Our Administrative Team
Hospital Manager – Shanda Blancett
Shanda is from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She studied Health Information Technology and went on to be certified in Medical Transcription.
She comes from a medical setting background that includes billing, insurance, and business/office management for various types of practices and facilities.
Shanda and her husband as well as their two children are avid Chicago sports fans and attend several Cubs and Bulls games during the year.
Pharmacy Manager – Jenn Ricker
Jenn was born and raised in Crystal Lake. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and then went on to attend school in Kentucky where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science with a concentration in Rehabilitation from Midway University.
After graduation, she spent the next seven years working in different aspects of the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky. Jenn worked in multiple equine hospitals as an administrative assistant, and surgery technician, and on various farms in Lexington foaling out mares and raising young racehorses.
Apart from horses Jenn enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time outside with her two kids and husband.
Lead Veterinary Support Specialist – Darcy Wichert
Darcy was born and raised in Northern Illinois and attended The University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In May of 2021, Darcy graduated with her degree in Forensic Investigation and a minor in Psychology.
During her time at UW- Platteville, she rode for the university’s Western Equestrian Team and started her show career with the Wisconsin Ranch Horse Association where she focuses on Horsemanship and Ranch Riding. In the upcoming seasons, Darcy hopes to compete in Cattle Classes such as Boxing and Herd Work while gaining more riding experience.
When Darcy’s not riding, she enjoys spending time outdoors, doing yoga, and spending time with her cats Minnie and Willow.
Veterinary Support Specialist – Megan Heffernan
Megan was raised with a plethora of animals including dogs, cats, birds, and horses. Her
grandparents owned a successful breeding and training facility for Arabian and Half-Arabian horses. Her mother is a nationally decorated trainer who also adjudicates national and international Equestrian events. Megan also competed from a young age, earning regional and national titles in both the US and Canada. Megan, from an early age, fell in love with the Arabian breed’s emotional intelligence and sensitivity, beauty, athletic ability, sense of humor, and strong bonds with their families and trainers.
Throughout her adult life, she worked to educate herself in canine and feline behavior and training, AKC Standard grooming, nutrition, and care for exotic species such as birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Her passion became a successful career developing programs to share that education with others to help pets live long, happy, healthy lives.
In her free time, Megan enjoys hiking, reading, “sporting” with her significant other, and
being a personal butler to their small zoo: An Eclectus Parrot, Bearded Dragon, 3 cats, and a 1-year-old AmStaff.
Billing Manager – Kris Sanko
Kris grew up on the northwest side of Chicago. She is a huge Chicago sports fan with the Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs being her favorite teams. She coached youth cheerleading for over 8 years and served on the board of the Stateline Comets as Director.
Kris loves all animals, great and small, and enjoys “babysitting” for her mom’s 2 horses. Her greatest life accomplishment is being the mother of grown son Brandon, daughter Kassidy and her two “fur-kids”, Bubba and Dallas, (English bulldogs).
In her leisure time, Kris loves spending time with her family biking and boating on the Chain O’ Lakes and vacationing in tropical destinations with beautiful sandy beaches.