Meet the Team

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.

Our Doctors


DONNA RAUCH, DVM  photo

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 rescue dogs Beaker and Squeak, 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.

ROBERTA

ROBERTA "BOBBIE" SCARBECK, DVM

College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois, 2000

Dr. Scarbeck has a soft spot for beagles, and her rescue dogs Cricket and Skeeter are 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.

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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.

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ANNA ORSINI, DVM

College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois, 2015

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.

Veterinary Assistants


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Carol

Kathy N.  photo

Kathy N.

Cathy M.  photo

Cathy M.

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Cathy T.

Ivy  photo

Ivy

Clare  photo

Clare

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Conor

Kellen  photo

Kellen

Reception Staff


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Jane

Julie  photo

Julie

Sarah  photo

Sarah

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Lizzie

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Jenny

Katy  photo

Katy

Kennel Attendants


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Lucas

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Chris

Best Friends Animal Hospital

Call: (847) 548-2626
Fax: (847) 548-2641

1203 N. IL Route 83
Grayslake, IL 60030

Request Appointment

After-hours if your pet is having a medical emergency:
Veterinary Specialty Center
(847) 459-7535
Premier Veterinary Group
(847) 548-5300



Hours

(Closed Holidays)

Monday 8:00am - 7:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 7:00pm

Saturday 8:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday Closed