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Our Doctors

Meet Our Doctors

icn_drthompson.jpgJim Buhl, MS, DVM
Practice Owner

Dr. Jim Buhl, a Rockford native, graduated in the top 10% of his class from the University of Illinois. He completed his B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois, and his M.S. in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University. His interests include internal medicine and surgery. He has been married to his wife, Margaret, since 2004. They have two daughters, Taylor and Georgia.  They also have two border collies: "Indy" and "Sadie" who keep them busy at home playing ball and Frisbee.

icn_drbuhl.jpgAlicia Guarino-Hrebik, DVM
Practice Owner

Dr. Alicia Guarino-Hrebik returned to the Rockford area in 2009 after a 10 year absence. She earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri -College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and was practicing in Wisconsinfrom 2004-2009. Her professional interests include small animal medicine and surgery as well as exotic and wildlife medicine
Outside of work, Dr Alicia loves spending time with her family enjoying the outdoors, especially in northern Wisconsin,and traveling. Her sons share her avid interest in wildlife and nature which makes for the most interesting discoveries!

icn_drmike2.jpgJ. Michael Harter, DVM

Dr. Harter graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Prior to and during vet school he worked in Diagnostic and Research Microbiology. He has advanced training in radiology and consults on the Veterinary Information Network. Dr. Harter's professional interests also include internal medicine, pain management, microbiology and infectious disease.

Mary Stromberg, DVM, MS

icn_drmary2.jpg A 1986 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, she also holds a Master's degree in veterinary pathology from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Mary is certified in Fear Free (level 2). Using techniques to help patients experience less fear, anxiety and stress when they visit the veterinary office. Dr. Stromberg's primary interest is surgery. She has 3 children: Ashley Elliot, Zach and Josh. Outside of work she enjoys reading, gardening and volunteering. Dr. Mary is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Her pet family includes dogs (Sushi, Buddy and Fu), cats (Doug, Batman Symbol and Izzie) and many fish without names.

icn_drmary2.jpgDr Ariana Schramer

Dr. Ariana is from Wheaton, IL. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Elmhurst College in 2015. Dr. Ariana earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 2019. Dr. Ariana has interests in acupuncture, fear free practices, and small animal medicine. In her free time, Dr. Ariana enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Alex, as well as traveling. She currently has 2 cats and is looking to adopt a puppy.

Sarah Thurber, DVM

icn_drmary2.jpgDr. Thurber graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She has practiced in the greater Rockford area since that time. She has been the secretary of the Greater Rockford Veterinary Medical Association (GRVMA) since 2000. Dr. Thurber shares her home with her husband Sam, their twin children Gina and Tony, and Smokey the cat and Georgia the Miniature Schnauzer. She can also be found playing her French Horn in local community bands and sewing with the local sewing guild.