Adele - Practice Manager and Behavior Consultant
Adele has been with the clinic for over 22 years. She enjoys the experience of helping to make Higgins the best hospital it can be. Adele has also been studying behavior modification since she started and specializes in feline elimination probems. She strives to help owners understand their pets better and enjoys seeing them lead less stressful lives together.
Adele lives with her pudgy cat, Crispin, and loves reading, working out, gardening, painting, and sculpture in her spare time.
Laura - Office Manager
Laura was born and raised in Chicago and has worked at Higgins for 16 years. Laura doesn't have much spare time for her hobbies as she keeps pretty busy keeping tabs on her 13 year old son Zachary.
Julia - Receptionist
Julia is one of our cheeriest front desk staff members. She has been working with dogs for four years and has a personal soft spot for Pit Bulls. Julia went to DePaul University and plans to continue with medical school.
In her free time, Julia enjoys reading, writing, raising awareness about animal welfare issues and spending time with her dogs Taco and Huckleberry Finn.
Tricia - Receptionist
Tricia was raised in Long Island, New York and then lived in Kissimmee, Florida for 18 years. She then moved to Chicago in June 2014. Tricia has a love for all animals and enjoys having a job where that love can be incorporated in her everyday life. She has 3 pets, Atticus and Scout both Springer Spaniels, and Kiba a Shepherd mix.
In her spare time, Tricia enjoys hiking, reading, movies and videogames with her boyfriend of 18 years.
Beatriz - Head Surgery Technician
Beatriz grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil and began working with pets when she was 14. At 21, she earned her degree as a Veterinarian in her home country.
In 2010, Beatriz moved to the United States and joined our staff in 2011. Currently she is enrolled in the AVMA program for foreign veterinary graduates in order to get her license as a veterinarian here in the U.S.
Beatriz has three cats named Tiger, Kumar and Marleigh, and a Miniature Schnauzer named Fiona.
In her free time, Beatriz likes to study, enjoys camping, going hiking with her dog, spending time at the beach and volunteering at shelter's to help pets.
Antonia - Veterinary Assistant
Antonia moved from Guerrero, Mexico to Chicago when she was 16. Antonia has been at Higgins for over 18 years and finds working with animals very gratifiying. She enjoys playing basketball, and is currently taking college courses.
Her little dog Mia is lovingly spoiled and adored by the entire staff and her family.
Enrique - Veterinary Assistant/Kennel
Enrique has been with Higgins Animal Clinic for over 24 years. He has been living in Chicago for about 26 years. Enrique loves taking care of animals, and has had pets his whole life.
Felipe - Veterinary Assistant/Groomer
Felipe has been with Higgins for over 15 years. He spoils every pet in the hospital as if they were his own.
He also does an amazing job as our groomer! He is available for grooming at Higgins every Tuesday, Wednesday,Friday and Saturday.
Marshall - Veterinary Assistant
Marshall is happy to be on the Higgins team and have the opportunity to assist in the care of our clients' beloved pets. Marshall has previously worked as a tech at a feline shelter and a spay/neuter clinic.
In his spare time, he enjoys writing, listening to music, practicing yoga, and playing with his cats, all of whom are rescues.
Leslie - Veterinary Assistant
Leslie was born and raised in Texas and moved to Wheeling, Illinois a few years ago. She started interning at our sister clinic, Wheeling Animal Hospital, and soon became an assistant. She recently moved to Chicago and now works for us at Higgins. She started college at Roosevelt University and is majoring in Pre-Veterinary medicine.
Leslie loves working and caring for our furry four-legged friends. She considers it her mission to keep every animal happy and healthy.
"This is not just my job, this is my lifetime goal to keep working with animals and one day become a veterinarian myself."
Melissa - Veterinary Technician
Melissa has worked in many modes of the veterinary field including shelter medicine, emergency and day wellness clinics. She shares her life with Beulah, a 10 year old bearded collie, Sumo, an enormous orange tabby and Cyrus, a Bengal cat that together create a constant ball of fur and energy.
"I hope over the years I have been able to give care, comfort and compassion to each animal when they crossed my path and needed it most. It's great to be part of the Higgins staff that focuses so much on kindness to their clients and pets."
Melissa spends her spare time watching foreign films of all genre, caring for her own furry mob, writing and studying buddhism.
James - Veterinary Assistant
James is one of our newest Veterinary Assistants. He came to our clinic after a number of years as an assistant at another animal hospital. James was raised in Evanston, Illinois, and just recently moved into the city prior to starting at Higgins Animal Clinic. James grew up with cats and recently rescued two extremely energetic cats named Nedward and Mr. Scruffles. Nedward is working on becoming Instagram famous!(www.instagram.com/nedward_ginger_cat/)
James enjoys spending his free time playing soccer, golf, football, video games, and is an avid car enthusiast.
Gus - Kennel Staff
Gus is responsible for the love, care and play our furry guests receive during their stay with us. He really enjoys being covered in puppies and loves each pet as though they were his own. Gus is also wonderful at helping everyone out in the hospital with whatever we might need a hand with!