Our Staff at North Center Animal Hospital

Stephanie
Steph started at North Center when she was 16 and after 12 years still loves her job. After a few short times away for college and to explore her emergency care skills, she returned as a Purdue University graduate with a widened variety of accomplishments. She prides herself on being an advocate for pets in need of basic and emergent medical, physical and emotional care. She has a pitbull named Earl, who holds the title of happiest and wiggliest dog ever. Her wonderful husband Brandon, and Earl, are always happily waiting for her when she gets home. You can always expect to see a smile when you see her! She is also the lead on staff for our research studies.

 

Kendra
Kendra has been at North Center since 2002 and has been in the veterinary field since 1997. She is our regular jack-of-all-trades: receptionist, assistant, office manager, etc. At home, she has a cat, Atreyu, and a goldfish, Goldie, who are both 8½ years old. In her free time, she enjoys playing computer games and hanging out with her beautiful daughter. She most recently adopted a 16 year old one eyed Burmese cat named Kalani.

 

Graciela
Grace has been an assistant for 11 years and a part of North Center since 2007. She has always had more of a connection with animals than people so the choice to work with them was easy! Her goal is to do the best for every pet that comes to us. Grace loves Chihuahuas and has a wonderful sense of humor. She is always ready for anything and we love her!

 

Janet
Janet started working at NCAH in April of 2010 as a client care coordinator, and is now a full time veterinary assistant. Although she currently does not have any pets of her own, she is especially fond of our beagle/hound dog patients! Her most recent pet was an amazingly perfect 14.5 year old lemon Beagle named Thrasher. He will live on forever in her heart and someday she will once again have another wonderful Beagle in her life.

 

Toya, CVT
Toya originally came to us as an assistant in July of 2012 after finishing the technician program at Joliet Junior College. She took off a year to try her skills in emergency medicine, and during this time also became a certified veterinary technician. She then returned to NCAH this past July. Toya has two pet rats Nicodemus and Templeton, and cats ranging in ages from 6 months to 12 years (Roxy, Rocco, Coco, Chichi, and Cece). Most recently she added a pair of black kittens that are 6 months old. In her spare time Toya enjoys writing, playing video games and engaging in all other forms of geekery. Her favorite thing about working with animals is being able to see her efforts make a difference in an animals life. We are glad to have her back!

 

Leah, Head CVT
Leah has been with us since June of 2017 and became our head certified technician in September of 2017. She received her BA in science at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. After working for a year at Virginia Tech’s Equine Medical Center, she went back to school and received her Associates of Applied Science degree from Northern Virginia Community College and became a CVT in 2012. When not working Leah enjoys art and music festivals, horseback riding and hiking, and travelling domestically and abroad. Some of her most recent trips include Denver, Israel and Peru! She loves walking into a room to see a smiling face, a wagging tail or getting a head bump from a cat. Her goal is to make each client and patient feel at ease and treated as part of the family. Her goal is to have clients leave the clinic feeling like all their questions have been answered.

 

Emeka
Emeka began working at NCAH in March 2018. She is a graduate of Sanford Brown College, where she received her certification as a Veterinary Assistant. She has been working with animals since 2012. She currently has two pets, a chihuahua named Paris and a cat named Nike. Emeka has loved animals since she could say the word, she grew up around Boxers which are still her favorite breed. Her free time is spent with her beautiful children.

 

Victoria
Victoria joined us in April 2018, but she has been working in the animal field since high school. She works as a patient care coordinator with an ability to help as a veterinary assistant. At home she has a cat named Kye and a dog named Kida. When not at work she enjoys going to concerts, yoga, and travelling as often as she can.

 

Alan
Alan joined us in June of 2018 as a client service representative. He has a soft spot for Corgie dogs, but right now shares his life with his four cats: Vinny, Percy, Ripley and Danie. When not at work Alan plays trombone with the Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble. He also enjoys nerdy board games and playing floor hockey.

 
 
 

Ashley
Ashley started with us in December of 2018. She has been in the veterinary field for 5 years. She became certified as a veterinary assistant in 2017. Since that time she has continued her schooling at San Juan College and will become a Certified Veterinary Technician in spring of 2020. Ashley hopes to continue her studies even further with a concentration in animal science and behavioral health. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, watching all things Marvel or DC, and spending time with her puppies. She currently has Ted, a Pomeranian and Daisy, a Chihuahua and hopes to add to her furry family soon. Her main priority is to give the utmost care to her patients. Ashley is also an advocate for animal rights.