Our caring, pet-loving staff is always ready to provide you with superior care and excellent service.
Dr. Luaces was born and raised in Redding, California. He is a 1998 graduate of Washington State University with a B.S. degree in Microbiology. He is also a 2002 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Luaces completed a rotating internship in surgery and medicine with VCA Berwyn/Franklin Park where he also met his wife Kathy. Dr. Luaces joined Care Animal Hospital of Libertyville in January 2006 and became the sole owner in 2010.
They share their home with one daughter, an aging Australian Shepherd and 3 cats. In his free time, he's busy.... doing something... Some of those activities might be family activities, snowboarding/skiing, wakeboarding, or working on the old truck he's had since he was 14.
Dr. Brittany Willeford is originally from the western suburbs of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate degree at Elmhurst College and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She is passionate about behavior and is Fear Free and Low Stress Handling certified. Dr. Willeford welcomes any animal species into the clinic (unless it is too large to fit through the door). She is a proud mom to three cats, a corn snake, and a map turtle. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and crocheting.
Personal vision statement: "My promise to the pets I treat and those who love them is to create a fear-free environment that they and their pet are excited to visit because every animal deserves to have a veterinary visit free of fear, anxiety, and stress and every parent should know without a doubt that their pet is in caring hands in or out of the exam room."
Dr. Quicho grew up in the growing town of Huntley, IL. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Biology at Roosevelt University in 2014. She graduated from St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, and completed her clinical training at the University of Illinois. She is passionate about exotic animal medicine and is an active member of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). Dr. Quicho is a proud mom of an energetic Pitbull and two lovely snakes. In her free time, she loves to draw, play guitar or ukulele, travel, and scuba dive (outside of Illinois of course).
Sara started off her animal career working for a predominantly avian and exotic veterinary practice in 2006. She was there for several years working her way up to head technician. She started with Care in 2011 as a kennel attendant, than receptionist and now is the office manager.
Sara shares her home with a variety of furry, feathered and fishy friends and enjoys working along side CARES many rescue groups. When she is not working she loves camping, outdoor activities, hanging out with her son and crafting!
Robert has recently joined the Care Technician team as of May 2019! He completed his externship and 2 year veterinary technician program through Rockford Career College. We are so excited for Rob to start his vet tech journey with us at Care and we know he will provide our clients and their pets the best care possible!
Connor has been a Veterinary Technician at Care Animal Hospital since 2013.
He is currently enrolled at the College of Lake County pursing his associates
in science. He wants to continue working with animals and be able to make a
positive impact on the world. During his free time, he enjoys watching and
playing hockey, video games, and LOVES taking naps. He has two huskies
named Holly and Bailey that mean the world to him.
Danielle joined our team as a kennel technician in August 2018 and worked her way up to Veterinary Technician shortly thereafter. Dani is currently enrolled in Penn Foster, a fully accredited college for Veterinary Technicians. Dani is a true lover of all animals, with cats and ferrets as her own personal pets. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sand volleyball.
Alex has worked as a Kennel Technician since 2020 and has recently become Kennel Manager. She is currently planning on furthering her education at College of Lake County in the spring. She has an orange tabby named Dunes, who she adopted from the hospital while working here. In her free time she enjoys drawing, spending time with family, and taking care of her own animals.
Jillian started working at Care in 2016 and has learned a lot about animals in her short time with us. When she is not working at Care, she loves to spend time with her 4 ferrets and dog, Tazo a German Shorthaired Pointer. She also enjoys kayaking, camping and spending time outdoors.
Vicki came into Care looking for a doctor and left with what she calls her “extended family.” She started with Care in February 2009. Her favorite part of working at Care aside from her love of animals is what she feels is “the loving and compassionate environment at Care Animal Hospital will make you feel like family, too”. When Vicki is not at Care she teaches middle school and loves spending time with her 2 German Sheppard’s, Hunter (pictured) and Ember.
Michelle started her career in animal medicine in 2007 as a technician, and when given the opportunity to be a client care representative, and managing the front desk, she did so. Now a receptionist at CARE, she enjoys the variety of animals seen and cared for, as well as the compassionate and family-like atmosphere the hospital has to offer. In Michelle's free time she loves spending time with her husband and 2 kids, fishing, boating and camping with their two dogs, Beau and Arlo.
My name is Romy and I am a receptionist here at CARE AH. I have been here for almost a yearbut in the Veterinary field for over 35 years. I have worked in every area of a hospital, from kennel to Practice Management. I have 6 fur babies of my own, I also have 3 daughters and 1 grandson. My love for animals developed at a very early age and since then I have been in the field. I can’t imagine doing anything other than helping pets and being a part of this amazing profession.