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 have worked at Wausau Animal Hospital since 1989. My husband Jeff and I share guardianship of a 7 year old named Alexa. We currently have 3 dogs (Nico, Solo, and Jeppi) and 2 cats (Turtle and Bug). If you haven't guessed, Lexi named the cats. We also have 3 birds (a SunConcere, a Lovebird, and a Cockatiel). When I am not working I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, fishing, and watching the Packers.
Certified Veterinary Technician
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!
Samantha graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Madison College in
2014 and was working in a veterinary clinic in Madison since graduation. Samantha
joined the WAH team in July of 2021 when she and her family relocated to Wausau.
Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her family at their cabin in Black River
Falls, playing pool and fostering dogs. Her family consists of her husband, two dogs
and two cats. Fun fact, Samantha actually grew up in Weston!
I was raised on a dairy farm in Northern Wisconsin and have always loved working with animals. I live on a hobby farm with my husband and three sons. We have chickens, ducks, sheep, horses, dogs, a cat, a cockatiel and a pot bellied pig. I have completed m post graduate schooling for Canine massage and rehab and have a passion for working with dogs and post operative patients.
Certified Veterinary Massage & Rehab Therapy
I have worked at Wausau Animal Hospital since 1998. I have an 8 year old son named Trevor. I have two cats (Parker & Sugar) and two dogs (Zeus & Lola). When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my family, arts and craft, and fishing.
Lexi was born and raised in Wausau, WI and had always expressed a passion for
animals. Lexi graduated from Wausau West High School in 2018, and joined the
Wausau Animal Hospital team in October of 2020. She is now currently attending
school to become a certified veterinary technician. Lexi currently lives with her
yellow lab Hank (8), and her netherland dwarf rabbit, Mouse(5). Outside of work Lexi
enjoys spending her time hiking/camping with her dog, yoga, and binge watching
true crime tv.
This is Haley. Haley received her associate degree in veterinary science at Northcentral Technical College and in the future she aspires to earn her veterinary
technician license and specialize in small animal behavior. In her free time, Haley enjoys reading, listening to music, hiking, and cuddling with her cat Smudge.
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.
Jess has been a receptionist at our clinic for a number of years and knows many of our customers and even more of our patients by name. She and her husband Steve like to fish with their Beagle Buddy and ponder philosophical stuff such as fishing.
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 loved being around animals and has had many different
types of animals of her own including dogs, rats, hamsters, and even a chinchilla.
She has even fostered pets including a cat and rabbits. Allie and her husband
currently have 2 dogs and a chinchilla. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, hiking,
fishing and spending time with friends and family.
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.