Dr. Natalie Whalen Veterinarian

Dr Natalie Whalen


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science (BS), in Biology, Indiana University


  • Pitbull named Remi
  • Black cat named Raven


  1. Cotton balls give me the same shivers as nails on a chalk board
  2. I tore 5 discs in my back, ouch.
  3. I was first team all-big ten in my final year of college.

Dr Natalie Whalen

Natalie Whalen, DVM, grew up in the heart of downtown Chicago. As a child she experienced the power of the human-animal bond from witnessing the care her own veterinarian father provided to stray animals around the neighborhood. From nursing birds back to life in their basement bathroom to watching surgeries through the very windows of Lepar, it was through those memories that she developed her own desire to follow in her father’s footsteps and pursue a career helping animals and their owners.

She began her career as a veterinary assistant right here at Lepar during highschool and continued until graduation from veterinary school. Despite suffering from chronic disk injuries, during her senior year at college, Dr Natalie received title First Team All Big Ten for her performance on the tennis court. During veterinary school, Dr Natalie was also awarded membership of the Society of Phi Zeta, the only honor society awarded in veterinary medicine.

It only made sense for Dr. Natalie to continue advancing her career back at Lepar, alongside her family and friends that challenged her to become a doctor in the first place. During appointments, she values educating pet owners on gold standard options and excellence of care, preventative medicine and behavior. Her veterinary medical interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, ultrasonography, neonatal care and business ownership.

When she’s not caring for other pets, Dr Natalie spends time with her reactive (but sweet I swear!) pitbull Remi and her impatient black cat Raven. She enjoys running, yoga, the beach, murder podcasts and has a recent affinity for cooking casseroles.