Meet Our Staff
Dr. Joe Cole
Dr. Joe Cole was born and raised in Wheaton and knew from his earliest days that he wanted to devote his life to animal care. He grew up in a home where pets were considered important members of the family and his first job was working in the kennels and as a veterinary assistant.
After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Kansas University in 2006, he obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University and completed his clinical training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His special interests include preventative medicine, surgery and dermatology.
Dr. Cole shares his life with his beautiful wife Heather and their two wonderful daughters. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, and playing golf.
Dr. Rebecca Beisner
Dr. Beisner wanted to be a veterinarian ever since she was 7 years old and believes it’s a wonderful gift to be doing something she truly loves. She started working at Wheaton Animal Hospital prior to vet school as a technician/receptionist and is thrilled to be able to practice here as a veterinarian.
She went to St. Georges University for vet school, which is located on the island of Grenada in the Caribbean. It was an interesting experience and one that she won’t forget. The areas of veterinary medicine she particularly enjoys include dermatology and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Beisner shares her life with 1 dog, 5 cats, her son Jack and daughter Clara. It’s a full household, but she wouldn’t change it for anything.
Dr. Mallorie Enk
Growing up, Dr. Enk enjoyed helping her parents manage their two diabetic cats, rescuing the local strays, and being fascinated by the local wildlife. As a fourth grade student, she had to write a report on her dream for the future; her poster was all about being a veterinarian.
Born in Chicago, she attended high school in Algonquin, IL. After earning a Bachelor of Animal Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University, in St. Kitts, West Indies. Her clinical training was completed at the University of Illinois. Some of her favorite experiences include spending one month as an extern at Brookfield Zoo and assisting with anesthesia at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana for tiger dentals.
Dr. Enk's free time is spent with family and friends, traveling, and catching the latest movie/show. A favorite vacation spot is anywhere with water, sand, and sun.
Dr. James Weidner
Dr. Weidner grew up in Spring Grove, Illinois, a small town on the Wisconsin border. He has always had a strong interest in animal health and welfare and decided early on that he wanted to help animals and pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After earning his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois, he stayed on as a staff veterinarian and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. His interests include endocrinology, preventative medicine, and soft tissue surgery.
In his free time, Dr. Weidner's hobbies include running, cycling, golfing, playing tennis, rock climbing and camping. He enjoys these activities and spending time with his wife and three pets: Tucker (a cocker spaniel), Edta Mae and Riesling (a domestic short hair and Siamese mix).
Dr. Sophi Wakefield
Dr. Wakefield grew up in Central Illinois in the middle of corn fields. For as long as she can remember she had all types of different animals; including cats, dogs, and even a duck. At the age of 5, she started riding horses and continued riding them competitively until she went to veterinary school in 2010. Unlike many veterinarians, she did not know that’s what she wanted to be when she was a child. It struck her as her dream job the summer before heading off to college when she was outside with one of her horses.
She attended Millikin University for her undergraduate studies in both Biology and Spanish. For veterinary school, she went to California at Western University of Health Sciences and truly enjoyed her 4 years of sun and beautiful weather, but was very happy to return to the Midwest.
She shares her home with her husband and pets, Roxi (Cavalier King Charles/Cocker Spaniel Mix) and Percy (Domestic Shorthair). In her free time she enjoys traveling to any and every location. Some of her favorite trips have been to Argentina, London, and Costa Rica.
Dr. Sarah Pruss
Born in California and raised in Kansas, Dr. Pruss has lived in several big cities across the country, including San Diego, Kansas City, Fort Lauderdale, and Los Angeles before deciding to settle down in the Chicago area.
After receiving her DVM from Kansas State University in 2006, Dr. Pruss did a one year small animal medical and surgical internship at Animal Medical Center in Cooper City, FL, followed by two years at a neurology-exclusive practice at Animal Specialty Group in Glendale, CA. Realizing that her favorite part of practice was connecting to clients and developing longer term relationships, she switched her focus to general practice in 2009.
Dr. Pruss has a special interest in neurology, but also enjoys treating skin and gastrointestinal problems.
She lives in Geneva with her husband and daughters: Josephine, and twins Coriel and Ada. Their family pet, Lad, is a rescue Collie. In her spare time, Dr. Pruss enjoys the thrill of foot races and mountain bike races on the trails. She also enjoys camping, hiking, snowshoeing and fat biking.
Leslie Shibovich, Multi-Clinic Practice Manager
Leslie has been with The Pet Experts for 20 years, throughout which time she's been working her maginc behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. While she daily tasks keep her plenty busy, she makes times to better her management skills by attending annual veterinary conferences and workshops, as well as various classes on computer programs. She thoroughly enjoys the business aspect of the practice and also looks forward to each and every opportunity to meet and speak with clients and to help with all of their needs.
Outside of work, Leslie enjoys running and spending time with her beautiful dughter and her precious pets, her boxers, Addi & Lacey.