Brodhead Location:

W1175 St Rd 11 & 81
Brodhead, WI 53520

Phone: (608) 897-8632

Monroe Location:

1317 31st Avenue,
Monroe, WI 53566

Phone: (608) 325-2106

Meet Our Team Members


Dr. Chris Duemler, Veterinarian

Education: B.S. University of Missouri – Columbia D.V.M. UM Columbia

Team member since 1977

Emphasis: Cattle, Goats, Horses, and Pigs

Notes: Owns goats, dogs, and cats

Dr. Wendy Pinnow Heise, RETIRED Veterinarian

Dr. Wendy Pinnow Heise
Education: B.S. UW Madison
D.V.M. Purdue University

Team member since: 1994

Emphasis: Small Animal Medicine

Notes: Raises dairy goats and mother of two boys.

Dr. Emily Dahlgran Weichbrod, Veterinarian & Owner

Education: B.S. University of Idaho 2001
DVM from Louisiana State University 2005

Certified Rehabilitation 2019

Team member since: 2007

Emphasis: Exotics (limited services) – Avian, Reptile, and Small Mammals

Notes: Cares for two German Shepherds, two Red Bellied parrots, and one husband. Loves to draw in her free time.

Dr. Jason Mertens, Veterinarian & Owner

Education: A.A.S Michigan Technological University
B.S. Michigan State
D.V.M. Michigan State

Team member since: 2006

Emphasis: Equine Medicine and Dentistry, as well as general food animal medicine and surgery

Notes: I have 3 boys, 2 Belgians, 3 cats, and several chickens

Dr. Shawn Melvin, Veterinarian & Owner

Education: B.A. Michigan State D.V.M. Michigan State, Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (CVSMT) from the Healing Oasis Center in Dec 2016

Team member since: 2012

Emphasis: Veterinary Spinal Manipulation, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Notes: Grew up in Muir, MI. Married to Carla (Evenson) Melvin. We have two daughters Madison and Cheyenne

Dr. Debbie Thayer, Veterinarian & Owner

Education: DVM – UW Madison

Team member since 2017

DR. ETHAN ANDRE, Veterinarian

Team member since: 2018

Education: D.V.M. UW Madison

Dr. Rachel O'Leary, Veterinarian & Owner

Team member since: June 2019

Education: D.V.M. UW Madison

Dr. Lauren Bunting, Veterinarian

Education: D.V.M. University of Missouri

Team member since: June 2021

Mixed Animal

Dr. Jordynne Walker, Veterinarian

Education: D.V.M. University of Missouri

Team member since: June 2021

Mixed Animal

DR. HARVEY MEDINGER, Retired Veterinarian

DR. DAVID JEANS, Veterinarian

Dr. Emily Hill, Veterinarian & Owner

Dr. Andrea McGowan-Hanson, Veterinarian & Owner

Dr. Alex Miller, Veterinarian

Dr. Beth Weber Endres, Veterinarian

Dr. Marisa Klister, Veterinarian

Veterinary Staff

Kari Grossen, Office Manager

Team member since July 2000

Kari graduated with an Associate’s Degree as an Administrative Assistant from Blackhawk Technical College in 1999. Kari is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Practice Manager’s Association.

Kari enjoys spending time with her husband Brad, and sons Mitchell and Bryce. In her free time, she enjoys helping her boys with raising show pigs and chickens and likes helping her parents on their dairy farm. Kari has a beagle named Schotzie, a boxer named Gabi, and two cats Tucker and Sassy. She also enjoys cheering on the Monroe Cheesemakers, Wisconsin Badgers, and the Chicago Bears.

Laurie Exum, CVT

Team member since August 1985

Laurie received her Certified Veterinary Technician degree from Madison Area Technical College.

Laurie and her husband Doug live on a small farm in Brodhead and raise beef cattle. They have two daughters, Eryka and Kelsey, a son Austin and a grandson Wade. In Laurie’s free time she likes to go up north fishing. She has a black lab, two house cats, and numerous farm cats. GO BEARS!!!

Laurie Ganshert Slusser, CVT

Team member since June 1994

Laurie received her Certified Veterinary Technician degree from Madison Area Technical College.

Chelsea Rundle, CVT

Team member since December 2014

Chelsea received her Certified Veterinary Technician Degree from Globe University.

Chelsea enjoys milking on her family’s farm, spending time with her friends and family, and spending time with her animals. She also enjoys being outdoors, fishing, and playing volleyball. Chelsea has two Black Labs named Jade and Navy.

Marie McLinn, CVT, CCRVN

Team member since January 2018

Marie has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for 19 years and Certified in Canine Rehabilitation for 7 years. She worked in practice for 15 years, the first 3 years as an assistant for Dr. Jodie Gruenstern in Wisconsin.

Six years ago, a move took her across the border to Illinois, where she began teaching veterinary technician students.

Marie’s love for animals began as a child. Her first dog came into her life at the age of seven and a horse by 18. At the young age of 7, the lifetime adventure of training and competing with dogs began. Fast forward many years later and she has competed in agility all over the country, including regional and national events, earning spots on the podium many times. She has trained her dogs through the years to earn many titles and awards, not only in agility, but herding, tracking, obedience, dock diving, and conformation. She has recently had a calling to do Search and Rescue with her Belgian Shepherd. She is a volunteer for Minnesota and Wisconsin K9 Search and Rescue Team. She enjoys time with her dogs, horses, family, and friends.

Ashley Dressler, CVT

Team member since January 2018

Ashley currently lives in Monroe with her 5 cats. She graduated from UW-Platteville in 2014 with a degree in Animal Science. She began working in shelter medicine and joined the MATC Veterinary Technician program in fall of 2016. She is set to graduate from the program in May (2018). She has always had a passion of working with animals as a young child and is excited to work in such a rewarding clinic.

Crystal Stites, CVT

Team member since July 2020

Crystal received her Certified Veterinary Technician degree from Madison Area Technical College.

Ciera Keller, CVT

Team member since July 2020

Kevin Field, CVT

Michelle Weiss, CVT

Rebeca Keckler, CVT

Kacey Drefahl, CVT

Beth Grenawalt, CVT/Client Care

Kate Grob

Kate Grob, CVT

Melissa Svendsen

Melissa Svendsen, CVT

Kayla Relph, Veterinary Assistant

Morgan Heinle, Veterinary Assistant

Courtney Shelstad, Veterinary Assistant

Amanda Woodruff, Veterinary Assistant

Bryce Grossen, Veterinary Assistant

I am currently going to Purdue University to be a Registered Veterinary Nurse while working as a Veterinary Assistant. In my free time I like to play Xbox with my friends.

Angie Vanko, Client Care

Kelly Miller, Client Care (Retired)

Team member since September 1995

Katie Jansen, Client Care

Team member since September 2007

Melody Hackett, Client Care

Team member since December 2015

Bobbi Sweitzer, Client Care

Tonya Kelly, Client Care

Danielle Hummer, Client Care

Haylee Glenn

Haylee Glenn, Client Care

Wanda Slack, Animal Care

Team member since April 2001

Wanda takes care of our boarding animals. She has been married for almost 39 years, raised 3 sons, and enjoys spending time with her 5 grandsons and 1 very spoiled granddaughter. She loves going to water parks and rock concerts every chance she gets. She has a mixed breed dog Selina who is diabetic and 3 shop cats.

Halie Pinnow , Animal Care

Team member since June 2018

Julian Nordeng, Environmental Care Specialist

Team member since October 2013

Lizzy Boll, Student Intern

Rachael Klitzman

Rachael Klitzman, High School Intern