Our Practice


Our furry friends...

We rescue their lives.

They rescue our hearts.

Welcome to Rescued Heart Animal Hospital!  We are a full-service veterinary clinic with a soft spot for helping animals in need. Our mission is to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment for all pets to receive the love and care they deserve.

We understand the companionship between a pet and a pet owner, and that is why our doctors and staff dedicate their time and experience to meet your pet's individual needs.


Our Doctors

Jennifer Newcomb, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Newcomb graduated in 2004 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She resides in Pekin with her husband and lots of four, and even some three, legged kids. Dr. Newcomb works with several organizations including Operation S.A.F.E., TAPS, and the Humane Society of Central Illinois. She is devoted to rescue work promoting adoption from local shelters and population control programs.  She loves her work and will always treat your pets as if they were her own.  


Melissa Rytter, DVM

Dr. Melissa Rytter joined the Rescued Heart team in 2013. She graduated from the University of Illinois with her Bachelor of Science in 2009 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Since graduating, she and her husband returned to central Illinois to fulfill her dream of being a small animal veterinarian. Her veterinary interests include small animal internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Rytter is also very passionate about maintaining strong client communication. She will always treat your beloved friend as one of her own. Dr. Rytter's family includes her dogs Bella and Aida, and her five cats Weber, Piper, Cupid, Marie, and Lise.


Lisa Noel, DVM

Dr. Lisa Noel joined Rescued Heart in 2016. She fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian by graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016. She resides in Galesburg with her spouse equivalent, Tim, four dogs, and two cats. In her spare time, Dr. Noel is active with her Newfoundland dog club doing breed rescue work and water rescue training. She has been in the veterinary field for over twenty years and will ensure that your pet is treated with utmost care and compassion.


David Simison, DVM

Dr. David Simison became a part of the team at Rescued Heart in 2016. He was born and raised in the Peoria area, attending Dunlap High School before graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in 2010 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. He has spent his time since then with various clinics in Central Illinois but feels he has found his home at Rescued Heart. He enjoys all aspects of companion animal medicine and surgery. In his free time, he enjoys everything outdoors and seeing live music. His family includes his fiancée, Hannah, their Boxer named Stella, and their larger than life cat, Jixie.