Our Doctors

James P. Wahl, Medical Director

Dr. Wahl became a veterinarian in 1981 upon completing his undergraduate studies and then the veterinary medicine program at Iowa State University. He bought Avenue Animal Hospital in February 1987 and has been practicing here ever since. He holds memberships in the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois VMA, American VMA and the American Animal Hospital Association. After some 36 years in practice, he still loves helping and caring for both his animal patients and their owners. He loves the mystery of veterinary medicine; using all the skills that he has learned over the years to help patients. The learning never ends. 

Outside his practice, Dr. Wahl is married with two grown sons, one daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. He has one dog, Bessie; and 4-year-old Princess Grey Kitty, who gives high fives to get petted. Dr. Wahl also enjoys golf, traveling and gardening in his backyard garden.


Matthew Mottel, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Mottel joined the team at Avenue Animal Hospital in 2017 after practicing for 3 and 1/2 years at a busy 24-hour animal hospital in the Chicago suburbs. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. His clinical year rotations were completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Go Badgers! Dr. Mottel has special interest in surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, and dentistry. He enjoys working at Avenue for the family atmosphere and great clients. 

He is dedicated to providing quality healthcare for your pets with the highest standards of compassion. Growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago, he is a big fan of the Blackhawks and Bears.

Outside of practice, he plays in a weekly hockey league and during the winter months you can find him spending as much time in the snow as he is an avid alpine skier. Dr. Mottel is married and both him and his wife love spending family time with their Labrador Retriever, Bauer, and two Chihuahuas, Mimi and Peanut.


Kelly Snell, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Snell joined the Avenue family in August 2018. She is a 2017 graduate of the University of Illinois school of Veterinary Medicine. During her time at U of I she had to opportunity to travel to South Africa to volunteer with a vaccine clinic and assist with wildlife in underserved communities. She is an enthusiastic, compassionate veterinarian dedicated to her patients and their humans. Dr. Snell strives to provide the best care possible while ensuring clients understand their pets’ specific health status and needs with thorough and transparent client communication.

She is particularly interested in ophthalmology and dermatology and has a special interest in caring for animals with allergies. She specifically loves her coworkers at the Avenue clinic.

Dr. Snell grew up not too far from Tinley Park with her parents, two sisters and a family of pets, including a dog Mia, cat, Nikki, and numerous exotics, bunnies, hamsters, Guinea pigs and fish. She also has a feline fiend called Colonel Rat Bastard who loves to play and will jump into any box or bag, even if it is full of goods or still in your arms! She also enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies and spending time with her family.