Spirit of 76 Veterinary Clinic

Spirit of 76th 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.

Thanks to our amazing clients for their continued support and making it possible to be voted Shepherd Express, Best Veterinarian of Milwaukee 2019!

  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Dr. Anji Lippmann

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
    Education:
    St. Georges University
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Joshua Lennie, Lead Client Service Representative

    I have been working for Spirit since April of 2007. In my free time I enjoy playing sports, such as, hockey and softball. I also love going to hockey games, and being outdoors. However, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my cat Liberty.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2007
  • Thomas Nack

    My name is Thomas, but you can call me Tom for short. I started working here in July of 2017. In the past I have volunteered at an urban farm where I 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, such as, hockey and baseball. As well as being with friends and family.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 31, 2017
    Education:
    Anthem College
  • Nicholas Verbos

    Years in Practice:
    Feb 25, 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
  • 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
  • Becky Colton

    Hi, I'm Becky! I've worked for Spirit for almost 2 years now and am so grateful for this opportunity. During my free time I enjoy hanging out with my Doberman, Luca, and traveling! I look forward to meeting you and your furry babies! 
    Years in Practice:
    May 21, 2018
  • 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
  • Lynette Karpen, CVT, Technician Manager

    I went to 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 after I graduated in April 2012! I successfully took the Veterinary Technician National Exam(VTNE) and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in December 2012. A couple years later, I accepted the role of being the Lead CVT! Throughout my years at Spirit, I have found that I have a passion for doing Dental's, Anesthesia, & making sure that patient care is #1. Outside of work- my mom & I run a small cat rescue & I also help out with the TNR program in Milwaukee. I absolutely love all of my cats, Sobe is pictured with me! My free time is spent with family, friends, traveling, & hiking. Can't wait to meet your fur babies! =^..^=
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 23, 2012
    Education:
    Vet Tech Institute at Fox College
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  • Lydia Rincon, CVT

    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). While working at Spirit, I adopted my other two dogs, Nemesis & Amora. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Angie Huntington, CVT

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 04, 2015
    Education:
    UW-Milwaukee
  • Haley Lipke

    My name is Haley. For my education I attended a two year veterinary technician program at Madison Area Technical College. I also performed two internships through this program. My small animal internship was at a mixed practice called Town and Country in Wautoma, WI and my large animal internship was at an equine/cervine 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've had cats my entire life but one day I hope to own many more animals including dogs, ferrets, etc. and maybe even some farm animals. Basically I want a zoo in my house!
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 02, 2016
    Education:
    MATC
  • 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
  • Lindsay Shanks

    Years in Practice:
    Feb 25, 2019
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career 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 two golden retrievers: Lacie and Ginger 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
  • Jacques Semandel

    My name is Jacques Semandel, I'm currently doing my under-grad at UW Eau Claire. When I am not studying to go to vet school I enjoy working out, hunting, and playing video games. My favorite summer activity is floating down Chippewa River with my friends. After my undergrad I hope to continue on to vet school at either UW Madison or the University of Glasgow. I love caring for any kind of house pet, my favorite kind are reptiles. I actually have my own chameleon named Barb!  
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 19, 2020
    Education:
    UW Eau Claire
  • Brittney Spahn

    Hi, I'm Brittney! I am currently working on my billing and coding degree at MATC. I love spending time with my two cats Daisy and Dingo, traveling and being outdoors with family & friends. I can't wait to meet and care for your fur babies! 
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 19, 2020
    Education:
    MATC