Our Staff at North Center Animal Hospital


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!



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 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, CVT
Gina started as a part time assistant at North Center in 2002, and in 2009 she became full time. She has a special place in her heart for black cats and currently has three, Coal (aka Coalie Bear), Joey Banana Pants and Princess Fairy Boots. She also has a Ball Python named Ziggy. Gina graduated from NEIU with a degree in Art and from Penn Foster with an Associates in Animal Science. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician as of 2014. When not at work she can be found enjoying time with her pets and friends, eating gluten free goodies, and enjoying live music and movies. She is also a part time studio assistant and glass artist at Chicago Glass Collective. You can hear her laugh no matter where you are in the hospital and you cant help but laugh with her!



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 started working at NCAH in April of 2010, and is a full time patient care coordinator. Recently she began training as at 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.



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, 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!



Carrie 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 husband, 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!



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 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 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.