Veterinary Assistant

Originally from Franklin, Tennessee, Karissa now lives in Menomonee Falls.

Ever since taking a biology class in 9th grade and working on a rat cadaver named Petunia Karissa knew she wanted to be in the veterinary field. Petunia sparked her love for biology, surgeries, and doing all that she could to learn more and to help animals. Karissa completely loves the science aspect of working in the veterinary field.

When Karissa was two years old, she acquired a cat named Juliana. Juliana died when Karissa was 16 years old. The experience of losing Juliana was devastating; however, it was also the very moment that she decided to pursue her career in helping animals and their owners through the good and bad times.

Karissa grew up obsessed with all animals in general. In pursuit of her professional career in veterinary medicine, Karissa started her journey at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. While in school she shadowed at various veterinary clinics and worked at some of the humane societies. When she moved back to Menomonee Falls, she was given the opportunity to work hands-on with the team at Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care, Inc.

As a veterinary professional, Karissa especially enjoys watching patients improve and being an advocate for all animals. Being an advocate for those who can't speak, motivates her to go above and beyond. The ever-changing technology that helps to improve the quality of care and the constant room for personal growth and improvement also motivates her to continue her passion for helping animals.

Karissa has two dogs (Millie and Dixie), five cats (Finn, Meredith, Olliv, Binx, and Baileigh), and a three-legged rat (Myrtle). Dixie is a rescue dog who loves to hang out at the lake. Millie is also a rescue pup who loves to hike and swim. All five cats love hanging out at home and sunbathing on their hammock outside. Myrtle, despite having only three legs loves to go on walks.

Karissa would like to acknowledge her entire Brook-Falls family who push her to excel and improve on her skills. They have helped her tremendously in supporting her day-to-day passion for animal care. Karissa has actively enrolled in school to further the next level of animal care she can provide by becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.

In her downtime, Karissa enjoys the fresh air while hiking, boating, kayaking, fishing and just being in nature at her lake house.