Meet The Veterinarians
At Lodi Veterinary Care, we pride ourselves on our professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate veterinary care team. Our certified veterinary technicians, veterinary service specialists, veterinary assistants and administrative team will provide top quality service for you and your animals. Keep reading to learn more about each of our team members.
Dr. Scott Earnest
Dr. Scott Earnest started working with cattle with small beef producers out west. He attended Deep Springs College and UC Berkeley as an undergraduate. In 2014, he graduated from UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and began practicing at Lodi Veterinary Care. His hobbies include woodworking and sailing. Dr. Earnest and his wife, Kathryn, live in the Lodi area with their two Australian Shepherds, Jessie and Tui. Dr. Earnest enjoys all aspects of livestock practice and he has a particular interest in udder health.
Dr. Mike Etter
A graduate of the Purdue University Veterinary School, Dr. Mike Etter grew up on a beef/grain farm in Whitestown, Indiana, and joined the LVC team as a doctor in 1986. He is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), the WVMA (Wisconsin VMA), the AABP (American Association of Bovine Practitioners), and the AASRP (American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners). He practices dairy, beef, swine, sheep, goats, deer, elk, and other wildlife medicine. In his free time, Dr. Etter enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with his family and pets.
Dr. Melissa Haag
Dr. Melissa Haag has loved animals since she was a little girl. She grew up showing and working with horses and always thought she would become an equine veterinarian. She met her husband and he introduced her to the world of cows. Dr. Haag graduated from UW- Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, and began working at Lodi Veterinary Care shortly after. Dr. Haag and her husband share their home with Ari, a thoroughbred and Millie, a cat – the first animal Dr. Haag ever spayed. They also have a rat terrier, Callie. Dr. Haag and her husband stay busy with their dairy farm when she is not working at LVC, where she manages the breeding and registering of cattle. Dr. Haag’s primary interest is in bovine advanced reproduction, which includes embryo transfer and other reproductive technologies. She enjoys all aspects of livestock medicine.
Dr. Jason Kroll
Dr. Jason Kroll graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and joined the LVC team in 2017. He grew up on a small dairy farm near Highland, WI. He is a member of the AVMA, WVMA and AABP. Dr. Kroll has a particular interest in dairy medicine, production medicine, and calf health. Outside of work, he enjoys staying active, spending time with his friends and family, and helping on his family’s farm. He has one cat, George.
Dr. Tyler Majerus
Dr. Tyler Majerus grew up on a small farm near Dickeyville, WI. His parents still raise beef cattle and grow crops on the farm. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the UW-Madison, and joined the LVC team in 2015. He has a particular interest in beef and dairy medicine. Outside of work, his interests include: following the Badgers and Packers, reading and crossword puzzles.
Dr. Scott Pertzborn
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Veterinary School, Dr. Scott Pertzborn grew up on a dairy farm near Dane, WI. He joined the LVC team as a doctor in 1987. He is a member of the AVMA, WVMA, AABP, and is a graduate of the Dairy Health Management Certificate Program from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Pertzborn practices mainly dairy and beef.
Dr. Bob Steiner
Dr. Bob Steiner graduated from the University of Wisconsin Veterinary School, and joined the LVC team in 1994. He grew up on a small dairy farm near New Holstein, WI. He currently resides in rural Lodi with his wife Julie, and they have two adult sons. In his free time, Dr. Steiner enjoys golfing, boating, traveling, and spending time with his family. Dr. Steiner enjoys large dairy herd health, Dairy Comp record analysis, and embryo transfer work. He is a certified member of the AETA (American Embryo Transfer Association) and a member of the AABP (American Association of Bovine Practitioners).
Dr. Pete Strassburg
Dr. Pete Strassburg grew up in the town of Kaukauna, WI. Dr. Strassburg joined the LVC team in 2016. By spending time on his relative’s dairy farm, he became very interested in dairy cows, which lead to him knowing at a young age that he wanted to be a cattle veterinarian. He completed his undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a particular interest in beef and dairy medicine, production medicine and bovine advanced reproductive techniques. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and running with his German Shorthaired-Pointer, Zoe.
Dr. Shawn Bogdanske
Dr. Shawn Bogdanske joined Lodi Veterinary Care in 1991, after completing her undergraduate degree at Augustana College and her veterinary degree at UW-Madison. She and her husband, John, live in Lodi, WI, with Brittany Spaniels, Mia and Brinley, cat, Batman, and guinea pigs, Darby and Dirk. When not working, Dr. Bogdanske enjoys tandem biking, spending time with family, including her daughters Michaela and Nichole, and hanging out with her pets. Dr. Bogdanske’s professional interest include cardiology and ophthalmology and the aspect of her career that she enjoys most is honoring the human/animal bond through all life stages. She is a member of the professional organizations, WVMA and AVMA.
Dr. K.C. Brooks
Dr K.C. Brooks joined the practice in 1988, after graduating from UW-Madison. In addition to his duties as a companion animal veterinarian, Dr. Brooks serves as the managing partner and CEO of Lodi Veterinary Care. He is a board certified practitioner in canine and feline practice; one of only seven practitioners in the state with that designation. His practice interests include orthopedic surgery and internal medicine. He has also participated in a number of clinical trials involving a variety of products for use in companion animal practice. He is actively involved in the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and previously served as the organization’s president. Dr. Brooks and his wife Cindy live on a small farm in rural Lodi with their dogs, Lost an Jodie, and their two cats, Tobias an Trapper.
Dr. Sarah Laubmeier
Dr. Sarah Laubmeier joined the LVC team in 2008, after graduating from the UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include preventative medicine, ultrasound, surgery and educating her clients on how to keep their beloved pets healthy. Dr. Laubmeier lives in Waunakee with her husband, twin boys and mixed breed rescue dog. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors with her family.
Dr. Alissa Leistico
Growing up in Dickeyville, WI., Dr. Alissa Leistico knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Leistico completed her bachelor’s degree at UW-Platteville and then attended the Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine with initial aspirations of being a dairy veterinarian. During her first year of veterinary school she was hired at Lodi Veterinary Care as a Veterinary Service Specialist and Technician Assistant. She quickly changed her focus to small animal medicine. After graduating, she rejoined the LVC team as a small animal doctor in 2007. Dr. Leistico’s strongest interests are in emergency/critical care medicine and surgery. Dr. Leistico and her husband, Ben, live in Lodi with their sons, Logan and Garrett. They share a house with their Brittany Spaniel, Jackson and a calico cat, Maddy. In their spare time, they enjoy participating in sporting events, camping and spending time with their families. They are devoted Wisconsin fans, always finding time to support the Badgers, Packers and Brewers. Dr. Leistico is a member of the professional organizations WVMA and AVMA.
Dr. Nathan Maier
Dr. Nathan Maier grew up in Verona, Wisconsin. After severing eight years in the Navy as an aviation mechanic, he pursued an Animal Science degree at UW-River Falls. He then completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison in 2016. Following veterinary school, he completed a one-year internship in southern Florida primarily working as an emergency doctor. Dr. Maier has a particular interest in surgery and dentistry. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Maija, their son, Ethan, and their two Australian Shepherds, Bernie and Olivia. He also tries fitting in a round of golf whenever possible.
Dr. Amber Mayne
Dr. Amber Mayne started her veterinary career as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Her experiences as a technician supported her pursuit to become a veterinarian, so she went on to follow her dream. Dr. Mayne attended the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2011 and then joined the LVC team. She received her Small Animal Veterinary Acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute in Reddick Florida in 2014. She is excited to be able to offer our patients the opportunity to experience the benefits of Integrative Veterinary Medicine by practicing Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) along with Conventional or Western Medicine. She is an animal lover and currently has five small dogs, three cats, and one bird. All of Dr. Mayne’s pets are rescues. Her most memorable experience so far in her career has been volunteering her time and knowledge in a hoarding situation, involving over 300 dogs. She describes it as an overwhelming and rewarding adventure. In her spare time, Dr. Mayne enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, running, and spending quality time with her 4-legged kids.
Dr. Beth Poulsen
Dr. Beth Poulsen graduated from UW School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She joined LVC in 2008 and again in 2014, after two years in the state of Oregon. Dr. Poulsen’s special interests in veterinary practice include surgery and dentistry. She is a member of the professional organizations WVMA and AVMA. Beth lives in Lodi with her husband and three children. They share their home with a Golden Retriever, as well as a rescue kitty and two tortoises.
Dr. Ali Schreiner
Dr. Ali Schreiner graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She joined the Lodi Veterinary Care team in 2017 after working in Washington state. Dr. Schreiner’s particular areas of interest in practice are preventative medicine, ultrasound, and surgery. Dr. Schreiner shares her home with one crazy rescue dog, Tank. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and snowboarding. She also enjoys cheering on the Packers and Badgers and spending time with her family.
Dr. Amanda Szal
Dr. Amanda Szal has always been inspired by animals. All of her grandparents farmed, so animals have been a part of her life since she was young. Dr. Szal graduated from UW- Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She started with Lodi Veterinary Care in 2012, after completing an internship at an emergency clinic. During free time, Dr. Szal likes to watch the Green Bay Packers, adventure to state parks, and spend time with her family and friends. She currently has two rescue dogs, who she adores. Dr. Szal really enjoys cytology, which involves evaluating cells under the microscope. She also likes emergency medicine, radiology, and ultrasound. She enjoys working with families during good and bad times and helping families overcome difficult situations.
Dr. Dave Kolb
Dr. Dave Kolb grew up on a dairy farm on the shores of Lake Michigan near a small town called Cleveland, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his undergraduate studies and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He has been at Lodi Veterinary Care since graduation. Dr. Kolb is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Wisconsin Equine Practitioners Association. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Equine Practitioners Association. His main interests are equine lameness and reproduction, but he finds all areas of practice challenging and exciting.
Dr. Kathryn Livesey
Dr. Kathryn Livesey started riding at a young age, initially with Pony Club and then progressed to riding on the university equestrian team. Dr. Livesey completed her bachelor’s degree at UW-Madison in Biology and French. She then attended the UW School of Veterinary Medicine and went on to do an internship at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey. Following her internship, Dr. Livesey worked at an equine practice in central Wisconsin. She lives in Lodi with her husband, Scott, and their two Australian Shepherds, Jessie and Tui. When Dr. Livesey isn’t working she enjoys riding her thoroughbred gelding, Martini, traveling, and hiking with the dogs.
Dr. Corinne McKittrick
Dr. Corinne McKittrick moved to Mindoro, WI from Seattle, Washington area when she was 16. She grew up training horses and barrel racing, competing in Wisconsin Rodeo through high school and into her undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Animal Science degree from UW-Madison and went on to graduate from the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Following graduation, she completed an equine surgery and medicine internship at Vermont Large Animal Clinic-Equine Hospital in Milton, Vermont. In her off hours, Dr. McKittrick enjoys spending time with her favorite quarter horse Supar, reading fantasy novels, and playing competitive Ultimate Frisbee. Dr. McKittrick, her husband, Tristan, and their daughter live in Madison and share their home with one dog, Oslo.
Dr. Dean Meyer
Dr. Dean Meyer began his veterinary career at Lodi Veterinary Care in 1969, after receiving his BS and DVM degree from Michigan State University. He later owned and operated Riverdale Veterinary Clinic in Muscoda, WI and in 1984 he established Madison Equine Clinic. In 2007, a decision was made to merge Madison Equine Clinic with Lodi Veterinary Care, bringing his career full circle. Dr. Meyer has been involved with horses and their owners on many different levels during his career. He helped establish the Wisconsin State Horse Council and was their first President. He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Meyer’s interest in equine nutrition led to the formation of Doctor’s Choice Supplements, the makers of Equi-Shine. His other professional interests include reproduction, lameness, and all aspects of dental care. Dr. Meyer also enjoys raising and showing Morgan horses with his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Nicole.
Dr. Laura Wagner
Dr. Laura Wagner grew up working on a friend’s dairy farm near Whitewater, WI in exchange for the care of her first pony. As a youth, she was an active member in 4-H exhibiting dairy and beef cattle and showing horses in multiple disciplines. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-River Falls and then completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin 2015. After graduation, she completed an equine internship at Lodi Veterinary Care. She is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society of Theriogenology, and the American Paint Horse Association. In Dr. Wagner’s spare time she enjoys traveling with her husband Andrew, spending time with family and her yellow lab Josie, photography, art, and riding her Paint mare, Delilah.