Dr. Ajaz Alvi

Dr. Alvi has been in small animal practice since 1977. He is licensed in Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Arizona. Also active in the American, Illinois State, and Chicago veterinary medical associations and has served as the executive secretary of the Illinois Academy of Veterinary Medicine for more than a decade. Dr. Alvi has held many positions in various boards and committees. He was chairperson of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Licensing and Disciplinary Board, and was a member of this board from 1997 to 2013. He was a member of PAVE board of the American Association of state boards and is a past president of Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. He received the prestigious Service Award in recognition in of meritorious service to the veterinary profession from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine at Urbana Champaign in 2002.

Dr. Khader Shakir

Dr. Shakir Graduated from Madras veterinary college, Madras University in 1973. He was briefly posted at a Poultry farm, but then posted as an extension veterinarian at an Artificial Insemination Center. Some of the job requirements were, collection of semen, quality of semen, as well as performing A.I. on fertile cows to then follow up with a check for pregnancy. He emigrated to Chicago in September 1975. He was in the US Army active service Veterinary Corps, Kansas (Ft Leavenworth) from 1976-1980, from 1980-1986 he was US Army, Reserve Veterinary Corps, Chicago. (Ft Sheridan). Dr. Shakir obtained his ECFVG Certificate from AVMA 1984-1985. He has licenses to practice veterinary medicine in both Illinois and Florida. Dr. Shakir started a veterinary clinic from scratch in 1988 and named it “Riverside Animal Clinic” in Mchenry IL. He expanded into a full fledge Animal Hospital in only 5 years, with the addition of two doctors, he became a successful practice in McHenry County. While taking care of full-service clients, he also provided services for animal shelter organizations in both McHenry and Lake Counties. Other services he provided were to Cary City and surrounding city police department dogs, Rehab dogs, as well as caring for local nursing homes. Dr. Shakir was one of the initiators and partners of local Emergency Veterinary Hospital in McHenry County. He then moved on with his career and became a partner with Dr. Rana Hafeez and later Dr. Ali Raza Naqvi for Melrose Park Animal Hospital. He rebuilt, and ran the AHMP for 3 years, he trained a new graduate to become a full-fledged veterinarian. Dr. Shakir currently works as a relief Veterinarian at the Melrose Park Animal Hospital.

Dr. Rana Hafeez

Dr. Hafeez is our Senior Veterinarian with special interest in Small Animal surgeries I.e., Orthopedic Surgery (Cruciate ligament surgeries using MMP, TPLO, TTA Tight Rope techniques as well as Wedge resection, lateral imbrication technique for Patellar luxation.) Similarly, he also utilizes his surgical expertise while dealing with complex Fracture Repairs and Soft Tissue Surgeries. He also practices- Emergency Medicine, Hospitalization care, as well as being our only Exotic Animal Veterinarian on staff. Dr. Hafeez graduated Veterinary School in 1999 and has been an emergency vet before he became part of RLAH in 2005. Upon joining RLAH, Dr. Hafeez updated the hospital’s diagnostic abilities, and medications prescribed, therefore bringing the hospital into a more modern era. As a child Dr. Hafeez grew up around animals. He even took in strays and cared for wild animals! He grew up with a pack of spoiled German Shepherds, and even a Troublemaker Himalayan Monkey named Rocky! He has always shown an interest for every animal; Furry, Feathery, or Scaley. Even at an early age he was breeding finches. Dr. Hafeez has such a passion for the work he does, and it shows when he knows each detail about every one of his clients and treats them all as if they were his own.

Dr. Jeffrey House

Dr. House graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. He spent 1 1/2 years post-graduation as a faculty member at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1978 he began practicing in the northwest suburban Chicago area.

Dr. House founded the Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital in 1985 and by 1989, the first time it was eligible, the hospital became an accredited member of the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association of which only 15% of all animal hospitals are members.

In 1989, Dr. House became board certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). Veterinary medicine in the United States is divided between general practitioners and those that have become “board certified”. The board-certified veterinarians are the only ones that are allowed to use the word “specialist” in their advertising. The advanced training, continuing education commitments and a difficult examination process has limited the number of clinical veterinarians with board certification to just 2% of the total number of practicing DVM’s.

In 1997, Dr. House became board certified for a second time within the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. His board certification this time was in the Feline Species. There are only 53 board certified “Feline Specialists” in the United States and Dr. House is one of only 3 veterinarians in the country to be dual certified, twice, by the ABVP. He has served as a mentor for other veterinarians that are striving to achieve board certification status.

In 2010 Dr. House founded Mobile Veterinary Ultrasound Inc, a diagnostic imaging company that provides soft tissue and cardiac ultrasounds for other veterinarians in the Chicago area.

His Specialties include Oncology, cardiology, Internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, and feline care.

Lismar C.

Lismar has been with AHMP since early 2019. Starting out as a receptionist, Lismar has worked her way up through the years to become the Hospital Manager, being the position she currently holds today. Which is quite the accomplishment at the age of only 19 years old! She currently has three pets of her own. 2 Felines- Cali who is a Calico, and Allie who is a Tabby, both cats being under the age of one. She also has a 2year old Canine name Athena. When Lismar isnt hard at work running the hospital, she loves to spend time with family and creating fun memories with her loved ones.


Angelina has been with AHMP for just about 6 months now, working as a Veterinary Assistant. She has a total of Five pets. 2 Dogs, Nala who is a 4yr old Dacshund Mix, and Leo who is a 1 yr old American Bully Pit. Angelina also has 2 Female Domestic Shorthair Cats, Athena is a 6mth Gray Tabby, while Neveah is a 16 wk Gray DSH. Lastly, 1 Male-Simba, who is a 4 yr old Orange Tabby. When Angelina has free time, she enjoys playing sports and being outside. She is currently playing for a softball league in Horner Park.

Monica Z.

Monica started at AHMP about 4 months ago as a Veterinary Assistant. She has raised three dogs, but currently only lives with one of them. She has 2 Labrador Retrievers that currently reside with her mom, Max who is 11yrs old and Duke who is 9yrs old. Louie is an American Staffshire Terrier who is 4 yrs old and lives at home with Monica. When Monica has time away from work, she loves to spend time with family/ loved ones, cooking & baking. She also has been getting back into reading alot. With her favorite book being, Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey.

Oussama A.

Oussama has been a Veterinary Technition with AHMP for almost 13 months, working hard to become a Veterinarian soon. He has three animals in total, 2 Siamese cats at the ages of 2 and 4 yrs old. He also has a 6yr old German Sheperd. Some things that really interest Oussama when he isnt at work include, Going to Museums, the Gym and watching Movies, as well as Living the American Dream.