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Dr. Todd Lykins DVM
Dr. Todd is a lifelong resident of the Champaign area. He earned his DVM in 1983 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1983 to 1998, Dr. Todd managed a number of local veterinary clinics, but missed the true doctor-patient relationship. He elected to focus on one hospital, which led him to open The Pet Pro in Champaign in 1998. He expanded the business to a second clinic in Mahomet in 2009.
Dr. Todd has enjoyed every minute of getting to know each client and their furry family members. When Dr. Todd is busy with clients, his highly qualified staff can provide you with detailed answers to your questions. He loves bringing his dogs to work every day. They are truly part of the Pet Pro team. Many people just stop by to meet his pets, known as Snow Angels (English Cream golden retrievers).
Dr. Todd lives in Mahomet, Illinois with his wife, Gina Lykins RN and their daughter, Taylor. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and taking care of his pets, which include a number of wonderful dogs, cats, and birds.
Gina Lykins RN
Yes, this truly is a 'family practice', Gina has been working at The Pet Pro since 1998. Prior to this, she worked at Carle Hospital, Urbana, IL in Pediatrics for 2 years, then Adult Medicine for 8 years. Gina enjoyed the 'people' side of medicine, but has also always been drawn to animal care. It seemed a right fit to cross over to animal medicine, so that she could work with Todd and also bring their daughter (Taylor) to work each day. And, of course, bring their dogs to work. How perfect is that?? It does not get any better as far as Gina is concerned. Much like the human pediatric patient, the nurse must rely upon the parents for their observation skills of their much loved family member. Working with these parents, whether human, canine or feline, is most interesting to Gina, as well as the entire staff at The Pet Pro.
Taylor is the daughter of Dr Todd and Gina Lykins. She began coming to the clinic to 'work' at the mere age of 3 years of age. Now 18 years later, she is 21 years old, The Pet Pro's receptionist, as well as a college student locally. Taylor had initially wanted to follow in her grandfather and her father's footsteps and be a veterinarian. After being diagnosed at the age of 17 with an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis, she was fortunate to have been able to have a stem cell transplant last year when she was 20 years old. Taylor has done wonderfully. She is MS symptom-free since having the transplant May 2016. She received the most amazing care from the nurses at Northwestern in Chicago. Their empathy and compassion caused her to change her life's course and her want to become a nurse, as opposed to a veterinarian. So, like her mama (Gina), she will become a nurse. However, while she is going through school, she will remain at The Pet Pro. And, we are so fortunate to have her. Therefore, Taylor now has a total of 18 years experience at The Pet Pro!
Walter DelCarpio came to The Pet Pro 10 years ago from Lima, Peru. He brought with him a strong work ethic and a love for animals. He cannot have any pets where he lives, but that doesn't stop him from going the "extra mile" when caring for your four footed family member. He always comes in the door with a smile on his face and a "good morning" for everyone.
He is the groomer here at the Pet Pro in Champaign. He does such a wonderful job that some of our clients have called his grooming getting their dog "Walterized". Walter has also been able to help us open our doors to the Spanish speaking community by translating, therefore enabling us to communicate better with them.
He has 3 children that he loves to spend time with and was a newlywed in 2016. His lovely wife is a pastor, who like himself, is from Peru. Walter is also an avid soccer player, likes good food, loves a good garage sale and is a champion chess player (he is always looking for a good match...just saying).