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.

Dr. Mary Ann Strickland, DVM

Dr. Mary Ann Strickland, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Strickland was born and raised in Peru, Illinois. She graduated from Augustana College in 2016 with a biology major and a public health minor. She then moved to the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from Ross University in 2020, receiving her Veterinary Medicine Doctorate.

Dr. Strickland’s favorite job parts include puppy and kitten talks and surgery. She enjoys baking in her spare time. Dr. Strickland loves dogs and cats, but her favorite is the golden retriever. She has two golden retrievers (Penny and Gus) who keep her very busy.

Kelsey Czemske

Kelsey Czemske

Practice Manager

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).

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.
Faith Schroeck

Faith Schroeck

Veterinary Technician

Faith grew up in Plainfield but has recently bought a house in Braidwood. She has been working in the veterinary field for 3 years. Faith has always had a love for animals. She is looking forward to becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Her favorite part of the job is seeing lots of different types of dogs and cats, then also helping to keep them healthy. When Faith is not at work, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family that include her boyfriend (Victor) and 4 boxers (Layla, Thor, Zeus, and Apollo).
Dani Laud

Dani Laud

CVT and Customer Service Rep

Dani joined the team in December 2022. She is a Certified Vet Tech who graduated from Fox College in 2015. Animals have always been her passion, and she thought about becoming a veterinarian. Her favorite part of the job is in surgery and imaging. She also loves the instant gratification of dental cleanings as well. Dani is a full-time mom with active kids. They are always at a game, competition, tournament, or rodeo. She also runs a horsemanship and riding program. She has a daughter, Jojo, and a son, Giovanni. She also shares her home with three dogs, one cat, one pig, one cockatiel, four horses, and 30+ chickens and ducks!

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).

Alivia Losso

Alivia Losso

Veterinary Tech

Alivia joined the team in December of 2022. She has been in the veterinary industry for 6 years. She started out as an intern for extra credits and the rest is history. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology/Zoology. Her favorite part of the job is the satisfying results of dental cleanings. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, crafting, and playing games. Alivia shares her home with her husband, Don, and their son, Lucas. She also has 2 cats (Zeus and Hades) and 2 dogs (Bruce Wayne and Lola).

Alyssa Acosta

Alyssa Acosta

Veterinary Assistant

Alyssa joined the team in December 2022. She has been in the veterinary industry for three years. She started taking classes in high school and is set to get her veterinary assistant certification this year. She knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. Her favorite part of the job is that she can provide care and relief to both animals and owners. In her spare time, she likes to watch television and read books. Spending time with her pets while reading books is her favorite. She has three dogs, Lola (the queen), Packer, and Jaeger, plus one cat, Koko.

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.
Brittany Johnson

Brittany Johnson

Customer Service

Brittany has been working in the veterinary field for a little over a year now. She grew up in Georgia and has been around both cats and dog from a young age. Brittany enjoys going on long walks or hikes with her boyfriend, Dylan. She believes the most rewarding part of her job is helping direct pet owners on the proper way to care for any of their pet’s needs. Spending time with her five cats, (Luna, Nimbus, Trevor, Boss, and Finn) is one of Brittany’s favorite ways to end her day.