Meet our incredible team!
Dr. Hannah Burnett - Owner/Veterinarian
Although she had always been fascinated with science and medicine, Dr. Hannah Burnett was ultimately inspired to take the leap into veterinary care by her childhood cat, Carla. When Carla fell ill and needed medical attention, Dr. Burnett took her to a veterinarian—little did she know that she herself would become hooked! Dr. Burnett hasn’t looked back since; she’s the proud owner and chief veterinarian here at Hometown Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Burnett grew up right here in Jacksonville and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville before earning a doctor of veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After helping pets at a practice in Springfield, Dr. Burnett and her husband Derek were thrilled to purchase Hometown Veterinary Clinic in April of 2017—she’s been tending to the area’s pets and animal parents here ever since.
As a veterinarian, Dr. Burnett is particularly fond of feline medicine and remains passionate about creating a low-stress environment for cats in order to make office visits easier for everyone. Professional interests also include soft-tissue surgery and dentistry. Most of all, Dr. Burnett loves interacting one-on-one with the pet owners of her hometown on a daily basis!
Aside from her interests in veterinary medicine, Dr. Burnett likes practicing her photography skills, working on renovation projects in her 1900s-era home, traveling (her favorite trips so far have been to Hawaii and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains!), and spending quality time with her family. She and her husband, Derek—Hometown Veterinary Clinic’s very own practice manager and co-owner—have a young son and a pair of loveable Chihuahuas, Henle and Mosby. They also have three clinic cats who spend their days here at the hospital: Scarlett, whose favorite pastime is causing trouble behind the scenes; Luna, who enjoys sitting on the front-desk counter and obstructing clients who are trying to check out; and Juliette, who can often be found snuggling with Scarlett on Dr. Burnett’s desk.
Derek Haggard - Owner/Practice Manager
Derek first began dating his wife, Dr. Hannah Burnett, during his junior year of undergraduate studies. He’s been an integral part of the Hometown Veterinary Clinic story ever since the beginning! Derek is thrilled to serve the pets and animal owners of his native Jacksonville as the hospital’s Practice Manager and Co-owner.
Derek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University, as well as a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He and Dr. Burnett purchased the practice in April of 2017, and Derek finds that he especially likes working on marketing implementation strategies and troubleshooting issues that arise day-to-day. Derek’s favorite part of his job, though, is getting to meet a wide variety of pets and animal owners on a daily basis.
When he isn’t tending to his duties here at the clinic or spending time with his wife, son, and pets at home, Derek loves playing and recording music—he plays the guitar, bass, and drums!—and attending live concerts.
Krystle Lingg - Certified Veterinary Technician
Krystle can’t remember a time when she didn’t feel a natural connection with animals. She’s been drawn to them ever since she was a young girl, and her passion hasn’t let up since—a career in veterinary medicine is simply the perfect path! Krystle is a Certified Veterinary Technician with the Hometown Veterinary Clinic team.
Krystle is originally from Indiana and began college studying aquatic biology before transferring to a business college to complete her education in veterinary technology. She launched her career at a busy walk-in clinic, where the chaotic atmosphere helped to hone Krystle’s skillset and make her comfortable in all areas of veterinary care. Next, she joined the Hometown Veterinary Clinic family in August of 2017 to start her journey in private practice.
Around the hospital, Krystle enjoys the challenges of venipuncture and radiology work. Most of all, she loves to meet the area’s pets and animal owners every day and hear fun stories from pet-lovers just like herself.
When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic, Krystle can be found listening to music, attending concerts, dabbling in art, canoeing, and spending time with her family at home. She and her fiancée, Allison, live with Allison’s two sons and several family pets. They share their home with three dogs—Cyrus and Zeke, both goofy Dobermans; and a Border Collie mix named Shelby—as well as three cats who go by Libby, Ziggy, and Teller.
Sarah Garman - Veterinary Assistant
Sarah grew up right here in Jacksonville, where she loved visiting the family farms on a frequent basis. For her, animal care has been a part of life ever since she can remember. Sarah is proud to care for pets on a daily basis as a member of the Hometown Veterinary Clinic team!
Sarah worked here at the clinic for six years before the previous owner’s retirement and stayed on with the Hometown Veterinary Clinic team as Dr. Burnett took over in 2017. She has particular interests in surgical work, laboratory tests and sample collecting, and taking X-rays. Sarah’s favorite part of her work is getting to interact directly with the community’s animal lovers and form lasting bonds over the years.
At home, Sarah and her husband, Brandon, share their lives with their two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Claire. The family has a protective Rottweiler/Pit Bull mix named Diesel and a Pit Bull who goes by Matilda. In her free time, Sarah enjoys dirt-track racing, watching Claire show off her skills in music and acting, and cheering on Hannah at her softball games.
Emily Pittman - Veterinary Assistant
Emily was in middle school when her family dog became ill. She recalls spending hours at the local veterinarian’s office, learning about treatments and getting medications. The love and compassion that Emily felt from the hospital staff made a permanent impression—she knew that she wanted to help others’ pets in the exact same way! Emily’s dream didn’t waver: now, she’s proud to serve as a Veterinary Assistant.
Emily was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico but moved to Illinois when she was less than a year old. She’s been here ever since! She was only 14 years old when she first entered the world of animal care; Emily signed on as a barn manager at a local horse stable, which only cemented her desire to help as many animals as she possibly could. She hasn’t looked back since!
Emily joined the Hometown Veterinary Clinic family after being referred by the clinic’s very own Krystle, who Emily had previously worked alongside at another local hospital. Around the office, Emily loves to observe and assist with surgical procedures; she’s consistently amazed at the way technology, great medicine, and a skilled staff come together to make pets feel better. Most of all, Emily enjoys getting to make a lasting difference in the lives of the area’s pet owners.
Away from work, Emily likes to ride horses—she was a member of Southern Illinois University’s equestrian team and competed all over the state!—and dote on her own animal companions at home. She shares her life with four pets: Sophie, a Boxer mix who is all legs; a Pitbull/American Bulldog mix named Katana whose favorite things in life are her rawhide and a nap; an all-white cat named Pablo Escobar; and a pudgy cat who goes by Bennett.
Laura Roome - Receptionist
Laura has had a soft spot in her heart for animals ever since she was a little girl. Having known Dr. Burnett for many years, she jumped at the chance to enter a new career field and help pets professionally! Now, Laura serves as Hometown Veterinary Clinic’s receptionist.
Laura is a Jacksonville native and graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a degree in psychology. She worked in a variety of fields before joining the veterinary profession, including daycare, services for special-needs children, and even as a substance abuse counselor. Laura’s favorite part of her work here at Hometown Veterinary Clinic is the learning opportunity she experiences every day. She also enjoys helping to run the clinic’s Facebook page and doting on the clinic cats!
At home, Laura and her husband share their lives with two loveable cats. Cooper is affectionately referred to as Laura’s “ninja kitty” because of his penchant for running up walls and climbing everything; Camilla was rescued after continuously running into Laura’s apartment until she and her husband decided to adopt her.
Mon: 7:30am – 5:00 pm
Tues: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wed: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thurs: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Fri: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
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