Dr. Derrick Landini
Dr. Derrick Landini has been a practicing Chicago veterinarian since 1994 and the leader of Heal Veterinary Clinic. His passion for animal medicine prompted him to open his own clinics. A native Chicagoan, Dr. Landini is a graduate of the veterinary school at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He also completed an externship at University of California-Davis in avian medicine. Dr. Landini enjoys caring for all types of pets including cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and small mammals. In addition to his veterinary practice, Dr. Landini serves on the Board of Directors for Chicago Veterinary Services, is a proactive advisor and volunteer for many rescue groups in the Chicago area, and is the proud father of 3 sons and 1 dog.
Dr. Cari Rasmussen
Dr. Cari Rasmussen joined the Heal Veterinary Clinic team in February 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology in 2008 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Rasmussen enjoys working with all species from dogs and cats to birds, reptiles and small mammals. She is a USDA certified veterinarian, and a member of the AVMA and ISVMA. She grew up in Sycamore, IL and is very excited to be serving the Chicago community. When she’s not with her patients, she’s spending time with her husband, Frank, and her two dogs, a lab mix named Addie and a Pomeranian mix named Miko. She enjoys hiking, playing piano, and traveling the world. She is very excited to be a part of the Heal Team.
Dr. Emanoel Kotev
Dr. Kotev has worked with Heal clients in an orthopedic surgical capacity since 2015. In July of 2017, Dr. Kotev joined the the Heal team as a veterinary staff member as well as surgeon. Originally from Bulgaria, he graduated from Thracian University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. In March of 2000, he moved to the United States and became a research associate in the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Ohio State University where his focus was coronary artery bypass surgery in dogs. In 2001, Dr. Kotev joined Forest South Animal Hospital, located in University Park, IL before moving to Kalamazoo, MI where his wife was completing her Internal Medicine Residency at Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. For two years, he practiced as an associate veterinarian in Oakwood Animal Hospital in Kalamazoo and returned to IL where he joined Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Rockford. Dr. Kotev’s professional interests include internal medicine, abdominal and thoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound, flexible endoscopy. Dr. Kotev spends his time off traveling, playing volleyball, swimming, hiking and biking with his wife Kristina and their two beautiful daughters, Victoria and Vanessa
Dr. Katherine Leahy
Dr. Leahy is a 2018 graduate of Cornell University. She moved from the Boston Area to Chicago in 2021 shortly after getting married. Her veterinary interests range from wellness and preventative care for puppies and kittens, to management of chronic disease and end of life care. Dr. Leahy pursued a special interest in sports medicine and rehabilitation while in veterinary school, and is looking forward to expanding her skills and knowledge in this field. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, baking, birding, running, and generally being active in nature. She hopes to return to Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing in post-pandemic life. She lives with her husband and two cats, and is thrilled to have finally landed in Chicago!
Vicki joined the Heal team in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree from National Louis University. She is a mother of two college kids and in her spare time she loves to travel with them, play golf, tennis, and experiement in the kitchen
CVT, Lead Technician, Laboratory Services
Sarah is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with 15+ years’ experience mainly in general practice with experience in emergency/critical care, equine and wildlife rehabilitation. Sarah graduated from Joliet Junior College Veterinary Technician Program in May 2008 with high honors and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) in June 2008 earning her certification. Sarah enjoys all aspects of veterinary care, but she most enjoys working in the laboratory, interacting and caring for all patients. Sarah shares her home with her husband, two cats, and owns a horse that lives in the Western suburbs. In her free time Sarah enjoys horseback riding, gardening, traveling and hiking especially in our National Parks
CVT, Lead Technician, Administrative Services
Samantha graduated from Virginia Tech in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Science. In 2017 she graduated from Fox College Veterinary Technician program where she graduated with honors and as class representative. In March 2018, Samantha passed her boards and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Samantha loves spending most of her free time with her two hound dogs; Griffy and Rufus. Together they love going to the beach, hiking, and their favorite, camping!
Lead Surgery Technician
Jamie has been part of the Heal Team since 2015, but she has been working in the veterinary field for over 20 years and specializing in surgery for the past 10. At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her son, Ben, along with their dog and two cats. She also enjoys baking for her family and friends.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Larry graduated from the Fox College Veterinary Technician program in 2017 with honors. He then passed his boards in 2018 and received his license as a Certified Veterinary Technician. He is happy to combine both his passion for medicine and animals together with the Heal team. Larry also has a special interest in laboratory work and surgical nursing. He likes to spend his free time watching Blackhawk games with his cat, Hawkie, and listening to 70’s rock.
Robert graduated from Fox College in 2017 and enjoyed his work with wildlife rehabilitation during his last semesters. Robert has 1 dog, a Border Collie named Gemma, and loves to spend his free time reading, painting, walking with his dog, and playing video games with his friends. Robert is a big fan of working with wildlife such as raccoons and possums.
Patrick joined the Heal team in April of 2021. He is currently enrolled in Purdue University’s Veterinary Nursing program and is loving every minute of getting to work with all of our wonderful patients. He moved to Chicago from Boston in 2019 with his wife and his loveable pitbull Marston.
Shelby has been working in the animal field for 4 years now, switching back and forth between zookeeping and animal medicine. Shelby has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and graduated from Aurora University in 2019. Her favorite type of animals are reptiles and amphibians and she owns quite a few! Pictured here is her albino corn snake, Perseus.
Customer Service Representative Lead
Jacquelyn joined the Heal team in 2017. A native California girl, Jacquelyn moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University and received her degree in Secondary Education/ History and is pursuing a second degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University. Jacquelyn currently manages the CSR team and daily operations. She loves to do anything with nature conservation/ environment preservation, cooking, and hanging out with her senior cat, Sophie!
Customer Service Representative and Mediamaster
Lindsay joined the Heal team in March of 2021. She moved to Chicago from Ohio in 2015 where she worked for the Chicago Tribune for 6 years. Although she currently has no pets, she grew up with many and led an animal rights organization at Bowling Green State University. She graduated from BGSU in 2014 with a degree in Visual Communications. Currently with Heal, she strives to help all clients, create marketing tools, and manage social media.
Customer Service Representative
Dakota joined the Heal team November of 2021. He was born in Guam and raised in Indiana. He has been working in the medical field for 10 years and the animal field for 6. He has had animals his entire life from cats and dogs to fish, birds and reptiles. He strives to bring the best care to our clients pets by treating them as one of his own.
Customer Service Representative
Tanisha is born and raised in Chicago and has always been an animal lover. She had 2 dogs, 2 birds, an iguana, fish and a hamster as a child. Her love of animals led her to study Animals Sciences at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has a sweet Havanese named Zuri. Tanisha is happy to be a part of the Heal Customer Service Team and the Heal family is so happy to have her share her knowledge and love of animals.