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Larry Baker , DVM, FAVD, Diplomat AVDC

Dr. Baker graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1969.  He practiced in Little Rock, Arkansas, for one year. In 1970 he returned to the Decatur area and built Northgate Pet Clinic. His initial staff consisted of  himself and one assistant! Northgate has  grown to a staff of almost thirty people. Dr. Baker is a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.  In March of 2005 he became a Diplomate in the American Veterinary Dental College, one of about 100 board-certified veterinary dentists in the world today.

Becky Reardon , DVM

Dr. Reardon is a 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2002 she joined our staff as a new veterinarian. She had worked part-time at Northgate in high school and throughout her college career.    She and her husband have one son, Connor; one yellow lab, Gracie; a Golden Retriever, Winston; four cats Jo, Boomer, Hermione, and Henry; and two gerbils, Jack and Cody.


Jennifer Rojas , DVM

Dr. Rojas joined the Northgate Staff in the spring of 2006. She has enjoyed her time at Northgate treating cats and dogs as well as pocket pets. She lives in Decatur with her family, and has an extra soft spot in her heart for black labs, beagles, and white cats with blue eyes because she has one of each! Dr. Rojas recently completed and intensive course of training in animal acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Veterinary Acupuncture and continues to study Chinese herbal medicine. She wishes to use her skills as a supplemental benefit for her patients when conventional Western medicine is not enough. Dr. Rojas also attended the Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound course at the NAVC Institute this spring where more than 100 abnormal cases are reviewed with a board-certified radiologist and multiple lab sessions provided over 35 hours of continued education. In the fall of 2011 she intends to earn certification to perform the TTA procedure for the advanced surgical repair of canine cruciate ligament injuries. She is also chairperson for the Buddy Fund, a fund set up to help established clients pay for care when extensive work is required after a diagnosis.


Devin Forden , DVM

Dr. Devin Forden graduated from Purdue University in May, 2009.  She started her veterinary career at the Macon County Animal Control, then moved to Northgate a year later.  She had worked at Northgate previously throughout high school and college.  She enjoys living on the farm with three dogs and two cats. 



Melissa Thornton , CVT, CVPM

Melissa joined our Northgate team in 1999 and became our Practice Manager in December 2009. She graduated from St. Petersburg College Distance Veterinary Technology Program in December of 2003 and become a Certified Veterinary Technician in February of 2004. Melissa’s special interests include communication, leadership training and recognizing team members for everything they have to offer our clinic, our clients and our patients! Her mission here at Northgate is to share her passion for Veterinary medicine, leadership and animals with our patients, clients and team members. She became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in June of 2013. Melissa and her husband and their daughter Makenna have three dogs; a Golden Retriever named Bailey, a yorkie named Sparky, and Kastle, two cats;  Psycho Kitty, and Midnight a turtle named Bob!


A. Ray Jones

Ray is our contractor, architect, landscaper, name it, he can take care of it!  He keeps Northgate Pet Plaza up and running and looking great.  Ray has been working with us since 1994. 


Angee , Computer Network Admin

Angee, a former teacher for 20 years, received her B.S. in Education in 1973, and her M.S. in Education in 1977 from the University of Illinois.  Angee retired from teaching to work at Northgate.  She established and manages our computer network.  She has owned and bred Champion Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.  She and her husband have one dog; a Rottweiler mix, Bo.  In 2004, they opened Millie & Bo's Barkery, a pet bakery boutique.



Amber Hantle , CVT

Amber joined the Northgate team in June 2003. In May 2003, she graduated from Parkland College, in Champaign, with her C.V.T. degree.  Amber has a special interest in feline medicine . She enjoys working with pets and people.  Amber also enjoys outdoor activities, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family; she has five cats.


Lisa Weir , CVT

Lisa Weir joined the Northgate team in July 2008.  She graduated from Parkland College in 2008 and relocated to the area with her husband (Eric), son (Daniel), daughter (Lauren), five cats, and one dog.  Her hobbies include water sports, reading, puzzles, gardening, and dabbling in carpentry. 


Kristen Ragusa , CVT

Kristen graduated from Parkland College's Veterinary Technician Program in May of 2009.  She has worked at Northgate since June of 2009 and also works full time at the University of Illinois Teaching Hospital in the ICU. She has an interest in all animals, especially exotic animals. Her pets include Rio the two year old German Shephard/Boxer mix whom she adopted from Macon County Animal Control in mid 2008 and her 6 year old lab mix Jingles; Kristen also has one kitty named Sampson. Kristen plays for a local Roller Derby team- the Prairieland Punishers, likes to play basketball, and enjoys hiking with her dogs.


Kaylee Spain , CVT, Volunteer Coordinator

 Kaylee started at Northgate in May 2011 after completing her internship here for her CVT from Parkland College. She has 4 rabbits (her favorite is Maurice!), and a miniature poodle, Lilly. She is the oldest of 5 children, and enjoys spending time with her family. Kaylee has always had a love of animals and enjoys having a positive impact on companion animal lives and health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Jerry, watching movies and snuggling with bunnies.


 Casey McKeown, CVT

Casey graduated from Parkland College in May 2013 with her veterinary technology degree and started working at Northgate Pet Clinic right out of school.  Her previous schooling includes a master’s degree in molecular and cell biology from SIUE.  During her master’s research, she published in two scientific journals and presented her research in New York City.  She enjoys cuddling with her cats Sirus and Esme.  She trains her German Shepherd/Husky mix Yahtzey in obedience and her German shorthair pointer/lab mix Twilight in agility.  She also owns a guinea pig named Scotch that she adopted from Parkland College’s small animal lab.  Traveling the world and learning new cultures is something she strives to do in her life.  


Ryan Holler , CVT, B.A. in Spanish, Veterinary Assistant

Ryan Holler has been with Northgate since October 2005.  She graduated as a certified veterinary technician in 2013.  She has 3 dogs and 2 cats, and a 3 year old daughter, Ruth.  Ryan enjoys singing with her church choir, playing percussion instruments and piano, and playing in the woods.



Client Care Representatives 


Jennifer H, Client Care Representative Supervisor 

Jennifer has been with Northgate since 2009 and has loved every minuet of it.  Jen and her husband Brent have two children, Grant and Grace, and cutest pit bull ever Bella. She enjoys fishing, camping, and anything outdoors!  


Katie McDaniel, Client Care Representative

Katie has been working at Northgate since January of 2010.  She had previously volunteered for Northgate and is very excited to be working here now.  She is a sophmore at Millikin University and enjoys dancing, playing sports, and hanging out with her friends and family.  Katie has two dogs, Yogi; a chocolate lab and Callie, a terrier mix


Anthony Strode, Social Media Director 

Anthony started working at Northgate in July of 2009. Anthony loves all sorts of animals but currently has three dogs; Foxtimus Prime, Harry Potter, and Heelo.  When he is not working he loves spend time with his fiance and pets as well as spending time outside. In Spetember 2012 Anthony moved to Oregon where he continues to maintain Northgate's online presence.


Louis Kappler , Client Care Representative

Louis is a recent graduate of Millkin University with a degree in Music Business.  He lives with the loves of his life, his 5 year old black lab Lucy and 2 year old black lab mix Brody.  Louis is an avid musician and plays bass, guitar, and saxophone.  In his free time he likes to run, roller-blading, band practice, cooking, and hanging out with his dogs.




Angie L. , Veterinary Assistant, Hills Consultant, Behavior Consultant

Angie has been a part of the Northgate team since 1995.  She has a special interest in orthopedics, veterinary dentistry, and exotic/zoo medicine.  She is also a board member of The Decatur/Macon County Humane Society.  Angie, her husband, and her daughter live on a small farm.  They have two dogs: Dixie, and Boomer; an African Gray Parrot named Cody Bill Hickup; and the cutest miniature donkeys named Hershey's Kiss, Butterfinger, Snickers and the baby, Milk Dud.


Becca B. , Veterinary Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator 

Becca started at Northgate in August 2011.  She has a degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois and is currently taking classes to become a certified veterinary technician.  She has three cats named Mischief, Dorkette, and Snoop Kitty Kitty and has a Norwegian Elkhound named Boss of Me.  Becca loves to read history books, crochet, and even knit!  She is a transplant from Chicago and is still trying to get used to being in central, not southern Illinois!

Stephenie Cunningham , Ward Supervisor & Veterinary Assistant

Stephenie joined our Northgate team in December 2002.  She works as an assistant and Ward Supervisor. Stephenie enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, Dominick and Dalton.  She also has two Pit Bulls named Caesar and Jewlz.


Dana Taylor, Veterinary Assistant, Social Media/Web Development

Dana started working at Northgate in October 2013.  She has been in the veterinary industry since 2010.  She has a degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois.  Dana especially loves educating and communicating with clients; and she is excited for the chance to help with maintaining Northgate’s social media presence.  In her free time, Dana spends time with her husband and doing DIY projects around their home.  She has an English Setter named Pierce and a Pointer mix named Gunner.  Dana enjoys doing obedience training with her dogs and hopes to have both earn their Canine Good Citizen certification soon.


Sarah Beck, Veterinary Assistant

Sarah began working at Northgate in August of 2009.  She has been working with animals in one form or another for twelve years or so.  She worked as kennel and technician assistant for an animal hospital outside of Chicago,  then graduated from dog grooming school in Sept. of 2000 and groomed for almost ten years.  Recently she decided to put grooming on hold to explore the possibility of becoming a veterinary technician.  Sarah lives in Decatur with her husband, two cats named Tre and Rapunzel, their dog Puma. In her down time she enjoys traveling, biking, walking/hiking, and hanging out with friends and family.


Laura Kappler, Veterinary Assistant

Laura stared working for Northgate in April 2010, after her experiences there she decided that she was better suited for animal care than working in an office cubicle all day.  Laura grew up having a father that enjoyed animals as much as her and she is now in school to become a Veterinary Technician.  After living in Chicago for 10 years she packed up her and her Labrador Karma and moved back to Decatur.  Clinic work has rubbed off on her and she has recently adopted a kitten named Trick.  Laura is looking forward to her future endeavors working with animals.


Rachel Vandermyde, Veterinary Assistant

Rachel is sophmore at Augustana College and plans on majoring in Biology for Pre-Veterinary medicine and continuing on to vet school.  She loves working with animals and with everyone at Northgate,  She has one cat, Olivia who loves to watch TV with her when she's not at school or hanging out with friends.



Morgan Rueff, Assistant

Morgan graduated from Macarthur High School in 2013 with honors and was in the top of her class. She is now attending Richland Community College to obtain an Associate’s Degree in science. Her overall goal with schooling is to become a small animal veterinarian. Morgan has been employed at Northgate Pet Clinic since July of 2013, but also did a small internship through the Heartland Technical Academy throughout March and April. In her free time, Morgan enjoys playing guitar, spending time with her boyfriend and family, and, of course, playing with her pets. 

Lisa Lambert, Assistant
Lisa has been employed at Northgate since July 2002. She loves being able to help and interact with pet and their owners. Lisa lives with her husband, stepson, daughter, and lots of furry and feathered kids. She owns a Pembroke welsh corgi, a pitbull mix, 4 cats, 2 parakeets and 1 guinea pig. Lisa recently became a Scentsy consultant. When Lisa is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys reading and selling Scentsy.



Joy McGeorge

Joy McGeorge is an independent groomer at Northgate Pet Plaza.  She has been grooming in this area for the past 11 years and was trained by one of the area's first groomer's (Sue Russell of Sue's Dog Boutique).  In 1983, Joy moved to Florida where she worked for a veterinarian for 13 years and also enjoyed the dog obedience training field. While Joy grooms most breeds, she specializes in Poodles and coarse-coated Terriers.  Her hobbies include trail riding on her horse "Red" and photography.  To schedule an appointment or discuss prices for grooming services, you may contact her at the following business number (217) 972-8578.

Kathy Templeton

Kathy Templeton is an independent groomer at Northgate Pet Plaza.  She learned to groom at a local groomer's shop, after which she attended a three-month grooming course in Lansing, Michigan, at Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology.  She has been grooming now for 8 years and enjoys all different breeds.  When not working, she enjoys being outdoors, walking and playing with her dogs Tilda (Basset Hound) and Turbo (German Shorthaired Hound), and planning her April wedding.  To schedule an appointment or discuss prices for grooming services, you may contact her at the following business number (217) 875-4227.

Tonya Rauch

Tonya is an independent groomer at Northgate Pet Plaza.  She has almost 9 years of experience grooming, and her favorite breed of dogs are Goldens (perhaps because her own dog, Libby, is a Golden!). Tonya also has 2 cats, Teekee and Doris, and a son, Nathan, with whom she enjoys camping and fishing every once in a while. To schedule an appointment or discuss prices for grooming services, you may contact her at the following business number (217) 201-2196.

Cathy Wilkinson

She works as an independent groomer and her company is called Bubbles and Bows. The number for Bubbles and Bows is 217-855-5318 and her e-mail is