our vets

Dr. Kurt Miller has practiced on the North Shore for 19 years, opening the first Veterinary hospital in Winnetka in 2007. Kurt attended Colorado College and graduated with a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in primate studies. Kurt was then awarded a fellowship at the Liberian Institute of Biological Research, in Liberia West Africa where he assisted in the research of human river blindness and a chimpanzee care and release program. After Liberia, Kurt continued his research in River Blindness at the New York Blood Center, but realized his true passion was caring for animals. He then attended the University of Missouri school of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated Summa Cum laude, with the top student honor in small animal surgery, small animal radiology and small animal medicine. Dr. Miller is also a member of the phi zeta veterinary honor society.

In his free time Dr. Miller plays hockey and golf, enjoys fishing and travels with his family. He and his wife Julie live in Wilmette with their son Nolen, daughter Grace, Labrador retriever Blue, and cat Anabelle, a rescue from PAWS. Julie and Kurt are dedicated fans and supporters of PAWS Chicago and their mission to make Chicago a no kill city.

Dr. Gerardo Hernández graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico UNAM; an AVMA accredited school in Mexico City. He graduated as valedictorian of the class of 2012.

In 2013 he moved to Chicago and started to work with the team at Winnetka Animal Hospital. Dr Hernández worked alongside Dr. Kurt Miller for nearly 5 years that left him with invaluable experience in a wide variety of cases. Dr. Miller was a fundamental mentor for him. He then left Winnetka Animal Hospital in 2017 to work for a thriving animal hospital in Cicero IL for 3 years.

Dr. Hernández is very happy to be back to work with the team at Winnetka Animal Hospital. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine including soft tissue surgeries, dermatology, working on various challenging cases, but overall puppies and kittens melt his heart. Dr. Hernández is a member of the AVMA CVMA and ISVMA, he lives in Lakeview Chicago with his furry baby Gervid an 8 year old Pomeranian that comes to work with him. Gerardo enjoys traveling, hiking, astronomy, stargazing, and sunset watching. He is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Dr. Susan Sherman graduated from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She spent a year abroad in Kenya on a wildlife game ranch. She serves on the Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Susie is a member of the AVMA, Chicago VMA, and the ISVMA. She lives in Glencoe with her husband, David, five children, two Abyssinian cats, and three dogs (an English Setter, a Flat-coated Retriever, and a Border Terrier). Susie enjoys running, golf, traveling, and sampling local restaurant fare.

Dr. Aurea Lucas is originally from a small town just east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Her childhood home was surrounded by the Laurel Highlands and naturally spent most of her time playing outdoors. Favoring stuffed animals over baby dolls, she and her parents quickly knew her life would be focused on the care of animals.

Dr. Lucas graduated from Seton Hill University with a B.S. in Biology before moving to the Midwest to receive her DVM from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Ever since, she has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Chicagoland area. Her particular interests are in preventive medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dermatology. Her favorite part of the day is meeting proud new pet-parents!

Dr. Lucas’ best friend is a German Shepherd Dog with a big heart named Archibald. They are always out and about either hiking, catching frisbees, or enjoying dog friendly-patios. She also has two cats: Halsted and Baby Cat (one named after a surgeon, the other his favorite food). In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling.

Dr. Bruce Kramer previously had been at Wright Animal Hospital for over 30 years. He grew up in Chicago and currently calls Highland Park, Illinois home. Dr. Kramer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, in 1969 and continued on there to earn his DVM degree in 1973. After graduating from vet school, Dr. Kramer practiced at Barnes-Bone Animal Hospital in Chicago before purchasing Wright Animal Hospital with Dr. Frederick Drazner in 1981. Within veterinary medicine, Dr. Kramer is interested in all aspects of general medicine and helping clients with behavioral issues with their pets. He was also actively involved in the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association serving on committees and as past president. Additionally, he serves as a consultant to a local animal shelter, The Buddy Foundation, where he donates his time and services monthly. Outside of work, Dr. Kramer enjoys playing golf and attending movies and theater plays.