Meet Our Veterinarians
We’re proud to provide Old Town and surrounding communities with compassionate, state-of-the-art care that meets the needs of every single one of our pet patients. Our veterinarians and support staff are wholly dedicated to keeping your pet healthy and happy for life. Check out their bios below to learn more about them.
Dr. Tony Kremer owns nine veterinary hospitals in the Chicagoland area and two in Ohio. He is the founder of Help Save Pets, an animal shelter which has saved more than 14,000 pets since 2000. Dr. Tony’s knowledge, insight, and advice are shared regularly with major media outlets across the nation and in the third largest market. Dr. Tony is also a member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Public Education Committee that routinely gets the word out about responsible pet ownership.
Dr. Tony graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and later conducted post-graduate course work at The Ohio State University in orthopedic surgery. This special interest in Orthopedic Surgery has led to performing advanced knee and hip procedures as well as complicated fracture repair in all of his practices. In his spare time, Dr. Tony loves to motorcycle, scuba dive, and play guitar.
Dr. John Coyne has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 42 years. He was raised on a farm in Central Illinois and graduated from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. Dr. Coyne also owns and operates several other animal hospitals in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area. He is a big fan of University of Illinois athletics, and enjoys all Chicago sports. He and his wife Ruth have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Dr. Alexandra Matos
Meet Dr. Alexandra Matos! Dr. Matos is from Miami, Florida and she is one of ten adopted children! Her love for animals started at a very young age, with habits of saving every stray she could find and nurse back to health. Being the first ever to go to college in her family, she worked very hard to achieve her dreams of becoming a Veterinarian. Her passion for animals brought Dr. Matos to the island of St. Kitts where she obtained her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine during which time she attended University of Florida for her clinical year. She has a strong passion for rescue/low income animal care and has a special interest in veterinary surgery and emergency medicine. Dr. Matos loves playing with her 3 cats: Mishu, Mininu, Mooshoo and dog: Kitty. In her free time she enjoys DIY projects and traveling. A few places she has visited include: Thailand, Rome, Italy, Paris, Spain, China, Jamaica and Mexico. When we officially open in October, please stop by, she’d love to meet you!
Dr. Suzanne Wilson
Dr. Suzanne Wilson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and went on to attend the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where she was a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. During her time at U of I, she completed externships with the ASPCA Humane Alliance Program and Tree House Humane Society. Dr. Wilson lives in the city with her fiancé and two cats, Georgia and Frankie. In her free time you can find her running, practicing yoga, spoiling her niece, and learning how to survive Chicago winters.
Dr. Tracy Williams
Dr. Williams started her academic journey in history, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in the subject! Yet, she soon decided that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She went back to school for math and science so she could meet the requirements to apply for veterinary school. After graduating from the University of Missouri with her DVM in 2002, she had completed a total of 10 years in school! In her role as a vet now, the most rewarding part of the job is surgery, which she enjoys performing as well as the challenges it brings.
At home, Dr. Williams has two children, Emma and Henry, as well as three pets including: her rescued dog, Marlen; a cat named Muffin; and her son’s bearded dragon, Grendel. In her spare time, she loves traveling with her family and friends, and especially enjoys her annual “girls’ trip” which is a 25+ year tradition!
Dr. Brice Ratchford
Dr. Ratchford was born and raised in South Carolina where he attended Winthrop University for his BS in Biology. Dr. Ratchford graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2017 after completing his clinical rotations at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Ratchford’s areas of interest include cardiology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine and surgery. He enjoys traveling, cooking/baking, movies, and live theater. He has 2 cats, Apollo and Athena, and a dog named Artemis.