Dr. Jason Kennell grew up in nearby Roanoke where he spent his time helping out on his family’s grain farm. He wanted to pursue veterinary medicine from a young age and worked at Teegarden as a kennel assistant after obtaining his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Judson University. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and returned to Teegarden Veterinary Clinic as one of the doctors. He spends his spare time reading, gardening, and working on handyman projects.
Dr. Kaci Kennell is from a dairy farm near rural Effingham. Her experience taking care of animals on the farm led her into the veterinary profession. She attended Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University for her undergraduate training before obtaining her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. She truly loves being able to use veterinary medicine to serve people through the care of their pets. She has had great opportunities to put that into practice through veterinary mission work. In her spare time, she likes to sing, decorate, and experiment with various craft projects including dress making.
The Kennells met and married during their time in veterinary school. Together, they keep busy taking care of their four kids, Orie, Oswyn, Adoniram, and Aldridge, and enjoy spending time with friends and family. As veterinarians, it is their aim to share the love of Christ by caring for His creation and building longstanding relationships with their clients. They currently live in Goodfield with their cats Azalea, Rastas, and Edna.
Dr. Allie Bennett is a 2014 graduate of the University of Missouri.
“I first practiced in Wyoming, IL where I saw a variety of both small and large animal cases. I really enjoyed the opportunity to help deliver live baby calves and troubleshoot nutrition issues with equine and small animal patients.
After marrying Paul, a physical therapist, and becoming a step-mom, I relocated and practiced in Pekin, IL at a larger, 5 doctor practice. I practiced exclusively with small animals and was able to develop and hone specific skills. During this time, I strived to promote preventative medicine and proper nutrition to help pets live the longest and best quality of life.
About two years ago, Paul and I welcomed a baby into the world and started to consider how to achieve a better work-life balance. That brings me to Teegarden Veterinary Clinic. I am very excited to be part of the team here and desire to bring you and your pet the best knowledge, care and compassion to meet your needs!”
Dr. Michael P. Thomas graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. His first place of employment was Tazewood Veterinary Clinic, now Teegarden Veterinary Clinic. He left to work at Tremont Veterinary Clinic for a few years but returned to Teegarden in 1989 and has been here ever since!
Dr. Thomas has played a vital role in organized veterinary medicine throughout the years. He has been Secretary/Treasurer of the Mississippi Valley Veterinary Medical Association for over 20 years. He has also been President of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and served on the board.
Dr. Thomas is a member of numerous veterinary professional organizations and civic organizations in his local community. He enjoys family activities, spending time with his grandchildren, golfing, caring for roses, Bible study, and traveling.
He retired from his regular work schedule in July 2019, but is still planning on popping in from time to time.