VCA Aroma Park Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Desneiges Hansen
    Veterinary Tech School: Parkland College

    Desneiges graduated from Parkland College and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2011. She is happily married to her husband, Damien, and they share their house with 4 cats, 2 rats, 2 dogs of their own, and 1 foster dog. Desneiges fosters for a rescue in Crown Point, IN, called CPR Fund. Desneiges would like to specialize in canine behavior and help rehabilitate damaged dogs so they can be adopted into loving families.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Melissa (Mel) Meredith
    Veterinary Tech School: Parkland College, Champaign-Urbana

    Mel is a Certified Veterinary Technician that has been at the clinic since August 2000. Mel has been dubbed "the cat whisperer" by her coworkers because of her ability to handle fractious cats. She is also the clinic kitten mom, having raised many kittens and adopted them out over the last few years. Mel currently has 5 cats of her own: Loki, Tiger, Lily, Kashka and Derby. She married her husband Chris in August 2001.  Their son, Quentin, was born November 2005.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Patti Bertrand

    Patti has been at VCA Aroma Park since April 2007. She has been trained as a technician assistant, but has also served the clinic as a receptionist and as a member of the kennel staff. Her family pet is a chihuahua named Oreo.

    On her days off, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Paige, born August 2008, and also enjoys scrapbooking and doing all types of "crafty" projects.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Mindy Montgomery

    Mindy has been with VCA since July 2008. She started her work here as a kennel manager and later moved to being a technician assistant. She has 2 children, 3 dogs, and 2 rats (and a partridge in a pear tree!!).


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately.

After hours, please contact one of the following locations:

University of Illinois - 1-217-333-5300, 1008 W. Hazelwood Dr, Urbana

VCA Aurora - 1-630-896-8541, 2600 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Mokena - 1-708-326-4800, 19110 S. 88th Ave, Mokena

Crestwood - 1-708-338-3771, 13715 S. Cicero Ave, Crestwood