Introducing Our Newest Associate Veterinarian – Kristin Kuntz, DVM

Dr. Kuntz pictured with her cat, Alfie.

 

We’re excited to introduce you to our newest associate veterinarian, Dr. Kristin Kuntz.  Dr. Kuntz graduated first in her class from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.  Prior to joining the Family Pet Animal Hospital team of veterinarians, she worked as a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery intern at a specialty hospital and practiced as an associate veterinarian at a general practice here in Chicago.

Dr. Kuntz will begin seeing patients at Family Pet Animal Hospital on June 4, 2018.  We can’t wait for you to meet her!

Find out more about Dr. Kristin Kuntz with our Q & A below.

What made you want to become a vet?

With an Anatomy and Physiology professor for a mother and a Food Scientist for a father, it was hard not to fall in love with science as a child. I have always been interested in Biology, and knew I wanted to pursue a career in medicine from a young age. During college, my experiences working with a variety of animals led me to pick veterinary medicine. It has been rewarding to study the anatomy, physiology, and behaviors of so many different species!

 

How did you find yourself at Family Pet?

I had heard many wonderful things about Family Pet while working as a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery intern at a specialty hospital in Chicago, so I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to join their team.

 

Did you study anything besides veterinary medicine in school?

My undergraduate minor was in Psychology. I’ve always been fascinated by behavior, and now as a veterinarian, I am passionate about addressing common behavioral problems in pets, such as anxiety and aggression.

 

What are the most common questions you answer as a practicing veterinarian?

  • What brand of food should I feed my pet?
  • Why does my pet do (insert odd behavior here)?
  • What would you do if this was your pet?

What do you see as the greatest danger toward household pets?

Unrecognized pain. Animals are experts at hiding signs of pain from people, making it more challenging to detect when they’re uncomfortable. Fortunately, we have a lot of great tools—ranging from medications to acupuncture and chiropractic to massage and physical therapy—at our disposal to help maintain our pets’ quality of life for as long as possible!

 

What has been your most rewarding moment as a veterinarian?

Stabilizing a dog that had been hit by a car. Her owners were so worried about their beloved family member, and it was very rewarding to tell them that she was going to be okay!

 

What animal scares you more than any other?

Spiders and bees

 

If you weren’t a vet, what would you do?

I would follow in the footsteps of my mom and aunt and become an Anatomy and Physiology teacher! One of my favorite parts of being a veterinarian is sharing knowledge with pet owners, so I think this would translate well to a classroom setting.

 

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

Graduating as the valedictorian of my veterinary school class at the University of Illinois.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love traveling with my husband and family, reading books, playing tennis, and ice skating.

 

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Italy

 

What is your favorite comfort food?

Cupcakes! I’m grateful for the wide selection of cupcake bakeries in Chicago.

 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When my adorable Persian cat, Alfie, pees on things he shouldn’t!

 

Who are your heroes?

My parents—they have always set a wonderful example for me and supported me in all my endeavors. My professional heroes are Temple Grandin and Jane Goodall.

 

Name 5 things that people might be surprised to know about you:

  • I was a competitive figure skater for over 12 years.
  • I didn’t fly on an airplane till I was 21 years old. Since then, I’ve traveled to over 15 countries around the world, including two medical service trips to Central America.
  • I carried out research projects studying the behavior of chimpanzees, zebras, and foxes at the Saint Louis Zoo in college.
  • I treated a variety of wildlife native to Illinois while volunteering with the U of I Wildlife Medical Clinic in vet school. My favorite patients were a Bald Eagle with a fractured wing and an Eastern Screech Owl with an eye injury. I was also a part of the Resident Bird of Prey program, where I worked on enrichment and training with raptors such as a Great Horned Owl and Red-Tailed Hawk.
  • I’m certified to practice medical acupuncture on dogs and cats!

 

Join Us for “Your Next Step is the Cure” or Donate to the Cause!

 

Family Pet Animal Hospital is a proud sponsor and participant of this year’s 9th annual “Your Next Step is the Cure” Chicago fun run, walk, or kite fly benefiting the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.  Please consider joining us or donating to help us reach our fundraising goal!

The “Your Next Step is the Cure” events raise much-needed funds for the patient services and clinical research projects of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. This is a cause dear to our hearts as our beloved co-founder, Marla Minuskin, lost her battle with cancer in 2013. We will be there to celebrate her memory as well as to raise awareness and funds for this important cause.

Several of your favorite veterinarians and staff members from Family Pet Animal Hospital will be there.  We invite you and your family to stop by our table and say “hello” come out to support the Family Pet team and other participants.  Better yet, register to run, jog, walk, or decorate and fly a kite yourself.

  • What:  “Your Next Step is the Cure” Chicago fun run/walk/fly
  • When:  Sunday, June 10, 2018 (8 am registration, 9 am run/walk/fly, 10 am celebration)
  • Where:  Lincoln Park near the zoo (North Stockton Drive and West LaSalle Drive).

 

 

Please consider donating to the Family Pet team’s fundraising efforts (click  picture below to go to our fundraising page).

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Or better yet, register to join us for this fun event for a worthy cause!  Bring your family and friends!  (Click picture below to go to the event website.)

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​Register for this event today and help us tell Lung Cancer to go fly a kite! Thank you and see you there!

Mel tells us in a heartfelt letter what Family Pet Animal Hospital and a slime mold have in common. Hear her out.

 

5/22/18

The moment we met her, we knew Mel was a unique and lovely human being and hired her quickly for our Client Care team.  Not only is she smart and incredibly capable, she’s an amazing creative writer as well.  We knew there would come a time that she would move on from Family Pet to pursue her creative writing dreams.  Alas, that sad moment for Family Pet has come, but “congratulations” are certainly in order for her.

We are extremely excited that Mel has landed two incredible opportunities. The first is a much sought after spot in the Clarion Workshop in San Diego, California for the summer – a rigorous 6-week workshop for writers of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and otherwise speculative stories.  Participants are required to write a story per week and receive feedback from participants of the workshop as well as from esteemed authors.  Come fall of 2018, Mel will begin earning her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa as a fiction writer in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In addition to writing a collection of short stories as part of her graduate program, she’ll also be teaching literature to undergraduates.

We wanted to share with you her heartfelt and hilarious departure letter that she wrote to us.  Enjoy this talent.  We’re sure we will all see amazing things from her in the future.

Mel, pictured with Cole and Watson

 

Dear Family Pet,

As my last day (May 31st) approaches, I feel that it is high time for a gushing memo.

On the day in September 2016 that I received my first phone call from Linda—the obligatory screen to make sure I was not prone to arson—I had interviews scheduled with a donut shop and the reception arm of a hair salon. My goal that fall was to find a job that would allow me to continue writing my weird short stories in my off-time, and that wouldn’t sap my creative juices during the day. I was looking for something breezy, something low-pressure, something that wouldn’t demand a lot of critical thinking and emotional investment.

Well, as everyone here knows, I didn’t find that job.

What I found instead was a role that rapidly started to mean a lot to me. As I spent time as both a Client Care Coordinator and a Doctor’s Assistant, I was floored by the compassion, trust, and meticulousness displayed—indeed, necessitated—by every position in this hospital. Very few workplaces can boast that their employee base is also a community. But at Family Pet, that communal aspect is essential. Everything we do, from talking with clients to solving problems amongst ourselves, is contingent upon a shared pursuit of honesty and empathy. The hospital simply could not function as it does otherwise.

Honestly, Family Pet reminds me of a slime mold.

Please, hear me out. I know this memo is already way longer than is acceptable, but this needs to be said.

Slime molds can form when several cells join into a mass that functions as a single organism. Though it has no one governing brain, it is capable of “calculating” the most efficient route between itself and a piece of food. Scientists actually use slime molds to plan public transportation systems—when they place food over major cities on a map, they observe the routes that the slime molds take to get to the yum-yums, and can model railways accordingly.

Family Pet is like a gigantic, glorious slime mold. All of its employees work together to map the best route to a pet’s well-being. From the inside, it is a complex network of people performing a wide variety of tasks at any given moment. From the outside, it is a unified front, an institution whose devotion to its clients is as obvious as the smell of a soiled cat carrier.

I’m going to miss it!

Thank you to everyone who helped me learn the ropes. I had never worked with animals before I came here, and you all took a chance on me despite that fact. I’ve learned so much, and I’m so grateful for the experiences I’ve had and the friendships that I’ve made. I will never forget this job, and it has helped me to grow in so many ways, in so many directions. Just like a slime mold.

— Mel


 

We are so grateful for all that she’s given of herself to Family Pet’s patients, clients, and staff during her time here at our practice.

Congratulations, Mel!  We wish you the very best (and we’ll miss you terribly)!

Love,

All your slimy, moldy friends at Family Pet Animal Hospital

Most Valuable Player of the Month for November 2017 – Monica Hernandez

 

Monica pictured with Sophie

Monica has been named Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for November 2017 by last month’s MVP, Armando Zizumbo.  Originally hailing from California where she worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician, Monica joined the Family Pet team in April of 2016.  Armando cited Monica’s kindness, multitasking abilities, and strong work ethic as reasons for naming Monica as MVP.  Even though we question her sanity moving from California to Chicago, we’re so glad she did.  We appreciate her patience, steadiness, and teamwork in the care of our patients.

Question and Answer with Monica

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

I have a cat named Sophie, she’s a tortoiseshell…and a handful, but the best!

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

I love working with the animals of course, but having such amazing coworkers that work as a team and pick each other up on bad days make it all worthwhile.

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

Not so much a moment but being a part of the Family Pet team makes me pretty proud.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with my husband, Isaac, exploring random parts of the city I’ve never been and baking which I don’t do often enough.

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

I would want them to know that we are helping them and most importantly to not be afraid.

What is the funniest thing that’s happened at Family Pet?

Too many to name, but pretty much every day there’s a funny moment. 🙂

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Tiger, because I love how elusive and majestic they are…or any large cat to be honest.

How would you spend one million dollars?

Buying a house and this is probably more than a million dollars but spend it on my family in any way they need.

Name three things on your bucket list.

Travel the world and experience how different cultures live their lives, Safari/camping trip in Africa, and visit every state in the US.

What would you choose for your last meal?

So this is a weird one and I always feel like the kid from the movie “Signs,” but definitely mashed potatoes with gravy and French toast…separate of course 😉

What is your favorite junk food?

Doughnuts and French fries

 

 

Congratulations, Monica!

 

PREVIOUS MVPS:

Armando Zizumbo (October 2017)

Lauren Dempsey, D.V.M. (September 2017)

Amy Wrobel (August 2017)

Casandra Santos (July 2017)

Michelle Fernandez (June 2017)

Sandy Gerstung (May 2017)

Lilly Lam (April 2017)

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

MORE ABOUT US:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

Seasonal Safety: Thanksgiving Tips for Pet Owners

 

 

Turkey Day is right around the corner! Make sure your feast goes off without a hitch—and an emergency trip to the vet—with this guide.

The Food

This holiday is all about the food. Unfortunately, a sudden switch from kibble or canned food to a plate full of turkey and stuffing can wreak havoc on your pet’s digestive system, potentially leading to pancreatitis and gastroenteritis. More than just a tummy ache, these conditions can be very painful and even life-threatening to your pet.

 

This does not mean your pet has to be left out of the festivities completely, however. The key is to keep it simple and in moderation. Remember, dogs and cats cannot handle rich, fatty foods like butter, cream and other seasonings the way humans can. It’s best to stick to small portions of plain turkey, mashed potatoes and vegetables like carrots or green beans. Make sure the turkey is well cooked and don’t forget to remove the bones and skin.

Keep in mind that while a little Thanksgiving meal will not harm your pet, there are a few foods that must be avoided. These include onions, grapes, raisins and chocolate, all of which are toxic to animals.

The Decorations

While home décor may not seem dangerous, some items can present a problem for our four-legged friends. Candles, in particular, should be kept out of reach of curious cats and dogs that can burn themselves or start a fire if the candle is knocked over.

Wires and batteries can also be hazardous. If chewed, wires can deliver a serious shock, while batteries can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus.

 

Other items, like decorative corn or pumpkins, may cause gastrointestinal upset or even a blockage if ingested.

The Clean-Up

Don’t think your pet is safe just because the food isn’t on the table anymore. One risk that is often overlooked is the disposal of food and wrappings when the big meal is over. It is safest to make sure all trash, including the turkey carcass, is securely tied up and out of reach. Remember that bones can break easily and sharp pieces can be swallowed, causing a blockage or tearing the intestines. All pieces of the carcass should be double-bagged and disposed of properly.

Food wrappings such as aluminum foil, wax paper and turkey strings should also be kept out of reach. Remember, when used to cook with, these items become just as irresistible to your pet as the food itself!

The Wind-Down

Make sure you give your pet a comfortable, quiet space to retreat to should the holiday activity be too much for him/her. Watch your pet for signs of stress, such as vocalizing, panting, pacing or trembling.

 

Everyone here at Family Pet Animal Hospital wishes you and yours a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

 

Post courtesy of The Drake Center for Veterinary Care

Most Valuable Player of the Month for September 2017 – Dr. Lauren Dempsey

Dr. Lauren Dempsey has been named Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for September 2017 by last month’s MVP, Amy Wrobel.  Dr. Lauren joined the Family Pet team as an associate veterinarian in 2014.  Amy cited Dr. Lauren’s compassion, kindness, knowledge, and willingness to go above and beyond for patients, clients, and staff as reasons for naming Dr. Lauren as September’s MVP.  All of us at Family Pet enjoying working with Dr. Lauren and are so appreciative of her boundless patience and grace in making sure our patients and clients get what they need.

Question and Answer with Dr. Lauren

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

“I do! 2 cats- Sebastien and Cat Stevens and a dog named Sully. The cats love each other and are best friends. They like to gang up and boss Sully around the house.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

“Our wonderful patients and the owners that come in with them”

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

“It’s hard to pick one specific moment but every time a really sick animal gets better as a result of the staff at Family Pet and their owners working hard at home, I am extremely proud of the profession I’ve chosen and the hospital I get to practice at.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“Try new restaurants and explore Chicago, garden, travel, watch college football.”

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

“Don’t be too nervous or scared! We love our patients and want you to love coming into the vet for a visit.”

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

“Teleportation so I can travel the globe and visit loved ones who live far away in an instant.”

How would you spend one million dollars?

“Lots of vacations and traveling, purchase a small beach vacation home, eat out all the time.”

What is your biggest pet peeve?

“Littering- makes me mad just thinking about it.”

What would you choose for your last meal?

“Pot roast with potatoes and carrots with pecan pie for dessert.”

What’s your favorite activity to do with your pet(s)?

“With Sully the dog, it’s going on hikes and watching him run around off leash. I also love when both cats and Sully and I all end up snuggling on the couch and watching a movie.”

 

 

Congratulations, Dr. Lauren!

Stay tuned as Dr. Lauren will choose next month’s MVP…

 

PREVIOUS MVPS:

Amy Wrobel (August 2017)

Casandra Santos (July 2017)

Michelle Fernandez (June 2017)

Sandy Gerstung (May 2017)

Lilly Lam (April 2017)

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

MORE ABOUT US:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

Hurricane Harvey – How You Can Help

 

We have all heard and seen the stories of devastation coming out of southeastern Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, including the harrowing rescue and relief efforts for lost, abandoned, or displaced pets.  The many organizations that are coordinating massive efforts to rescue, shelter, and assist these animals need your help.

Family Pet Animal Hospital has made financial donations to both the Anti-Cruelty Society (ACS) here in Chicago and the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Houston SPCA).  The Anti-Cruelty Society is working with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and opening their doors to help Houston area animal shelters make space for all the pets stranded by Hurricane Harvey.  The Houston SPCA has been working tirelessly to coordinate and execute disaster rescue, recovery, and relief efforts.

Many of you have been asking, “How can I help?”  Here are a few ways you can help the ongoing efforts:

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s list of ways to help, including donations, fostering, adopting, and volunteering can be found here.

The Houston SPCA is requesting help with volunteering, sheltering, or transporting, but from afar, they are accepting monetary donations and items from their Amazon wish list.

The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team has been on the ground since before Harvey hit and is continuing to rescue and relocate pets in need.  You can text LOVE to 20222 to donate $10 to their Disaster Relief Fund or you can give through their website.

We are incredibly grateful to all the individuals and organizations working around the clock to help those in need.  Our hearts go out to the people and animals affected by this disaster.

 

Sincerely,

All of us at Family Pet Animal Hospital

 

Most Valuable Player of the Month for August 2017 – Amy Wrobel

8/4/17

Amy pictured with Emma Marie and Cuka Moo

 

Amy Wrobel has been named Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for August 2017 by last month’s winner, Casandra Santos.  Amy began her time here at Family Pet in 2013 as a shy, soft-spoken Kennel Assistant with a huge heart.  While she’s still shy, soft-spoken, and gold-hearted, she has grown tremendously in her role as a Veterinary Technician here at our hospital.  Casandra cited Amy’s technical skills, patience in mentoring/training others, affinity for teamwork, and her unwavering patient advocacy as reasons for naming Amy as August’s MVP.  All of us at Family Pet are so appreciative of Amy’s skills, humor, and heart of gold.

 

Question and Answer with Amy

 

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

“I have 2 wonderful dogs. Cuka Moo is a 12 year old Miniature Pincher that I’ve had since she was a pup and she is just the most precious little thing ever. Emma Marie is around 5 years old, my husband and I found her in the street as a malnourished pup, and we just had to keep her since she is such and cuddle bug.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

“My Favorite thing about working and Family Pet is the staff. We all work together as a team to ensure that every patient is taken care of with the most love and dedication. Every pet that walks through our doors is treated just like one of our own; we want the best for them and would never settle for anything less. I don’t want to toot our own horn but we do such an amazing job with that.”

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

“I would have to say this moment! I used to be very timid and had very little confidence in myself but being around such a supportive staff and people who are willing to go above and beyond to ensure you succeed has gotten me to where I am today. I’m more confident in my work and put my heart and soul into everything I do, and I couldn’t be more thankful to my managers Tony and Michelle whom have helped with that. They’ve been so patient and kind as well as always willing to lend a hand if I’m in need. They’re both a big part of my success and I just couldn’t be more thankful for the motivation and confidence they’ve instilled in me.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I love cuddling and watching TV with my pups and my husband Adam. Doing Yoga when I can and hanging out with family.”

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

“Know that everything is going to be okay! We want to make sure you’re healthy and strong because we love you and want nothing but the best for you.”

How would you spend one million dollars?

“I would buy my dream home, pay off my remaining school loans, help my mom retire early, donate to charity and put the rest in my savings for a rainy day.”

What is your personal motto or mantra?

“Keep Moving Forward. It was something my dad always told me growing up and when he passed away it just kinda stuck with me. I ended up getting it tattooed on my arm so if I ever get discourage or feel down I can just look at my arm and smile because I know that’s what he’d want me to do.”

Describe yourself in three words.

“Loving, Funny, Shy”

What is your biggest pet peeve?

“Bad manners! It drives me insane!!!”

Do you have a hidden talent?

“I love to sing!!! Not sure if I’m any good at it, but my husband tells me he loves it, and it helps me both relax and calm down when I’m stressed.”

What’s your favorite activity to do with your pet(s)?

“Hiking or anything outdoors with my husband Adam.”

 

Congratulations, Amy!!

Amy will pick next month’s MVP, so stay tuned…

 

PREVIOUS MVPS:

Casandra Santos (July 2017)

Michelle Fernandez (June 2017)

Sandy Gerstung (May 2017)

Lilly Lam (April 2017)

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

MORE ABOUT US:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

Most Valuable Player of the Month for July 2017 – Casandra Santos

7/11/17

Casandra, pictured with Honey

 

 

Casandra Santos was awarded Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for July of 2017 by last month’s winner, Michelle Fernandez.  Casandra joined the Family Pet team as a Client Care Coordinator in 2014. She’s been a critical part of piloting and developing the Doctor’s Assistant (D.A.) position over the last few years.  This past spring, she was promoted to Supervisor to oversee our small team of D.A.s.  Michelle cited Casandra’s professionalism, compassion, intelligence, and drive as reasons for naming Casandra as July’s MVP.  We are incredibly grateful for her talents and dedication.

Question and Answer with Casandra

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

“Yes I have a 12 year old Shiba Inu named Honey.  She is the sweetest and cutest thing in the world and by far the favorite shiba at Family Pet.  She never barks and loves to sleep all day, however she does love to chase birds and she prances like a deer when chasing after toys.    She is an excellent cuddler and has been by my side since she was a tiny puppy.  Honey has truly been there for me through thick and thin and I could not imagine my world without her.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

“The people and patients.  I have some of the best coworkers in the world.  Everyone at Family Pet is compassionate, cares about animals and are some of the best in the business.  It is also very hard to have a bad day at Family Pet with our cute clients ready to turn any frown upside down.”

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

“I think I am most proud to lead our Doctor’s Assistant department.  Being given the responsibility to nurture and grow an entirely new department is quite an undertaking and I appreciate the fact that Family Pet acknowledges my skills and trusts in my judgement to get the job done.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I love musicals and live performances and try to make it to the theater at least once a month.  I saw Hamilton when it opened on Broadway and got to meet the entire cast and even have a $10 bill signed by Lin Manuel Miranda (he drew a goatee on Hamilton’s face!).  I also love to play volleyball and have an extensive whisky collection.”

If Family Pet Animal Hospital had a theme song, what would it be?

“’Simply the Best’ – Tina Turner”

What’s the strangest job you’ve had?

“I used to be a mall cop.”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

“I am currently training for the Chicago Marathon and I run with CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) on Sunday mornings.  After watching an inspirational Samsung commercial featuring an ostrich, our group leader told us, ‘Do what you can’t.’  I have never once considered myself a runner.  In fact, I hate to run but crossing the finish line for a marathon has always been a bucket list item so when the opportunity to raise money for PAWS and participate in the 2017 Chicago Marathon came up, I decided that I too can ‘do what I can’t.’”

“If you would like to help me raise money for PAWS donations can be made by clicking on the link below and putting Casandra Santos in the Donate to Fundraiser box: httpss://my.pawschicago.org/TEAMPAWSBOAChicago/CasandraSantos

Name three things on your bucket list.

  1. Run a marathon (should be crossed off in October)
  2. See the Northern Lights (let’s hope my upcoming trip to Iceland in November will cross this one off the list).
  3. See or swim with wild dolphins.

Do you have any strange phobias?

“I am scared to walk barefoot on tile.  When I was a child growing up in the Philippines, I cut my foot on a tile bottom of a pool.  Since then, I cannot have my bare feet on tile.”

What is your favorite junk food?

“Hot Cheetos or really any type of chips.”

 

Congratulations, Casandra!

Casandra will pick next month’s MVP, so stay tuned…

PREVIOUS MVPS:

Michelle Fernandez (June 2017)

Sandy Gerstung (May 2017)

Lilly Lam (April 2017)

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

MORE ABOUT US:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

Most Valuable Player of the Month for June 2017 – Michelle Fernandez

Franklin taking a snooze and the late Tabitha, sporting her doggles.

 

6/8/17

Michelle Fernandez was awarded Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for June of 2017 by last month’s winner, Sandy Gerstung.  Many of our longtime clients have seen Michelle’s face around here or at least felt her care of their pets for many, many years.  Back in 1993, Michelle answered the “Help Wanted” sign in Family Pet’s window and she’s been here ever since.  Starting as a Kennel Assistant, her hard work, dedication, and love for animals led her to her current position of Technician and Inventory Manager.  More than anything, she contributes immensely to maintaining the foundation of Family Pet’s “soul.”  She is incredibly committed to our patients, clients, and every member of our team.  She is thoughtful, compassionate, and truly dedicated to her work.  In short, WE LOVE HER!

 

QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH MICHELLE

 

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

“I have 4 cats, Pixel, Sullivan, Willow and Waffles.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

“I am so privileged to work at a practice that has such a wonderful group of people to work alongside.  Everyone is so great from the owners of the practice to the kennel employees and what makes it even better is that everyone has the same goal – excellent patient care!!!”

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

“I have worked at Family Pet for many, many years and have had several proud moments of my own as well as having moments of pride for my team mates.  I can’t really distinguish one moment that is the greatest.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I enjoy going to the movies, reading and going on vacation to enjoy our wonderful National Parks.”

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

“I would want the patients to know that we have their best interests in mind and are doing our best to help them, whether it be an annual check-up or in a dire situation.  Most of all, I would want them to know that we are here for them and to not be frightened.”

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

“Telekinesis, how great would it be to move things with your mind?”

How would you spend one million dollars?

“I would purchase a house in Bar Harbor, Maine to be closer to my favorite National Park, Acadia and I would donate some money to an animal care organization.”

If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest and why?

“Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool.  I find him so interesting, not to mention that Tool is absolutely one of my favorite bands.”

What would you choose for your last meal?

“Some type Mexican meal, probably tacos of some sort.”

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

“I once was tricked and ate shark nuggets, it really did taste like dry chicken, I was scarred by this event.”

 

Congratulations, Michelle!  Michelle will get to choose next month’s MVP, so stay tuned…

PREVIOUS MVPS:

Sandy Gerstung (May 2017)

Lilly Lam (April 2017)

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

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