Our West Loop, Chicago Vet Team

What can we say—we love animals, and helping the people who share their lives with them. Meet your veterinarian and his team of caregivers who want what’s best for your pet, just like you do!

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Dr. Gerardo Hernandez

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Dr. Hernandez has more than a decade of veterinary experience and practices medicine with the belief that your pet should trust your vet. He recognizes the importance of the human-animal bond to the general wellbeing and mental health of people and their pets, which is why he works hard to nurture relationships with his patients and clients.

By working with both underserved communities and wealthy communities throughout Chicago, he was exposed to a wide variety of medical cases, including emergencies. This experience allowed him to provide a broad-spectrum approach to veterinary medicine and an understanding that every family wants to do what is best for their pet. This includes offering care that can be delivered in many different ways to meet the needs of each pet and family.

For Dr. Hernandez, being a veterinarian is all about helping your family pet stay healthy using world class, science-based medicine, tailored recommendations specific to the patient’s needs, and cutting-edge technology so you can both enjoy a happy, healthy life together—and studies have shown that people who live with pets are, in fact, happier and healthier!

He was class valedictorian and received the Gabino Barreda Medal Award. He graduated from National Autonomous University of Mexico (ranked the best in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal). He enjoys all aspects of medicine, including soft-tissue surgery, dermatology, internal medicine, and best of all, puppies! They melt his heart every time. Dr. Hernandez is also a member of the AVMA, CVMA, and ISVMA and is fluent in Spanish and English. He became a Fear Free Certified Professional in 2023.

In his free time, Dr. Hernandez loves being outdoors, traveling around the world, spending time with his family, and most important, being with his fiancé and their Pomeranian, Gervid.

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Shawnda Practice Manager

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Shawnda is honored to be a part of a team that shares her passion for animals. She was born and raised on the Westside of Chicago, and she loves her city. Shawnda has been in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. She has her MBA with a concentration in health systems. Providing animals with fear-free and quality care is her passion and her mission. She is extremely interested in canine behavior and training.

Shawnda enjoys spending time with her family including her 15-year-old Cockapoo, Bentley. Bentley and Shawnda are loyal Chicago Bears fans and enjoy watching their games together. GO BEARS, #BearDown!