Staff


Dr. James Ziegler

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Dr. Jim Ziegler graduated from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 after obtaining a master’s degree in medical microbiology from the UW Madison in 1983. Dr. Ziegler founded the Wolf River Veterinary clinic in 1996 after working in a mixed animal practice in Weyauwega for eight years. Dr. Ziegler enjoys all aspects of companion animal care – medicine, surgery and interacting with pets and their owners. He enjoys shelter medicine as well, and helps at the Humane Society of Waupaca County on a regular basis. Dr. Ziegler lives in in rural Weyauwega, with his wife, Julie and their four dogs (Newton, Bella, Gracie and Doolie). He enjoys running, biking, hiking, working outdoors, reading and spending what time he can on his much loved property in Michigan Keewenaw Peninsula.


Dr. Mark Baetke

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Dr. Mark Baetke graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He has been practicing small animal medicine in Northeast Wisconsin since 1988 and landed here at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in the spring of 2003. His special interests include dentistry and complimentary therapies such as chiropractic, homeopathy, herbs and nutrition. When not working at the clinic he enjoys hiking, biking, and fusing glass. Dr. Mark and his wife have two cats (Fred and George) and a new puppy (Ceili).


Dr. Brent Nokes

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Dr. Nokes was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from UW-Madison-Veterinary College in 1998. He then moved across the country to Washington State where he practiced small animal medicine until recently moving back to Wisconsin to settle in and be closer to family. He enjoys all parts of small animal veterinary medicine, but particularly takes an interest in surgery and ultrasound. Away from the clinic, you will find Dr. Nokes enjoying the great outdoors – hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, gardening and yard work. His pets include two cats (Taz and Bushbaby) and eight chickens.


Dr. Pete Gasper

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Dr. Pete Gasper joins the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic’s team, excited to practice as a clinical veterinarian. Dr. Pete has worked in veterinary medicine since graduating from veterinary school in 1980. However, his work has been as a research scientist, a professor, an administrator, and a consultant. He has studied feline leukemia virus and stem cells in cats and in, more recently, dogs. He has taught a wide range of subjects. He has overseen animal care programs at research institutes and universities and has provided consulting services for individuals and institutions who are performing biomedical research.

Dr. Pete moved back to Wisconsin in 2008, marrying his wife Nancy Schanke, a Neenah High School friend and classmate. Dr. Pete and Nancy and their dog Jack and their two cats Bassui and Mia live in the New London area. Dr. Pete enjoys many silent sports, including running, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and wilderness camping. He has continued his lifelong love of music by reuniting with his high school blues band, playing reveille and taps each day on his tuba and singing in the church choir. Dr. Pete is excited about bringing his all to serve Wolf River Veterinary Clinic’s patients and clientele.


Dr. Kyle Ruedinger 

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Dr. Kyle Ruedinger graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He has lived in Wisconsin for his entire life. He enjoys caring for our animal patients and working with clients to find the best care plan for them and their beloved pets. When not working at the clinic, he spends most of his time working or playing outside and partaking in various activities such as hiking, running, biking, and also traveling when possible. He enjoys any outside physical labor but especially appreciates vegetable gardening. Dr. Kyle lives with three cats (Clover, Cora, and Ganzo), and one dog, Gunner, who are all rescues.


Amanda, Business Manager


Karen, CVT/Inventory Manager 

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I started here at Wolf River Veterinary Hospital in May 2017; my primary title is Inventory Manager though you will often see me buzzing around the clinic performing technician duties as well. I have a B.A. in Biology from Lawrence University, Appleton, WI and an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Argosy University, Eagan, MN. I am licensed in both Wisconsin and Minnesota as a Certified Veterinary Technician. I have been working in veterinary medicine since October 1998 with experience in companion animal medicine, reproductive medicine, emergency medicine, exotics, wildlife, and behavior. I have also taught as a full-time veterinary technician instructor. I enjoy attending continuing education events to stay up to date on current trends and products for use in the clinic. Medicine is always changing and I find that it’s best to stay current so that we can provide the best options to patients and current information to clients.

When I’m not at work (or attending CE events) I have quite the pack at home to keep an eye on. I have two daughters at Appleton West High School/Renaissance High School, one dog, three cats, a bearded dragon, and a crayfish under my roof. My eldest daughter is very into music; she plays viola & ukulele at school and is in Lawrence University Girl Choir on the weekends. My younger daughter is a competition dancer at a local studio where she also assistant teaches, her favorite styles are: ballet & contemporary but she also does lyrical, jazz, & pointe. I myself have several years of both dance & music training under my belt so it’s no surprise that my girls enjoy those as well. If I can find any time outside of chauffeuring the girls around I enjoy travel, waterfall hikes, and attending concerts.


Ashley, CVT/Lead Technician

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Ashley grew up in Bessemer, Michigan. Shortly after high school, she moved to the Twin Cities and graduated from Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She then moved to Wisconsin in 2008 to start the next chapter of her career here at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic. And are we glad she did! Her special interests include dentistry and anesthesia. Ashley lives with her future husband, three cats and one dog. To disconnect from fast paced clinic life, she enjoys traveling, reading, drawing and spending time with friends and family. She is also a longstanding member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Technicians’ Association.


Stephanie, CVT

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Stephanie has been with Wolf River Veterinary Clinic for four years. She is a graduate of both UW-River Falls and MATC with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and an associate’s degree in veterinary technology. Stephanie is also a program coordinator for our S.A.F.E. program. Her passion and dedication for these animals continually shines through year after year. She particularly enjoys helping pets find loving forever homes. In her spare time, she enjoys going to movies, playing table top games, playing video games and spending time with loved ones. She shares her home with her wife, mother-in-law, six cats, three dogs, two parrots, a gecko and occasional foster pets.


Chandell, CVT 

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Chandell graduated from Globe University in the Veterinary Technology program in 2016 and officially became a CVT in March 2017. Chandell also graduated in 2011 from UW-Oshkosh where she received a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Chandell has always been passionate about helping people and caring for animals. She considers herself very fortunate to have a mix of both in a career she really loves. Chandell was in the social work field for 4 years before returning to school for a degree in animal health. Chandell currently has a dog named Mossy but grew up with many pets. In her free time, you will find her reading, fishing, hunting, camping, spending time with family, taking walks with her pup, laughing, and watching the Packers among many other things. Chandell is also a member of the S.A.F.E program and enjoys helping stray pets find new homes. She is always finding new things to do and continues her education any way she can. Chandell feels very fortunate to be a part of the Wolf River Veterinary team!


Chelsea, CVT


Callie, Veterinary Assistant 

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Callie started at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in 2015 as a Kennel Assistant and has since become a Veterinary Assistant.  Callie enjoys rescuing animals and nursing them back to health and is an active member of our S.A.F.E. program.  Outside of the clinic, you can find Callie doing just about anything outdoors like boating, fishing, hiking and soaking up the sun. She also likes to propagate succulents and give them as gifts to family and friends. 


Savannah, Veterinary Assistant

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Savannah joined the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in September of 2017 as a veterinary assistant after graduating from Broadview University. She grew up loving animals which included dogs, cats, rabbits and lizards and knew she wanted to work with animals. Born and raised in Hortonville, she has recently moved to New London.

In her free time you’ll find her outdoors riding four-wheelers, shooting her bow, fishing, hiking, hunting, camping and spending time with family and friends.

She has two dogs (Hunter and Lola) and two rescue cats (Cleo and Reed).



Nikki, Reception Manager 

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Nikki joined our clinic in September of 2018. She grew up in Weyauwega and still resides in the area with her son Aries and a 1 year old rescue pup named Oliver.  Nikki graduated from Fox Valley Technical College in 2006. She has an extensive background in Emergency Medical Services, Quality Management and LEAN business practices. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, shooting bow, camping, live music & festivals, cooking and grilling out with friends and family at the lake. She also volunteers year round as a board member for Fire on Ice, Inc. which is a race event that benefits local youth groups.


Ariana, Receptionist

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Ariana started with Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in January of 2017. Born and raised in New London, she graduated from New London High School in 2012. During her time in school, she took small animal care classes and really enjoyed working with animals! Ariana enjoys spending lots of time with her son. When she's away from the clinic, Ariana enjoys road trips, fishing , family vacations, and boating. You'll also find her up north during the summer months visiting family and hanging out on the lake! 


Cheryl, Receptionist 

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Cheryl joined the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist in March of 2018. With the passion for customer service and fur babies, she really enjoys making people smile. Cheryl is a proud mom of three daughters and one son-in-law, and enjoys spending time with them whenever possible. In her free time Cheryl enjoys being outside in the sun, gardening, floating on the river, bonfires, snowmobiling and most often spending time with family and friends.


Shalon, Receptionist 

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Shalon joined the team at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in April 2019 as a receptionist. She has over 10 years in the medical field and customer service. She has always had a love for animals, and helping others.  She was born and raised in New London and shares her home with her two Fur babies Ella (Springer Spaniel) and Rylee (Yorkie)

Outside the clinic Shalon enjoys being among family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, and crafting. 




Phil, Kennel Manager

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Wolf River Veterinary Clinic welcomed Phil as kennel manager in early April 2017. Phil grew up on a farm in Manawa. By age eight he was training, breaking and showing horses. After two years of military service, he went to work for Trail-Et building horse trailers. His 42 year career ended when the company closed. Phil and his wife have been married 30 years; and have 6 children and 14 grandchildren. Phil has one rescue dog and adopted 2 kittens from our SAFE Program. Now in his retirement years, he is very happy to be managing the kennels here at the clinic. Taking care of the dogs and cats while their owners are out of town completes his love for animals.


Jonathan, Kennel Assistant 

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Jonathan joined the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in August of 2018. Jonathan grew up in Florida but has been a resident of New London for the past eight years. He and his family have housed numerous dogs and cats and currently have two cats, Emily and Zoey, and a husky named Luke. Jonathan currently attends an online high school and is preparing to graduate in June 2019. In his spare time he enjoys writing, animating, playing hockey, and exercising.


Jacob, Kennel Assistant


Josey, Kennel Assistant


  • Dr.
    Pete Gasper
    Dr. Pete Gasper joins the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic’s team, excited to practice as a clinical veterinarian. Dr. Pete has worked in veterinary medicine since graduating from veterinary school in 1980. However, his work has been as a research scientist, a professor, an administrator, and a consultant. He has studied feline leukemia virus and stem cells in cats and in, more recently, dogs. He has taught a wide range of subjects. He has overseen animal care programs at research institutes and universities and has provided consulting services for individuals and institutions who are performing biomedical research.
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  • Dr.
    Mark Baetke
    Dr. Mark Baetke graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He has been practicing small animal medicine in Northeast Wisconsin since 1988 and landed here at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in the spring of 2003. His special interests include dentistry and complimentary therapies such as chiropractic, homeopathy, herbs and nutrition. When not working at the clinic he enjoys hiking, biking, and fusing glass. Dr. Mark and his wife have two cats (Fred and George) and a new puppy (Ceili).
  • Dr.
    James Ziegler
    Dr. Jim Ziegler graduated from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 after obtaining a master’s degree in medical microbiology from the UW Madison in 1983. Dr. Ziegler founded the Wolf River Veterinary clinic in 1996 after working in a mixed animal practice in Weyauwega for eight years. Dr. Ziegler enjoys all aspects of companion animal care – medicine, surgery and interacting with pets and their owners. He enjoys shelter medicine as well, and helps at the Humane Society of Waupaca County on a regular basis. Dr. Ziegler lives in in rural Weyauwega, with his wife, Julie and their four dogs (Newton, Bella, Gracie and Doolie). He enjoys running, biking, hiking, working outdoors, reading and spending what time he can on his much loved property in Michigan Keewenaw Peninsula.
  • Dr.
    Brent Nokes
    Dr. Nokes was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from UW-Madison-Veterinary College in 1998. He then moved across the country to Washington State where he practiced small animal medicine until recently moving back to Wisconsin to settle in and be closer to family. He enjoys all parts of small animal veterinary medicine, but particularly takes an interest in surgery and ultrasound. Away from the clinic, you will find Dr. Nokes enjoying the great outdoors – hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, gardening and yardwork. His pets include one dog (Rouge) two cats (Taz and Bushbaby) and ten chickens.
  • Heidi
    Business Manager
    Heidi joined the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic staff as business manager in February of 2016, but she's not new to our family. She had been a client at our clinic for many years prior to working here. Heidi grew up on a farm and developed a love of animals very early on. Working at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic has allowed her to balance her love of animals and her organization skills. When not emerged in clinic number crunching, she enjoys gardening, horseback riding, finding estate sales, and entertaining. Heidi family includes two horses (Aztec & Thunder) seven cats (Derby, Domino, Kricket, Kinsler, PoPo, Hemi Motorcat and Malto), a beloved dog (Hickory) a flock of feathered friends and a husband!
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  • Ashley Schwartz
    CVT, Lead Technician
    Ashley grew up in Bessemer, Michigan. Shortly after high school, she moved to the Twin Cities and graduated from Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She then moved to Wisconsin in 2008 to start the next chapter of her career here at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic. And are we glad she did! Her special interests include dentistry and anesthesia. Ashley lives with her boyfriend, three senior cats and one dog. To disconnect from fast paced clinic life, she enjoys traveling, reading, drawing and spending time with friends and family. She is also a longstanding member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Technicians’ Association.
  • Stephanie
    CVT
    Stephanie has been with Wolf River Veterinary Clinic for three years. She is a graduate of both UW-River Falls and MATC with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and an associate’s degree in veterinary technology. Stephanie is also the program coordinator for our S.A.F.E. program. Her passion and dedication for these animals continually shines through year after year. She particularly enjoys helping pets find loving forever homes. Just this year alone, eight dogs and fifty one cats have found new homes through the program. In her spare time Stephanie likes to play with her animals, go to movies, play table top games, play video games and spend time with loved ones. She shares her home with her wife, mother-in-law, six cats, three dogs, two parrots, a gecko and occasional foster pets.
  • Karen
    CVT
    Karen has been with WRVC since the beginning, celebrating her 20 twenty year anniversary with us in May of 2016. Karen graduated from the University of Minnesota-Waseco in 1980. She grew up on a dairy farm and has always had a strong interest in dairy cattle. Her entire professional career has been spent working with animals. Needless to say, she enjoys all aspects of the veterinary field. The old saying find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life could be true with Karen…however; she does plan to “retire” from the clinic in August of 2017 and is looking forward to continuing her livelihood with dairy cattle. Karen shares her home with two dogs (Jimmy and Reece) a barn cat (Princess) a retired cow and a flock of chickens.
  • Jennifer
    CVT
    Jennifer started at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic almost two years also as a part time veterinary assistant. In spring of 2016, she graduated from Globe University and became a certified veterinary technician. She particularly enjoys the nursing aspect of her job. She also volunteers in our S.A.F.E. program, has been known to nurse little ones round the clock for their feedings every two hours. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, camping, hunting, and playing sports. She also enjoys spending time with family, her dog Bubba and two cats adopted from our S.A.F.E program (Frankie and Oliver).
  • Casey
    Inventory Manager
    Casey joined the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic team in May of 2016. Her responsibilities include making sure both our New London and Manawa clinics are properly stocked at all times. This includes vaccines, preventatives, drugs, surgical supplies, pet foods, lab diagnostic supplies, and special order medications are available when you need them for your pets continued good health. Casey also works with many of our medical vendors to ensure we are using the best possible products on the market. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks, listening to music and spending time with family. Her two dogs Vito and Layla are her pride and joy! Layla was adopted from our S.A.F.E. program.
  • Jannie
    Kennel Manager
    Jannie started at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic as a kennel assistant, and through hard and work and dedication over the past few years has transitioned into the kennel manager. Working behind the scenes here at the clinic, she makes certain that all our patients and boarders are clean, comfortable and well cared for while away from home. Outside of work, Jannie likes to relax outdoors and hang out with her bunny, Maple Pancakes and three cats (Felix, Zyra, Castiel). Jannie enjoys photography and is a coffee enthusiast. (dark roast please)!
  • Kim
    Veterinary Assistant
    Kim has been a veterinary assistant for a little over six years. She originally went to school for nursing, but stumbled upon a job as a veterinary assistant and never looked back. Kim is a mother of three human babies, and three fur babies. One of those fur babies is Leonard, a 100 pound coon hound lab mix. Without him she would have to do a lot of sweeping and her children would have to clear their plates!! Kim also has two cats that tolerate a lot of hair pulling and strange carrying positions. In her spare time, she graciously supplies the clinic with homemade treats on a regular basis.
  • Shaunna
    Lead Reception/Veterinary Assistant
    Shaunna is our Head of Reception and has been with Wolf River Veterinary Clinic since 2014. Recently, she’s taken on more responsibility and added veterinary assistant to her resume. She's very adept at both working at the front desk and in back behind the scenes; it’s safe to say Shaunna knows her way around the clinic. Shaunna also helps keep our S.A.F.E. program running smoothly. Busy lady!
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  • Amber
    Receptionist
    Amber started with us last April and is a gal that never sits still. She splits her time between our New London and Manawa locations as receptionist. For those of us that know Amber well, she graces us with her sense of humor whenever she can. Amber and her husband recently moved from the Neenah area and are working on fixing up their new home. On her days off, Amber enjoys the outdoors, travel, art, music and gardening. Amber's family includes her husband, five cats (Monster, Gabrielle, Mosie, Savy, Tred) and a great Pyrenees' dog named Sioux.
  • Rene
    Receptionist
    One of the smiling faces you will meet when you walk thru our doors is Rene! Rene has had the opportunity to live in California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Washington and Germany thanks to her husband's 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. His retirement at the beginning of 2016 brought her to Wisconsin and in August, she joined our team. Rene studied Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Green River Community College in Washington. Rene and her husband have a son and a daughter-in-law; both are in the Air Force. Rene's hobbies include baking, reading whatever book catches her attention, geocaching, hiking, camping, and traveling to as many new places as possible. Her pets include an Austrian Shepherd dog (Shelby) and two cats (Choas and Mr. McGoo ), one of which was recently adopted through our S.A.F.E. program.

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New London (920) 982-2733