northgate in April of 2009. She comes to us with 6 years experience, three of those working at a satellite clinic helping build the practice. Carolyn’s pets include Vigo, a red shepherd mix who jumped into her yard and stayed to become part of the family and 2 cats named Ashlyn and Lightening.

Marissa

Marissa at Collinsville Animal Clinic

Marissa graduated from The Vet Tech Institute of Hickey College in December 2014. Before graduating she completed her externship with us at Northgate Small Animal Hospital. She has 2 labs, Colbie(pictured) and Bubba both adopted while in school at Hickey. When she is not busy at work she enjoys reading, watching movies, camping and just being outdoors.

Melissa

Melissa at Collinsville Animal Clinic

Melissa joined Northgate Small Animal Hospital in September of 2006. She graduated from Sanford Brown College in March of 2008 with an Associate Degree in Animal Science. She became a board certified technician when she passed her exams in June of the same year. Melissa has some important responsibilities here at Northgate. She takes care of our x-ray equipment and makes sure we have all our needed sugical supplies. Prior to working at Northgate she was a groom at Fairmount Race Track for 5 years and a dog groomer for 2 years. Currently she has 1 dog, Chewie and 3 cats, Joker, Piper, and Marie. Chewie was delivered by cesarian section here at Northgate and became Melissa's neonate project at school.

Alyssa

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Stephanie

Stephanie Wilken at Collinsville Animal Clinic

Stephanie returned to Northgate in September of 2012 shortly after returning to the Collinsville area. She is a 1994 graduate of San Joaquin Valley College in Bakersfield California. She passed her veterinary technician board exams at University College Davis California in 1994 and has been an RVT ever since. Stephanie has worked in the veterinary field for 22 years both in large and small animal practices. She has one cat named Leia and 3 grandchildren whom she spoils rotten.

Suzie

Suzie at Collinsville Animal Clinic

Suzie joined Northgate Small Animal Hospital in August 2017. She graduated from Colorado Mountain College in May of 2004 with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. As a military spouse she has become a resilient Licensed Veterinary Technician working with multiple hospitals in various states. After a break to raise her two children, she now joins us part time with goals to get her dog training certificate and pursue a behavior specialty. Her passion spills over into her home life with hopes that one day her Labrador puppy Cooper will do great work one day! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and being outdoors.