Dr. VanDerWal grew up in Springfield, IL and is excited to become settled in the Chicago suburbs. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2009 with a Bachelor in Animal Sciences. Dr. VanDerWal went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2015. She spent the first year of her career practicing emergency medicine but looks forward to building her own clientele at Lake Street Animal Hospital. Her special interests include emergency medicine, preventative medicine, canine rehabilitation, and dermatology. Dr. VanDerWal enjoys spending time with her two dogs Tigg (Mastiff) and Chibs (Shih tzu). In her free time she enjoys walking her dogs, boating, spending time with her niece and nephews, and is an avid Chicago Cub’s fan!