We are proud to be able to exceed the veterinary standards in over 900 items. We look forward to continuing our passion for excellence in veterinary medicine in the future.
I was born and raised on the northwest side of Milwaukee. I grew up with a wonderful dog named Queenie, but it wasn’t until I started working at the Milwaukee County Zoo that I became interested in becoming a veterinarian. While working at the zoo as a Zoomobile driver, I completed my BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Since Wisconsin did not have a vet school at the time and I needed to take some animal science classes, I moved to Minnesota where I completed my BS degree in Animal Science and Veterinary Science while working as a Chemist at 3M. While attending veterinary school, I was one of the coordinators of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic as well as a volunteer educator at the Apple Valley Zoo and Como Park Zoo. I also worked as a volunteer at the Raptor Rehabilitation Clinic. While living in Minnesota, I enjoyed the many boundary water canoe trips as well as scuba diving in the area lakes. Winter outdoor activities included skiing and snowshoeing.
After graduating from vet school at the U in 1989, I moved back to Wisconsin and worked as an emergency veterinarian for a year at the Animal Emergency Center. In 1990, I started working for Drs. Ibsen and Backe at New Berlin Animal Hospital. I purchased the practice from them in 1991. Over the years, I have been involved in many community activities including being president of the Chamber of Commerce twice, president of the Waukesha Veterinary Medical Association, Chairman of the Information and Technology Committee for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, and winner of the Business Person of the Year Award. I am also a member of many professional organizations and taught seminars on the use of computers in veterinary medicine at two American Veterinary Medical Association conventions.
Over these past 20+ years, I absolutely love my job. The staff that I have the great honor to work with at the hospital is beyond words. I am so proud of each and every one of them.They are passionate and caring. I also enjoy working with the clients and their pets – doing this while having fun. Nothing is more rewarding than to see a pet come in not feeling well and leaving the hospital on the road to recovery.
As for my personal life now, I married an awesome, wonderful lady, LuAnn in 2005. LuAnn graduated from seminary with her Masters and is a pastoral counselor. I have one step-daughter, Claire, who lives in Roseville, Minnesota while working towards her Masters degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. My wife and I have only one pet now, a Golden Retriever named Star.