Dr. Onderdonk joins us after spending thirteen years at a practice in northern New Jersey. Like Dr. Perry, she received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College after which she spent ten years in a variety of fields before deciding to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.
She graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and subsequently completed an additional year of training at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in West Hartford, CT as a rotating intern in veterinary medicine and surgery. She is excited to add acupuncture to her toolbox once she completes the Chi Institute’s veterinary acupuncture course in late 2018.
While surgery is a special interest, she loves the diverse disciplines and opportunity for lifetime learning that come with the profession. But perhaps the part of her job she values most is building compassionate relationships with her clients and their pets. She approaches each patient as an individual, works closely with owners to develop treatment options that fit their unique needs, and strives to handle her patients in a manner that decreases the stress they inevitably feel visiting the vet.
Outside of work she enjoys Pilates, cycling and running and is learning to play her grandfather's 96-year-old mandolin. At home here in Brooklyn, she houses a small menagerie of pets that includes a dog named Coqui whom she rescued off a beach in Puerto Rico, a partially-blind cat named Little Bee and a feral cat named Turtle.
Former Veterinarian at Pawsitive Veterinary
In 2017, Dr. Chilla left Brooklyn, NY to move back to her family in Missouri. She is now working at Bradford Park Animal Hospital in Springfield, MO. She had a blast during her years in the big city, but was ready to go back to a quieter life in the country. We wish her the best of luck and will miss her dearly.