Dixie SteverPractice Manager
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 youngest son along with two cats, Rizzo and Si. Currently there are no dogs in the household but Dixie says, 'I'm just waiting for the right dog to find me!' Dixie's grown sons live in the Whitewater area.
Mary GilletteCustomer Service Representative
Mary came to WVH in the fall of 1977 as a part-time receptionist. In 2001, she took a full-time position and now manages inventory, orders small animal medications and supplies, orders pet food diets, and continues her reception work as well. We couldn't do it without Mary!
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 SdanoCustomer Service Representative
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 ArminCustomer Service Representative
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 MiatkeCustomer Service Representative
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.
Sandy LuchtCertified Veterinary Technician
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 LeistikowCertified Veterinary Technician
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 lives with a talkative and goofy cat named Rudy. 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 OtteCertified Veterinary Technician
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 dog, Tink, 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.
Danielle PetersonCertified Veterinary Technician
Danielle is from Bloomington, WI where she and her brothers grew up on a dairy farm. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Biology from UW-Platteville in 2013. She graduated from Madison College with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science as a Veterinary Technician in May, 2018.
Danielle and her husband live near Edgerton and share their home with two cats, Jager and Lucy, and their German Shepherd, Klaus.
Cherri StaffordVeterinary Assistant
Cherri is currently our veterinary assistant and is eagerly waiting to attend veterinary school. She has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember, and working at the clinic will help fulfill that dream. 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. Before starting at the clinic in November 2017, Cherri 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 names Ashes, Doobie, Ziggy, and Mr. Biggelsworth.
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; the past 5 years of grooming have been so rewarding! She loves getting to meet new people and their beloved family members, who she then gets 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.