Summit Animal Hospital
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History of Summit Animal Hospital

Summit Animal Hospital — Veterinary Services in Summit, IL
Summit Animal Hospital in Summit, IL was founded in the early 1950's by Dr. Leon K. Leonis. Dr. Leonis and his wife began their animal practice out of their home at 6132 S. Harlem. The structure that you see today is the same as it was from the beginning. For forty years, Dr. Leonis was the sole practitioner at Summit Animal Hospital. In 1992, Dr. Leonis sold his practice to Dr. Gary R. Friederich, but continued to work part-time with Dr. Friederich. From a small town in Central Illinois, Pekin, and a graduate of the Iowa State University Veterinary School in 1970, Dr. Friederich appreciated the type of atmosphere Dr. Leonis created at the Summit location. Spending the majority of his childhood on his grandparents' farm, he understood the role of a veterinarian in a neighborhood, where family, community, and service is important.
After Dr. Leonis' death, Dr. Friederich continued practicing at Summit Animal Hospital, building the practice into the phenomenally progressive hospital it is today, but kept the neighborhood family-owned atmosphere. Today, Summit Animal Hospital is owned by Dr. Tracee Friederich, Dr. Friederich's daughter. Dr. Tracee, a 2007 graduate of St. George's University Veterinary School in Grenada, West Indies, has worked alongside of her father since 1992 prior to her entrance into veterinary school. Summit Animal Hospital continues to grow. This full service veterinary hospital still cares for the Summit community, but has expanded service to Chicago, the suburbs, and the Midwest. Treatment of dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, and exotics are patients at this progressive clinic.
Tracee L. Friederich — Veterinary Services in Summit, IL
Tracee L. Friederich, DVM
Dr. Tracee Friederich has been a veterinarian at Summit Animal Hospital in Summit, IL since graduation from St. George's University, in Grenada, West Indies in 2007. She grew up in Palos Park, Illinois, a southwestern suburb of Chicago. She attended and graduated from the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science and Minor in Asian Studies in 2001. After finishing her clinical year at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, she focused mainly on equine medicine, along with small animal medicine and surgery. In 2008, Dr. Tracee Friederich spent five months working one-on-one with an equine veterinarian gaining further experience in the field of equine medicine. Today, Dr. Tracee Friederich not only specializes in various aspects of equine medicine, such as preventative medicine, emergency colics, and field surgeries, she also focuses her career on practicing progressive small animal medicine, including extensive diagnostics and surgery, both soft-tissue and orthopedic, breeding services, and stem cell therapy. She is known city-wide and through the Midwest for her ear-cropping expertise.
Nathan W. Runke — Veterinary Services in Summit, IL
Nathan W. Runke, DVM
Dr. Nathan Runke grew up in the small town of Willmar, Minnesota. He has practiced veterinary medicine at Summit Animal Hospital since April of 2012. He graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota in 2007 with a Bachelor of Animal Science. He then attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Dr. Nathan Runke specializes in progressive diagnostics, such as ultrasonography in veterinary medicine, in both large and small animals. He has focused his career primarily in the area of small animal medicine, but has extensive experience in equine medicine and dairy medicine. His main areas of interest include internal medicine, ultrasonography, and theriogenology.
Trenton J. Friederich — Veterinary Services in Summit, IL
Trenton J. Friederich
Mr. Trenton Friederich is the business manager of Summit Animal Hospital. He is the son of Dr. Gary R. Friederich and brother of Dr. Tracee L. Friederich. Trent grew up in Palos Park, Illinois, a southwestern suburb of Chicago. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Minor in Political Science. Trent spent ten years as a stockbroker before joining the Summit Animal Hospital staff.