Dr. Kase’s education and love for animals has taken her around the world. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, then went to Florida to work for the Mote Dolphin and Whale Hospital. After nine months in Florida, Dr.
Dr Harris comes to us from Indiana. “I have always loved science and had a love for animals”. While in college she took a job in a veterinary hospital to “pay my bills”, it was only to be short term. “I discovered my love of veterinary medicine when I was a veterinary assistant.
Dr. Esteban Barajas is a graduate from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, originally from the suburbs of Chicago. He initially acquired an interest in veterinary medicine by helping his grandfathers tend to their dairy herds in Mexico.
At 2.5 years old I had the opportunity to bottle-feed a fawn at a rehabilitation center and this spurred my interest in all species and learning what I can about each one of them. This curiosity is still a reason that drives my passion for learning about animals today.
Kate grew up in Kansas with her sister and her parents. Early on, Kates’ parents instilled a love of animals and the natural world in her. Kate’s desire to help animals, both pets and animals, live healthy lives led her to pursue a career in the veterinary field.
Melissa grew up in Waukesha County. She has always had a passion for animals. She began volunteering at local rescues; even becoming a foster parent to pets in need of “at home care”. She learned a lot about animal care and dealing with a variety of medical/health issues that affect pets.
Abby Buchholz grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin, with a big family of five kids and lots of pets. Having dogs and cats in the house greatly influenced her interest in working with animals as a career. As a child, her St. Bernard named Maverick, and her favorite cat, Smudge, was her best buddies.
Casandra Nelson grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and currently lives in Oconomowoc with her parents, two younger sisters, a turtle named Sheldon, and Toby, her dog. She enjoys the outdoors and, every summer, her entire family spends time with her grandparents, who live up north.
Sheri, as with all of our team, grew up having a universal love for animals. Some of her most treasured and impactful childhood memories involve helping an uncle with raising chickens and dogs. Growing up Sheri would have never envisioned herself working in the medical field.
Growing up in West Allis with her family, Jennie Gross was always around pets and she aspired to be a dolphin trainer when she grew up. She remembers loving to tag along with her parents to the vet’s office and loved learning about how to care for all different types of animal species.
Julie and her family immigrated to Wisconsin from Sydney Australia, when she was a very young girl. She grew up spending time in nature; exploring the natural wonders Wisconsin’s woods have to offer. She did this with “boots on the ground” and also by air (more about that later 😊).
Jordan moved around a lot as a child, but states that she mostly grew up in Arkansas. Her high school home was in West Bend, WI. Jordan is inspired to work with animals after rescuing "bait dogs" that were used for dogfighting in the south when she was growing up. Seeing those p
Jenna grew up in East Troy, Wisconsin, until moving to Menomonee Falls with her boyfriend. Jenna started her veterinary career path by dog walking, pet sitting, and working at boarding facilities. She is now an attendant at Brook-Falls Luxury Pet Resort and Doggy Day Care.
Liz is from Menomonee Falls, WI. She is interested in working with a variety of species and their personalities. Each animal has something to teach us and she can't wait to learn more from them all. Her cat Crunchy loves treats, rolling on her back and venturing outdoors while supervised.