Our staff is dedicated to providing you and your pet with profoundly personalized pet care every day. 


Dr. Jessica Torok


Dr. Jessica Torok is a 2008 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.  She has completed post-graduate training in internal medicine, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, ultrasound and advanced dentistry.

Prior to Veterinary School, Dr. Torok served as a surgical assistant in the US Navy, lived in San Diego, Virginia and Okinawa Japan.  She has been medical director at 2 AAHA Accredited practices and is excited to have her own AAHA Accredited Hospital.

Because your pet’s experience is paramount to their health, our doctor is Fear- Free Certified and utilizes techniques every step of the way to ease your pet’s anxiety (and yours as well!)

Dr. Torok believes in complete transparency and will always review costs prior to service so that she can meet each family’s needs and expectations emotionally, financially and spiritually.

In her free time you can find her curled up with her favorite Mini Dachshund, Oscar, playing with her children, singing at an open mic event or adventuring with her incredibly supportive partner, Mike.

"I am elated to have a place to call my own, it has been my dream since I finished school. It allows me to practice an incredible quality of medicine, bond with the families and their pets and be part of a great community." - Dr. Jessica Torok


Veterinary Technicians

theresa Gabel

BS, Certified Veterinary Technician

Theresa graduated from Joliet Junior College in 2008 with her AAS in Veterinary Technology and acquired her veterinary technical licensure in the state of Illinois. She then decided to further her education and attended St. Petersburg College (Florida) where she obtained her BAS in Veterinary Technology in 2012.

She has worked in a variety of veterinary settings including emergency, specialty, laboratory, and general practice.

In her free time she enjoys weight lifting, running 5k races, riding her ATV, and spending time with her daughter, boyfriend, and his son.

Theresa has two cats that have opposite personalities but yet they mesh well amongst one another. Junior is a male orange DMH and Latte Coffee Kitten is a female heterochromia Siamese mix.

Theresa is excited to join the team at Urban Veterinary Associates and is eager to provide optimal love, care, and commitment to each and every fur family member.  

Jessica Villanueva

Certified Veterinary Technician

Jessica  graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in 2013, earning her associate's degree and becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Since then, she has worked at an animal daycare and boarding facility in Chicago. She is excited to return back to veterinary medicine in a hospital setting to help pets in need! 

In her spare time, she loves to read science fiction and spend time with her three cats, Koko, Gabby, and Cassie.

Veterinary Assistant

Brenda Herrera

Veterinary Assistant

Brenda started as an extern from Northeastern University Veterinary Assistant program with Urban Veterinary Associates in May of 2018. Shortly after, she accepted a full-time position as a veterinary assistant. She takes close care of pets recovering from surgical procedures and makes sure their stay with us is comfortable and pleasant. She also assists the technicians and doctors with examinations.

Brenda shares her home with her two dogs, Tiki and Penelope. When she’s not at work she enjoys going to the beach, hiking and the archery range.

Reception/ Management

Chartia (tia) Robinson

Lead Receptionist/Practice Manager

Chartia  graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Accounting. After graduation, she interned at Brookfield Zoo for the summer where she discovered her love for nature and animals. Shortly after her time with the Zoo, she began working for a corporate veterinary group as a Client Service Coordinator and lead reception staff. She is currently working towards a MBA at Western Governors University.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her dog, Lovey, and family. She and Lovey take long walks along the beach.  Chartia is also working on a personal photography portfolio focused on nature, pets, and people. 

Chartia is ecstatic to be a part of the Urban Veterinary Associates team and after her MBA completion, she will begin studying to become a Certified Practice Manager 

join our team

If you would like to be part of a team that has the ability to change lives, offers excellent pay and benefits and is focused on a great work:life balance, please contact us today! We are always accepting applications.

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