Are you looking for a hospital that offers tender loving care for your pet?
Welcome to Oakton Animal Hospital. We pride ourselves in providing a clean, comfortable, odor-free environment for both our patients and their owners. We are committed to providing you and your pet with the best possible veterinary care. All of our staff members are well-trained to help make your visit more pleasurable.
Our Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). This professional organization requires that our hospital meet the highest standards of excellence for the practice of veterinary medicine. It also requires that our hospital be inspected periodically in order to maintain our accreditation.
Visits to our hospital are by appointment, however, for your convenience we offer a special service. Your pet can stay with us for the day at no extra charge to you, and be given its annual exam, vaccines, medical diagnosis and treatment or whatever the need may be. You can feel confident that your pet will receive the best of care and will rest comfortably in a clean environment with a "soft blanket".
We have high expectations for our doctors, staff, and hospital. Our goal is to meet those expectations on a daily basis and to tend to your pet's needs in the best way we know how, "because pets are people too".
Oakton Animal Hospital
(Doctors & Team)
Growing up in rural Connecticut, I decided by age 7 that I wanted to be a veterinarian. It seemed to be the only career choice which made sense since I was always bringing home injured animals to "doctor them up". So I combined my two main interests, animals and medicine. Fortunately, with the aid of supportive parents, I was able to pursue my goal and graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. After graduation, I came to Chicago and have worked at this hospital ever since. In September, 1996, I became the owner here at Oakton Animal Hospital. I am fortunate to have a wonderful, caring, well-trained staff and we hope to provide you with the kind of high-quality, personable, family practice you and your pets have been looking for and deserve.
I grew up in Missouri on a family grain farm. I started working at a local veterinary clinic at 14 years of age to earn a Girl Scout service badge which started a life long association with Veterinary Medicine. I graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After graduation, I pursued an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Illinois. I moved to the Chicagoland area in 1990 and have worked in this area since that time. I have a special interest in surgery. I am fortunate to have been associated with excellent clinics and wonderful, caring, loving clients and their pets. My most sincere goal would be to provide you and your pet with the highest quality of compassionate, knowledgeable and personal care.
I grew up in Sparta, Wisconsin on a small farm where my family raised and showed American Quarter Horses. My love for Veterinary Medicine grew from that and blossomed while volunteering and working at area veterinary hospitals while in college. I attended the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine, graduated in 1983 & have been practicing in the Chicagoland area since that time, both as an associate veterinarian and practice owner. Some of you may know me from the times I provided relief coverage at Oakton for Dr. Ephraim over the past 5 years. I am glad to be a part of the team at Oakton Animal Hospital and want to provide the highest level of compassionate care for our clients and “VIPs” (very important pets/patients). Although I enjoy all aspects of practice, I have a special interest in dentistry and surgery.
I live at home with my husband and Bailey (a.k.a. Mr. B), a 12 year old Yorkie Poo. In my spare time I can be found out in the garden, relaxing with a good book, out paddling in a kayak/canoe or in the kitchen preparing a gourmet meal. We are also avid baseball fans and enjoy “chasing” – Our current goal is to see all 30 current major league baseball parks.
I have been in the Pet Industry for the past 20 years. I started my career right out of High School working in the local Pet Boarding Center. Not too long after I realized this was the direction I wanted my journey in life to go towards. I have since owned my own Pet sitting Business, managed a full service Pet Center that included Boarding, Grooming, Veterinary services, and as of recently joined the team here as Practice Manager. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my reason for being; Indigo Blu, my 3 legged 1 eye rescue dog! She has helped me embrace my passion of pet care, and more importantly to learn no matter what comes your way, always make time to stop and smell the roses.
LIFE IS AN OPPORTUNITY, BENEFIT FROM IT. LIFE IS A BEAUTY, ADMIRE IT. LIFE IS A DREAM REALIZE IT!
My name is Denise. I'm married and have 4 "fur kids", Misty, Chewie, Sniper, and Zinger. I walked into Oakton in Sept. 2007 with no more than some dog walking and cat care experience, and my love of animals, but they took a chance on me. Now, almost 5 years later, I feel like it was the perfect match for me. I enjoy helping and talking to our clients, and taking care of our patients.
My name is Briana. Most people call me Bri. I have been interested in veterinary medicine for as long as I can remember. I started working in a kennel 13 years ago and quickly worked my way up. For the past 12 years I have been a technician at an animal emergency clinic and recently joined the Oakton team at the end of 2010. It didn't take long for me to see that everyone here cares so much and makes the comfort of the animals their top priority (no offense meant to their humans!).
The big furry one in the picture is "nikko". I also have another akita named "Kassie" and 3 cats, "Nephie", "Jaeger", and "James".
Hi, my name is Debbie. I started at Oakton in 1994 as a technician. In 1996, Dr. Ephraim and I purchased the hospital in Sept. We married a year later in Sept. of 1997. I was the manager here for 2 years until the birth of our first child, Alexander. I took a 7 year hiatus from working at the clinic to raise Alex and our second child, Sarah. All along I did the business managing from home. In January of 2010, when both of our children were able to be in school all day, I returned to managing the hospital and can now be found at Oakton Monday-Friday from 9-2, and all day Tuesdays. My love for animals started very early on when I raised "Billy" the snapping turtle from a quarter-sized hatchling to a turtle too big to keep in a 20 gallon tank. Fortunately, my science teacher at Harper adopted Billy from me at that point and made him a permanent fixture in his classroom. We have one dog, Dudley, and one cat, Annabelle.
My favorite part of working at Oakton is the many long-term relationships I have built with our clients and their furry companions. I thoroughly enjoy visiting with people and catching up on everything going on in their lives and the lives of their pets.
Hi my name is Kim. I began working at Oakton Animal Hospital in 1990 and left a few years later to pursue a career in human x-ray technology. In the fall of 2010, I returned to Oakton. All along, I had been a client here bringing my pets to a hospital I had worked at before and trusted with my furry friends. I enjoy working here on Saturdays now. I really love animals. I have a dog named Gatorade and my new addition is an 18 year old pony named Santa Fe.
Hi! My name is Kristin and I started at Oakton earlier this year. Even from a young age I knew I wanted to work with animals and as I grew older that desire didn't go away. So I went to Harper college for 2 years and got an associates degree and veterinary assistant certificate. Now that I have found my way to Oakton I feel like I made the right choice. I can't wait to meet all of the furry friends! (And their families!)
Hi! My name is Jennifer but most people call me Jenn. I studied at Fox College in Tinley Park and in 2012, I earned an Associate's Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. I passed my board certification exam in March of 2013 to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. I knew I wanted to work with animals since I was very young. As I got older, I realized medicine was interesting to me as well and decided to merge my love of animals and medicine together. It is very gratifying to me when a sick pet comes in and looks to me for comfort when their human can not be there with them and knowing that I can aid them to recovery. I have 3 fur kids of my own: yorkie poodle mix, shih-tzu poodle mix, and a rescued pit bull who is the biggest baby of the bunch. I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies soon!
Hi, my name is Adalee. I started off as an intern at Oakton and liked the way that the animals were cared for. I have always been interested in helping animals, and working at Oakton has just reinforced that. I am currently taking a gap year from school, but will soon start again and hopefully launch a career in veterinary medicine
Hello my name is Samantha I am 24 years young. My passion for animals started at a young age. Over the years I have owned anything from lizards to birds. On my free time I enjoy drawing and painting. My boyfriend and I also enjoy grilling outside with our 2 year old Pitbull named Bison and our 1 year old cat named Frank.
Hi, my name is Alex and Oakton Animal Hospital is my first job. I am in high school right now and plan on becoming an engineer but I really do enjoy working with the animals here at Oakton. In my spare time I enjoy video games, building my own computers, hanging out with friends and playing baseball. I look forward to helping you with the care of your pets.
I'm "Raspy" and I live at Oakton. I spend most of my time supervising my co-workers, but lately I've started to greet clients and help with phone calls. When I'm not working I like to sleep on a high shelf or look out the window!