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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Byron R. McCall, DVM
Veterinarian & Owner

Byron R. McCall

Dr. McCall was born in Cedar Rapids, IA, but raised in western Illinois on a beef cattle farm. Though his family had the usual variety of dogs and cats (i.e. what are typically considered traditional pets), because of his time spent showing cattle, a number of their herd were "gentle as pets."

After graduation from veterinary school in 1994, Dr. McCall married his wife Molly. He worked in Bartonville, near Peoria, for four years after graduation then later in Decatur for one year before joining the Capitol Illini team in 1996. He enjoys internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, reproductive medicine, and endoscopy. Dr. McCall and Molly have two children, Gracie and Sean, a cat named Spot, and two dogs, Cody and Abby. Cody is a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd that loves everybody. He could be the subdivision mascot as many people know him, that may not know my wife and me. Abby is a 2 year-old Australian Shepherd that is Cody's full sister. She is his "mini-me". They do everything together (both good and bad).

In his free time Dr. McCall enjoys attending his children's various activities and volunteers frequently to speak at area schools about the veterinary profession. His favorite leisurely activity however, is golf and he can consistently be found tearing it up at Piper Glen Golf Course and Edgewood.

  • Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine, 1991
  • Member American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member of American Animal Hospital Association
  • Member Central Illinois Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member American Association of Feline Practitioners

Dr. Martha M. Armour, DVM
Veterinarian & Owner

Martha M.  Armour

Dr. Armour was born in Austin, Texas, but raised in Palatine, IL. She received a Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois in Animal Science and graduated with honors from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Armour met her husband Todd. After graduation Dr. Armour practiced at clinics in Oak Park, Decatur and Bloomington. Following a number of years in practice, Dr. Armour took a sabbatical to have her four rambunctious children, Mitch, Lydia, Ava, and Grayson. Finally ready to work with wild things of the four-legged kind, Dr. Armour joined the ranks at Capitol Illini in early 2003. She enjoys internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dermatology and geriatrics. She has extensive training in Abdominal Ultrasounds and performs these sonograms regularly to help diagnose hidden diseases and cancer.

In addition to treating dogs and cats, Dr. Armour also treats ferrets, hamsters, rats, rabbits, lizards, snakes, turtles and a variety of other reptiles, amphibians.  She enjoys the variety these pets bring to the practice. Dr. Armour and her family own and live on a dairy farm in Carlinville. Their family occupies the expanse homestead with two dogs, two cats, 200 Holstein cows. In her very limited free time, Dr. Armour enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing cards (pinochle and poker), reading and watching her alma mater, the Fighting Illini. She regularly volunteers at her local Food Pantry, has been serving on the Carlinville School Board for 8 years, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association Board for 2 years, and hopes to have a positive influence on students and educators. 

  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 1989
  • Member American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member Association of Reptilian & Amphibian Veterinarians
  • Member Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians
  • Member American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • Member American Association of Feline Practitioners
  • Member American Animal Hospital Association
  • Member Chicago Herpetological Society
  • Member Central Illinois Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Christina N. Holbrook, DVM
Veterinarian & Owner

Christina N. Holbrook

Dr. Holbrook is a native of Carterville, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate work at Southern Illinois University and graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Zoology and Environmental Studies. She received her DVM degree with honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the graduating class of 2009.

Dr. Holbrook’s professional interests include both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Holbrook has received advanced training in cranial cruciate ligament stabilization, fracture repair with bone plating and patella luxation. She continues to dedicate her continuing education towards learning the latest in veterinary orthopedic surgery techniques. Dr. Holbrook and her husband Luke enjoy sharing their home with their cat Roscoe and their dog Oscar, a Saint Bernard. During her free time, Dr. Holbrook enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, SCUBA diving and spending time with her friends and family.

She serves on the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Board, is the current President of the Animal Emergency Clinic of Springfield Board, and is the current President of the Central Illinois Veterinary Medical Association Board. Dr. Holbrook was the recipient of the coveted Dr. Erwin Small Young Veterinarian Service Award in 2017.

  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2009
  • Member American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member American Animal Hospital Association
  • Member Veterinary Orthopedic Society 
  • President of Central Illinois Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Thomas P. Antonini, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Thomas P. Antonini

Dr. Antonini is a Springfield native.  He graduated from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.  Upon graduation, he practiced at an AAHA-accredited mixed-animal practice in Canton, Illinois.  Dr. Antonini joined the Capitol Illini team on June 1, 2013. He has particular interest in internal medicine, dentistry and soft-tissue surgery. 

Dr. Antonini has two dogs (Enzo and Toby) both three years old and one cat (Bart) who is 11 years old.  

During his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities including tennis and fishing, reading, attending baseball games and watching the Auburn Tigers play football whenever possible.  Dr. Antonini is committed to providing quality veterinary care to Springfield and the surrounding areas and understands the importance of community involvement and outreach programs. 

  • Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2011
  • Member American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
  • Secretary and Member Central Illinois Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member of American Animal Hospital Association
  • Manager, Animal Emergency Clinic of Springfield

 

Dr. Canaan Shores, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Canaan Shores

Dr. Canaan Shores is a native of Chandlerville, IL. He attended the University of Illinois-Springfield in a Pre-Veterinary major, then went to the University of Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies for one year. Returning to the states, Dr. Shores obtained his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign with high honors in 2011.  He joined Capitol Illini's team in 2016, continuing his love of helping people help their pets.

He shares his home with Gus and Gabbie, two Shih-Tzu/Yorkie mixes. They are not true "siblings," but they sure act like it sometimes! 
Dr. Shores has a special interest in Laparoscopic and Rhinoscopic Surgeries and Acupuncture. He can help pets with arthritis pain, gastrointestinal disturbances, neurologic conditions, immune system dysfunctions, and many other problems, all with some very small needles. In addition, he enjoys internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, therapeutic laser treatment, and rehabilitation post surgery and/or for osteoarthritis.

Dr. Shores spends most of his time outside of work with his family. In his occasional free time, he enjoys reading (mostly non-fiction -- theology, history, biographies), gardening, woodworking, and drinking coffee with friends.

  • Member American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member of American Animal Hospital Association
  • Member Central Illinois Veterinary Medical Association

 

Dr. Melissa O'Brien, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Melissa O'Brien

Dr. Melissa O’Brien grew up in Thayer, IL. Following a move to Ohio for several years, she completed her undergraduate work in the Pre Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Findlay. She received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2009.

Dr. O’Brien spent the next eight years in private practice on the north end of Springfield. Joining Capitol Illini Veterinary Services in 2017, she has special interests in emergency medicine and critical care as well as internal medicine and dermatology. Recently, Dr. O'Brien has developed an interest in essential oils and their benefits for pets.

Dr. O’Brien lives with her two Labrador Retrievers, Eily, a four year old yellow lab and Ember, a 2 year old black lab. She spends most of her free time wrangling Eily and Ember and playing fetch. The rest of her free time is dedicated to reading, working out and watching Cubs baseball. #flythew

  • Member American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member American Animal Hospital Association
  • Member Central Illinois Veterinary Medical Association

 

Our Staff

Lauren
HR & Office Manager

Lauren

Lauren began her employment at Capitol Illini in April, 2011. She was hired as a veterinary assistant, but now acts as both Human Resources and Office Manager. She was born and raised in Chatham, graduating from Glenwood in 2005. Working with animals has always been one of Lauren's ideal jobs. She loves educating clients about their pets, and she enjoys helping employees make the most out of their career at Capitol Illini.

She loves spending time with husband Damon and son, Adler. She has a Shepherd/Lab mix named Tucker and a Maine Coon mix, Corona. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hawk and eagle watching, hanging out with her friends, and traveling as often as she can. Lauren's affection for animals and quick humor has made her a key member of our team.

Michelle
Inventory Manager

Michelle

 

Michelle started at our Chatham location as a Veterinary Assistant in September 2017. She took on the role of Inventory Manager in December 2018, and we are very fortunate she did! She lives with her husband, her daughter, and their 2 dogs- Denali the Pit Bull and Bentley the Terrier mix; along with Tuna, a Domestic Shorthair. She loves that every day brings a new challenge, and strives to provide the best care possible for our clients and their pets. It brings her great joy to see a patient go from being sick to making a complete turn around and getting back to their healthy, happy self. When not working, she likes to go camping, hiking, fishing, and can always be found spending time with her family. She has been an asset as inventory manager, and we look forward to her career at Capitol Illini. 

Gina
Finance Manager

Gina

Gina began her career at Capitol Illini in May 2018 as a receptionist, and has since stepped into the role of Finance Manager. She has lived in many different places including South Korea, where she enjoyed fostering a tuxedo kitten named Kimbap; and while living in New Zealand she fostered an elderly cat named Daffodil. She worked at Wellington Zoo where she became passionate about animal care and conservation. In her free time, she enjoys reading and kickboxing. She is also an outstanding actress/singer, and has recently been in productions at the Hoogland Center. She loves cuddling Simba, the Springfield office cat who always brings a smile to her face. We are truly lucky to have her as an employee!

Michayla
Certified Veterinary Technician

Michayla

Michayla, born in Scott County, IL, always knew she wanted a career helping animals. After high school she worked for a veterinary hospital while attending Parkland College. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program in May, 2010, and then joined Capitol Illini in August 2010. 

She particularly enjoys assisting with surgery as well as dental procedures. Michayla is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association for Feline Practitioners. She lives in Springfield with her husband Harry, daughters Aubriella and Brinley, and two Maltese dogs, Meiko and Kiara.

Andrew
Veterinary Technician, BS

Andrew

Andrew was hired as a Veterinary Assistant in 2001. He acted as Dr. Wright's assistant, and now assists Dr. Holbrook, focusing on orthopedic medicine. Having grown up on a farm, Andrew is very comfortable around all species of animals.

Andrew has many different animals including horses, cats, parakeets, and his beloved Bulldogs. He shares his home with Sunshine, Bunny, Vegas, Vince, Little Tom Brady, Phillip, Abby, Alice, Bella, Noah, Rue, Sassafrass, Joker, Scout and Derby; along with several barn cats! He enjoys spending his free time riding his horses and hopes to one day operate his own horse farm, raising and showing Appaloosas. Most recently, he has started showing his Bulldogs at dog shows throughout the Midwest, and is already taking home ribbons for winning different categories. Andrew is a dependable employee, and we love having him on the team!

Kate
Veterinary Technician, BS

Kate

Kate started at Capitol Illini in June 2016, bringing years of veterinary technician experience with her. She has helped manage the technicians and assistants at our Wabash location, and is great at training new employees. She has a Great Dane/Lab mix named Axl, and in her free time she enjoys golfing, gardening and sewing, and spending time with her husband and son. Kate enjoys helping people and their pets, and loves that everyone has a unique story. She has always loved animals for their unconditional love and trust, and providing care to them makes her job even more enjoyable! 

Taylor
Veterinary Assistant/Tech

Taylor

Taylor started at Capitol Illini in 2015 after graduating from Lincoln Land's Veterinary Assistant Program. Her favorite part of the job is the opportunity to work with and help animals, which she truly has a talent for. Since joining our team, Taylor quickly moved up to a technician role where her skills are utilized more effectively. She also works at the Animal Emergency Clinic part time, which has greatly improved her skill set.

She shares her home with Emmett, an 11 year old Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix; Bhindi, a 3 year old domestic medium hair tabby; and Rally, a 2 year old Husky/Sheltie mix. In her free time, Taylor enjoys traveling, St. Louis Cardinal baseball, fitness, Harry Potter, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves fostering kittens, and has done a great job re-homing abandoned kittens in the past year!

Amanda
Veterinary Receptionist

Amanda

Amanda started at Captiol Illini Chatham in June 2018, bringing years of experience with her from a previous clinic where she was the boarding manager. She lives with her 5 dogs- Miley the Pitbull; Ozzie and Bean- Pugs; Monkey the Chihuahua; Simba the Dachshund, and 2 cats- Farrah and Minnie. Amanda has always loved animals, and was raised with multiple pets including dogs, cats and reptiles. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball with her son Brayden, going to the movies, and walking the dogs. She loves working at Capitol Illini and enjoys being around  coworkers  and interacting with clients and their pets. Her past experience and knowledge has been a great addition to our team, and her warm personality makes coming to the vet much easier for our patients!

Christine
Veterinary Records/Technician

Christine

Christine joined the Capitol Illini team in 2018 as a Registered Vet Technician. She now acts as Records Manager, and her knowledge and skill set have been a great asset for our clinic! Chris shares her home with her 7 year old Greyhound Fozzie; 6 year old Irish Wolfhound Klaire; 7 year old Bully dog Hope; 4 year old Greyhound Leo. She enjoys working with animals who she feels are non-judgemental and accepting of the love and care we provide them. Her family is very important to her, and she spends as much time making memories with them as she possibly can. When not impacting animal's lives, Chris enjoys gardening in the summer, and has a love of antiques. She also loves anything that has to do with the paranormal world. At the end of the day she loves knowing she made a difference in the welfare and happiness of our patients.

Daphne
Veterinary Receptionist

Daphne

Daphne has been a receptionist at our Springfield location since June of 2018. She has a variety of pets including: KZ the Chihuahua, Remy the Puggle, a Red-footed tortoise named "The Mikester", Sushi- a Leopard Gecko, and "The Demon"- a Bearded Dragon. Daphne loves helping people take care of their pets, and she enjoys seeing all of the different animals that come in. In her free time she can be found walking her dogs, crocheting, and collecting yarn. She has been a great addition to our front-desk staff, and we look forward to her growing in her career with CIVS!

 

Ashley
Veterinary Assistant

Ashley

Ashley became a team member at Capitol Illini in March 2013, starting as a kennel tech, but now acts as an assistant. She enjoys working at our hospital because she loves to watch over the pets and take them for walks. She is an asset to our team, and is great at training new employees. Ashley also takes great pride in caring for her own dog Tess, and her horse Rose. In her free time, she enjoys horse shows and hanging out with friends. She is a valuable team member who is able to perform many different duties around the hospital!

Addison
Kennel Assistant

Addison

Addie, originally from Chatham, joined the Capitol Illini team in 2015. She enjoys seeing and interacting with all of the animals, especially kittens and cats! Addie has four cats: Paige, Finnegan, Kitty, and Oliver, and her Jack Russel Mix Theodore. She also works at a daycare center, and is a full-time student. Addie has always been a hard worker, and we enjoy having her as an employee! In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, spending time with her cats, and creating personalized crafts including ornaments, glasses, and t-shirts. Her love for animals is evident!

Tiffany
Veterinary Assistant

Tiffany

Tiffany graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at Lincoln Land Community College in 2015. She has always had a love for animals, and even wanted to be a veterinarian when she was younger. She classifies herself as a "cat lady", and has two orange tabbies named Lucille and Tobias. She has been a great addition to our Springfield team, acting as a vet assistant to all of the doctors. Her skill set improves daily, and we enjoy having her on our team!

Liz
Veterinary Assistant

Liz

Liz is a Springfield native and started at Capitol Illini in June 2017. She shares her home with her rescue dog, a Dachshund mix named Sammy, as well as her fur nephews from time to time. In her free time she loves being active. She plays soccer and sand volleyball, and is a dedicated Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks fan. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family and friends, often traveling to see her 2 nephews whom she adores. Liz has been great, and is always willing to learn new and innovative methods of veterinary medicine.

LaVonna
Veterinary Assistant

LaVonna

LaVonna started at Capitol Illini in December of 2017 as an assistant at our Chatham location. She has 4 dogs: George the English Bulldog, Thor- a Rottweiler mix, Duke the German Shorthair, and Koda- a mixed breed. Her love for animals and her desire to help them stay healthy is shown to our clients and their pets daily through her positive attitude. She loves learning new skills, and has helped to improve our patient's lives. In her free time she loves to draw, swim, and take funny videos of her dogs. We love having LaVonna on our team!

Jeremiah
Veterinary Assistant

Jeremiah

Jeremiah started at our Chatham location in April 2019. He lives with a full house of animals including Jager- a Collie mix; Keeno, Harlow and Willow- Siberian Huskies; Dean the Doberman Pinscher; Frosty and Midnight- Domestic shorthair cats, and reptiles- Scales, Henry, Dallas, Diablo, Snow, Blanco, Cleo, Hermes, Zeus, Aphrodite, Pharaoh. Jeremiah works at the Animal Emergency Clinic as well, and we are excited to have his skill set added to our staff. He enjoys working with animals and being there for pets from the start, and his favorite part of the job is enabling them to live the happiest life they can. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, running and going to the gym. We are lucky to have him on our team!

Lisa
Veterinary Receptionist

Lisa

Lisa joined the Capitol Illini team in February 2019, after retiring from the US Air Force. The quiet life of retirement wasn't for her, and she wanted a job where she could work with animals. She finds that their personality, unconditional friendship and joy for life is infectious. She has 2 dogs at home- Ranger, a Border Collie/Aussie mix; and Oreo, a Black Labrador Retriever. In her free time, she enjoys doing Cross Fit, taking the dogs for walks, traveling, reading and cooking. She loves seeing pets receive first class treatment by our Veterinarians, and she enjoys having a job she looks forward to coming to each day. 

Kiera
Veterinary Assistant

Kiera

Kiera started at Capitol Illini in December 2018. She has a mixture of pets at home, including Liron & Mitzy- Standard Poodles; Sokka- a Himalayan/Maine Coon mix; a Betta fish and a zebra snail. She also has 6 tarantulas of varying species: Lucas, Twinkle Toes, Mystique, Penny, Ember & Barney. She feels a strong bond with animals, and has always had a desire to work with them. In her free time, she volunteers at her church and at the Henson Robinson Zoo. Kiera collects vintage beauty products from the 1800's, and she is always on the hunt for more tarantula species to add to her collection. Her favorite part about her job is that there is never a dull moment, and she takes pride in knowing she can provide quality care to patients in our clinic.

Alicia
Kennel Assistant

Alicia

Alicia has been the Kennel Technician at our Springfield location since April of 2019. She has a Boxer mix named Ali, and truly enjoys being around animals! In her free time she enjoys playing soccer and softball, going to live sporting events, and taking Ali to the park to play. Her favorite part of the job is being able to help animals and make them feel better, and working with her coworkers! She loves seeing all of the different breeds that come in to the clinic. She has done a great job of taking care of hospitalized patients, and always keeps the clinic looking its best! 

Emily
Veterinary Technologist, BS

Emily

Emily, a Veterinary Technologist, started at Capitol Illini in January of 2019. She graduated from Murray State University and we love having her as one of our trustworthy technicians! She has two Golden Retrievers- Paisley and Bentley. She enjoys watching young animals grow to be big and strong, and helping our patients heal. In her free time she enjoys running, four wheeling, and being outside with her dogs. She loves taking care of animals because they are always happy and excited to see her, and she finds joy in helping them feel better. Emily has been a great addition to the Springfield team!

Stacy
Records Keeper

Stacy

Stacy started at our Springfield location in March 2019 as Records Keeper. She transcribes technician and doctor's notes into the computer, and has been a great addition to our team! She has a 9 year old Orange cat named Tangi, and enjoys seeing the different pets that come into our clinic. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting and spending time with her adorable twin grandsons! Her favorite part about work are her coworkers and the environment. Stacy's desire to help others and her ability to learn quickly has been a huge asset to Capitol Illini!

Sami
Veterinary Receptionist

Sami

Sami joined our team in February 2019, and it has been a dream of hers to work with animals since she was 5 years old! Growing up she lived with a variety of animals including dogs, rats, frogs and rabbits. Currently, she has 2 Maine Coon cats named Kentaro and Kazooie; a French Bulldog named Jayke, and a Frenchie/Boston Terrier mix named Joli. Sami has her cosmetology license and works for Tarte cosmetics- a 100% cruelty free company! She enjoys playing video games, piano and the guitar, and does amateur photo editing. She loves the sense of community and love for animals at Capitol Illini, and is excited to come to work to see our patients!