Dr. Kristen Kennedy joined Orchard Road Animal Hospital in July of 2008. She was born and raised nearby in Naperville, IL. She graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, with a B.A. in Biology. She then attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with Phi Zeta honors. After graduating, Dr. Kennedy completed an externship in Cleveland, OH, with an internal medicine and oncology specialist. Her areas of interest also include ultrasound, for which she received additional training. Dr. Kennedy is a member of OTS, a professional veterinary fraternity, as well as the local and national veterinary organizations. Dr. Kennedy lives in North Aurora with her husband, Michael, who is an optometrist in Elgin. They have two children that keep them busy: a son Brendan, and a daughter Grace that they welcomed into the family in March of 2018. We added another family member (a four-legged one) in September 2019 - she is a mixed breed puppy named Tally. When she is not at Orchard Road, Dr. Kennedy enjoys traveling (Hawaii is a favorite), rooting for the Blackhawks, and gardening. She also loves reading and is in a book club. She is a third generation member of a philanthropic organization called P.E.O. that provides educational opportunities for women.