Dr. Jerry H. Withers
Dr. Jerry H. Withers has cared for pets at Eola Point Animal Hospital ever since the hospital opened its doors in 1998. Originally from Dunlap, Dr. Withers attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 1987. He continued his education at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. He is particularly interested in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, especially anterior cruciate repairs. Dr. Withers is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. When he's not busy with his duties at the hospital, Dr. Withers can often be found watching Chicago Bears and Illini football games. He also enjoys weightlifting. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Rybicki, and their three children.
Dr. Elizabeth Rybicki
Dr. Elizabeth Rybicki is originally from Oswego and has treated pets as a general practitioner at Eola Point Animal Hospital since 2002. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Rybicki received her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 1990 and a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She continued her veterinary education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Her professional interests include internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Rybicki is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. At home, Dr. Rybicki and Dr. Withers enjoy the companionship of their four cats, Barbie, Keith, Shadowfax, and Mimi as well as their Irish Setter Schuyler. In her spare time, Dr. Rybicki enjoys going to plays and movies, traveling, reading, and playing games with her children.
Ashley began her career in the animal care field in 2001 and joined the Eola Point Animal Hospital staff in August of 2009. She has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Benedictine University and fulfills a number of roles here such as handling the various pets that come to us, helping with X-rays, and various office duties. She enjoys working with animals each and every day as well as being in an environment where she is constantly learning. Outside of the clinic Ashley enjoys being with family and friends, watching movies, going to the theater, enjoying the outdoors, baking and volleyball.
Alicia started here August of 2018, shortly after completing her Veterinary Technician certification at Rockford Community College. While Alicia is currently in charge of our surgical prep and assisting the doctors during procedures, she would ultimately like to pursue companion animal massage therapy and/or behavioral study. Like many of us, she has been surrounded by animals from a young age. Horses, dogs & small exotics to name a few. When Alicia has free time, she enjoys spending it creating art, playing the violin, and traveling. Alicia and her husband share their home with their furry kids named Nash (husky mix) and Luna (Chihuahua mix) as well as an aquarium of fish.
Joslyn has been an assistant at Eola Point Animal Hospital since 2006. She loves working with the caring staff and veterinarians and enjoys the opportunities for continuing education at the hospital. She has many outside interests, including roller derby, reading, crocheting, and spending time outdoors with her family. When she's not at work, she can often be found chasing around her two daughters & other members of her zoo! She shares her home with a tripod orange tabby cat named Hank, an Aussie mix named Jet and Bunnard, a free-roaming English Lop rabbit who thinks he's a dog.
Briana graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors in Animal Science in 2013, and she joined our team in February 2014. She is currently working on her masters in animal nutrition. Outside of work, Briana enjoys relaxing with her husband and watching Netflix. Briana has a sassy cat named Kindi who is always happy to join in on the couch cuddles and a kitty affectionately referred to as Garage Cat who loves tummy rubs.
Denise joined us in December 2014 while concurrently attending Aurora University for health science. Previously Denise volunteered at an animal shelter caring for and walking dogs. Denise hopes to one day see the world while focusing on caring for animals in impoverished areas. Denise’s favorite things about Eola Point are being able to learn new things while also getting valuable hands-on experience. In her free time, Denise enjoys playing volleyball, singing, and acting.
We welcomed Kelsey to the team in February 2018. Kelsey has always loved animals and splits her time between EPAH and a local animal shelter. After earning a bachelors in art from Millikin University, Kelsey returned to the area and will soon be pursuing her veterinary technician certification. Kelsey is enthusiastic about her current path at Eola Point and enjoys learning something new each day! Playing video games, drawing, photography, and volleyball are just a few of her favorite activities outside of work. Kelsey has a unique little kitty named Sage.
Nicolette has always been surrounded by animals of all sizes, from a giant Akita to tiny hamsters. She discovered her love of building individual bonds with pets while working in a kennel and that drove her to complete College of DuPage’s veterinary assistant program. Nicolette has been with us since July 2018, and she continues to grow her knowledge and help improve the lives of our four-legged patients. Nicolette is a Disney enthusiast who loves going to the movies with her sisters and painting, in her free time. Her furry family members currently include JoJo who is a chunky calico and Sweeney who is a young, hyperactive black cat.
Hailey’s background is in shelter/rehab care. She has worked at numerous facilities, most recently being at the Fundacion Benjamin Mehnert in Seville, Spain, where she also adopted her Galgo Español named Krabi. Hailey joined our team July 2018 after obtaining 2 bachelors degrees (Spanish & Animal Science) from Southern Illinois University and studying abroad in Argentina. Currently, Hailey is interviewing for Veterinary Medicine programs and hopes to focus on either radiology or internal medicine. In her free time, Hailey enjoys running with Krabi, photography, drawing and painting, video games and of course traveling! Hailey also lives with a sweet pair of labs named Blizzard and Bailey.