Meet the Central Illinois Small Animal Rehabilitation Center Staff

Dog undergoing therapy with an exercise ball


Dr. Joel Jess

Joel Jess

I am a 1986 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I acquired my love of animals growing up on a cow-calf farm in western Iowa. I have known I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was ten or eleven years old. I guess I was lucky to know what I wanted to do with my life at an early age. Although I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, my areas of special interest include gastroenterology, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and canine rehabilitation. I became certified in canine rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee in 2005. Practicing medicine gives me a great deal of pleasure when I can help not only our four legged friends but the owners as well. I strive to offer an array of options according to the owners’ desires. Flexibility is the key when consulting clients, and I try to provide the most current options and treatments available. I continue to update my professional skills to meet those demands.

My pets include an independent orange cat named Cooper, one slightly overweight feline named Chloe, and a very soft hearted yellow Labrador Retriever, Kevin. When not practicing medicine I enjoy spending time with my family, playing "over the hill" baseball and basketball, racketball, and coaching baseball and football. I've been practicing veterinary medicine for 20 years and love doing so more now than when I started.


Joy Hinrichsen

Joy Hinrichsen

I am a certified veterinary technician from the small town of Eureka, IL.  I grew up in the country on a hobby farm surrounded by an ever changing menagerie of pets.  All through high school I worked for a groomer and loved being able to interact with animals on a daily basis.  As I went through school, I developed a love for biology and that, paired with my love for animals, made the career of a  CVT quite an obvious choice for me.  I received my degree in Veterinary Technology from Parkland College in 2016.  Since then, I have moved back to this area to work here at Pekin Veterinary Clinic.  Some of my interests within the field are clinical pathology, anesthesia, and phlebotomy.  Currently, I do not have any pets of my own, so I love being able to interact with and care for so many different animals on a daily basis!

Jennifer Dill

Jennifer Dill

I am a Certified Veterinary Technician. I graduated from Parkland College in 2007 with an Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology. Some of my veterinary interests include anesthesia, radiography and phlebotomy. I chose to become a technician because I have always had animals and felt compelled to help them.

I got married in August of 2010 to my high school sweetheart and we have a son named Brayden who keeps us on our toes. Our house is overrun by our three dogs, Rex, Rosco and Reese and our cats Dusty and Maverick. We also have our three horses, Copper, Derby and Faith as well as two goats. In my free time I am a volunteer firefighter/EMT and enjoy spending time with my family, horseback riding, and anything else outdoors.

Amanda Fogal

Amanda Fogal

I am a certified veterinary technician. I graduated from Parkland College in May 2010 with an Associate's in Veterinary Technology. I started working at Pekin Veterinary Clinic in August 2012. I chose to become a veterinary technician because growing up I have always had a love for helping and working with animals. I love seeing how helping someone's pet can not only change the pet's life but also the owner's. My pets include two American Quarter Horses named Scotty and Cash, a pony named Dorothy, and a cat named Vinny.

In May 2014 I married my husband and we have one son. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, barrel racing, canoeing, and many other outdoor activities.

Angela VonDerHeide

Angela VonDerHeide

I have lived in central Illinois most of my life and have always been around animals - I grew up with them and now I have my own in my home. Currently, I have a big orange cat named, "Jack," and a crazy small dog named, "Miss Pickles".

I was married in 2002 to Ben and I consider him one of my best friends.  We have two boys: watching them grow and change has become our favorite pastime. Our kids love and respect animals as much as we do. I also enjoy camping, playing games, watching TV, some sports, food, blue jeans, and chewing gum.

I started out as an art student in college at Illinois State University and worked drawing portraits for several years, but soon found myself in Vet Tech school. I graduated from Parkland College in 2006. I have been working as a Certified Veterinary Technician since then and love it. I truly enjoy educating our clients about their furry family member; it can greatly improve the relationship between the pets and their owners.

Michaela Friedrickson

Michaela Friedrickson

I grew up in the small town of Carrollton, IL and went to Parkland College to achieve my dream of becoming a certified veterinary technician. I graduated in 2015 and then started working here soon after! I absolutely love working with the staff here. Some interests in the job are radiology, dentistry, and physical therapy. The best part of the job is watching owners come in with their adopted pets (young or old) and seeing them get attached so quickly to their new family member. During my free time I enjoy shopping, hiking, reading, playing games, and hanging out with friends and family.

  • They got my dog in right away when I called. Everyone is courteous and seem to genuinely love animals. Took good care of my dog and kept me informed.

    —Bruce Green

  • Doctors and staff are always kind and extremely efficient. Our pet loves going there which says a lot for their care.

    —Lori Bennett

  • Very professional, wonderful treatment!! I would recommend this facility to anyone who loves their pets

    —Lora King

  • Everytime I come here for any treatment they ALWAYS treat us like family. They show a deep concern for the pet and the owner. I tell everybody I know to bring their pets here!!! Thanks!!

    —Dawn Wade

  • "Best place I've ever been to! Everyone was extremely nice and helpful, I couldn't have asked for better!"

    —Tiffany Larson

  • "I'm always very happy with my interactions with the staff and doctors at Pekin Veterinay Clinic. I feel as though my concerns are addressed, and that the staff really cares about me and about my furbabies."

    —Sylvia Shults

  • "You can tell the Vet loves the animals. She got on the floor and played with the puppy and put her at ease. I thought that was very sweet!!"

    —Sheri Jones

  • "Great service. My dog was in need of care due to her condition and I was able to take her over right away and they worker her in. This is the kind of care and reaction I need for my dogs, and I received it."

    —Jacque Hess

  • "I have referred them to all my friends and family. They are great. There willing to work with you and are also fantastic with my dogs."

    —Diane Canizzo

  • "Wonderful as always! The people are always so nice and friendly. I feel our pet gets quality health care here."

    —Maribeth Kilbride

  • "You’re all the kind of people that make the world a better place for critters of all kinds."

    —Pekin family members Jody, Ed, Alyssia, Jake, Sweet Pea, Pippy, Simba, Cuddles, and Kera.