Meet Our Team

Jennie Culen, DVM, DACVECC

Medical Director

Dr. Culen obtained her veterinary degree from UW-Madison in 2010. She then completed two emergency internships. The first was at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center in Waukesha, WI and the second was at Mass Vet Referral in Woburn, MA. She completed a residency in emergency and critical care in 2016 at Fox Valley Animal Referral Center in Appleton, WI. She became board certified in emergency and critical care in 2016. Professional interests include trauma, transfusion medicine, and emergency surgery. Her hobbies include rock climbing, cooking, board games, and playing with her dogs Gambit and Merlin.

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.

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.

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!”

Tom McCauley

Hospital Administrator

Leading the management of Elk Grove Veterinary Specialty & Emergency is Tom McCauley, our Hospital Administrator. After graduating from the University of Denver in 1986, Tom spent the next 15 years honing his business management skills while working for Procter & Gamble in a Customer Business Development capacity. In 2001, Tom decided to leave the corporate world and ventured into the veterinary industry. For the next 20 years Tom developed that business while also consulting with various other veterinary clinics. When we had an opening to add management expertise to Elk Grove VSE, we brought Tom in to bring his enthusiasm and passion into the ER side of veterinary medicine. Tom’s prior management experience, along with his passion for excellence and creating a strong culture, brings and important and unique perspective to the Elk Grove VSE business. Tom is joined in his home by his Border Collie, Sammie.

Direct Support Team

Emergency Technicians
Gina – Regional Nursing Operations Coach
Jessica, CVT – Lead Technician
Colleen, CVT
Dusty, CVT
Emmy, CVT
Adrienne, CVT
Kellie, CVT
Erin, CVT
Sarai, CVT
Mel, CVT
Emily C., Vet Assistant

Client Service Representatives