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At Best Friends Animal Hospital, our doctors and staff are an extended family with a common goal: excellence in client service and patient care. Our team of doctors brings more than half a century of clinical veterinary medicine experience to the task of caring for your pets. Their unwavering dedication to professional excellence is reflected in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the hospital.
Dr. Donna Donna Rauch, DVM

College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois, 1988

Dr. Rauch enjoys attending the theater, loves country music and is always eager to curl up with a good book. She shares her interest in obedience and agility training with her Good Sam adoptees Possum and Chico, who are happy to show off their tricks. Dr. Rauch is also an avid outdoorsman, and often relaxes by going camping and taking long hikes.

Dr. Michelle Michelle McCune, DVM

College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin, 1996

Dr. McCune is an accomplished wildlife artist and proud member of Artists for Conservation. One highlight of her extensive travels is a trip to Namibia with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, cooking and photography. Dr. McCune lives with her husband, two children, two cats, two frogs, several fish and a foster turtle.

Dr. Burke Cecilia Burke, DVM

College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois, 1983

Dr. Burke received her DVM from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. She has two sons in college, her oldest is at Augustana in Rock Island and her youngest is as Drake in Des Moines. Her cats names are Lewis and Clark and she has a German Shorthair Pointer named Dinky. Her hobbies include bike riding, coin collecting, and hiking.

Dr. Bobbie Roberta "Bobbie" Scarbeck, DVM

College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois, 2000

Dr. Scarbeck has a soft spot for beagles, and her rescue Cricket is always close at hand. Disney World is one of her favorite places, and she looks forward to making the trip whenever there's a chance. Dr. Scarbeck loves camping and hiking, and in her free time works towards her goal of visiting every National Park.

Dr. Melanie Melanie Laasch, DVM

College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois, 1988

Dr. Laasch is a "floating" veterinarian, and has become a part of the Best Friends family as our permanent relief vet. When we need an extra pair of hands at the hospital, we know we can rely on Dr. Laasch. When she's not helping area animal hospitals, Dr. Laasch enjoys reading, traveling and roller-blading. She shares her Chicago home with a cat.

Dr. Anna Anna Orsini, DVM

Dr. Anna Orsini did her undergraduate work at Loyola University in Chicago, during which she spent a semester at the John Felice Rome center in Italy. Anna has a passion for shelter medicine and routinely donates spays and neuters at Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook. Anna has also volunteered for Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) to provide free veterinary services to the underserved Native American Reservations. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs Lorenzo and Siena, two cats Eileen and Benny, and two rabbits Hermes and Demeter. Anna also loves horseback riding, and is a member of the Lake County Mounted Posse.