Our Veterinarians

Dr. Kristin Brand

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Kristin Brand has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a little girl; she loves the bond between animals and their owners, and the science behind animal medicine fascinates her as well. Dr. Brand gets to live out her dream as a full-time veterinarian and the owner of Richmond Veterinary Clinic!

Dr. Brand grew up in McHenry, Illinois. She was only 12 years old when she secured her first job in the animal care field—she started working as a kennel attendant at a local animal hospital, working her way up to the technician position a few years later. She continued working at veterinary clinics through her undergraduate studies at Lake Forest College before going to veterinary school at Ross University in the Caribbean. While interning here at Richmond Veterinary Clinic in 2007, Dr. Brand was invited to work full-time after graduation, and she gladly accepted.

As a vet, Dr. Brand loves solving the puzzle behind a pet’s ailment. Acupuncture is of particular interest to her—she says that many animals run gleefully into the acupuncture room because they know it makes them feel better!

Dr. Brand and her husband, Brandon, have a young son named Parker and a brand-new baby boy, Finn. The family lives with four rescued dogs and four rescued cats.

Dr. Brand enjoys reading, canoeing, and spending time with her family. She was active in softball during college, when her Lake Forest team was the NCAA runner-up. Dr. Brand also enjoys snowboarding and even qualified for the X-Games in college!

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Dr. Caroline DiCarlo

Associate Veterinarian

Medicine is truly Dr. Caroline DiCarlo’s passion; she is constantly fascinated by the machine that is the animal body! Her adoration of science and love of pets make veterinary medicine the perfect career path.

Dr. DiCarlo grew up in Largo, Florida and moved to the suburbs of Chicago when she was 14 years old. After a brief career in advertising, she decided to make a change and stared working at an animal clinic. This is where her interest in medicine was born—it wasn’t long before she was attending college to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in forensic toxicology. From there, she earned her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois, graduating in 2012 and starting full-time here at Richmond Veterinary Clinic in the fall of that year.

Cytology is one of Dr. DiCarlo’s favorite aspects of veterinary medicine; there is a whole world for her to look at under the microscope! She also enjoys tailoring her protocols and treatments to specific patients for the best possible care.

At home, Dr. DiCarlo lives with her husband, Rick, their toddler Tegan, a baby girl named Quinn, and five dogs named Riley, Finn, Phoebe, Scout, and Hugo.

When she has a spare moment between work and family life, Dr. DiCarlo enjoys watching zombie movies and television shows. She also likes writing, and even once published an article in Forensic magazine.

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Dr. Steve Fox

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Steve Fox’s parents were always math- and science-oriented—his mother worked as a registered nurse; his father, a mechanical engineer—and they passed their passions and strong work ethic down to their son. Dr. Fox always knew that a career in the medical world would suit him well. When he took an animal health course in college, he knew that he’d found his calling!

Dr. Fox is from northwestern Chicago, and earned his undergraduate degree in zoology with minors in chemistry and environmental studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He then worked and volunteered in two separate veterinary clinics before being accepted into the veterinary program at the University of Illinois.

After earning his Doctorate, Dr. Fox entered the emergency medicine field in 2008. He worked as an emergency and critical-care veterinarian for eight years, eventually becoming the medical director and head of the emergency department at another hospital. Now, Dr. Fox is an Associate Veterinarian with the Richmond Veterinary Clinic team, where he particularly enjoys performing surgical procedures and working with advanced diagnostics. Most of all, he loves educating his clientele so that they can make well-informed decisions for their beloved pets.

When he’s not at work, Dr. Fox can be found exercising, listening to music, and spending time with his family and friends. He and his wife, Jamie, have two young children: three-year-old Olivia and baby Jacob. The family shares their home with Marley, a beagle/dachshund mix who loves playing fetch, as well as a cat named Kiki Meow.

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