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Meet Our Team

Dr. Becky Polage-Dwyer


Dr. Becky grew up on a grain farm outside of Bishop Hill, Illinois. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Illinois Veterinary Medical College and focused her studies on general small and large animal veterinary medicine. She also has a minor interest in exotic animal medicine. Dr. Becky and her husband live on a small farmette with horses, cats, and a dog. Dr. Becky enjoys trail riding, gardening, and lounging around with her pets in her free time.

Dr. Caitlyn Ramaeker


Dr. Caitlyn grew up in Cascade, Iowa. She attended Iowa State University for both undergraduate studies and vet school and graduated in 2016. Following graduation, Dr. Caitlyn spent a year in Stillwater, Minnesota completing an equine internship where she further developed her veterinary skills and love of horses. Dr. Caitlyn loves working with the variety of animals we see at a mixed animal clinic, but especially loves to focus on all aspects of equine veterinary care from routine wellness visits to more specialized sports medicine cases. She currently lives in Montana and is commuting back periodically to continue to work with clients in the area! When she isn't working, she loves hiking, cheering on the Cyclones, and spending time with family.

Samantha Sheldon

Head Veterinary Technician and Practice Manager

Sam joined the Orion Veterinary Clinic in 2015 and especially enjoys working with cats and horses.  She is our head technician and responsible for keeping our staff and clinic organized and running smoothly! Sam also enjoys spending time with daughters, Adalynn, Kinsley, and Natalie. They have three dogs Tucker, Mac, and Bailey. She also has four cats, Wak, Flynn Rider, Ronald, and Sirius.

Erika Bailey

Certified Veterinary Technician

Erika joined the Orion Veterinary Clinic in 2017. She is one of our Certified Veterinary Technicians.  She attended Muscatine Community College and graduated in 2017.  Erika enjoys working with both small and large animals, exotics and pocket pets. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her husband, her daughter Sunny, her dog Milo, her cats Olive Oil, Motor oil, Avocado Oil, Wink.

Michael Baum

Veterinary Assistant

Michael joined the Orion Vet Clinic in 2024. He enjoys spending time with his daughter, Maylee and pets.

Madison Andrae

Veterinary Assistant

Madison joined the Orion Veterinary Clinic in 2019 as a Veterinary Technician. She is an Orion native and is currently attending University of Illinois to become a veterinarian. She graduated from Western Illinois University in 2019 with her Bachelors degree in Agricultural Science with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. In her free time Madison enjoys trail riding, going on visits with her registered miniature therapy horse, spending time with her fiance, cats, dogs, and horses.

Dawn Willers

Client Communications Specialist

Dawn joined Orion Veterinary Clinic in 2023. In her spare time she enjoys fishing. Dawn has one dog named Bruiser.

Kelly Kulhavy

Client Communication Specialist

Kelly joined the Orion Veterinary Clinic in 2011 and is one of our client communication specialists.  She completed the Veterinary Assistant Program through Blackhawk College. She also obtained her Veterinary Receptionist Certificate of Excellence in 2023. Kelly enjoys knitting in her free time and spending time with her daughter, Harper, her dogs, Nova and Milliliters and cats, Chips, Salsa, Queso and Orange Marmalade, along with many fish and four rats.

Charlene Loding

Client Communication Specialist

Charlene is a client communication specialist at the Orion Veterinary Clinic.  Charlene and her husband live on a farm outside of Orion. They raised dairy cattle for 20 years.  Charlene was a registered nurse for 42 years and practiced in the Genesis health system. In her free time, Charlene enjoys cooking, showing her German Shepherd dogs and seeing her grandson.

Riki Harrington

Client Communication Specialist

Riki has been a client communication specialists at the Orion Veterinary Clinic since 2020. She enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Riki has two cats, Moose and Maple.

Rylee Wells

Kennel Tech

Rylee joined Orion Veterinary Clinic in 2022. In her spare time she enjoys taxidermy. Rylee has cats and chinchillas.

Halie Carman

Veterinary Assistant

Hallie joined Orion Veterinary Clinic in 2024. She loves spending time with her kids, and being outdoors. Hallies favorite part about being an assistant is constantly learning new things.

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