1727 Western Ave

Eau Claire, WI 54703

715-835-0761

Staff

The People that Make it all Possible!

  • David Menard
    DVM, CCRT, Practice Owner

    Dr. David Menard was born and raised in Wheaton Township, Chippewa County. He grew up on a large dairy/beef farm. He attended Regis High School, and then went to UWEC where he received his B.S. in Zoology and Chemistry.

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  • Peter Helmbrecht
    DVM

    Dr. Peter Helmbrecht graduated from the University of Wisconsin – School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. He has been with Northside Pet Hospital since 2015. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially preventative care and internal medicine.

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  • Michelle Rothaug
    DVM

    Dr. Michelle Rothaug grew up in McMinnville, Oregon where she always knew growing up that she wanted to work with animals. She joined the army and got her start working with animals there as an animal care specialist. 

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  • Emily Schneider
    DVM

    Dr. Emily Schneider grew up in Stanley, WI on a small dairy farm. She was always outside playing with the farm cats and dogs and loved watching the vets come out to work on their cattle. 

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  • Doris Durst
    DVM

    Dr. Doris Durst grew up on a dairy farm near Richland Center in southwestern Wisconsin. She graduated from UW-River Falls with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota.

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  • Heather J.
    Office Manager

    Heather has always loved animals, but has a huge passion for cats and birds. She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from the Medical Institute of MN with an AAS in Veterinary Technology in 1997. She then spent 16 years as a Certified Veterinary Technician in an exotic animal practice in the cities. When she moved to Wisconsin she spent two years as a CVT before she started teaching future CVT’s at Globe University here in Eau Claire for another two years. In her free time, she enjoys weekends at her cabin, crafting, photography and spending time with friends and her husband, Frank. They have two dogs: Bear, a two year old Catahoula Leopard Dog and Syd, a Great Dane puppy. They also have three very spoiled cats: Harley who is eight, Chevy who is six,  and Shelby who is three. Along with a nine year old bearded dragon named spike, two Cockatiels named Spike and Silly, and a tank full of fish.

  • Hannah D.
    Assistant Manager

    Hannah grew up in Ladysmith, Wisconsin where she discovered her love for animals on her parent’s hobby farm as well as volunteering at the local animal shelter. She has raised and cared for a number of animals including: cows, sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, and an array of exotic pets. She then moved to Eau Claire to attend Chippewa Velley Technical College, where she graduated with honors and an Associate’s Degree in Administration with an emphasis in health care. In Hannah’s free time, she enjoys traveling, crafting, getting tattoos, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Sarah W.
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Sarah has lived in Menomonie, Wisconsin her entire life, and has had an interest in animals since before she can remember. She attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Veterinary Technologist emphasis. She then attended Argosy University where she received her Associate’s Degree as a Veterinary Technician. In her free time, Sarah enjoys being outside camping and horseback riding. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her two sons, Rayden who is seven and Jaxton who is four. She also has three cats: Melody (13), Pixie (1), and Rue (1), along with a Yorkie mix named Kit Kat, who is eleven.

  • Morgan D.
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Morgan grew up in the country outside of Bloomer, WI on a small hobby farm. Having grown up surrounded by animals and helping to care for them, she knew that’s what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Morgan graduated from Globe University with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science - Veterinary Technology. She has many years of experience in the veterinary field and is a great teacher to our newer employees! Morgan and her husband have a super stock dirt race car and enjoy racing on the weekends. She also enjoys playing animal crossing on switch. They currently have three dogs: Wilson (6 years) and Gatlin (5 years), both Shih Tzu mixes, and Lady Bird, a mini dachshund puppy. They also have three cats: Tiger (9 years), Lilly Ann (9 years), and Allie Gator (5 years).

  • Alissa A.
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Alissa moved to a hobby farm in Cadott, Wisconsin when she was 8 years old. She has always loved caring for animals and has actually raised a lot of her own horses, beef cattle, dogs, and cats. She later attended Globe University and received her Associates Degree in Animal Science. She has worked in the animal field for about 12 years now. In her free time, she enjoys going horseback riding, watching movies and sports, and spending time with her family. Alissa’s favorite activity though is spending time with all of her animals, including five dogs, nine cats, three fainting goats, and four horses.

  • Darcey T.
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Darcey grew up in Inver Grove Heights, MN with a slew of animals. She has had chickens, sheep, rabbits, dogs, and cats. She even showed dogs and chickens in 4H. Since she has always loved being around and working with animals, her parents pushed her to pursue a career in the animal field. Darcey is a HUGE movie and TV fan. She can quote any Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, and Ben Stiller movie you can think of along with any episode of Friends, The Office, and Stranger Things. She is currently on the Chippewa Valley Roller Derby Team with the derby name “Blockter Seuss”, from her love of Dr. Seuss books. She has recently been finding new passions in gardening as well as camping. Darcey currently has three dogs and one cat: Izzy (a 16-year-old Chihuahua/terrier mix), Babe (a nine-year-old pit bull mix), Rishi (a 14-year-old Tortie), and Sneetch (a five-year-old shepherd mix)

  • Rachael A.
    Veterinary Technician

    Rachael grew up in Eleva, WI where she spent a lot of time on her Grandparents dairy farm. She currently lives in Eau Claire with her fiancé and their two German Shepherds Bear and Kylo, two cats Tiki and Brandi, and crested gecko Remi. Rachael attended UW River Falls and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a Minor in Chemistry.  In her free time, she enjoys kayaking with her Grandparents, watching movies, and shopping. 

  • Alexis S.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Alexis grew up with a variety of animals in Osseo, WI. She started working at a local vet clinic in high school which really sparked her interest in helping and learning about animals. She currently has two dogs: a three year old red Labrador retriever named Colt, and a one year old Golden Retriever named Nova. She also has an 11 year old quarter horse named Banjo. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and swimming with her dog and riding her horse. Alexis also likes going on road trips around Osseo and discovering new places she didn’t know existed.

  • Skylar N.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Skylar grew up in Sparta, Wisconsin, where she worked on a friend’s mini farm and also showed animals at the county fair. She has also worked at humane societies as well as rescues, so she has a ton of experience caring for animals already. Skylar is currently attending UWEC for Biology, majoring in Pre-Veterinarian Sciences and minoring in Pre-Professional Health Sciences. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and go to the gym. Her favorite activity is spending time with her three animals though. She has two German Shepherds, Reff who is eight and Sherman who is five, as well as a two year old Ragdoll cat named Penelope (Baby P. for short). 

  • Ashley B.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Ashley grew up here in the Eau Claire area and has always known she’s wanted to work with animals. She attended Chippewa Valley Technical College and received her Associate’s Degree in Animal Science Management. She has worked as a farm hand and assisted at a vet clinic previously. Ashley loves to work on crafts and read in her free time. She also enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and shooting trap, and hanging out with friends and family. Her family currently has a seven year old yellow Lab named Ruger. 

  • Stephanie D.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Stephanie grew up in Whitehall, WI. She has owned animals her entire life and is always happiest when she is around and/or working with them. To get her foot in the animal field, she has volunteered at the Humane Association and showed animals at the fair. Stephanie is currently enrolled in the Vet Tech program through Penn Foster. She loves to spend time with her horses whenever she can. She is working with two of them to become barrel/cattle working horses. Stephanie also enjoys being outside and boating on the Mississippi river. Her family recently purchased a camper, so they will be visiting a lot of campsites in the near future. Her family has a plethora of animals at home, including two dogs: Hazel (a German shepherd), and Bella (a chocolate lab), two rabbits, Dash and Checkers, three horses, Harley, Queen, and Rowdy, 12 chickens, and 6 ducks.

  • Dakota M.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Dakota grew up in a small town called Minong, Wisconsin surrounded by animals. She attended Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minnesota and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Animal Science. She also has previous experience in caring for animals and cleaning up after them from working at a boarding facility. In her spare time, Dakota likes to be outside hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and four wheeling.  She has also been working on her crafting skills recently! She currently has a five-year-old Shih Tzu named Gunther, a nine-year-old cat named Muffin, and two guinea pigs named Chips and Cola.

  • Mikayla M.
    Client Service Representative

    Mikayla grew up in the small town of poplar, Wisconsin where she lived on a 40 acre hobby farm. She also showed all kinds of animals in 4-H, such as: dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses. After high school, she attended WITC – Superior for Business Management and graduated with high honors. Mikayla has worked at many jobs revolving around her love for animals, such as: A Place for Fido, Blue Sky Rabbitry, and a boarding facility in Superior. In her free time she enjoys hiking, going on road trips, and working with her dogs on obedience and agility training. She currently has four animals living with her: Charlie, a five year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Berlin a six year old German Shepherd, Ginger, an 11 year old cat, and Pepper a five year old calico.

  • Annie F.
    Client Service Representative

    Annie grew up in Milwaukee, WI, but moved to the Eau Claire area in the 80’s. Her first job was in the vet field being a Veterinary Assistant where she helped with the animals, worked in the front office, and assisted on house calls. She became interested in the radiology aspect of healthcare and she has been doing that for the last 29 years. Annie attended UW Eau Claire - Luther Hospital School of Radiology as well as CVTC for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She has an Associate’s Degree in Ultrasound and a certificate of Radiological Sciences. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, spending time with her kids, and shooting trap with her husband. The two of them also love watching Harry Potter and going on Disney Cruises. They currently have two dogs: Bello, a 12 year old Plott Hound mix, and Gertie, a 3 year old mini Australian Shepherd. They also have two cats: Lily (10) and Sven (2).

  • Andrea S.
    Client Service Representative

    Andrea grew up in Park Falls, WI and has always loved animals for as long as she can remember. She attended Globe University and received her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2016 and has been working in the vet setting ever since doing both reception and Vet Tech work. Andrea spends most of her free time with her husband and their three children: Andria (14), Azalea (11), and Silas (7). They enjoy doing puzzles, going to the library, and camping together as a family. They also have four dogs: Luna Lovegood, Velma Dinkley, Daphne Blake, and Dobby.

  • Samantah Z.
    Client Service Representative

    Samantha grew up right here in Eau Claire, WI. Her dad’s family has a farm in the area, so she’s been around animals her entire life. Sam spends just about all of her free time with her animals. She currently has two horses: Bella who is 25 years old, and Nugget who is 5 years old. She also has a 1 year old dog named Shiloh, two cats named Scarlet and Lulu, and lots of cows.

  • Porter James - Clinic Cat

    Porter has been with us since December of 2016 and is about 11 years old now. He mostly likes to hang out at reception either up on his bed above the reception desk or sunbathing in the window. His favorite pass times are rubbing up against peoples faces and knocking things over to get attention. Porter is most known for his beautiful golden eyes, the white spot on his chest, and his short tail that was partially amputated after an accident. 

  • Sam - Clinic Cat
    Sam 1995 - 2012, Our long time clinic cat and friend sadly passed away in November 2012. He joined our staff in 1997 and has supervised all the comings and goings ever since. He will be missed but not forgotten.
  • Thomas - Clinic Cat

    Rest in peace sweet boy, May 30, 2019.

    Thomas is one of the most affectionate cats you will find. Sit in our lobby and Thomas is bound to be in your lap giving you BIG HUGS, whether you are a cat person or not. He is very demanding. Tommy is 18 years old and joined our team 2005.