Deborah Schelkopf, DVM - Owner, Small Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Deborah Schelkopf started with Bethany Animal Hospital in 1978 as the only small animal veterinarian. Since then, Dr. Schelkopf has grown the two doctor part-time companion animal portion of the practice to what it is today: A highly respected five doctor practice with deep ties to the community. She was also instrumental in designing the current hospital layout, which opened in 1979. In 1980, she strived for and achieved the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation.
Dr. Schelkopf has spent her entire career with Bethany Animal Hospital and currently practices general small animal medicine in addition to performing management responsibilities. Her special interests are internal medicine, clinical pathology, client education and rehabilitation medicine. She is a past member of the DeKalb County Board of health and a current member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. Her philosophy of a high standard of care, continuing education and client services continue to be the foundation of Bethany Animal Hospital.
Dr. Schelkopf has three children. Her eldest, Chris, is also a veterinarian; her middle child, Anna, began veterinary school in the fall of 2011; and Collin, her youngest, is a senior in high school. She also cares for two Labradors, Riley and Ginny; two cats, Ronald and Mew; an orphaned sparrow, Petunia; and a Guinea pig named Prune. Her favorite pastimes are reading, gardening and anything that involves the outdoors!
Carlos Dominguez, DVM — Small Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Carlos Dominguez is a General Practitioner who has been with Bethany Animal Hospital since January of 2000. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Dominguez says that as a kid, "I was always the member of my family who wanted to bring a stray home, and in Puerto Rico, we had a ton of strays roaming the streets.” He goes on to add that one of the early influences guiding him toward a veterinary career was his family's veterinarian, "He was a great mentor and as a kid I was always impressed by how he handled my dad's not-so-nice German Shepherd.”
For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Dominguez enrolled in Kansas State University where he consistently earned academic recognition on the University's Dean's List. He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Associates' degrees in Animal Science and Animal Nutrition. That fall, he entered Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine where he received the George W. Catt Memorial Scholarship. In 1991, he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Dominguez's areas of special professional interest include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, small animal and exotic medicine and pain management. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. He also holds continuing education certification in Pain Management.
Dr. Dominguez is a proud father of four children; Alexandra, Marcus, Javier and Manuel. The family also cares for Madjai, an orange Tabby cat who was adopted from the clinic as a stray and Bolt, a mixed breed puppy adopted from Tails Humane Society. Dr. Dominguez's interests include sports, reading, and a deep love for music, mostly jazz.
LeAnn Gruber, DVM — Small Animal Veterinarian
Dr. LeAnn Gruber is a General Practitioner who began her veterinary career at Bethany Animal Hospital shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine in June of 2001.
A native of New Lenox, Illinois, Dr. Gruber began working in the animal care field in 1988 when she started working at a local veterinary hospital during her summer vacations. She continued with this through high school and then college to earn some extra money for school and to gain valuable experience. In all, she witnessed firsthand nearly every aspect of the inner workings of an animal hospital; from the kennel to front desk to examination rooms as a veterinarian's assistant.
Dr. Gruber attended Western Illinois University for her undergraduate studies where she managed to consistently earn Dean's List recognition and induction into the Biological Honor Society. In 1997, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. That fall, she entered veterinary school where once again she consistently earned Dean's List recognition and won a Merck Veterinary Award. In 2001, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Gruber's areas of particular professional interest are ophthalmology, dermatology, and soft tissue surgery. She is a member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and a Member of the DeKalb County Board of Health.
At home, Dr. Gruber and her husband enjoy the company of their two cats Lanie and Olive, a German shepherd named Karli, and their parakeet Billy. They also can't imagine life without their daughters – what a joy! Dr. Gruber's interests include baking, crafts, bowling, softball, and gardening. She is also a "Relay for Life" participant and team captain.
Heather Brown, DVM - Small Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Heather Brown joined Bethany Animal Hospital in June 2010 after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
Having grown up in Buffalo, New York and northern New Jersey, Dr. Brown moved to Illinois with her family in 2004. She graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina with a degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences in 2006, and continued on to the University of Illinois, where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.
Dr. Brown's areas of interest include dermatology, preventative medicine, and exotic animal medicine. She is a member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. She enjoys attending continuing education conferences to find out new and exciting developments in veterinary medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Brown loves to spend time with her young daughter, husband Dan and Beagle mix Penny. She also enjoys baking, swimming and playing softball with friends. An active member of her church, Dr. Brown participates in their young adults group in addition to volunteering.
Melissa Corson, DVM - Small Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Melissa Corson joined Bethany Animal Hospital in February of 2016.
Dr. Corson attended Becker College, graduating with a Bachelor in Science in 2002. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St. George's University. Dr. Corson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, ISVMA and AAFP. Her professional interests include feline medicine, exotic and small mammal medicine, bird medicine, abdominal ultrasound and dentistry.
A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Corson knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of five. "I started mucking stalls and caring for horses when I was 14 years old," she says. "I worked in two pet stores in high school and as soon as I was old enough I became a licensed veterinary technician."
"Being an advocate for pets and educating clients is the most rewarding part of being a veterinarian," says Dr. Corson. "It's amazing how far our profession has come and how our preventative medicine has allowed pets to live longer and healthier lives."
Dr. Corson has three children, Emma Grace, Zachary and Adeline. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending her daughter's soccer games, reading and watching movies.