Dr. Kelly Ballantyne graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She started her career at a private practice in Oak Park before joining Furnetic and the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine. In the fall of 2008, she began training under the mentorship of Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. John Ciribassi of Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants. Her goal is to educate veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and the public about the causes and treatment for behavior problems in dogs and cats.
Dr. Ballantyne currently serves on the executive board of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) as the Corresponding Secretary and is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians (AAH-ABV).
In her free time, Dr. Ballantyne enjoys spending time with her husband and their Rhodesian Ridgeback, Bludger, and cat, Aengus. She loves to travel and her hobbies include biking, gardening, knitting, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving. She hopes to complete her Advanced Open Water diver certification soon and start diving in Lake Michigan.