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901 N Linden St Normal, IL 61761
(309) 452-1717

Our Staff

Dave_Bussan.jpgDr. David Bussan

Dr. David Bussan started his career with Town & Country Animal Hospital in 1969 after doing undergraduate work and graduating from University of Illinois College of  Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and a lifetime member of ISVMA (Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association). Dr. Bussan grew up on a farm in Galena, Illinois where he was a member of the local 4-H and FFA clubs. He currently resides in Normal with his wife and two cats. In his free time he enjoys farming and gardening.


Goeckner_1.jpgDr. Ronald Goeckner 

Since 1975 Dr. Ron Goeckner has been a veterinarian at Town & Country Animal Hospital. He grew up in Effingham, Illinois. In 1971 he graduated from Eastern Illinois University majoring in zoology and then went on to receive his D.V.M. from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975. He is an active member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the ISVMA (Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association). His greatest interest in the animal field is general medicine because of the vast variety. He now resides in Normal with his wife and two cats, Misty May and Precious Chloe. He enjoys exploring foreign countries and fixing things in his spare time.

Dr. Melissa Alexander

Dr. Melissa Alexander grew up in Lincoln, Illinois. She received her D.V.M. in 1995 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of AVMA (American Veterinary medical Association), ISVMA (Illinois Veterinary Medical Association) and AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners). She enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, cooking & reading. She has 2 cats, Jackson and Tiger Lily.


Matt Bussan_1.jpgDr. Matt Bussan

Dr. Matt Bussan joined the Town & Country staff in 1990. In 2000 he received his B.S. in Chemistry from Illinois State University and then in 2004 graduated from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine with his D.V.M. and is now on staff as a veterinarian. Dr. Bussan is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and ISVMA (Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association). In his free time he enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, bike riding, traveling, and other outdoor activities with his wife Leila and daughter Trinity. He has a Sheltie named Teddy.


Jamie_Schertz_1.jpgDr. Jamie Schertz 

Before joining the Town & Country family Dr. Schertz received her D.V.M. from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and then worked at a mixed animal practice. She is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and ISVMA (Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association). Dr. Schertz grew up in Northern Illinois but is currently living in Central Illinois with her husband and children. When not busy working or taking care of her family she enjoys horseback riding, swimming, reading and scrapbooking.

Dr. Maja Vito

  Dr. Vito moved to San Diego, CA as a small child, where a stray cat, which was soon smuggled into the bedroom, promptly adopted her. This cat lived until she was 21 years old.   It was a defining relationship in Dr. Vito's life and led her to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Genetics from University of California–Davis. She worked in molecular biology for the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, CA and the Whitehead Research Institute in Cambridge, MA before obtaining her DVM from North Carolina State University, School of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked in general veterinary practice and as a shelter, spay/neuter doctor since 1995. After a 3 year adventure in Hawaii, she has lived in Normal IL with her husband, two sons, and their cat, Jedi, since 1999.  

    Dr. Vito enjoys giving out treats during exams to keep stress to a minimum. She is passionate about caring for cats and dogs, and working with their owners to ensure pets' health and happiness.   One of her favorite aspects of the job is soft tissue surgery and she loves knowing a surgical procedure, such as a spay or neuter, is going to help a pet stay in their home for a long and happy life.     

Tammi Rich- Office Manager

 Tammi started at Town & Country in 2006 as a receptionist, was then promoted to Head Receptionist and then to Office Manager. What she loves most about her job is working with the clients, their pets and other employees. Her family consists of her husband; Danny and 3 children. When not working she enjoys watching NASCAR, playing with her children and hanging out with friends. She as 1 dog; Lacey, 2 cats, Selena and Fluffy and many fish.


jean2.JPGJean- Certified Veterinary Technician & Inventory Manager

Jean received her Applied Associates Degree in Animal Health Technology from Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in 1975 and in has been (in her words) "Happily practicing as a Certified Veterinary Technician ever since." She has been with Town & Country since 1983 and became Inventory Manager in 1998. She loves any activity involving the outdoors especially hiking, biking, horseback riding and gardening. Her "furry" family consists of a Great Dane; Flynn, two Rat Terriers: Karma and Trooper and four cats; Zorba, Special Ed, Stella and Sugar Plum Fairy.

Bailey.jpgBailey- Head Certified Veterinary Technician

Bailey has been the Head Technician at Town & Country since the Spring of 2007. She started her career with animals at the age of 15 working in the kennels, then worked a short period as a receptionist. In 2006 she graduated from Parkland Community College as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She shares her home with her husband, daughter, son, 2 dogs, 3 cats and 2 tanks of fish. She's rarely without a fuzzy critter by her side.



Kathy has been with Town & Country for over 7 years grooming you dogs and cats. Kathy can personalize your pet to fit your needs. Before coming to Illinois, in one way or another, Kathy has been associated with dogs in grooming, boarding, obedience and confirmation classes. Since 1986 in her spare time she has breed and shown Standard Schnauzer and in 1997 had the #1 Standard Schnauzer in the country.


Cathie - Data Entry Supervisor

Cathie has been working at Town & Country since 1995. She received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Illinois State University in 1998. She shares her home with her husband and 2 cats, Funky Monkey and Machenzie. In her free time Cathie enjoys photography, exploring nature, listening to music and watching her husband play in his 3 bands.


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