La Crosse Veterinary Clinic has a team of certified veterinary technicians, supervisors, veterinary assistants, and receptionists to assist our veterinarians with their day-to-day tasks. Our staff is dedicated to your pet’s well-being and helping them down the road to wellness. If you would like to make an appointment with one of our staff members, Contact Us today!
Julie Rodenberg, CVMP
Julie has been with the team since 1997. She is a graduate of the University of Madison and Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management Veterinary Management School. She has wanted to care for animals since the age of 4 when she received her first pet, a tiger-striped kitten. As the practice manager, she considers teaching and learning about pet care her favorite aspects of her position. She shares her home with her husband, son, Golden Retriever and Cairn Terrier, three DSH cats, two horses, two goats, and six hand-raised laying hens. When she’s not managing the clinic, Julie loves traveling, visiting national parks, trail riding with her horses, camping, baking, knitting, wheel throwing pottery, and watching the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badger games.
Tristene Mikel, Client Services/IT Supervisor
Tristene joined the team in 2004. As an IT supervisor and skilled multi-tasker, she loves being able to organize and supervise different areas of the clinic and staying busy. She also enjoys troubleshooting computers and lab analyzers, and welcomes the various experiences that come with each new day. Tristene is married with three children, several chickens, two dogs, and two cats. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys camping, geocaching, hiking, swimming, and working around her house. Her love of the outdoors extends to a love for wild animals as well; wolves are her favorite animals due to their powerful, intelligent, and resourceful nature.
Pat Bye, Bookkeeper/Inventory Supervisor
Pat joined the La Crosse Veterinary Clinic team in 1998. With 16 years at the practice, she has had the privilege of being involved with countless positive experiences with her co-workers. She enjoys being part of a team that is dedicated to providing pets with high-quality care and clients with friendly customer service. Pat is married and is the "pet mom" of one cat, which is also her favorite animal. She spends her leisure time knitting, gardening, and geocaching. She also loves to travel, and would love the opportunity to travel more.
Core Team Members
Becky Bean, CVT
Becky began working at the clinic in 2003 after earning her associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Madison Area Technical College. Her position as a CVT has allowed her to participate in many areas of pet care, including working with chemotherapy patients and their families, which has resulted in several rewarding experiences for her over the years. Not only does Becky care for pets at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic, she cares for her own pets at home, including two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and two DSH cats. Although she’s around dogs and cats most of the time, her favorite animal is the horse. She spends her free time doing crossfit or yoga, hiking, reading, and attending concerts.
Krissy Buchheit, CVT
Krissy began working as a CVT at our clinic in 2009 after earning her associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Madison Area Technical College. One of the things she enjoys most about her position is seeing the love and dedication that pet owners have for their pet family members and being able to make a difference for them. Her own love for animals and the medical aspect of pet care is what led to her position at the clinic. Although she has had many notable experiences with animals, one of her most memorable was actually with a horse, riding on the beaches in Jamaica. Krissy is married with a daughter, a dog, and two cats. She spends her free time with family and friends and being active.
Sarah Miles, CVT
Sarah joined the team in 1996 with a love for exotic pets in particular and handling unusual pet emergencies. Since childhood, she has been close to animals and loves helping them in any way she can. She loves that her position as a CVT is always exciting with new learning experiences. Her favorite part of the job is meeting new pets and their families and working with senior pets. Sarah is married with two children. She is also a "pet mom" to a cat, a guinea pig, leopard gecko, aquarium fish, and seven chickens. When she’s not at the clinic, she spends her time with her family, reading, camping, hiking, being outdoors, and bee keeping. She also enjoys arts and crafts.
Karen Mlodzik, Receptionist
Karen joined the La Crosse Veterinary Clinic team in 2001 with a degree in archaeology from the University of Wisconsin. She has always had a love for dogs in particular, but loves working with all the pets at the clinic and being involved with nearly every case and patient. Every day is different from the day before, and she welcomes the change of pace that every new situation brings, along with getting to know her clients and patients. In addition to pets, Karen has an interest in apocalyptic novels. Her favorite is Alas, Babylon. Karen shares her home with two cats and two dogs, and spends her free time going out with friends.
Diana Ornes, CVT
Diana has been with the team since 2013 after earning her associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Globe University. She has had many interesting experiences in her career, but the most memorable was the first time she assisted with a C-section on a dog. The feeling of being the person to bring that puppy to life was one like no other for her. Although her career isn’t all "puppies and kitten snuggles," it’s everything she anticipated it would be. She loves getting to know clients and their pets and how rewarding her position is. She is married with three children. She also has three cats, two dogs, a herd of show rabbits, show sheep, dairy cattle—and the whole farm that comes with them.
Mary Samuelson, Veterinary Tech Assistant
Mary began working as a veterinary tech assistant at La Crosse Veterinary clinic in 2005 with more than 26 years of experience working with animals. Her position enables her to have many unique and interesting experiences with pets, which has made her an excellent multi-tasker over the years. She gladly welcomes the unpredictability of every day. She also loves having a great team to work with and being part of the recovery of a sick pet. She shares her home with her life partner and several fur babies, including a cat and two dogs. In her spare time, Mary enjoys being outside and on the river. She also loves to fish, paddleboard, kayak, jet ski, go on pontoon rides, bicycling, walking, and doing yard work. In the winter, she also enjoys billiards.
Jessica Servais, CVT
Jessica earned her associate’s degree in veterinary technology, and joined the team in 2011. She loves working in a medical environment and helping animals. She also enjoys being part of a team that is focused on the same goal: giving patients and clients the best care possible and helping to improve their lives. One of her most notable memories as a CVT was when she and Dr. Lee received flowers from a client for delivering a litter of Yorkie puppies on emergency. Jessica shares her home with her husband, two cats, and two dogs. She spends her leisure time riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, camping, and traveling. In the future, she hopes to one day start a grooming, daycare, and boarding veterinary clinic with 24-hour emergency care.
Heather Shaw, CVT
Heather attended the University of Texas-Tyler where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Kinesiology. She also underwent training at the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology to obtain her vet tech degree. Heather chose her career path because she loves all animals, and derives a lot of joy from helping them. Her favorite part of working at our clinic is getting to help animals on a daily basis, and learning new things every day. Heather is known for her work ethic, efficiency, and friendly customer service. Her family includes her husband Greg, their daughter Olivia, and two pets: a Lab named Jordy, and Reggie, a domestic shorthair. In her spare time, Heather loves outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, fishing and camping, and spending time with her growing family.
Echo Viner, CVT
As a licensed and certified veterinary technician, Echo loves helping sick pets recover and assisting with surgical procedures. She earned her associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Globe University and bachelor’s degree in social studies from UW-River Falls. She has always had a love for animals, but her passion for caring for sick pets and helping them down the road to recovery was birthed when she volunteered at an animal shelter years ago. Echo is the proud "pet parent" of three dogs and two cats. When she’s not caring for pets at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic, she spends her time fishing, kayaking, playing games, cooking, crocheting, and reading. Her favorite movie is The Big Sleep.
Stephanie Wemette, Receptionist
Stephanie began working as a receptionist at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic in 2004. She enjoys working with animals and the ongoing learning experiences of animal healthcare that come along with it. As a receptionist at the clinic, she also loves visiting with clients and patients. Stephanie is married with two dogs, which are her favorite animals. She loves bowling, making fleece-tied blankets, reading about holistic diets, supplements, and other health-related topics, and baking. In fact, baking/frosting cookie cutouts is one of her special talents. She is very passionate about health, both for people and pets. Her favorite book is How to Have a Healthier Dog.
Jan Wiggert, Receptionist
Jan joined the La Crosse Veterinary Clinic team in 1999. She has always wanted to work with animals, and is known for her excellent communication skills and ability to empathize with clients during their difficult times. She loves learning more about animal health and helping people keep their pets healthy and happy. Jan is married, and shares her home with her favorite animals: cats and horses. She has five cats, four Arabian horses, and two dogs at home. Jan has bred, trained, and shown four Arabian national champions, and has had several memorable experiences over the years at the Nationals in Louisville and Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. When she’s not caring for pets or training horses, she loves to read and garden.
Kali Froncek, Receptionist
Kali has always been passionate about animals, and loves that her position at our clinic lets her have a small hand in helping them. Her favorite part about working here is welcoming all the puppies and kittens with their new families, and meeting so many wonderful pets. Kali is known for babying our resident fluff-monster, Huck the clinic cat, when she has the time. She and Jay, her partner of five years, share their home with a black cat named Starlord. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies with Jay, checking out new restaurants, making new meals at home, reading outside when it’s warm and exploring Wisconsin.
Whitney Johnson, Receptionist
Whitney earned her Associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Globe University. She chose her career path due to her passion for animals, and how they always put a smile on her face. Her favorite aspects of working at our practice include every day bringing something new, and being able to see new clients and patients become a part of the La Crosse Veterinary Clinic family. In her spare time, she loves going on motorcycle rides, spending time with her fiancé, Chad and 2 cats, Brewer and Batman, watching the Packers, Brewers and Badgers, working on crafts, attending country music concerts and being outdoors.