Dr. Kotev has worked with Heal clients in an orthopedic surgical capacity since 2015. In July of 2017, Dr. Kotev joined the the Heal team as a veterinary staff member as well as surgeon. Originally from Bulgaria, he graduated from Thracian University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. In March of 2000, he moved to the United States and became a research associate in the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Ohio State University where his focus was coronary artery bypass surgery in dogs. In 2001, Dr. Kotev joined Forest South Animal Hospital, located in University Park, IL before moving to Kalamazoo, MI where his wife was completing her Internal Medicine Residency at Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. For two years, he practiced as an associate veterinarian in Oakwood Animal Hospital in Kalamazoo and returned to IL where he joined Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Rockford. Dr. Kotev’s professional interests include internal medicine, abdominal and thoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound, flexible endoscopy. Dr. Kotev spends his time off traveling, playing volleyball, swimming, hiking and biking with his wife Kristina and their two beautiful daughters, Victoria and Vanessa.