Get to Know Our Veterinarians and Staff in Round Lake

When you're looking for a veterinarian, your goal is to find one who can help you manage your pet's healthcare for life. You want a team that you can trust with all of your pet's needs, through good times and tough times. Our veterinarians and staff in Round Lake would love to learn more about you and we'd love for you to learn more about us!

Veterinarians

animal hospital in Round Lake: Dr. Tuma Round Lake veterinarian

Dr. Christine Tuma

What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?
I graduated from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN with a BA in Biochemistry and a minor in Psychology. I then graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine located in the West Indies in 2007 after completing my clinical rotations at Michigan State University. Following graduation, I worked at Finger Lakes Racetrack in  upstate New York for a couple of seasons prior to starting my own equine ambulatory practice in 2008. Since then, I have divided my time between sole proprietorship and companion animal practice; first working at a small animal referral practice for a number of years while I grew my equine caseload and then later providing locum and relief support to my fellow local practitioners in need.

What made you decide to become a vet?
My aunt is a veterinarian back home in Minnesota, so the seed was planted early for me to pursue a veterinary career path. In addition, my family used to breed Appaloosa and Percheron horses on a small hobby farm, which only further fueled the fire.

Why did you decide to join the Companion team?
I joined the Companion Animal team mostly because the quality and scope of the practice was aligned with my ideals. Additionally, the Companion Animal team recognizes the importance of fostering the human-animal bond.

What is the best thing about being a vet?
The best part of being a vet is definitely improving the lives of our pets, nurturing the human-animal bond and making a small difference in the world every day.

What is one of the most common problems you’ve encountered in pets you treat?
One of the most common problems I've encountered in veterinary medicine is motivating owners to take a proactive approach to their pet's healthcare and wellbeing, rather than a reactive approach. Prevention is key!

Do you have any special interests in veterinary medicine?
My special interests in veterinary medicine include (but are not limited to) nutrition, ultrasonography, feline medicine, and the Fear Free approach.

What are some of your favorite activities outside of work?
My favorite thing to do outside of work is hang out with my daughter and be silly! Some of my other favorite activities include pursuing my equine ambulatory practice, running, horseback riding, gardening and anything else outdoors (camping, fishing, hiking), and reading. I have a variety of pets of my own at home: a horse, a donkey, 4 cats and 2 dogs, so they tend to take up a lot of my time as well!

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Laziness

Favorite place to eat?
Anyplace that has a patio and live music in the summer!

Favorite place to visit?
Home in Minnesota.

Favorite food?
Candy

Favorite movie?
Anything with Markie Mark and/or Will Ferrell

What are your favorite sports teams?
None, although I do still follow horse racing quite a bit since it was a big part of my life for quite some time and I still have some residual professional connections. I'll also sit through some MSU basketball (Go State!) to make my significant other happy!

Name 3 things people might be surprised to learn about you.

  1. I was a thoroughbred groom on the racetrack and traveled across the country for 4 years prior to gaining entrance into veterinary school.
  2. I like to give back to the community and volunteer when I can.
  3. Cookies and candy are always a good way to start off on the right foot!

 

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Dr. georgia wolfe

What is your educational and work background?

I attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison for my undergraduate degree (Microbiology BS '09) and DVM ('17). I have worked as a researcher, microbiologist, and vet assistant before vet school.

What made you decide to become a vet?

I always loved animals and I wanted to learn more about biology and have a career where I could help people. Vet med was the perfect fit!

Why did you decide to join the Companion team?

I was excited by the opportunity to work in a growing practice with the support to practice the best medicine and a strong emphasis on preventative care.

What is the best thing about being a vet?

I love the life-long learning and that there is never a boring day.

What is one of the most common problems you’ve encountered in pets you treat?

Dental disease is one of the most common and overlooked problems in companion animals. I am a strong advocate for preventative dental care to help pets live a longer, healthier life.

Do you have any special interests in vet medicine?

I enjoy dentistry and love seeing my feline patients.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?

I worked with rhesus macaque monkeys for 2 years in vet school. I also treated pet marmosets in my clinical year.

What are some of your favorite activities outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with my family and my pets: 3 cats and a sheltie. I love movies and books and enjoy being outdoors in the summer.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Willful ignorance

Favorite place to eat?

Culver's or any place Indian.

Favorite place to visit?

My family in England.

Favorite food?

Ice cream!

Favorite movie?

Toss up between Jurassic Park and Monty Python's The Holy Grail.

What are your favorite sports teams?

US and UK Equestrian Teams (specifically, Dressage)

Name 3 things people might be surprised to learn about you:

I worked in a civil engineering lab so I know a surprising amount about wastewater treatment and landfills.

I love science fiction and have played Dungeons & Dragons.

I grew up in Massachusetts and lived in a 300 year old house.

Bio coming soon!

animal hospital in Round Lake: Vet

Dr. Dan Markwalder

Dr. Dan is a graduate of Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2014, he founded Companion Animal Hospital with Drs. Scott Petereit and Joe Whalen. All 3 partners have independently developed practices and practice philosophies that are remarkably similar, and they all share a passion for excellence in pet care and client service.

Dr. Dan enjoys partnering with clients to provide the best possible care for their pets. He attends over 80 hours of continuing education each year. He married his college sweetheart and they have 4 sons, one daughter, and a mini Goldendoodle.

Support Team

animal hospital in Round Lake: Jackie Round Lake veterinarian tech

Jackie, Hospital Manager

Hello! My name is Jackie and I am the Hospital Manager at Companion Animal Hospital in Round Lake. I have worked in the veterinary field for 3 years and previously worked at a dog/cat boarding facility for 8 years. I was really drawn to the veterinary field after working at the boarding facility and having such a love for animals, I wanted to be able to do more for their overall health. I love making connections with our clients and their pets and believe that making them feel like part of our hospital family is extremely important. In my spare time I enjoy snuggling with my 10-year old pug, Tegan, and watching hockey with my friends and family. I love plants/gardening even though I just recently started my first batch of tomatoes and flowers this spring/summer. I look forward to meeting you and your furry family!

animal hospital in Round Lake: Jessica vet tech Round Lake IL

Jessica, Veterinary Assistant

Hi! My name is Jessica and I recently joined Companion Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant, helping to open our new location in Round Lake! I decided I wanted to work with animals after seeing firsthand how therapeutic it can be. I have been a VA for a little over a year and am currently enrolled at Penn Foster to become certified. I love coming to work and learning something new every single day! I enjoy working with clients just as much as I enjoy working with their pets. I also have a dog of my own named Zeke, a very energetic and intelligent Australian Cattle Dog!

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Paige, Veterinary Assistant

Hi! My name is Paige and I've been with Companion Animal Hospital in Round Lake as a Vet Assistant since October of 2018. I've been working with animals for 7 years now, including working in Pet Hotels and Doggy Day Cares, but primarily in Veterinary Hospitals. I've wanted to work with animals since I was little and I love being able to help client's pets in any way that I can! I love both dogs and cats, but I am definitely a cat lady! I also have two cats (or as I refer to them- my kids), Luna and Jax.

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Jacie, Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Jacie! I'm the newest addition to the Companion Animal Hospital Round Lake team, however not new the field! I've been a Vet Tech for 12 years now and couldn't picture myself doing anything else. I love meeting new people and their fur babies! When I'm not at work my cat and two dogs keep me pretty busy. Opie is a 4 year old Pit Bull, Darla is a 1 year old hound mix, and Guiness is my poor, long haired kitty that has to put up with all of the doggy shenanigans! I also have a passion for art, history and traveling. When I'm not making friends with four legged creatures you can usually find me drawing, painting or flying to a different part of the country for adventures! Although, nothing beats the sense of pride I get from helping pets and their families. I can't wait to meet you and yours!

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susan, Client service coordinator

Hi, my name is Susan.  I am so lucky to be part of such a caring pet practice.  I have been working with furry friends for over 8 years and love everyday.  I have two adopted cats - Binx (found outside at 6 months old with a plastic cup on his head/face) and Squeaks (she actually sounds like a squeaky toy!) There isn't a day that goes by that I don't fondly remember my two boxers - Maya and Ruckus.  Transitioning from a life of dogs to cats was certainly an interesting one.  I am so thankful for all the memories and friends that I have made over the years.  Making those special bonds with pet parents and furry family members is important to me.  When I am not working I gardening, needle pointing, reading or fishing.  I am looking forward to getting to know you and your furry family!

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