Meet The Team

Gail A. Jacobsen, LVT

Gail Jacobsen began working at Morrison Veterinary Clinic in 2006. She and her husband, Mike, have several hunting dogs (Jessie, Nellie, Bob, Gretel, and George), two cats (White Sox and Becks), three horses (Fyre, Gus, and Bree), and a bird (RJ). What Gail enjoys the most about the Morrison Veterinary Clinic is being able to have a job she is passionate about, helping people with their pets, and being part of a great team.

Lisa Bush

Lisa Bush began working at Morrison Veterinary Clinic in August 2006 after graduating from Black Hawk College with an Associate of Applied Science in Equine Science and attending Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. Lisa has three crazy herding dogs, five quarter horses, one cow, and a slew of chickens, ducks, and cats. In addition to working at the clinic, she also teaches horseback riding lessons and has a special interest in equine nutrition. Lisa loves forming relationships with the clients and their pets, the family atmosphere of the staff and coworkers, and being able to learn cool and exciting medical information.

Donna Rus

Donna Rus started working at Morrison Veterinary Clinic in 2010. She has four dogs, four cats, and a bird. Her favorite part about the veterinary clinic is working together as a team and working with all the animals.

Debra Moore

Debra Moore began working at Morrison Veterinary Clinic in June 2011. She is a graduate of Morrison High School and Sauk Valley Community College, and has a degree in Applied Science. She and her husband, Gary, have a daughter and a son as well as four grandchildren. Additional family members include three dogs (two English Bulldogs named Pudge and Tank, and one "Bagle" named Barney), three cats (Callie, Bug, and Polly), and a horse (Fire). She enjoys working with a great team of doctors and staff, and the wonderful compassion that is shown by everyone.

Wendi Ketchum

Wendi Ketchum started working at Morrison Veterinary Clinic in August 2012. Between her husband (Karley) and two stepsons (Kain and Kit) and MaCaia, plus two American Bulldogs (Harlow and Rado), one Labrador Retriever (Irie Lane), one cat (Sammi), and one horse (Star Magellan), she has a full house! She loves getting to know the clients of Morrison Veterinary Clinic, helping the animals, and learning something new every day!

Sandi VanDerLeest

Sandi VanDerLeest began working at Morrison Veterinary Clinic in March 2015. Together with her husband, Larry, and their two children, Kyle and Shayna, they have three dogs plus several horses and cattle. Sandi enjoys getting to know the clients and their pets.

Emalie Sterenberg

Emalie Sterenberg started working at Morrison Veterinary Clinic in September 2015. She has lived on a crop and livestock farm in rural Morrison her entire life. She has cats, a dog, and horses at home. Her favorite part about working at Morrison Veterinary Clinic is being able to help animals and see pets begin new lives with their owners.

Christian Cooper

Christian Cooper began her internship through WACC in October 2016, and was later hired to be a member of the team in April 2017. Christian is a student at Illinois State University, majoring in Criminal Justice with a career goal of being an Animal Cruelty Investigator. Her favorite part of working at the clinic is making a positive difference in the lives of both pets and their owners.      

Brittany Milnes, CVT

Emma Haak

Emma Haak joined the Morrison Veterinary Clinic team in August 2017. She raises Murray Grey cattle for beef and cow-calf production at the Buffalo Creek Farm in Polo, Illinois, where her grandfather started the operation and she now continues with her father. In addition, Emma has a Border Collie (Joey), 2 house cats (Taffy and Roo), 1 rabbit (Bobo), and several outside cats. She also enjoys raising chickens and ducks for egg production and hatching. She received her Bachelor's in Animal Science Degree, with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, as well as an Associates in General Sciences Degree from Parkland College. She has a Certified Nursing Assistant License (from Sauk Valley Community College) and is A.I. certified (through Select Sires). She plans to attend veterinary school and hopes to obtain a Master's degree in Public Health. 

Cece Cortinez, CVT

Cece Cortinez began working at the Morrison Veterinary Clinic in May 2018. She is a 2018 graduate from the Rockford Career College Veterinary Technician Program. She moved to the area from Rockford in July 2017 and has been working in the veterinary medical field for 12 years. Her previous experiences include kennel work, grooming, humane society, and multiple veterinary practices. She recently bought a house in Dixon with her fiance and is excited to join the Morrison Veterinary Clinic Team!

Donna "Dee" Scanlan

Destiny Dahler, CVT

Destiny Dahler began working at the Morrison Veterinary Clinic in June 2018. She graduated from the Fox College Vet Tech Institute (in Tinley Park, IL) with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in April 2017. She has a German Shepherd fur baby named "Zelda Ann Marie." Her favorite part of the job is to assist and witness the ill patients get better, knowing she had a part of it. She looks forward to meeting all the clients and patients.