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Get To Know Our Amazing Team

Our veterinarians and supporting staff members here in Skokie have been brought together by their love of animals and dedication to keeping pets and owners together for as long as possible. They’re united around the same goal: treating people and their four-legged family members with the compassion and professionalism they deserve.

Veterinarians

Dr. Chris Lin, DVM color

DR. Chris Lin, DVM, Medical Director

What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?
I received my DVM from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. I received my BA in Economics and minored in Cognitive Science as an undergraduate at University of California, San Diego in 2008.

Why did you decide to become a veterinarian?
Like many others in veterinary medicine, I have always loved animals and grew up with pets. However, being a veterinarian is a second career for me. I wanted to innovate and introduce technological products that change people’s lives for the better. Over time I realized that I enjoy working with my hands and bringing a product from concept to market simply takes too long. I am fortunate to have a veterinarian sibling, so I shadowed her to learn what being a veterinarian means. The rest is history.

What is your most memorable moment as a vet?
My most memorable moment was watching on fluoroscopy (video X-ray) a Ductal Occluder (a device that blocks blood flow) deploy to correct a congenital defect called Patent Ductus Arteriosus (where the blood flows inappropriately from the aorta to the pulmonary artery). I was scrubbed in with a board certified veterinary cardiologist during this procedure and I thought to myself “I’m exactly where I want to be.”

How did you come to join Companion Animal Hospital?
I was approached by Companion Animal Hospital’s founding members, Scott Petereit and Derek Williamson. Their practice philosophy for high quality medicine with the human-animal bond with mind resonated with me. It is important to me that we take care of the owner or “pet parent” while helping their beloved family member.

What are the best things you find about being a veterinarian?
There’s nothing better than curing an ailment or relieving discomfort. I especially love it when my client and staff work as a team to diagnose and treat a patient. Often times my clients are an integral part of their pet’s recovery.

What was the most rewarding case you have had as a veterinarian?
My favorite patient happens to be the star of my most rewarding case. He is a little white Shih Tzu who showed up on a Thursday afternoon for an ear infection that just would not go away. His ears were so inflamed that they were practically shut closed. I told the anxious owners that the ears might end up requiring surgery from how badly shut they were, but I will try my best to clear his infection. Thanks to owner’s perfect compliance (they never missed a recheck), we actually cured his ear infection and restored his ear canal to it’s former glory! What made this case special was that the pet was acting like a puppy again – full of energy and playing all the time. His ears must have been so uncomfortable that he just wasn’t himself.

What are your special interests in the field of veterinary medicine?
I love the variety of ailments we see in general practice! However, I do enjoy ultrasound and cytology.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?
A Liger kitten. Yes, they are real! He is a cross breed between a male lion and female tiger. Luckily for us, he was only 30 lbs. and presented for a wellness exam by the rescue organization.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Metal utensils on non-stick pans. Hell hath no fury.

Favorite place to eat?
The Beacon Tavern in Chicago.

Favorite place to visit?
Boston

Favorite food?
I love my protein – steak, sushi, tofu!

Favorite movie?
The Alien series, including the recent additions.

What are your favorite sports teams?
Team USA!

Name 3 things people might be surprised to learn about you:

  1. I moved here from California for the weather. Yes – it’s because I love the freezing cold and the abundant snow!
  2. Folks have mentioned that they’re surprised to see me with an American Eskimo Dog. No one has explained why to me yet, but I love the breed.
  3. Prior to veterinary medicine, I was once an engineer intern at a Volkswagen laboratory.
Dr. Marrian

DR. MIKE MARRINAN, DVM

What is your educational and work background?

I received both my Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Michigan State University. Veterinary medicine is a second career for me, as I initially received a business degree and was working in commercial finance.

What made you decide to become a vet?

As a teenager, I wanted to be a veterinarian stemming from the love and bond that I shared with my childhood dog… Tootsie. In college, I decided to pursue a career in business.  At that time, I thought this would be a more practical option and would allow for a better means to provide financially for my future family.  Later, I realized that the best thing that I could “provide” my children to encourage them to pursue their dreams was a positive example. So back to school I went.

Why did you decide to join the Companion team?

 I followed my heart.  Quite literally… and joined the group after my wife did.   I would like to take credit for the decision, but it was originally her good idea to join the team.

What is the best thing about being a vet?

Helping animals (and their fur-less family members) is very rewarding.   Also everyday is a new adventure and you never know what to expect!

What is one of the most common problems you’ve encountered in pets you treat?

Dental disease.   By age 3, over 85% of our patients have some form of active dental disease.  Many of pets live out the final years of their lives with significant discomfort from advanced dental disease.   In addition, chronic dental disease can cause many different disease conditions in the body.   Being proactive with at home and in-clinic dental care is the best way to prevent this from happening to your pet.

Do you have any special interests in vet medicine?

Dentistry and surgery.

What is the most unusual pet you have helped treat?

The case wasn’t as unusual as the post-operative situation was.  As, I once removed an ingested pair of fancy women’s underwear from the intestines of a dog that the wife of the owner said did not belong to her…  that was an awkward moment in the exam room.

What are some of your favorite activities outside of work?

All things outdoors but some of my favorite things include fishing, hiking and camping.    Any time spent with my family and good friends!

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Tied between littering and bullying.

Favorite place to eat?  

My parents house.   Nothing beats Mom’s home cooking!

Favorite place to visit?

West Michigan.   Nothing beats an outdoor adventure with old friends!

Favorite food?

Chocolate- the darker the better!

Favorite movie?

Forrest Gump.   “That’s all I have to say about that.”

What are your favorite sports teams?

Michigan State Spartans

Name 3 things people might be surprised to learn about you:

  1. I used to wear a suit to work everyday.
  2. I own a hound dog named Bocephus.
  3. I like to cook almost as much as a I like to eat.

Support Team

joanna

Joanna, Hospital Manager

Joanna received her Bachelors of Science in Health Administration from Loyola University in Chicago. She has always had a love for animals, and always surrounded herself with pets - this led her to pursue a career in the veterinary field.

She currently lives with two rambunctious cats and daily fights the urge to adopt more. Joanna has worked in the veterinary field since 2016 serving as a client service representative, veterinary assistant, and supervisor. She joined Companion in the spring of 2019, and is excited to meet you and your furry companions!

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Logan, Vet Assistant & Customer service

Born and raised in North Carolina, Logan moved to the Chicagoland area in 2016, and joined our hospital staff in April of 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and did her graduation fieldwork studies at the NC State University Veterinary Hospital & College of Veterinary Medicine. During that time, her main role was to support clients with chronically ill pets during the medical treatment process. She is passionate about the human-animal bond and aims to make a difference in the lives of her clients and their pets.

When she’s not busy working the front desk or assisting our medical staff, Logan enjoys playing with her rescue pets, "Sas" and "Palmer," painting on canvas, and biking along the lake. She hopes to one day own goats, chickens, and snakes.

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Jessica, Certified Veterinary Technician

Hi! I'm Jessica and I have been in the veterinary field for over 5 years! I earned my Certified Veterinary Technician License and Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in 2015. I first fell in love working with animals as a kennel attendant and still continue to look forward to making new furry friends every day! I have two dogs of my own, Taffy, my Basset Hound, and Sir Walter, my Shih Tzu. I also have three cats, Meiko, Aries and Boo. I look forward to meeting you and your pets, and helping assist in any way I can!

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CHRIS, veterinary technician

Chris joined the Companion Animal Hospital team in 2017. He has been a veterinary nurse for over 15 years. He enjoys working with animals and helping clients find the best solutions for their pet’s needs. In his free time, Chris enjoys working on cars, doing karaoke, and spending time with his son, Liam. He has a dog named Gem that he loves dearly!

Fun fact: He is obsessed with Christmas music and Brad Pitt

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