Meet Our Team

Joanna Konerman Fry, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist

Dr. Fry is a board certified veterinary internal medicine specialist who joined Elk Grove Veterinary Specialty & Emergency in 2018 and also serves as our medical director. Dr. Fry attended the University of Tennessee where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Following completion of veterinary school, Dr. Fry completed a yearlong rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at MedVet Medical & Cancer Center for Pets in Worthington, OH and an additional emergency and internal medicine internship at Affiliated Animal Care in Chesapeake, VA.

In 2013, Dr. Fry became a board certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine upon completion of a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX. Dr. Fry received the ACVIM Research Award for her research onVitamin B12 metabolism in dogs with various forms of hepatic disease at the annual American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) conference in Seattle.

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After becoming board certified, Dr. Fry has worked as an internal medicine specialist at private practice specialty practices located in Nashville, Chicago, and Toledo. Dr. Fry is the author and co-author of publications in a variety of veterinary journals including the Journal of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care, Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Journal of Small Animal Practice, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, and Clinician’s Brief. Although Dr. Fry maintains an interest in all aspects of internal medicine, she has a particular interest in hepatic (liver), endocrine, and immune mediated diseases. When not treating patients, Dr. Fry enjoys spending time with her husband (Mitch), their two dogs (Bristol Bear and Knoxville), and their two cats (Franklin and Fiona).

Nick Miller, DVM

Senior Emergency Clinician

Dr. Nick Miller is a 2008 alumnus of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. He honed his skills in managing acute injuries/illness and challenging internal medicine cases during an emergency internship at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center. He has been practicing emergency and primary care medicine in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs ever since. He recognizes the importance of the bond between pets and their people and strives to provide clear explanations of complicated medical conditions, reassurance and support in the midst of stressful situations, and compassionate, attentive care.

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In his free time, Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters, exploring the outdoors with their two family dogs, playing the piano or listening to classical music.

Ashley Covington, DVM

Senior Emergency Clinician

Dr. Ashley Covington is a 2014 graduate of The University of Illinois – College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained her Undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois. During her internship with Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Illinois she found cases involving wound management and toxicology to be her calling and an area she truly excelled at and enjoyed. Dr. Covington is an active member of the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Veterinary Medicine has been Dr. Covington’s career choice since the day she was born. Ashley enjoys the fast paced environment and the variety of cases that are seen in a specialty & emergency setting.

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On her rare off time away from the hospital, Ashley will be found doing a plethora of activities ranging from trapeze, cross-fit, rock climbing, hiking and traveling. Dr. Covington’s family consists of 2 dogs named Enzo & Fiona and a chinchilla named Gus.

Jenny Herbert, DVM

Senior Emergency Clinician

Dr. Herbert graduated from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists the following year and has been an ER doctor in the Chicagoland area since that time. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and participating in endurance events.

Gergory Chernok, DVM

Senior Emergency Clinician

Dr Gregory Chernok is a 2006 graduate of the University of Illinois – College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained his undergraduate degree from California University of Pennsylvania. He has been practicing in both emergency and primary care medicine since then. Dr. Chernok enjoys the fast paced environment of ER but also finds challenging medical cases exciting.

In his spare time, Dr.Chernok enjoys spending time with his wife and their three English Bull Terriers, traveling to Disney World, going on Disney cruises, off-roading in their Jeep Wrangler, skiing, and shooting pool.

Allison Fedash, DVM

Senior Emergency Clinician

Dr. Allison Fedash graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She has a very diverse career working with both large and small animals but found her true calling in emergency medicine and surgery. She previously worked at several 24-hour emergency and referral practices in the Chicago area and most recently worked as the Chief Of Staff at a 24-hour emergency practice in the south. She is very excited to be returning to the Chicago area with her husband, Brad, an Army veteran and Cubs fanatic, and her large menagerie of pets. Dr. Fedash enjoys all aspects of emergency veterinary care but has a special interest in emergency surgery, reconstruction and wound management, and toxicology cases. She belongs to many veterinary organizations and is a strong believer in continuing education. Dr. Fedash is very proud to be working with the staff of Elk Grove Veterinary Specialty and Emergency and looks forward to helping many people and their beloved pets!”

Direct Support Team

Specialty Technicians
Amelia (“Emmy”) – Oncology
Kate – Internal Medicine

Emergency Technicians
Gina, CVT – Lead Technician and Regional Nursing Operations Coach
Adrienne, CVT
Emily, CVT
Jessica, CVT
Colleen, CVT
Dusty, CVT
Emily
Melanie
Brandy
Kimberly
Heather
Amanda, CVT
Kellie, CVT

Client Service Representatives
Liz DePatie – Practice Manager
Megan McDermott – Office Manager
Miala
Patty
Emily
Tracy
Marta