Dr. Kuhn-Siegel, DVM
Veterinarian / OwnerDr. Kuhn as a veterinarian she wishes to challenge the status quo by helping animals live the healthiest lives that they can. Her goals with this clinic to make the veterinary experience to be as kind and stress-free as possible for both patient and their fur parent (owner).
That is why she has started her behavior centered fear-free veterinary practice. Where one of our goals is for patients to like their vet and vet staff so that when they hurt we can treat them more quickly and effectively. This helps the veterinary team to get them on the way to health faster and easier.
Dr. Rachael is the owner and practicing veterinarian at Prairie Animal Hospital. She graduated with her bachelors in Science from Iowa State University and earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University’s Veterinary College in 2005.
After graduation, Dr. Rachael practiced veterinary medicine throughout the United States as a Navy wife. In 2011, Dr. Rachael and her family returned home to just outside Peoria, IL to be closer to her family.
In her “spare” time she loves to garden hike, ride her bike and go horseback riding with her three children and husband. She currently has six furry family members which include one dog (Charlie) and five cats (Marigold, Pierre, Peanut, Sister, and Bushy.)
Dr. Rachael loves preventative medicine and has a special interest in urgent care medicine.
Dr. Grimm, DVM
VeterinarianDr. Kourtney Grimm was born and raised in central Illinois and returned home after graduating with a DVM from University of Illinois in 2012. Like many veterinarians, she has always loved animals, but developed an interest in exotic and wildlife medicine after studying sea turtles in Costa Rica for a year before starting veterinary school. Despite being land locked in Illinois, sea turtles remain her favorite animal. She actively pursues additional education in exotic animal medicine to provide high quality care to many different species of animals. She has a specific interest in community outreach and enjoys doing talks to adults and children about exotic animal care and medicine. She hopes to continue to work in her community to bridge a gap in exotic animal access to quality information and care. Like Dr. Kuhn, Dr. Grimm makes it her priority to provide a fear free environment that’s comfortable for both her patients and their owners. She aims to provide high quality, compassionate care to all types of animals. Dr. Grimm shares her home with her husband, 2 young sons, 2 red footed tortoises, 2 axolotls, a uromastyx lizard, and several dogs and cats. When she’s not working, she loves to be outside and enjoys traveling with her family, Costa Rica being the favorite destination!
Office ManagerMandy was born and raised in a small town in southern Illinois. She spent a lot of time helping on her uncle’s farm. She had many pets growing up including guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, frogs, and her favorite, dogs. Mandy’s favorite breed of dog is the Irish Setter. She has been a Certified Pharmacy Technician for over 15 years and is now grateful to further her career at Prairie Animal Hospital.
She is so excited to use her human pharmacy skills in a veterinary environment. She loves working at PAH! When Mandy is not at work she spends all her free time with her little girl who just turned 1 in October, her wonderful family and great friends.
Mandy’s hobbies are reading, playing acoustic guitar, and watching sports. Go Cubs! Go Bears!
Certified Veterinary TechnologistShawn is a certified veterinary technologist who joined our team in March of 2018. She grew up in Indianapolis and earned her bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology at Purdue University. Shawn was inspired by her mother who was also a veterinary technician. They are the first mother/daughter duo to graduate from Purdue’s veterinary technology program. After college, she married her high school sweetheart, Mark. They moved to Peoria in 2016 for Mark’s job. Shawn’s professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry, and clinical lab work. She especially enjoys caring for hospitalized patients and nursing them back to health. When she is not at work, Shawn likes to read, watch motorsports (especially NASCAR and IndyCar), power through CrossFit workouts, and experiment with craft projects.
Veterinary AssistantDana is from a caterpillar family, so she has grown up in multiple cities and states. However, she considers Peoria as her home since she has spent the most time growing up in the area. Her huge passion and interest is in animals, which is why she spent her college years attending and then graduating from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s of Zoology.
Dana and her husband met while she attended Dunlap High School, but they never dated. Funny thing, she remembered him from high school but he didn’t remember her! They reconnected online through a mutual friend when he was in the Marines and the rest is history! They were married and after her husband had completed his duty serving his time as a Marine, they decided to move back to where he considered home in Tampa, Florida. They have no human children but one fur baby: a loveable boxer named Jax! Unfortunately, Jax has a torn cruciate ligament in his hind leg, but once he was given the diagnoses and Dana saw his x-rays, she knew she wanted to become a veterinary technician. So Dana went back to school and took a semester of school at Hillsborough Community College.
Due to family circumstances, Dana and her husband had to move back to the Peoria area so she had to drop out of the school. Dana is however still planning to become certified as a veterinary technician and hopefully pass on her receptionist role to another! She is so excited to further her career at Prairie Animal Hospital and look forward to a bright future! Dana’s hobbies are reading, browsing Netflix with her husband, and of course play and cuddle with her fur baby Jax!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Carisa is from Tremont Illinois and she currently resides there with her children, both furry and human. She is the daughter of a chiropractor, so the medical field and small, family oriented offices like Prairie Animal Hospital are near and dear to her. Animals have been her passion her entire life. She graduated from Tremont High School in 2013, where she was active in the music and art programs. She then pursued her passion at Parkland College in Champaign Illinois, graduating in 2015 with her A.A.S. in veterinary technology. She has worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician ever since. Carisa is the mother of a super adorable baby girl. In her minimal free time, she likes to cook, which the Prairie Animal Hospital staff really enjoys, and do art projects.
Sam is a Peoria native who has been with us since May. After high school, he joined the Army and was stationed in Washington state for 3 years. He moved back to Illinois in 2015 to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and complete his service in the Illinois Army National Guard. He is currently applying for vet school. In his spare time, Sam enjoys TV and spending time with his beloved cat, Roxanne.
Spencer is 7 years young. He first bought this clinic by faking his heart disease and possibly contacting the TV lawyers, however he will not confirm or deny how he got his catnip treat money. He quit his first home and doc offered him a job saving him from boredom at the shelter. He definitely knows who owns the place. He has spent most of his life “working” as door greeter at the clinic or trying to steal patient’s treats. He has lots of experience with lots of other pets and treats them all with the same “are you going to eat that?” stare.
His hobbies include professional napping, disapproving stares, and eating as many times a day as possible. Garfield is his personal hero. When you come see us there’s a good chance he will be there to greet you in the lobby.