Dr. Kelly Roy Welch
As a child, Dr. Kelly Roy grew up in a household that always had at least 4 dogs and spent many weekends traveling with her mother showing Cocker Spaniels. She began grooming dogs at a young age and continued to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian through high school. She went to the University of Illinois for her undergraduate degree in animal science while there she obtained even more experience working at the university dairy farm and with the horse breeding program all while working at a local vet clinic as well.
In 2002, she graduated from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she and her husband (Dr. Chris Welch) moved to Lake Geneva. In 2008, Dr. Roy joined the Lake Geneva Animal Hospital team, primarily working at the Geneva Lakes Animal Hospital in Walworth. Post graduation, she completed advanced training in both acupuncture and behavior. She enjoys working with all types of animals, but primarily works on dogs and cats.
Much of Dr. Roy’s free time is spent being a spectator at one of her children’s sporting events or spending time outdoors with her family and animals. Dr. Roy and Dr. Welch have 4 children together and currently share their house with 3 dogs and 2 cats (and usually several foster animals).
Dr. Chris Welch
Dr. Chris Welch grew up in central Illinois spending much of his time pursuing his interest in athletics. While pursuing a degree in biology, he played both baseball and basketball for Knox College in Galesburg IL. During his senior project studying Cardinals, he decided that he would like to become a veterinarian so he could use his love for biology and animals. Upon graduating from Knox College, Dr. Welch moved to Urbana/Champaign, IL to work at a local veterinary clinic to gain experience and help solidify his choice to become a veterinarian. He continued to work for the local veterinary clinic while in veterinary school at the University of Illinois.
He graduated from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and joined Drs. Scot and Mona Hodkiewicz at their practice at Lake Geneva Animal Hospital. In 2008, they decided to open the Geneva Lakes Animal Hospital in Walworth.
Dr. Welch has a special interest in oncology and often completes his continuing education in oncology. Recently, he has become interested in additional treatment for cancer and has joined with Medivet Biologics using autologous cancer vaccines. He also works with Medivet to offer stem cell therapy for the treatment of other diseases including (but not limited to) arthritis.
Dr. Welch has never lost his competitiveness and love of athletics. He spends much of his free time coaching his 4 children, especially in basketball. When he is not coaching or being a spectator for his children’s activities, he loves to fish, golf and spend time with his friends and family
Dr. Kay Stratton
Dr. Kay Stratton is a 1997 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She completed her B.S. degree in Agricultural Science in 1993 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and was awarded the highest university honor of Bronze Tablet. She has practiced in Southern Wisconsin since 1999 and joined the staff of Lake Geneva Animal Hospital in 2006, moving to the Walworth location in 2012.
Dr. Stratton believes that strong client communication ensures the best care for her patients. Her primary interests are internal medicine, endocrinology, dentistry, and dermatology, with a special interest in allergic skin disease. She sees many of our patients with moderate to severe dental disease and spends much of her surgical time in the dental suite, utilizing our digital dental x-ray machine to help diagnose periodontal disease and other dental health concerns.
She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for veterinary medicine with the next generation of veterinarians and is always willing to spend time visiting local classrooms as well as mentor current and prospective veterinary students.
She gives back to our community by being a regular blood donor, a member of the National Marrow Donor Program, a Locks of Love participant and an advocate for JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Away from the office, Dr. Stratton loves spending quality time with her husband, their two children and their mixed-breed pups, Leia and Molly. Her hobbies include photography, sewing, gardening, reading, cycling and swimming. When the weather is nice, you will often see her in the lake or on the road training for her next triathlon!