Our Staff at North Center Animal Hospital

boomer

Boomer
Boomer has been our house cat since 2002. He is our welcoming committee for new employees and stress relief for our current staff and doctors. The technicians have nick-named him “The Inspector” because of his habit of escaping from the office, roaming the hospital, and inspecting the premises. When he is not standing in as assistant office manager, he is definitely a premium sleeper!

 

 

 

rascal
Rascal
Rascal came to North Center in February 2012 and is approximately 3 years old. He is our resident “dog”, he plays fetch, steals food, carries around his baby (a toy mouse) and talks to us about everything. Rascal will cuddle up with Boomer and then groom him, much to Boomer’s content. Watch out for his love bites, even after he gets his favorite treat – cat nip!

 

 

 

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 couldn’t be happier with her husband, Brandon, and she loves her German Shepherds, Bruno and Maddie, and her Shiba-Inu, Mikito (a.k.a. Monkey-Toes). Her newest addition is a pit bull mix named Earl! On her days off, she has no problem expanding her shoe collection. You can always expect to see a smile when you see her! She is the lead technician for our research studies and also has the distinction of being the go-to fix-it person on staff.

 

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.

 

Gina
Gina started as a part time assistant at North Center in 2002, and in 2009 she became full time. She and her husband Jeff live in Ravenswood and have been married since 2010. They love all their pets which include 5 black cats:Coal, Weebert (a.k.a. Pip-Squeak McGee), Murgles (a.k.a. Precious), Joey Banana Pants (a.k.a. Squee, Little One and Tiny Smalls), and the newest addition Princess Fairy Boots! They also have a Blue Tongue Skink named Snag, a Ball Python named Ziggy and 2 Corn Snakes, Loki and Irwin. Gina graduated from NEIU with a degree in Art and from Penn Foster with an Associates in Animal Science. She Certified Veterinary Technician as of 2014. When not at work she can be found enjoying time with her husband, pets, and friends, eating gluten free goodies, and enjoying music. She is also a part time studio assistant and glass artist at Chicago Glass Collective. She sells her art on Etsy under the name scrapglassfusion. You can hear her laugh no matter where you are in the hospital and you cant help but laugh with her!

 

chris
Chris
Chris has worked at NCAH since February of 2005, and has worn many hats during that time, including receptionist, assistant, behavior counselor, and office manager. Prior to moving to Chicago, she was the staff technician for a large no-kill shelter in upstate New York. She has a pre-veterinary BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, and is both a Certified Veterinary Technician and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. In the past she’s cared for a dearly departed cat and four rescued ferrets; her current pets are Ruly the wonder mutt and Special Agent Dana Scully the cockatiel. She loves helping clients learn new pet-care skills, whether demonstrating how to administer injections, giving in-home training lessons, or teaching a puppy manners class. She also loves handling the occasional wildlife case, and has fostered several squirrels and birds over the years as they awaited transport to a licensed rehabber. She’s been vegetarian since 1994 and vegan since 2003, and in her free time she bakes desserts, works on arts & crafts projects, teaches her dog goofy tricks, and is a huge science fiction nerd.

 

Graciela
Grace has been an assistant for 11 years and a part of North Center since 2007. At home, she has 2 Chihuahua mixes, Princess Munchkin Baby Girrrrl and Shorty; a Pitbull mix puppy, Anakin; a Flame-point Siamese, Chicago and a Tabby named Padme. She also has a loving husband and 2 boys. 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, and is a full time veterinary care coordinator. She has a 9 year old lemon beagle named Thrasher. She enjoys working here, and is especially fond of our beagle patients!

 

 

 

Felicia
Felicia came to North Center in October 2010 but has worked in the animal field for over 10 years. Felicia enjoys working with animals and one day hopes to grow in the industry. She owns 2 dogs of her own, 11 year old Chilli and Honey, both Boxers, who were rescued by her at just 11 days old. When Felicia is not at work, you can catch her spending time with her daughter Ariana Elise, who was born in December 2012.

 

 

 

Toya
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!

 

 

Carrie
Carrie is our newest assistant! She started at an emergency clinic 12 years ago and was hooked! She is currently studying for her veterinary technician license with Penn Foster School. Carrie was born and raised in Chicago and she vows to never leave. She lives on the Northside with her fiancé, Paul, and their 3 rescued furry children: Nati is a Birman mix – she is vain yet clumsy, Muffin Marie is a feisty domestic shorthair – a definite firecracker, and Shammy is a Chihuahua (and Carrie’s shadow) – she is spoiled and pampered. Carrie can’t see herself doing anything else, and neither can we!

 

 

 

natalia
Natalia
Natalia started working at NCAH in June of 2015. She’s currently a junior at Lane Technical High School where she takes advantage of all the science courses she can. Natalia even plans to take Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology next year. She is known for complaining about the few hours of sleep she gets. On the rare occasion that she is well rested, she loves to spend time with her best friend Ariane and her adorable little critters; two guinea pigs named Bambi and Stripes and a hamster named Ashley. Natalia is also a part time artist and a Grey’s Anatomy enthusiast.