Meet Our Team

Jennie Culen, DVM, DACVECC

Medical Director

Dr. Culen obtained her veterinary degree from UW-Madison in 2010. She then completed two emergency internships. The first was at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center in Waukesha, WI and the second was at Mass Vet Referral in Woburn, MA. She completed a residency in emergency and critical care in 2016 at Fox Valley Animal Referral Center in Appleton, WI. She became board certified in emergency and critical care in 2016. Professional interests include trauma, transfusion medicine, and emergency surgery. Her hobbies include rock climbing, cooking, board games, and playing with her dogs Gambit and Merlin.

Ashley Covington, DVM

Senior Emergency Clinician

Dr. Ashley Covington is a 2014 graduate of The University of Illinois – College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained her Undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois. During her internship with Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Illinois she found cases involving wound management and toxicology to be her calling and an area she truly excelled at and enjoyed. Dr. Covington is an active member of the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Veterinary Medicine has been Dr. Covington’s career choice since the day she was born. Ashley enjoys the fast paced environment and the variety of cases that are seen in a specialty & emergency setting.

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On her rare off time away from the hospital, Ashley will be found doing a plethora of activities ranging from trapeze, cross-fit, rock climbing, hiking and traveling. Dr. Covington’s family consists of 2 dogs named Enzo & Fiona and a chinchilla named Gus.

Nick Miller, DVM

Senior Emergency Clinician

Dr. Nick Miller is a 2008 alumnus of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. He honed his skills in managing acute injuries/illness and challenging internal medicine cases during an emergency internship at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center. He has been practicing emergency and primary care medicine in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs ever since. He recognizes the importance of the bond between pets and their people and strives to provide clear explanations of complicated medical conditions, reassurance and support in the midst of stressful situations, and compassionate, attentive care.

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In his free time, Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters, exploring the outdoors with their two family dogs, playing the piano or listening to classical music.

Jenny Herbert, DVM

Senior Emergency Clinician

Dr. Herbert graduated from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists the following year and has been an ER doctor in the Chicagoland area since that time. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and participating in endurance events.

Sara Mandru, DVM

Senior Emergency Clinician

Dr. Sara Mandru is a 2017 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She has experience working in primary care and emergency and has found that emergency medicine is her calling. She thrives in the fast-paced setting of the ER and loves the variety of cases it provides. Her goal is to provide the highest standard of care and compassion for her patients and their owners. Her favorite aspects of her job are emergency surgery and critical care. Outside of work, Dr. Mandru is usually spending time with her husband and pets – a dog named Tonks and cat named Arya. She also spends her time reading, doing yoga, hiking, playing video games, and cooking.

Javier Gallegos, DVM, DACVS-SA

Surgical Specialist

Dr. Gallegos received his undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and his DVM degree from UW-Madison. He then completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Tennessee followed by a surgical residency at Edinger Surgical Options in Madison.

After completing his rotating internship, Dr Gallegos joined the emergency team at WVRC. Following his passion for surgery, he completed his surgical residency in 2016 and remained at Edinger Surgical Options until returning to WVRC. Doctor Gallegos is excited to join Elk Grove Veterinary Specialty and Emergency and providing specialty services in surgery.

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“During the process of applying for medical school, I realized that that path was not for me. A veterinarian friend showed me how my interest in medicine and the sciences could be used to benefit pets and their owners. Once I started volunteering in an emergency veterinary hospital in San Francisco, my eyes were opened to specialty practice, specifically surgery. From that moment on I knew I wanted to be a veterinary surgeon.”

Dr. Gallegos’ professional interests include fracture repair, thoracic surgery, wound management along with skin/reconstructive surgery, and neurosurgery.

Tom McCauley

Hospital Administrator

Leading the management of Elk Grove Veterinary Specialty & Emergency is Tom McCauley, our Hospital Administrator. After graduating from the University of Denver in 1986, Tom spent the next 15 years honing his business management skills while working for Procter & Gamble in a Customer Business Development capacity. In 2001, Tom decided to leave the corporate world and ventured into the veterinary industry. For the next 20 years Tom developed that business while also consulting with various other veterinary clinics. When we had an opening to add management expertise to Elk Grove VSE, we brought Tom in to bring his enthusiasm and passion into the ER side of veterinary medicine. Tom’s prior management experience, along with his passion for excellence and creating a strong culture, brings and important and unique perspective to the Elk Grove VSE business. Tom is joined in his home by his Border Collie, Sammie.

Direct Support Team

Emergency Technicians

Jessica P., CVT, Lead Technician
Emily L., CVT
Emmy W., CVT
Adrienne H., CVT
Kellie K.,
Erin C., CVT
Melissa M., CVT
Sarai L., CVT
Melinda G., CVT
Pete W., CVT
Melanie C., CVT
Amber M., CVT

Emily C., Vet Assistant
Kayla M., Vet Assistant
Sarah B., Vet Assistant

Client Service Representatives

Gina A., Lead Client Service Rep
Patty M., Client Service Rep
Miala H., Client Service Rep
Lisa M., Client Service Rep