King Charles Spaniel Chicago
The staff at Animal House of Chicago operates as a team. We take pride in our staff's veterinary training, knowledge and capabilities, and we want you to have the same confidence as we have. The members of our staff frequently attends or hosts seminars about new medicine and technology; they never want to stop learning. Our veterinary team has been specifically trained in handling all exotic pets with an emphasis on birds. Each individual client and pet has special needs, and our staff will do its best to meet each and every one of those needs.
Tracy de la Navarre has also always loved animals, especially birds. She received her BS degree from Northern Illinois University where she studied Biology and Behavior specializing in birds. She worked for several years for the USDA Quarantine Station for exotic animals as well as managed a Noah's Arc Pet Store specializing in birds. Tracy worked as head veterinary technician at Niles Animal Hospital & Bird Medical Center as well as at Misener-Holley Animal Hospital and Exotic Creatures Care Clinic.
Hazel recently moved to the city of Chicago, but is no stranger to this beautiful city. She loves all of the pets she now gets to work with and looks forward to each new day! In her spare time, Hazel enjoys writing original stories or unwinding with a movie on Netflix. When she was younger, Hazel was involved in theater and choir, winning two medals in Illinois singing competitions. This inspired her to take voice lessons and perform in recitals.
Susie is all about the "Wooja"(the LOVE)! For over 22 years she has taken pride in making sure all animals are not only receiving quality care, but are made to feel as comfortable as possible while in her care. Susie graduated from University of Dayton with a BA degree in Interior Design, but soon realized her calling was to work with animals. Susie has worked with Dr. Byron and Tracy for over 20 years and along with them is an Animal House of Chicago original team member. When she isn't working, she's spending time with her family or singing. Susie's "animal family" consists of a Yorkie-Poo, a Chi-Weenie, a cat, finches, a Blue & Gold Macaw, and her Amazon Parrot of 22 years.
Sara has loved animals her entire life and began her career working with them at a family-owned pet store. She earned her certification as a Veterinary Assistant in 2009, and is currently working toward her Veterinary Technician degree. Although Sara loves working with all the animals, she is especially fond of working with rabbits and reptiles. Her pets include 4 dogs, a Blue Tongue Skink, a Map Turtle a Water Dragon, Fire Bellied Toads and Polypterus Fish.
Stephanie is originally from Libertyville, a suburb of Chicago, and has been an animal lover her entire life. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning her BS degree in Animal Sciences. After graduation, she worked as an intern at a large cat rescue facility. She has been working at Animal House of Chicago since 2011 and loves caring for the wide variety of animals. She shares her home with her dog Charlie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and her hamster Cream Puff.
Linda has never met an animal she didn't like! She has been working as a veterinary technician since 2006 after earning her BA degree in Theater from Middlebury College and spending several years on the National Horse Show Circuit. Linda particularly enjoys turtles and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She is the proud mother of many wonderful critters, including a Cavalier, cats, Guinea Pigs, a gerbil, turtles, snakes and birds.
Jess is from Schaumburg and has wanted to work with animals ever since she was a young girl. Her first dream "job" was to volunteer at an animal shelter. Jess is currently attending North Park University and majoring in biology with a minor in Spanish. After graduation she hopes to continue her education and become a veterinarian. Jess' pets include two dogs, Sierra and Sandy, two cats, and her school-pet, Spidey the Beta fish.
After earning an Associate Degree in Elementary Education, it was very clear that all Michelle wanted to do was work with animals. Growing up in a home known as the "Wild Animal Kingdom" (thanks to Michelle), it is no surprise that she ended up where she is today.