Staff of Bellwood Animal Hospital

Veterinary Technicians

Cassidy Haas

Veterinary Assistant Cassidy joined the Bellwood Animal Hospital staff in 2006. Cassidy enjoys the learning experiences that come with working at the hospital and is proud of the high level of care provided by the vets and staff. Cassidy's hobbies include boating, gardening, swimming, hosting cookouts and hanging out with her daughter and pets. Her animal companions include her dogs Butkus and Bear, a cat named Lovie, and a bird named Kiwi.

Sara Harkness

Sara grew up in a small farming community and has always made caring for animals a priority. She has been a certified technician for over 13 years and has enjoyed bonding with clients and their pets over the years. She came to Bellwood Animal Hospital in 2011 as a technician looking for a great work environment, wanting to be part of a caring and knowledgeable staff. She has many hobbies including baking, reading, and quilting. Her family includes her husband Brian and their two beautiful daughters, one of which has practically grown up with the Bellwood family.

Courtney Keefe

Courtney - Bio coming soon

Tammy Burkon

Tammy grew up in Cherry Valley, Illinois. She graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, and has been a certified veterinary technician since 2008. Tammy currently lives in Poplar Grove with her husband, two awesome kids, two cats and one dog. Tammy's hobbies include watching movies, reading books, listening to music, arts and crafts and spending quality time with family.

Tammy has worked in the animal field since 2002.

Tina Kitchen

Tina has been a veterinary technician for 22 years. Originally from Cedar Falls Iowa, she worked at Kansas State University for 5 years before moving to Rockford, Illinois. Tina enjoys agility training with one of her three dogs. In her spare time Tina enjoys reading and playing with her dogs.

Nicole Mann

Nicole joined the Bellwood Animal Hospital staff as a kennel attendant in January of 2013. Nicole recently graduated from Rockford Christian School and is currently attending Rock Valley College, where she is working on an associate degree in Science. Nicole's long term goal is to become a veterinarian. When Nicole is at home she loves spending time with her Emma, her toy poodle. Nicole loves coming to work every day because she gets to spend time with both great people and great animals.

Kim Wilhelm

Kim is married and has two cats, Iggy and Muddy. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Rockford in 2012. Kim's animal background includes working at a no-kill animal shelter for five years, and volunteering at the Sonoran Desert Museum in Arizona where she cared for reptiles. She also volunteered with Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education in Loves Park and continues to volunteer at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, as a raptor interpreter since 1995.

Kim has raised her own collection of snakes and lizards for over 20 years. For down time, Kim enjoys hiking in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming and hopes to live there someday.

Lindsey Wares

Lindsey joined Bellwood Animal Hospital in April 2014 as a certified veterinary technician. Lindsey graduated from Rockford Career College in 2010. Her interests include dentistry, nutrition and behavior. Lindsey currently lives in the Belvidere area and enjoys spending time with her daughter Emslee, her family and friends, and her three dogs: Duster, Bella and Cuda.

Lindsey enjoys playing soccer and snowmobiling in her spare time.


Becca graduated from Rockford Career College as a certified veterinary technician in 2013. She is originally from Stillman Valley but now resides in Rockford with her husband, daughter and two dogs: a Boston terrier and an English mastiff.

Client Services

Barbara Williams

Barbara is the practice manager at Bellwood Animal Hospital. A certified veterinary practice manager, Barbara joined the staff in 2008 and has worked in the animal care field since 1998. She is proud of the expert, state-of-the-art care offered at the hospital and enjoys working with the excellent veterinarians and staff.

Her four-legged family member is a three-year-old bichon named Gabby. Barbara's hobbies include yard work, quilting, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Janet Thoele

A receptionist at Bellwood Animal Hospital since 1999, Janet grew up in Roscoe, Illinois. Janet loves working with animals and enjoys seeing clients and their pets each day. At home, she enjoys the companionship of two cats, Skylar and Spanky, and her dog Kali. Janet's hobbies include bowling, fishing and reading.

Julie Cole

Receptionist Julie has assisted clients and their pets at Bellwood Animal Hospital since 2005. Julie started out with Bellwood Animal Hospital as a client and enjoyed working with the veterinarians and staff so much that she eventually took a job with the hospital. Her four-legged family members include two dogs named Abby and Sadie. Julie's hobbies include gardening, knitting, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

Heather Von Bergen

Receptionist Heather has been working at Bellwood Animal Hospital since 2013, and loves working with animals and all of our clients. Heather grew up with dogs, cats and birds in Dekalb, Illinois. She now has a rescue cat named Tig. Heather's hobbies include spending time outdoors with her four children, boating and swimming. She also enjoys cooking and reading.


Receptionist Melissa, bio coming soon.

Grooming Staff

Shane Harris

Shane grew up in Genoa, Illinois, and has been the grooming manager at Bellwood Animal Hospital since 1997. He is proud to be part of the caring team of doctors and staff at the hospital and loves working with pets. Shane's animal companions are his dogs Lola, Angelica and Madge. When he's not at the hospital, he enjoys gardening, home improvement, camping and hiking.


Natalie came to Bellwood in June of 2014. She has been grooming since the spring of 2012. Natalie was born in Southbend, Indiana, and now resides in Roscoe, Illinois. Natalie graduated from Hononegah High School. She has one dog, Elcie, an Irish setter/poodle mix. Natalie likes gardening, amusement parks and going to concerts with her boyfriend.


Marilee has been grooming in the Rockford area since 2007. She joined the Bellwood team in the spring of 2014. Marilee grew up in the Chicago suburbs and in Southern Wisconsin. Marilee's animal friends are her bengal cats, Roxas and Ashe, and her fluffy white dog, Diggory, whom you can see helping out the receptionists when he's at the clinic. Her hobbies include art, gardening, going to local events, and watching her husband Marcus play in his Irish punk band.