1727 Western Ave

Eau Claire, WI 54703



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

    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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  • Heather J.
    Office Manager, CVT

    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 prior to moving to WI. When she moved to Wisconsin in 2013, she spent four years as a CVT in a local practice and teaching future CVT’s at Globe University here in Eau Claire before joining the Northside team in 2017. 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 (pictured), a four year old Catahoula Leopard Dog and Syd, a two year old Great Dane. They also have three cats: Harley who is nine, Chevy who is seven, and Shelby who is five. Along with a bearded dragon named spike, and two Cockatiels named Screech and Silly.

  • 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, reading, crafting, getting tattoos, and spending time with friends and family. Hannah is pictured with her dog, Magnolia.

  • Katie T.
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Katie grew up just outside of Siren, WI. She has always known that she wanted to work with animals ever since she was a little girl. She would read fictional vet books and watch vet shows for fun. Katie graduated with her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Northwood Technical Collage in August of 2023. While in school, she also worked as a kennel tech at the Humane Society of Burnett County gaining more hands-on experience working with animals. After graduation, she took her VTNE and became certified in November, 2023. In her free time, Katie likes watching Kdramas, hiking, and spending time with her family. She currently has a Goldendoodle named Ember and three cats named Benji, Chewy, and Finley (pictured).

  • Andrea S.
    Veterinary Technician

    Andrea was born and raised in Park Falls, WI. and has loved being around animals for as long as she can remember. She attended Globe University and graduated in 2014 with her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. In her free time, she loves being at home with her husband and four children making memories together. Their favorite activity to do as a family is having movie nights with popcorn. Andrea currently has a plethora of animals at home. She has four dogs: Luna, Velma, Daphne, and Dobby, two Sphynx cats: Somber and Severus, two bearded dragons: Saphira and Khaleesi, and two crested geckos named Draco and Bellatrix.

  • Lexy S.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Lexy grew up in Osseo, Wisconsin where she owned three horses. Growing up with horses, as well as working at a local veterinary clinic as a kennel technician in high school is what sparked her interest in animals. She did her work study at the same vet clinic and got to experience the medical side of caring for animals. In her free time, Lexy likes to spend as much time as possible outside hiking and swimming. She also really enjoys riding Harley with her Fiancé. Together, they have two dogs: Nova, a three year old golden retriever (pictured), and Colt, a five year old Labrador retriever

  • 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 attended 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 animals though. She has a German Shepherd named Sherman who is seven, as well as a cat named Posie. 

  • 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 three dogs: Hazel (German shepherd), Bella (Chocolate Lab), and Texas (pictured) (Border Collie/Heeler mix), a rabbit, three horses, Harley, Queen, and Rowdy, 12 chickens, and 6 ducks.

  • Jade S.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jade graduated from Animal Behavior College with her Veterinary Assistant Certificate in 2023. In her free time, she really enjoys being outside. Hiking and kayaking are some of her favorite summer activities. She also likes to read as much as possible. Jade currently has two cats: Captain and Luna (pictured). They are both two years old and full of energy!

  • Addisyn O.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Addisyn grew up in Colfax, WI. She has been riding horses since before she could walk, which is what sparked her interest in animals. She attended Chippewa Valley Technical College and graduated with her Associates degree in Animal Science Management in 2023. She has also worked with children that have behavioral issues by teaching them how to handle horses as a form of therapy. Addi loves to spend her free time riding and training horses. She also enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. She has quite a few animals at home: a two year old Blue Heeler named Dually (pictured), two cats named Kahlua and Sitka, along with five horses: Tazmara, Willow, Otis, Buddy, and Bingo.

  • Morgan A.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Morgan grew up in Menasha, Wisconsin and has always loved animals for as long as she can remember. She is currently on the pre-veterinary track at UW-Eau Claire majoring in Biology. She also works in a campus research lab studying the behaviors of social animals. In her limited free time, Morgan loves reading as well as spending time with friends and family. She currently has two dogs: Callie, a 3-year-old Lab mix and Sophie, a 9-year-old Shih Tzu.

  • 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: Charlie, a seven year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Berlin an eight year old German Shepherd (pictured), Ginger, a twelve year old cat, and Pepper, a six year old calico.

  • Brittany H.
    Client Service Representative

    Brittany grew up in Cadott, WI on a small hobby farm. They had all kinds of animals including ducks, chickens, and cows. She and her siblings would always bring home stray animals as well. Brittany has worked in customer service since she was 16 years old and is a very dependable and hard worker, making her a great fit for our team! In her free time, she loves to go thrift and antique shopping and likes to collect old, colored glassware. She also likes to go camping and being in the water. Brittany currently has three cats at home. Yamms and Sweet Potato, who are three year old brothers, and Boots who is nine years old.

  • Abagail G.
    Client Service Representative

    Abagail was born and raised here in Eau Claire, but did relocate to California for a few years for college. She has her Associate’s Degree in the Mathematics of Science from Fullerton College and has also studied Marine Biology as well as Environmental Science. Abagail has worked in customer service for many years. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching crime shows, and watching hockey and football games (go Packers!) She also loves visiting her family’s ranch in Wyoming where she gets to ride horses and care for goats. Abagail currently has three dogs: Tilley, an 11- year-old Maltese, Rocky, a 7-year-old Lab mix, and Balboa, a 2-year-old Pitbull mix

  • Brooke H.
    Client Service Representative

    Brooke was born and raised here in Eau Claire. A lot of her family had pets when she was younger and she was finally able to talk her mom into letting her get a cat when she was 11-years-old. She has loved having animals as part of the family ever since! Brooke enjoys cooking and taking her dog for walks. She also loves being outside, gardening, and playing games with her son in their backyard. They currently have a five-year-old Goldendoodle named Molly and a one-year-old cat named Remy. 

  • Brittany M.
    Kennel Attendant

    Brittany has lived in Eau Claire, Wisconsin her entire life. Her childhood dog, Rosco, sparked her interest in animals. He was the sweetest dog she has ever met and gave her a deep love for animals. Brittany is currently attending the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, majoring in biology on the pre-veterinary track. In her free time, she enjoys being outside (especially at the lake), playing tennis and soccer, reading, and spending time with her family.

  • 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.

  • 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.