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The professional team at Burr Ridge Veterinary understands the bond that forms between people and their pets

Sep 22, 2015 09:51AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

   Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic’s mission statement “Building Relationships Through Healthy Pets” echoes the childhood experiences of practice co-owners Brian D. Rooney, DVM and Jeffrey D. Palmer, DVM.   

   At a young age, Dr. Rooney was moved to make a difference in people’s lives through helping their pets after a widowed neighbor’s cat – her only remaining family – passed away.   He attended the University of Illinois as an undergraduate, received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from U of I and joined Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic (BRVC) in 1987, and became a partner and co-owner in 1991.  Dr. Rooney enjoys outdoor grilling and tending his garden and pond with his wife, two daughters, and their rescued cat Pierre.  He has a special interest in dentistry, behavior, internal medicine and cardiology and, as a volunteer, takes calls for the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Loss Help Line from family members who have experienced losing a pet. 

    “Understanding the strength and depth of the bond that forms between people and their pets is a driving force behind providing the very best in veterinary counseling and care to all of our patients and their owners,” says Dr. Rooney.  

    Similarly, Dr. Palmer knew he wanted to improve the lives of companion animals and their owners after reading the first of many books written by veterinarian James Herriot.  Dr. Palmer graduated from the Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and joined BRVC in 1994, and became a partner and co-owner in 1999.  Dr. Palmer is especially interested in oncology (cancer medicine) and performing ultrasounds and is an accomplished tri-athelete and marathon runner.  In his “spare” time, Dr. Palmer helps care for his family’s two cats, Chinchilla and Corn Snake, and enjoys traveling with his wife -- who is also a veterinarian – and their three daughters. 

    After receiving the 2013 Darien Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award, for unique and innovative business practices, excellent customer service, and community involvement, Dr. Palmer noted “Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic veterinarians and staff are honored to receive this award and will continue providing excellent, compassionate veterinary care to pets whose families live in the western suburbs.” 

    Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic has served the western suburbs of Chicago since 1976 – first in Burr Ridge and now in its state-of-the-art clinic in Darien. From its inception, the clinic has developed a reputation with clients and fellow veterinary specialists as one that offers the highest levels of patient advocacy and compassionate care.  In support of providing excellent and appropriate veterinary care, BRVC is proud to offer modern technologies including digital radiography that increases its veterinarians’ diagnostic capacity and therapeutic laser treatment that has proved to reduce inflammation and pain and speed wound healing.  In addition, a unique weight loss management program for pets – “Curviest Critters” – has improved the health and increased the lifespan of more than one hundred cats and dogs over the last five years.

    The Clinic’s commitment to community support includes auction item donations, monetary donations and program book advertisements for local non-profits; sports team sponsorships; coordination of pet food drive donations; and medication and supply donations to local animal welfare organizations. 

     In addition to its co-owners, Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic offers the services of three dedicated veterinarians committed to preventative care whose passion for personalized services are a natural complement to the practice. Dr. Adriane M. Adkesson visited Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic with her childhood pets and discussed her plans to attend vet school with BRVC founder Dr. Richard Velders.  She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois in 2007 and joined BRVC in 2008.  Married to a zoo veterinarian and the mother of two young children, Dr. Adkesson shares her home with a rescued shepherd mix, a basset/lab mix, and a cat, tortoise, snake and fish.  She enjoys performing surgeries and working with birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and other exotic patients.     

 Dr. Karen E. Angele graduated from the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and practiced veterinary medicine for more than 20 years before joining BRVC in 2014.  She has a special interest in client education and speaking to grammar and high school students about veterinary medicine as a career choice.  Dr. Angele enjoys spending time outside of the clinic with her husband, three children and rescued lab mix.   

  Dr. Kathryn McFadden Sexton grew up in Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, and moved to Chicago shortly thereafter.  Prior to joining BRVC in 2014, Dr. Sexton practiced in urban and suburban clinic settings.  She is primarily interested in internal medicine and is fascinated by recent developments in cardiology and emergency medicine.  A brand new mom, Dr. Sexton shares her home with her husband, infant son, two dogs and one cat.

    When asked how she would describe her experience with the clinic, long-time client Linda Grannon noted “I’ve been taking my pets to Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic for more than 28 years.  The doctors and staff are very knowledgeable and caring and they treat us like family.”  


  BRVC is an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited veterinary clinic, incorporating the highest standards of quality care and procedures into its day-to-day practices – a designation achieved by fewer than 15% of all veterinary clinics in the United States.  To learn more about Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic call 630-598-0600 or visit