Meet Our Staff

Veterinarians

Dr. Amanda Nava
Veterinarian

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
Veterinarian

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
Veterinarian

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
Veterinarian

Janet  Knipper

I was inspired to become a veterinarian by a love for animals and science. The novels of James Herriott brought the profession to life for me. I received my degree from the University of Illinois in 1982.

I enjoy outdoor activities like biking and skiing and am active in the Depaul Alumni Association and love to travel.  My at home family consists of myself and my cat Earl. 

My goal is to make every pet and owner feel comfortable with good quality care and compassion. I believe that you should always treat others with respect.

 

Dr. Jen Nevis
Veterinarian

Jen Nevis

Dr. Nevis is a 1997 University of Illinois graduate. Her practice experience spans large animal-mixed practice, companion animals, exotic pets and 9 years of full time wildlife rehabilitation medicine. Dr Nevis felt right at home from the start with Bevlab's great staff and wonderful clients. 

Why did you become a veterinarian?

When I was 12 years old, my dad saw I loved animals so he gave me “All Creatures Great and Small” for Christmas. I read the first 5 pages and thought, “Gross! No way am I ever doing that!”. As the years went by, I still loved animals but also come to love science, biology and working with my hands. Animal medicine combines these in a very unique way.

 

What is your goal with every patient visit?

I think going to the doctor with your pet is really stressful, especially if they are sick. I really want to put the client and the patient at ease as much as possible so the client can take in the information they receive and the pet can allow the staff to handle and treat them gently and safely. Going to the hospital is never going to be fun but anything that decreases the anxiety of it really impacts my ability to meet the needs of everybody involved, human and animal. I think of how I’d like my family and my pets to be treated in a hospital setting and then aim at providing that kind of care.

 

Who makes up your family (pets/people)?

Both parents and 5 brothers and sisters for humans.

Two dogs Big Ben and Perl; two cats Teasel and Murphy; Milky-The-Milksnake; 1 billion guppies (and counting).

 

Do you have a mantra or philosophy that you live by?

  1. Things Happen + The Golden Rule. These two go hand-in-hand: how life unfolds and how to respond.

  2. It is what it is.

  3. Get ‘er done.

Staff

Liz
Manager/Tech

Liz

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.

Alecia
Vet Tech

Bernie
Vet Tech

Bernie

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
Vet Tech

Rhonda

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.

Katie
Veterinary Assistant

I joined Bevlab in December 2017 and have aspirations to become a registered technician. I graduated from Purdue University Calumet with a Bachelor’s in Biology with a concentration of Pre-Veterinary Medicine. My passion for animals began pretty young, since I grew up in a household that always had multiple animals. Currently, I have two fur-babies, Libby and Serena. Libby is an orange and white, Domestic Shorthair kitty that I found wandering outside a Library. She climbed right into my car and has been right at home ever since. Serena is a Brindle Pitbull that had been relinquished and stole my heart from the first night. She has come a long way from being afraid of walking through doorways (and pretty much everything else), to being a happy, life-loving dog with a loving home.

Sean
Veterinary Assistant

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.

Vicki
Reception

 Vicki

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
Reception

 Teressa

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.

Sue
Groomer

 Sue

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.