Our Veterinary Team
To bring the best possible care and service to our community, we've brought together a compassionate group of animal lovers committed to helping pets and their owners. Become better acquainted with our veterinary team and managerial staff to see what sets our team apart!
Dr. Tony Kremer
Dr. Tony Kremer owns nine veterinary hospitals in the Chicagoland area and two in Ohio. He is the founder of Help Save Pets, an animal shelter which has saved more than 15,000 pets since 2000. Dr. Tony’s knowledge, insight, and advice are shared regularly with major media outlets across the nation and in the third largest market. Dr. Tony is also a member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Public Education Committee, which routinely gets the word out about responsible pet ownership.
Dr. Tony graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990, and later conducted post-graduate course work at The Ohio State University in orthopedic surgery. This special interest in orthopedic surgery has led to him performing advanced knee and hip procedures as well as complicated fracture repair in all of his practices. In his spare time, Dr. Tony loves to motorcycle, scuba dive, and play guitar.
Veterinarian & Partner
Dr. Keith True
Dr. Keith True is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and is the managing veterinarian at the Animal Care Center of Downers Grove. He has also practiced at the Animal Care Center of Plainfield and Shorewood Animal Care Center within the Kremer Veterinary Services group. Dr. True has a strong interest in canine sports medicine, preventative care, and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Building lasting relationships with people and their pets is something he strives for.
Outside of work, Dr. True and his wife, Lauren, have a son and daughter who keep them on their toes. The True family has one dog named Doug, who is a Vizsla mix and Dr. True's long time running partner. In his free time, Dr. True enjoys running marathons, playing volleyball and tennis, sneaking in a quick round of golf, and doing various building projects around the house.
Dr. Jamie Heavey
Dr. Heavey joined our team in June of 2018 after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She finds nurturing the human-animal bond to be the most rewarding part of her day. She is particularly interested in surgery and strengthening those skills.
In her free time, Dr. Heavey enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking and cheering on her favorite Chicago sports teams with her family and her 3 year old Golden Retriever, Ellie. She is also Fear Free certified.
Brian Niezabitowski started working for Kremer Veterinary Services in January of 2018. He is currently the Operations/Practice Manager at the Animal Care Center of Downers Grove location. Brian graduated from De La Salle High School in Chicago, Illinois. He then went on to start his degree in Criminal Justice at Moraine Valley Community College.
What inspired Brian into going in to the Veterinary industry, was that one day he had to take his dog in to see the Veterinarian and he was blown away on how great the staff and doctors were with not only himself, but his dog as well. After speaking with a couple of the employees as well as the doctor about the company, he soon applied and as the saying goes, the rest is history. One of Brian’s favorite things about working in this field is that every day is different. It can go from being very slow to crazy hectic in a matter of minutes! To him, that is so exciting!
Brian currently has 2 dogs: 4-year-old Havanese named Sofie and a rescue dog named Parker who is also 4. Both have completely different personalities and that is what makes them the greatest dogs according to Brian. He is married as of September 2017 to his beautiful wife Tori; they do not currently have any children. Brian does enjoy watching the Cubs and Bears play (tougher being a Bears fan these days)! If Brian is not at work, you can find him at home working on home improvement projects or out fishing.
Jennifer Kopera has been working for Kremer Veterinary Services since February of 2015. She began as a technician at Animal Care Center of Plainfield and got the opportunity to transfer to Animal Care Center of Downers Grove in December of 2017 to become the Technician Manager! Jennifer studied Veterinary Medical Technology at Joliet Junior College and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2014. Her absolute favorite thing about the veterinary field is the patient care. Jennifer genuinely enjoys seeing the change in a patient as they recover, whether it be from a surgery or an illness. She finds it truly rewarding knowing that she is apart of what is helping them heal. Jennifer has always had a love for animals, which is exactly what inspired her to go into the veterinary field. She was positive exactly what she wanted to do in her career, so she decided to volunteer at an Animal Emergency Hospital & that night she knew she was exactly where she was meant to be!
Jennifer has a 2-year-old Catahoula/Blue Heeler mix that she rescued in July of 2017 named Chloe. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys hiking, escape rooms, baking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Amy joined Kremer Veterinary Services in September of 2014 as a receptionist at Oswego Animal Hospital. In early 2018 she accepted the position of Reception Manager at Animal Care Center of Downers Grove. Amy has always had a passion for animals and enjoys being a part of a team dedicated to their health and well being.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 teenage daughters. She also enjoys spending time at her campsite in her down time. Amy has a cat named Taz and 2 dogs named Lola and Lincoln. She adopted Lincoln from Help Save Pets.
Melanie has been a professional dog groomer since 2015. She has been working for Animal Care Center of Downers Grove since July of 2017. Melanie graduated from Riverside Brookfield High School, and currently going to college to study Health Sciences. Her favorite thing about the grooming industry is, of course working with animals. Melanie is very passionate about animals, so being able to work with them every day is amazing.
Melanie has one dog named Patches. She is a beagle who was adopted at just 8 weeks old. Patches is now 13 years old. Melanie would consider Patches her absolute best friend! Outside of work, Melanie enjoys playing the piano. She has loved music for as long as she can remember and has been playing instruments since she was only 9 years old.
Jacquie has been in the grooming industry since 2016. Prior to becoming a groomer, she received her A.A.S in hospitality management but realized a more fulfilling career path would be one involving animals. She cares for your pet as if they were her own while also taking the time to make sure your pet looks exactly the way you want them to!
Dr. True is one of the kindest people I have ever met. He is so wonderful with my Dog. He gets down low on the floor with him, very gentle and always concerned. He speaks so politely and professionally to me and always listens to whatever I have to say. I cannot say enough great things about him! -Clare C.