Our Veterinary Staff at Carey Animal Clinic
Carey Animal Clinic is proud to introduce you to our dedicated, animal loving team! We invite you to read our bios and learn more about our veterinarians and support staff. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us!
Dr. Carey – Veterinarian/Owner
Dr. Carey was born and raised in a small town in central Kansas. She received her Bachelors of Science from Kansas State Teachers College and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 from Kansas State University. Upon graduating in 1982 she relocated to the Chicago area where she’s been practicing in the New Lenox area for 32 years. In January of 2000, she opened her own practice. The practice continued to grow, prompting her to purchase the first original firehouse in New Lenox (known as Station 1) in 2011. After a complete renovation the practice moved to its current location in May of 2012. Dr. Carey enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, but has a special interest in feline medicine and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Carey is a member of the AVMA, Feline Practioners, Illinois Veterinary Association & AAHA. Dr. Carey enjoys traveling, reading and antiquing. Dr. Carey has a family of seven Pekingese that she acquired through the rescue organizations she works with.
Dr. Michelle Ramczyk – Veterinarian
Dr. Ramczyk specializes in the care of small animals. She earned her BS in Wildlife Ecology in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin. Before coming to work for Carey Animal Clinic, Dr. Ramczyk completed rotating internships in small animal medicine in June 2009 at VCA Aurora and VCA Berwyn.
Dr. Ramczyk lives with her husband Bob, who is also a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and their two children Jocelyn and Benjamin. They have five cats named Maverick, MacGyver, Hank, Madison, and Louie, and a dog named Beethoven. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on her favorite sports teams, which are the Green Bay Packers, the Badgers, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Chicago Blackhawks! She also loves cooking, trying new recipes, and finding new restaurants to try.
Dr. Jack M. Engels – Veterinarian
Dr. Engels a graduate of the University of Illinois and Chicago State has been practicing veterinary medicine in the area for over 30 years. He joined our team in 2012 on a part-time basis. Dr. Engels sees patients every other Monday & Saturday on a regular basis and fills in for Dr. Carey on a as needed basis also. He has been married to his wife Linda for 40 years and together they have many pets, including dogs, cat, fish and a parrot. During his free time, he enjoys reading novels, biographies and anything related to American history, and watching sports (especially hockey).
Dr. Robert Summers – Veterinarian
Dr. Summers joined the Carey Animal Clinic team in April 2015. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1995 from the University of Illinois. When he’s not caring for pets at the clinic, he cares for his own pets: a beagle named Beethoven and five cats named MacGyver, Maverick, Maddie, Hank, and Louis. Dr. Summers and his wife, Michelle, also have a son named Ben and a daughter named Jocelyn. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and being a handyman/doing house repairs. He can even sew! He’s also an avid Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubbies fan.
Dr. Lisa Woodside – Veterinarian
Dr. Woodside graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She continued her education and was certified in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehab Institute in 2011. Further, she attended the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Wisconsin and received her degree in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy. In 2015, she attended the IVAS basic acupuncture course. Dr. Woodside lives in Wheaton, IL with her husband and pets. In her off time she enjoys competing in dog sports, relaxing with a book, and hiking.
Ready to Go Veterinary rehabilitation was founded in March 2015. The business was founded on the principle of providing the best care possible for our patients and going back to the roots of rehabilitation. We strive to provide great preventative care and also help injured pets get back on their feet. We can help dogs recover more quickly and more fully. Examples of some of the most common musculoskeletal conditions we treat would be hip dysplasia, arthritis, torn and partially torn cruciate ligaments, post-surgical cases, and neurologic conditions (such as intervertebral disc disease). In addition to musculoskeletal conditions, we can also help to treat internal medicine cases with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. This can be a great adjunct to our western medicine treatments. Examples of some internal medicine cases we can help treat include irritable bowel disease, recurrent urinary tract infections, asthma, allergies, lick granulomas, and chronic diarrhea.
Lisa – Clinic Manager
Hi my name is Lisa. I have been working with Dr. Carey since 1995, on the customer service/administrative side of the veterinary clinic. Along with my husband, and two children, I share my home with two cats named Callie and Lily.
Amanda (Mandy) – Technician and Receptionist
I have been in the veterinary field for many years working as a technician/receptionist. I currently reside in an apartment full of kitties. Although I look forward to getting a house so I can add some dogs!
Amy – Technician
Graduated from Fox College in December of 2012, and has been an employee at Carey Animal Clinic for 8 years. She enjoys spending time with her two Pekingese Drake & Simba. Both dogs were paralyzed in the rear legs when they were brought to our clinic by a rescue organization. Since taking them to a chiropractor on a regular basis, they are now walking without their wheelchairs!
Mary – Technician
Mary has been working as a veterinary technician for over 20 years, with a special interest in training and behavior. She shares her home with her husband and 3 dogs.
Courtney – Technician
I have been working with animals for about 7 years. I enjoy working with both cats and dogs, although I love all kinds of animals. I am currently finishing my Bachelor's degree in Biology at Lewis University and plan on attending vet school next fall. I enjoy learning about alternative/holistic medicine in pet care as well as wildlife conservation. I have three dogs and three cats: Jaeger, Winnie, Guinness, Spooky, Katy, and Maya.
Kristin – Technician (CVT)
I joined the Carey Animal Clinic team in September of 2016. However, I have been working in the veterinary field since 2007. After graduating from the vet tech program at JJC, I became a CVT in 2013. I am definitely a cat person, but love all animals! I have three cats of my own: Sophia, Kitten, and Gracie.
Peggy – Technician
I joined the Carey Animal Clinic team in January 2017. I have over 20 plus years of experience with an emphasis on dog behavior training. My husband Ed and I share a farm with 2 field spaniels, 5 horses and multiple cats. If I'm not at work, you might find me at a dog show, riding my horses, rescuing cats or attending a sports event.
Jennifer – Receptionist
Jennifer has been employed with Carey Animal Clinic since 2005. She loves hanging out with her dog "Rasta”, & cats "Winston", “Corrinado" & "Delilah".
Kayla – Receptionist
Kayla has been part of the Carey Animal Clinic family since 2007. She lives with her husband and her "no-eyed cat", Keller. She also enjoys a part-time pet, her Mom's Canine Companions for Independence service dog, Dino. Look for him under the desk!
Jana – Receptionist
Jana joined Carey Animal Clinic in January 2015. She enjoys traveling and camping with her husband, 2 sons and 3 dogs.
Michelle – Receptionist
I joined the staff in July 2017. I have been employed in the veterinary industry for 20 years. I love working with animals and the people who love them. I currently share my home with my dog Cami, and cats, Joe, Micki, and Ben.