tracyTracy Chase-Thompson, DVM–Owner
Dr. Tracy Chase-Thompson grew up in Walkerton, Indiana. She first came to work at Seven Oaks Veterinary Clinic as a kennel attendant and room assistant in 1987. She worked at the clinic after school and in the summer months all through high school and undergraduate in college. In 1999, she graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she went to work at a small animal practice for six months before coming back in 2000 as a full-time veterinarian. She worked as an associate for four years before leaving to do relief work as a veterinarian in the surrounding area. For five years, she taught at a local college for veterinary technicians in addition to relief work. In January of 2013, Dr. Richard Gschwind presented her with the opportunity to buy his half of the business at Seven Oaks Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Tracy Chase-Thompson has seen many changes in veterinary medicine here at Seven Oaks Veterinary Clinic and hopes to continue the practice philosophy of caring for not only the animals, but the clients as well. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, fishing (relaxing on the boat, really) and reading.

Years in practice: 18
Education: Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
Interests: Annual Exams/Kittens and Puppies

wendyWendy Hatter, DVM–Owner
Dr. Wendy Hatter is originally from LaGrange County, Indiana area. She received her Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from Purdue University in 1979. She received a Masters Degree in Parasitology from Purdue University in 1981 and received her Veterinary Medical Degree from Purdue University in 1985, at which time she began working at Seven Oaks Veterinary Clinic. In 1987, she became part-owner. She lives on a farm with three horses, two goats, a dog and numerous cats. In her spare time, she works on rejuvenating an old, over-grown blueberry farm. Her hobbies include crafting and line dancing.

Years in practice: 32
Education: Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
Interest: Parasitology

richardRichard Gschwind, DVM–Associate (Previous Owner)
Dr. Richard Gschwind is originally from Mackinaw, Illinois. He began his formal education at the University of Illinois in 1967, where he spent two years until he joined the United States Navy from 1969-1973 as a Hospital Corpsman/Lab Technician. He received his Bachelors Degree in Microbiology from the University of Illinois in 1974 and received his Veterinary Medical Degree from the University of Illinois in 1978. He began practicing veterinary medicine in the cities of Tremont, Sullivan, and Sycamore, Illinois before coming to Plymouth, Indiana in 1980. He purchased Rudd Veterinary Service from Dr. Ned Rudd, renaming it Seven Oaks Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Gschwind and his wife Judy, enjoy their four children and thirteen grandchildren and love gardening, relaxing and old tractors.

Years in practice: 39
Education: United States Navy, University of Illinois
Interests: Surgery/Dentistry

Sheryl VanDeMark, DVM
Sheryl grew up in the Culver area and attended Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She received both her Bachelor of Science and DVM from there. She graduated from vet school in 1983. Since graduation she has practiced in the Indianapolis area. Indianapolis is a great place to live, but recently she has decided to return to her roots and move back to the Culver area. Her pets will be glad to have more room to move around. The horses will just be happy to see her everyday. Some of her interests include traveling, hiking, attending the theater and cheering for the Indianapolis Colts.

Years in practice: 34
Education: Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
Interests: Dermatology/Internal Medicine

Betsy Culp, DVM
Growing up in rural Lakeville, Dr. Betsy Culp, dreamed of being a veterinarian, but she took an indirect path. Initially Betsy attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, to become a marine biologist, interning at the Clearwater Marine Science Center where she trained dolphins and river otters. She returned to South Bend and worked full time as a zookeeper at Potawatomi Zoo while earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from Indiana University South Bend (IUSB).

Following graduation, she was employed by IUSB as an adjunct lecturer in chemistry and later decided to follow other family members into police work. After graduating from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Betsy served as a police officer with the South Bend Police Department for 10 years. She found the work fulfilling and challenging, with adrenaline-pumping situations, but animals were never far from her mind.

After much soul searching, in 2010, Betsy left the police force and entered St. George’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her clinical rotations at the University of Tennessee, School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2014, she returned to this area to work for Western Veterinary Clinic, where she treated dogs, cats, exotic pets, and horses. She has also served as an interim veterinarian for the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend and serves on the South Bend Animal Care and Control Commission.

Dr. Culp shares her house with an African Grey parrot named Kilo, along with a Great Pyrenees named Nakita, and a lively rescue mix, Zara.

Years in practice: 3
Education: St. George’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, School of Veterinary Medicine
Interests: Surgery

stephanieStephanie Berger, RVT-Practice Manager
Stephanie was born and raised in Buchanan, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1987 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Since graduation, she has worked in mixed animal (farm animals), avian and emergency medicine for 8 years before coming to Seven Oaks Veterinary Clinic in 1995 as Practice Manager and Veterinary Technician. Stephanie has a special interest in behavior and has completed a specialty course and exam at Purdue University in dog behavior in 2001. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her Husband, Jim and their four-legged kids which include; Finley, a German Shepherd who acts as a clinic blood donor as needed, a Corgi, two horses, two goats and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys her time with family, crafting, cooking and working outdoors in her flower gardens.

Years in practice: 30
Education: Michigan State University
Interests: Management/Behavior

Samantha Steele, Practice Manager
Samantha was born and raised in Plymouth, Indiana. She attended Purdue University and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Youth Development and Agricultural Education. Since graduation, she taught high school agriculture for 4 years. Samantha joined the team at Seven Oaks Veterinary Clinic in October 2016. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her Husband and their four-legged children which include; two rescued weimaraners, Baxter and Linde, two horses, and cats. In her spare time, Samantha loves to spend time with her family, friends, and pets.

Animal Care Staff

Our animal care staff at Seven Oaks Veterinary Clinic; Alivia, Amanda, Cassie, Hannah, Jennifer, Jody, Katelynn, Kim, Larissa, Lindsay, Maria and Mikaela make sure your pets are as comfy here as they are at home.

Reception Staff

The reception staff at Seven Oaks Veterinary Clinic; Amanda, Carli, Kerri, Stephanie and Summer are ready to help with all your needs and can confidently recommend procedures, products and answer any questions you may have. They pride themselves in professional customer service.

marbleMarble, Resident Couch Potato
Marble came to Seven Oaks Veterinary Clinic in August, 2010. His main attributes are his gorgeous coat and loving personality. He can be found at any given time, either under the desk or prowling around the clinic in search of attention and food. His main goal each day is to see just how long he can sleep without being bothered. When the need arises, Marble also doubles as our blood donor for our feline patients. In his spare time, Marble likes to eat and sleep.