Our caring and dedicated veterinary technicians and assistants will take care of your pets as if they were your own. We strive to provide a friendly, low stress environment as we assist our doctors with assessing you pet’s medical needs. We have compassion for all of our patients and we also help educate our clients so that they may provide the best quality care for their pets at home. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions or express your concern.
Melanie Gunderson – Hospital Administrator
Melanie grew up in the small rural town of Huntley, Illinois. She started out as a veterinary assistant 28 years ago and has enjoyed the field of veterinary medicine ever since. We welcomed her to GAH in February of 2012 as our Hospital Administrator. She has 3 children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. She has 1 dog, Fletcher. Melanie and her husband Todd enjoy traveling, music and trying new restaurants….. when they aren’t doing household projects!
Katie Christenson, Technician Team Leader:
Katie has been a part of the Glendale team since 2001 and our technician team leader since 2005. Katie keeps us well stocked as the inventory manager while managing the technician staff. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and her 2 daughters, Ally and Emma. She has 1 dog she adopted for As Good As Gold rescue and 3 cats at home.
Kim grew up in Bloomingdale, IL. After high school she went to work onboard a cruise ship as the gift shop manager for 3 years. She then continued her career in the travel industry as an agent for over 18 years. Kim joined GAH in August of 2012, bringing with her over 20 years of customer service experience. Kim shares her home with her husband and currently has 3 cats named Charlie, Frankie Oliver and Shaq. They were all adopted from a shelter or rescued. Kim travels to England to spend time with her husbands’ family and friends. Animals have always had a special place in her heart and she is thrilled to be a part of the GAH family!
Ashley has been a Client Service Representative with Glendale Animal Hospital since 2015. She has been involved in the veterinary field for almost 3 years, enjoys building relationships with clients and patients and being part of the caring and dedicated team at Glendale. Ashley grew up on a farm in rural North Dakota and spent her childhood with many animals, including several cats, dogs, and elk. In her free time she enjoys practicing archery, catching up on her favorite TV shows, going to concerts, and spending time with her family, friends, and her two rescue cats, Jasper and Mika.
Mel, Veterinary Technician:
Melanie was born and raised in the northern part of England surrounded by farms. As a result, she is very passionate about animals and their care. After moving to America she worked as a veterinary assistant in Michigan for almost 12 years before moving Wheaton in 2004. Melanie joined the Glendale team in 2011. She has 2 wonderful children, 2 dogs and 1 cat.
Toni, Veterinary Technician (CVT):
Toni went to the vet tech institute at Fox College and became a CVT in 2012 and joined Glendale Animal Hospital at that time. Toni is married to a wonderful man, Brandon and has 2 Pitbull mixes named Eden and Janet. Her favorite part of working at Glendale is welcoming patients in her highest squeaky voice….they love it!
Ashley, Veterinary Technician:
Ashley has been a veterinarian Technician at Glendale since 2013. She had never worked in a veterinary hospital before but has become an amazing vet assistant! Ashley has 4 dogs, 2 guinea pigs and a rabbit.
Ray, Veterinary Technician:
Ray has been a Tech. with Glendale since 2014 and has been working with animals for over 8 years. He has a beautiful fiancé and 2 gorgeous daughters, Audrey and Avery. Ray also has 1 dog, Southpaw and 2 cats, Cheddar Bob and Haylee. Ray doesn’t have time for anything else!
Graziella, Veterinary Technician:
Graziella has been a Veterinarian Technician with Glendale Animal Hospital since 2014, she has been in the field since 2005. She graduated from Elmhurst College in 2008 with Bachelor of Science in Business hoping one day to utilize her knowledge, experience and education within the field of Veterinarian Medicine. Graziella married her husband Joe in 2011 and has 2 sons Gino and Leo. They are the joys of her life. She has 2 small dogs Bella and Rucco. Glendale Animal Hospital is Graziella’s home away from home; she is so happy to have found an animal hospital that allows her to bloom and express her love and compassion for clients and pets.
Gabe, Kennel Assistant & Veterinary Assistant
Gabriel has worked with Glendale Animal Hospital since 2014. Gabe started as a kennel worker and also cross trained as an assistant to the technicians and doctors. Gabe likes to spend her free time watching her 4 yr old daughter, Mia, do gymnastics. On her days off she likes to head to Chicago to enjoy the parks, beaches and museums.