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Dr. Brooks graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972. He practiced at two veterinary clinics before purchasing Fox Valley Veterinary Clinic in 1979. Dr. Brooks enjoys all aspects of internal medicine with a special interest in soft tissue surgery and dermatology.
Dr. Brooks was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. He received his B.A. in Zoology from Rockford College in 1968, which is the same year he and Dodee were married. He earned his D.V.M. degree in 1972 from the University of Illinois. He and Dodee have raised three sons, Tom, Steve, and Rob. Son Tom has become a veterinarian, on staff here (Dr. TAB). Steve has a Master's Degree in Math and teaches high school in Rockford. Rob after a three year stint in the Marine Corps, and a B.A. in Recreation Management is currently an Austin Texas Park Ranger. Dr. Brooks and the boys have enjoyed the outdoors. Participating in Boy Scouts for the past 25+ years has provided great opportunities to be present as the boys grew, and many wonderful outdoor experiences (all done with thanks to Dodee). Outside of work, he bicycles approximately 3000 miles/year to stay more fit, and to commute to work. Canoeing, photography, and cooking are fun too, and then there are the grandkids.... five now
We welcome Dr. Nicole Gillham, a North Aurora native, and a former support staff member in our practice, back into our practice as of July 1, 2016.
Dr. Gillham graduated from the University of Illinois with an Animal Sciences degree in 2002. After many years working as a veterinary technician for a small animal/exotic practitioner, she went back to fulfill her dreams of becoming a veterinarian and attended the University of Illinois college of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she completed a rigorous small animal rotating internship at VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital in Downers Grove. During this time, she was able to elevate her abilities in Neurology, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Oncology, and Emergency Medicine. She also has many years of experience, and a deep interest, in the care of exotic pets. This area of veterinary medicine we are now excited to be offering our clients.
Dr, Gillham has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 11 years. Together, they have one dog, Marty, and three cats, Casey, Jack, and Bird.
(Dr. TAB)Dr. Thomas A. Brooks (Dr. TAB) originally joined Fox Valley Veterinary Clinic in 1988 as a Ward Attendant. Since then he had worked on and off with us during his college years as a Veterinary Assistant and a Certified Veterinary Technician. He joined our practice as a Veterinarian in 2006.
Dr. TAB completed his Doctoral education at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2006. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL in 2000. Additionally, Dr. TAB has earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Parkland College in Champaign, IL in 1996.
Dr. TAB currently has no pets, but has owned beagles for many years and hopes to get back into pet ownership again as his son, Tommy, born February of 2012, and his daughter, Jillian, born February of 2013 get a little older.
Dr. TAB fills much of his free time volunteering locally as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoys a number of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, disk golf, kayaking, canoeing, and geocaching. His current favorite is geocaching which often takes him on mini-adventures that allow him to explore nature in interesting local and sometimes further away corners of the world while allowing him to combine some of his other interests as well.
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Simply the best in care and the best in service from the Doctors and the staff. You will be very pleased with this clinic.