Meet Our TeamDedicated to the life and love of your pet.
Steven Servantez, DVM
Small Animal Veterinarian
“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 Veterinarian
Dr. 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.
- Arthrex CCL Tightrope and Corkscrew Repair Systems Pre 2010
Dr. Kreier was the first practitioner in Southern Wisconsin to perform the tightrope technique to repair an ACL tear.
- The 19th Annual Complete Course in External Skeletal Fixation 2011
- TPLO Surgery for ACL Injury 2015
- Advanced Fracture Repair 2016
- Advanced Canine Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Regenerative Medicine Workshop 2018
- Advanced Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy 2019
- Sports Injuries and the Treatment of Joint Instability 2020
Dr. Kreier is a current member of the State Veterinarian Examining Board 2016-2020. 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.
Katie Reed, DVM
Small Animal Veterinarian
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.
Willow Hipwood, DVM
Small Animal Veterinarian
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.
Kellie Kuzdas, DVM
Small Animal Veterinarian
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 Chiropractor
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 Sikora, DVM, CVA
Dr. Sikora 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. Sikora’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. Sikora:
- Dedicated to working 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.
Sheryl Allen Gould, DVM
Small Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Sheryl Allen Gould, born and raised in nearby Footville, graduated from UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Prior to veterinary school, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in biology from UW-Madison. Dr. Allen continued her education after vet school by completing a small animal internship in medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Since completion of her internship, she has been a small animal practitioner in south-central Wisconsin and joined Badger Veterinary Hospital in 2020.
Dr. Allen’s clinical interests include oncology, internal medicine, dermatology, and dentistry. She is a member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA).
“I look forward to building relationships with my clients and patients that lasts a lifetime, from puppyhood to the rainbow bridge.”
Dr. Allen currently resides in Evansville, WI with her husband Erik and two sons, Derek and Dawson. She has a giant St. Bernard/Newfoundland mix named Macy, a severely allergic cat named Nick, and a bearded dragon named Kermit. During her free time, she loves playing hockey and volleyball, baking, and spending time with family.
Interesting things about Dr. Allen:
- Sheryl played trombone for 4 years in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.
- Sheryl is hooked on cruising and loves traveling the world. She has been to at least 13 countries, including Israel, Australia, Costa Rica, and Panama, and already has plans to visit St. Maarten, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Italy in the next 2 years.
- Some of Sheryl’s travels were for volunteering. Her trip to Costa Rica and Panama was spent vaccinating, spaying, and neutering animals in underserved communities. Her trip to Australia was for a penguin conservation project.
- Sheryl has been playing competitive ice hockey for over 20 years and is currently assistant captain for the Milwaukee’s Top Shelf women’s hockey team.
- Sheryl LOVES all sports and is an avid Packer, Badger, and Blackhawk fan.
Jennifer Gander, DVM, CVA
Small Animal Veterinarian
Dr. Jennifer Gander will be joining Badger Veterinary Hospital as a small animal practitioner after graduating from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in August 2020. During veterinary school she also studied acupuncture and herbal medicine at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, FL. She enjoys alternative and holistic medicine, surgery, nutrition, dermatology, and preventative care. Prior to veterinary school she went to the University of Minnesota to earn her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Biology in 2013.
“I love the traditional western medicine we are taught in school, but I always felt like there were too many patients we couldn’t help, and I wanted more tools in my pockets for them. That is why I chose to explore eastern medicine and have studied both acupuncture and herbal medications. It allows me to help those patients that may have no alternative treatment options, or in instances where an owner may want to try a different approach.”
Jenn lives in Janesville, WI with her husband, and their beautiful 1 year old daughter. In their free time they enjoy exploring the outdoors-fishing, hiking, camping, and canoeing. They have one rescue dog, as well as one orange tabby cat.
Interesting things about Dr. Gander:
- She loves to travel to the national parks and hopes to visit as many as she can with her family.
- She used to competitively barrel race most of her life with her Appaloosa horse, Boomer who passed away in 2019. She would love to get another horse and start up again soon!
- She loves almost anything artistic- painting, drawing, photography.
- Jenn’s husband is also a veterinarian who does large animal work.
- While she may have grown up in Minnesota, she is an avid Packers fan!
- Between undergrad and veterinary school, she worked as a certified pharmacy technician in both human and veterinary medicine.
- She hopes to continue her studies in alternative and holistic medicine.
Randi Sheetz, DVM
Prior to veterinary school, I attended UW – Platteville where I earned my undergraduate degree in Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry. While I was there I spent two years volunteering as a veterinary assistant at a mixed animal practice, volunteered at the local humane societies, and spent one year as an intern assisting the keepers and veterinarian at the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
From an early age, I knew I wanted to work with and help animals. As I got older, I realized I also found a lot of joy in helping people. One of the many wonderful things about veterinary medicine is that it provides us with the unique opportunity to do both.
Interesting Things about Dr. Sheetz:
- I earned my first-degree black belt from AKF martial arts in Janesville at 12 years old
- My grandpa was from Germany and I still have some family over there. I can speak some German and hope to continue learning before visiting again one day.
- I played soccer and rugby at UW – Platteville, both of which I still enjoy playing when I can.
- I have a 6-month-old kitten named Peach and live with a 2-year-old Rock County K9 named Kamo. I absolutely adore them both!
- While in vet school, I enjoyed snorkeling and hiking. In the warmer times of the year in Wisconsin, I love going camping, boating, and swimming.
- I took sign language lessons while in vet school and hope to continue learning ASL in the future.
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.
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.
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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