Our Team

When your pet needs care, we’re here to help. Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital is staffed by a team of nurturing professionals, committed to the health and wellness of animals in Elmwood Park. We are dedicated providers of wellness care, preventative medicine, internal medicine, and more.

Customer Service Representatives

Colleen

Colleen and a birdie at Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal HospitalBio coming soon!

Janine

Janine
Receptionist

Janine loves being in veterinary medicine because it gives her the ability to help a life that doesn’t have a voice or choice of their own. She has been in the veterinary field for over 12 years and loves being able to see the happiness our hospital team can bring to our clients when we are able to help their furry family member. She has a seven month old kitten named Penny that she found roaming in the snow and shortly after adopted, giving her a nice warm and happy home. Penny enjoys being spoiled by Janine and her boyfriend Matt. Janine loves working at Midwest Bird because she considers everyone here to be her family!

Jenny

Jenny
Veterinary Technician

Jenny has been a veterinary receptionist for 15 years! She loves being able to help owners take care of their pets; helping educate them on the best care for their pets and being there for them through difficult times when their pets are sick. When Jenny isn’t working at Midwest, she enjoys going camping, to concerts, and trying new restaurants with her daughter Sam and husband Rick. They have a family dog named Charlie that they rescued.

Sharon

Sharon
Receptionist

Pets: A rubenesque gray girl cat named Frieda and a tiny gray squinty eyed boy cat named Gilbert.


Favorite part of job: Building relationships with clients and their animals, and helping them through both sad and happy times with compassion.


Interests: Choral music, reading, gazing out at large bodies of water, cuddling with cats, and dining al fresco.

Lucy

Lucy and a birdie at Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal HospitalBio coming soon!

Veterinary Technicians

Jose

Jose at Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal HospitalJose is originally from Northlake and graduated with a BA in Biology, he’s been with Midwest Bird & Exotic since August of 2017. Jose has a strong interest in exotics vet medicine as it’s a rapidly growing field and allows him to see many interesting species! He also enjoys working in our emergency department because it requires him to think critically and respond well under pressure. He recently adopted a Sun Conure named Riri and brings him to the clinic often to visit!

Angela

Angela
Veterinary Technician

I chose to work in veterinary medicine as I have always had a deep love for animals. I wanted to be able to be an advocate for them and help them in any way I could. The part of my job that most feeds me is that we are able to help animals and their people whether it be a serious emergency or just better educating owners so that their pets can be appropriately cared for and given the best life possible.

My husband, Ian, and I love to take walks in forest reserves with our son, Kaleb. I also like to watch shows about animals and nature. We share our home with 3 cats, Sophia, Dusty, and Smunchkin. They each have their own personality! Sophia loves to climb and hang out in high areas. Dusty is sweet but shy. Smunchkin is playful and mischievous. They all get along great!

I went to Good Counsel High School, and started working in veterinary medicine right after graduation. I love to laugh and bring happiness to those around me through laughter.

Joy

Joy and a bird at Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital

Joy
Veterinary Technician

Training & Education: Worked with dog and cats (some exotic) 6 yrs, CE in hospital manage, CE vet tech, customer service.
Favorite Part of the Job: helping patients and learning
Your Pets: two dog- Chihuahua doxie mix and Italian greyhound mix. saltwater tank, beta fish
Years at Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital: 1 years

Patricia

Patricia
Veterinary Technician

Training & Education: AAS veterinary Technology
Favorite Part of the Job: There are so many things I love about this place. Its hard to just pick one thing.Best part is being able to work with all the different animals and people who love them just as much as me.
Your Pets: I have the BEST dog in the world. His name is Sir Money Mike. I love him more than anything in the world. He will be 2yrs old on march the 29th. We enjoy long walks at the park during spring and hang out on the beach during summer. He is my best friend in the whole world.
Years at Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital: 1 year

Ivan

Ivan
Veterinary Technician

Ivan has been in the veterinary profession for nearly 4 years. Ivan is a Certified Veterinary Assistant from Sanford Brown College. Ivan began working at Midwest Bird in 2016 to pursue his dream career of being able to work with a variety of different animals which he finds very exciting. Ivan has a Russian tortoise named Rocky who likes to make scratching noises, as well as two pits, Chloe Wowe and Tails with No Ears, that love to lick anyone's face. In Ivan’s spare time he enjoys taking out his tortoise to bask in the sun, play video games, household chores, enjoying nature, and playing with his dogs.

Allison

Allison at Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal HospitalBio coming soon!

Mo

Mo at Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal HospitalMo has been with Midwest Exotic for 30 years and has close relationships with many of our clients and pets here at Midwest. Mo loves sports, in particular the Green Bay Packers. Mo’s favorite animals are cockatoos and cockatiels!

Becca

Bio coming soon!