Dr. Dina Bascharon

Dr. Dina Bascharon received her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.  She also received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She has been a member of our team since 1994 and working as a veterinarian since 2001.  Dr. Dina also interned at Disney World’s Epcot Center aquarium, The Living Seas, assisting in dolphin cognitive function research.

Her heart in veterinary medicine is educating her clients about their pet’s medical needs and helping them understand clearly the diagnosis and all their options.  This includes her openness to discussing when “quality of life” issues may be the best compassionate medical approach.

When Dr. Dina is not working, she appreciates trying new restaurants and perfecting her culinary and dinner hosting skills.  She has a love for appetizers and any food made into a miniature one to two bite delights!  She also enjoys traveling as often as possible, with beach destinations or international travel as her focus.

As a pet owner herself, to Naia, her cat and resident mascot of Oak Park Animal Hospital when she is traveling, she understands the bond created between her clients and their furry, feathered or scaled family members is very important.

The Original Starfish Story found in ”Star Thrower,” a collection of essays by the naturalist and writer Loren Eiseley 1978

“One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.Approaching the boy, he asked, ‘What are you doing?’The youth replied, ‘Throwing starfish back into the ocean.The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.’‘Son,’ the man said, ‘don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!’ After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…‘I made a difference for that one.’”