Patty’s animal infatuation started before she could remember. Her parents encouraged everything from catching of bugs and toads in the yard, to walking the family rabbit on a leash down the block. As an adult, her interest continues and evolves to more than just simply owning pets but into how to care for them medically and helping them live a long and happy life. Her veterinary career started in 1998,in a small dog and cat clinic, where she answered phones and cleaned exam rooms. From there she was hooked and kept progressing to bigger clinics who would teach her everything she knows today. When she was hired at Midwest in 2007, she was hooked. Her obsession for animals wasn't just for the common dog and cat for pets, it was for all animals. At Midwest Patty was exposed to all animals. She finally found a clientele of people who didn't see it as "just a hamster" but an animal that was worth helping. Each day there was something new to learn and something different to see, and that holds true still after many years of being here. Patty and her 20 year old daughter share their house with 6 cats, 3 rabbits, 1 dog, a box turtle, a ball python, and 4 small birds. Almost all of them are rescues with their own stories. She is also a foster home for Bunnies United Network, a local Chicago rabbit rescue. Although rabbits are her favorite, she has fostered many animals and found them loving homes. When Patty is not caring for animals, she enjoys hiking, live music, movies, cooking, and time with her family.