What We Bring To The Table

We provide individualized and thorough wellness care for all stages of life for cats and dogs. A Your Pet’s Wellness veterinarian will create a vaccination and/or titer testing plan for your pet, and provide city and dog park licenses. They will also help you select the right heartworm and flea/tick medications for your pet. Be sure to check out our Wellness Package for an easy, all-inclus ive option that takes care of all your pet’s preventive care needs.

Meet The Team

Veterinarians

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Dr. Jessica Miller, DVM

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jessica Miller received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Boston University and later graduated from Colorado State University veterinary medical school. Dr. Miller is originally a native of the Chicago suburbs and began down the path of veterinary medicine in early high school, working as a kennel attendant at her local vet hospital.

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Dr. Dory Stricker, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Dory Stricker was born and raised just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She knew early on in high school that she wanted to help animals and decided that being a veterinarian was the career for her. She attended the University of Guelph where she received her undergraduate degree and then continued on to veterinary school at the Ontario Veterinary College.

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Dr. Leslie Chiu, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Leslie Chiu is a Chicago native. She attended the University of Illinois – Chicago where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2010. She believes in compassionate, and high quality care for your pet.

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Dr. Michele Gaspar, DVM, ABVP-Feline

Specialty Veterinarian

Dr. Michele Gaspar is a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Feline Practice). As such, she is Chicago’s only cat specialist. Dr. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and was inducted into Phi Zeta, the veterinary medicine honorary, after her third year of studies.

Management

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Amanda Pavlecic

Director of Operations

Amanda has been working in the veterinary field as a technician since 2009. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a degree in writing, and later joined Your Pet’s Wellness in October 2011. Amanda has since taken on the role of hospital manager. Her favorite areas of veterinary medicine include dentistry and senior care. When not at work, Amanda enjoys attending local concerts, fitness, and spending lots of time with her happy-go-lucky Cocker Spaniel mix, Mac and her graceful kitty, Pangur.

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Bianca Plesescu

General Manager – Logan Square and Bucktown

Bianca was born and raised in a small town in  Romania. She moved to USA  in 2011, first to Wisconsin and then in 2014, to  Chicago.  She graduated college in English and German Literature in Romania , but she knew she always wanted to work in the animal field. When she’s not at our Logan Square location, taking care of the puppies, she goes to the beach, hangs out with her friends, and reads a lot. Her favorite time of the day is the time she spends with her beloved Pomeranian, Whiskey.

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Liz Dumler

Lead Technician

Liz moved to Chicago from a farming and coal mining region of southeastern Ohio in September of 2012. She graduated from Ohio University in June of the same year with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Ohio University. While in school, she started volunteering in large animal practice in Albany, Ohio, where she developed a love of veterinary medicine and has been working in the field ever since. She enjoys educated clients about the best treatments for their pets as well as running diagnostic tests. In her spare time, Liz enjoys camping, playing pool, working in her garden, collecting music on vinyl, and hanging out with her rescue Australian cattle dogs, Nolyn and Darwin, and her ferret, Ava.

Veterinarian Technicians

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Elli Wyder

Veterinary Technician

Elli is a Chicago native currently living in Bucktown. She attended Columbia College in 2011 to study Creative Writing, but then realized her true passion lied in veterinary care. Elli has been a Veterinary Technician since 2013 and looks forward to becoming certified in the near future. In her free time, Elli enjoys making delicious vegan meals with her fiancé Jack, playing fetch with her 3-legged cat Lt. Dan, and hiking on the weekends.

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Keli Horton

Veterinary Technician

Keli grew up in South Florida but migrated to the Midwest to attend The College of Wooster, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and Comparative Literature in 2010. She moved to Chicago in 2012 and took a job walking dogs, thinking it would be temporary. But she has been working with dogs and cats ever since and loves every minute! In her spare time, Keli enjoys reading, knitting, baking, dining out, and spending time with her boyfriend and her cat, Rosie.

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Jimmy Meyres

Shift Supervisor

Jimmy was raised in the near west suburbs of Chicago and has been with Your Pets Wellness since March 2015. After spending several years in the Southeast pursuing his passion for animals and ecology he moved back to his hometown to start a career in the fast-growing and exciting pet industry. Jimmy has studied primates, reptiles and birds and personally worked with fish and amphibians. He has always had a passion for dogs and loves spending time playing and relaxing with his lab-mix Heidi. Jimmy also cares for his two beloved red-eared sliders, Lil’ Earl and Khrys’teah. His other interests include travel, film, wine, botany, classical music and fine dining.

 

Groomers

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Cynthia Arenas

Groomer

Cynthia has been in the grooming industry for over 10 years. She first attended the Academy of Dog Grooming Arts in Arlington heights in 2005, and she continues to stay up-to-date with yearly conferences and workshops. She is certified by IPG (International Professional Groomers Inc.) as an Advanced Professional Groomer and is actively working to become an IPCMG (International Professional Master Groomer). She has also obtained her creative stylist credential from Art of Fur in San Diego, California, which is the only school in the country to offer extensive training on the safe application of temporary and semi-permanent color for dogs and cats.


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Tyler Maxwell

Shift Supervisor

Tyler moved to Chicago from California three years ago. Growing up he was always surrounded by animals and from a young age cultivated a strong love for our furry friends. Dogs were always his favorite and from the moment he started working in the pen with them you could tell he was at home. He hopes to grow in knowledge and understanding of how dogs function in a pack and one day use that to rehabilitate dogs that struggle with social skills. When Tyler isn’t looking after the pups he enjoys hanging out with his friends, watching movies, Netflix and playing video games. If there is a boat and a lake nearby then he is content. He has a 3 year old Siberian Husky that he hopes to one day have out here, but until that becomes possible she stays out of state with his family.

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Kyle Law

Lead Shift Supervisor

Kyle joined our Logan Square team in April 2015 after relocating to Chicago from Michigan. Prior to Your Pet’s Wellness, Kyle spent time volunteering throughout high school at Lee County Humane Society in Auburn, Alabama, as well as with Rescue K911 in nearby Camp Hill. He later joined the SPCA of Southwest Michigan as a kennel attendant, helping pets find their forever homes in the greater Kalamazoo area. Kyle currently lives in Rogers Park and enjoys the company of his roommate’s two miniature Pinschers, Alexis and Molly.