Burnham Park Animal Hospital

1025 S. State St
Chicago, IL 60605



Our Doctors

Our doctors are dedicated professionals who strive to provide quality veterinary medicine to promote, protect and celebrate the partnership between you and your pet.  Dr. Bruederle, Dr. Clack Bell, Dr. Miller, and Dr. Olson make up the best team in the South Loop to maintain the health of your valuable pet. 

Dr. JB Bruederle (aka Dr. B) 

Dr. B graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. With Dr. Fox, he started Burnham Park Animal Hospital in 1994.

Dr. B currently serves on the board of Safe Humane Chicago. Their mission is to create safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals. Programs include: training high school students to educate younger kids in disadvantaged communities about the humane treatment of animals, working with incarcerated teens to learn how to care for and train shelter dogs for adoption, working with Animal Care and Control to socialize and train dogs, esp. pit bull breeds, to increase their opportunity for adoption, and court case dogs which helps to get abused and confiscated animals trained, fostered and adopted.

Other volunteer work outside of Burnham Park Animal Hospital include:

  • Volunteer at free vaccination day for dogs in disadvantaged communities.
  • Gives animal care presentations at many schools: Malcolm X College, Old Saint Mary’s, FXW, Bridgeport Catholic Academy.
  • Volunteer as ER Vet for Dog Days at the Chicago White Sox.
  • Serves as the American Animal Hospital Assoc. liaison to students at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Currently the President of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association.
  • Was President of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Assoc.
  • Was President of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Assoc.


Dr. Tara Clack Bell 

Dr. Clack Bell graduated from UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2008. She has been a member of our staff since that time. Her specific interests include soft tissue and GI surgeries, dermatology. She also has advanced training in abdominal ultrasound and performs them regularly here at the clinic.  She is a member of the PAWS Developmental Board where she volunteers for adoption events and is on several committees. Through the PAWS organization, she also has been a member of Team Paws, competing with this group in the past in various half marathons and triathlons throughout Chicago. She is also on the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) public outreach committee. Finally, she volunteers for Iroquois County Animal Rescue (ICARe), which is a non profit organization that performs spays/neuters, vaccinations and medical treatment for feral cats and other approved domestic cats and dogs. She volunteers her time and surgical skills primarily but also provides additional medical attention to any patients in need.


Dr. Nick Miller 

Dr. Miller earned his DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2008. He spent his next four years in practice at a large veterinary referral hospital with special emphasis on emergency/critical care medicine, then served as an associate veterinarian at a primary care practice in the Northwest suburbs. Through these clinical experiences, Dr. Miller has developed a strong background in managing challenging internal medicine cases and soft tissue surgery. He looks forward to utilizing this expertise as he works closely with clients to provide long-term preventive care and treatment to our Burnham Park patients.

In his spare time Dr. Miller’s hobbies include triathlon training, exploring the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with his wife, their one year old daughter, and their blended family of dogs (Lily, his lively four year old American Bulldog, and Bruno, her strong-willed five year old Weimaraner).


Dr. Linnea Olson 

Dr. Olson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and her DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from the University of Illinois. Dr. Olson  is particularly interested in internal medicine, dentistry and dermatology. Dr. Olson serves as a volunteer for the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Loss Helpline & Support Group, and mentors veterinary students with the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s Veterinary Career Partnership Program.

Her family members include Rodney, an American Bulldog mix, and her two cats, Bob and Baxter. Dr. Olson is passionate about the human-animal bond, and looks forward to working with every pet owner to ensure happy and healthy lives for their pets.