Meet Our Veterinarians
We’re thrilled to have such a large staff of experienced veterinary professionals on our team and would love for you to learn more about them. If you’re new to our hospitals, take a few minutes to get more familiar with our doctors, and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
Dr. Danielle Adamo grew up in West Dundee, IL. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University Chicago and went on to earn her doctorate from Kansas State University in 2011. Dr. Adamo worked in the Chicagoland area before joining Dundee Animal Hospital in 2016. She is happy to be serving clients in the community she grew up in and loves!
Dr. Adamo feels the most important component of veterinary medicine is open and complete communication with pet owners. She strives to always show clients the utmost compassion towards their pet’s healthcare needs, and takes the time to help clients understand the health of their pet. Offering clients the best care and explaining the benefits of preventative medicine help Dr. Adamo achieve her goal to give her patients a longer and healthier life.
Dr. Adamo has special interests in exotic pet medicine, internal medicine and surgery.
When Dr. Adamo is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son, as well as her large extended family that all live in the area. She also enjoys taking her Australian Shepherd mixes, Izzie and Reina, on long hikes in area parks.
Dr. Uta deHaas obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 at Purdue University in Indiana following her undergraduate work in biology and philosophy at Marian College in Indianapolis. Originally from eastern Germany, Dr. deHaas's dream of becoming a veterinarian was prompted by her love of animals and a television show about a veterinarian and her horse.
After obtaining her doctorate, Dr. deHaas worked in general medicine and emergency care in Anderson, Indiana and joined the Dundee Animal Hospital team in September 2006.
Dr. deHaas enjoys her work with companion animals and is most interested in animal behavior. She enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and their two dogs, eight cats, a chicken and two horses.
Dr. Anne Grott completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University in Indiana. She joined Dundee Animal Hospital in 2005.
Raised in Union Mills, Indiana, Dr. Grott’s family owns a farm where she grew up with sheep, pigs, chickens, lots of cats and always a dog. This is where she gained an understanding of animal health and her desire to help companion animals grew.
Dr. Grott currently plays the saxophone in a community band and she met her husband in college where they both played in the Purdue All American Marching Band. When she’s not working, Dr. Grott and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with their daughter.
Dr. Leonid Gurevich joined Dundee Animal Hospital as an emergency care doctor in 2000. His professional work experience began in the USSR following graduation from Vitebsk Veterinary Institute in 1985. Relocating to the United States, Dr. Gurevich attended the University of Missouri where he established his U.S. credentials and became certified through AVMA’s Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG). In 1996, Dr. Gurevich completed an internship in small animal emergency and critical care at the Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee.
Dr. Gurevich has special interests in surgery and critical care. He also enjoys seeing pets in their home as a part of the house call services team.
Dr. Gurevich shares his home with his wife, son, and two daughters; their cats Fusa and Bagira; and their dog, Sch’muzle.
Raised in Menomonee Falls, WI, Dr. Kris Kamholz joined Dundee Animal Hospital as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 following her graduation from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Kamholz worked as a Veterinary Technician at our hospital for two years while she completed her undergraduate studies at the Illinois Benedictine College. Dr. Kamholz enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine but has special interest in general medicine and diagnostics. Dr. Kamholz works at our Algonquin office.
A true fan of dog agility, she keeps her dogs Brody and Chief, an Irish Setter and Brittany Spaniel respectively, both active in the sport.
Dr. Matthew Kersting joined Dundee Animal Hospital following his graduation from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Dr. Kersting’s love for animals led him to Bucknell University where he completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and Political Science to prepare for veterinary school.
Dr. Kersting has many interests in the field, including internal medicine and surgery, and has completed extensive training in ultrasonography.
In his time off, Dr. Kersting is an avid movie fan and he enjoys playing tennis. He shares his home with his wife Beth, who is also a veterinarian, and their two sons Ryan and Owen. Their family also includes two Labrador Retrievers named Gus and Ernie, and three cats named Pete, Ben and Woody.
Dr. Kristi Knott grew up in Elgin, Illinois and her family pets were cared for at Dundee Animal Hospital. While earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences at University of Illinois, she worked as a veterinary technician at Dundee Animal Hospital during school breaks. She joined Dundee Animal Hospital's emergency staff in 2018 after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Knott has special interests in emergency medicine and surgery. Being able to help clients and their pets in a time of need is what makes this career rewarding for her. She understands that emergency visits can be stressful or scary and knows that clear communication is the best way to help patients and their owners.
Dr. Knott is Fear Free Certified and a member of VECCS (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society).
When not at work, Dr. Knott enjoys recreational sports and exercise such as playing golf, tennis, softball, going kayaking on the Fox River, and doing Orangetheory Fitness workouts. She shares her home with her dog Snickers, who she adopted from a spay/neuter program during veterinary school and couldn't ask for a better furry friend!
Dr. Jeremy Larson set his sights early on becoming a veterinarian and worked in the field for 10 years as a Veterinary Technician while he prepared for college. Dr. Larson completed both his undergraduate degree and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, and joined the Dundee Animal Hospital team in 2004.
Dr. Larson works in our Elgin office. His primary interest in the field is dermatology, with a focused interest in allergic skin diseases and chronic ear infections. He is proficient in video otoscopy to allow for more thorough evaluation and treatment of various ear conditions.
During his time away from work, Dr. Larson enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time with his wife, Lia, their three sons and their dog, Odin.
Dr. Kelly Lathrop was born in Northern California and completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Dr. Lathrop continued her education at Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand, and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. She joined Dundee Animal Hospital in 1999.
Her special interests are surgery and emergency medicine. Dr. Lathrop is also involved with WorldVets, a non-profit organization that provides veterinary aid to developing countries and veterinary disaster relief worldwide.
Outside of work, Dr. Lathrop enjoys many sport activities including bicycle racing and kayaking. She shares her home with two Labrador Retrievers, Stanley and Ernie.
Dr. Joe Lupo earned his Biology degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL in 2010. He took his veterinary studies to Ross University in the Caribbean on the island of St. Kits and completed his doctorate at the University of Illinois in 2014.
In his free time, he travels to Nicaragua and works at numerous spay and neuter clinics. His special interests include internal medicine, anesthesia, and surgery.
Dr. Lupo and his wife share their home with a tortoise shell cat, Liamuiga, and an Australian Cattle Dog Mix named Piper. When he’s not practicing medicine he enjoys kayaking, running, and paddle boarding.
Dr. Aimee Maras joined Dundee Animal Hospital in 1993 after completing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. She continues to develop her interest in gerontology by collaborating with the Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation’s Center for Exceptional Longevity Studies. Together they study the oldest dogs in the US to better understand the secrets behind cancer resistance and highly successful aging.
Dr. Maras shares her home with three cats: Monica, Arangie and Sissy. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, home remodeling and swimming.
Dr. Kelly Moderhack (formerly Dr. Kavanaugh) grew up in Yorkville, IL and traveled to Florida to complete her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology at the University of Miami. After she realized she would not be around animals as much as she’d hoped with her current degree, she shifted her focus to prepare for veterinary school.
Dr. Moderhack went on to earn her DVM at the University of Illinois in 2015. She has special interests in oncology, cytology and soft tissue surgery. Her favorite class while in veterinary school was a communications elective that showed her the importance of being able to effectively connect and relate with clients. Dr. Moderhack is proficient in Spanish and enjoys working with our Spanish speaking clients.
In her free time, Dr. Moderhack enjoys hiking, gardening and anything that involves the outdoors, including horseback riding. She loves all dogs, but has a special place in her heart for beagles and hounds. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their dogs Rilo and Tilly, both hound mixes, and two cats, Lloyd and Lotus.
Dr. Allison Mulherin is the youngest of four children and grew up in a home filled with many cats and dogs in Moline, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in 2010, where she spent a semester studying abroad in South America. She joined Dundee Animal Hospital following her graduation from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.
Dr. Mulherin’s areas of interest include client education, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and pain management.
She enjoys traveling, playing classical piano, and painting. She also loves spending time with her family and friends, especially her husband and two Rough Collies, James and Chloe.
Dr. Eileen O’Brien was born in New York and moved several times in her childhood through Ohio, New York and Kentucky. Settling in Illinois, Dr. O’Brien attended the University of Illinois where she completed her undergraduate in Biology in 1992, and in 1997 obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Working as a Veterinary Technician while in school, Dr. O’Brien gained an understanding of where she wanted to focus her efforts in this field and now has special interest in general medicine, surgery, dentistry and exotics. Unfortunately, she developed allergies to rabbits and guinea pigs, so she can no longer see those animals.
She loves working at Dundee Animal Hospital thanks to the wonderful staff and the amazing patients and clients she has met. Dr. O’Brien and her husband Kevin enjoy traveling, boating, reading and movies. They also live with a beautiful black cat named Darth Bubba.
Dr. Colleen Pagor received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1994. Throughout veterinary school she developed a strong desire to focus on surgery. To further her knowledge and skills in surgery she completed a year-long surgical internship at Veterinary Specialty Centers.
In 1999 Dr. Pagor accepted a fellowship position at Purdue University with a focus in oncology. She currently limits her practice to surgery and performs a full array of advanced surgical procedures at our Dundee location.
Dr. Pagor, her husband Jason, and their children Trevor and Jessica share a home with Cairn terrier Endo; Henry, a miniature Australian shepherd; and three cats named Ozzy, Hairball and Yoshi. When she’s not working, Dr. Pagor enjoys home renovation, reading, crossword puzzles and organizing just about anything.
Dr. Mark Rusley was born and raised in North Dakota and attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota for his undergraduate degree. After completing his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1980, he was in private practice in California for two years. He returned to the Midwest to serve an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois, and then joined the Dundee Animal Hospital team in 1983. Dr. Rusley works in our Algonquin office.
Dr. Rusley shares his home with four Golden Retrievers. In his spare time, Dr. Rusley is involved in the hobby of dog agility and travels with his dogs to participate in this sport.