Animal Medical Clinic

1600 West Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62702


Brandi Bearden, CVT
Practice Manager

I have always had a love for animals and realized after high school that I wanted to go into veterinary medicine. The summer after I graduated high school, I moved to Virginia to go to college and began working at a veterinary clinic as an assistant. I absolutely fell in love with the job and knew that I had chosen the right field for me.

I have now been in the veterinary field for 10+ years and still enjoy each and every day. Every day is a new experience and no two days are alike but that's what makes this job exciting. I began working at Animal Medical Clinic in 2001. I recently completed a degree from Cedar Valley College in Texas and passed the national exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
As far as my furry family, I have always been a sucker for Dalmatians (some would call me crazy). I have had 7 Dalmatians total. Pictured with me is Dice. Dice was rescued from a shelter in Paducah, KY. Dice passed away in the Spring of 2012.  He was a wonderful dog and is missed dearly by our  family. I also have another Dalmatian named Chip. Chip was adopted from the APL. Chip is an energetic, intelligent, strong-willed dog that keeps me on my toes. Lastly, I have a cat named Rohn. Rohn showed up on our doorstep on Friday the 13th. He was a scrawny, sad looking little kitty at the time. He is a beautiful adult cat now that thinks he's just one of the dogs.   

Dorothy Wartenbe, CVT

I have lived in Springfield for almost all of my life. Growing up, I knew I wanted to work with animals. During middle school, I started looking for possible careers in the veterinary field and I soon decided to pursue becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT.) During high school, I job-shadowed several veterinary clinics to make sure becoming a CVT was what I truly wanted to do, and it was.  I started researching colleges that offered Veterinary Technology programs.  I wanted to find something that was close to home and I soon found Parkland College in Champaign, IL. After graduating college in 2008, I moved back to Springfield to be close to friends and family.  I found my first job as a CVT right after graduation and in July, 2010 I became part of the wonderful staff here at Animal Medical Clinic.

I currently live on my own in an apartment complex about 1 minute away from the clinic so it makes the commute very easy.  Currently residing in my apartment are my boyfriend, Andrew, my golden retriever, Jaxon, and my cat, Jewel.  I have had Jewel for 8 years, since she was a kitten and I have had Jaxon for almost 2 years, since he was 10 weeks old.  Before Jaxon joined us, Jewel had a very feisty personality- being a calico (it is in her nature.)  At first, Jewel would have nothing to do with Jaxon, and now she simply tolerates him, although, he has changed her personality completely.  Jaxon has made Jewel more relaxed to the point that you can pretty much do anything you want with her now.

I plan on staying in the veterinary field for a long time to come.


Tina Ludwig

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to work with animals. During high school and college, I worked at a boarding kennel / grooming shop.   I also did an internship at Henson Robinson Zoo while in college. After graduating from Quincy University in 1996, I was lucky enough to find a job with a veterinarian and the rest is history! 

I worked for almost 6 years in Quincy, IL before moving to Springfield. I have been at Animal Medical Clinic since March, 2002. I was originally hired as a full-time assistant, but at that time there was no full-time receptionist so I helped out in the reception area quite a bit. Soon, it became my full-time area. I enjoy getting to know the owners as well as their pets and hearing all their stories.

In the fall of 2002, my husband and I started talking about getting a dog. Instead of us finding the perfect dog, he found us. We were asked to foster Nigel (pictured here with me) for the weekend, and he never left. He quickly became a loyal pal to our son and is a total momma's boy.

Nigel passed away in August, 2010 and will be truly missed by all who knew him.  


Rhonda Luzio

I have always loved animals and my parents have always nurtured my desire to help them. Many times growing up, I found myself caring for my friends animals and going out of my way to help them. My husband and I moved to the Springfield area in February, 2007 and I was blessed with my job here just a month later. I love my position as an assistant. Every day I am excited to go to work and get to go home knowing that I helped a pet in some way.

When we first moved here, my family consisted of my husband Chris, my tabby/tortoise mix cat Maeby, and myself. Since then we have rescued our Wheaten Terrier, Indy, and most recently have adopted our Maltese, Mollie Bell. Being a part of Animal Medical Clinic has opened doors for me that I never knew existed and I plan on continuing to be here for a long time.