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Our Staff
Dr. Dawn Sackman, D.V.M. & Owner

Dr. Sackman is a 1986 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sackman moved to the Chicago area shortly after graduating and began her career at Lincoln-Way Animal Hospital. She also spent several years practicing emergency medicine at Emergency Veterinary Care South before she opened and co-owned Laraway Animal Hospital in 1994. In March of 2000, shortly before the birth of her daughter Paige, Dr. Sackman opened Sackman Animal Hospital. Dr. Sackman has a labrador retriever, a labrador/border collie, an english setter, and six cats. In her free time she enjoys going to the zoo, going on college visits with her daughter, and spending time with her friends and family.
Paige, Future Veterinarian/Secondary Science Educator??

While you may not be able to tell from the pictures, Paige is already planning for the future.  She is currently deciding between becoming a veterinarian and a secondary (high school) science educator.  Paige is a senior in high school and an active flute player in the band as well as the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra.  She spends her free time studying, going on college visits, riding horses, participating in Best Buddies and Grand Griffins, hanging out with friends, training her dogs, and gaming.  She is the current year president of the Venture Crew, an off-shoot of the Boyscouts of America.  Paige is also active in ROTC and has risen through the ranks each year.  In 2018 her JROTC Academic team took 3rd place in the Air Force Division (out of over 300 teams) at Nationals in Washington, DC.
Dr. Jack Engels, D.V.M.

Dr. Engels is a 1982 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Engels is married and has several canine, feline, and bird friends at home. He is interested in American history, especially the Civil War period. Dr. Engels spent 6 years in emergency medicine, prior to traveling to several animal clinics to perform their surgeries. Since September 13, 2007 Dr. Engels has been performing our routine Thursday surgeries. Many of you know and love Dr. Engels from previous visits while Dr. Sackman has been out of the office. Dr. Engels has been an important part of our team for several years now.  
Tracy Porter, C.V.T./Hospital Manager

Tracy is a 2001 graduate of the Joliet Junior College Veterinary Medical Technology program. Tracy previously worked with Dr. Sackman at Laraway Animal Hospital, working her way from kennel attendant to receptionist, to veterinary assistant. Tracy has been employed with Sackman Animal Hospital since March of 2000 (with an absence from March of 2002 until August of 2003). Tracy has previously worked as a veterinary technician at Emergency Veterinary Care South and Animal Emergency of Mokena and Premier Vet Group as an ER technician. Tracy became "Fear Free" certified in September of 2017. In her free time, Tracy enjoys spending time with her friends and family, spending time with her retired Thoroughbred, Festin,  and riding her newer Thoroughbred, Novel, website design, enjoying her collector cars, attending car shows and drag races, cuddling with her four cats, and growing her photography business. 
Sherry Hancock, Veterinary Assistant

Sherry joined our staff in March of 2005 and quickly became a part of our family. Sherry has a background in medical billing and excels in customer service. She has a special interest in small dogs and goes out of her way to make sure that all patients feel comfortable during their office visit or stay with us. Outside of work Sherry enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her two daughters and their husbands, and her beautiful grandchildren Gracie and Brandon. Sherry has a dachshund named Bailey, two new terrier additions named Petey and Petunia, a cat named Butterball, and an extreme gumball addiction.
Andrea Fischer, Veterinary Assistant

Andrea joined our staff in November of 2012. Andrea graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in May of 2014. She is passionate about music and enjoys running, biking, hiking, walking her labrador retrievers, and traveling. Her dogs Juno and Loki are her absolute best friends. She also has two cats (Merlin and Luna), a Cockatoo (Chloe), and a tortoise (Blink). Andrea is a vegan and her FAVORITE time of year is Halloween.  Andrea currently works with us on Saturdays and fills in , since going to a full time corporate job in November 2016.
Donna Hudson, C.V.T

Donna is a 2012 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College and joined our staff in January of 2013. Donna's previous experience includes customer service, one year of working at an area emergency hospital, and a veterinary technician externship at Beecher Veterinary Clinic. Donna passed her VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Examination) in April of 2013 and officially became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Outside of work, Donna is the mother of 2 children, 3 dogs, 2 goats, and a duck. Donna also enjoys spending time at her kids sporting events and activities.  Donna also enjoys repurposing and redesigning furniture and other home decor items.

Navy, Resident House Cat

Navy joined our family in December of 2013 after coming in for a neuter and finding his way into our hearts. Navy has a big personality and a knack for creating trouble. He enjoys standing on his hind legs, contorting into odd sleeping positions, and stealing our food. His best friends are Cheech and Chong, our resident chinchillas.
Piper, Resident House Cat

Piper joined our family in July of 2014. Piper was found on the roadside with her deceased mother by a tech at another animal clinic and was adopted by Sackman Animal Hospital to keep Navy company.  Piper spends the vast majority of her time sleeping.  When she is not sleeping she is typically begging for food and making herself at home in the filing cabinet.
Cheech (white) and Chong (grey), Resident Chinchillas

Cheech and Chong joined the Sackman Animal Hospital family in June of 2015.  They keep us all entertained as the bounce around their cage and munch on their treats.  They love interacting with our staff and house cats.
Freak (July 10, 2004-March 24, 2014)

Freak was our resident house cat from the time she was 6 1/2 weeks old until we lost her unexpectedly to a cardiac issue. Freak was a faithful companion, sympathetic grief counselor, and always willing to show our clients "how to". Freak was a polydactyl (meaning she had more toes than your average cat) and left her unique paw prints on all of our hearts.
Zeus (August 1, 1997-May 5, 2016)

Forever in our hearts. Zeus was our first house cat and a true survivor. He taught us the value of true friendship and love (you definitely had to earn his). He was a sympathetic grief counselor and the old man who never failed to keep us all in line. Zeus overcame severe dental disease, diabetes, allergies, and a bout of liver failure before finally succumbing to kidney disease and old age.

See yourself working here?

We are currently seeking a motivated customer service representative/veterinary receptionist for our busy single doctor practice.  If this sounds like a good fit for you, find our ad on Indeed and submit your resume!  We look forward to meeting you!
Tara's Photos to Come
She loves giraffes, so they are here until she is!
Tara Blomberg, Veterinary Assistant

Tara joined our staff in November of 2016.  Tara has a BS in science and currently is employed full time as a Quality Control Technician for a precision food group.  Tara currently works with us every other Saturday because she loves working with the clients, patients, and our awesome staff.  Tara's full bio to come soon.