Adele - Practice Manager and Behavior Consultant

Adele has been with the clinic for over 23 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,gardening, painting, and sculpture in her spare time.


Laura - Office Manager

Laura was born and raised in Chicago and has worked at Higgins for 17 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.


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 4 pets, Atticus and Scout both Springer Spaniels, and Kiba a Shepherd mix. She recently adopted a kitten who has a big personality.
In her spare time, Tricia enjoys hiking, reading, movies and videogames with her boyfriend of 18 years.


Arielle - Receptionist

Arielle is a Chicago native and she really enjoys working with pets. She has a big goofy Rottweiler named Ares that keeps her busy. Arielle loves the Cubbies, puppies and tacos!


Beatriz - Veterinary 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 25 years. He has been living in Chicago for about 27 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 16 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 - Head Surgery Technician

Marshall is happy to be on the Higgins team for over 5 years and loves 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.


Melissa - Surgery Technician

Melissa has been with Higgins since June of 2017. Previously, she worked in emergency medicine at Blue Pearl as well as a day practice in Hanover Park. She has 3 dogs, Betty White (a one-eyed Pomeranian), Addison and Wrigley. Melissa is currently attending vet tech school to eventually become a certified technician.
In her free time she loves to take selfies with her dogs, spend time with her family...and eat pizza!


Claudia - Surgery Technician

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 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.


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 5 cats and a small Chihuahua mix pup.


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 new member of the Higgins team.


Sherice - Veterinary Assistant

Sherice has been a technician for 3 years. Her love and compassion for pets is obvious in her dedication at work. She has 2 dogs, a Doberman named Pinchi and a Pitbull named Chanel. She also has an very energetic 4 year old son that keeps her on her toes.
Sherice's favorite movie is The Lion King and she loves to go horseback riding.