Meet Our Veterinarians

Our veterinarians have a lot in common when it comes to caring for pets here in Cedar Lake. With their skill, experience and passion for helping animals combined, they make an exceptional team. Get to know them better by checking out their bios below. 

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Jeremiah Bieszczak, Hospital Owner & Veterinarian

I was raised just over the border in Glenwood, Illinois on a small hobby farm where my family raised horses, pot belly pigs, beef cattle, chickens, and goats. It was this upbringing I feel that instilled my love for animals. I have always been more interested in science and math as a student, and in high school took a job as a kennel assistant at one of the local small animal hospitals. I immediately fell in love with the profession, and the doctors that I worked with encouraged me to pursue becoming a veterinarian.

I have worked in the profession for almost 20 years and have been fortunate enough to work in every facet of the functional veterinary hospital. I feel that it was this experience that fueled my passion to become a veterinarian and to give me a unique perspective on how a veterinary hospital really works. I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. I participated in an emergency and critical care internship for six months prior to taking an associate position at a local animal hospital. I have been working in this area for almost eight years and really enjoy working with our clients and being able to help them make the correct health decisions for their pets. My favorite part of working in small animal medicine is generating a relationship with the clients and being able to see patients grow over the years. I also have a special interest in complex medicine cases as well as emergency and critical care.

I enjoy spending my spare time with my family. My wife and I have three children, two of which are twins who keep us very busy. We also have a Labrador Retriever and five cats.

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Emily Hawrysio, Veterinarian

I grew up in a south suburb of Chicago, and developed my love of animals at a young age. Like most four year-old girls, I declared that I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up, but unlike most others, I never changed my mind. My passion for animals and veterinary medicine only grew as I got older. I spent a lot of my time volunteering in animal shelters and veterinary clinics, and taking part in various animal-related clubs in college. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with my Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences. I then worked at a farm training and caring for racehorses before my acceptance to veterinary school. I graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2015 and worked at an animal shelter clinic in the Chicago suburbs before moving to Indiana.

While I enjoy many aspects of veterinary medicine, I have a special interest in alternative therapies, mainly acupuncture and chiropractic. I feel that these therapies, used in conjunction with traditional medicine, provide a comprehensive approach to healing our pets. I also really enjoy surgery, particularly routine spays and neuters. After working in an animal shelter and seeing firsthand the effects of intact animals - the countless litters of homeless puppies and kittens, older females with severely infected uteruses, and males that were hit by cars after roaming from home - I feel very passionate about using our skills to prevent these problems.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing sports (especially volleyball and ice hockey), and spending time with my family at our lake house. I have a few pets, all of which were rescues: two Beagles (Carlisle and Penny), two cats (Robin and Binx), a box turtle, and a foster puppy- a Pitbull named Pancake.

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Justin Knoll, Veterinarian

I was born and raised in LaPorte, Indiana on a small farm with various animals and there hasn’t been a single year of my life where I didn’t have at least one pet. Combine that with a sister who is a veterinary technician and it was bound to happen that I would want to be a veterinarian. Being a 10 year 4-H member probably also contributed to that. I got my first job in veterinary medicine while I was in high school by volunteering at a small animal clinic as an assistant on Saturdays. When I went to Purdue North Central for my bachelors in science, I worked at North Central Veterinary Emergency Center and continued to grow my skills and love for the profession. I was then accepted at Purdue’s main campus for veterinary school and worked during the first three years in their Emergency and Critical Care department to help pay for food and rent. I graduated from Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018.

While working in emergency medicine has given me a passion for the more critical side of veterinary medicine, I have found a love for canine rehabilitation therapy. There are many applications that can be used to help our patients heal faster, have better mobility, and all around increase their quality of life. I want to be able to help my patients have the best life possible and rehabilitation therapy is an excellent way to help.

I live with my fiancée and our rescue dog (Hawkeye) and two rescue cats (Majora and Nayru). I enjoy cooking, baking, video games, playing guitar, and my fiancée and I love to do various arts and crafts.


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