November 30, 2010



Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA

Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA

Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, founder and owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, is an internationally-renowned pioneer in complementary medicine and physical rehabilitation. A passionate advocate of commonsense and cutting-edge approaches to optimal animal health, Dr. Royal provides a bridge between Western and Eastern medicine. Click to read FULL BIO.





Dr. Maria VonderHaar, DVM, CVA, CVSMT

Dr. Maria VonderHaar, DVM, CVA, CVSMT

Dr. Maria VonderHaar‘s focus is complementary care; she is certified by IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Association) and the AAVA (American Animal Veterinary Association.  She is also certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association in Chiropractic Care.  Dr. VonderHaar understands that the improvement on the patient’s overall quality of life is a vital factor in every treatment and procedure.





Dr. Tricia Stimac, DVM, CVA, CVSMT

Dr. Tricia Stimac, DVM, CVA, CVSMT

Dr. Tricia Stimac (Currently on Maternity Leave – Returning August 4th, 2016) is an integrative veterinarian with a focus on cats and dogs but she also has experience caring for exotic and wildlife animals.  Along with her DVM degree she is a certified animal chiropractor and acupuncturist.  She offers an integrative approach to animal health care by incorporating traditional western medicine, surgery, chiropractic care, acupuncture, dietary supplementation, nutritional counseling, homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Click to read FULL BIO.




Dr. Arielle Herndobler, DVM, CVA, CVSMT

Dr. Arielle Herndobler, DVM, CVA, CVSMT

Dr. Arielle Herndobler joined the Royal Treatment Veterinary Center team in February 2016. She is excited to combine both holistic and western medical modalities to provide a highly individualized treatment plan for each pet she meets. Click to read FULL BIO.









Veronica Vazquez (Senior Veterinary Technician) – Veronica has been working with Dr. Royal for 7 years. She has a strong interest in animal nutrition and loves seeing all the happy patients that come to the Royal Treatment. She lives in Chicago with her husband Adam and two sassy cats Ziggy Stardust and Nico.

Alex Kislaitis (Rehabilitation Manager/Office Manager) – Alex has been working with Dr. Royal since 2008, with a strong focus in veterinary rehabilitation.  He has been working with animals for over 18 years and has been the proud owner of a variety of birds, reptiles, fish, 2 cats, and 2 dogs.  He is a member of the Chicago Herpetological Society and continues to seek new ways to enjoy and share his interests with his wife Lindsay and their son Teddy.

Kate Francini (Technician) – Kate has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years and loves all aspects of animal health with a particular emphasis on nutrition.  Kate lives in Evanston with her husband, 2 children, 3 dogs and 2 cats.  Yes, it is a very full house…watch out Stephanie Tanner!

Tashyia Fields (Technician/Reception) – Tashyia comes to us from North Carolina after moving to Chicago in 2009.  She studied zoology at North Carolina State University and has since worked in veterinary medicine.  She enjoys helping animals and pet owners, and in her down time enjoys comics, cosplay, sewing and reading. She has two cats named Malachi and Ezra, and two rats named Vash and Knives.

Moira Koppe (Technician) – Moira has been a veterinary technician for 10 years and is actively pursuing her CVT license.  She enjoys making a difference in her patient’s lives and being there for their families.

Nina Pinter (Technician/Purchasing Manager) – Nina is a certified veterinary technician, reiki practicioner, and human massage therapist who has worked in veterinary medicine for the past 9 years, with previous experience in emergency medicine.  Nina enjoys teaching people about the importance of nutrition and seeing the difference it can make in the lives of our patients.  She has an 8 year-old lhasa apso/poodle mix named Mitzy, and a 13 year-old black cat named Monkey.

Annmarie Gilbert (Technician) – Annmarie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has been working in the veterinary field for one and a half years.  She enjoys caring for our patients and all aspects of veterinary medicine.  She lives with a 7 year-old Pug/Chinese Crested mix named Synyster that she calls the love of her life.  She enjoys running, walking Synyster, music, road trips, hiking, gardening and laughs the most with her friends and life in general.

Kathryn Rodriguez (Technician) –

Alex Rosales (Technician) – Alex just joined RTVC in July of 2016.  He has been in the veterinary field for six and a half years and loves helping people help their pets.  Alex does not have any pets right now, but hopes to in the future.  His favorite hobbies including reading and guitar playing.

Edgar Hernandez (Technician Assistant)

Zoe Magierek (Reception Manager/Office Manager) – Zoe has been working with Dr. Royal and animals in one way or another since 2005.  She loves completing tasks and meeting all of the patients here at The Royal Treatment!  She has two grey cats, one dog, and many snakes.

Rhiannon Needham (Reception)

Laura Alba (Administrative Assistant)

Pam Kuhn (Massage Therapy) – Pam has worked with animals throughout her life including eleven years as an animal massage therapist.  She also teaches animal massage at Chicago’s Animal Career Academy.  Pam lives in Chicago with her husband, Ben.

Nancy Schults (Massage Therapy) – Nancy Shults has been a certified massage therapist for nearly 20 years.  She has expanded her practice beyond serving people by offering her knowledge, experience, and care to help companion animals.  Nancy has been working at the Royal Treatment Veterinary Center as a certified animal massage therapist since 2007.  She also makes home visits and volunteers at shelters whenever possible.  With a big heart and open arms, Nancy has been working to make a difference in the lives of many animals and their human counterparts.

Sara Aguilera (Support Staff)