Dr. Derrick Landini

Veterinarian
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 2 dogs

Dr. Cari Rasmussen

Veterinarian
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. Jean Henry

Veterinarian
Dr. Jean Henry attended the University of Cincinnati for her undergraduate degree in biology. She then received her veterinary degree from Purdue University in 2018. She has a special interest in feline medicine, senior pets, and soft-tissue surgery.
Dr. Henry is from Cincinnati, Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys baking, being outside, and spending time with her dogs Ho Ho and Twinkie and her cats, Lucy, Mira, and Anna.

Dr. Emanoel Kotev

Veterinarian
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

Vicki

Practice Manager
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

Sarah

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

Samantha R

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!

Esther

Technician
Esther is part of the Vet Tech Team and came to Heal in March of 2017. Esther has a passion for veterinary medicine and especially likes working to support animal shelters.

Raymond

Technician
Raymond is a part of the Heal Veterinary Tech Team. Raymond drove from California to Chicago with two dogs and two cats 4 years ago. He joined the Heal team a few months later and has been caring for our clients the last three years.

Jamie

Technician
Jamie has been part of the Heal Team for two years and is the surgical technician. Jamie grew up in Chicago and started in the veterinary field in 1998. She is a mother of a wonderful young man, Ben, and has three cats, one dog, one parakeet, one fish, and a loving husband. She enjoys baking for friends and family

Larry

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

Technician
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.

Jeri

Technician
Jeri joined the Heal team in February 2020. She was raised in Oak Park and has a turtle, two cats, and three leopard geckos! Jeri has worked in pet care positions her entire career, just as she hoped when she was 7 years old. She loves live music and art exhibits with friends

Patrick

Technician
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.

Jacquelyn

Manager – Customer Service
Jacquelyn is a part of the Reception Team at Heal. A native California girl, Jacquelyn moved to Chicago to to attend DePaul University and received her degree in Secondary Education and History. She has two senior cats who would have thrown a fit if she tried to take a picture with them so she borrowed Cole for the photo op. She loves to do anything with nature conservation/ environment preservation, cooking, and giving treats to your dogs when they come in!

Gabriela

Lead Customer Service Representative
Gaby started at Heal in November of 2018. She has been in the medical field for 15 years, managing an orthodontic office for 11.5 years. Gaby loves to read, write and organize. She is happily married and is obsessed with her furry princess Jaxy!

Tanisha

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.

Lizbeth

Customer Service Representative
Liz is one of our talented CSRs. Liz is compassionate and always eager to help. When not at the clinic, Liz has her hands full with three dogs and a cat. Studying at UIC, Liz hopes to manage a veterinary clinic in the future.

Lindsay

Customer Service Representative
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.

Aranciata (O.C.)

Pawffice Manager
Aranciata, who goes by the nickname of O.C., immigrated from Italy and has been part of the Heal family for over a decade. Her favorite things are fresh water, cream cheese, and sunbathing in the lobby. O.C. is the princess of the practice and keeps the entire staff in line. She is practiced in the art of stealth and will often sneak her way into her kingdom, known as the lobby. If you come across her, be sure to say hello!