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Dr. Sheree Block:
Dr. Block graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. She has practiced in the Wrigleyville area of Chicago, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and then in Villa Park, IL, before opening Country Court Animal Hospital in 1991. "I enjoy working with a family to help their four-legged (or two-legged for birds!) friend become a loved member of the family. Maintaining good health and acceptable behavior is always my goal."
In 1995, Dr. Block decided Country Court should become a certified member of the American Animal Hospital Association, an organization which fosters and requires excellence in patient care. The entire staff works hard to uphold AAHA's high standards. Dr. Block is also a strong believer in keeping abreast of the latest advances in veterinary medicine through frequent Continuing Education meetings and seminars, as well as active membership in online veterinary organizations which allow ready consultations with experts in every field.
In her spare time, Dr. Block enjoys hiking with her dog, Annie, canoeing, and nature photography. Her cat, Wally, named for the Walmart parking lot where he was abandoned, stays home to "observe" her aviary of finches and "keep them in line." Dr. Block built the aviary in Country Court's lobby, home to a number of her Lady Gould's Finches.
Dr. Janet Dornhoff:
Dr. Dornhoff always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up -- she just never changed her mind about it! Dr. Dornhoff grew up on the University of Illinois campus, where her father was a math professor and her mother was an accountant. She attended the U of I for her undergraduate degrees (B.S.s in Honors Biology and Chemistry). She volunteered at the vet school's Wildlife Ward, later renamed the Wildlife Medical Clinic, starting two years before entering vet school, and her interest in wildlife and exotic pets has continued ever since. As a vet student she did externships at the California Regional Primate Research Center, Animal Medical Center in New York, Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital, and The Minnesota Zoo.
After graduating vet school in 1998, she worked in private practice in Pennsylvania before returning to her home state to join Country Court Animal Hospital in October 1999. Dr. Dornhoff enjoys working with a wide variety of animals, from dogs and cats, to hamsters and ferrets, to parakeets, parrots, turtles, and lizards. She once assisted with a Caesarian on a hamster, and performed surgery on a tarantula. She is especially interested in animal behavior and in prevention and management of chronic and surgical pain. Dr. Dornhoff loves attending continuing education conferences and lectures, and is working towards becoming board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
Janet enjoys long walks with her papillon, Pippin, who thinks three or four hours should be followed by chasing the ball for another half-hour. She walked in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in 2008, 2011, and 2014; the Breast Cancer Three-Day in 2009; and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. She also enjoys traveling and staying in hostels, geocaching, reading, NPR, science fiction, and listening to and singing folk, swing and comedy music. She and Pippin are allowed to share a home with her senior cat Hobbes and his feline minion Mary. Pippin can usually be found keeping a chair warm in the office whenever his mom is working, and loves getting to meet so many people and dogs at work!
Dr. Mary Lewis:
While growing up in northern Wisconsin Mary Lewis nurtured her love of animals by raising dogs, cats, ponies and quarter horses. Her college years were spent in Madison where she earned both her Bachelors degree in Bacteriology and her Veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin. Since graduating from Vet school in 1988, Mary's years have primarily been filled with part-time veterinary medicine and full-time stay-at-home motherhood. "I have had the best of all worlds pursuing the career that I have always dreamed and being at home to raise our three children with my husband, John."
Throughout her professional career Mary has enjoyed raising and training many of her own dogs and has accomplished a variety of distinctions including a champion in competitive obedience, a guide dog for the visually impaired, a certificated therapy dog, and sweet family pets.
Mary feels blessed to have been a part of the Country Court practice since June, 2009. She finds the practice to be her ideal veterinary niche to guide families and their pets to better health while improving their pet-owner relationships through wise training. "The team at Country Court has found the perfect recipe in animal health to best serve our clients and their families."
Just about every morning Mary enjoys long walks with her dogs Rondo (Lab) and Wilbur (Papillon). She also enjoys bike riding, cross country skiing and doing just about anything with husband John and their children, Phil, Joe and Julie.