Dr. Joe Whalen

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What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?
I graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in Biology and from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

What made you decide to become a veterinarian?
I always knew that I wanted to work with animals. During high school, I planned to become a Wildlife Biologist. After working for the state in road construction a couple of summers and then working for myself doing painting, I realized that I needed to work in the private sector.

What is your most memorable moment as a vet?
I have lots of great memories, but I think graduating from vet school is my most memorable.

How did you come to join LePar Animal Hospital?
After working a few years at Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago, I started to get antsy to own my own practice. I looked all around the Chicagoland area, but after working a couple of days at LePar on a trial basis, I really fell in love with Southsiders. Our clients are genuine, down to earth people that really care for their pets.

What are the best things you find about being a veterinarian?
I love the variety of in our profession. This keeps my job interesting every day.

What is the most common problem you encounter in the pets you see?
Because of my special area of interest, arthritis is the most common thing I see.

What was the most rewarding case you have had as a veterinarian?
I get super excited when pets that have come to me that were initially unable to walk but after treatments could walk again.

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?
Orthopedic surgery, acupuncture, chiropractic and rehabilitation.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?
Hedge Hogs. They are cute and friendly but you need to anesthetize them to do an exam.

What are your favorite activities outside of treating pets?
Exercise-running, biking, tennis, basketball, lifting weights, gardening, cooking and hanging out with my family.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Waiting or making people wait for me.

Favorite place to eat?
Any Brazilian Steakhouse

Favorite place to visit?
Any place of natural beauty with my family.

Favorite movie?
Jimmy Neutron-Boy Genius

Favorite food?
Dark chocolate!

What is your favorite sports team?
Oooh, this is a tough one. Three favorites-White Soxs, Blackhawks and Vikings.

Name 3 things most people might be surprised to learn about you?
1. I really don’t like to run, but I do it regardless.
2. I grew up in a rural area (Mt. Sterling, Illinois).
3. I just started playing guitar. I am not good at it yet, but love to play.


Dr. Elizabeth Cutright

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What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?
I have a BS in Animal Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

What made you decide to become a veterinarian?
My decision to become a veterinarian was influenced by my father who was an inspiration to me in his love of animals and his medical expertise.

What is your most memorable moment as a vet?
I don’t have one most memorable moment as I have so many memorable caretakers and patients, but if I had to pick, it would be learning for the first time how amazing nutrition can be in treating my own dog with nutrition response testing. I was amazed and shocked how well nutrition worked to resolve his incontinence and kidney infections.

How did you come to join LePar Animal Hospital?
I joined LePar through an old college Rugby friend that connected me to Dr. Whalen. My working interview was stitching up Dr. Whalen’s head during a rugby match.

What are the best things you find about being a veterinarian?
The best thing about veterinarian medicine is getting to observe the amazing ability animals have to touch people’s lives and make us all better for it.

What is the most common problem you encounter in the pets you see?
The most common problems I see are related to allergies the overacting of our pet’s immune system. I personally feel we are seeing more of this as a combination of generations of inbreed issues, nutritional deficiencies, and increasingly toxic environments.

What was the most rewarding case you have had as a veterinarian?
My most rewarding cases are those where caretakers feel they have exhausted all modes of healthcare with little resolution of their pet’s problem, only to find some nutritional supplements with change in diet and attention to the chemicals used in and around their pets brings about health. My favorite case specifically are getting pets off allergy shots and resolution or significant reduction in behavioral issues.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?
The strangest animal I have ever treated was an orphaned baby giraffe named Igabod with a tick bourne disease. He began to see me as a surrogate parent and would follow me around the Wildlife preserve in my little golf cart as I did my rounds sticking his head through the roof and licking me with his long skinny blue tongue.

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?
Nutrition and dentistry are my two areas of special interest. I am blessed to work in a hospital that sees the value in using supplements to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. I also am fortunate to have some amazingly talented staff members who make our advanced dental care possible. Because of those staff members, I can have dental xrays taken in a flash allowing me to better target my therapy for each patient and perform extractions with less oral trauma. Hopefully I am the dentist my patients want to see because of this fact.

What are your favorite activities outside of treating pets?
My favorite activities outside of work are gardening and getting into the mindset of a 3 and 5 year old as I play with my kids. When else can you get away with using a bouncy house slide as an adult?

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When asked what my pet peeves are….. of course I have them, just not into sharing them. I prefer to forget I have them.

Favorite place to eat?
My favorite place to eat is at home. Don’t have to worry about asking my 3 and 5 year old to keep their laughter down to not bother the next table.

Favorite place to visit?
My favorite place to visit is Chicago in the summer. You can’t beat the parks, beaches, and amazing museums in the city!

Favorite movie?
When asked what my favorite movie is, I don’t have one. I will embarrassingly admit I like romantic comedies and anything with Sandra Bullock in it.

Favorite food?
My favorite foods are raw fudge balls.

What is your favorite sport?
Rugby of course!


Dr. Corinne Fisher

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What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?

Dr. Corinne Fisher went to undergrad at the University of Connecticut and majored in Animal Science. Her veterinary degree is from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

What made you decide to become a veterinarian?
Even as a small child, I loved science and I loved fixing things. Realizing that I could put these two things together, I worked hard and dedicated myself to my studies so I could do something I was passionate about!

What is your most memorable moment as a vet?
My most memorable moment is actually not involving animals, but a person. I was examining an older woman’s dog and the owner passed out and then collapsed on the bench. The technician and I got her on oxygen, called 911 and got her emergency heart meds out of her purse to help her out. She recovered after a few days in the hospital and her dog enjoyed staying at LePar with us!

How did you come to join LePar Animal Hospital?
During my senior year in veterinary school, I got engaged to one of my classmates and we decided to stay in the Chicagoland area. I interviewed with Dr. Whalen and our styles clicked. He was a great mentor and teacher while allowing me the flexibility to find myself and develop my own way of practicing veterinary medicine.

What are the best things you find about being a veterinarian?
I love meeting and getting to know the clients, hearing their stories and sharing in the joys of pet ownership with them. Forging those relationships is so important to me and helps me be a better veterinarian to their pets. While there is nothing better than the smell of a new puppy or the purr of a new kitten, I have grown fond of the elderly pet population and through my own experiences with my senior pets, I have gained such a greater perspective on what they need and what they are going through.

What is the most common problem you encounter in the pets you see?
I think one of the most common issues we see are skin cases…allergies are frustrating for dogs (and people too!)

What was the most rewarding case you have had as a veterinarian?
One of my best cases involved my first dog ever, named Majerle! During veterinary school, a 6 week old puppy had been kicked and his organs had gone into his chest cavity (called a diaphragmatic hernia) and he couldn’t breathe. The owners wanted to put the puppy to sleep, but instead, we got to do the surgery. After making it through the grueling surgery, I decided it was time to have my first dog!

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?
My special interests in veterinary medicine include dermatology, senior care and internal medicine cases. I also enjoy soft tissue surgery.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?
When I was a senior in veterinary school, I had just started my large animal medicine rotation. A one day old baby camel was rejected by her mother. We spent EVERY day together for 8 weeks. I am convinced I will be at a zoo or circus someday and a camel is going to come running across the floor remembering I was his “mother”!

What are your favorite activities outside of treating pets?
First and foremost, I love being a mom to four awesome children and a wife to my incredible husband. My favorite activities are hiking, traveling and photography (which usually all go hand in hand), biking, any kind of sports and video scrapbooking.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is littering!

Favorite place to eat?
My favorite place to eat is on our back porch or dining room—my husband is an incredible cook and impresses me every time!

Favorite place to visit?
My favorite place to visit is anywhere with snow packed mountains! My family and I love to travel and hike, especially out the in Pacific Northwest. Some of our favorite spots have been Denali National Park, Glacier National Park and anywhere near Mt. Hood in Oregon.

Favorite movie?
My favorite movie dates back to the 80’s—Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

Favorite food?
I love trying new foods and enjoying a great meal, but my favorite thing to eat is King Crab Legs.

What is your favorite sports team?
I am an avid sports fan, playing soccer, basketball and softball up through high school and playing lacrosse in college. My favorite teams are the New York Yankees and the Chicago Bears.

Name 3 things most people might be surprised to learn about you?
1. I have a son with Down syndrome.
2. I have been and hiked in 29 National Parks.
3. I lived in Switzerland for a summer while I was in college, working on a Large Animal Research farm.


Dr. Matt Bauer

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What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?
I graduated from Saint Xavier University with a major and Biology and Chemistry in 2005. While at Saint Xavier I worked in a reptile reproduction research lab, and spent some of my downtime in the theater. I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.

What made you decide to become a veterinarian?
I always had an interest in medicine and science as a child. Then when I was in the eighth grade our family dog became very ill. I then spent the following summer helping take care of her.

What is your most memorable moment as a vet?
During my first year in practice we hosted Santa Day where clients come in to take pictures with Santa. To join in the holiday spirit I was dressed as a giant elf. During this time an emergency came in, a Doberman presented with a large and very bloody laceration. I took the pet into treatment with the owner and explained the treatment plan (still in the Buddy elf suit). After discussing everything with the client, who I had just met that day I took the pet to surgery and corrected the laceration. Once I was done, I spoke to the client who thanked me and told me he had been coming to LePar for years, but had never been taken care of by a doctor in a giant elf suit.

How did you come to join LePar Animal Hospital?
I was fortunate to start at LePar as a kennel attendant in 1999, while I was in high school. In 2009 I came back to LePar after graduating from the University of Illinois.

What are the best things you find about being a veterinarian?
The best thing about being a veterinarian is the opportunity help both the patient and the client.

What is the most common problem you encounter in the pets you see?
The most common problem I see as a veterinarian is dental disease. It tends to be overlooked but is a crucial part of general health.

What was the most rewarding case you have had as a veterinarian?
The most rewarding cases I have treated are Cancer patients, with a combination of medicine and surgery I have been able to help pets and families get more quality time together.

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?
I have an interest in anesthesia and pain management that developed during vet school. Since entering practice I have developed interests in internal medicine and ultrasonography.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?
The most unusual pet I have ever treated has been a Ferret with a dislocated elbow.

What are your favorite activities outside of treating pets?
My favorite thing to do outside of work is spending time with friends and family.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Indifference

Favorite place to eat?
Hands down the best place to eat is SuperDawg !

Favorite place to visit?
I love getting away to Door County in the fall! I love the brisk air, the people, and the quiet pace.

Favorite movie?
The Boondock Saints

Favorite food?
Pub Burger

What is your favorite sports team?
Da Bears !

Name 3 things most people might be surprised to learn about you?
1. I have worked at LePar for over half of my life
2. I am a big movie buff
3. I started college as an art major.


Dr. Morgan Frye

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What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?
I graduated from Marshall University with a degree in Biology before going to veterinary school at the University of Georgia. Go Herd and Go Dawgs!

What made you decide to become a veterinarian?
When I was young, I had a pet quail that broke his leg. I remember taking him to the vet and where I watched the doctor splint his broken leg. It was an amazing experience for me; Ever since then I wanted to be a veterinarian.

What is your most memorable moment as a vet?
Memorial Day weekend in 2013 I helped put eye medication in both eyes of the American Alligator that belonged to the local zoo in Athens GA. Maude was about 6 foot long and didn’t exactly appreciate getting those drops every 6 hours.

How did you come to join LePar Animal Hospital?
I was looking for a job in the Chicago area and I knew that LePar had a great reputation. After visiting and seeing how friendly the staff
was I knew that I wanted to work here.

What are the best things you find about being a veterinarian?
Meeting new people and pets every day. Helping sick animals recover to being their enthusiastic and energetic selves.

What is the most common problem you encounter in the pets you see?
Lack of exercise and/or feeding too much.

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?
Surgery, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Exotics.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?
A Galapagos Tortoise with a fungal bone infection. I helped attach a wheel to his shell to use as a prosthetic while he recovered.

What are your favorite activities outside of treating pets?
Cycling, running, playing Ultimate Frisbee, cooking, and camping/backpacking.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Littering.

Favorite place to eat?
Since I am new to the area I’m still trying to sort this one out, but Barraco’s has some pretty amazing Italian Fries.

Favorite place to visit?
The Appalachian Trail.

Favorite movie?
It’s a tie between two old ones. Either Casablanca or North by Northwest.

Favorite food?
Pork barbeque with vinegar based sauce.

What is your favorite sports team?
I’ve always been a big college football fan, so Marshall and UGA. Now that I live in Chicago “Go Bears!”

Name 3 things most people might be surprised to learn about you?
1. I worked as a backpacking guide during the summer while I was in college.
2. I’m on screen for approximately 2 seconds in the movie We Are Marshall.
3. I grew up in West Virginia and have never been skiing.


Dr. Angela Mitas

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What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Kinesiology and then received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

What made you decide to become a veterinarian?
I’ve had a love for animals since I was a kid, but pursued careers in human medicine early on during my college career. One day I woke up and realized that veterinary medicine was the perfect way to combine my love for animals and science, while still being able to help people who are concerned for their pets.

What is your most memorable moment as a vet?
I will always remember one of my first patients in school, Penelope, who had blastomycosis (a fungal disease) in her lungs, eyes, and joints. She would come every other day for extensive treatment and was always so happy to see me. Her owner was the first client I had that gave me a card thanking me for caring for her pet and I still have it today. I’m happy to report that Penelope responded very well to treatment!

How did you come to join LePar Animal Hospital?
I started working at LePar as a kennel attendant in 2010 and then worked my way through the ranks of becoming a veterinary assistant and now veterinarian!

What are the best things you find about being a veterinarian?
Being able to nurture the human-animal bond that I know so well myself.

What is the most common problem you encounter in the pets you see?
Allergies and dental disease are issues I encounter every day.

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?
Preventative care, dermatology, ultrasonography

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?
While in school, I helped care for a very sick 12 week old liger! Yes, ligers are real and they are a cross between a male lion and female tiger.

What are your favorite activities outside of treating pets?
Traveling and spending time outdoors

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Procrastination

Favorite place to eat?
Giordano’s- best deep-dish pizza in Chicago!

Favorite place to visit?
Anywhere warm with a beach! I’ve had the opportunity to visit several Caribbean islands and my favorite so far is Turks & Caicos.

Favorite movie?
I don’t think I have one; I prefer seeing new movies to watching a movie I’ve already seen over again.

Favorite food?
Seafood; it goes along well with my love of traveling

What is your favorite sports team?
I’m a huge college basketball fan and have to support the university I spent 8 years at- Go Illini!

Name 3 things most people might be surprised to learn about you?
1. I didn’t officially decide to become a veterinarian until my junior year of undergrad.
2. I’m an only child.
3. While in college, I helped train mobility service dogs and still continue to work with the organization today.