DR. ROBIN FRIEDMAN

PRACTICE OWNER, VETERINARIAN

Dr. Friedman opened My Vet Animal Hospital in May of 2006 after 14 dedicated years as an associate at another practice in Chicago. Since opening, we have grown into a thriving practice and continue to grow our professional team and services.

 

Dr. Friedman graduated from The University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 and obtained her undergraduate degree from Boston College.  Dr. Friedman is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners as well as a Fear Free Certified Professional. She was born in Tampa, Florida so she is definitely partial to the warmer weather months and enjoys being out in the sun or on the water with her family in Florida as much as possible.

 

She is raising her daughter, Cici, and her four legged family member, Evie! In her spare time you will find her enjoying long walks, running and the other love of her life – sushi!

DR. JENNIFER LAVIGNE

STAFF VETERINARIAN

We are so happy to have Dr. Jen back after a year-long adventure in Emergency medicine! Dr. Jen re-joined the My Vet team and we could not be happier to have her back again! 

 

Originally from Palatine, IL, Dr. Jen studied biology, chemistry, and dance at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and then obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Illinois in 2013. Dr. Jen just recently completed her Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Dr. Jen loves to travel and volunteer with World Vets and Rural Area Veterinary Services as much as she can. Back home in Chicago, she is busy raising her sweet Golden Retriever, Jade, and also enjoys dancing, hiking, rock climbing, running, and cooking.

DR. RYAN BOOKSTAFF

STAFF  VETERINARIAN

Dr. Bookstaff hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended The Ohio State University, completing his Bachelor of Science in Zoology before graduating from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Following his graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Bookstaff completed a yearlong rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts before relocating to Chicago and working as an Emergency Veterinarian in 2016.

 

Dr. Bookstaff has a background in research and has presented collaborative work at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Research Forum. Although Dr. Bookstaff has a special interest in emergency medicine, he is excited to form professional relationships and maintain follow up care with his clients. When not treating patients, Dr. Bookstaff enjoys travel, playing tennis, exploring new areas of the city with friends.  

DR. SUMA RAJU

RELIEF VETERINARIAN

Dr. Suma received her DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after obtaining her undergraduate from Indiana University-Bloomington, and her Masters in Learning Sciences from Northwestern. After practicing in the Chicago area in small animal practice, Dr. Suma founded a veterinary housecall service, providing compassionate, individualized pet care. 

MAGGIE REPEL

PRACTICE MANAGER

Maggie joined the team at My Vet after working at various Chicago hospitals. She has been in the animal care industry for over 14 years, managing pet retail and boarding facilities before changing her focus to veterinary care in 2012. In her spare time, she creates handmade greeting cards, soaps, body scrubs, and candles. 

TREATMENT STAFF

Meredith

Meredith joined the My Vet team after moving to Chicago from Philadelphia two years ago. She previously studied Environmental Science and Art History but is currently in a (human) radiology program. She has a kitty named Olive and a Great Pyrenees mix named Abner. When she's not caring for our clients' pets, she is caring for and nourishing her numerous houseplants!

Rebecca

Rebecca manages our treatment team. She has an adorable rescue mix named Charlie that loves to come to work with her. Rebecca is very talented with surgeries, dental procedures and making sure our treatment area is run professionally and safely.

Jeanna

Jeanna joined the My Vet team in 2015. She runs the show when it comes to surgeries and training new technicians in treatment. She and her husband have a sweet french bulldog named Odin. When Jeanna isn't here with us, you can find her at a craft fair where she is showing off her talent in creating decorative pins.

Maigin

Maigin has been in the veterinary industry for seven years. Aside from being a veterinary technician, she has worked as a pet-sitter for over 15 years and is clearly passionate about pets. After animals, her second passion is music. She plays guitar and keyboards in various musical projects. She has two cats; Big Boy, a 14-year-old Tabby, and Boogieman, a 2-year-old Russian Blue mix. The two bonded very quickly and love to get into trouble together!

Cynthia

Cynthia joined the My Vet team after she completed her externship with us. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and has a background in public relations and marketing. Cynthia owns 3 rescued pets; Zoofie, the sweetest golden chihuahua mix, Milo, an energetic terrier mix, and Micho, the singing cat. In her free time,  she coordinates beauty pageants for young Latinas and education and social responsibility. Cynthia loves the veterinary field and plans on becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in the near future.

Abbey

Abbey just celebrated her 3 year anniversary working with animals. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Abbey has an adorable calico kitty, Yuki. Abbey's hobbies include making fun music with her synth, drums and Jazzmaster guitar. 

Francesca

Ruby 

Ruby joined the team after completing her externship here as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. Ruby treats every pet as if it were her own! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband (her high school sweetheart!), listening to music and going to various Chicago events. 

CLIENT CARE COORDINATORS

Lauren

Lauren has been with My Vet since 2015 and is our go-to when it comes to inventory and special orders!  She has 2 cats, Priscilla and Dora, and three pups named Enzo, Roscoe. and Bleu. Lauren is a part-time student at Loyola and a full-time mom to her son. She and her fiance will be getting married soon!

Kori

Kori has been with My Vet since 2015 after  long history of working with animals. Her family consists of her Holland Lop named Sheriff Jim Hopper, her rescued shepherd mix, Bronx, and Elli, her calico who Kori has loved for over 15 years. When Kori isn't at My Vet, she is making eco-conscious strides to help keep the earth clean.

Gaby

Mackenzie

Mackenzie is new to Chicago from the suburbs, and mom to the most adorable English Bulldog, Maisy. Mackenzie has a long history in the animal field ranging from dog walking to veterinary offices. In her spare time, Mackenzie enjoys exploring the city. 

My Vet Animal Hospital

1643 W. Cortland St.

Chicago, IL 60622

Phone: (773) 235 8387 | Fax: (773) 235 8009

© My Vet Animal Hospital

Hours: Mon-Tues, Thurs: 8:30 - 6 | Wed: 12 - 8 | Fri: 8:30 - 5 | Sat: 8:30 - 4 | Sun: Closed