Meet the CARE Staff - Chicago Animal Rehab

Meet the CARE Staff

Dr. Joe Whalen

Dr. Joe Whalen graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr. Whalen has been the owner of LePar Animal Hospital since 1995. He began his studies in Animal Chiropractic in 2000 and completed his acupuncture training at the Chi Institute in 2003.

Dr. Whalen is certified in Veterinary Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and is an instructor in Veterinary Chiropractic at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center.

In his free time Dr. Whalen enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing basketball, fishing and working out. He is the proud owner a mix breed rescue dog, Sofie, who recently celebrated her sixth birthday.


Mary Collopy, CVT, CCRP

Mary has a life-long love of animals. She started her career as a pet groomer. When her beloved Boston terrier, Casey, was diagnosed with cancer she was compelled to search for more natural and alternative ways to care for her “fur babies”. This started a long, interesting and wonderful journey towards her love of canine rehabilitation. She pursued training in canine massage, acupressure, and hydrotherapy. During a training session in hydrotherapy, Mary had a life changing experience with a paralyzed daschund named Digger. After a week of hydrotherapy, Mary took Digger out of the pool, placed him on the ground and he took four to five steps! Of course there were tears, goose bumps and the realization that, “Wow, this is what I want to do with my life! Thank you, Casey, for starting my journey, I miss you.”

Mary graduated with honors as a Certified Veterinary Technician and earned her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner from the University of Tennessee. She is also certified in canine massage and is a Reiki III Master.

She shares her home with two Boston Terriers, Elmer and Nellie; a paraplegic French Bulldog, Vivian; a Pug/Pomeranian mix, Hughie; and two cats, Bailey and Crosby. “My journey began with the intense desire for my “fur babies” to thrive, not to just survive. Each and every one of them has been a learning experience and they are responsible for my desire to help other people and their “fur babies” I dedicate this to all of them, especially the ones that have gone to the rainbow bridge – Joab, Casey, Maggie, Kitty, and Murphy.


Karen Stasky

Karen Stasky has been working with dogs and other animals for over 30 years. For 15 years Karen has been rehabilitating wild birds, and more recently, dogs.

This road in her “life journey” started with her Pembroke Welsh Corgi. “Cori was a great teacher.” Because he was an over-enthusiastic puppy and young adult, Karen has learned Positive Reinforcement Training and has used canine rehabilitation to help him recover from a debilitating back injury.

Karen is certified in pet massage therapy and energy work, is a Reiki III Master, has been working as a veterinary technician for the last 9 years, and teaches dogs and their guardians beginning obedience, agility and freestyle classes for Advances in Animal Behavior.

She enjoys making her own pottery, teaches pottery classes and is also a Master Gardener.  She currently shares her home with her rescued Corgi, Sadie, a Swedish Vallhund, Nissa, and Jamie, an Amazon Parrot.

Lynne Culligan

Lynne began with a career in management but always had a desire to work with animals. Six years ago she started at Lepar Animal Hospital.

Since then she has been certified as a Reiki III practitioner and is now pursuing her certification in pet massage therapy and will soon begin her studies in holistic health.

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