About Bronzeville Animal Clinic

Bronzeville Animal Clinic is a full service veterinary hospital offering comprehensive medical care to cats, dogs, birds, exotics and pocket pets. Wellness visits, General medicine, dental procedures, surgical procedures, hospitalization, senior care, holistic/alternative options, consultations on nutrition and training, and help determining the right pet for your family are some of the services available at Bronzeville Animal Clinic. The state-of-the-art clinic offers in-house comprehensive laboratory testing, ultrasonography, cold laser therapy and digital radiology.  

Dr. Sophia Gill

Dr. Sophia Gill first informed her mother that she would be a veterinarian at the age of 5 when a baby squirrel fell out of the tree in her backyard. As an eighth grader, she and a friend designed her first veterinary clinic. However, life took her on a different track when she discovered a true artistic talent and decided to study at The School if the Art Institute (Chicago). Despite her talent, her heart was in medicine and to this end she enlisted in the US Army to pursue a career as a Medical Specialist.

Once discharged, she acquired a position as a phlebotomist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. Here she worked while acquiring her degree in Radiological Technology at UDC. Upon graduation, she moved on to Head OR Radiographer at Northwestern Medical Center, while being a docent at Lincoln Park Zoo Hospital. In veterinary school at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, she externed at the National Zoo (Washington DC), Brookfield Zoo, Shedd Aquarium (Chicago), and an aquatic rotation with manatees and sea turtles at Sea World (Florida).

Dr. Gill has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 20 years in the Chicagoland area as both a staff physician and relief doctor. She served as Medical Director at VCA Misener Holley Animal Hospital. Over the years, you may have met her at one of these facilities.

In 2011, Dr. Gill opened the Bronzeville Animal Clinic, in a quest to bring affordable, high quality medicine to all species, recognizing the large population of birds, reptiles, rabbits, and other exotic small pets in the inner city. Her desire to care for these animals and their canine and feline family members is fulfilled in an attractive, clean, modern, state-of-the-art facility in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood.

Dr. Gill is  an avid reader, married with a daughter who attends De La Salle Institute. In spare time on warm summer days she can be found in her garden. Her family shares their home with 2 dogs, 3 cats, a turtle, and a Galah cockatoo aptly named Rosie. 

Dr. Paula Bratich

Dr. Paula Bratich earned a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1991. After the first 10 years of being an associate veterinarian, she dedicated herself to a profession as a relief veterinarian, providing services on an as-needed basis when full-time vets are away from their practice (often due to situations such as illness, maternity leave, or family obligations). Meg, a 9-year-old German Shepherd, is her constant companion. When not in a clinic, she is involved with the veterinary care, community outreach, and education for Paws Critter Crossing, a non-for-profit in the rehabilitation and release of orphaned, injured, and displaced wildlife. Another passion of Dr. Paula is hosting both small and large self-defense courses, particularly for women, which help educate in subjects such as mental alertness, situation awareness, and personal responsibility when dealing with violent crimes.


Veterinary Assistant
Charlotte is a Certified Veterinary Assistant from an Animal Behavior College. Currently, she is enrolled in Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician program to receive her associate’s in applied science as well as veterinary technician certification. She has had an affinity for animals for as long as she can remember – small mammals and reptiles in particular. A hedgehog, leopard gecko, and a crested gecko are some of the animals that share her home. Charlotte considers herself an avid reader and a huge geek that is fond of gaming and fantasy or sci-fi films.



Veterinary Assistant
Matthew directly assists the doctors and technicians with patients throughout the course of treatment. Clients can trust that he treats each and every animal in the clinic’s care with the same respect and attention as he would his own. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in biological science with a focus on animal physiology at UIC. Outside of veterinary medicine, Matthew has a deep passion for music and its local Chicago scene.



Receptionist/Veterinary Technician
Rachel began working as a tech in the veterinary field in 2002 while in the US Army. She joined the clinic’s team in 2014 and recently moved to full-time status as both receptionist and veterinary technician. Locally, she is the Junior Vice Commander of American Legion post 231, and an active member of Chicago Cares and the White Sox Volunteer Corp. Rachel is an avid fan of working with animals of all kinds. At home, her family includes a cat, dog, snake, and a bearded dragon.




Tena is a retired commercial broker who joined Bronzeville Animal Clinic when it opened in 2012 as a receptionist. She completed her education at the University of Chicago Lab School and finished at Roosevelt University. Growing up with a dog and spending her summers between a small town in Kentucky and her great uncle’s farm in Michigan made her love all types of animals. Currently, Tena has two standard poodles, King Tut and Cleopatra, and a cat named Curiosity.

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