We’re one big family.
Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year-round with good nutrition and exercise. The Welcome Waggin’ Mobile Veterinary Service stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care.
Dr. Jeni Rogan-Waeltz
Veterinarian / Owner
Hi! I’m Dr. Jeni Waeltz, the excited and grateful new owner of The Welcome Waggin’. I started here part-time in November 2019. Then on April 1st, 2020, at the start of a pandemic, I made the leap to ownership. I received my DVM degree from Purdue University in 2011. Since then, I’ve worked in various capacities that include private general practice and director level recruiting roles for two veterinary corporations. I’ve completed certifications in Veterinary Practice Management, Compassion Fatigue, and I’ve almost completed my certification to become a Professional Coach. Being a veterinarian is an amazing gift but the profession is suffering from burnout and compassion fatigue, and high suicide rates. After hiring 100s of doctors during my recruiting years, I wanted to give back to the profession and support others on their journey of developing the mindset and resilience to become their best selves. So in September 2019, I started a life and leadership coaching business that supports busy professionals struggling to be and do it all. You can check out my website here.
The wonder and awe of the human-animal bond are what motivates me to get up in the morning to care for your pets. Using my skills as a veterinarian and a coach, I love taking a holistic approach to keeping your pets as vibrant and healthy for as long as I can. Examining and treating your pet in the place they love most, their home, makes all the difference. I have a special interest in the education of preventive diseases, dentistry and oral health, dermatology, weight loss in overweight pets, feline medicine, and the care for elderly and geriatric dogs and cats. My love for animals started as a little girl. My childhood cat lived to be 20 years and 3 months and the bond we shared sealed the deal of wanting to spend my life around animals. You can read that story here. Currently, I live in Oswego with my husband and our two girls, two cats, and two dogs! During my time away from the practice, I enjoy all things outdoors, scrapbooking, and spending time with my family.
Lisa J. McIntyre
Previous Owner and Veterinarian
I have had a life-long interest in all creatures feathered, finned, and furry; my parents were animals-lovers sharing their home with dogs, cats, tropical fish, guinea pigs, iguanas, frogs, anoles, and rats… oh my! I was incredibly fortunate to have my uncle, Dr. Lester Fisher, and cousin, Dr. Herb Lederer, as mentors in the veterinary field. In 1999, I graduated second in my class from the University of Illinois and began my journey as a small animal vet. After 8 years working at shelters and small animal practices throughout the Chicagoland area I founded Welcome Waggin’. Making housecalls to clients and their pets has enabled me to educate pet owners, children, and the general public, sharing knowledge and experience to better the lives of all living things. In the warmth and comfort homes, I have witnessed the true richness the human-animal bond can bring. In this setting, I’ve also had the opportunity to observe the subtilities of behavioral, dermatologic, orthopedic, and internal medical diseases, all strong professional interests, at a level not seen in a traditional practice. Currently, I split time in Naperville and Tampa, Florida where I enjoy year-round running, swimming with my Golden Retrievers, and rooting for the Tampa Lightning, ChicagoCubs, and Illini Football with my husband and three sons.
DVM, DACVIM – Oncology
Dr. Leach is a board-certified veterinary medical oncologist. She received her veterinary degree from Kansas State University in 2007. She completed an internship in 2008 and a residency in oncology at Purdue University in 2011. She has been in private practice since this time. Throughout her residency training, she enjoyed working emergency, which helped to broaden her knowledge base. Dr. Leach appreciates all aspects of veterinary medicine, but she truly values the close relationships she develops with owners and their beloved pets, so transitioning to a practice that provided at-home services was an easy decision. She enjoys being part of a team with the patient’s family in providing palliative care and shedding light on very difficult, emotional situations. She enjoys spending time with her Irish Wolfhounds, Ronan and Tully. She has found volunteering for various charitable associations, including food pantries, low-income care facilities, and pet therapy programs, very rewarding. She also enjoys exploring the city with her friends and family and gardening.
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Sarah has been with The Welcome Waggin’ since 2012. She has been an animal lover since she was a small child and has had a variety of animals. Right now, she only has two fur babies: two beautiful cats that she rescued from a client’s window well. She hopes to be adding more fur babies to her family soon. She loves working for The Welcome Waggin. She says, “it’s different every day, and you really get to know your patients and see them in their own environment. They are much more comfortable in their own home.” Sarah lives in Bolingbrook, and she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, and friends. She also loves reading, being in the outdoors, and volunteering for animal-related organizations.
CVT, BAS-VT, VTSE – Triage Nurse
Christy started working in this profession by accident. In 1996, she was working in a fast-food joint and floundering through college, changing majors every semester. One day, her dog’s veterinarian pulled up to her drive-through window. When she handed Christy the money for her happy meal, the doc asked if she might be interested in a part-time kennel attendant position. Two weeks later, she was offered a full-time job as a vet assistant, and over 20 years later, Christy still finds herself excited to go to work. She started a pet-sitting business to pay her way through college. She earned her CVT license through Joliet Junior College and holds a bachelor’s in veterinary technology from St. Petersburg College. Christy taught classes in a veterinary technology program for over 12 years and is the coordinator and instructor for a veterinary assistant program at Moraine Valley Community College. She’s worked in general practice and emergency and critical care, and she is a certified pet loss companion and a vet tech educator specialist. When she’s not vet-tech-ing, she enjoys traveling, live entertainment, photography, music, writing, reading, and every moment with her family. Working with animals has taught Christy that love can be unconditional, kindness is everything, and that pets are family members. She’s also developed a unique skill: Christy is a master doggy-paddler. If it were an Olympic sport, she’d be a gold medalist.
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Heather has been working with animals since 2010. She began as a dog trainer before starting her veterinary medicine career in 2012. She is passionate about animal behavior and uses her dog training skills to help her canine patients feel more comfortable and to educate owners on common behavior problems.
Heather has an Australian Cattle Dog named Sheila and two cats: ZuZu and South Sider. In her spare time, Heather enjoys going for runs with Sheila. She is an active member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. She has run three marathons and raised over $3,000 for blood cancer research so far.
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