Dr. Fiia Jokela, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline)
Dr. Jokela is the owner of Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants and a Resident in the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
Dr. Jokela is a 1990 DVM graduate of Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1998 she achieved board certification in Canine and Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).
Dr. Jokela has practiced in a variety of clinical settings in the Chicago and northwest Indiana areas. In 2001 she opened Deer Run Animal Hospital in Schererville, IN, and developed it into a behavior centered general practice over 15 years.
In 2016, Dr. Jokela left general practice to follow her passion of practicing veterinary behavior medicine full time. CVBC’s founder, Dr. John Ciribassi, DACVB invited her to join Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants in 2017. Dr. Ciribassi sold the practice to Dr. Jokela in 2018.
Dr. Jokela has a special interest in homeless pets in shelters and rescues. Dr. Jokela sees post-adoption pets with behavior difficulties for PAWS Chicago. She is also the Veterinary Behavior Consultant for the A Sound Beginning Program - this unique program works with many shelters and rescues to provide behavior education to shelter staff, volunteers, fosters, and newly adopting families.
Dr. Jokela has three pets. Her first is handsome Mastiff mix, Bentley, who fought his way to survival on the urban streets before finding Dr. Jokela. Her second is Arandano, a graceful Galgo (Spanish Greyhound), rescued from the tragic and tortured life of this magnificent breed in Spain. She also has a very debonair cat named Teppo, who was born of a feral mom in Dr. Jokela’s neighborhood.
When Dr. Jokela is not working, she visits the beautiful Northwoods of Northern Minnesota where her grandparents settled after immigrating to America from Finland in the early 1900s. She enjoys spending time at her family's rustic cabin on an island near Ely, Minnesota, which is located on the edge of the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.