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, contact us 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.

Pat Bye

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 two cats, 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

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.

Sarah Miles, CVT

Sara MilesSarah 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.

Mary Samuelson, Veterinary Technician

Mary SamuelsonMary 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 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.

Stephanie Wemette, Receptionist
Stephanie Wemette

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.

Tarilyn Mikel, Receptionist

Tarilyn MikelTarilyn joined our team in 2018. She chose to work in the veterinary field because she always wanted to work with animals. In her role with us, she loves learning as much as she can as well as improving everyone’s mood wherever she goes! At home, she has a Labrador Retriever named Rango, a long-haired kitten named Binx, and a rabbit named Snickers. Outside of work, she enjoys anything outdoors such as swimming, rock climbing, and hiking. Her favorite animal is a frog and her favorite book is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Something that she’s proud to share is that she has traveled and met people from all over the world.

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!  

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.