Wise Road Animal Hospital

Wise Road Animal Hospital in Schaumburg, IL is a companion animal hospital focusing on the health and well-being of your dog and/or cat. Our Doctors and staff are committed to providing quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.

Our goal is practicing the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion, with an emphasis on client education. Our entire healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual pet owner.
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  • Mon: 8:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tue: 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Wed: 8:00am - 12:30pm
  • Thu: 8:00am - 6:30pm
  • Fri: 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:30pm
  • Rick DeCraene

    Dr. DeCraene has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1990.
    He joined Wise Road Animal Hospital in 2000.  A native of Iowa, Dr. DeCraene grew up in the Davenport area and attended Iowa State University where he majored in Microbiology and received his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1990.

    In his free time, Dr. DeCraene enjoys photography, music and hiking National parks with his family.  You can find his Shetland Sheepdog "Buster" gracing the pages of our website.

    Dr. DeCraene is a member of The Society of Phi Zeta (the Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine), Omega Tau Sigma (professional veterinary fraternity), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA), and the Chicagoland Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1991
    Education:
    Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University
    Interests:
    photography, Bears, music, hiking
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  • Carla Pfeiffer

    Dr. Pfeiffer has worked at Wise Road Animal Hospital since 2009. She grew up on the east coast in Rhode Island and New York before her family moved to Illinois then Indiana. Her undergraduate degree was obtained from Purdue University and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 2005. Dr. Pfeiffer is an USDA/APHIS accredited Veterinarian.

    While she has owned dogs, cats, rabbits and other exotic pets, currently Dr. Pfeiffer has 3 cats, Timmy, Ernst and Sneaky who make appearances in our webpages.  Dr. Pfeiffer understands that a happy pet is not only physically healthy but also mentally well-adjusted and socially well-behaved.  Her interests include behavioral medicine and basic training.

    Dr. Pfeiffer is a member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association for Women Veterinarians (AWV).

    Dr. Pfeiffer and her husband enjoy spending as much time as possible with their son, Patrick.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Education:
    Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois
    Interests:
    Cubs, biking, gardening
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  • Lora Ellwanger

    Lora came to work with us in 2009 after an internship in and a short stint at Lemont Veterinary clinic.

    After many years in other professions Lora followed a dream and earned her certification at Harper College as a Veterinary Assistant and we are excited she has joined our staff.

    Lora and her cat Louie love to spend time outside in their garden, although Lora does most of the work and Louie is more into sunning and monitoring the yard.

    Lora also has a wonderful voice, and while she is not currently working with a band, has been called on to sing to our clients' pets to help soothe them in times of stress.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Education:
    Certified Veterinary Assistant
    Interests:
    Singing/music, gardening, cats
  • Chuck Pfeiffer

    Chuck embarked on a new career with Wise Road Animal Hospital in 2010.  Previously Chuck worked in accounting, logistics, and customer service and merchandising.

    Chuck enjoys his time here with our clients and their pets.  When you visit us don't be surprised when Chuck wants a picture with your pet and to chat with you about your automobile.

    Chuck thoroughly enjoys being a dad and whenever possible takes his son to car shows, parks, museums and on bike rides. Chuck's current cats are Ernst, Timmy and newest addition Sneaky, and he has previously owned a Beagle dog and other cats.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Education:
    Client Service Representative
    Interests:
    Biking, cars, WWII
  • Elena Greer

    Elena has been with us since 2014.  She obtained her Certificate of Veterinary Assistance from Harper Community College.  She also previously worked at an Anderson Animal Shelter, where you enjoyed your time helping pets find their forever home.

    Elena loves her family which includes her dogs, Chewy and Millie, and her cat Thumper.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing scrabble and watching movies

    Friendly and quiet, Elena has been a great addition to our staff.  Her smile can make your day.  If you know of any local family oriented events, Elena and her family would love to hear about it.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Certified Veterinary Assistant
    Interests:
    Movies, reading, board games
  • Emma Alleruzzo

    Emma is a Certified Veterinary Technician who started with us in 2014.  She previously worked in emergency and enjoys the more relaxed family-style medicine practiced at Wise Road Animal Hospital.

    Emma has a beautiful Sharpei-German Shepherd-Chow mix named Macy, who also enjoys her visits here.  Emma enjoys talking with clients and sharing stories.  

    When she is not taking care of someone's pets, either at work or home, she enjoys going to comic book conventions and cosplay.  She is fascinated with Johnny Depp and has met him twice!  If you would like to get her started, just ask about him or her body ink. If you do, make sure you have plenty of time to chat!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Certified Veterinary Technician
    Interests:
    Cosplay, Johnny Depp, Body Art
  • Kaylee Bookwood

    Kaylee joined us in 2018 after receiving her certification in Veterinary Assistance from McHenry County College. Previous work experience includes volunteering at Assisi Animal Foundation.

    Kaylee adopted 2 German Shepherd mixes, Fiona and Jack, and a feline she creatively named Cat. Cat also obtained a few other "nicknames" after being found numerous times hanging out in the refrigerator, and also stealing objects from visitor's bags!

    Kaylee is a second-degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do. She traveled to Australia and New Zealand after being nominated as a Student Ambassador for the United States under Dwight D. Eisenhower's People to People program.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2019
    Education:
    Certified Veterinary Assistant
    Interests:
    Pets, cars, photography
  • Rebekah Welninski

    Bekah started with us in 2018.  She received her certificate in Veterinary Assistance from Animal Behavior College.  She previously worked with the Animal House Shelter in Huntley.  Her favorite part of working with shelter animals was socializing the dogs and cats helping them to acclimate to their new forever homes.

    In her free time, Bekah enjoys flow dancing, photography and spending time with her family.  She currently gets to travel all over the world with Altered Space Photo Tribe creating online photography courses.

    Bekah is very outgoing and enjoys talking with clients about art and dance.  You can see her spinning fire at BOO Productions ! 
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    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2019
    Education:
    Certified Veterinary Assistant
    Interests:
    Flow dancing, photography
  • Alexandra D'Agostino

    Alex began working here in 2019 after a few years at a Chicago clinic.  She studied Animal and Plant Sciences Seacoast School of Technology for 2 years learning a wide variety of general information on an expansive number of animal and plant species.  

    Alex also enjoyed volunteering at the New England Aquarium for 3 years where she assisted the marine mammal trainers.  Her favorite memories include enrichment with the seals, prepping food and making toys for the animals to play with.

    Alex also enjoys dancing, swimming, adventuring and all things ocean !  Since she is relatively new to the area she is always looking for fun stuff to do around town ! 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2018
    Education:
    Certificate in Animal and Plant Science
    Interests:
    Ocean life, dancing, swimming