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Balanced Body Vet Clinic

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Dr. Angela Riffice


Dr. Angela Riffice received her BS degree in Animal Science at the University of Illinois and then her DVM degree from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Dr. Riffice is certified in both Acupuncture and Chiropractic for small animals and horses. She is also certified in food therapy and consults on herbal therapy for her patients. On October 16th, 2023; Dr. Riffice will be changing the name of Sackman Vet Clinic to Balanced Body Vet Clinic; and will be offering medical and surgical procedures, and preventive care for small animals; and acupuncture/chiropractic for both small animals and horses. Dr. Riffice says the best part of her job is helping animals and building long-lasting relationships with the pets and their owners. She can’t wait to meet all the current patients at Sackman Vet Clinic. Dr. Riffice has a 5 year old son Alexander. She just lost her 12 year old Great Dane Doddie; but has another Great Dane Diesel, a maltipoo Snoopy, an 18 year old cat Sebastian, and 2 horses named Diva and Pops. In her free time, she enjoys time with her family, and rides horses. For more information on Dr. Riffice, please visit her Facebook and Instagram pages under Balanced Body Veterinary Acupuncture.

Sherry Hancock

Veterinary Assistant

Sherry, the small dog whisperer, joined our staff in March of 2005 and quickly became a part of our family. Sherry has a background in medical billing and excels in customer service. She has a special interest in small dogs and goes out of her way to make sure that all patients feel comfortable during their office visit or stay with us. Outside of work Sherry enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her two daughters and their husbands, and her beautiful grandchildren Gracie, Brandon, Jackson, and Thomas. Sherry has two terriers named Petey and Petunia.

Andrea Fischer


Veterinary Technician

Andrea joined our staff in November of 2012. Andrea graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in May of 2014. She has more compassion for animals than most people you will ever meet. Andrea and her husband, Anthony, share their home with their super adorable son, and dogs Juno and Loki, and a cat (Gloria.).

Donna Burgess



Donna, our resident comedian, is a 2012 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College and joined our staff in January of 2013. Donna’s previous experience includes customer service, one year of working at an area emergency veterinary hospital, and a veterinary technician externship at Beecher Veterinary Clinic. Donna passed her VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Examination) in April of 2013 and officially became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Outside of work, Donna enjoys spending time with her family and motorcycle rides with her husband, Jake. Donna shares her home with her dogs, ducks, pet rats and an occasional rescue of almost any

Chelsie Burgess

Veterinary Technician

Chelsie graduated from Joliet Junior College from the Veterinary Technician Program in the Spring of 2020. She is the proud “mother” of her cat Lucy, dachshund Bomber, African Gray Neema and bearded dragon Elliot. Outside of work Chelsie enjoys spending time with friends and family. Chelsie and her husband, Cody also enjoy a carefree day on the motorcycle. She has been with the practice since August 2019. Chelsie is our quiet one, but she is a hard worker and cares
for all our patients.


Eri Soria


Veterinary Assistant

Eri has been in the veterinary field for nearly 3 years and joined our staff in 2022. Eri has 3 lizards, 2 snakes, an aquarium of fish, and a dog named Trotsky. Eri has a passion for veterinary medicine since she was a child, and loves animals of all types. Eri enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Rich, and his family.



Resident House Cat

Geoffrey was one of 8 cats/kittens dropped off at a home late on a Saturday night. He was half the size of his littermates and breathing harder. Suspicion turned into confirmation when a radiograph of his chest revealed a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. His abdominal organs had misplaced themselves into his chest cavity instead of their rightful position. A specialty surgery was required to correct this, and he soon reached his normal size. He possesses a unique personality, much like his littermates. The majority of them continue to be cared for by us, and his “cousin” still resides with the same household.


Resident House Cat

Navy joined our family in December of 2013 after coming in for a neuter and finding his way into our hearts. Navy has a big personality and a knack for creating trouble. He enjoys standing on his hind legs, contorting into odd sleeping positions, and stealing our food. His best friends are Cheech and Chong, our resident chinchillas.



Resident House Cat

Piper joined our family in July of 2014. Piper was found on the roadside with her deceased mother by a tech at another animal clinic and was adopted by Balanced Body Vet Clinic to keep Navy company. Piper spends the vast majority of her time sleeping. When she is not sleeping she is typically begging for food and making herself at home in the filing cabinet.

Cheech & Chong

Resident Chinchillas

Cheech and Chong joined the Balanced Body Vet Clinic family in June of 2015. They keep us all entertained as they bounce around their cage and munch on their treats. They love interacting with our staff and house cats.