Spirit of 76 Veterinary Clinic

Spirit of 76 opened for business for the Milwaukee area in April of 1980 in place of the old 76 gas station that occupied the site. Hence the origin of our name. The original staff was one kennel tech, one receptionist, one technician and the owner, Dr. Stan Thieman. Over the years, thanks to our loyal clients and support from our community, Spirit has grown to be one of the top veterinary practices in southeastern Wisconsin. Both the staff and the building has grown to accommodate the the needs and wants of our clients. In 1999, a small addition was added to the west side of the building. In 2003 Dr. Thieman decided it was time to retire, Dr. Troy Semandel, a doctor working under him, took over his legend and bought the building and business from him. Shortly after, in 2007, the major addition was made to give more exam space, surgical capabilities, ultrasound, kennel area and office rooms. Since then, the clinic has grown to be a four doctor practice. We provide care in all aspects of your pets well being, including preventative health care, diagnostic imaging, surgery, ultrasound, orthopedics, internal medicine, behavior consultations and boarding. Spirits goals have always been to provide the best veterinary care, like our motto states, "we treat your pet like they're our own." which has stood the test of time! Spirit of 76 Veterinary Clinic will continue to grow along with the times to provide our community with the best, most up to date medical and surgical care for your pets.

  • Dr. Troy Semandel

    West Allis native, graduated from Central High in 1988. Went on to the University of Madison where he received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1995. After he graduated, Dr. Troy, as he is called, went on to practice at Hollywood Animal Hospital in southern Florida which is the largest private practice in the state of Florida. This is where he received additional training in emergency and internal medicine and surgery. In 1998 Dr. Troy moved back to his hometown and began practicing at Spirit of 76 Veterinary Clinic. When Dr. Stan Thieman retired in 2003 Dr. Troy took over the business and began the renovation as to what you see today.

    Dr. Troy's interests are in internal and preventive medicine, orthopedics, and exotic animals. In his spare time, he keeps active playing hockey. He played in college at the University of Madison, overseas in Sweden, was a member of the Milwaukee Flyers in the Great Lakes Hockey League for 18 years, and currently, he has the team called the Spirit 76ers on the Milwaukee Metro Hockey League. He enjoys playing hockey and golf, watching baseball games and going camping. He started his own hobby farm, including chickens, goats and honey bees!
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1998
    Education:
    West Allis Central High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
    Interests:
    Canine orthopedics, internal medicine and exotics. He sees: Dogs, Cats, Small Animals, Reptiles
    Email:
  • Dr. James Voss

    I was born and raised in southeast Wisconsin. I attended University of Wisconsin-Madison for veterinary school. Finishing school, I initially worked as a large animal veterinarian in Watertown, WI. After a few years, I moved back to SE Wisconsin to work as a small animal veterinarian, where I remain today. I have a dog named Kimi that I acquired while working here. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and recording music, and competing in various water and winter sports. Along with cats and dogs, I also enjoy seeing and treating all pocket pets.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2006
    Education:
    University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
    Interests:
    Surgery and internal medicine. He sees: Dogs, Cats and Small Animals.
    Email:
  • Dr. Darren Lippmann

    Dr. Lippmann, a southeastern Wisconsin native, is happy to return home after working in East Hampton for the past three years. He attended St. Georges University School of Veterinary Medicine and spent his clinical year at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. There, he graduated with academic honors. Prior to veterinary school, he was a technician at Spirit of 76 Veterinary Clinic! In his spare time he spends it with his wife and three sons. He enjoys golfing, hiking and fishing whenever possible. Currently, he has two cats,"Boots" and "Arwen", and a dog named "Callie".
    Years in Practice:
    May 29, 2014
    Education:
    St. Georges University
    Interests:
    Soft tissue, internal medicine and hospice care. He sees: Dogs, cats, small animals and reptiles.
    Email:
  • Dr. Anji Lippmann

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
    Education:
    St. Georges University
    Email:
  • Dr. Sophie Kelly

    Dr. Kelly was born and raised in Scotland. She attended the University of Glasgow where she received her degree in Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Kelly moved to Wisconsin and spent the first couple of years as an Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian in the local area. In her free time, she loves to travel and visit as many new places as possible. She currently lives at home with her three cats "Harriet", "Charlotte", "Tommy", and her two dogs "Louie" and "Henney." Dr. Kelly also has some fresh water fish tanks.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 01, 2019
    Education:
    University of Glasgow
    Email:
  • Chris Sobczak, Hospital Administrator

    I have been working here over 20 years. I started out as a kennel person, then to a receptionist, and now I am the Hospital Administrator. I enjoy working with the clients and their pets. I am glad to be working at Spirit. It'€s like a second family. I live with a 3 cats at home. I have 2 children that keep me busy when I am not at work.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1990
    Email:
  • Amanda Hansen, Lead CSR

    I started working here in September of 2014. I enjoy spending time with my German Shepherd, Zari, traveling anywhere tropical, and taking annual vacations up north. I enjoy the people I work with, and being around animals all day is just another bonus!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
  • No image

    Lynette Karpen, CVT, Lead Technician

    Hey! I'm Lynette. I went to the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in Tinley Park, IL. I started here at Spirit as an intern and was hired on as a tech in April 2012 after I completed my internship. I successfully took the VTNE and became a CVT in December 2012. I love all animals, especially kittens! I enjoy doing foster work out of my house for cats/kittens that need homes. I have several of my own kitties: "Asia," "Sobe," "Touche," and "Durango" are just a few! In my spare time I enjoy being outside and traveling! I love my job here and I hope to meet you and your fur babies soon!
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 23, 2012
    Education:
    Vet Tech Institute at Fox College
  • Angie Huntington, CVT

    Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with animals. It was until I started working at Spirit that I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian. Currently, I am working towards obtaining a degree in Environmental Science and concentration with a minor in Spanish. Once completed, I plan to apply to a school of veterinary medicine. My ultimate goal is to become a veterinarian in general practice. As of right now, my fur family consists of two cats, Cinco and Sylvester, and a Schnauzer mix named Wiggles. I also have a foster dog from the foster group I'm involved in.
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 04, 2015
  • Lydia Rincon, CVT

                   

    Hi, I'm Lydia! I started out at Spirit as a client with my dog, Catalina. I took the veterinary technician program at Milwaukee Career College and did my externship at Spirit. They hired me on as a technician in December 2014. I passed my VTNE March of 2017 and became a certified veterinary technician (CVT). I got my second dog, Nemesis while working at Spirit. I love spending my free time taking my dogs for long walks or to the lake.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Betty Matusik

    G'Day! Semi-retired...you will see me around Spirit taking care of the gardens and filling in for the reception staff when they need a day off...I also have "€Matilda Grace"€ (Bassett/Beagle) who is a rescue, very spoiled and very well taken care of by our amazing doctors and staff here at Spirit. Be sure to stop and say G'Day when you bring in your kids for their appointments...
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2009
  • Joshua Lennie

    I have been working for Spirit of 76 Veterinary Clinic since April of 2007. I have 2 cats named "€Sammy"€ and "€Libby"€, and a turtle named "Bubba."€ I like to do a lot of things in my free time. My favorite is going to see any and all hockey games! As well as, playing sports and being outdoors including geocaching.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2007
  • Samantha Urban

    I started in December of 2014 and graduated as a Vet Tech in 2017 from Milwaukee Career College! I currently have 5 pets of my own: 2 Pitbulls, "Marley" and "Otis", as well as 3 cats: "Sage", "Frank", and "Capone." In my free time you will catch me doing anything outdoors or involving my fur babies!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Kallie Grundl

    My name's Kallie, I am a technician here at Spirit of 76 Vet Clinic. I went to school at Milwaukee Career College, and graduated in the spring of 2015. I did my technician externship here and accepted the technician job position; and I love it! I plan to take my test to become certified within the year. I absolutely love animals and have 2 dogs of my own named Miloh and Rhani. In my free time I enjoy going on the lake and being outside. I love my job here and can't wait to work with all of your adorable pets soon!
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 20, 2015
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Haley Lipke

    My name is Haley Lipke. For my education I attended a two year veterinary technician program at Madison Area Technical College. I also performed two internships while attending this college. My small animal internship was at a mixed practice called Town and Country in Wautoma, WI and my large animal internship was at an all equine facility in Plover, WI called Corriente Vet Service. I was born and raised in West Allis, where I attended high school at Nathan Hale. I have always had at least three cats for all my life.
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 02, 2016
    Education:
    MATC
  • Thomas Nack

    My name is Thomas, but you can call me Tom for short. In the past I have volunteered at an urban farm wither I have cared for goats and chickens. I also am glad to watch my friends pets when they go on vacation or are away from home for a bit. In my free time I enjoy watching and playing sports, hockey and baseball being my top picks. As well as, being with friends and family.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 31, 2017
    Education:
    Anthem College
  • Stephanie Haning

    Hi I'm Steph! I have always loved animals and been around them my entire life. I was going for a bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Drawing and Painting, when in my last year I decided taking care of animals was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I am now attending Milwaukee Career College to become a Veterinary Technician. In my free time you can catch me with my three golden retrievers: Jacie, Ginger and Candy, outside. I also have two cockatiels named Kiwi and Bonnie; an Amazon parrot named Crawford, and a rabbit named Oliver.
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Rebecca Race

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
    Education:
    UW- Milwaukee
  • Becky Colton

    Years in Practice:
    May 21, 2018
  • Maggie Kellerman

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 09, 2018
    Education:
    UW- Oshkosh
  • Nicholas Verbos

    Years in Practice:
    Feb 25, 2019
    Education:
    UW- Milwaukee
  • Catrina Widmer

    I have loved animals since I was little! I have three miniature, long-haired dachshunds; "Bailey", "Sophie", and "Bella." As well as a handful of reptiles. I am studying at Penn Foster to pursue my dream as a Veterinary Technician! In my free time, I love to knit, play video games, or even spend time with my dogs. Before working here, I was taking care of animals at a Petsmart for two years.
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 03, 2019
  • Lindsay Shanks

    Years in Practice:
    Feb 25, 2019
  • Jennifer Palmer

    Years in Practice:
    Mar 04, 2019
  • Megan Lloyd

    Hey! My name is Megan. I've always loved animals ever since I was little. I've grown up with dogs my whole life and now have three of my own. I have a Border Collie mix that loves to dock dive. My German Shepherd loves to chill in her little pool and relax. Last but not least my Dachshund loves anyone and everyone and will not hesitate to give you kisses. I look forward to meeting all of your fur babies!
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 03, 2019
    Education:
    UW- Milwaukee
  • Storm Olen

    I recently graduated from West Allis Central High school and am currently in school for Veterinary Assisting, then to become a Veterinary Technician. All of my life I was surrounded by animals and my passion to help them has been there since I can remember. I currently have four cats, "Bitsy", McLovin", "Nala", "Midnight", one dog, "Noah", one chinchilla, "Squeakers", and two guinea pigs, "Bugsy", and "Cookie." Animals are and will always be my life. Outside of all the fur, I like to play volleyball, attend hockey games, and mainly be anywhere outside. I hope that I have many years ahead of me in veterinary medicine, and this is just the start.
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 03, 2019
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Rebecca Webster

    Hello! Rebecca here, Becky for short. Like many of my colleagues, animals have and always will be an important part of my life. Currently my house is home to four wonderful animals: "Olive" (five year old tabby), "Pepper" (four year old Pit mix), "Graham" (two year tabby) and their baby brother "Reese" (10 month old Rottweiler). We are also home to a rescued Cuviers Dwarf Caiman, a freshwater fish tank, and a saltwater reef tank. My customer service skills are unsurpassed, so if you need anything feel free to ask!
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 03, 2019