Meet Our Staff

 

Michael Walsh, DVM

 Michael Walsh, DVM
Dr. Walsh – I am a 1976 graduate of Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and have practiced small animal, equine, and food animal medicine surgery.    I took a leave from practice from 1990 to 1997 and served as a Long Term Health Careadministrator in facilities in Indiana and Michigan.  Upon my return to practice in 1997, I limited my practice to small animal only, and,  in August 2007 I purchased Oak Hill Animal Clinic.  I thoroughly enjoy what I do and coming to work everyday is truly a pleasure.  I have many outside interests.  I own 3 dogs, 2 Vizslas and 1 Harrier hound.  In addition to being my pets they are also show dogs and arein training for hunting as well.  In addition to showing and training my dogs, I also enjoy golf, travel, and attending the Chicago Symphony and I am working towards becoming a licensed American Kennel Club judge.    

CLIENT CARE TEAM

 

 

Betsy Kubisz

Betsy – Upon completing my college degree in Parks & Recreation, I worked in the private and public sector for ten years, only to find out my true love was in the veterinary field! I had been living with dogs all my life and with horses almost as long. I was convinced I wanted to work in large animal, until I did a “ride along” with a horse doctor and found out how insane the hours were, and how physically demanding that field was. With that in mind, I decided on working with small animals, instead. I have been doing this now for 25 years. As the front office manager for a very busy practice I grew tired of the fast pace and found Dr. Walsh and his lovely clinic here at Oak Hill. I truly enjoy the people here and the standard of care practiced by the entire staff.

My home life at my hobby farm in Lowell consists of a Saint Bernard, a rescued dog ( German Shorthair), a cat, a pony, and a big pinto who takes me around the neighborhood, when the weather cooperates. I also have a wonderful son and a very understanding husband (notice he gets mentioned last…), who has put up with all my animals and their ongoing needs.

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Kelly Boomsma

Kelly- Growing up I always had a love for animals. I worked in 2 veterinary clinics through high school and college as a kennel worker. I graduated with an Animal Science degree. After college, I worked in a large pet store, and then, as a technician in a lab at Purdue.

I have a special place in my heart for the Collie and Sheltie breeds.( I have aSheltie named Taylor.) And I have a few fish tanks.

I married my high school sweetheart and we have 2 little boys. After taking a few years off to have my children, I am now here at Oak Hill and I REALLY enjoy it !.

 

AndiAndi Burns

Andi- I am currently taking classes through Penn Foster College, working towards an Associates degree to become a Veterinary Technician.  I have always grown up around animals, and I have always wanted to work in the veterinary field, and now here I am at Oak Hill Animal Clinic!  I look forward to working with the animal clientele and their owners here.  With many years of personal experience with my many rescue dogs, cats, and birds, I couldn’t imagine a better place to be working!

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Cherie Isbitz

Cherie – Hello! I’m Cherie! I joined the Oak Hill gang in September of 2016. I believe that I was born with a passion for animals that has only grown over the years. I grew up always having a dog for a pet, (many of them strays that I brought home), and still do! I have a pit bull named “Brutus” and a lab mix puppy named “Fudge”. As an adult, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to learn about and work with large and small animals.  Before coming here, I worked at two different horse barns, here in N.W. Indiana.  Although I enjoyed working with the horses very much, I needed to secure a less physically demanding position.  I am happy that Dr. Walsh and the rest of the gang here have brought me on the team. I feel very fortunate to be here and enjoy it greatly! I hope to work toward my Vet. Tech. certification sometime in the near future.  I take great delight in helping provide love and care to all the fur babies and their parents! “Animals are therapeutic angels–gifts from heaven that soothe our souls.”

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

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Shari Krygsheld

Shari –I graduated in 2002 from Joliet Junior College’s vet. tech. program.  The veterinary field is exciting to me, and there is always something new to learn! I previously worked here at Oak Hill for a short time, when Dr. Walsh first took over the practice, and then stayed home for a few years to be a full-time mom.  I have been back on staff, part-time,  for the past year, and I really enjoy getting to know all of the clients and their pets.

I live here in Crown Point, with my husband Phil, and our 3 kiddos.  We have a crazy little cat named “Tonks”, who entertains us all!

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN ASSISTANTS

 

                

     Lynnette Needham

Lynnette joined our practice a few years ago and we’re glad she did!  She came to us with many years of experience as a veterinary assistant (since 1976, to be exact!).  In her spare time she enjoys riding her motorcycle and she is a big fan of Nascar.

Lynnette is proudly owned by two cats, Arizona and Chase!!!

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Lisa Lenon

Lisa-   Ever since I was young, I have loved animals. I was lucky growing up to have parents who were understanding of my passion and supported it!

Growing up, we had cats and a Great Pyrenees named “Big Guy”; and I began my (horse) riding lessons.

Today, my interests are still the same.  With two horses and seven dogs, I am always surrounded by animals!

I began working at Oak Hill Animal Clinic when I was in high school, left for a while, and  am happy to be back!

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Breanna Sanchez

Breanna- Hi! My name is Breanna and I joined the amazing staff at Oak Hill Animal Clinic in late July of 2017.  I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Purdue Northwest in Biology Pre-Veterinary, with a minor in Business Management.  Upon earning this degree, I intend to go for my Masters in Veterinary Medicine.  I hope to one day open up my own veterinary practice, but am not quite sure if I want to do large exotic zoo animals or small animals.  I love working here and getting the hands-on experience in my future field.  In my down-time, I am a student athlete.  The sport I play is tennis and the position is #6 Singles. I also like to, with the spare time I have, hang out with family and friends.  I live in Griffith with my parents and 2 crazy dogs, named Ruby (maltese/shihtzu) & Montea (long-haired chihuahua).