Blum’s Team: A Closer Look at Some of the Best Vets in Chicago

Looking for a vet in Chicago? Whether you live near Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, Gold Coast, or another Chicago neighborhood, look no further than Blum Animal Hospital’s team of passionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable veterinarians. You’ll find eight of the best vets in Chicago under our roof at Blum.

Blum’s veterinarians are active members of multiple industry associations and foundations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA), Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and more. These industry affiliations ensure our veterinarians stay on top of the latest developments in veterinary health care through organized continuing education and other learning and networking opportunities. Blum’s vets are also Fear FreeSM certified, which means they’ve learned and implemented processes that help to reduce pet anxiety related to visiting the vet.

Read all about the Blum veterinarians here, and then have your pick. Because with this group of top-notch Chicago vets, you can’t go wrong.

Dr. Natalie Marks

Dr. Jared Cohen

Dr. Sarah Baker

Dr. Matthew Hudson

Dr. Bridget Sheehan

Dr. Nick Yohanna

Dr. Melissa Cresswell

Dr. Stephanie Warren

Dr. Emily O'Reilly

Dr. Robert Dann

Name: Dr. Natalie Marks

Veterinarian and Medical Director

Education: University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2002

     

Why she’s special:

  • Member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and American Animal Hospital Association
  • Fear Free Certified Professional
  • Recipient of the Dr. Erwin Small First Decade Award (presented to the veterinarian who has contributed the most to organized veterinary medicine during his or her first decade of practice)
  • Named Veterinarian of the Year by Petplan in 2012
  • Awarded America’s Favorite Veterinarian by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation in 2015
  • Frequent contributor to various media outlets, including Fox News, Good Day Chicago, WGN-Pet Central, NBC Morning News, ABC, CBS, NPR, WBBM, Northwestern University media channel, and many local websites
  • Featured nationally on the Today Show and CBS Nightly News during the canine influenza epidemic of 2015
  • Published in Veterinary Medicine magazine and DVM 360 magazine, and served as a reporter for Veterinary News Network

What she loves (outside of veterinary medicine):

  • Her husband, Tod, and three children, Sophia, Evan, and Madeline
  • Traveling
  • Scuba diving
  • Cooking
  • The outdoors
  • Watching The Bachelor

Bet you didn’t know this: Dr. Marks has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada; her mom was born in Montreal.

Name: Dr. Jared Cohen

Veterinarian

Education: University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2009

Why he’s special:

  • Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
  • Fear Free Certified Professional
  • Has a particular interest in veterinary ophthalmology, oncology, and surgery

What he loves (outside of veterinary medicine):

  • His wife, who is also a veterinarian, and daughter
  • Hiking and cycling
  • Playing tennis and basketball
  • Cooking

Bet you didn’t know this: Dr. Cohen is colorblind, has a pet rabbit named Valley, and loves spicy foods.

Name: Dr. Sarah Baker

Veterinarian & Assistant Medical Director

Education: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2013

Why she’s special:

  • Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
  • Fear Free Certified Professional
  • Authored several research articles during her time at OSU, which appeared in top veterinary journals

What she loves (outside of veterinary medicine):

  • Her husband, Chris, son, Beckett, cats, Grace and Greta, and dogs, Lucy and Gus
  • Exercising
  • Reading
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • French fries
  • Cheering on the Buckeyes

Bet you didn’t know this: Dr. Baker is terrified of bugs and teaches exercise classes on her days off.

Name: Dr. Matthew Hudson

Veterinarian

Education: Onderstepoort Veterinary School, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2012

Why he’s special:

  • Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Fear Free Certified Professional
  • Worked as an emergency veterinarian at Bryanston Veterinary Hospital and Specialty Center, where he gained valuable experience in complex emergency and specialty cases, after graduating from veterinary school
  • Passed the Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates examination in 2014

What he loves (outside of veterinary medicine):

  • His wife, Chelsea
  • Traveling
  • Photography
  • Movies
  • Running

Bet you didn’t know this: Dr. Hudson is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, and the T-shirts he wore when he was 11 years old still fit him.

Name: Dr. Bridget Sheehan

Veterinarian

Education: University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine

Why she’s special:

  • Member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Fear Free Certified Professional
  • Worked as a general practitioner at a 24/7 hospital. Here, she excelled in surgery and preventative medicine
  • Worked as an overnight emergency veterinarian, treating emergency and critical care cases
  • Passionate about surgery, ophthalmology, and dermatology
  • Published research on biosensors in cancer cells in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Her research Investigated how intracellular environment contributes to cancer in chemotherapeutic treated cells
  • Assisted veterinarians with equine sports medicine, bovine production medicine, and small animal preventative medicine and surgery at a mixed animal practice in rural France
  • Worked at a nonprofit wildlife medical center where she treated injured wild animals and rehabilitating them for return to the wild

What she loves (outside of veterinary medicine):

  • She and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Darby, are very involved in Sit Stay Read, a canine therapy reading program in Chicago Public Schools
  • Restaurants, theatres, and pretty much all activates that Chicago offers
  • Da Cubs
  • Da Blackhawks

Bet you didn’t know this: Dr. Sheehan has an unhealthy obsession with true crime podcasts, and she has a pet snake named Smaug.

Name: Dr. Nick Yohanna

Veterinarian

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Why he’s special:

Member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and American Animal Hospital Association
Fear Free Certified Professional
Worked in the marine mammal department at the John G. Shedd Aquarium before attending veterinary school, where he gained an appreciation for zoo medicine and animal training and behavior

What he loves (outside of veterinary medicine):

His cat, Liz Lemon, that he found on the side of the road when she was a kitten
Seeing live music
Gardening
Spending time with friends and family

Bet you didn’t know this: Dr. Yohanna once worked on a giant panda research base in China.

Name: Dr. Melissa Cresswell

Veterinarian

Education: Murdoch University

Why she’s special:

Member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association

Passionate about animal behavior and dermatology

What she loves (outside of veterinary medicine):

Her husband, Michael and their children Sylvie, Benji, and Oscar

Traveling

Experiencing new restaurants across Chicago

Crocheting and sewing

Good coffee

Bet you didn’t know this:

Dr. Cresswell is originally from Sydney, Australia, where most of the vet hospitals see a lot of wildlife cases. She’s had experience treating a lot of interesting Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, and wombats!

Name: Dr. Stephanie Warren

Veterinarian

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Name: Dr. Emily O'Reilly

Veterinarian

Education: University of Illinois

fear free certified professional

Why she’s special:

  • Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.
  • Provided medical care for dogs, cats, and farm animals on a veterinary service trip in Nicaragua.
  • Has special interest in dermatology and nutrition.

What she loves (outside of veterinary medicine):

  • Her husband, Drew
  • Her miniature dachshund, Tulip
  • Her calico cat, Basil
  • Running on the 606 or lake front trails
  • Trying new restaurants
  • Watching Friends or The Office

Bet you didn’t know this: Dr. O’Reilly lived in Ghana, West Africa for a summer in college.

Name: Dr. Robert Dann

Veterinarian

Education: University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 1979

After 40 years of dedicated service to the clients and patients of Blum Animal Hospital, Dr. Dann has retired from clinical practice.

 

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