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 and her twin boys.
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 five grandchildren. Her furry family consists of a Golden Retriever named Jackson and her 2 granddogs. Dr. Wardrip loves seeing all of her Crestwood clients and pets and meeting all the Bevlab clients with their pets.
Dr. 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?
Things Happen + The Golden Rule. These two go hand-in-hand: how life unfolds and how to respond.
It is what it is.
Get ‘er done.
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 humane society and then managed it for a period. She joined Bevlab in Sept 2014. Her assortment of pets keeps her home very 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 four adorable grandchildren, Liam, Emma, Anne and Nolan. She loves the staff, clients and furry friends she has met at Bevlab. It feels like home!
Erca has four fur babies at home, 2 cats and two dogs. She has always been around animals. She developed a love for horses very young leading her to study pre-veterinary medicine and equine business management. Erica also participated in IHSA and has intentions of continuing her education specializing in equine care and hopefully being involved in equine therapy. She has been a veterinary receptionist since 2016 and used to be a full-time stable hand. Erica loves working with all types of animals and that this field allows her to learn something new every day.
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.
Krysten has a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management from Governor's State University. She has been working in clinics as a receptionist and technician since 1999. Krysten joined the team at Bevlab in August 2018.
She is a busy mom of two young boys Kindyll & Kerrington who share her with 2 cats, Cheetah and Khloe and Vector, an American Bully pup.
Krysten loves spending time having outdoor fun with her family.
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.
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 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.