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M - F: 9am-12pm & 2pm-6pm
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PH: 847-759-1440

Fax: 847-759-1460

1445 E, Oakton St, Des Plaines, IL 60018

Meet Our Staff

Veterinarians

 

Dr. Iqbal

Dr. Iqbal has always been passionate about helping animals and was inspired by many family members that also practice veterinary medicine. He graduated from UVASPK in 2008 and then continued his studies at The Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He began working at Oak Elm Animal Hospital in 2010 and he is now the lead veterinarian. Dr. Iqbal is well-versed and knowledgeable about all aspects of small animal medicine but he particularly enjoys working on internal medicine cases and surgeries. He gets the most enjoyment from seeing the joy and smiles on the owners face when they are reunited with their healthy pets. When he’s not working, the doctor enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys hiking, cycling and golfing in his free time.

Dr. Marsha

Dr. Marsha is the newest addition to Oak Elm. She has worked to provide care for animals her whole life. She started as a volunteer at a veterinary hospital when she was 15 and then later on graduated from University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching School. Since then, she has experienced many different aspects of veterinary medicine including humane organizations, zoo and marine medicine, and organizational medicine as a secretary and board member. She has practiced at several hospitals where she gained experience in general medicine, specialty practice, emergency medicine, advanced training programs and local animal care and control. She is a current member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, serves as member of the Animal Welfare Committee, Volunteers for the CVMA pet loss helpline and even has received her fear free certification. When she’s not working she enjoys spending time at home with all her cats and dogs.

DR. KOTEV

Dr. Kotev  graduated from Thracian University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. He came to the U.S. in March of 2000 to take a position as a research associate in the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Ohio State University. He spent one year there working on research projects involving coronary artery bypass surgery in dogs. Dr. Kotev’s professional interests include internal medicine, abdominal and thoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound, flexible endoscopy. Dr. Kotev is on call at Oak Elm Animal Hospital to perform all orthopedic surgeries.

DR. HOUSE

Dr. House graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. He spent 1 1/2 years post-graduation as a faculty member at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1978 he began practicing in the northwest suburban Chicago area. Dr. House founded the Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital in 1985 and by 1989, the first time it was eligible, the hospital became an accredited member of the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association of which only 15% of all animal hospitals are members. In 1989, Dr. House became board certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). Veterinary medicine in the United States is divided between general practitioners and those that have become “board certified”. The board-certified veterinarians are the only ones that are allowed to use the word “specialist” in their advertising. The advanced training, continuing education commitments and a difficult examination process has limited the number of clinical veterinarians with board certification to just 2% of the total number of practicing DVM’s. In 1997, Dr. House became board certified for a second time within the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. His board certification this time was in the Feline Species. There are only 53 board certified “Feline Specialists” in the United States and Dr. House is one of only 3 veterinarians in the country to be dual certified, twice, by the ABVP. He has served as a mentor for other veterinarians that are striving to achieve board certification status. In 2010 Dr. House founded Mobile Veterinary Ultrasound Inc, a diagnostic imaging company that provides soft tissue and cardiac ultrasounds for other veterinarians in the Chicago area. His Specialties include Oncology, cardiology, Internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, and feline care.

Practice Manager

 

Marisa

Marisa was hired in 2021 and has since become the practice manager. She graduated from Maine West High School in 2019 and always comes to work with a smile and diet coke in hand. At home she has two dogs, a dachshund named Hercules and a chihuahua named Frijolito. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and going to concerts. Her favorite part of working at Oak Elm are her lovely coworkers and helping animals.

Veterinary Assistants

 

Elizabeth

Elizabeth has been a veterinary assistant since the Summer of 2020, she enjoys working with your fur babies alongside her colleagues. Her duties at work include managing the weekend shifts and taking care of rescue accounts. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her two dogs; Crystal and Rocky. Elizabeth is very enthusiastic about keeping things in order and keeping everyone in check.

 

Alex

Alex began working at Oak Elm as a Veterinary Assistant in January of 2022 and has since become the front desk manager. She graduated from Maine West High School in 2021. At home she has two dogs named Mushu and Rocki as well as a bunny named Tilly. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family. Her favorite part of working at Oak Elm is seeing her coworkers and your pets.

 

Alberto

Alberto grew up in Des Plaines and graduated from Maine West High School in 2021. He currently serves in the National Guard. At Oak Elm he works in the treatment room doing radiographs, tests, and treatments. His favorite thing about Oak Elm is assisting the doctor in surgeries.

NICOLE

 

Nicole

Nicole began her journey at Oak Elm as an intern in high school back in 2018. After graduating from Maine West High School in 2020. During the summer of 2022, she began working at Oak Elm again but this time as a Veterinarian Assistant. Nicole is currently studying Biology at the University of Illinois Chicago and hopes to one day become a veterinarian. When she’s not at work or school she loves to spend time with her dog Nelly and her cat Jackie.

 

Julian

Julian graduated from J Sterling Morton West High School in 2015. He is currently attending college courses online. He is the proud owner of 2 dogs Abby and Wilson and 1 blind cat Bandit. Julian is hard working, compassionate and dedicated to helping your fur family feel better. His favorite part of working at Oak Elm is watching families reunite with their recovered pet and seeing them go home. 

 

Ashley

Ashley has been a Veterinary Assistant at Oak Elm Animal Hospital since November 2022. She attended Northeastern Illinois University where she completed the Veterinary Assistant program. Her favorite part of the job is seeing happy and healthy pets reunite with their owners. She enjoys spending her spare time with her dog Bianca, who is a 14 year old Bichon Frise.

 

Taylor

Taylor was hired at Oak Elm in 2023. Originally from California, she moved to Illinois in 2022. At home she has two adorable dogs, Nugget and Potbelly. Her favorite thing about working at Oak Elm is her coworkers and learning how to do new treatments at work. In her free time, Taylor loves to go on walks and trips with friends and pets.

 

Jaqueline

Jaqueline happily joined the Oak Elm team in January of 2023. She graduated from Niles West high school in 2018 and is currently attending Purdue University to become a veterinary technician. Jaqueline is extremely passionate about her love for animals and providing animal care. She enjoys reading and watching movies during her free time. Proud owner of a Pomeranian named Romeo, she looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members!

 

Olivera

Olivera started at Oak Elm in August of 2023. She is currently a student at Unity Environmental College studying marine biology and sustainable aquaculture. She will soon go to veterinary school. She has recently adopted a dog from Wright Way Rescue, his name is Zver.

 

Marisa

Marisa is our newest member here at Oak Elm. She graduated from Buffalo Grove High School in 2020. At home Marisa has a 9 year old Lab Mix named Emma. Her favorite thing about working at Oak Elm are all of the cute French Bulldogs that she gets to interact with. In her free time she likes to hang out with friends and family.

INTERNS

 

Zonna

Zonna started at Oak Elm as an intern back in 2022. She grew up in Des Plaines and will graduate from Maine West High School in May of 2024. From a young age, Zonna has been passionate about animals and has even ridden horses from the age of 3. She has one dog, Paco and plans on majoring in Animal Science in the Fall of 2024 in order to hopefully one day become a veterinarian.

SEASONAL EMPLOYEES

 

Elisabeth

Elisabeth joined Oak Elm as an intern in 2018 and has continued to work during her breaks from school. She graduated from Maine West High School in 2020 and is currently majoring in Biological Sciences at DePaul University. She will be attending Veterinary School in the Fall of 2024. She has a Bichon Frise named Mickey, who she loves to spend her free time with.

 

Ryan

Ryan started at Oak Elm as an intern in 2019. He graduated from Maine West High School in 2020 and has since continued his studies in Biology at Florida State University. He will be attending Veterinary School in the Fall of 2024. During his breaks from school, Ryan works at Oak Elm and gets to see his cat, Obi and his Bouvier des Flanders, Tucker.

 

Michael

Michael has been a veterinary assistant during his Summer and Winter breaks for the last few years now. He is a student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying Animal Science and will be attending Veterinary School in the Fall of 2024. He has a pet bunny named Rocket that he travels everywhere with. One thing that Michael loves about working at Oak Elm is helping sick animals in need and watching their progress back to health.

 

Anna

Anna started at Oak Elm in May of 2023. She graduated from Maine West in 2019 and now attends University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Animal Science major. Anna wishes to attend vet school someday. She has two cats and loves hanging out with them in her free time. Her favorite thing about Oak Elm is interacting with different pets.

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Stephanie Lainovic
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All the reviews mirror my thoughts of this establishment. It is outstanding. The doctor is a kind, helpful, compassionate, understanding, doctor, who went above and beyond to help my suffering dog. The staff was also kind, compassionate, helpful and friendly. I did not read the reviews before I went, but I can confirm, they are 100% accurate. I cannot thank this office enough for all that you did for my dog. It is a miracle that she is better and I am so grateful for all the efforts made to help her. Thank you so much.
Izabela Hajnos
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The vet was so incredibly sweet. You can tell he really loves his job and cares. He was able to keep my dog relaxed, comfortable and not feel nervous. He was honest and upfront. He sent us home with medication that started to work immediately. I'm so happy this place was recommended to me and think this will be my new Dr for my old guy, hoping he gives us a few more good years.
Ted Korda Jr
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This is a very caring, compassionate, give their best to save your furry family member . Without causing undue stress on the pet and will advise and call you regularly. They also go in at all hours of the night to make sure your pet comfortable. Highly recommend !
David Fedorenko
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A Vet with weekend hours! Super attentive and helpful for our sick pup. Was able to identify the problem and cause and then the cure! They have now become my primary vet.Highly recommend !
Martin M
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I would like to single out Dr J. Iqbal. He is simply outstanding, going far beyond what you would normally expect from a service provider. If we had a vet in our family, we could not get more compassionate care than Lou got from Dr Iqbal. Everyone working in healthcare could learn from him! They have now become my primary vet.Highly recommend !