We're passionate about keeping our neighborhood's pets healthy.
Boulevard Veterinary was founded in Chicago by Dr. Dylan Frederickson in the Logan Square neighborhood in 2015. Two years later, BLVD Vet expanded to River North, opening a second full-service practice location that prides itself on the same high standards of care.
We believe that really listening to our client's concerns about their pets is the foundation of providing intuitive veterinary care. Our doctors provide unhurried, thorough exams to make sure that no question goes unanswered. We also try to get a sense your pet's lifestyle and specific needs so that we can make sensible long term choices about topics like vaccines, diet, behavior and dental care.
Meet the Team
Dr. Dylan Frederickson and Kelly Frederickson
Dr. Frederickson (aka Dr. Dylan) found his calling to be a veterinarian while growing up on his family's small dairy farm in central Wisconsin. The Frederickson Family Farm has been in the family for over 100 years and continues to operate today.
As a boy, Dr. Dylan often had to assist the large animal veterinarians that served the family farm. Watching and assisting them perform surgery on a standing cow was a true thrill (though not so for his dad, footing the bill).
Dr. Dylan attended college at The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.
Having lived for some time in Logan Square, Dr. Dylan decided it was the perfect place to put down some roots and found his own veterinary practice. He did so in 2014 naming it "Boulevard Veterinary" as a nod to the historic Boulevard system that passes through Logan Square as it rings Chicago. He married his wife Kelly the same year.
Following strong growth of the practice in Logan Square, Dr. Dylan decided to expand Boulevard Veterinary's reach by opening a second location for the practice downtown in River North--another pet-friendly Chicago neighborhood rich in history.
When not working on BLVD Vet, Dr. Dylan likes running on the 606, reading, spending time with his wife Kelly, their pets Woody (a Cavalier King Charles) and Smokey-Panther (a former barn-kitten plucked from a pile of straw on the family farm). He and Kelly like supporting their neighborhood restaurants, traveling when they can, and of course going up North to the family farm back where it all began. Dr. Dylan is a devoted Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan and hopes native Chicagoans won't hold that against him.
Dr. Julie Geisler
Dr. Julie Geisler is a fun-loving Philadelphia native who has brought her passion and expertise in veterinarian medicine to the Windy City. A heavy dose of science class combined with her love of animals drove her to pursue a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Dr. Geisler graduated summa cum laude from Saint Mary's College with a B.S. in Biology in 2010. Four years later, she earned her DVM at Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
After veterinary school, Dr. Geisler got married and moved to Chicago to start work at a busy clinic in the suburbs. During her tenure she learned from great mentors and saw a diverse caseload. She also became certified in animal chiropractic which furthered her interests in chronic pain management.
Since accepting the position at Boulevard, Dr. Geisler has moved to Logan Square with her husband and yellow Labrador, Thumper, and is enjoying the neighborhood to its fullest. In her free time she enjoys visiting family on the East Coast and cheering on her Fighting Irish at football games.
Dr. Tyler Williams
Hailing from Chicagoland clinics, Dr. Tyler Williams joined Boulevard Vet in 2017 with roughly ten years of general veterinary experience. His focus on preventative welfare and evidenced-based treatment are witnessed by his high standard for care of every patient.
Dr. Williams takes particular interest in surgery and promoting longevity through proper nutrition. Dr. Williams’ grandparents were Wisconsinite farmers, allowing for regular interaction with animals of all sizes while growing up. This prefaced Dr. Williams’ grade school involvement in groups like 4H and FFA, where he took part in animal husbandry. In earnest, Dr. Williams confirmed his life’s calling in 6th grade, when he rescued a baby bunny from becoming the neighborhood cat’s lunch. Much to his dismay, he didn’t get to keep the bunny as his pet, but the gratification he felt in caring for animals served as the basis for a future career in veterinary science. After a pre-collegiate job at the vet clinic in town, Dr. Williams went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences (2004) and DVM (2008) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In his free time, Dr. Williams and his wife, Sara, are typically busy keeping up with their four-year-old daughter, Mila, who recently requested her first pet fish. He also takes particular interest in sports and can often be found on a field -- or watching a field -- when not at work. An avid Badgers, Packers, and Cubs fan, Dr. Williams also enjoys playing soccer, weight training, obstacle courses, and the occasional triathlon.
Dr. Aracely Cordes
Dr. Aracely Cordes is very excited to join the BLVD team and appreciates the exceptional client experience and high-quality medicine provided. Her parents recognized her love for animals and studious manner early on and encouraged her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State and DVM from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She enjoys educating students interested in the veterinary field and has given many presentations to classrooms and zoo camps.
Dr. Cordes is from Oak Lawn and from a family of educators in CPS. Education is incredibly important to her and believes client education and communication are vital for formulating the best medical plan for patients. She very much appreciates all aspects of veterinary medicine including internal medicine, surgery, and most of all dentistry. Being able to provide high quality care using digital dental x-rays and efficiency to decrease anesthesia time are very important to her.
She resides in Logan Square with her husband, Justin, 2 kids Maddie and Mason, 2 senior golden retrievers, Mac and Miller and 1 cat, Tom. When not practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys heading to concerts with her husband, taking the kids to Lucy Flower Park or Humboldt Park, dogs to Doggy Paddle for swimming, walking on the 606, traveling (usually in an RV nowadays), and going to brunch. 90 miles, Parson’s, Ipsento and Bang Bang are at the top of her list but always appreciates suggestions!
She is also bilingual and would love to engage Spanish speaking clients in order to provide the best quality, communication, and care.
Dr. Josie Arbogast
Dr. Josie Arbogast is an Indianapolis native, where her love of all animals- both big and small, developed at a very young age on her grandparent’s farm. Much to her mother's chagrin, Dr. Arbogast was notorious as a youngster for bringing home every stray animal she could find. As a freshman in high school, she got a job at the local neighborhood veterinary clinic, where she quickly realized that a career as a veterinarian would be a perfect fit to fulfill her passion for both medicine and animal welfare.
Dr. Arbogast graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dayton with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She then went on to complete her D.V.M. with honors at (The) Ohio State University— go bucks!
Dr. Arbogast is passionate about many aspects of veterinary medicine, but in particular values the ability to help strengthen the human-animal bond. She loves that her job works to ensure the health and well being of her patients as well as educate clients so that the relationship between owners and their furry family members can reach its full potential.
When not practicing at BLVD, you can find Dr. Arbogast enjoying any and all outdoor activities/sports, checking off her travel bucket list, making her way through Chicago's vast array of eateries (new suggestions welcome!), and spending time with her Great Dane, Lucca.
Dr. Patricia Ho
Dr. Patricia Ho is a native Chicagoan who grew up working in her family’s Chinese -American Restaurant in the Hermosa community, west of Logan Square. From an early age, she had an affinity for taking care of people and pets and feels very fortunate she gets to do both for a living.
Dr. Ho graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Neuroscience and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2004. She then earned her D.V.M. at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and completed Masters in Public Health (Biostatistics and Epidemiology) coursework at the Chicago campus.
After completing a rigorous emergency/critical care and specialty medicine internship in Hollywood, Florida she began working in several emergency/referral and private practices in the Chicagoland area. Dr. Ho is excited to integrate additional therapeutic techniques as she completes her acupuncture certification though the Chi Institute at the University of Florida.
Outside of work, Dr. Ho is a hot yoga enthusiast who enjoys food-related activities with her husband and indulging their 3 cats Bobby, Jeffrey, and Milo.
Dr. Ed Holub
An Illinois native, Dr. Ed Holub moved to Logan Square after graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. After working at both private and corporate practices, he began offering relief services to general practice and emergency clinics in 2014.
Despite often facing a lengthy commute, Dr. Ed appreciates the ability to practice veterinary medicine in different communities. This offers him a diverse, often challenging, caseload that allows him to hone his skills as a practitioner. Additionally, he feels that each clinic has a unique personality and strives to emulate its style during each client interaction.
When not providing relief coverage, Dr. Ed can be found patronizing several of the eclectic locales in both Logan Square and Wicker Park. Otherwise, he likes to wind down by watching a good movie with his cats, Dharma and Ushna.
Audrey Laroche, CVT
Audrey has been Boulevard Vet’s Practice Manager since May, 2015. She’s been working in the veterinary field since 2006. Her interest began while completing her bachelors in biology at James Madison University. She became a licensed veterinary technician in 2010 and has explored various opportunities such as working in a state lab identifying signs of disease in cattle and poultry, vaccinating big cats in Belize, and working as an overnight emergency/critical care technician and supervisor. Audrey is striving to become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager but still enjoys helping out with appointments and monitoring anesthesia. At home, her other interests include painting, drawing and going to the occasional metal show. Audrey has had dogs, snakes, birds, and betas in the past but now dotes on two felines, Guinness and Zoey.
Client Care Manager
Marina joined the BLVD Team April, 2016 and was promoted to her position as Client Care Manager in 2017. Prior to working at Boulevard Veterinary, she has held a variety of animal care-taking positions at a local pet store and a kennel where she was responsible for the husbandry requirements for several species of pets. She has had a special connection with animals for as long as she can remember, so working with animals in a professional setting was a dream job for her. Now she loves being able to expand her knowledge of veterinary medicine every day in addition to performing her management duties and working with such an amazing team. In the past Marina has had parakeets, crested geckos, turtles, mice, a king snake, and a bunny. She now shares her home with her husband and their little horde of animals: 2 cats, box turtle, tarantula, and several fish. In her free time she enjoys exploring the city, spending time in nature, and crafting at home.
Ashli's passion for our furry friends started in 2009 when she was working as a kennel assistant in Indiana. Her experience prompted her to make the decision to advance her education in veterinary medicine at Purdue University. She graduated their four year program in 2014 with a Bachelors in Science and Veterinary Technology and promptly began her career as a veterinary technologist working with companion animals. Since deciding to move to Chicago, she has joined the Boulevard family and will be a staple at our second location in River North. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her own four legged family that includes her two pomeranians, Snuggles and Sophie, and her hedgehog Olive!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Cathy is originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago but has spent the last several years living in Madison, WI, northwest WI, and south-central Vermont. After years of migrating, she recently decided to move back to the Chicago area to once again call it home. She has been working in veterinary medicine since 2010 and has had a love for animals as early as she can remember. When not at work, Cathy enjoys exploring all the wonderful sights, sounds, parks, and foods that Chicago and Madison have to offer. She is fond of jogging, biking, hiking, cooking (then eating!), and adventuring in whichever direction the wind may blow her! At home, she has a fluffy rescue dog named Maddie that always keeps her on her toes. Maddie's favorite things are tromping through the snow, playing frisbee, and being a downright ham when meeting new people.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Charlene came from the food and beverage world and dove into the veterinary world in 2012 when she realized her childhood passion for animals had never diminished. She honed her technical skills at a general practice in the West Loop for four years, graduated with honors from San Juan College's Veterinary Technology program and passed the Veterinary Technology National Exam with flying colors! In her spare time, she likes to explore the city, travel, and spend time with her husband and her menagerie of 5 - Charlene has 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a turtle.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Colleen is a 2016 graduate from the Vet Tech Institute of Fox College. After a two month externship at Boulevard, she accepted a full time position as a veterinary technician in 2017. Prior to being a part of the Boulevard team, she has had varied experience working with animals including dog walking and has also spent time volunteering at animal shelters. Colleen has lived in the Humboldt Park and Logan Square neighborhoods for years and is very happy to be working so close with clients from the surrounding areas. During her spare time, she enjoys eating her way though the city and playing quirky tunes on her ukulele. At home, Colleen has a senior rat terrier named Samuel L Jaxon, a shih tzu mix named Fred, and a chiweenie named Bruce Kraig!
Assistant Veterinary Technician
Oscar is a college graduate with an associate degree in applied sciences. Prior to being a part of the BLVD Team, Oscar worked as a veterinary technician for over 4 years and has a strong interest in gastroenterology and nephrology. Oscar has lived in Chicago for the past 5 years, and is originally from the northern suburbs. Oscar was born in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. During his spare time, he enjoys trying any and every single taco establishment Chicago has to offer and loves horror and romantic comedy movies. At home, Oscar has an American Staffordshire Terrier named Saffron and a Schnauzer mix named Buffy.
Client Care Specialist
Ann is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, but has lived in Chicago since August 2016. With the move to Chicago came the decision to finally pursue a career working with animals, something she has wanted to do since she was a child. Through the course of her life she has had several family pets ranging from dogs and cats to bearded dragons and ball pythons, but she is currently the proud “mom” of two cats, Shinx and Dr. Zoidberg. Ann is also a student at University of Illinois at Chicago where she is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She has always had a passion for wildlife, science, and nature, so you can find her enjoying her time in Chicago at the many wonderful museums and green spaces around the city.
Client Care Specialist
Becky is a born and raised Chicagoan from Logan Square. Growing up she always had a love for animals and regularly maddened her parents by bringing in stray dogs into their yard. From then on she’s had an array of animals including pigeons, guinea pigs, and even a squirrel! Now she has two fluffy senior dogs, Rocky and Lily, and a sassy cat named Honey. She currently has an Associate's degree in Science from Harold Washington College and intends to continue her education in the veterinary field. You can catch this self-proclaimed Chicana exploring the city at festivals and museums, and in her downtime engrossed in a good horror book or film. Lastly, Becky wants you to know "nothing beats tacos."
Client Care Specialist
Molly was raised in the northern suburbs and has lived in Chicago since 2008. Growing up, there were always pets in the house, and Molly has had an enormous place in her heart for animals, and for dogs in particular, ever since she can remember. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Music Directing for Theatre from Columbia College Chicago. After graduating and spending some time in the coffee business, Molly wanted to further include her love for animals and interest in their well-being into her life, and was thrilled to join Boulevard Veterinary. In her spare time she enjoys performing with her band, cooking, knitting, and spending time with her two family dogs, Shanti and Caddie.
Client Care Specialist
Zainab has worked with animals for over ten years. She started as a kennel assistant at the Anti-Cruelty Society and worked herself all the way up to Shelter Lead. Zainab also worked at an emergency and specialty hospital in Chicago for 5 years and from that has a vast depth of experience in critical patient care. Zainab decided to join the BLVD Team in 2018 and happily reunited with some of her former ER coworkers, including BLVD's owner and founder Dr. Dylan! When not at work, Zainab tries to beat her record for books read in the years past and catch up on Doctor Who. Zainab's family includes her mother, sister, their 6 cats and dog Lyra Bellaqua. Some might consider her Kindle a family member as well.
Ellen started at Boulevard Veterinary in September 2017 when she moved to Chicago from Michigan. Ellen has a Bachelor of Science in biology and is currently enrolled in Purdue’s Veterinary Nursing program in order to pursue a career as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Her personal interests include a passion for marine life, and she has had exciting opportunities to work with marine mammals at the Indianapolis Zoo, and with sharks at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Ellen shares her home with a rescue dog, Wookiee, two rescue cats, Tsotsi and Pippa, and a border collie, Walle.
Fiona, a Chicago-native, started at Boulevard Veterinary in October 2017 after graduating from the University of Kentucky. Fiona has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and is currently applying to vet school for the Fall of 2019. She has experience working with both small and large animals through various internships including a Thoroughbred rehabilitation center in Kentucky. At home, Fiona has a Doberman Lab mix named Rosie (full name: Roselynn Petunia).
Jeremy is Boulevard's first Full Time Veterinary Assistant. He has spent over 7 years working in the pet industry working for upscale pet stores, day cares, and grooming boutiques - as well as hosting many charitable events to benefit local rescues. While cities and roles have changed over the years, what hasn’t is Jeremy’s passion and dedication to the world's four legged companions. He is looking forward to this new step in his journey to expand his knowledge in animal veterinary health and returning to school to become a Veterinary Technician. In his free time he enjoys taking his own rescue pet, a Chihuahua mix named Nova, to parks and dog friendly bars and restaurants here in Chicago.
Sarah is a proud military brat who grew up overseas. After moving frequently as a child she decided to put down roots and chose to move to Chicago in 2011. She started working in the pet industry in 2012 after missing her family pets, juggling a job at a doggy daycare with her education first at Columbia College Chicago, and then Loyola University. Her veterinary career started 3 years ago, working overnights at an emergency hospital in Chicago. Since starting at BLVD Vet, she is now enrolled in Penn Foster’s veterinary nursing program in order to become a Certified Veterinary Technician! She currently lives in Ravenswood where she shares her home with two rescue cats, Nessa and Falafel, her fish Davey, and her plants Edgar and Carol. When not at work she enjoys reading, knitting, drinking tea, and all other hobbit-like endeavors.
Assistant Veterinary Technician (Relief)
Anney got her start in the veterinary field in 2009 at a small general practice in the northwest suburbs. She learned the tools of the trade there while completing her degree in Sociology from Roosevelt University, then spent the next several years working overnights as an emergency / critical care veterinary technician at MedVet Chicago. She joined the Boulevard team as a in 2015, and also participates in fundraising and fostering for Tree House cat shelter. For the past four years, the majority of Anney's free time has been dedicated to playing roller derby for the internationally ranked DuPage Derby Dames. She travels regularly both for roller derby tournaments and just to see the world. Anney lives in a Humboldt Park greystone with her parrots Chirpy, Iggy and Avi.
Assistant Veterinary Technician (Relief)
Alyssa has been with Boulevard Veterinary since August, 2015. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology in 2012 at Millikin University, where her research focused on learning behaviors in animals. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2009 and, in addition to working at multiple busy animal hospitals, also previously worked at a veterinary diagnostics laboratory. She moved to the city in 2015 to join the BLVD Team and lives in the Ravenswood neighborhood. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the restaurant and music scenes of Chicago, horseback riding, and creating music. She has two tabby cats, Gilbert and Martin, who she spends most of her time spoiling and photographing.