Our Veterinarians

Harold F. Reece, D.V.M – Owner

Leah Katz, D.V.M

Dr. Kuehn, D.V.M.

Robert R. Badertscher II, D.V.M.

Dr. Badertscher has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology since 1977. The American College of Veterinary Radiology is the 3rd oldest specialty group for veterinarians, and currently has approximately 400 Diplomates in the world.

Initially, Dr. Badertscher spent two years in the United States Air Force and was also a small animal practitioner in El Cajon, California after graduating from Washington State University in 1971. Inspired by radiology courses in school and postgraduate seminars, he entered a 3-year radiology residency program at the University of Georgia in 1974.

After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Anatomy, and completion of board certification, he became a Veterinary Clinical Associate at Texas A&M University, where he trained in Nuclear Medicine for 2 years while working on a Ph.D. in Veterinary Physiology.

In 1979, he was appointed Associate Professor of Radiology at Oklahoma State University, where he pioneered the use of ultrasonography in both large and small animals. In the past 30 years he has scanned over 20,000 animals, ranging from rats to rhinos. He also initiated the use of computed tomography for dogs and cats while in Oklahoma.

In February of 1983, Dr. Badertscher was appointed to the faculty at the University of Illinois, in Champaign, and was involved with all aspects of diagnostic imaging for animals, including radiology, ultrasonography, computed tomography, nuclear scintigraphy, and magnetic resonance imaging. He enjoyed teaching professional students and performing research for 7 years.
His Master’s Thesis was on Radiographic Detection of Subluxation in dogs having Canine Hip Dysplasia. His Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Veterinary Physiology from Texas A&M University, dealt with nuclear medical detection of prostatic neoplasia and copper metabolism.

Dr. Badertscher has over 50 publications in imaging related subjects. He has been an invited speaker at state, national and international meetings, speaking on diagnostic imaging of all animal species. He is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, American College of Veterinary Radiology, a senior member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Radiologic Society of North America, and other professional organizations.

In the spring of 1990, he and his wife, Jo Ann, started an imaging consultation practice, Veterinary Imaging Professionals, in Glenview. For over 11 years, they provided radiographic and ultrasound services at numerous veterinary hospitals throughout Chicago. In 1999, Dr. Badertscher founded the first “stand alone” Imaging Center for Animals in Buffalo Grove, performing over 1,000 procedures a year on animals. He later became a partner at Arboretum View Veterinary Specialist in Downers Grove, Illinois. In 2008, he began Consultants in Veterinary Imaging, a private service to veterinarians, involving Teleradiography and Ultrasound services for the detection of diseases in small animals. Digital Radiology, an expanding new modality for rapid image accusation and distant diagnosis, is a current area of interest for Dr. Badertscher. Dr. Badertscher is proud of the team of veterinarians working at Gold Coast Animal Hospital and is delighted to serve pet owners from Chicago, Gold Coast, Old Town, near North Side and beyond! He looks forward to meeting both you and your pet!

Amanda Schnitker, D.V.M.

Dr. Schnitker’s career began when she was a 9-year old, bringing home wounded wildlife to care for them. Dr. Schnitker continued to follow her childhood dream, and earned her veterinary degree from Iowa State University with honors in 2004. She then continued to enrich her education by pursuing two internships, a rotating small animal internship at the University of Illinois and a surgical internship with Veterinary Surgical Associates (now Sage Centers) in California. Dr. Schnitker has a special interest in surgery, feline medicine, and hospice (end-of-life care). She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Humane Society, and the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association. When she is not at work, Dr. Schnitker can be found working in her garden with her cat, Lily, or running with her 8-pound dog, Bungee. She also enjoys traveling and learning about the world with her family.