Always By Your Side

Because you deserve no less.

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This is not just a job to us. Caring for your pet is truly a calling. And we promise to love your pet like you do.

Doctors

Dale Ritter

Veterinarian

Dr. Ritter is a graduate from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation he practiced in Iowa for 1½ years before moving to Illinois. After arriving in Illinois, he practiced medicine for small animal as well as Thoroughbred racehorses, focusing now on small animal medicine only. Dr. Ritter practiced for 15 years in Mokena, IL and for an additional 10 years in Crestwood, IL before joining Lansing Animal Hospital. His favorite part of veterinary medicine is surgery. He also enjoys meeting all our clients and practicing preventative care and diagnostic medicine. Dr. Ritter is married with two daughters. He also has two little Yorkies named “Scout” and “Driver.” He enjoys gardening and harness racing.

Christian Pace

Veterinarian

Dr. Pace has been at Lansing Animal Hospital since 2018. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He has worked in shelter medicine and private practice.

When not working, Dr Pace enjoys time with his wife and black lab mix, Gibbs. He enjoys cooking, studying history, particularly veterinary history and working on his model railroad.

Kyle Van Winkle

Veterinarian

Bio Coming Soon

Amanda Nava

Veterinarian

Dr. Nava graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, with honors. She has been with the Bevlab team since 2010 and loves the family-like atmosphere this clinic offers.

I became a veterinarian because I grew up on a farm and loved animals! I wanted to become a doctor anyway, but being around animals was comforting to me and, therefore, I decided I would be a doctor for animals instead of for people:

2) My goal for every patient visit is to make sure the client feels comfortable with the treatment plan. I have a lot of experience and I know what can be best, however, the client might need to be cautious of cost or time when visit can be done. I try to be very sensitive of that.

I have been married to my husband for 11 years and started off with one Akita, Kaya, that I got in veterinary school in 2007. Then we got Akita number two, Kuma, in 2013 as a puppy. They are both lovely with my twin boys who were born in 2017. Our family is complete and happy with this clan!

I try to live by the saying Treat others as you would like to be treated. I have a calmness about myself that can help calm others and that greatly helps in my line of work.

Jen Nevis

Veterinarian

Dr. Nevis is a 1997 University of Illinois graduate. Her practice experience spans large animal-mixed practice, companion animals, exotic pets and 9 years of full time wildlife rehabilitation medicine. Dr Nevis felt right at home from the start with Bevlab’s great staff and wonderful clients.

When I was 12 years old, my dad saw I loved animals so he gave me “All Creatures Great and Small” for Christmas. I read the first 5 pages and thought, “Gross! No way am I ever doing that!”. As the years went by, I still loved animals but also come to love science, biology and working with my hands. Animal medicine combines these in a very unique way.

I think going to the doctor with your pet is really stressful, especially if they are sick. I really want to put the client and the patient at ease as much as possible so the client can take in the information they receive and the pet can allow the staff to handle and treat them gently and safely. Going to the hospital is never going to be fun but anything that decreases the anxiety of it really impacts my ability to meet the needs of everybody involved, human and animal. I think of how I’d like my family and my pets to be treated in a hospital setting and then aim at providing that kind of care.

Her family consists of both parents and 5 brothers and sisters for humans.

Two dogs Big Ben and Perl; her cat Murphy; Milky-The-Milksnake; 1 billion guppies (and counting).

Do you have a mantra or philosophy that you live by?

Things Happen + The Golden Rule. These two go hand-in-hand: how life unfolds and how to respond.

It is what it is.

Get ‘er done.

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

–Martin Buber

Care Team

Gillian Alvear

My name is Gillian Alvear, I am currently working towards my degree in Science.  I have been working with animals for at least 5 years now.  I have done a lot of volunteering for animal shelters.  In my free time I enjoy being with my lovely daughters Yaritza who is 6 years old and Itzel who is 2 years old.  I aslo enjoy spending time with my animals Paco a 3 year old yorkie, Rocky a 10 year old lab, and Bowzer a 4 year old bearded dragon.  Some of my other favorite things to do are playing sports, dancing, and I love the color pink and lots of glitter!

Andrea Minx

I graduated from Fox College Veterinary Technician Institute in December 2008. Since then, I’ve been working in veterinary clinics. I have multiple animals including dogs, cats, and a bunny, all of which are rescues. My goal when I was a little girl was to work with animals and I have achieved it through my career as a veterinary technician!

Kelli Floener

My name is Kelli and I’ve been working with animals for over 14 years.  I went to Joliet Junior College for Animal Science.  I started at a local animal shelter as a kennel attendant and worked my way up to lab technician and vet tech.  I wouldn’t trade this job for anything in the world.  I have a pitbull named Rose and 2 cats Capone (tuxedo) and Puma (all gray).  In my spare time I enjoy cuddling with my animals, reading, traveling, and going to museums.

Sarah

My name is Sarah and I have a bachelor’s degree in biology. I have been working with animals for 5 years. I love helping people care for their pets. In my spare time, I love spending time with my dog Scruffy. He is a 2 year old westie/poodle mix.

Liz

Liz changed from a culinary career after a few years of fostering for a humane society. After graduating from a Veterinary Technician program, she worked at the humane society and then managed it for a period. She joined Bevlab Animal Hospital in Sept 2014 and Lansing Animal Hospital in mid 2019.

Her assortment of pets keeps her home very busy.

Lidia Gonzalez

My name is Lidia Gonzalez and I have been working in the field for at 6 years. I recently move to Indiana from California with my family and rotties. My goal is to help any patient in need as well as owners with any concerns about their pets. I love taking care of my furry friends and I like to make them feel comfortable when they come in to the clinic. Some of my other favorite things to do are hinking with my family and two rotties (Ikki and Esmeralda), play soccer, watch anime with my kids and read a good book.

“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.”

–Pam Brown

Pet Hair Stylist

Desi Biro

In August of 2001, I became a certified Pet Stylist after attending The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, Inc in Jenison, MI and in April 2016 I completed a Pet First Aid and CPR class. I have 2 kids a 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter who both mean the world to me! I also have 2 Beagles, Lucy who is 10 years old and Arthur who is 11 years old. I am very passionate about all animals, coaching my kids soccer team, being a vegetarian, and the environment. I have been working will animals for over 15 years and I absolutely love it!