Allyson Harris, DVM, Founder & CEO
Meet Dr. Allyson Harris
Allyson Harris, originally from Atlanta, GA, is a graduate of The University of Georgia, Athens, GA. There she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1985. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Harris then completed a 1 year internship and clinical rotation in small animal medicine and surgery at Tuskegee’s Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery from June 1992 to May 1993.
She moved to Chicago in June of 1993 and began working as an Associate veterinarian at a 2 doctor, small animal practice in Bolingbrook, IL, a suburb of Chicago. After practicing there for approximately 1 1/2 years, Dr. Harris was given an opportunity to purchase her own small animal practice. She had always said that she would own her own practice within 5 years of graduating from medical school, and the Lord blessed her with Woodlawn Animal Hospital, Ltd. (formerly Sweeney Animal Hospital). She took possession on March 1, 1995. On March 1, 2015 WAH began a year-long celebration of its 20th year! She openly credits God, her family’s support, and her Chicagoland clientele for Woodlawn’s success!
Meet Dr. Charlene Artis
Charlene Artis, originally from Chicago, received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from DePaul University in 1995. She went on to receive a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
Immediately after graduating, she worked at a 7 doctor, small animal practice in Michigan. She returned to Chicago to practice in August of 2004 to be closer to her family. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but her passion is Internal medicine. Her attention to detail and problem-solving acumen, make her an excellent diagnostician.
She joined Woodlawn Animal Hospital in the fall of 2011 and has been an invaluable addition to our practice and we are so pleased she has joined us. She is currently licensed in both Illinois and Indiana.
Charlene Artis, DVM
Artesia Wilson, CVT
Meet Artesia Wilson, CVT
Artesia is not only Woodlawn’s Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), but also our grooming specialist. With 9 years of experience as a professional groomer, Artesia was a perfect fit for our WAH family. Her training as a licensed CVT makes her an invaluable member of our medical team. Her trained eye further allows her to examine and recognize underlying medical issues, whether assisting the doctor or grooming a patient. And, as we all know, both prevention and early detection are cornerstones to maintaining good pet health. This can potentially save time, money and and your pet’s life! (Learn more here.) Artesia is not only your pet’s groomer, but a great veterinary health educator and advocate.