Our Veterinarians at North Center Animal Hospital
Dr. Joan Burkhart began her veterinary career at North Center Animal Hospital immediately upon graduation from school in 1988. The neighborhood, Lake Michigan, and the Cubs drew her to the practice. Dr. Burkhart is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery and dentistry. Although she really enjoys seeing her patients and their families for preventative care, she feels that there is nothing more gratifying than seeing a pet through a successful recovery from an illness or injury.
When she’s not at NCAH, she’s busy spending time with her two teenagers, her husband Jim, and their Labrador Ruby and cat Carmela.
Dr. Robert Castillo grew up in the neighborhood 2 blocks east of Wrigley Field, long before the neighborhood became the Wrigleyville of today. Having no Siblings, Dr Castillo considered his big black Labrador named Claude his brother. As a young boy, Dr. Castillo learned how powerful the human animal bond is. Claude was his playmate, protector and best buddy. He had various other pets growing up as well, often times strays he couldn’t help but bring home. He always enjoyed going with Claude to visit the veterinarian and decided early on that he wanted to help animals live long, comfortable lives and to be with their owners as long as possible.
Dr. Locher finds that veterinary medicine provides a perfect blend of his interest in science with his desire to help animals and serve people. Although Dr. Locher finds many aspects of veterinary medicine rewarding, he has special interest in internal medicine, oncology, and preventative medicine.