Kristin Junkas, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Kristin Junkas, our Chief of Staff, grew up in Minnesota and now resides in Saint Charles, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree at Luther College in 1992 and then attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, earning a DVM degree in 1996. After completing a small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Junkas performed 18 months of oncology residency training at Illinois as well. As part of her educational requirement, she published the article "Treatment of Canine Lymphoma with COPLA/LVP" in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Junkas then joined the staff of Melrose Park Animal Hospital in 1998 where she practiced as an associate and managing veterinarian until joining the Wright Animal Hospital team in 2005.
Allison Kihn, DVM
Dr. Allison Kihn is native of the Chicago suburbs. She received her undergraduate degree in Bio Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2009, and her DVM from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. After veterinary school, she completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center. Then she spent two years as an ER and exotic animal veterinarian in Chicago.
Dr. Kihn’s special interests include preventive care, emergency medicine, seizure management and non-traditional species. She has a strong passion for exotics. She spent 6 years volunteering with a wildlife clinic, was a zookeeper for barn yard and Australian animals, and volunteered at a big cat rescue. She is thrilled to be able to offer personalized care for all types of animals.
Janina Luciano, DVM
Dr. Janina Luciano spent most of her childhood abroad and now considers Chicago her home. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology in 2006 from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T) in Rochester, New York. She spent the next several years working in peripheral nerve transplant research at Washington University in Saint Louis and then brain cancer research at Northwestern University. She then received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, she moved back home to work in a general practice and emergency clinic in downtown Chicago.
Dr. Luciano strives to provide a high standard of medical care with compassion and empathy for the families that she serves. Her special interests include dentistry, surgery, and emergency medicine. She is particularly passionate about brachycephalic syndrome management for flat-faced dog breeds, such as bulldogs and pugs.