Cutting Edge Equine Veterinary Services 815.675.1666
Dr. Nicky Wessel

Meet Dr. Nicky Wessel

Nicky Wessel received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Iowa State University in 2005. After graduation, Nicky completed two surgical and lameness internships. Purdue University offered great experience in general medicine and surgery, providing many diverse illnesses and situations for her to learn from. The second internship was a surgical rotation at a busy equine hospital in Wilamette, Oregon. This second opportunity for an internship provided Nicky with exactly what she was looking for to complete her already extensive education. Shortly after moving to Illinois, she found her passion and started Cutting Edge Equine.

Nicky has concentrated on equine sports medicine and has a natural gift for diagnosing and treating lameness issues. Her skills also give her the ability to treat neuromuscular and other musculoskeletal problems. She is also skilled in internal medicine and dentistry. She applies her knowledge and her people friendly manner to educate her clients providing the best possible experience for all owners and trainers.

Nicky and her husband Tyson live in Lakemoor with their son Kolton, two Great Danes, “Daisy” and “Lola” and her Quarter Horse, “Cyclone”.


Meet Leslie Beeftink

Leslie has been with our practice since its inception in 2009. She is the office manager, technician, and all around “go to” gal. She has been working in veterinary medicine since 1980 assisting in surgery, patient care, client communications and managing staff and office.

She enjoys spending time with her husband Don, and daughter Lainey at their family farm in Richmond. She and her family have an assortment of horses, donkeys, cats and dogs.

Erin Nielsen

Meet Erin Nielsen

Erin is our technician and has been with us since 2010. She brings with her, years of horse experience and a passion for horses. Erin’s horse experiences started when she was a little girl and has gone from riding western on the trails to where she is now, an avid eventer that has competed up to the intermediate level.

Erin’s free time is spent in her own barn with her family and their horses, or at the hockey rink watching her two boys who both play travel hockey.