Our Team in La Crosse

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 team 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, call us at (608) 781-3466 or use the online form today!

Tristene Mikel

Tristene Mikel Office Manager

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. She also enjoys the various experiences that come with each new day. Tristene is married with three children, several chickens, ducks, two dogs, and two cats. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys camping, geocaching, hiking, swimming, and working around her house.  Tristene and one of her daughter's have a personal goal to hike the Ice Age Trail over the next few years-all 1,200 miles! Her love of the outdoors extends to wild animals as well; wolves are her favorite animals due to their powerful, intelligent, and resourceful nature.

Core Team Members

Krissy Buchheit, CVT

Krissy BuchheitKrissy 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, son, a dog, and two cats. She spends her free time with family and friends and being active.

Jessica Servais, CVT

Jessica ServaisJessica earned her associate’s degree in veterinary technology, and joined the team in 2011.  She loves working with the close-knit group of co-workers and providing the best possible experience for the patients and clients.  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, daughter and two cats. She spends her leisure time with family and loves to go shopping with her daughter.

Echo Viner, CVT

Echo VinerAs 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.

Kaylee Plantikow, CVT

Kaylee PlantikowOn her way to becoming a CVT, Kaylee attended Madison Area Technical College and University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she earned her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an emphasis on Veterinary Technology. She chose a career path in veterinary medicine because she has loved helping animals since she was very young. Her favorite part of working as a CVT at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic is building lasting relationships with patients and clients. Kaylee and her fiancé Robin have five pets: Shira, a Boxer; Gizmo, a Teddy Bear; Cleopatra, a Siamese; and Meeko and Jasmine, both tabbies. She enjoys spending time on her fiancé’s farm when she’s not at work, and scrapbooking.

Rochelle Dahlen, CVT

Rochelle received a Bachelor’s degree in animal science, with an emphasis in veterinary technology from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. She also holds an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Argosy University Twin Cities. She hopes to one day also be a specialist in animal behavior. Rochelle chose her career path at a young age when she started volunteering at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. She fell in love with the animals there and wanted to devote her life to helping them. Her favorite part about her job is reuniting pets with their families after overcoming an illness. She also loves to form relationships with clients and educate them about preventative care

Rochelle is married to her husband, Steven, and they have several pets together including three dogs: Porsche, a Pitbull mix; Elsa, a Blue-Nosed Pitbull; Rusty, a Miniature Pinscher; and four cats: Stewart, Sprout, Katniss, and Everdeen. In her spare time, she enjoys buying and selling antiques, scrapbooking, and traveling. She also loves to continue her volunteering work at Jackson County Animal Shelter. In fact, with a million dollars, she’d open up her own rescue, as well as a boarding facility.

Lisa Barnes, Veterinary Technician

Lisa graduated from Broadview University in Layton, UT with an associate degree in veterinary technology. She is currently working toward her CVT. She chose this career path because she wanted to work with animals and is passionate about them. Lisa has had some very interesting experiences in her career including working with a wildlife and bird rehabilitation center where she helped perform X-rays on many different, exotic species of birds. In her current role as a veterinary technician, Lisa enjoys working with the various animals and learning new things.

Lisa has a daughter named Alora Jane as well as three pets: Roxy, an Aussie/Sheltie mix; Cali, a calico cat; and Jaide, an Egyptian Mau. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing, spending time with family, and driving. She has been to many amazing places including Germany and Austria as a baby, Mt. Rainier in Washington, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and to various other States. One day, she would like to take her daughter to visit other states and countries.

Taylor Keene, Receptionist/Technician Assistant

Taylor chose the veterinary profession because she enjoys working with people and animals, and helping people become more educated about their pets’ needs. She is currently attending the University of Wisconsin and majoring in business management, with a minor in psychology.

Taylor has a Standard Poodle named Blue and a Hound named Finley. She loves spending time outside, and her favorite place to be is her family’s lake house in Edgerton, WI.

Diana Schuldt, Receptionist

Diana loves animals and deeply enjoys working with their owners. She enjoys constantly learning new things and making connections with people and their pets. Everyday is a new adventure—not one is ever alike!

Diana is married with two amazing boys and two dogs: Kloe, a Lab/Pit Bull mix and Roxy, a rescue dog. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and being with her family.

Ava Fox, Receptionist

Ava graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in biology, society, and environment. During her education, she had the opportunity to assist with chimpanzee vocalization research. She chose a career in veterinary medicine because she loves animals and enjoys staying busy! Ava loves getting to meet everyone and their pets. 

At home, Ava has a few pets of her own including Bob, a Goldendoodle, Bowie, a Pug mix, Max a retriever mix, and two cats named Coby and Tinkerbell. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and baking. Her favorite animal is a chimpanzee, her favorite movie is The Shining, and the most amazing place she’s ever been is Madrid, Spain!  

Wyatt Gilbert, Receptionist

Wyatt attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Western Technical College. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to finish his schooling, but he plans to return and earn his degree in forestry or wildlife biology. He has always loved animals, and wants to do anything he can to help, even if that includes simply answering the phone. He loves seeing dogs and cats every day, and enjoys being part of a team where everyone supports one another.

Wyatt enjoys spending time and going on long walks and car rides with his wife, Tarran, and spending time with their pets, a Bloodhound/Husky mix named Scout and a tabby cat named Theodore Potter. He’s a big fan of movies and can quote many of them on a dime.

Huckleberry, Clinic Cat

Huckleberry the catHuck has been with La Crosse Veterinary Clinic since 2017. From greeting clients and patients to getting his daily brushing, Huck brings a lot to the clinic. He’s been known to steal toys from the welcome bags meant for kittens and puppies. Huck enjoys finding things made from plastic or rubber during his free time as he is fond of chewing on them. His medical records would show history of multiple foreign body surgeries so Huck felt living at a vet clinic would really benefit his well being. His favorite part of being a member of La Crosse Veterinary Clinic is meeting everyone who visits the clinic as he’s great with dogs and cats alike.