Meet Our TeamDedicated to the life and love of your pet.
Scott Spaulding, DVM
Board President & CEO
Dr. Scott Spaulding is the President and CEO of Badger Veterinary Hospital in southern Wisconsin. He joined the practice in 1992 as a large animal veterinarian after completing his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Badger Veterinary Hospital has grown to a three-location mixed animal practice.
Additionally, Dr. Spaulding is founder and president of MAVANA, Inc., a national group of over 30 mixed animal, equine, and companion animal practices, employing over 230 veterinarians. Early in his career, Scott was a consulting veterinarian for Steffen-Haus Kennel, a German Shepherd breeding and training facility in the United States and Germany. Traveling to and from multiple destinations in Europe was part of his business.
With nearly 30 years of experience and dedication to the profession, Dr. Spaulding prides himself in advocating for and representing the constantly evolving industry with numerous veterinary professional organizations. From his career’s beginning, he’s been actively involved in local and national organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Equine Practitioners, recently serving as president of the Wisconsin VMA and on the AVMA Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee. His commitment to family, community, and business drives him to make a difference in the organizations he serves.
Dr. Spaulding and spouse Nancy reside in Fernandina Beach, Florida and make frequent trips to Wisconsin. He travels extensively and balances time with family, German Shepherd Dogs, Morgan and American Saddlebred horses. He truly believes life is an adventure to be lived to the fullest!
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Steven Servantez, DVM
Small Animal VeterinarianDr. Steven Servantez, a native of Iowa, earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He joined Badger Veterinary Hospital as a small animal practitioner in 1992 and became a partner in 1996. Dr. Servantez’s veterinary interests include exotics, small animal medicine, and soft tissue surgery.
“The unconditional love our animals bring to us and the love we have for them are more powerful than we can understand. I know it’s powerful. I just don’t know how or why. The important part is that through wellness, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and resolution, I am able to enhance the lives and dignity of my patients so their humans can enjoy them more fully while they are here on earth with them. I knew as a young child that I would be a veterinarian. Still today, I am as passionate about it as I was as a child.”
Professional development is an important piece of Steven’s commitment to practicing small animal medicine. In addition to his memberships in the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, his continuing education focuses have been in exotics and internal medicine.
When Dr. Servantez isn’t practicing medicine or serving on the various volunteer organizations he is involved in, he enjoys photography, worldwide travel, music, and friends. Steve and his wife Julie live in the Milton area; they have four grown children, two dogs, and five cats.
Steve is active in the communities he serves:
- Janesville Rotary, Executive Board Member
- United Way Blackhawk Region, Committee Member
- Kids Against Hunger, Executive Board Member
- Friends of Noah, Veterinarian
- Noah’s Animal Fund (a division of Friends of Noah), Committee Chair
- Belize Zoo & Neotropical Conservancy, Vice President
Interesting things about Dr. Servantez:
- While in college, Steven volunteered for Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Steven and his wife Julie own a 1978 VW Bus. They call it Jerome.
- Steven’s household includes four cats, one with no eyes, and a Rottweiler.
- One of the ways Steven reduces stress is through photography – he even writes for a photography magazine.
- Steven is an avid horologist.
Kevin Kreier, DVM
Small Animal VeterinarianDr. Kevin Kreier earned his bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science and Veterinary Sciences from Illinois State University and the University of Illinois. Kevin earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. He is a native of Illinois. Dr. Kreier joined Badger Veterinary Hospital as a small animal practitioner in 2002 and became a partner in 2008. In addition to primary care, Kevin loves a challenge and is motivated by diagnostics as well as soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
“Diagnostics in veterinary medicine can be challenging because of the limited communication from our patients. However, once a diagnosis is reached, and treatment is underway, I find tremendous satisfaction in watching these animals regain their strength and continue to live healthy, full lives.”
Professional development is important for Dr. Kreier as he continues to advance his options in diagnostics and surgery. His focuses in continuing education include orthopedic repair and technique, with a primary interest in stifle repair using Arthrex CCL Tightrope and Corkscrew Repair Systems. Dr. Kreier was the first practitioner in Southern Wisconsin to perform the tightrope technique to repair an ACL tear. Also, he provides fracture repairs using external fixators, having gone through the Iowa State Complete Course in External Skeletal Fixation. His professional affiliations include the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.
Kevin, his wife Becky, and their daughter Megan live in Janesville with their two yellow labs, Maddie and Molly. They like to donate their time and stay active in their church. During Dr. Kreier’s time off, he enjoys running, hiking, biking, and traveling. Some of his favorite destinations have been Maui, Oahu’s North Shore, Florida’s Gulf Coast, and St. Simon’s Island in Georgia.
Interesting things about Dr. Kreier:
- Kevin has three brothers and one sister. All five siblings live in different states.
- Someday, Kevin would like to travel to Venice, Italy.
- Kevin would like to parachute from an airplane, but Becky won’t let him!
- Kevin’s favorite band is the Eagles.
- While growing up, Kevin swam competitively.
- Kevin’s meticulous practice of medicine follows through in all areas of his life, including building maintenance at both Badger locations.
Willow Hipwood, DVM
Small Animal VeterinarianDr. Willow Hipwood, born in Australia, joined Badger Veterinary Hospital as a DVM in 2014 upon earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UW-Madison. She is no stranger to Badger Veterinary Hospital as she has been working with us as a technician assistant and a certified veterinary technician, as her schedule allowed, since 2005. Before entering vet school, she completed her undergraduate work at UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison. In addition to primary care, Willow’s clinical interests include anesthesia and pain management, emergency medicine, and cardiology. Dr. Hipwood is committed to veterinary medicine as evidenced through her career leading up to her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
As a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association, Willow proactively seeks continuing education opportunities. Her current goal, in addition to her DVM, is to obtain certification in Veterinary Acupuncture.
“I love being an advocate for our pets that can’t speak, ensuring the bond between animals and their people can last as long as possible. I love learning every day and working beside an amazing group of people. I wake up every day knowing that I love what I do!”
Willow lives in Stoughton with her husband Greg, their daughter Adaline, two dogs, two cats, and a crested gecko. She loves being on the water, listening to live music, fishing, camping, hiking, and running with her dog.
Interesting things about Dr. Hipwood:
- Willow was born in a tent on Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia, and she now holds dual citizenship.
- Before veterinary school, Willow worked as a veterinary receptionist, veterinary technician assistant, and a certified veterinary technician.
- Willow has sailed from Maine to the Bahamas.
- Willow has lived in Maine, New Hampshire, and Colorado.
- Willow grew up riding horses and dancing with the Deerfield Dance Studio, and wishes she still did!
- Willow LOVES football season and is an avid Badger and Packer fan.
Katie Reed, DVM
Small Animal VeterinarianDr. Katie Reed, a native of Appleton, WI, joined Badger Veterinary Hospital in 2005 upon earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UW-Madison. Prior to entering vet school, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at UW-Madison. In addition to primary care, Katie’s clinical interests include exotic animal medicine and client education. Dr. Reed is committed to veterinary medicine as evidenced through her continuing education and her community involvement.
Katie attends continuing education classes annually. The various classes she has attended are offered nationally through the UW- Madison, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the CVC.
In addition, Dr. Reed takes her profession to groups locally. She has served as a 4-H leader for veterinary science and has talked to both the Milton and Janesville schools about careers in veterinary medicine. Katie and her husband are actively involved in the FFA Alumni Association.
In her downtime, Katie would prefer to either read, rollerblade or just be active outside. She and her husband are avid sports fans who particularly love the Badgers, Brewers, and Packers. They also enjoy little getaways to Galena, IL and Door County, WI. Their family includes their two daughters, Lucy and Leah, and a cat named Calvin.
“The joy I receive from practicing veterinary medicine has far exceeded my expectations. I am constantly challenged and rewarded by the interactions I have with my clients and their pets.” Dr. Reed admits, “I think veterinary medicine is the perfect career for me. It’s the cat’s meow!”
Katie is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the Future Farmers of America Alumni.
Interesting things about Dr. Reed:
- Katie has traveled to the Riviera Maya and would like to do so again.
- Katie has an incredible sense of humor.
- Katie tried kayaking in Hawaii.
- Katie loves adventures like hot air balloon rides over Madison and zip line tours in the Dells.
- Katie wants to zorb (the sport of rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball).
- Katie loves to sing. In fact, she toured Eastern Europe with her high school choir.
Cynthia Sweet, DVM
Small Animal VeterinarianDr. Cynthia Sweet, a native of Racine, WI, joined the team at Badger Veterinary Hospital in 2016 upon earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UW-Madison. Prior to entering veterinary school, she studied biology at UW-Madison. Dr. Sweet’s interests include internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, and strengthening the bond between families and their pets.
During her time at UW-Madison, Dr. Sweet worked at UW Veterinary Care’s clinical pathology lab and surgery ward, at the Charmany Instructional Facility (milking cows), and at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. She has also been a volunteer at the Racine Zoo and Dane County Humane Society.
Dr. Sweet’s professional affiliations include the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA).
“Badger is a great fit for me because the practice shares my desire to offer high-quality medicine and compassionate care with a staff that is friendly and caring.”
Dr. Sweet has a chocolate Labrador Retriever, Lambeau, a cat, Maddie, and a bearded dragon, Mushu. In her free time, she likes playing and watching sports (especially attending Wisconsin Badgers athletic events), playing board games, hiking, and listening to live music.
Interesting things about Dr. Sweet:
- Cynthia has hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and would love to do it again.
- She LOVES football and is a die-hard Packer and Badger fan.
- Cynthia is half Filipino and hopes to visit her family in the Philippines someday.
- She likes cooking and baking (although she says she not very good at it).
Kellie Kuzdas, DVM
Small Animal VeterinarianDr. Kellie Kuzdas graduated from the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. After graduation, Dr. Kuzdas continued her education and completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. Since then, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings across the country, including Alabama and Pennsylvania. However, she always seems to find herself coming back to Wisconsin where she has practiced both small animal medicine and shelter medicine for the past 16 years.
Her clinical passions include dermatology, internal medicine, and especially geriatric medicine.
“I can certainly say that veterinary medicine is never dull. You just never know what may come through that front door. In just one day, I saw such a variety of clinical cases ranging from a dog with acute blindness and glaucoma in his left eye, to another dog who had ingested a 1/4 pound of gravel from the driveway and then onto a cat with a viral-induced skin condition. Like a said … never a dull moment.”
Dr. Kuzdas’s professional affiliations include the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA).
Dr. Kuzdas has worked at the Humane Society of Jefferson County, where she managed the animal medical unit and was responsible for the spay/neuter program. “Shelter work is a labor of love. It is so rewarding to help animals in need and collectively find permanent, loving homes for them. Spending a day at the shelter or helping with a fundraising project among friends isn’t work for me. It’s heaven.”
Dr. Kuzdas spends her free time with her husband. They enjoy traveling, exploring new restaurants, and watching live theatre. She is also quite content just sitting and watching classic movies or reading a good book. Her summers are filled with bike riding, hiking, dabbling in her perennial garden as well as enjoying local music festivals.
Interesting things about Dr. Kuzdas:
- Just like Dr. Servantez, Dr. Kuzdas has loved Volkswagons. However, her van named Pumpkin started on fire on her way to a veterinary emergency. It ended up blowing up on the side of the interstate, engulfed in flames, and her emergency pager melted in the car.
- She entered the Alice In Dairyland contest. She spent a week having breakfast on the farm and touring local dairies in Kenosha County. She was chosen as 2nd runner-up — pretty good for a city girl from Madison with aspirations of becoming a veterinarian.
- Kellie and her husband love to travel. 5 years ago, they traveled to South Africa for 3 weeks. They made it to that southernmost tip of the African continent, and they had their safari experience at a reserve called Quartermain’s Camp where they stepped back in time, sleeping on cots in raised white tents and sitting fireside while guides prepared dinner. There was no electricity, but somehow they had running hot and cold water in the shower and their own flushable toilet right outside of their tent.
Margaret Courter, DVM
Small Animal and Equine (mixed) Veterinarian, Equine Medical Director
Dr. Courter joined the Badger Veterinary Hospital and Badger Equine Veterinary Services teams in 2017 after earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UW-Madison. Dr. Courter’s equine clinical interests include preventative health, dentistry, lameness, sports medicine, and geriatric care. Her small animal clinical interests include preventative health, internal medicine, and geriatric care.
Dr. Courter began riding horses when she was 8 years old. She worked (lived) at the barn and moved her way up training and showing American Saddlebreds. She also worked at a small animal veterinary clinic in Middleton for six years prior to and throughout veterinary school. During undergraduate school, she completed a yearlong internship at a mixed animal practice and attended eight traveling externships at equine veterinary practices across the U.S. while in veterinary school.
Dr. Courter’s professional affiliations include the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.
Interesting things about Dr. Courter:
- Has a 5-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix named Luna, a 5- year-old Saddlebred gelding named Mississippi Mudcat and continues to pleasure ride Saddlebreds.
- Volunteers with Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin (Rock Co.) VetPets program, offering free spay/neuter surgeries to shelter kittens
- Traveled for both personal and veterinary purposes to several countries, including Nicaragua, Honduras, South Africa, Hungary, and Canada.
- Travel — with one brother living on the West Coast with his wife and two daughters and another brother and his wife and one daughter living in Budapest, Hungary, traveling to visit family is a favorite activity!
- Enjoys anything outside — hiking, running, sand volleyball, skiing, and laying poolside.
- Packer and Badger fan!! Loves college and professional football and college basketball.
- LOVES anything chocolate 😊
Margo Nolte, DC
Small Animal ChiropractorMargo Nolte, DC, is a native of Wisconsin. After growing up on a dairy farm in Southern Wisconsin, she attended UW-Platteville and then went on to Palmer College of Chiropractic where she earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1989.
Prior to opening a chiropractic office with her husband in Janesville in 1995, Dr. Nolte practiced in Tennessee and South Milwaukee, WI. In addition to chiropractic care, Dr. Nolte is certified by the State of Wisconsin as a Nutritional Consultant and is a member of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Nolte’s continuing education courses have opened many new doors for her and her practice. She has studied animal chiropractic care, physiotherapy, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, treatment and management of sports injuries, low back injuries, whiplash injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and TMJ syndrome.
“I enjoy working with animals very much. I like spending time with the animals and the variety that it adds to my work. It’s exciting to see how chiropractic care not only helps the animals with the problems that they are seeing me for but how it also enhances their lives in other ways, such as increased energy and enthusiasm. By treating the animals, I am not only enriching the life of the animal, but also the lives of the pet’s family members. A healthy pet leads to a happy family.”
When Dr. Nolte isn’t working, she devotes her time to her family. She keeps busy with her son’s basketball activities and her daughter’s dance competitions. In her free time, she enjoys biking, gardening, and playing the piano and guitar.
Marie Kettler, DVM, CVA
Dr. Kettler joined the Badger Equine Veterinary Services team in June 2019. Originally from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, Dr. Kettler completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2014 and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2019. In Spring of 2018, Dr. Kettler attended the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and received certification in veterinary acupuncture upon graduation. Dr. Kettler’s clinical interests include equine lameness, reproduction, dentistry and acupuncture, as well as small ruminant and bovine preventative medicine.
Dr. Kettler began riding horses when she was 7 years old at a hunter jumper barn. She showed English and western in 4-H for 11 years, after which she continued to trail ride her Paint Horse, Stacee. During college, she began to play polo with the UW- Madison Polo Club, and now competes with the Madison Polo Club.
Dr. Kettler’s Professional affiliations include the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.
Interesting things about Dr. Kettler:
- Dedicated to work with the Equitarian Initiative, particularly with the Horse Spirit Society and the Christian
- Veterinary Mission completing vaccinations, castrations, dental work, and wound care in both Haiti and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
- Has a 1-year old American Cattle Dog mix named Lakota, who she brought home from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
- Shows Belgian draft horses with her boyfriend Daine, and his family.
- Enjoys hiking, swimming, and trail riding in her free time.
- Loves traveling and trying new foods as well as learning about new cultures whenever she can.
Amy Finn, CVT
Small Animal CVT SupervisorAmy graduated from the Madison Area Technical College Veterinary Technician program in 2003 after working for 4 years in agriculture. She joined the Badger staff in August of 2008. Amy is also a part of the Advisory Committee for the vet tech program at Madison Area Technical College!
Amy works for the Edgerton Fire Department as an EMT when she is not under Badger’s roof. She resides in Edgerton with her husband Josh and their two children, Evan and Henley. Along with raising chickens, ducks, and a hearty garden, Amy likes to bake, listen to music, and enjoy the outdoors.
Practice location: Janesville
Interesting Things About Amy:
- Outside of Badger Vet, Amy is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician for a nearby volunteer fire department. She spends many hours each month on ambulance calls, at hospital training and fire department training where they practice medical skills and learn about possible emergency encounters and outcomes.
- Amy loves to bake, going to concerts, spending time outdoors bike riding or going for long walks with her family, 5k’s, obstacle courses and physical agility events like the stair climb she recently participated in Green Bay for the Fallen Firefighter Association.
- She originally went to Platteville to be a dairy veterinarian! She realized that was not meant for her, and she has now been working 15+ years in small animal medicine.
- Her favorite quote to live by is “Never take the small things for granted, one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
“What I love about my work at Badger is that every day, every patient is different. There is nothing routine about my day, and each day is filled with the love and respect of animals. Can’t complain about that! ”
Megan Ringhand, CVT
Equine CVT SupervisorMegan joined Badger Veterinary Hospital in May 2013. She spent many years lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons prior to spending two years in a mixed animal practice as a veterinary assistant. Toward the end of earning her Associates Degree at Madison College, Megan spent eight weeks with Badger Veterinary Hospital for her internship. She loved her experience at Badger. “The staff at Badger is warm-hearted. The facility is great and the practice’s outlook on veterinary medicine is cutting edge. I wanted to be a part of this team from the beginning of my internship.”
Megan enjoys building client relationships and caring for all animals, big and small. When she’s not working, she’ll be on her family’s farmette in Evansville with her parents and siblings, two horses, a yellow lab, and several barn cats.
Interesting things about Megan…
- Megan has a strong compassion for animals since she was a child. She grew up with horses and has been surrounded by a family that’s highly dedicated to the animal/agriculture industry. She was a member of 4-H and FFA for years, which sparked her passion of caring for animals.
- Megan loves spending time with friends and family, horseback riding, attempting Pinterest projects, swimming and enjoying time on the water.
- Megan did life-guarding and continued to do that all through college for 6 years!
- Favorite food is Mac and Cheese (or really anything with cheese in it-(She is a true Wisconsinite).
“I’m truly proud to be part of such an amazing team of animal experts!”
Director of Operations
Jo joined Badger in February of 2003 as a receptionist. She is now the Operations Manager for Badger Veterinary Hospital’s three locations.
“I work very hard every day to make sure we are caring for our clients and their pets at the level of care they deserve and have come to expect from Badger Vet.”
Being an animal lover all her life, Jo knows she has found her forever home at Badger. Jo and her husband R.J live in Janesville with their three kitties — Kevin, Reed, and Finn. They have two children, Logan and Lydia, who are both UW Wisconsin alumni, GO BUCKY! Jo was a floral designer for 14 years before moving into the veterinary field, and she still finds ways to be creative in her spare time, like being a lead singer in a rock and roll band on the weekends or doing craft shows with her sister. Most of all, she loves spending time with her family, seeing movies and playing trivia.
Grooming SupervisorEmily joined Badger Veterinary Hospital in January 2017. She brings multiple years of grooming experience to the grooming team at Badger Vet.
Emily is a volunteer groomer with Lakeland Animal Shelter, and she previously volunteered with SMILES Therapeutic Riding in Darien.
In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities. she has a pit bull named Pig.
GroomerCassie joined Badger Veterinary Hospital in December of 2014. She brings 15 years of grooming experience to our clients. In addition to grooming small animal clients, Cassie grooms show horses.
Cassie attended junior college and has studied biology. Her long-term goal is to earn her bachelors degree in animal science with an emphasis in ornithology. She has a passion for birds, particularly raptors and owls.
She has had a passion for all animals all her life. Growing up she and her family had several animals. Cassie currently has two horses of her own.
She keeps busy with two children, grooming, and her two horses. When she finds some spare time, Cassie loves spending time outdoors and fishing, playing music (the guitar), and reading books.
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