Fox Valley Animal Hospital BR

6115 Northwest Hwy
Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Dr. Jeffrey Chemelewski DVM

Dr. Chemelewski graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978.  His special interests include internal medicine, surgery, and diagnostics.  His personal interests include photography, golf, skiing, and fitness.  Dr. Chemelewski and his wife, Mary, share their home with one cat, "Tiger". Their daughter, Kelsey, graduated medical school at Creighton University in 2015.  She is currently a Pediatrician in Arizona.

 Dr. Chemelewski is working limited part time hours 

Dr. Christine Sherden DVM

Dr. Sherden began practicing at Fox Valley Animal Hospital after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She is also a Fear Free Certified Professional.

She not only cares for cats and dogs, but enjoys caring for small animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, and ferrets. 

Dr. Sherden is married to Ken, and has a daughter, Carissa.  The rest of her family includes her 2 dogs, and 4 cats. 

As well as spending time with her family, she enjoys walking her dogs, gardening, playing piano, and teaching Awana at her church. 

Dr. Leah Litchfield DVM


Dr. Leah Litchield graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.    She is also a Fear Free Certified Professional.  She enjoys reading books, watching movies, cooking and hiking with her 2 dogs.  Her husband Jake, who also graduated from the University of Illinois, is a principal in Huntley. Jake and Leah have a 2 beautiful & very clever daughters, Elena, born in 2010 and Vivienne, born in 2015. In 2018 she sadly lost her black and white dog, Delphi, but she still has 2 chocolate labs, Maezee and Luna.

Dr. Laura McCormick DVM

Dr. McCormick grew up in Crystal Lake.  Her family has been coming to Fox Valley Animal Hospital since before she was born.  She is thrilled to be working with her mentor, Dr. Chemelewski, and the amazing doctors and staff at FVAH.  Dr. McCormick graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine.  Her special interests include preventative medicine and oncology.  When she is not snuggling with her cat, Kenny, or playing with the family Golden Retriever, Gibbs, she enjoys reading and cooking.  We are delighted to have her as one of our doctors!


Dr. Grace Tinoco BVM&S

Dr. Tinoco is originally from Illinois but decided to combine her love of animals with a passion for travel by pursuing her veterinary degree abroad in Scotland. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education. Her special interests include feline medicine and rabbit medicine. 

She and her husband David share their home with two cats - Zoey and Olive. All four members enjoyed their adventures in the UK and are also happy to be back in the Midwest surrounded by good food, sunshine, and extended family. In her spare time, Dr. Tinoco enjoys gardening, reading, exploring new landscapes and photography. 






Dr. Jerrold Michaels DVM

Dr. Michaels, after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1958,  founded the Fox Valley Animal Hospital in May of 1959.

Dr. Michaels retired 7/21/15