The Downers Grove Animal Hospital staff includes 4 Veterinarians, 2 Certified Veterinary Technicians, veterinary assistants, 2 pet groomers, and our office manager.
Dr. Robert Merkin
Dr. Merkin has lived in Downers Grove for over 50 years. His special professional interests include oral and soft tissue surgery and the care of geriatric patients. Dr. Merkin shared his life with two cats that lived past 20 years old and is passionate about the special needs of geriatric patients and their quality of life.
Read more about Dr. Robert Merkin.
Veterinary Technicians and Assistants
The staff at Downers Grove Animal Hospital is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to provide your pet with the best care possible. Our Veterinary Technicians and Assistants perform a variety of office and reception duties, but behind the scenes, these are the people that serve as your animal’s “nurses”. Among their responsibilities are running laboratory tests, administering treatments, or assisting with medical and/or surgical procedures.
Tammy Hernandez, CVT
• Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology, St. Petersburg College, 1996
• Certified since 1996 by the state of Illinois
• Professional Organizations include:
National Veterinary Technician Association
Illinois Veterinary Technician Association
Society for Behavior Technicians
Cheri Dye has been a professional groomer for over 30 years. She is very knowledgeable and has experience grooming all breeds of dogs and cats. She owns and breeds Doberman Pinschers and also has an adorable French Bulldog. Cheri is available on Monday for all your grooming needs. Please call to schedule an appointment or to speak with her directly.
Mayci started grooming in 2010. She is exceptionally skilled in hand scissoring and breed specific cuts. Her favorite breeds to groom are the Bichon Frise and the Standard Poodle. She enjoys continuing her grooming education by attending grooming expos and workshops. When she isn’t grooming, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her Australian Cattle Dog named Scout. Mayci is available for all your grooming needs on Tuesday and Friday. Please call to schedule an appointment or to speak with her directly.
Meghan Skalak, ABCDT
Meghan Skalak is our Animal Behavior Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT). She was certified through Animal Behavior College and is an approved evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. Meghan offers group obedience classes for you and your dog and will help you use positive reinforcement to shape your dog’s skills. We limit the amount of dogs in each class to give you and your dog a more personalized experience. Call 630.968.2812 today to find the class that is right for you!