Bret Peterson, DVM
Owner and Veterinarian
Dr. Bret Peterson grew up near Chicago, which is when he developed his love for the Chicago Cubs. He earned his Bachelor’s in Biology from Knox College and his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University. Dr. Peterson worked as a veterinarian in Wisconsin before relocating to Springfield where he was hired as a relief vet for Laketown Animal Hospital. Dr. Peterson’s special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, along with Laketown’s state of the art surgical suite made for a great partnership and he decided to become full time shortly thereafter. During his free time he enjoys woodworking and spending time with his wife and daughter. They especially enjoy beach days where they can rediscover the simple pleasures through their daughter’s eyes such as building sandcastles and playing in the waves. They recently adopted a kitten, named Meowy.
Erin Blakemore, DVM
Dr. Blakemore grew up in a small town in western Illinois where her interest in animals and veterinary medicine started at a young age. After graduating from high school, she attended college at Western Illinois University, where she pursued a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, she pursued her doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2004. Fresh out of Vet school, she accepted a position with an AAHA accredited animal hospital in the Naperville area where she worked for two years. She then moved with her husband Bryan to Springfield in 2006 so he could finish his graduate work. Upon moving to the area, she was offered a position at Laketown Animal Hospital and has been here ever since.
She loves the challenges and variety that veterinary medicine brings on a daily basis. Special interests include internal medicine, diagnostic cytology, and infectious disease. Dr. Blakemore and her husband have 3 children as well as 4 rescue animals – a dog Optimus, and cats Dennis, Isabella, and Simon. When she is not at work, you will most likely find her spending time with her family.
Aaron Felgenhauer, DVM
Dr. Aaron Felgenhauer is the most recent addition to the Laketown veterinary staff. Originally from central Illinois, Dr. Felgenhauer earned his BS and DVM degrees from the University of Illinois. He has a special interest in internal medicine and nutrition. When he isn't working, Dr. Felgenhauer enjoys spending time with his family, especially his daughter. He also loves traveling, playing sports and watching sports. A few of his favorite teams are the St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and the Fighting Illini.
Susan Fisherkeller, DVM
Dr. Susan Fisherkeller was born and raised in Springfield and is proud to have spent her life getting to know the ins and outs of the capital of Illinois. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Biology and her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois. Dr. Fisherkeller loves kayaking, traveling (especially to Europe), and has a special interest in pairing wines with different cuisines. She is extremely close with her friends and as she likes to say, the “young-ins” who work with her. Dr. Fisherkeller has opened her home to 4 rescue dogs: Smithwicks, her special needs pup who is paralyzed in his back legs, Wally, Bono, and Buddy who has been with her the longest.
Kate Luthin, DVM (Currently seeing only Equine patients)
Dr. Kate Luthin grew up in Riverton, IL with a father who is an equine vet and a mother who was a surgical nurse. With all that medical influence it’s no surprise she became interested in veterinary medicine. Dr. Luthin received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Mississippi State. She is a full -time ambulatory equine vet where she works with her father. She is also extremely dedicated to her cat and dog patients at Laketown! She lives at home with her 16 horses and 2 dogs and in her spare time she shows those horses. Don’t let her busy schedule fool you; and while she is extremely vigilant in managing her schedule and patient care, she effortlessly maintains a calm, easy-going demeanor.
Jane Morris, DVM (Retired)
Dr. Jane Morris grew up in a small town in southern Illinois called Eldorado. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with her bachelor’s in Zoology and completed her doctorate of veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois. Dr. Morris is also a silver smith who enjoys handcrafting earrings, rings, and other jewelry. In her spare time she can be found watching hockey and baseball, and riding her bike. Dr. Morris is married and has 2 dogs, Ewan the corgi and Buddy the Midwestern mutt. What makes Dr. Morris a great veterinarian is her drive to dig deeper on the complicated cases and her ability to keep focused and make the best decision for the animal.