Meet Our Outstanding Veterinary Staff

Being the primary health care provider for your four-legged family members is much more than a job to us. It’s our privilege and our passion, and it makes us happy to know that we can play a part in helping pets and their people! Our veterinary staff at Companion Animal Hospital Lake Zurich are very excited to be a part of the journey that you and your pet are taking together. At every step, you can expect us to be here when you need us.

Veterinarians

Dr. Mike

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 Companion?

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 veterinary medicine?

Dentistry and surgery.

What is the most unusual pet you have treated?

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 things to do 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.”

Favorite sports team?

Michigan State Spartans

Name something people would be surprised to know 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.

Our Team

Jaclyn

Jaclyn, CVPM - Hospital Manager

Hi! My name is Jaclyn and I joined the Companion Animal Hospital Team in 2010 working as a vet tech and have managed a handful of our locations since then! One of my best accomplishments during my career in animal medicine is becoming a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) in November of 2021. I went to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and received a B.S. in Animal Science. I have been working in animal hospitals since 2001 and can’t picture myself doing anything else!

I currently have 4dogs. Julie and George are both Chihuahuas, Cinnamon is a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, and Warren is a pug mix. I also have a snake named Sam, and she is a Colombian Red Tail Boa. In my free time, I love to play pool and currently play in a few leagues. I also like to bake, knit and crochet, and spend time with friends and family. I look forward to meeting you and your pets at Companion Animal Hospital!

Lisa

lisa - Customer Service Representative

Hi! My name is Lisa. I joined the team at Companion Animal Hospital in January 2019. I have always had a passion for animals and have been working at animal hospitals since 2002.

I currently have 2 pets. Maui is an Australian Shepherd and Tiki is a Siamese mix. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, spending time with my pets, boating, having bonfires, and watching comedies.

I always enjoy meeting our clients and their fur babies! If I have not met you yet, I look forward to meeting you soon!

Bridgette

Bridgette - Customer Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

Dawn

Dawn - Veterinary Assistant

Hello, my name is Dawn.  I joined the Companion Animal Hospital team in October of 2019, as a Veterinary Assistant and have been in this profession for 8 years. I thoroughly enjoy my work and all that I have learned throughout the years.

I have been blessed with 3 beautiful girls and 3 fur-babies. My free time usually consists of your every day to day chores (I know...boring). Otherwise, I enjoy running, painting/drawing and generally anything outdoors.

At Companion Animal Hospital, our combined experience ensures compassion and a fantastic experience for both you and your furry family member. I look forward to meeting you and caring for your family pets!

Beth

beth - Veterinary Assistant

Hi! My name is Beth. I started working with Companion in December of 2019. I’m currently in school to get my license to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. I’ve always had a passion for working with animals. Before I began working for Companion, I was a kennel manager for an animal shelter. At home I have three dogs; a 6 year old Border Collie named Shelby, A 1.5 year old Husky/Shar Pei mix named Marina, and a 11 month old Husky/Shar Pei mix named Captain. I have a wonderful soon to be husband, and two great kiddos at home Kayden who will be 5 this year and Parker who will be 1 this year! My favorite part of coming to work every day, besides working with the awesome team here, is getting to help all your amazing pets big and small that come to the hospital!

Kevin

Kevin - Customer Service Representative & Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Jasmine

Jasmine - Veterinary Assistant

Hey I'm Jasmine, I started at Companion about 2 years ago, I've been a vet tech for 5 years and counting, and before that I worked in kennel staff for 3 years for an animal rescue. Ever since I was young animals were my passion and I always felt a special connection with them. I always knew at some point I would end up in this field.

In my free time I like to take care of my personal zoo (3 dogs, 2 birds, 1 rat, 1 chinchilla, 1 beardie, 1 axolotl, and a few other guys) at home and get crafty with numerous things, when I'm not at home I'm usually exploring nature or at a live concert with friends. - I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies at Companion Animal Hospital!