Our focus is on comprehensive physical examinations for our patients at all life stages. A wellness visit includes a thorough exam, a blood test to check liver and kidney values, a heartworm test, and an internal parasite test (fecal exam). Early detection of any potential problem is vital to a successful treatment plan. We also address more complex issues such as injuries, trauma, and sudden or chronic diseases.
Together, our doctors bring more than 55 years of compassion and veterinary expertise to offer for you and your pets.
Nicholas Guedet, DVM
VeterinarianDr. Guedet graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. He completed a Small Animal Medicine & Surgical internship in Maryland before moving back to Illinois with his wife, Dr. Kramer. In 2012, his family grew by two girls, and in 2014 they moved back to his hometown of Rockford. Dr. Guedet started as a Kennel Assistant the first year that Perryville Pet Hospital opened in 1997. Dr. Verace hired him as a veterinarian in 2014, and in 2018 he became owner of Perryville Pet hospital. This was truly a 20 year full circle in his career! He credits Dr. Verace’s mentoring for helping him become the veterinarian that he is today. Outside of work, he finds the majority of his time filled with his girls, but also enjoys basketball and reading.
Kelli Kramer, DVM
VeterinarianDr. Kramer is co-owner of Perryville Pet Hospital. She graduated from the U of IL College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She has worked in more than 20 animal hospitals since 1998, gaining a variety of experience over the years. She completed a Small Animal Medicine & Surgical internship in Maryland before moving back to Illinois with Dr. Guedet. They lived in the Chicago suburbs for a few years before moving closer to family in Rockford with their twin girls. She is president of the Northern Illinois Veterinary Medical Assoc, on the Board for the IL State Veterinary Medical Assoc, and also on the IL State Veterinary Legislative Committee. Despite living in Illinois, her most relaxing activities are hiking and scuba diving.
Susan Verace, DVM
VeterinarianDr. Susan Verace is a 1982 graduate from the U of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a lifelong resident of Rockford and credits Boylan High School for giving her a solid foundation as she entered college. Her first interest was equine medicine in the Chicago area, but then family and friends brought her back to Rockford where she built Perryville Pet Hospital in 1997. In 2018, she decided to pass on the business aspect and focus on her clients and pet care, choosing to sell PPH to Dr. Guedet and Dr. Kramer. Complete support comes from her husband Michael McGarry and her children Bridget and Michael. Michael is currently a pilot flying out of O’Hare Airport and Bridget is a veterinarian practicing at a mixed animal practice (large and small animals!) in Central IL.
Allison Brewer, CVTAllison graduated from Rockford Career College in 2014 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She completed her externship here and decided to stay on board full time! Her American Bulldog, Riggs, is her loving companion at home. In her free time, Allison loves watching hockey, especially the Ice Hogs! She also loves reading, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.
Brittany Dever, CVTBrittany grew up in Illinois and also graduated from Rockford Career College in 2012 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She joined our team in 2015! She has 2 dogs: Yoshi & Princess; 3 cats: Rajah, Cookie & Blair; 2 leopard geckos: Calypso and Draco, 1 pacman frog named Jambayla, and one Russian tortoise named Bosco.She also volunteers for the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education and loves ice cream!
Liz Soter, CVTLiz graduated from Rockford Career College in 2016 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is a life resident of Machesney Park and enjoys being close to her family. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family up at the lake, reading, and spoiling her pooch, Zoey. Liz has worked at Lockwood Park for several years and loves giving riding lessons, but her favorite part is leading the trail rides. She’s been riding for over 8 years and loves to ride Western for fun.
Stefanie O'Dell, CVTStefanie joined us in 2018 after teaching at Rockford Career College for over 2 years. She became a certified veterinary technician in 2012 and used to work in Genoa. Home town is South Bend, IN and she has lived in Rockford over 12 years. She is married to John with a fuzzy-kid named Ace. She was born a Cubs fan, and is also a big Blackhawks and IceHogs fan! She majored in Communications and French before becoming a CVT. So come on in and say, Ravi de vous rencontrer!
Sharon Gorke, CVTSharon joined our team in 2018 and will be a new face when you walk in the door! She worked in customer service for years before deciding to go back to school and loves working directly with our clients. She graduated as a certified veterinary technician in 2015 from Rockford Career College, where she then became an RCC instructor. Her daughter is also a CVT! Sharon is loving the life as a new grandma, and loves country living with her husband, 3 dogs (Lucky, Hannah, and Sadie), 3 cats (Lunch or, Boo, and Baby), many chickens and a rooster named Chuck. She enjoys watching football and knitting dog sweaters on the side!
Kristin Loy, CVT
Kristin joined us as a technician in 2018 with 20+ years experience! She has also become a part-time office manager with our office. Her experience includes small animals and exotics, and her great skills led her to become an instructor at Rockford Career College for 10 years, teaching other vet techs. Kristin enjoys life on the Lake with her husband, two boys, and her 2 dogs (Lady and Trigger). Kristin was the primary author of a book published in 2018, called Essential Clinical Skills for Veterinary Technicians. She’s also a bit of a gearhead and enjoys taking her 65 Pontiac GTO to car shows!
Alyssa Heslop, CVT
Alyssa started as an intern with our hospital and joined our team full time after graduating as a CVT from Rockford Career College in 2019! She is a Winnebago native and loves reading, arts/crafts and family time. Her fabulous pets include: a beautiful husky named Akira, 3 cats that go by Dexter, Simba, and Kingsley, 2 rabbits named Thumper and Theodore, and a rat named Propofol.
Veterinary TechnicianDanielle joins our team from the mountains of Vermont, where she has worked in the veterinary world for 15 years. She brings many ideas and skills that fit right into our team and daily flow. She completed her veterinary technician degree in 2014 and is hoping to become Licensed in Illinois in the near future. She moved here with her husband along with several dogs, cats & horses.