Meet Our Loving Care Family
Dr. Joanne L. Carlson
Dr. Joanne L. Carlson
Dr. Betsy North
Dr. Betsy North grew up in Peoria, IL. Spending many years in 4-H, she knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue veterinary medicine. She graduated from the University of Illinois Veterinary College in 1997. After spending a year practicing in a small town in central Illinois, she moved with her husband to the Chicago area. For the past 15 years, she has practiced in Evanston, IL, treating dogs and cats on the North Shore. Dr. North joined the Loving Care team in the Fall of 2011. She enjoys providing compassionate, quality care for all life stages, with a special interest in pediatrics and animal behavior. Dr. North is a member of the Chicago Veterinary Medicine Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Association, the American Veterinary Medicine Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. North moved to Rolling Meadows in 2002, and is happy to join a practice closer to home. On her days off, she enjoys spending time with her family that includes 4 children, Spencer, Allen, Alexandra, and Elise. The North family is active at Our Lady of the Wayside parish in Arlington Heights, where their children go to school. When not at the clinic or acting as family chauffer, Dr. North likes to spend time cooking, fruit and vegetable gardening, and sketching. She loves walking their dogs, Kirby and Lovebug, and playing with the family cats, Jill and Angel.
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Pediatric care and animal behavior
Dr. Jeff Merrill
Dr. Merrill graduated from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and has been a part of the Loving Care Animal Hospital family since 2000. When not doing relief work at Loving Care , he makes house calls for pets in St. Charles area. He sees dogs and cats but has a special interest in exotic pets, such as birds, rabbits, ferrets, and reptiles.
Dr. Merrill, his wife, and two sons share their home with four cats- Mosel, LoveLucky, QuickieSwann, and BurryTomTom- along with a Moluccan Cockatoo named Willie. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music (mostly Aerosmith) and participating in Boy Scouts with his sons, who are also involved in video gaming, soccer, and cross country running.
Ross Universtiy of Veterinary Medicine
Exotic Animal Care
Dr. Leslie Gellatly
Dr. Leslie Gellatly graduated from the University of Illinois in 2007. She lives in Arlington Heights with her two rescue dogs: Bigsby & "Doc" Holiday. She and her family have fostered many dogs & cats over the years; and she actively supports PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving). She is a member of The Chicago Veterinary Medicine Association and The American Veterinary Medical Association.
In her spare time, she curls with her husband, Patrick, out of the Chicago Curling Club located in Northbrook, Illinois. Yes, just like you see in the Olympics. She also enjoys playing games including Pathfinder and Robinson Crusoe. She travels to Canada annually to visit her husbands hometown Richmond, British Colombia, where they fish for rainbow trout.
Years in Practice: 13
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Internal Medicine and Low Stress Handling
Dennis holds a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of the Philippines. He joined the Loving Care team in 2003. Currently he resides in Palatine with his wife and daughter. Dennis has extensive knowledge and gives exceptional, compassionate care to our patients. He is a key member of the Loving Care team. Dennis has a dog named Gracie.v
Years in Practice: 17
University of the Phillippines College of Veterinary Medicine
After being an at-home mom for 19 years, Sue joined Loving Care Animal Hospital in September of 2001. She is the client relations manager at the hospital and loves being able to combine her passion for both animals and working with people.
When she is not working she enjoys cooking, sewing, listening to music, volunteering at church and spending time with her husband of 40 years, three children, and four grandchildren.
Years in Practice: 19
Itzel joined the Loving Care team in 2014. She started as an intern and stayed on to help as a veterinary assistant. Itzel has a Miniature Poodle, Chifi, at home that she loves to spoil!
Years in Practice: 6
Ashlee joined the staff as a veterinary assistant in 2016. Her has special interest in exotic animals has lead her to as far as Granada Africa to expand her knowledge and experience. Ashlee has a German Shepherd at home, Diesel, and two turtles, Mr. Turtle and Mushu.
Years in Practice: 4
Bridget joined the Loving Care team in fall of 2018 as a veterinary receptionist. When she is not helping us at Loving Care Animal Hospital, she is volunteering with Mocha at Lovell Veterans Hospital. Mocha is her chocolate lab certified therapy dog.
Years in Practice: 2
Pooja joined the Loving Care Team in August of 2019. She obtained her bachelors degree in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Illinois State University in the spring of 2019. Pooja loves to spend time with her cat Rani and hamster Cheeto. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world with her family!
Years in Practice: 2