Dr. Vicki Petsche

The idea for Loyal Companions was born out of the combination of my dedication to learn and improve,and my desire to strengthen the bond people share with their pets. I have aligned myself with the recently developed Fear-Free concepts. I have paid special attention to the smallest details of my new hospital’s design. I want to ensure your pet’s experience at Loyal Companions is calming and pleasant. I am passionate about elevating the care your beloved pet receives to a new level.

I aspire to be continuously learning and improving. I attend conferences and seminars across the United States to learn from experts in diverse areas of veterinary medicine. Additionally, I personally understand the bond you share with your pet. Your pet is an important family member to you.

My love for animals began at a very young age. I started riding horses when I was five years old and would spend my time caring for our family’s pets - dogs, cats, hamsters, horses and a goat. It was here, as a little girl in rural Michigan, that I decided to become a veterinarian.

My passion for learning was ignited at the University of Michigan where I received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology graduating with high honors in 1990. I graduated as class valedictorian in 1994 from Michigan State University with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

After school, I began my career working at veterinary hospitals in the Chicago suburbs and in Miami, Florida. I then settled in the Fox Valley area, and I have been practicing in this wonderful community for the last 15 years.

Outside of Loyal Companions, I spend my time with my husband Tim (an orthopedic surgeon) and our four beautiful children – Julia, Em, Kyra and Jack. We share our house with Blaze (a sweet mix breed dog), Bear (a large but gentle mix breed dog) and Holly (a cuddly black cat). I also have a small barn with 2 ponies, 2 goats and 2 cats.

Dr. Sheila Newenham

I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and have been practicing in the Chicago suburbs ever since. In addition to private practice, I perform spay/neuter surgeries at a local shelter. Sharing in people's relationships with their pets and helping to enrich those relationships is the most rewarding part of my job.

I share my home with my husband, two dogs, two cats and a yard full of wildlife. In my free time I enjoy wildlife and nature photography, travel and gardening.

Dr. Jennifer Wahlund

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Amanda Werley
Hospital Manager

My passion for the veterinary field started when I was very young, and only grew as I went through school. I graduated from Northern Illinois University with my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, with minors in Biology and Chemistry. My goal was to become a certified veterinary technician, but it seems like a daunting task to complete while needing to work full time at another veterinary hospital.

And then I found a job at Loyal Companions in August of 2017. The Fear Free atmosphere that Dr. Petsche has created spawned a whole new love for this field. It included both of my favorite things - behavioral psychology and veterinary medicine.

I then decided to pursue a career to become a certified veterinary technician online so I am able to continue to work while also expanding my knowledge of the field. I am currently enrolled in Purdue University’s veterinary technician program online.

My career goals have changed again since I would like to become a veterinary technologist specializing in behavior once I have completed Purdue’s online program and received my certification.

My goal is for you and your pet to feel as though you are treated like family when you’re here. Our staff is truly committed to Fear Free and incredible passion towards helping and caring for your furry family members.

Pet profile:
My husband Trevor and I have two cats - Taco and Luna. Taco is a rambunctious orange tabby who is addicted to catnip and loves everyone he meets. Luna is a petite princess who loves nothing more in this world than a heated blanket or a spot of sunshine. Both of our cats were rescued - Taco through Tails Humane Society and Luna from Anderson Animal Shelter. They live exuberant lives in what we call their ‘cat haven’.

We also have a bearded dragon named Blue. Blue is incredibly sassy and loves blueberries. She spends her time basking under her heat lamp and having staring contests with Taco.

Missy Mendel
Pet Resort Manager

Hi I’m Missy. Dogs have always been a big part of my life. From walking to fostering to having my very own. I love working at a Loyal Companions because I get to see all the positive impacts it has on all these animals lives. From the hospital side to the daycare and boarding side. It’s amazing to be part of a staff that is all about what’s best for the animals! I have two dogs Nyx a husky mix and Koda Bear a German shepherd mix. Both enjoy going to daycare to play with friends. If they aren’t with me at work they can be found cuddling together on the couch at home, probably watching animal planet.