Meet Our Outstanding Vets and Team Members
We’re proud of our amazing veterinarians and the hard-working support staff who back them up. Our team members are fully dedicated to helping animals and their loving owners, and we think you should spend a few minutes getting to know them!
Monica, Hospital Manager
Monica started her career with companion in 2015. She was born in California, raised in Texas and now calls Chicago home. She graduated with an A.A. degree at Olive Harvey City College in 2012 and her past experiences in the work field involve a variety of clientele interactions and leadership roles. She has a passion for helping people and loves animals. Most would say she enjoys working with anyone and everyone, and loves to learn new things. She enjoys spending time with her miniature Maltese, Sofie, and her family. During her days off, she enjoys relaxing at home while reading a book or watching a TV series with a cup of hot cocoa with Sofie next to her. She also enjoys visiting her top two favorite places, Starbucks and The Museum of Contemporary Art.
Maggie, Lead Certified Veterinary Technician
Maggie joined Companion Animal Hospital as a certified veterinary technician in April 2015. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in March 2010 with an Associate of Applied Science degree. She has always had a passion for animals and knows this is the field for her. She grew up always having a pet in her house. She currently shares her home with a Miniature Pinscher named Poochi and two cats; Kitty and Nala. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, learning more about holistic medicine, and going up to Wisconsin to enjoy the outdoors. She looks forward to meeting you and your lovely pets.
Jeff has worked in the veterinary field since 2000. He loves being a veterinary technician because he likes the connection between medicine, science and animals. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in Biology. Jeff is an avid White Sox and Bears fan. He lives with a cat named Iggy and two dogs named Jello and Snowball. In his spare time, he likes going to baseball games, playing paintball and fishing.
Chris joined the Companion Animal Hospital team in 2017. He has been a veterinary nurse for over 15 years. He enjoys working with animals and helping clients find the best solutions for their pet’s needs. In his free time, Chris enjoys working on cars, doing karaoke, and spending time with his son, Liam. He has a dog named Gem that he loves dearly!
Fun fact: He is obsessed with Christmas music and Brad Pitt
Ariel, Certified Veterinary Technician
Ariel joined the Companion Animal Hospital Oak Park team as a Certified Veterinary Technician in September of 2016. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in December of 2013 but had been working with animals in a shelter setting since 2006. Ariel grew up in a household full of animals and knew from an early age that she wanted to work in the veterinary field. She currently has two parakeets, a dog and five cats! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exploring the forest preserves near her home and taking long walks with her daughter and her dog throughout the suburbs. She looks forward to meeting you and getting to know your wonderful pets!
Arielle, Veterinary Assistant
Arielle joined Companion Animal Hospital in November of 2016 as a Veterinary Assistant. She received her certificate of completion for veterinary assistant from Triton College, and plans to purse her dream of becoming a veterinary technician in the future. She currently shares her home with a Pit Bull named Riko. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling as well as spending time with family and friends.
Kelly has worked with animals for 13 years, serving as a tech for majority of those years. She studied preveterinary medicine at Elmhurst College, and is currently studying to be a certified tech. She is hoping to apply for vet school to be a doctor of veterinary medicine. She have 2 cats, Chloe and Zoe, and 2 dogs: a pomeranian named Phoebe and a shiba inu named Hana. She is an avid animal rights activist and enjoys cuddling with her cats, napping, watching Breaking Bad, participating in animal right events, and reading up on anything veterinary related.
Lori, Lead Professional Groomer
Lori was born and raised in the Chicago area. After being in the jewelry industry for many years, she decided to pursue a career with animals. She has been grooming since 2007. Lori started her grooming career in Atlanta where she stayed for several years, then she decided to move back to Chicago. She also decided to become a certified dog trainer to better understand the behavior of the animals she works with. Lori has a dog named Rosie who she adopted in 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys flea markets, the movies, and trying new restaurants with family and friends. She can't wait to meet you and provide compassionate, professional grooming services to you and your furry family members.
Jenn, Professional Groomer
Jenn joined Companion Animal Hospital in April of 2016 as a Pet Stylist. She enjoys getting creative with pets and their grooms, ensuring they look their best. She currently shares her home with her two dogs, a Maltese Poodle mix named Lola and a red Pomeranian named Foxy. In her spare time, Jenn loves spending time with her family and friends, as well as traveling throughout the United States to Pet Expos taking seminars and learning more about different techniques to further her education in animal grooming, thus ensuring your pets get the best.