Adele - Practice Manager and Behavior Consultant

Adele has been with the clinic for 25 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 problems. 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, gardening, painting, and sculpture in her spare time.


Laura - Office Manager

Laura was born and raised in Chicago and has worked at Higgins for over 18 years. Laura doesn't have much spare time for her hobbies as she keeps pretty busy keeping tabs on her 17 year old son Zachary.


Tricia - Receptionist


Arielle - Receptionist

Arielle is a Chicago native and she really enjoys working with pets. She is always a joyful presence at our front desk and spoils all our patients with attention as soon as they come in.
She has her own big goofy Rottweiler named Ares that keeps her busy. Arielle also loves the Cubbies, puppies and tacos!


Lyz - Receptionist

Lyz has been working in the veterinary field in various different positions since she was 13 years old, which include kennel staff, client care coordination, pharmacy, holistic medicine and rehabilitation, and as a Veterinary Assistant. Lyz completed her Certification in Veterinary Assistance in 2010. She has also done some volunteer work for PAWS Chicago in the adoption center and spay/neuter clinic and at the 1st Annual Community Pet Day!
In her spare time, she loves seeing lots of live music (especially Phish), reading, knitting, yoga, meditation, cooking, binge watching true crime documentaries and helping take care of her little family that includes a new tri-pod kitten!


Antonia - Veterinary Assistant

Antonia moved from Guerrero, Mexico to Chicago when she was 16. Antonia has been at Higgins for over 19 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 25 years. He has been living in Chicago for about 28 years. Enrique loves taking care of animals, and has had pets his whole life. He is a valuable member of our team and we all count on his expertise after all these years!


Felipe - Groomer

Felipe has been with Higgins for over 18 years. He treats every pet in the hospital as if they were his own.
He does an amazing job as our groomer! He is available for grooming at Higgins every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Claudia - Veterinary Assistant

Claudia worked at Higgins Animal Clinic previously from 2011 to 2012. She left to join her husband in San Diego while he was in the military. Claudia returned in 2016. When she isn't working, she spends time is with her family who keep her very busy as her little ones are 2 and 4 years old.


Melissa - Veterinary Assistant

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 genres, caring for her own furry mob, writing and studying Buddhism.


Omar - Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Attendant

Omar has been working with pets since 2006. What started as a job to help pay for college has become a passion for him. Now working at Higgins Animal Clinic, he hopes to learn even more about animal care, medicine and nutrition.
Omar is also the proud pet parent of 4 cats and a small Chihuahua mix named Lily Pea.


Joshua - Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Attendant

Joshua is 24 and was born and raised in Chicago. He is currently going to school to pursue what he loves to do, which is working with animals. He also loves read in his spare time and enjoys being a valued member of the Higgins team.


Alena - Veterinary Assistant

Since childhood in her country of Belarus, Alena has always cared greatly for all defenseless creatures and decided that her future work would be related to animals. She finds animals to be a great source of energy that represent loyalty and devotion and deserve to be treated nobly.
After graduating from The Vitebsk State Academy of Veterinary Medicine in Belarus, she immediately began to work with animals. Working with pets gives her great joy.

Alena found her favorite cat, Knopa, on the street. Knopa then lived with her family for 22 years. Now her family is pleased to have 2 cats named Michael and Zosya, and a German Shepherd named Gray. She says “Watching them, you realize that the world would be different without them – much poorer and much less interesting”.

In September of 2018, Alena and her husband moved to the United States. Alena says she moved here for “New knowledge, experience and to have a better acquaintance with this wonderful country. And lucky for me, I joined a lovely and friendly family called Higgins, which I'm very proud of.”
In her free time, she is learning English. She enjoys reading books, doing Pilates and listening to music. She also loves healthy food, theater and travel.


Monica - Veterinary Assistant

Monica was born in Chicago and grew up in the northwest suburbs. She went to C.O.D. College of DuPage and is a Certified Phlebotomist. She worked as a vet tech in Mount Prospect for 9 years before joining Higgins.
Monica has a son named Nikolai, he is 3 1/2 years old, full of energy and is always on the go! She also has 3 dogs - A 6 year old Rottweiler named Oscar, a 5 year old Pit Bull named Colt, and a 10 month old Rottweiler named Aza. She also has a 10 year old, 50 pound Sulcata tortoise named Franklin.

In her free time, Monica likes to be outside during the summer weather and loves to work in her garden. She enjoys being outdoors as much as she can.