I grew up in Lake Geneva, WI. I attended UW-River Falls and received a Bachlor's degree in biology. I then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2003. I have worked in private practice for 4 years, emergency medicine for 5 years and have spent the last year as resident veterinarian at Globe University for the veterinary technology program. Outside of work I love spending time with my husband Jeff and our two boys Max and Alex. We enjoy the outdoors biking, fishing, hiking, playing at parks or whatever else the boys want to do. I also enjoy arts and crafts. We have 3 dogs (Vader, Chewie, Jawa), 2 cats (Nonolo and Conia), 2 guinea pigs (Drowsy & ZigZag) and some fish
Veterinarian / Co-Owner
I grew up on a farm in North Dakota and moved to Wisconsin with my husband Randy in 1994 after graduating Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine. My veterinary interests are preventive care, behavior and small mammal medicine (critters like rabbits and hamsters). I currently have 3 cats (Johnny, Hey and Simba) and 1 dog (Zoey). Simba can often be found helping Jessica behind the reception desk at the clinic in the afternoon. My non-veterinary interests include sewing, reading, & gardening. I assisted in starting up New Life Pet Adoption Center, and still spend quite a few hours volunteering there.
Dr. Jessica grew up in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin and always had a close affinity with animals. She did a pro and con list and “presentation” to convince her parents to let her get a cat at the age of 10, followed by a family dog at the age of 12. After finishing high school she studied Biology at UW-River Falls. Pursuing her dreams and lifelong romance she traveled to Scotland for veterinary school at the Royal (Dick) school of Veterinary Studies - University of Edinburgh. She married her husband Michael and graduated 1 week later in 2013. After moving back to the USA she practiced at a small animal clinic in central Wisconsin for a year before returning back to her roots in Manitowoc and continuing to practice small animal medicine.
Wanting to get back to the reasons why she loved the idea of being a veterinarian since childhood, she moved her husband and 3 cats (Pickles, Tater & Chandler Bing)
up to Wausau Wisconsin to join the team at Wausau Animal Hospital. She loves seeing pocket pet exotic animals and helping owners with nutrition and weight loss. Outside of work she loves beach-combing, hiking, kayaking, and crafting. She
participates in walking challenges for the American Cancer Society and loves Relay for Life.
Dr. Missy graduated from UW Madison Vet School in 2011. She previously worked as a mixed animal doctor for the last 9 years. When Missy is not at work she enjoys spending time on her family farm with her husband. Otherwise she likes to spend her spare time cooking, crafting, and chasing her two troublemakers: Oliver (3) and
Emma (2). Currently, Missy has 2 shelties Chomper and Annie, and 2 cats Beanie and Boo.
I grew up in Sheboygan, WI and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Lakeland College. Before working at Wausau Animal Hospital I worked for Rasmussen College and often dressed as Rassy the Moose at local events. I played tennis in high school and college, and now enjoy karate at Premier Martial Arts in Schofield. My wife is veterinarian Jaime Gifford and we spend most of our free time with our two boys Max and Alex. My favorite part of managing the animal hospital is making sure our customers are happy, participating in local events, and petting all of the puppies that walk in the door.
Office Manager / Co-Owner
I studied veterinary technology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. While in the Military I worked at Tripler Army Medical Center with research animals. Upon returning to Wausau, I began work at Wausau Animal Hospital in 1977. I have a Jack Russell Terrier who at 14 years old and is finally slow enough to keep up with. I also a pond with Koi and Goldfish.
I love animals of all sizes so I love my job at Wausau Animal Hospital. I spend my time out of the hospital mostly with the family horses or reading with my two kitties. I may be a crazy cat lady in the making!
Megan is a Veterinary Assistant and has been apart of the team for over 3 years. When Megan is not working, she is continuing her education through Penn Foster in
hopes to becoming a CVT in the future. Her passion for animal care started at a young age and she is blessed to be able to do what she does everyday. She has been married to her husband for 9 years and raising a wonderful son named
Kingston who just turned 2. Outside of work, Megan enjoys bowling, corn hole, and caring for her 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Allie was born and raised an hour south of Chicago. She moved to Tomahawk in 2013 with her family and began working at Wausau Animal Hospital in 2017. From a young age, Allie has always enjoyed being around animals and has had many different types of animals of her own over the years including dogs, rats, hamsters, chinchillas, and even fostered a rabbit. Allie hopes to be able to do more fostering of animals in the future. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, going to concerts, watching football and just spending time at home.
Ashley was born here in Wausau, WI. Being apart of a military family, she was
moved around a lot. Ashley graduated high school in Stuart, Florida at Martin
County High School. Her love for animals continues at home with her furbabies
Duchess (bernadoodle) and Binxxx (kitty cat). Ashley loves spending time with her
husband and kids. Some of her favorite things to do are fishing, bike riding, going to
parks, and movie night on the couch at home.
Maddy was born and raised in Wausau, WI and has always had a strong passion for
animals. She is currently attending school through Penn Foster to become a
certified veterinary technician. When she isn’t at work or doing school, Maddy
enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, baking, and taking care of
her rescue dog Coral.
Marissa graduated from Madison Area Technical College in 2015 and has been working as a Certified Veterinary Technician ever since. Marissa was born and raised in Central Wisconsin and started at Wausau Animal Hospital in May 2022. Marissa has 2 golden retrievers named Oshie and Kuzy as well as a cat named Leia who she adopted from her program while at MATC. In Marissa’s spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, outdoor activities and spending time with family.
Brooke graduated from Madison Area Technical College in 2019 and has been working as a veterinary technician ever since. She has a crested Gecko named Orchid, and a chocolate lab named Bo Duke. In her free time she enjoys doing various outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.
Jacie graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Globe University in Wausau, WI in September of 2014. She passed her national board exam in November 2014 to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has loved animals all her life and enjoys working with them and keeping them happy and healthy! Jacie shares a home with her husband, Dustin, and their son, Leo. They have a feline fur kid, Remington, and Goldendoodle, Ruger. In her free time, Jacie enjoys spending time with family and friends, hunting, being outdoors, and watching football (GO PACK GO)!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Michelle grew up in southern Wisconsin. She has always had a strong passion for working with animals. She’s worked in shelter medicine for 6 years and veterinary medicine for 4 years. Michelle has an American Akita, Yuka. When Michelle is not at work, she enjoys crafting and spending time with friends and family.
Lydia joined the Wausau Animal Hospital team in February 2023. Lydia was born and raised here in Wausau, WI. Lydia enjoys spending time with her dog Topo, coordinating fundraisers for children with cancer, photographing musicians, and spending time outdoors.
Hello! My name is Shauna, and I am very excited to be a veterinary assistant at Wausau Animal Hospital! I have my Veterinary Technician Degree and am in the process of getting my credentials renewed. I have spent the last 10 years working in human medicine and am happy to be back with the animals! I love all types animals but have a special place in my heart for guinea pigs.
I am originally from northwest Wisconsin, but live here in Wausau with my husband, Jason, and our guinea pig, Peppa. I enjoy learning new things, reading, puzzles, music, playing cards, sitting outside and spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to meeting you and your fur-babies! God Bless.
Trista grew up in Central Illinois, moving to Boston with her husband in 2021, where she started working in veterinary medicine and fell in love with the field. She moved to Wisconsin in 2023 and began at Wausau Animal Hospital as a receptionist and hopes to continue growing and learning every day. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with loved ones including her 2 cats Dinah and Pepper, reading, and listening to True Crime Podcasts.
Rebecca began her veterinary assistant journey at Wausau Animal Hospital in September of 2023. Before that, she was a shelter worker at Clark County Humane Society for nearly 5 years until she moved to the Wausau area. She lives with her husband, Nate, and two cats, Willow Bean and Rose. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with friends and family, especially for board game nights.