Practice Manager CVT
Deneen is a Parkland College graduate and has been a certified veterinary technician for 30 years. She has worked in many different aspects of veterinary medicine including emergency/critical care, education, and 15 years at the University of Illinois Small Animal Anesthesia and Analgesia department. At RIAH, she is the Practice Manager where she manages not only our staff, but keeps busy with the pets as well. Deneen has a true passion for veterinary medicine and loves coming to work every day. She truly embodies our motto “Veterinary medicine is a work of heart”. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and tubing. She is also quite an amazing cook.
Ashley found her passion in animal medicine at a very young age nursing barn kittens and wildlife back to health. She grew up on the outskirts of Reynolds and Hamlet Illinois. Her family home always consisted of family pets including dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits and even a sugar glider (a small marsupial pocket pet similar to the flying squirrel). Ashley’s love for animals grew over the years and by middle school she had decided that she would dedicate her career to the medical care of animals.
Ashley started her formal education by completing the Veterinary Assistant Certification program at Black Hawk College where she learned the importance of vaccines and routine medical care. This sparked her interest in pursuing additional education and licensing in the veterinary medical field. Ashley completed the Veterinary Technician program at Eastern Iowa Community College where she was able to polish her skills with animal behavior, venipunctures and blood collection, critical care and much more and passed a national board exam to receive her license as a certified veterinary technician. The years following college Ashley was employed long-term with two different mixed animal practices where she spent time examining cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, cattle, swine, goats, sheep, chicken and even honey bees.
Ashley has a special interest in surgical anesthesia and analgesics where her skills are utilized to make sure any surgical procedures are safe and as painless as possible. She is fascinated with new research and looks for any opportunity to improve the care of her patients.
Ashley uses her education and training to care for her four-legged companions as well. She has three dogs. Meeka is a rescue she fell in love with right out of high school. They have been inseparable ever since. Apollo is a Siberian Husky/Blue Heeler mix she cared for in college. She fell for his charm and dashing good looks and never looked back and Ruby, the sweetest Landseer Newfoundland pup. Ashley enjoys couch snuggles with her cats and has Ashley a very special place in her heart for the feline companion.
Ashley is passionate about her career as a Licensed Veterinary Technician and enjoys seeing other owner’s find the joy in sharing their lives with their fur babies. Ashley enjoys walking or hiking with her dogs and cruising around in her convertible with her well behaved pups in the seat beside her.
Kalynn is one of our Certified Veterinary Technicians. I started at RIAH in February of 2013. I graduated from Muscatine Community College in May of 2012 with an Associates in Applied Science degree. I passed my National board exams shortly after. Beagles, Australian Cattle dogs and pitbulls are some of my favorite breeds. If your dog or cat has red hair like me, we are automatically best friends. A few favorite things about my job are dentistry, nutrition and making sure your fur baby is loved like mine. I have one dog- Melmin and 2 cats- Izzy and Tina. In my spare time I spend time with my son, friends and family.
Ellen joined our team in May of 2017 after she graduated from Muscatine Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Her love for animals started at a young age, she grew up always having a dog. When she was 16 years old, she started her first job at the Quad City Animal Welfare Center as a kennel attendant on the weekends. It was there that she learned about administering medications and how to better help animals in need.
Originally, Ellen attended Saint Ambrose university. She was a part of the Women's bowling team there. She majored in biology and wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian. It was in her senior year she made the change and wanted to pursue a degree in veterinary technology, and she has never regretted the decision to switch career paths.
Here at Rock Island Animal Hospital, Ellen works both helping with appointments for wellness and sick visits, but also spends part of her week helping with the surgical side of the hospital. One side of veterinary medicine that Ellen leans towards is end of life care. She knows how difficult it can be to say goodbye to our furry friends and tries to make those visits as easy and comforting as they can be.
Ramsay is a CVT from Davenport, IA. She graduated from the veterinary technician program at Kirkwood Community College in 2010. Ramsay has been a part of our team since 2012. She enjoys working at RIAH because every day brings new patients and things to learn. Her dream is to find and treat a pet with a giant kidney worm!
When she's not at work, Ramsay spends time with her husband and two young kids. She also has a boxer, Hamilton, named after the Broadway musical. Ramsay enjoys attending concerts, karaoke, and binge watching shows on Netflix.
Sayde is one of our certified veterinary technicians who graduated from Black Hawk College in May of 2020 with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology. Sayde joined our team in 2017 part-time, but became a full-time technician after graduating college. Sayde grew up on a farm where she developed her love of animals. She grew up surrounded by cats, dogs, chickens, horses, and a donkey. Sayde has a Saint Bernard named Cooper and has a soft spot for large breed dogs and will spoil them rotten when they come into the clinic. There are many aspects of this job that she loves, but Sayde has a passion for surgical procedures, such as emergency foreign body surgeries when your fur baby decides to eat something that they shouldn't! In her free time, Sayde enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, working out, and eating sushi.
Melissa is one of our Certified Veterinary Technicians.
I am originally from Rock Island but have recently moved back from Washington State. I completed my Associates of Veterinary Science through Penn Foster College in 2013. I passed the VTNE in 2013. Afterward, I worked for the Army Veterinary Corps for 6 years. I moved back to Illinois in 2019 and started at RIAH in May of 2021. My main interests with my job include dentistry and surgical assisting. At this time I don't have any pets but I absolutely love little, white, fluffy dogs! In my spare time I enjoy gardening, crafting, and spending time with my husband, daughter, family and friends.
Amy is a RVT and resides in the Quad Cities. She was born and raised in Michigan, but completed her schooling in Muscatine IA. She graduated from the MCC Veterinary Technician program in 2015 and has been working in the field since! Her passion is in emergency medicine, but she also enjoys assisting in the surgery suite. She enjoys working at RIAH, because she loves seeing something different every day being a walk-in clinic! When she's not at work she's spending time with her husband and three toddlers! If she wasn't working in the veterinary field she would be baking or cake decorating!
Kristen Gilley grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan and currently is attending her junior year at the University of Findlay in Ohio. She is working on her pre-veterinary medicine bachelor’s degree with the goal of becoming an equine veterinarian. She has three associate’s degrees in Applied Science, Liberal Arts, and General Studies.
Veterinary medicine runs in Kristen’s family so she has been around it most of her life. She enjoys the holistic or chiropractic side of veterinary medicine as well as the chaos of emergency medicine. At Rock Island Animal Hospital she holds the position of veterinary assistant as well as the veterinary technician position at the Animal Emergency Center.
She lives with her fiance Ryan and her three cats, Mia, Hallie, and Puffin. Back in Michigan she has two horses who are her pride and joy, Jewels and Jasper. In her free time she loves learning languages and has also studied abroad in Germany. When she is not studying to become a veterinarian and learning languages she enjoys running triathlons, traveling, and drinking coffee. She has been certified in training horses and enjoys the challenge.
Brock is a small town man, from Sherrard Illinois, He graduated Black Hawk East Veterinary Technology Program. He is preparing to take his board examination to put the CVT behind his name. Brock has a tremendous passion for animals and loves every one of our furry friends. He has two cats. One is named Jax and the other is Willow. He also has a German Shepard named Remi, and two leopard Geckos named Hex and Jackie Frost. He may look like a dog man, but actually, he prefers cats as companions. When it comes to veterinary medicine, Brock loves the thrill of surgery and anesthesia. He would like to specialize in anesthesia and/or surgery in the future. A few of Brock's favorite things to do in his spare time are hunting for white-tailed deer, fishing, and singing his heart out to country music. You may get spooked by him at Torment at 1200, a haunted house where he volunteers his time. Some of his interests include Star Wars, Pokémon, wolves, and the Chicago Bears. His devotion runs deep as he rocks a wolf and Chicago Bears tattoo.
Hi, I am Elyse Thurman. I am from New Windsor IL. When I first started here I was an intern in high school. I interned almost every day because I loved the job and I loved helping out the staff. After graduating High School, they hired me to work Full time as a Vet Assistant. I am now attending Black Hawk East and currently in the Veterinary Assistant program. I hope to continue on to become a Veterinary Technician. My favorite type of dog is the Australian Shepherd. I will fall in love with every Aussie when they walk in the door.