Our Team

  • Dr.
    Emily Wood
    Practice Owner/Veterinarian

    Dr. Emily Wood graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 2002. After practicing in Topeka and Manhattan, Kansas, and Carbondale, Illinois, she began practicing at Veterinary Services in 2012. She has been the owner of Veterinary Services since 2014. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.

    Dr. Wood lives in Okawville, Illinois, with her husband Eric, their two daughters, and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys cheering for her daughters’ sports teams, biking, gardening, and reading. She also enjoys playing flute with the Venedy Band, a local community band.

  • Vance Wood
    Hospital Administrator

    Vance Wood started working at VSL at an early age. He left for a few years, entering the United States Coast Guard and attending college. He returned to VSL in 1986. He has held many positions during his employment at VSL; presently he is the Hospital Administrator. He currently resides in Breese, IL with his wife and father, Kelly and Dr. Byford E. Wood.

  • Kelly Prange
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Kelly Prange, CVT is a 1999 graduate of Parkland College. Kelly began working at VSL immediately following graduation. From a very early age, Kelly knew that she wanted to work with animals. She was very excited to be able to turn her passion into a rewarding career. During her ongoing CE, Kelly gets to learn about many new topics, but has found she has a special interest in preventative medicine. She enjoys teaching pet parents ways to help their fur babies live longer and healthier lives. She and her husband, Bret, reside in Aviston, IL with their two Shih-Tzus, Morgan and Kneesa. During her free time, Kelly enjoys reading, cooking, and spending quality time with her family.

  • Melissa Detmer
    Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant

    Melissa Detmer graduated from Kaskaskia College in 2004 with an Associate Degree in Animal Sciences. Melissa started working for Veterinary Services, Ltd. in April 2008. Melissa loves working with family pets and large animals. She grew up on a dairy farm in New Baden. She loves to milk cows at her sister’s farm and show cattle during the summer. Melissa currently resides in Breese, IL with her husband Matthew, son Ian, and two daughters Rylee and Skyler. They also have two cats, Lola and Octavia.

  • Melissa Frederking
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Melissa Frederking graduated from Murray State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and an Animal Health Technology major. Melissa joined Veterinary Services, Ltd. in January 2018. In her free time, Melissa enjoys running, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Melissa has two cats, Rev and Lulu, and a Labrador Retriever named Dozer. She currently resides in St. Libory, IL.

  • Nathan Olliges
    Kennel Assistant

    Nathan Olliges is a kennel assistant at Veterinary Services, Ltd. Nathan is planning on attending Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and is undecided on a major. He has two dogs, Shiloh and Daphne, and resides in Aviston, IL.

  • Dr.
    William J. Greenwald
    Relief Veterinarian

    Since Dr. Wood has now assumed ownership of Veterinary Services, Ltd, Dr. Greenwald now resides in Florida with his wife Anita. But, he will continue to assist with the practice as he is working when Dr. Wood is on vacation or attending continuing education conferences.


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