Dr. Monica McMahon had been interested in medicine since she was a child and always thought that she would enter the human medical field. It wasn’t until she brought home an adorable puppy that she named Licorice. Helping Licorice through a multitude of medical issues—colitis, diabetes, chronic ear infections, bladder stones, and more—inspired Dr. McMahon to work with pets full-time!
Dr. McMahon grew up in a suburb of Chicago with her parents, brother, and sister. In 1996, she moved to Minnesota so she could finish her undergraduate studies in Animal Science and apply to veterinary school. She then attended the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with her DVM degree in 2002. In August of 2012, Dr. McMahon bought Northbrook Animal Hospital, adding updates and renovations to turn the clinic into the thriving veterinary practice it is today.
Around the clinic, Dr. McMahon is often called “Auntie M.” This moniker began when her niece and nephews couldn’t pronounce her first name while growing up—the name stuck, and now Dr. McMahon even gets cards from clients that are addressed to Auntie M!
Surgery is one of Dr. McMahon’s favorite parts of veterinary medicine. Being able to fix something and see the end result right away is very gratifying for her. She’s also quite fond of puppy and kitten exams and loves to start new pet owners off on the right foot regarding nutrition and safety.
Dr. McMahon’s daughter Kelsie graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Wisconsin and has earned her Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications from the University of Minnesota. Dr. McMahon has one polydactyl (has 23 toes!) cat name Hemingway and one dog named Reggie.
Between work and spending time with her daughter, Dr. McMahon enjoys reading great books, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends.