Meet Our Veterinarians and Administrative Team

Our team in Hyde Park shares a love for animals and a goal to provide Hyde Park and Chicago’s Southside with veterinary medicine and client care that exceeds all expectations. We couldn’t ask for a better team to carry forward our vision of progressive medicine and unwavering compassion for animals and people alike!

Veterinarians

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Dr. Jeremy Williams, Medical Director

What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?

I went to the University of Illinois for both undergrad and vet school. I made it into vet school after my junior year and I graduated in 2005.

What made you decide to become a veterinarian?

I think that I always had an interest in animals of all types, ever since I was young and would watch Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom on Sunday mornings. When my family moved to the Chicagoland area, our neighbor was a veterinarian who was about to start his own clinic and was performing at-home veterinary services. On the weekends, he would let me tag along and carry his doctor’s bag. After that, I was hooked.

What is your most memorable moment as a vet?

Honestly, there have been many memorable moments for me as a veterinarian; it’s hard to pick just one. Often I find that I remember both the happy and sad moments almost equally. I think that I actually remember the first time I euthanized a patient that I had known from the time he was a puppy until he had grown old. I realized that, although it is a difficult situation, it is an honor that the client would trust my judgment for their pet's entire life and ask for me when the time came to ease their pet’s pain.

How did you come to join Companion Animal Hospital?

I actually started at Hyde Park Animal Hospital 7 years ago after working a little further north in the city.  I had known Dr. Wake thru a mutual acquaintance for a number of years, and when he heard that I was looking he offered me a job.

What are the best things about being a veterinarian?

As much as we deal with animals on a day-to-day basis, I find that talking to owners can be just as interesting as examining their pets. It’s amazing how much (sometimes, too much) you can learn in a short appointment.

What is the most common problem you encounter in the pets you see?

Since I see most exotic species there are a number of illnesses that are related to animal husbandry. Many times, making sure that the owner is providing the proper environment for their pet is just as important (if not more) than treating the illness itself.

What was the most rewarding case you have had as a veterinarian?

I think that the most interesting one that I've had recently was an egg-bound iguana that was left at our clinic by the owner who didn't want to treat it. We don't get to perform spays on iguanas very often at the clinic, so it was different performing the surgery with most of the staff watching. The surgery went great, everyone at the clinic was happy, and we found her a good home.

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?

As much as I enjoy treating dogs and cats, I like the variety that comes with treating exotic species. Although I very rarely see birds, if a patient is furry or scaly I'm always ready to see it. I am also very interested in surgery and find that my interest in exotics helps me be more detail-oriented when in surgery on dogs and cats.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?

During an internship at Brookfield Zoo, I got to work with all sorts of species both large and small, from elephants and dolphins to vampire bats (which are just as strange to work with as you would think). In practice, I would say that the oddest pet was a coatimundi. They are kind of like badly-behaved raccoons.

What are your favorite activities outside of treating pets?

I like to watch movies A LOT!  I like movies in all types of genres, as well as foreign films. I also like to see new parts of the city. When possible, I pick a different part of the city and just explore the neighborhood.

 What is your biggest pet peeve?

Rude, inconsiderate behavior. I certainly understand that life can be stressful, but that is no reason to take it out on others.

Favorite place to eat?

Right now, it is Au Cheval

Favorite place to visit?

My grandmother's house in Jamaica

Favorite movie?

I could watch Animal House every time it comes on television. My favorite foreign film is Cinema Paradiso, but not the extended version.

Favorite food?

A really good Jamaican beef patty is the best, but it has to be from the right restaurant. Just ask the staff at the clinic what they think of them. And the vegetarian ones are pretty good too.

What is your favorite sports team?

In the pros, I'd have to pick the Chicago Bears (even though their quarterback history over the last 20 years leaves much to be desired). Otherwise, I would watch almost any college football game. 

Name 3 things most people might be surprised to learn about you?

  1. Other than myself, my entire family was born in Jamaica. I was born in Davenport, IA, which is not nearly as exotic a place as Jamaica, but I did get the chance to see a lot of the Iowa Cubs growing up.
  2. I am the youngest of three children. Both of my older brothers played football in college (Northwestern University and Vanderbilt University), which is why I can be found on my couch on Saturdays during football season if I'm not at work.
  3. I have had a lot of pets. At one time, I had one dog, two cats, one snake, one ferret, and a one-eyed chinchilla named Popeye.
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Dr. Kat Baker

What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?
I received my Bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. I graduated from the Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

What made you decide to become a veterinarian?
As a child I always loved animals. As I matriculated through school I loved everything science-y. I knew by watching Trauma: Life in the ER that working with people would make me queasy. So during my sophomore year in college, I began to pursue my veterinary medicine dream.

What is your most memorable moment as a vet?
Finding out that I passed my veterinary board exam. I knew then that I was living in reality.

How did you come to join Hyde Park Animal Hospital?
Dr. Wake hired me as a kennel/vet assistant during my sophomore year of undergrad in 2007 and I worked here on my breaks. I took a break before I was accepted into vet school and was the previous kennel manager in 2011. During vet school, I worked as a vet tech during breaks.

What are the best things you find about being a veterinarian?
Seeing the tight bond between animals and their humans

What is the most common problem you encounter in the pets you see?
Allergies

What was the most rewarding case you have had as a veterinarian?
A dog had idiopathic chylothorax (chylous fluid in lung space), this particular dog was very important to the family, as they got him after losing a member of their family. He had a 5-hour surgery and recovered well. It was very touching seeing them reunited and hearing the story of why he is so special to them.

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?
Dermatology

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?
Chameleon

What are your favorite activities outside of treating pets?
Cooking, working out, playing video games, watching football

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Shoe shopping for heels... my feet are long and narrow, so it's hard to find the perfect pair

Favorite place to eat?
Pappadeaux

Favorite place to visit?
Las Vegas

Favorite movie?
The Dark Knight

Favorite food?
I'll eat/try anything except okra

What is your favorite sports team?
DA Bears

Name 3 things most people might be surprised to learn about you?
1. I play the clarinet
2. I had facial paralysis due to fainting while singing
3. I know all of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episodes by heart

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Dr. Stacy Wilson

What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?
I received my Bachelor's degree in Zoology from Miami University in Ohio. I graduated from Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

What made you decide to become a veterinarian?
Growing up, I was always drawn to science and anything related to biology, and I always knew I wanted to work with animals. My plan when I started college was to become a marine biologist, but while helping with research abroad in Scotland I met a veterinarian who worked with both marine mammals and cats and dogs. After working with him, I was fascinated with veterinary medicine and knew that was what I wanted to do.

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?
I have developed a love for surgery, both soft tissue and orthopedic, and rehabilitation.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?

When I was in Scotland I helped treat a common dolphin that had stranded on the beach.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Disorganization and dirty dishes left on the counter

Favorite place to eat?
I love any good Mexican restaurant.

Favorite place to visit?
Pretty much anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, but especially Seattle

Favorite movie?

About Time

Favorite food?

Pizza

What is your favorite sports team?

For professional teams, it would be the Cubs or the Packers, but I also love Big Ten college football!

Name 3 things most people might be surprised to learn about you?

  1. I have visited 48 out of the 50 states.
  2. I love to work out - my favorites are running, weight lifting, boxing, and Pilates.
  3. I grew up in a small town (Cedarville, OH) and had 63 people in my graduating class.
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Dr. Tai Ogg

What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?

I am a 2010 graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. in Animal Science, and a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa with a DVM and MPH, respectively.

Why did you decide to become a veterinarian?

I became a veterinarian because I enjoy fostering the human-animal bond by helping to keep pets as healthy as they can be.

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?

My interests in veterinary medicine are infectious diseases, soft tissue surgery, and client education.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?

I once helped treat a pet chicken that swallowed a feeding tube.

What is your biggest “pet” peeve?

I’m not much of a fan of people that are rude or inconsiderate for no reason.

Favorite place to eat?  

I honestly don’t have one because I’m a huge fan of constantly trying new places to eat

Favorite place to visit?

I like to travel, so any place new to explore

Favorite food?

It’s a tie between peanut butter and good cheese

Favorite movie?

Stardust

Favorite sports team?

Michigan State University football team

Name 3 things people might be surprised to learn about you:

  1. I make jewelry
  2. I used to work for the USDA researching prion diseases
  3. I am a published author
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Dr. Abhishek "Shake" Chatterjee

What is your educational and work background?

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a B.S. in Animal Science, followed by my DVM from the University of Minnesota. After graduating I spent several years working at a small animal hospital as well as a local zoo--both in the Western suburbs.

What made you decide to become a vet?

Other than growing up with and loving animals my whole life, I didn’t consider becoming a vet until I started working at an animal hospital as a junior in high school.

​​What is the best thing about being a vet?

Unpopular opinion: I love this career because of the unique set of challenges you can only get from working with animals. The variety of species and communication gap alone make every day an adventure. That being said, being able to help both animals and the people who care for them is tremendously fulfilling as well.

What is one of the most common problems you’ve encountered in pets you treat?

Dental disease! Allergies are a close second.

Do you have any special interests in vet medicine?

Soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Dentistry. Dermatology. Exotic animal medicine and surgery. Did I mention I became a vet so I could do a little bit of everything?

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?

I once spent a month treating African predators (lions, leopards, hyenas, and African wild dogs) in order to characterize the spread of a virus in the Kalahari desert.

What are some of your favorite activities outside of work?

I love live music so going to music festivals and concerts are at the top of this list. Next up would be traveling and generally spending time outdoors.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

What’s the deal with dust anyway? (cue Jerry Seinfeld voice)

Favorite place to eat?  

Big Star… on the patio… with my pup by my feet

Favorite place to visit?

My bed

Favorite food?

Tacos

Favorite movie?

Forrest Gump

What are your favorite sports teams?

All the Chicago teams of course! Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, & Cubbies

Name 3 things people might be surprised to learn about you:

  1. I have a longhair dachshund named Bandit. Oh, wait, everyone knows about that because I’m obsessed with him and talk about him constantly.
  2. I have a side gig as a DJ. Anyone else into deep house?
  3. I have an animal named after me at the Brookfield Zoo. Come to see me for an appointment to find out which one!

Support Team

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Sharon, Hospital Manager

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Anthony, Hospital Manager

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Wendy, Practice Administrator

Wendy graduated from Parkland College in 1994 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She worked as a technician in the equine field for 1 year, then worked with small animals for several years before moving into veterinary hospital management. In 2001, she became the Hospital Manager at Wolf Merrick Animal Hospital for Dr. Scott Petereit.In 2016, she became the Practice Administrator for the Companion Animal Hospital group in the Chicagoland area and in 2017 became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. She has the difficult task of keeping Drs. Petereit, Markwalder, and Whalen in line. She works closely with the ownership, management, and admin teams at each location as a resource, sharing her experience and mentorship in the administration of the hospitals.

Wendy is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, Chicagoland Veterinary Managers Group, and the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, with whom she has 4 kids, 2 boys, and 2 girls, who keep her pretty busy. She has an Australian Shepherd named Carly and a guinea pig named Gabby. She loves camping and traveling with her family, archery, and Jazzercise.

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Morgan, Marketing Coordinator

Morgan Rhyner joined the Companion Animal Hospital group in summer 2017 after moving to Chicago to pursue her career. She graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, IA in May 2016 with a degree in both Public Relations and Management. While the veterinary field is new for her, her love and passion for pets have been with her lifelong. She grew up on a farm in Stockton, IL, a small town of only 1,800 people and has been around animals her whole life.

She currently lives near Wrigley Field with her cat, Max, and loves to cheer on the Cubbies! She has a soft spot for Golden Retrievers and misses her family dog, MoJo, every day! When she's not finding cute animal videos to share with you all on Facebook or working on the latest design material, she enjoys getting to know the city, cheering on the Cubs or Packers (she knows - weird combo!), or binge-watching her latest Netflix show.

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Kelly, Inventory Manager

Bio coming soon.

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