Melanie Gunderson - President
Glendale Animal Hospital
Melanie started as a veterinary assistant at Tri City Animal Hospital in Elgin over 25 yrs ago and has enjoyed the field of veterinary medicine ever since. During her 20 years with Tri-City she grew from vet assistant to Office Manager. In 2009 she joined Pet Vet Animal Clinic as the Practice Manager, in her home town of Huntley. Pet Vet was a mixed animal practice along with providing mobile services. It was a very fun and interesting time for her and she has many happy memories from her time there. After 3 years at Pet Vet, she accepted a position as Hospital Administrator at Glendale Animal Hospital, in Glendale Heights. Her time there has been amazing. They have built a strong team and have created a culture that makes for a fun a friendly environment to work in. This past year they have been focusing on building a new hospital and she can honestly say it has been the most challenging time of her career! But they now have a beautiful facility and the space that allows them to practice best medicine. She is looking forward to just being a Hospital Manager again and not overseeing construction!
Melanie has 3 children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. She resides in Winfield with her husband Todd and their dog Fletcher. Melanie and her husband enjoy traveling, music and trying new restaurants when they aren’t working on a new household project.
Peter Hartman, DVM- Past President
Valley Lakes Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Hartman received his DVM from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and has a B.S. in Zoology from Southern Illinois University. Growing up in Illinois, he started practicing veterinary medicine at Gibson Veterinary Clinic in Gibson City. He then became a relief veterinarian working at more than 60 different practices in the greater Chicagoland area for 5 years.
In 2006, Dr. Hartman opened Valley Lakes Veterinary Clinic in Round Lake. He continues to practice small animal medicine and manages a solo doctor practice with two full time employees and one three legged cat.
Dr. Hartman lives in Round Lake with his wife, daughter and two dogs. He enjoys boating with his family, hockey games, golf and trap shooting.