Duke Animal Hospital
Caring For Your Pets
3941 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, Illinois 773-697-9757
Call: (773) 697-9757

Meet The Staff

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Angela Duke


Dr. Duke began her career in medicine working as a paramedic in the early 1990s.  Her shift to veterinary medicine began when she decided to change careers and attend veterinary school in 1996.  Dr. Duke graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.  She has worked in Chicago for the past 20+ years focusing on small animals including dogs, cats and all exotic pets.  Dr. Duke’s major focus is canine and feline medicine, however, she has a great interest in exotic pet medicine as well.  

Dr. Duke has had the good fortune to train side by side with Dr. Sue Horton at Chicago Exotics in Skokie for four years and Dr. Pete Sakas at Niles Bird Clinic for three years, in addition to her extensive experience with dogs and cats. Duke Animal Hospital was opened by Dr. Duke in May 2011, initially as a house call practice and progressing into a permanent full scale veterinary facility which opened at 3941 N. Ashland in Chicago in April of 2012.  

Duke Animal Hospital is a state of the art veterinary facility providing wellness care, emergency medical support and illness treatment for all pets. Dr. Duke’s vision includes caring for companion pets from their juvenile period through their geriatric years providing high quality medical care and guidance for the pet and their human partners.

Dr. Duke is pictured with two of her three cats (Elsa and Anna) and her late dog, Gidgit. She also has a cat named Lady Gaga, and two rescued stray dogs, Candy Ann and Katie, who were found wandering the streets of Chicago.  They are now living the life of luxury with their own personal dog beds, fluffy blankets, pillows, and cushions spread all over Dr. Duke's house!

 Dr. Duke is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
  • Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Feline Practitioners
  • Association of Avian Veterinarians
  • Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians
  • Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians
  • Chicago Turtle Club
  • Chicago Herpetological Society
  • House Rabbit Society of Chicago
  • Greater Chicago Ferret Association
  • The Critter Corral

Dr. Ashley Alore

Team Medical Director

Dr. Ashley Alore graduated with her doctorate in 2015 from the University of Minnesota's Veterinary School. She began her career in Wisconsin, working with companion animals and dairy cows in the mixed animal medicine field. Originally from Downers Grove, Dr. Alore moved back to Chicago to spend be closer to her fiance and her family, having two sisters, a nephew, and a niece. Aside from working with cats and dogs, Dr. Alore enjoys working with exotics as well, having particular experience with ferrets, rabbits, and guinea pigs. She also really enjoys surgeries, and gaining insight and honing her craft more with each new case. Aside from practicing medicine, Dr. Alore enjoys crocheting blankets, painting abstract art, and playing board games. She has a passion for travel and shares her home with her two wonderful cats, Peebs and Xander (pictured).

Dr. Mark Sadler

Team Medical Director

Dr. Sadler joined the Duke Animal Hospital team in September 2019. He grew up in northern Illinois before moving to Alabama for college where he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from Auburn University as a University Honors Scholar. He then returned to the midwest to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Illinois. He has experience in emergency and critical care as well as general practice, and enjoys taking on challenging cases. Dr. Sadler is a big proponent of client education and has interests in surgery, clinical pathology, and emergency care. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, exercising, catching the latest movies, spending time with friends, and traveling.

Dr. Alyssa Phelan

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Phelan completed her Veterinary Doctorate at the Royal Veterinary College in London, England and joined the Duke Animal Hospital team shortly afterwards. She originally hails from Bettendorf, Iowa, but fell in love with Chicago during her undergraduate degree studying honors biomedical sciences at DePaul University. Having completed several externships in the Chicagoland area during her clinical year, she wanted to return to the city after finished her veterinary degree abroad. Dr. Phelan has interests in soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and opthalmology. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA). When she's not in the clinic, Dr. Phelan stays busy traveling to new places, honing her yoga practices, and hunting for the best cup of coffee in Chicago.

Dr. Hilary Coulombe

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Coulombe joined Duke Animal Hospital in Spring 2021. Having graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, she has been practicing in the Chicagoland area for several years. She is in the American Veterinary Medical Association and Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Coulombe's approach to medicine is to establish meaningful relationships with clients in order to care for her patients through all life stages. She believes on helping her clients understand preventative care and the benefits it can yield in the long-run to avoid issues in the future. Dr. Coulombe's special interests in the field are internal medicine, and  senior wellness/aging care. She also wants to continue to expand her knowledge of exotic pets. She can sometimes be spotted working at vaccine clinics with the Anti-Cruelty Society here in Chicago. Outside of work, Dr. Coulombe spends her time with her teenage son as well as her border collie mix, Nymphadora. She also loves attending music festivals, camping out in the wilderness, and exploring local restaurants. 

Dr. Sophia Ochs

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Sophia Ochs graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and joined our team in Spring 2021. Dr. Ochs is in the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. At U of I, she was a part of the Veterinary Business Management Association, Omega Tau Sigman (a philanthropy fraternity), non-traditional species club, and volunteered in the wildlife clinic. She also did a shelter medicine rotation where she worked out of a mobile unit to perform spays and neuters at a local shelter, and was a chair for her fraternity for the pet wash fundraiser while in veterinary school. She has special interests in surgery, rehabilitation, and pain management. At home, Dr. Ochs has a cat named Huckleberry and a gecko named Rex. She is also an avid plant mom, and loves being outdoors, cooking, and traveling. 

Dr. Ashley Rossman

Part-Time Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ashley Rossman, an experienced suburban canine and feline veterinarian, has joined our team on Mondays for relief work. Having graduated from the University of Ross School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, she has been practicing veterinary medicine with an integrative approach for 13 years. Dr. Rossman became certified in Acupuncture in 2007 through the Chi Institute, and is a member of the AHVMA Board of Directors, the AVMA, AAHA, and ISVMA. She also has her certification in Ultrasound through the University of Illinois Executive Veterinary Program. At home, Dr. Rossman has a dog named Larry and 4 cats - Marnie, Sergie, Seatlle, and Guzzi. When she is not working in our or her other practice, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children traveling, skiing, and exploring the food scene.

Administrative Team


Front Desk Manager, Project Coordinator, Veterinary Technician and Receptionist

Brittney is the front desk manager and is cross-trained as a technician, currently in school to become certified. Her duties also include being the project coordinator and website administrator. She has three cats: Pantalaimon and Lu-Bear, as well as a kitten named Mr. Bumsley. She also has a hoard of ferrets: Whitaker and Ragnar the black sables, Felurian a beautiful blaze ferret, and a little baby one named Chachamaru! She recently added a bumblebee betta named Dumbledore along with some ghost shrimp, plecos, and mystery snails for company in their live-plant aquarium. Her other passions include writing, reading tarot, and exploring the world of tea.


Medical Support Staff and Facilities Manager & Veterinary Technician

Cindy began working with Dr. Duke in 2011.  She has been working as a technician for over 20 years and loves what she does! When not helping our patients, Cindy enjoys spending time with her four children, and 2 granddaughters. She is an avid movie buff, and relaxing on the couch with family while watching movies is a favorite pastime. At home, she has three dogs - Sparky, Mickey, and her German Shepard named Kane (pictured).


Medical Support Staff and Facilities Manager & Veterinary Technician

Corinne came to Duke Animal Hospital during the summer of 2015 to complete her practicum in the Veterinary Technician program at Fox College. It was a great fit and she started full time after graduation! Corinne's pets include her bulldog mix Torple and her three cats Van Gogh (pictured), Mortimer and Bellatrix.  With a background in the music industry, Corinne spends her free time going to see local bands perform along with reading, riding her bike, and camping/hiking.  Her eclectic likes include dinosaurs and terror birds, pathology, parasitology, math, puzzles, fractious cats, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and eating jalapeno chips!


Human Resources Manager and Senior Receptionist

Kristy joined the Duke Animal Hospital Team as a receptionist shortly after the hospital opened, and has since moved into the role of Human Resource Manager. She comes from a background of animal lovers, as her family currently has 9 dogs ranging of all breeds and sizes! At home, Kristy has two rescued dogs that can be frequently seen greeting clients at reception - Gomez and Louie. Kristy loves to go out dancing and does so as often as possible.  She also has a special interest in pet-sitting, photography, and cooking. Kristy is pictured with her late dog, Diva.


Administrative Manager, Bookkeeper and Receptionist

Natalie joined the Duke Animal Hospital team in 2015 as a receptionist and has also taken on the role of administrative manager and bookkeeper. Hailing from England, she moved to Michigan in 2006 and graduated from Western Michigan University with an undergraduate degree in Business. Having always had a huge soft spot for animals, Natalie enjoys the diverse array of animals we see at Duke Animal Hospital, thriving in her ability to meet and learn more about them and their care. Natalie's dog Milo (pictured) is never far from her and always keeps her company as she works. Natalie also has three cats (Esme, Negan, and Kevin), three bunnies (Belle, Hagrid, and Piglet), Potato the hedgehog, and a crested gecko named Jerry. She hopes to one day open an animal sanctuary to take in at-risk and abandoned pets and give them a peaceful place to live. Aside from her passion for pet care and rescue, Natalie enjoys going to concerts, painting in her spare time, and traveling.


Client Liaison & Receptionist

Sally is a lifelong animal lover and has lived with a variety of pets over the years.  Originally from the east coast, she and her husband Niles are happy to call Chicago home.  She serves as the client liaison at the clinic, working directly with pet parents as needed to provide information about services and procedures and ensure satisfactory care. Sally has a love of long walks, eating and cooking amazing vegetarian fare, and reading. Sally and Niles currently have two cats, Celeste (pictured) and Raven.

Meet our Staff


Veterinary Assistant

Al joined the team in 2021 - bio coming soon!


Veterinary Technician

In September 2019, Alex joined the team as a vetarinary assistant. Having worked with Dogaholics prior, Alex found her love of working with dogs and soon realized she wanted to continue contributing to pets' welfare. Alex has found a special interested in observing procedures here in the hospital, and is hoping to become a certified veterinary technician and work in rehabilitation. Outside of work, Alex enjoys rock climbing and watching horror movies. She also comes from a background in theater design. At home, Alex has two cats - Peggy (pictured) and Ham.



Alicia has been with Duke Animal Hospital since 2015 as a receptionist, transitioning to full-time in May 2016. Coming from a large family of animal lovers, she has worked in the veterinary field for 18 years as a receptionist and technician. Having known Dr. Duke for several years prior to beginning here, she was inspired to join the clinic due to the resounding team spirit and familial atmosphere. Alicia has two daughters who dote upon their sassy chihuahua rescue, Nena. When not chasing down strays to rescue, Alicia enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with new desserts for her to share with her family, friends, and coworkers.


Veterinary Technician

Having worked previously as a veterinary assistant in a small animal clinic, Alyssa moved to Chicago to continue to pursue a career in the veterinary field and joined our team as a veterinary technician in 2020. She previously worked as a groomer for 8 years and volunteered at humane societies. She has specific interests in surgery, and plans to continue on her path to becoming a certified veterinary technician. At home she has two dogs: a kleekai and a chihuahua. In her spare time she enjoys consuming a good book, particularly those of the fantasy variety.


Veterinary Assistant

Anne joined the team in 2021 as a veterinary assistant. She is currently a junior at Loyola University Chicago and is majoring in biology on a pre-veterinarian track. She is the youngest of seven siblings who live all over the US and knows she will be near family no matter where she goes for veterinary school. Since moving to Chicago for school, she has started begun to volunteer at PAWS, as well as completing PAWS’ Animal Welfare Internship. She doesn't have any pets of her own, but her sisters all have labs she loves to spoil. Aside from school, volunteering, and working at the clinic, she enjoys riding my bike on the lakefront and going to the beach. 


Veterinary Technician

Carolina began her career at Duke Animal Hospital as an assistant in June 2019. Her love of animals, especially kittens, brought her into the field and her ambitions are to become a certified veterinary technician. Often helping hold animals during procedures and helping to set up laboratory work, Carolina has found a love of parasitology. At home, Carolina has three cats names Jackson, Coco, and Leo. When she isn't working with animals, Carolina enjoys going out of adventures and skydiving.



Christina joined Duke Animal in Fall 2020 as a receptionist after having spent several years helping pets through her volunteer work and pet-sitting. She is from a small town in northern Illinois. A self-prescribed cat-lady, Christina has experience in wildlife rehabilitation and cares of a squirrel named Reggie was not able to be reintroduced to the wild. Christina also has a guinea pig named Peeg at home, as well as six cats - Daist, Charlie, Henry, Athena, Ringo and Rumi. In her spare time, Christina enjoys art, binge-watching older shows, and fostering kittens. 


Certified Veterinary Technician

Cynthia joined the team here at Duke's in August 2019 after having completed a rotation for her internship here earlier in the year. She attended Joliet Junior College for her Veterinary Technology program, and passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2021, becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Cynthia found her love for the field particularly in helping nursing sick patients back to health. At home, Cynthia has a ginger cat named Garfield (he does not eat lasagna!) and is hoping to adopt a dog in the near future. Outside of work, Cynthia enjoys rewatching Harry Potter, walking in the fresh air, and indulging in zombie flicks.


Veterinary Technician

David joined the Duke Animal Hospital team as a receptionist and has cross-trained as a technician. He graduated from the University of Illinois with his bachelors in Nature Resources and Environmental Sciences. Previously he worked with bobcats and native species at the Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center in Indiana as well having worked in zoos and nature centers. He has particular interest in wildlife conservation and is dedicated to public education. David has two family dogs and enjoys going on hikes, playing video games, and identifying birds in his free time.


Certified Veterinary Technician

Denise has been working as a veterinary technician since 2009 and joined Duke Animal Hospital in spring of 2016.  She couldn't be happier in her vocation and loves working together as a team to treat patients and gain the trust of our clients.  Her pet family includes her little pit bull Turbo (pictured), a pit bull, her leopard gecko Fred and ball python Waffles.  In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking, and going to concerts.



Dom joined the team in 2021 - bio coming soon!


Certified Veterinary Technician

Emerald joined our team as a certified veterinary technician in the summer of 2021. 


Veterinary Technician

Emily began as a veterinary assistant at Duke Animal Hospital in the early Summer of 2017 and as of Spring of 2017 transitioned to a technician with the medical team.  She enjoys working with our patients and learning new things from the technicians and doctors. Aspiring to be a veterinarian in her future, this recent high-school graduate is attending DePaul University to obtain her Bachelor's in the Biological Sciences. Her pet family includes a blue heeler mix named Coraline and her cat Lido,. In her spare time she enjoys working on escape rooms, murder mysteries, and loves the outdoors and fishing.


Veterinary Technician

Gabby is a native Chicagoan but someday wants to live in the country with animals of her own. She has wanted to work in the veterinary field since she was young, and hopes to someday get the opportunity to work with wildlife. In her down time, she enjoys photography, cooking, and camping/hiking.  Gabby is also the proud owner of Schmidt, a domestic medium hair cat.



Heather joined the team earlier this year. Originally from Oklahoma, she now lives in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Heather has previous experience volunteering at Treehouse, and has two cats of her own at home: Morticia and Gomez. 


Veterinary Technician Assistant

Hailing from Manteno, IL, Kevin joined the receptionist team in March of 2019. Having always been a friend of the animals, Kevin has worked in three previous Vet Clinics, joining our team when he relocated to Chicago. Kevin wants to learn all he can from the veterinary field, in the hope of working in this field indefinitely. Joining Kevin here in the cit are his Maine Coon cat and a Dachsund mix. Since Kevin is new to the city, he enjoys exploring it and taking advantage of the running scene.



Maggie joined the team in 2021 - bio coming soon!


Veterinary Technician

Maria started as an assistant here at Duke Animal Hospital during the Winter of 2016. She now works full-time as a technician, having pursued her interests in the care of animals. A Chicago Native, she also works at a doggy daycare and as a venue host when she's not here at the clinic. A passionate dog and reptile lover, at home Maria has two dogs - Q-Tip (pictured) and Maxine. Her favorite part of her role here is learning new skills each day. Outside of the care of animals, she also enjoys dog-walking, volunteering at Chicago Canine Rescue, and DC comics.



Michaela is from the northern suburbs and moved to the city 3 years ago. She's known since she was 5 years old that she wanted to work with animals. Michaela stated as a veterinary receptionist and cross-trained as a kennel technician for two years at a clinic in the Chicago suburbs. She has a Pomeranian named Panda, and a family of black cats consisting of the biological mom, dad, and daughter - Monday, Tuesday, and Kifer. She is starting school to become a certified veterinary assistant in 2022 and wants to continue to become a certified veterinary technician in the future. She loves working on art projects and cooking with her 5 year old son, going hiking, and collecting crystals. 


Veterinary Technician Assistant

Nallely joined the team as an assistant in Spring of 2021 and has progressed to a veterinary technician assistant. She has two super-trooper kitties, Rocco and Roxy, at home. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, especially her bubbly daughter. She has a special place in her heart for pigs, and hopes to one day be able to adopt some!


Veterinary Assistant

Sydney is one of our veterinary assistants and completed her bachelors degree in Animal Science through University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2021. With veterinary school in her future plans, she has a strong love for animals. She's previously worked at a cat shelter, and currently has 4 cats of her own at home. Sydney can often be found reading a book while she walks around the neighborhood - anything but non-fiction! 


Veterinary Assistant

Tatyana joined the team in 2021 - bio coming soon!


Veterinary Technician

Taylor began her work at Duke Animal Hospital as an assistant, cross-training to become a technician. From the northwest side of Chicago, Taylor has a bachelors in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Taylor plans on applying her hands on experience at our clinic to her future as a certified veterinary technician. Enjoying working with all animals, Taylor thrives in reading slides under the microscope and drawing blood for our much-needed tests for our patients. At home Taylor has a cat names Kunkins (pictured), and three dogs - Baloo, Nanus, and Luna. She also has a passion for Disney, drawing portraits of animals, and helping her neighbors.



In the Summer of 2018, Trinidad joined our front desk team and has been quickly learning from her fellow staff members. Having previously worked in the pet retail world, she easily fell in love with animals of all shapes and sizes, and came to Duke Animal Hospital to work alongside like-minded individuals who also had a passion for caring and learning more about our companions. Trinidad is a huge Cubs fan, only surpassed by her love for the Bulls. Mia, a twelve year old poodle with the demeanor of a puppy, lives at home alongside a 3 year old blue nosed pitbull named Tino (pictured) who acts more like a stubborn teenager. Aside from getting in her dose of cuddles with her pets, Trinidad loves hiking, watching scary movies, Italian food, and has a passion for butter pecan ice cream that cannot be stopped.


Resident Turtle and Patient Greeter

Meet Heidi - or maybe you already have! Heidi the Eastern Box Turtle was rescued by Dr. Duke in 1995. Prior to gaining Dr. Duke's attention, she had been living in a tupperware container in a basement, refusing food and grey in color. Now Heidi has a strict worm-and-tomato diet that she refuses to stray from, and has developed her saturated orange coloring that we all know and love. Heidi not only greets clients and patients, but also makes educational trips with Dr. Duke to classrooms and similar events. A real diva now, Heidi gets daily spa treatments and insists on a plethora of faux plant decor. You'll notice she also swiped one of our former technician's name badge (of the same name - what are the odds?)!


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