Spoon River Animal Clinic

Meet The Team

Our veterinary team has had the pleasure of treating multiple generations of pets and pet owners alike. Interacting with our clients is one of our favorite parts of the job, and we want everyone to feel comfortable enough to ask questions and collaborate on your special friend's long-term health plan.

David L. Hahn

DVM & Co-Owner

A 1980 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. David Hahn grew up in Sigourney, IA before relocating to Canton, IL. DVM and co-owner, he has the utmost appreciation for the dedicated and hard-working staff at Spoon River Animal Clinic. Sharing 35 years of expertise, Dr. Hahn cares for multiple generations of clients he calls friends. His interests are in small animal medicine and surgery, equine dentistry, and bovine production medicine and preventive programs. At home, he has a large family of two-legged and four-legged family members. Married with three children, Dr. Hahn also cares for five dogs, four cats, three horses, a sheep, donkey, and Black Angus cattle. His very first pet was a pony named Gypsy. Tracy's Supper Club is first-pick for local cuisine and he savors barbeque and fresh fish specialties. When Dr. Hahn is away from the clinic, he finds excitement in horseback riding, fishing, and shooting.

Sarah Phipps

DVM & Co-Owner

Dr. Sarah Phipps is a 2007 graduate of University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduation, she has practiced at Spoon River Animal Clinic as a DVM and has also become a co-owner. Gaining a sense of fulfillment from the relationships formed with clients, pets, and staff members, she has found a second home and extended family at Spoon River. Helping clients through each stage of their pet's life is a hallmark of her career. Highly compassionate, Dr. Phipps volunteers through a local sorority as well! Steak and potatoes is her personal feast of choice and there is a good chance you will find her dining at Tracy's Supper Club. She finds enjoyment in horseback riding, scary movies, and spending time with her beloved husband, son, and furry companions. Dr. Phipps adores her cat, Devaney, and three dogs, Cooper, Gus, and Jethro, who can sit, stay, and dig holes.

Kari Jo Kelso


Dr. Kari Jo Kelso is excited to join Spoon River Animal Clinic's veterinary team as a part-time associate veterinarian. Growing up on a farm, Dr. Kelso knew she wanted to make a career out of working and caring for animals. She began working in the veterinary field in 2009, and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in 2015. Her areas of professional interest include ophthalmology and cytology. Dr. Kelso believes the best part of working in the veterinary field is the relationships she builds with all of her patients and their families.

Originally from Macomb, IL, Dr.Kelso currently resides there with her golden retriever, Ryder, and cat, Tex. When Dr. Kelso isn't caring for animals, she enjoys reading, paddle boarding, and spending time at the lake. A fun fact about Dr. Kelso is that she has her own graphic t-shirt line! She travels, markets, and sells these t-shirts to boutiques across the country.

Jacob Standard


Dr. Jacob Standard is a veterinarian at Spoon River Animal Clinic, and has worked here since he was 16 years old. He attended University of Illinois for both his Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences (2016), and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (2020). His areas of professional interest include equine medicine, lameness, dentistry, and small animal medicine and surgery.

Dr. Standard began working in the veterinary field in 2010 as a kennel assistant at Spoon River Animal Clinic, and eventually worked his way up to a technician and veterinary assistant. He says he discovered his passion for veterinary medicine after growing up around animals on a farm outside of Canton, and working at Spoon River Animal Clinic in high school.

Dr. Standard currently lives with his golden retriever named Doc, and also cares for his quarter horse, Big Red. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, boating, fishing, playing with Doc, and horseback riding. A fun fact about Dr. Standard is that he was part of the Marching Illini Drumline during undergrad and was able to perform in some of the world's largest parades, including Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, and St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin!


Head Receptionist

Working in the veterinary field for over 13 years, Mary prizes the supportive and close-knit relationships formed with the fellow staff, technicians, and veterinarians at Spoon River Animal Clinic. Prior to becoming the Head Receptionist, Mary was a receptionist at Spoon River and has even completed cosmetology training. Spending most of her life in Canton, Mary highly recommends Elm Street Cafe. However, home-cooked food is her absolute favorite and she treasures time in the kitchen. Crocheting, pottery, and movie marathons with her friends and family are Mary's favored pastimes.


Veterinary Technician

Laura is a devoted technician that has been doing what she loves for 23 years. She prides herself on helping ill animals of all breeds regain health and happiness. Constantly surrounded by animals, she has a black lab, cat, ducks, pygmy goats, chickens, and rabbits of her own. Laura will never grow tired of pizza and Monical's Pizza of Canton is her favorite indulgence. A fan of fishing and hunting, Laura also enjoys kicking back and watching Titanic.


Veterinary Technician

A graduate of Spoon River College, Annetta is a technician with 8 years of experience. She feels rewarded when she cares for animals and the unpredictability of working at Spoon River Animal Clinic keeps her on her toes and constantly learning. Annetta has a taste for Italian food and finds all the food at Tracey's Supper Club absolutely delectable. Outside of the clinic, she has fun listening to music, camping, and spending time with her husband and son.


Veterinary Technician

A fresh face to the veterinary field, Kaitlyn has 1 year of experience and is practicing as a technician. Since being at Spoon River Animal Clinic, Kaitlyn is overjoyed to work with a caring and supportive group of individuals. Motivated to provide optimal care, she is eager to strengthen her skills and knowledge as a veterinary professional. Kaitlyn has an insatiable craving for ice cream and is a frequent patron at B's Drive-In. In her spare time, Kaitlyn basks in the great outdoors by going fishing and horseback riding. A devoted wife, Kaitlyn also goes home to a precious mutt, cat, lizard, and horse.


Veterinary Technician

Cara is a Certified Veterinary Technician and 2002 graduate of Parkland College. For 15 years, caring for animals has brought her a sense of purpose and she looks forward to making a difference in the lives of animals every day. Warm-hearted and charitable, she volunteers at a local church and school district. She has lived in the area for 34 years with her loving husband and three children. Jake and Scout, her four-legged companions, can perform impressive tricks such as shaking hands and chewing the house apart. Outside of Spoon River Animal Clinic, Cara relishes in the great outdoors and is relaxed when nose-deep in a good book.


Veterinary Technician & Receptionist

Cappi is a Veterinary Technician and Receptionist at Spoon River Animal Clinic. Working with the unbeatable staff at Spoon River, and serving clients and their pets is something Cappi looks forward to everyday at the practice. Cappi's first pet was an English Mastiff named Pink, and it's still her favorite breed today. Today, she has an English Mastiff, Blu, and two feline friends, Arnold and Ronald. She graduated from Canton High School, and is also a Certified Personal Trainer. In her free time, she enjoys being physically active with exercise and obstacle runs, and spending time with her daughter.



Shortly after graduating high school in 1994, Heidi began working at Spoon River Animal Clinic as a receptionist. Appreciative of living in a small town, the staff has become a second family and many of the clients have become friends. Heidi is an avid volunteer member of the local Beta Sigma Phi sorority and local Special Olympics teams, as well as the co-founder of Fulton-Mason Counties Autism Support Group. At home, Heidi is the mother of two lovable, but lazy, yellow Labradors and an Orange Tabby.

Cindy H


Cindy attended Illinois Community College and is presently a receptionist. More than anything, Cindy values the friendships she has made with clients and fellow co-workers. Playing the saxophone, spending time with her grandchildren, and watching Gladiator brings Cindy happiness and comfort. Jack Russell is Cindy's preferred breed and she is a proud pet-owner of a Jack Russell named Lucy. Cindy is also the loving owner of a Cocker Mix named Hippie Sunshine and a feline named Barney.



Pat is a receptionist at Spoon River Animal Clinic and attends Spoon River College part-time. For over 18 years, she has taken pleasure in meeting and interacting with clients and their pets. Her first pet was a Cocker Spaniel named Betty and she currently has a feline friend, Miss Kitty. Apart from her job at Spoon River, Pat cherishes antiquing, watching Gone with the Wind, and has a hunger for home-cooked food.


Kennel Technician

Asia Kern is a Kennel Technician at Spoon River Animal Clinic, and is motivated to become a veterinary technician in the future. Asia has a menagerie of pets at home: Charlie, a chocolate Labrador, Danny, a long-haired miniature Dachshund, Stryker, a Rottweiler, Zipper, a cat, Cinder, a gerbil, and fish. Asia's favorite food is Mexican, especially the cuisine at El Rancho Nuevo. In her free time, Asia enjoys watching horror movies and volunteering at Lewistown Food Pantry where she serves meals to those in need.



Harry, Canton born and raised, works as a custodian at Spoon River Animal Clinic. At the moment, Harry does not have pets of his own, however, his first pet was a Siberian husky and he has a soft-spot for all felines and Labradors. He finds pleasure in the great outdoors and enjoys hunting and fishing.

Join the Spoon River Animal Clinic Family Today!

We are conveniently located on N. Main Street by the Canton Econo Lodge.

Phone: 309-647-6800

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  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed