Meet Our Staff
Dr. Amanda Nava
Dr. Nava graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, with honors. She has been with the Bevlab team since 2010 and loves the family-like atmosphere this clinic offers. Dr. Nava has two Akitas named Kaya and Kuma, which are very spoiled. Outside of work, Dr. Nava enjoys scuba diving, snowboarding, line dancing, and traveling with her husband.
Dr. Leslie Plowe
Dr. Plowe graduated from the University of Illinois in 1981, and has been in practice ever since. She loves all of her clients and their pets, but is especially interested in internal medicine and dermatology cases. When she is not at work, Dr. Plowe can be found gardening, exercising, or catching a White Sox game with her husband. She loves to cook, spend time with her family, and shares her home with two dogs and two cats.
Dr. Susan Wardrip
Dr. Wardrip is a 1978 graduate of Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined Bevlab Animal Hospital in September of 2015 after closing Crestwood Animal Clinic that she co-owned with her husband, Dr. Craig Wardrip, for 33 years. She has three children and four grandchildren. Her furry family consists of a Golden Retriever and a cat. Dr. Wardrip loves seeing all of her Crestwood clients and pets and meeting all the Bevlab clients with their pets.
Dr. Janet Knipper
Dr. Knipper received her degree from the University of Illinois in 1982. If she has to choose, Dr. Knipper’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is soft tissue surgery. When she is not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities like biking and skiing. She is an active member of the Depaul Alumni Association, and also likes to travel in her free time. At home, Dr. Knipper enjoys music and the company of her two cats.
Dr. Maggie Placer
Dr. Maggie Placer earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 2014. She attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate, receiving a degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Science and Technology. While at LSU, Dr. Placer was a member of Tri-Delta Sorority and active in student government. After graduating from veterinary school, she worked as a small animal practitioner in southern Indiana. Dr. Placer participated in an ABVP residency in Feline Practice in The Woodlands, TX from 2015-2017. She has a lifelong passion for working with companion animals; her focus is on wellness care to prolong the valuable time that owners have with their pet. Dr. Placer is a published author and hopes to further contribute to veterinary research.
Dr. Placer is a sports enthusiast who enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, crime shows and all things animal. She completed the 2012 Chicago marathon and is looking forward to her next marathon. She shares her home with her cat, Jimmay Graham, and is currently honoring the memory of her Doberman, Nala.
Liz changed from a culinary career after a few years of fostering for a humane society. After graduating from a Veterinary Technician program, she worked at the shelter and managed it for a period. She joined Bevlab in Sept 2014. Her assortment of pets keeps her home busy.
Bernie worked at Crestwood Animal Clinic for 18 years before joining the Bevlab family in September 2015. She lives in Manteno with her husband, four cats and little dog Rocco. She and her husband also have two horses and enjoy riding as often as possible.Bernie enjoys spending time with family, especially her two adorable grandchildren, Liam and Emma. She loves the staff, clients and furry friends she has met at Bevlab. It feels like home!
Rhonda was a vet tech at Animal Welfare League's intake area for 5 years before joining the Bevlab team in October 2016. She has 3 dogs and 2 cats of her own. Rhonda enjoys spending time with all types of animals.
Alexandra has been a receptionist at Bevlab for 5 years. Her love of animals began as a child when her dad got her a puppy, which she named Cookie. She now has a Boxer named Taser and a chihuahua mix named Cloe, both of which are rescues. Alex has had a license in hair cutting for 9 years and is also a certified Medical Assistant. She loves spending time with her children Elena and Edward. Alex loves to do crafts.
Vicki has worked as a receptionist at Bevlab since 2014. She enjoys working with animals and has a husky mix and a boxer of her own. She is a compassionate dog lover. Vicki enjoys working with the doctors and staff at Bevlab and loves the family relationship between the Bevlab team and our customers.
Teressa was born and raised in Chicago. She has had different types of pets throughout her life, all of which she found very interesting. She has had the opportunity to volunteer at both Lincoln Park Zoo and Animal Welfare League. This experience gave her a great respect for God's creatures and how they educate, balance, and bring joy to our lives. She has work experience in many capacities of customer service from time spent in retail, city government, travel and the Board of Education. She is also an advocate for people with disabilities. Teressa has been a receptionist at Bevlab for over nine years and loves learning from pet owners and the things they share.
Reception/ Vet Assistant
Cailey is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Biology and will be starting Veterinary School in the fall of 2017. She currently has a rescue dog named Rocky. In her free time she enjoys crafting and reading
Sue started grooming when she was 19 years old. She has 2 rescue dogs, a Labrador named Trevor, and a Shih tzu named Gizmo. Her family recently rescued a Guinea pig named Peeka-pig. Sue has been grooming at Bevlab since 2006. Sue loves spending her spare time with her family and pets, walking and riding bikes in the summer.
Sean has been a Veterinary Assistant at Bevlab since he was 17. His hobbies include craft beer, cooking, and hanging out with family and friends. Sean loves his job and his coworkers.
Ryen recently joined Bevlab as an assistant. He is in his sophomore year as a Pre-Veterinary major at Chicago State University. He enjoys playing basketball and football and loves Nike.