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Office Staff

  • Dixie Stever

    Dixie started at WVH as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 1995.  She remembers visiting the hospital as a little girl when Dr. Engel took care of her Dad's coonhounds. Early on she had a love of animals and it didn't take long to discover her career path.  

    She graduated from Madison Area Technical College in 1982 and interned at WVH in 1981.  Being a parent to a child with autism led to an interest in behavior.  She has attended many conferences on feline and canine behavior.  She has offered puppy and obedience classes at the hospital to help clients communicate better with their K-9 companions.  In 2017, she was offered, and accepted, the position of Practice Manager at WVH.  The position offers a new set of challenges and exercises her communication skills.  

    During her spare time, she enjoys camping, canoeing, gardening and traveling.  She and husband Matt enjoy taking motorcycle trips. She lives in Elkhorn with her husband and two cats, Rizzo and Silas.  Currently there are no dogs in the household but Dixie says, 'I'm just waiting for the right dog to find me!'  

  • Mary Gillette

    Mary came to WVH in the fall of 1977 as a part-time receptionist.  In 2001, she took a full-time position. Mary manages inventory by ordering small animal medications, supplies, and pet food.  She alsocontinues her reception work.  Mary's farm experience is invaluable with our farm clients.

    Mary, her husband, Tim, and daughter Katie, live on the family farm and are well known for raising show-quality Ayrshire cattle.  Mary, being on a dairy farm all her life, can relate very well with the large animal clients, but has a soft side for the small furry friends as well.

    In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, show their cattle, garden in her perennial flower beds, and just 'be outdoors'.  Mary comes home to a happy lab named Gus... and of course their beautiful cattle!

  • Robin Sdano

    Robin has been with WVH since June 2015 a part-time receptionist.

    Originally a Palmyra girl, she has lived with her husband Ron and their two sons - Geoff and Justin - in Whitewater for the past 29 years, making her a familiar face to our hometown clients! Robin's love for dogs, and particularly the Australian Shepherd breed, has brought two fur babies into her life at different times.  She now enjoys spending time with her 'grand' pups, Tucker and Poppy.

    In her spare time, Robin enjoys spending time with her family, interior decorating, and quilting. Robin has been coming to our clinic since she was in elementary school and she is excited to now be behind the desk assisting the team that has served her family for many years!

  • Dawn Armin

    After years of working in the corporate world, Dawn followed her lifelong passion for animals and joined the Whitewater Vet Hospital team in August 2016.

    Dawn shares her home with her husband Steve, their German Shepherd Izak, a parrot named Brad, and her four cats Gideon, Smudge, and Joey. 

    In her spare time, Dawn participates in training at the German Shepherd Dog Club of Wisconsin where she has been a member since 2002.  She and Izak have fun working on their tracking, obedience, and rally skills.  Dawn also volunteers at Touched By A Paw Cat Shelter in Whitewater, likes to go hiking, participates in yoga with cats, and enjoys just about anything that includes animals and the outdoors.

  • Mary Beth Miatke

    Mary Beth started at WVH in June, 2017 as part of our receptionist team.  She is a native of Sterling, IL and moved to Whitewater where she and her husband, Michael, purchased their farm to raise their family and farm beef cattle and crops.  She has always had a passion for animals and has experience with farm and companion animals.  Her daughter is a veterinarian in the United States Army Vetcorps and her son is an IT specialist. 

    Mary Beth loves all animals and shares her home presently with her dog, Molly, and her 4 cats; Kye, Lily, Noel and Rascal.  In her down time, she loves to be outside when warm weather arrives and loves to swim and tend to her flower beds and garden.  She also loves to travel; her favorite place to be is on a beach with her family. 

Certified Veterinary Technicians

  • Sandy Lucht

    Sandy grew up as a farm girl in Whitewater.  She graduated from Madison College in 1988, received her certification and has worked here since.  She and her husband, Bruce, live in rural Whitewater and have two adult children, Anna and Matthew.  Sandy has a lucky dog named Boomer.

    Sandy enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but particularly enjoys surgery, and working with the clients and animals she has gotten to know over the years.  As an empty nester, she is back working full time.

    Her interests include photography & scrapbooking, sports, kayaking, camping, travel, the outdoors, and spending time with friends. 

  • Emily Leistikow

    Emily grew up in the rolling hills of Green County, Wisconsin.  She has always loved animals, and was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and a lamb named Peppy.  She graduated from Madison College in 2013 with her Associate's degree as a Veterinary Technician, received her certification that summer, and joined the team in June of 2013. 

    Emily shares her home with a talkative and goofy cat named Rudy and recently added a Chocolate Lab pup named Hattie to her family.  She has a horse named Jazzi, and two miniature horses named Dazzle and Dream who live with her parents. Her family also has an adopted Australian Shepherd named Annie. 

    In her spare time, Emily likes to be with her family, play with her horses, be outdoors, work in her flower gardens, and craft.

  • Jennifer Otte

    Jennifer is originally from Belleville, WI.  She showed cows for a couple of years through 4-H as a child and her mom had horses when they were growing up.  Jennifer has always loved animals.  It has been her dream to work with animals and help them - that's why she chose to become a Veterinary Technician.

    Jennifer is married and has three children.  She also shares her home with her dogs, Tink and Maggie, a hamster, and a rabbit.   

    Animals bring Jennifer great joy and happiness.  She feels blessed to be part of the staff at Whitewater Veterinary Hospital. 

  • CeAnna Jaeckel

    CeAnna is known to many around the clinic as CeCe. CeCe grew up in Jefferson and graduated from Palmyra High School.  She grew up working with animals and was involved in the 4-H Lovely Llama Project, FFA, and the family farm.  Cece joined the WVH team in October, 2019 as a veterinary assistant and graduated from Madison College in May, 2021 with her veterinary technician degree.

    In her free time, Cece enjoys working at Animal Acres Llama Farm where she trains llamas for shows. She also enjoys being outside working on yard crafts as her three Red-Footed Tortoises roam the front yard!  She loves all animals, all shapes and sizes. She has three Red-Footed Tortoises (Tortilla, Paprika, and Chipotle), four rambunctious cats (Polletoe, Pixie, Patch, and Oscar) and, her 'baby brother' Radar O' Reilly, a Black Lab and Mastiff mix.

Veterinary Assistants and Groomer

  • Cherri Stafford

    Cherri is currently our veterinary assistant, joining the WVH team in 2017.  Cherri graduated from UW-Whitewater in May, 2019 with a degree in biology.

    She is originally from Whitewater and has lived here most of her life.  Cherri previously milked cows at a local farm for eight years.  In her free time, Cherri likes to go for walks, watch nature documentaries, and spend time with friends and family. 

    She has five pets at home; a Black Lab named Robert, and four cats named Ashes, Doobie, Ziggy, and Mr. Biggelsworth.

  • Katie Bergs

    Katie has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember.  She was involved in 4-H and FFA growing up, which further instilled her love for animals. 

    She attended the Wisconsin School of Professional Pet Grooming, where she received her certificate of completion in July of 2014. She absolutely LOVES being a groomer and enjoys how rewarding the position is!  She loves getting to meet new people and their beloved family members, who she then has the privilege to make look their very best!  Katie joined the WVH team in January, 2020.

    She has two pets of her own: a black lab named Pistol and a Siamese mix named Sassi.  In her free time, Katie likes to work on craft projects, hangout with friends and family, bake, spend time with her animals and sleep.  She also likes to go camping, fishing and spend time outdoors when the weather is nice.

  • Lilian Schwichtenberg

    Lilian is a small-town girl who grew up in Palmyra, WI. At a young age she attended 4-H and was always involved in working with horses at various stables, though she has always had a fascination with all kinds of animals. Lilian is currently attending Madison College to fulfill her dream of becoming a certified Veterinary Technician. She joined the WVH team in July, 2020.

    In her spare time she loves to be outside, spend time with family, and sit by campfires. Her hobbies include baking, hiking, and playing various styles of flutes. One day she hopes to explore the United States and visit its national parks. She has a Maine Coon cat (Fluffy), a 20-year-old cockatiel (Machi), and a sweet chinchilla (Cheedo).

    One of her favorite Bible verses is: Psalm 28:7 'The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.'

  • Rachael Lusz

    Rachael grew up in Mukwonago, WI surrounded by English Mastiffs and four cats. She joined WVH as a Vet Assistant in July 2021 and is currently enrolled in the Vet Technician program at Gateway Technical College. 

    Outside of work, Rachael is an avid reader and writer, owning more than 500 books. She also played lacrosse for several years before coaching for a few seasons. 

    Rachael and her fiance, Michael have three cats named Momo, Marshmallow, and Peanut, and two Australian Shepherds named Beans and Biscotti. 

  • Hailey Besch

    Hailey is currently at veterinary assistant at WVH, joining the team in August, 2021.  She has lived on a farm in Jefferson for most of her life, allowing her to grow up and learn hard work and responsibility. She has been heavily involved in 4-H and FFA from a very young age and is where she developed her love for showing and training animals.

    Hailey is currently in her senior year at Fort Atkinson high school. After high school she plans on attending Texas Tech University to study equine science. 

    In her free time, Hailey loves to be outside spending time with friends and family. She also stays busy with training and riding her horses, most recently focusing on competing with her horse around the Midwest. In the future, her goal is to compete with horses at a national level. Along with the horses, her family has a handful of other animals. Personally, she has one dog, Josie, a one year old Collie that she has gotten to train and work with out in the barn.

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