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Our Care Team

Meet the friendly staff at Merrick Animal Hospital!

  • Molly Burke
    Veterinary Assistant
    Molly was born and raised in Orland Park, IL. She graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in May of 2014 with a B.S. in Animal Science. She hopes to continue her education and attend veterinary school in the fall.
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  • Sylvia Splinter
    Receptionist
    Sylvia has been employed at Merrick since 1991. Originally, she was to fill in answering the phones while one of the receptionists was on vacation for two weeks. The rest is history. She has thoroughly enjoyed the many close relationships that she has developed over the years. Working at Merrick also turned out to be a form of “therapy” for Sylvia, when her husband, Brad, passed away a few years after she started working here. Since she enjoys meeting people and loves animals, this proved to be a good fit.
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  • Leeann Mayr
    Receptionist
    Leeann started at Merrick in 1972. An animal lover forever, this was the perfect job for her. In 1980, she left to raise her family only to return in 2000. Leeann and her husband share their home with Frankie, a 4 year old Bull Mastiff and Bailey, a very high energetic 7 year old Min Pin. In her free time, Leeann enjoys volunteering at T.L.C. Animal Shelter, baking, reading and playing with her grand babies.
  • Brittany Taglia
    Veterinary Assistant
    Brittany was born and raised in Berywn, IL. She started as a kennel assistant at Merrick Animal Hospital in May 2009. She has a Beagle named Toby and an orange and white tabby cat named Simba. Brittany’s animals are her life and they mean everything to her. She’s been an animal lover since she was little, which is why she plans on eventually attending school to become a veterinary technician. In the meantime, she loves going to Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks games.
  • Aurora Gattas
    Newsletter Contributor
    Aurora has been an animal lover for a very long time. She loves all animals but holds a special place in her heart for all her feline friends. She stays busy with her school activities such as basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and singing in the school choir.
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  • Jennifer Zajda
    Veterinary Technician – Certified
    Jennifer has always had a strong love for all animals. She graduated from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois and completed her certification in 2004. She joins Merrick Animal Hospital with over 11 years of technician experience.
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  • Jenny Veed
    Veterinary Technician – Certified
    Jenny always had a passion for animals, and wanted to find a way to spend her life helping them. She discovered the veterinary technician path and has never looked back!
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  • Michelle Neal
    Veterinary Assistant

    Michelle was born and raised in Bridgeview, IL. She has two older brothers. She owns an 8-year-old brown tabby named Nahla. After a long day, she loves cuddling up on the couch with her to a good movie or tv show. In her free time she enjoys going to concerts, attending sporting events, going out with friends, and spending time with her family. In the future, Michelle plans to attend school to become a certified veterinary technician. 'Love the life you live, live the life you love'

  • Monica Morales
    Veterinary Assistant

    Monica was born and raised in Chicago, IL. As a kid she found herself always around animals. Growing up she had many pets and did volunteer work at the Anti-Cruelty Society. It took the loss of her dog Buddy to really push her into the veterinary field. Once she went through that loss she wanted to help as many families and their furry friends as possible. After High school she attended Sanford Brown College where she got her certification as a veterinary assistant. After completing school she worked at several different jobs with animals learning more at each one. She soon found her way to Merrick Animal Hospital where she couldn’t be happier. “Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come.” At home Monica has two wonderful pit-bulls, Brad Pitt and Norman Bates, who were both amazing rescues. During her free time she loves to be with her family and friends. She also loves to draw and listen to music. She volunteers the rest of her time helping at animal shelters and giving back to the community.

  • Brittney Reaves
    Veterinary Technicican
    Ever since she was a kid, Brittney had an enormous love for animals. She decided to pursue a career in the field by attending Sanford College, where she received her veterinarian’s assistant certification. For school, she needed to complete 120 internship hours, and chose Merrick Animal Hospital. After she finished her hours, she didn’t want to leave, and instead applied for a job!
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  • Daniela Gattas
    Receptionist
    Being born into a true Italian family, Daniela has 2 older sisters and one younger brother. When Daniela would visit her extended family in Italy, she would spend most of her time befriending the homeless cats by giving them food and water, and a lap to snuggle in. While in Italy, I also enjoyed visiting my uncle’s farm and feeding the horses, chickens and pigs. Animal lover from the beginning you could say.
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Office Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-1:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

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