Our Team

We are so happy you have chosen us to be your preferred veterinarian in New Lenox, IL. Get to know the Cedar Way team’s smiling faces and why we love what we do so much!

Meet Our Doctors

Our doctors are caring, informative, and experienced. To best help you and your pets, our veterinarians attend ongoing educational seminars to help them remain current with advancements in veterinary medicine. Our veterinary technicians and receptionists are passionate about your pet’s health care and continue with educational training to help ensure you and your pet receive the care that is needed.

Frank E. Hoogeweg, DVM

Frank E. Hoogeweg, DVM

Veterinarian/Owner

I am a native of Chicago Heights and attended Marian Catholic High School. My calling to become a veterinarian came, as a teenager, working in the kennelsand eventually in the treatment area of my father’s veterinary clinic.

I completed my undergraduate studies at the Loyola University of Chicago as a chemistry major and after that graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (D.V.M.) from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981.

After graduation and practicing at various clinics in the area, my experiences led me to make my dream a reality by opening Cedar Way Veterinary Clinic on July 2, 2007.

I enjoy spending time with my pets –dogs, cats, and fish. I am owned by my cat Cayley and she allows me to have dogs as well. It has been an honor to provide affordable, quality, and compassionate care for dogs, cats, and the clients of our community.

Maritess D. Tinio, DVM

Maritess D. Tinio, DVM

Veterinarian

I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and started working full-time at Cedar Way Veterinary Clinic in 2013. My medical interests include behavior management, preventative care, and emergency medicine. In fact, I have been known to work at our local emergency clinics as a relief clinician. Striving to make each pet as comfortable as possible during their visits, I use patience and a gentle hand.

When not at work, I share my life with a neurotic, work-in-progress Shiba Inu named Kasper and a former barn cat named Joy. I enjoy traveling both domestically and internationally, spending time with my close-knit extended family and friends, as well as exploring my creative and artistic sides.

Our Staff

Rita

Veterinary CSR

Rita is one of our Veterinary CSRs. She has loved animals her entire life and had many pets including guinea pigs, turtles, and hamsters. She currently has 3 dogs, 2 cats, a rabbit, and a pufferfish. She also helps her daughter foster cats and kittens. Rita has been in customer service in the Veterinary industry since 2002 and been with the Cedar Way family since 2009. In her free time, Rita enjoys listening to music, watching TV, and spending time by the lake.

Tori

Veterinary CSR

Tori is one of our Veterinary CSRs. She is a super fun person who loves to make her coworkers and clients laugh. She has been with the Cedar Way family since 2020. Tori also has a Boston Terrier named Millie who sometimes comes to work with her. In her free time, Tori likes to rock climb, fish and watch Harry Potter on rainy days.

Debbie

Veterinary CSR

Debbie is one of our Veterinary CSRs and an Experienced Veterinary Technician. She has been part of the Cedar Way Family since 2007. On slow and busy days, Debbie can be found talking to the hospitalized patients and making them more comfortable during their stay. Debbie strives to provide all patients with the best possible care as if they were her own but her passion is senior pets and their extended care. Debbie’s animal family includes several dogs and cats, a guinea pig and mouse, and both fresh and saltwater fish. In her free time, Debbie loves spending time with her animal family and is a cheese enthusiast.

Bri

Veterinary Assistant

Bri is one of our Veterinary Assistants. She has been with Cedar Way Vet since 2021. She loves working with all the patients at Cedar Way Vet and will sit on the floor and keep them company while waiting for the Dr to finish their exams. She has two Newfoundland dogs named Bear and Delilah, a sugar glider named Squirt, and a rabbit named Archie. When she is not working, she enjoys horseback riding and going to the dog park with her dogs.

Rebecka

Manager

Rebecka is one of our Veterinary Technicians and the Practice Manager. She has been a Veterinary Technician since 2013 and holds a current CVT license. Rebecka’s passion is emergency care and she loves caring for critical patients and helping them feel better. Rebecka has a Chihuahua named Taco and watches true crime shows in her spare time. She hopes to become a Veterinary Paramedic someday.

Caitlin

Veterinary Assistant

Caitlin is one of our Veterinary Assistants. She has been with Cedar Way Vet since 2021. She has a poodle named Bunnie, 4 Rats, and 2 Gerbils. In her free time, she likes to read mystery thriller novels and hopes to work with horses someday.

Rachael

Veterinary Technician

Rachael is one of our Veterinary Technicians. She has been a technician for almost 20 years. She has had a lot of experience with surgeries and patient care including spicy cats and nervous dogs. Rachael has been with Cedar Way Vet since 2019. One of her favorite things to do is dental procedures and talking with clients about patient care. She has a lab mix named Arya and a Shiba Inu named Laurel. In her free time, she likes to take her dogs on long walks in nature and write music.

Riley

Veterinary Technician

Riley is one of our Veterinary Technicians. She knew she wanted to work with animals since she was 5. She graduated from Vet Tech school in December of 2011 and has been working with Cedar Way Vet ever since. She likes cats and has taken in several including a tiny kitten named Spooky. She has 2 kids, 2 dogs, and 3 cats and in her spare time likes to learn Irish and read books.