Meet Our Team

Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Coal City veterinarian.

Learn more about our amazing team below!

Dr. Chris Shirkey, DVM

Dr. Chris Shirkey, DVM

Owner / Veterinarian

Dr. Shirkey has been at Shirkey Vet Clinic since the doors opened in 2007. He graduated from North Central College in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in biology; graduated in 1999 from Northern Illinois University with a Master of Science; and graduated from the University of Illinois in 2003, completing the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine program. Dr. Shirkey has always had an interest in biology and animals. He considers himself to be a “bio nerd.” His favorite part of the job is seeing his patients and giving them the proper care they need to be healthy and happy throughout their lives. He enjoys woodworking in his spare time, which he isn’t very good at, and collecting fossils. Dr. Shirkey’s love for animals doesn’t stay at the clinic. He has three yellow labs (Decker, Moose, and Gopher), a Jack Russel Terrier (Olive), a husky mix (Harlan), and two cats (Minion and Nimbus) at home.

Megan Stacy

Megan Stacy

Practice Manager

Megan began working at Shirkey Vet Clinic in June 2012. Growing up on a horse farm, her love for animals started at an early age. She has been in the veterinary field for ten years. She is a certified veterinary technician who graduated from Fox College in 2012. Her favorite part of the job is helping sick pets get better and educating pet parents on caring for their sick animals at home. In her spare time, Megan likes to go to the river with her dogs, ride her motorcycle, and spend time with her son, Bradley. She also shares her home with two dogs, Daisy and Boulder, and two cats, Tad and Maze.

Katina Maltase

Katina Maltase

Veterinary Technician

Katina Maltase started working at Shirkey Veterinary Clinic in 2019. She has been in the veterinary field for three and a half years but before that, she volunteered at different shelters and rescues groups. Katina’s first pet Star was her inspiration to start working with animals. Star taught Katina so much about patience, love, and how all animals should be treated. Her favorite part about her job is comforting and assuring the animals that they are in a safe place and that we are here to help them stay healthy and get them feeling better. She does also love to cuddle with all the fur babies. When Katina is not working, she is spending time with her husband, daughter, and her two dogs (Chevy & Athena).
Mady Fredericks

Mady Fredericks

Veterinary Technician

Mady was originally from Joliet but moved to the area 9 years ago. She has been working in the veterinary field for 3 ½ years. She has always wanted to help animals. Mady’s favorite part of the job is watching the process of the sick animals getting healthy again and, of course, any new puppies. In her spare time, she does like to take her dogs out hiking. Mady is in college now pursuing a degree in biology and then plans on attending veterinary school. She has three dogs: Lena, Vito, and Sky.
Kelsey Czemske

Kelsey Czemske

Veterinary Technician & Receptionist

Kelsey started at Shirkey Vet Clinic in 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and recently got licensed as a real estate broker. She has always loved animals and started volunteering at a local humane society at an early age. Her favorite part of the job is educating pet owners on vaccines / preventative care and assisting the doctor with diagnostics to help diagnose and treat sick pets. She trains competition dogs in obedience, dock diving, agility, and nose work in her spare time, earning multiple state and national titles. Kelsey and her fiance, Nathan, have four dogs; a Labrador (Dozer), a Border Collie (Coast), a German Shepherd (Bodhi), and a mixed breed (Vader). They also have a cat, Meka, and a pineapple conure, Te(quila).

Jordan

Jordan

Veterinary Tech & Receptionist

Jordan started at Shirkey Vet Clinic in October 2019. She got her start in this field by volunteering at CARE when she thought about becoming a doctor. Jordan worked at CARE in Plainfield for five years. She learned many skills in a fast-paced environment during her time there. Her favorite parts of the job are seeing the difference she can bring to animals and clients; being part of the treatment process and watching patients become healthy again makes it all worth it.

In her spare time, she likes taking her dogs to the area club to run around, decorating her house, and spending time with her family and boyfriend, Tanner. Jordan and Tanner also share their home with a Coonhound (Nova) and a German Shorthaired Pointer (Otis).

Lindsey

Lindsey

Lab assistant

Lindsey began working at Shirkey Vet Clinic in December 2021. She grew up in Mokena. Lindsey has been in the field for 6 years. She started working in kennels and then moved into dog daycare. Her next step was taking animal classes in high school and at a junior college. Lindsey has always been a big animal lover. Her favorite part of the job is being able to see all the owners with their pets and help making sure their pets stay healthy. In her spare time, Lindsey likes to be outside spending time with her dog Ghost and fishing.

Jenny Mills

Jenny Mills

Customer Service

Jenny began working at Shirkey Veterinary Clinic in November 2021. She grew up in Wilmington. Jenny has been in customer service for 16 years. She loves seeing and meeting new people and their pets. Her favorite part of the job is learning about different breeds of cats and dogs and how to keep them healthy. When Jenny is not working, she loves spending time with her children- Jaylee, Jayden, Logan and her fiancé Jake. They are always at sporting events, camping/fishing at the beach or watching movies. Jenny and her family also have 2 dogs, Piper and Bane.
Rylee Hall

Rylee Hall

Customer Service

Rylee grew up in Gardner/Coal City area. Her love for animals started at 14 years old while working on the farm. She is new to the small animal veterinary world, but her favorite part of the job is working with animals all day and having a great staff to work with. Her goal is to go to school and become a Certified Veterinary Technician, then work towards becoming a veterinarian. She loves to ride horses with her mom and go with her to the sale barns to buy and sell livestock. Rylee does have two cats named Tigger and Mittens.