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Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Raymond J. Ramirez

Raymond J. Ramirez received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1986 from the University of Illinois. He first worked in an emergency clinic in the Chicago area for a year, then moved to Milwaukee, WI to work in an animal hospital. Two years later, he started doing doing relief (locum tenens) work. He did this for five years in Wisconsin, then relocated to Illinois and continued to do locum tenens for another 13 years. He worked all across Illinois, including Champaign, Springfield, Bloomington, Chicago, and St. Louis.


Living in Central Illinois but working in Chicago or St. Louis every week was draining for both Dr. Ramirez and his family. So in 2007, he purchased Lakeview Veterinary Clinic. Since then, he has updated the systems and continues to keep up-to-date with the latest research and technology to help pets live the best lives they can.


Over his three decades of veterinary experience, Dr. Ramirez has encountered many pets and strives to help them live the best life possible for as long as possible. He speaks at state and regional veterinary conferences. He lives in East Peoria with his wife, children, dogs, and cats, and enjoys visiting his grandchildren and woodworking in his spare time.  

Dr. Lauren Urbanowski

Dr. Lauren Urbanowski received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2021 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She started here at Lakeview Veterinary Clinic soon after graduation. Growing up, she always had a passion for animals. Her various animal-related activities solidified her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian as she saw the potential to help people help their pets live the best life possible for as long as possible.


Originally from Peru, Illinois, she chose to join us as our new associate doctor partially for its proximity to family. She also liked that the clinic feels like an extended family. She particularly liked that we strive to treat everyone who walks through the door with the utmost care and respect, whether they walk on two legs or four.


Dr. Urbanowski lives in the Peoria area with her new husband, two cats, and two guinea pigs. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, creating art, participating in other crafts, and watching horror movies.

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