Large and Small Animal Care
Stacey R Funderburk
His strongest interests lie in large animal production and medicine, reproduction, and surgery. Dr. O’Connor grew up in Herscher, IL where he raised show pigs, feeder cattle, and a variety of other species typical of small family farm. In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing sports, spending time with his family and friends, and hanging out with his pets.
Natalie Kocek D.V.M.
Natalie is looking forward to the variety of cases seen in mixed animal practice and especially enjoys working with cattle, dogs, and cats. Dr. Natalie grew up in Vernon Hills, IL where her family has a produce farm. She also raised 4-H show pigs as a kid.
In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, trail riding, and spending time with family and friends. Her and her husband also love to spoil their two dogs and two cats.
JT joined the clinic in 2016 and became the Practice Manager at both the Countryside and Nokomis Clinics in 2018. Before he moved to Taylorville, he studied Equestrian Science and Horse Science Technology at Black Hawk East in Galva, IL.
He is from Edwardsville, IL where he grew up spending most of his time outdoors and working on a horse farm. In his free time he still enjoys being outside with family and friends.
Nikki Albright, Groomer
Nikki started her career in the grooming industry back in 2005. She started out just bathing dogs and trimming their toenails. For two years, she took every opportunity to learn everything she could about the art of grooming and educating the pet owners on grooming.
In late 2007, Nikki went to the Grooming Academy where she spent 4 weeks learning all the different patterns for small and large breeds. She earned her Professional Dog Grooming Certificate in December of 2007. Nikki has been grooming ever since. She also went to Salon Management Training to become a manager. While there, she was able to train other associates how to groom.
Nicky Schmedeke, Groomer
Nicky Schmedeke began working at the clinic after she graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor’s in Science and Agriculture with a certification of Veterinary Technician. Nicky started at the clinic in December of 2014 and currently lives in Morrisonville, IL.
In her free time, she likes to help her family on the family farm and play with her pet rabbit, Freckles.
900 E Union St. Nokomis, IL 62075
Nokomis Veterinary Service