Yael Cidon, DVM
Dr. Yael Cidon is the owner of PetVets Animal Hospital. She graduated with High Honors in 1992, having earned a Bachelor’s of Science and a Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University.
Animals have been an integral part of Dr. Cidon’s life. The past 35 years of small animal experience and education has made her well-versed in the language and behavior of cats and dogs.
Prior to the creation of PetVets Animal Hospital in 1997, Dr. Cidon practiced as an attending and emergency clinician at a busy 24-hour emergency hospital in the northwest suburbs.
Dr. Cidon has always referred to her pets as her ‘kids.’ In 2004, two human children were added into the mix when her twin boys, Noah and Gabriel were born. Both boys hope to be able to work at the hospital when they are older.
Kara Kelleher-Brennan, DVM CCRP
Kara Kelleher-Brennan DVM, CCRP grew up in Chicago. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. While in veterinary school, Dr. Kelleher-Brennan became interested in physical rehabilitation. At the time, small animal physical rehabilitation was still an undeveloped discipline. Dr. Kelleher-Brennan completed her certification in Canine Physical Rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee in 2012.
Before joining PetVets, Dr. Kelleher-Brennan practiced small animal medicine in the suburbs and operated a small animal mobile rehab service. Her main interest is providing physical rehabilitation for dogs and cats in PetVets’ Fit for Life program. She believes in treating each patient with kindness, respect, and compassion. Her goal is to have her patients live happy and healthy lives. She is thrilled to be part of the PetVets team!
Richa Sachdev, DVM
Dr. Richa Sachdev was raised in the southern suburbs of Illinois. She attended Northwestern University in Evanston for her undergrad and then transferred to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. She left the island in 2007 and did her clinical year at U of I and graduated in 2008. She has a strong interest in dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry, and is currently in the process of being certified for veterinary acupuncture. She lives in the city with her husband, two sons, and three dogs (two rescue coconut retrievers from the island, and one rescue pittie from Chicago). In her spare time she enjoys traveling, exploring all the different types of food Chicago has to offer (you can always find a new one!), and spending time with her family.
Meg Barron, DVM
Dr. Meg Barron is originally from the western suburbs of Chicago. She received both her undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her special interests include geriatric medicine, soft tissue surgery, and animal behavior.
Dr. Barron lives in the city with her dog Oskee, a goofy yellow lab mix. She has a soft spot for senior dogs and cats, and currently fosters for senior rescue groups. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, and rummaging around at flea markets.
Ashley Forti, BVMS, MRCVS
Dr. Forti grew up in Crystal Lake, IL. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science: Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of New Hampshire. She then attended veterinary school in Scotland, UK, graduating with Commendation from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Class of 2015).
While in veterinary school, she spent 2 years as the President of the Glasgow University Veterinary Zoological Society, obtained the VBMA Silver Business Certificate, and was captain of the Glasgow Vet Women’s Soccer (“Football”) Team. Upon graduation from vet school, Dr. Forti continued her veterinary education by completing a 1-year rotating small animal internship at Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services in Rochester, New York. There she gained advanced training while rotating through several different specialty services including emergency medicine, surgery, internal medicine, neurology, radiology, ophthalmology, and general practice.
Dr. Forti’s professional interests include surgery, oncology, and pain management.
Dr. Forti has a young Russian tortoise named Boris that she rescued while in vet school. Both Boris and her British husband Mike packed up their bags and made the big move from the UK to Chicago. In her free time, Dr. Forti enjoys exploring the city, watching and playing soccer (an Arsenal fan by default!), boating, traveling, vegan cooking, and cheering on her Chicago Bears!
Arian Santiago, DVM
Dr. Arian Santiago was raised in the western suburbs and currently lives in Chicago. Since childhood she has loved animals and grew up with hamsters, birds, fish, mice a rabbit and dogs. She received a bachelors degree in Animal Science: Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. She then continued on to attend veterinary school at the University of Illinois, graduating in 2007. While in veterinary school she was able to complete rotations at the Brookfield Zoo, Shedd Aquarium and a wildlife center in Virginia. Since graduating she has worked in small animal and exotics clinics in Chicago and the Chicagoland suburbs. She loves all aspects of being a veterinarian, but has a special interest in dentistry.
During her spare time, she loves spending time outdoors, with her family, reading, eating at new restaurants and experiencing all the art, diverse neighborhoods and music that the windy city has to offer. She joined the PetVets Animal Hospital team in 2019 and is excited to be practicing with such a dedicated and caring group.