Dr. Gail Henry
Dr. Gail Henry is grateful to have found a home for her new business in the Evanston community. Previous to opening her own practice, Dr. Henry was an associate at Hyde Park Animal Hospital and has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2010. While studying, she took full advantage of the opportunity to travel abroad, earning her degree at the Royal Veterinary College of London. She also got the opportunity to work on various farms and intern at the Audubon Zoo while living and studying in England. In her free time, Dr. Henry enjoys spending time with her family and her own pets, Franklin and Alexandra.
Dr. Stefanie Altneu
Clinic Manager & Veterinarian Technician
Valerie has been working in the veterinary field since 2002 when she started working as a kennel caretaker at her local veterinary clinic while in highschool. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys hiking, traveling around the world, and volunteering with various animal organizations in the Chicago area and spay/neuter campaigns in Central and South America. Valerie and her husband have acquired their own little zoo of animals at home, which includes 2 dogs, a Pomeranian named Kahlua and a Puggle named Lilly, a beastly 18lb cat named Diego, and Leaf – a foster kitten from Evanston Animal Shelter that decided to make them his permanent family.
Darryl has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field and especially enjoys assisting the doctors with surgical procedures. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, working on their house, and working on his motorcycle with his boys, as well as teaching his daughter how to drive. Darryl also has three cats at home — Turtle, Diva, and Garfield.
Maya graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelors degree in cell biology and physiology. During her time as an undergrad she volunteered at the Evanston Animal Shelter and gained experience throughout the veterinary field shadowing at various practices. She’s overjoyed to be a part of our team here at Evanston Animal Hospital while she works towards her dream of becoming a veterinarian herself. Maya has a very stubborn turtle named Oogway and a crazy little kitten named Jelly Bean aka Jelly, Bean, Beanie Bop Bop, Jel, Jela, Jelly Belly, Scraps, Scrappy, Boop, Beanie Boop, Nugget, Chicken Nugget.
Emeka cosmas Uchegbu
Popularly known as “Cos”, Emeka cosmas Uchegbu is a veterinarian in Nigeria and graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Eastern Nigeria. He currently works as a technician pending when he’s done with his licensing exams, Cos has been privileged to work with both small and large animals and has a passion for research with the purpose of enhancing veterinary practice. Cos loves video games, soccer, basketball for leisure, and loves his family.
Customer Service Representative
Katherine has been working in the veterinary field for five years. Being born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi, she has had a life filled with animals for as long as she can remember. She has her Masters in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. When not loving on every animal she meets, Katherine serves as Dramaturg and Literary Manager for Chicago based Shakespeare troop, Odd’s Bodkins. She loves all types of animals, but Boston Terriers and any animals with squishy faces are her favorite.
Head of IT Department
Benny is the grandpa of the clinic. He enjoys the occasional hobble around the clinic and can often be found yelling for attention from the comfort of his bed. In his spare time Benny is a free lance coder often re-configuring our entire computer system. Benny is also a prankster. He loves sitting on the phones to end calls between Dr. Henry and clients mid-conversation. Sometimes called the grumpy old man of the clinic Benny is a sweetheart on the inside who enjoys awkwardly stand-sitting on the staff’s laps while getting chin scratches.
Dishwasher & Interior Designer
Often compared to a horror movie for her creepy stares out of dark rooms, Zinnia is not a cat to be afraid of. Thanks to weekly baths by staff member Maya, Zinnia is just one big softy. Weighing in at just over 7.5 pounds Zinnia has made a remarkable transformation from the scrappy trash cat she came to Evanston Animal Shelter as into an (almost) perfect house cat. Zinnia’s favorite past times include stealing any food she can get her paws on, parkour, and terrorizing Benny… in a loving way. Zinnia is ready to settle down and have a family so if you’re in the market for an adventurous foodie who enjoys climbing, let us know. Find your perfect match today.