Mary is Hearthstone Animal Clinic’s receptionist and has been with us since July of 2002. In addition to her many years with us, she has a Bachelor of Arts in Family Services from Eastern Illinois University.

An actual expert at being friendly as well as helping provide superior service to our clients, Mary says, “I love our clinic because we truly love our clients and their animals. I brag often to our clients that we are lucky to have Dr. Pelton; he is an outstanding person and doctor. Also, as an all-female staff, we get along beautifully. We are like family, basically.”

Mary’s animal family includes a Lab named Flower and eight cats named Big Guy, Bear, Bandit, Handsome Man, Little Girl, Opie, Queenie, and Wild Eyes. Her interests include fitness and health as well as biking, gardening, live music, travel and being as active as possible.



Jenny is one of our Veterinary Technicians and has been with Hearthstone Animal Clinic since August of 2007, but began her career in companion animal care in 2000.

Jenny always has a positive attitude and is an ace at drawing blood. “I have worked with Dr. Pelton for a long time,” she says. “He is a very nice person and the people I work with are like a family to me. I know too that we all care about our patients and love making them feel better, which makes their owners happy, and makes me feel pretty good.”

Jenny has two Pitbulls named Tator and Boudin, Chihuahua named Sancho, and a cat named Tritan. Her interests include working out, swimming, anything outdoors, eating out, and watching movies.



Alison joined the Hearthstone Animal Clinic team in September 2013. As a veterinary technician, her responsibilities include taking patient histories, assisting Dr. Pelton during exams and surgeries, and filling prescriptions. Always upbeat and helpful, Alison especially enjoys interacting with clients and their pets.

“Dr. Pelton is very personable with each and every client. He has a great passion for caring for the patients, which makes coming to work so enjoyable,” Alison says.

Outside of work, Alison enjoys spending time fishing, camping, cooking and swimming. She also has two dogs to keep her busy: Ducati, a boxer and Benelli, a Dachshund mix.




Stephanie is a Veterinary Technician. She began her career in companion animal care in 2011, and joined Hearthstone Animal Clinic in November 2014.

“I enjoy working with animals,” Stephanie says. “I love the staff and doctor I work with and all our patients make it such a happy place to work.” She gets the most satisfaction from keeping clients’ pets both happy and healthy.

Stephanie has two Dachshunds named Dallas and Tyler, a Labrador retriever named JD and a cat named Remi. Her interests include hunting and fishing with her husband and friends, campfires during cold weather, playing with her pets and working out.