© 2016 Fox Valley Animal Welfare League. All rights reserved

11 John Street, North Aurora, IL 60542

Phone: 630-800-2254

Email: clinic@fvawl.org

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Meet the Staff



Our Clinic operates strictly on appointments. Walk-ins are not accepted.

General hours of operation:


 Surgery Days:


  • We open at 7:30am and close at 6:00pm

  • Drop off for patients is between 7:30am and 9:00am

  • Pickup is generally between 4:00 and 6:00pm


Non Surgery Days:


  • Our administrative office is open from between 10:00am and 2:00pm


Check calendar for Surgery Dates and Non Surgery Dates.


Vaccination clinics are held on various Saturdays (usually every 3rd Saturday) from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm by appointment, check calendar for dates.


Saturday and Sunday: By appointment only when weekend Clinics are scheduled. (Check calendar)

Hours are general and subject to change based on the schedules of our medical staff. Many factors may occur that alter our schedules and it is recommended to call prior to arriving for any business matter not scheduled ahead of time.

Richard Glessner

Clinic Director


With over 25 years’ experience in the animal welfare field, he has led animal welfare shelters both No-Kill as well as Animal Controls, opening 3 spay/neuter clinics and serving on numerous Board of Directors for various animal welfare organizations. Richard has overseen more than 30,000 surgical procedures and has been responsible for over 50,000 animals through shelter programs while creating a first-class state of the art environment designed around the animals’ needs with an emphasis on quality.


Billee Rindsig, DVM



With over 20 years’ experience performing surgeries in spay/neuter clinics, Dr. Rindsig has performed over 25,000 spay & neuter surgeries. Dr. Rindsig maintains a private practice in DeWitt, Iowa and is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.


Jack Schaefer, DVM



Retiring as the Director of VCA Aurora, Dr. Schaefer is a long-time respected veterinarian with over 40 years of practice within the Aurora area. He has been recognized for establishing Rush-Copley's pet therapy program - the first in the greater Chicagoland area. Dr. Schaefer has also been involved with the Delta Society, a national organization dedicated to improving human health through therapy and service animals. Dr. Schaefer has performed thousands of surgeries throughout his career and oversees our dental program. Dr. Schaefer is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.


Kate Player, DVM



With more than 2500 surgeries since starting at our clinic 3 years ago Dr. Player is meticulous surgeon whose knowledge and expertise is second to none. Dr. Player has brought the latest knowledge on the newest techniques as well as a vast experience in canine behaviors to our clinic. Dr. Player surgical skills are highly respected and and a favorite of many of our rescue partners. Dr. Player is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.


Susan Brown, DVM



Graduated from Purdue University in 1976 and has practiced exclusively exotic companion animal medicine since 1980. In 1985 she and her husband Richard R. Nye, DVM founded the Midwest Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital (then in Westchester, IL) which was the first all exotic animal veterinary hospital in the United States. Dr. Brown has lectured extensively at both veterinary and companion animal caregiver conferences across the United States and in Europe on the topics of husbandry, medicine and surgery of small mammals. She has published numerous articles and chapters in veterinary texts and journals. She has also published dozens of articles in rabbit and ferret club periodicals. Dr. Brown was on the review board of several veterinary journals as well as being the main author of the majority of articles on www.veterinarypartner.com Small Mammal Health Series. She founded the Greater Chicago Ferret Association in 1986 and served as their health director until 1997. She was also the health director for the House Rabbit Society of Chicago and was the Health Director for the House Rabbit Society National. Dr. Brown started Rosehaven Exotic Animal Veterinary Services in 2007, which is a consulting business aimed at providing support to rescue, sanctuary and animal control organizations that take in exotic pets. She also started The Behavior Connection (www.BehaviorConnection) to help teach companion animal caregivers about the science of behavior, using humane, positive reinforcement and fun strategies for behavior change resulting in a harmonious relationship with their companion animals.


Linda Lewiston, DVM

Clinical Doctor


Has a vast and extensive knowledge in the clinical aspects of veterinarian medicine. Dr. Lewiston operates our vaccine clinics and provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise to clients regarding their pet’s health through our preventative care program. Dr. Lewiston works in the private practice setting in addition to our weekend vaccination clinics. Dr. Lewiston is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Christen Bolotov, DVM


The Volunteers – too many to name them all. Thank you for sharing all your compassion and for the time you give.