Dr. Janet Hill
Dr. Hill grew up in northwest Missouri with her parents and three older sisters. They lived on
a farm, where she cared for all kinds of animals at a very early age. She has wanted to be a veterinarian
for as long as she can remember!
She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a biology degree, and married Jeff
whom she met while in college. They moved to Columbia, Missouri where she received her Doctor
of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of MO in 1992. Their first son, Taylor, was born
that fall. The following summer, they moved to Springfield, Illinois, where Dr. Hill got a job at what
would eventually be West Lake Animal Hospital, which she purchased in 1998. Their second son,
Drew, was born in 1995.
Dr. Hill and her family have two cats and plan to get a dog soon. They live in Rochester and enjoy
going to local community events and attending Rochester Christian Church. Her hobbies include
scrapbooking, reading, traveling, and visiting her now adult sons in Kansas City and Chicago.
She feels very blessed to be a veterinarian!
Dr. Lyndsey Houmes
Dr. Houmes grew up in Springfield, IL and went to Pleasant Plains High School. She attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign earning her B.S. in Biology and then received her B.S. in Veterinary Science in 2003 and her DVM degree with Honors and from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. During her time at U of I, she volunteered as a tutor and mentor for children, and worked at a veterinary clinic in Urbana, the university dairy farm, and a research laboratory.
Shortly after graduation, Dr. Houmes joined the West Lake Animal Hospital family and has been there ever since. She really enjoys her co-workers and loves working with clients and their pets. She has a special interest in internal medicine and client education. General practice is very rewarding because of the opportunity to treat a variety of species and their medical conditions, and Dr. Houmes particularly enjoys connecting with her patients and their families.
In her free time, Dr. Houmes spends time with family and friends and enjoys sports, traveling, and being outside. She met her husband, Barry, while attending undergrad at U of I, and they were married in June of 2005. Dr. Houmes and her husband play softball and have season tickets for Illini football and basketball. They have two wild boys, Nathan and Ryan, and also have a Golden Retriever Mix, Chewy, and 2 guinea pigs.
Dr. Katie Montgomery-Kangas
Dr. Montgomery is a Springfield area native. She grew up on a family farm with her parents and two sisters. This is where her love of animals started. She loved learning about and caring for the different animals on the farm. She then went to SHG for high school before obtaining her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Illinois followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While at school Dr. Montgomery enjoyed playing club volleyball, weightlifting, and trying new restaurants. She is interested in behavior medicine, preventative care, and building up client relationships.
Dr. Montgomery met her husband in her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois and they were married while she was in veterinary school. In her free time Dr. Montgomery enjoys visiting her family and hiking with her husband and two dogs, Ruckus and Chief. She also has two cats, Merlin and Mew.