Spirit of 76th Veterinary Clinic

Spirit of 76th opened for business for the Milwaukee area in April of 1980 in place of the old 76th 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 76th 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

    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 for four years. That hospital is the largest practice in the state of Florida. He got all of his training in emergency and internal medicine and surgery. In 1998 Dr. Troy moved back to his hometown and began practicing at Spirit of 76th 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 Great Lakes Hockey League for 18 years, and currently, he has the team called the Spirit 76thers on the Milwaukee Metro Hockey League.  He enjoys playing Hockey and golf; watching baseball games going and camping. In his free time he spends it with his chocolate lab, Shaylee-Stout. :)

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1998
    Education:
    West Allis Central High School, University of Wisconsin Madison
    Interests:
    Canine Orthopedics
  • Dr. James Voss

    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 cat named Betsy that I have had since the start of vet school. 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
  • Dr. Kathleen Blessing

    Dr. Kathleen Blessing

    Originally from the Chicagoland area, she is a diehard bears fan. –But please, don’t hold that against her. Wisconsin area holds a special place in her heart because she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, in Kenosha. She is Irish, and very proud of that fact. During her time at Parkside, she studied abroad in Ireland for 5 months. There she learned that culture of her relatives, and shadowed a large animal veterinarian. She has now graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary School in 2009. She has a special interest in behavior, and the ‘special species’, aka: pocket pets. During her free time, Dr. Kathleen Blessing likes to walk with her two dogs, laugh at her 2 cats, and pet her 2 guinea pigs. She, as well as, enjoys reading, watching t.v. and spending time with her husband.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2010
    Education:
    University of Wisconsin-Parkside, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Amanda DeGroote

    Amanda DeGroote

    I was 9 years old when I started out working as a stable hand at a horse ranch in Burlington, WI. I worked with goats, rabbits, chickens, ponies and horses. From cleaning the barn, to taking care of all the animals, to breaking in horses, I learned from the ground up what hard work was, very quickly. I left there when I was 18 to go to college for veterinary technician training. I attended Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, which is a two year intense program, in Denver, CO. There, I gained all the knowledge I needed to be a successful veterinary technician. I have special interests in animal nutrition, health and behavior. Being that my first word was ‘doggie’, my parents knew I was destined to have an animal related career. I grew up with a variety of animals in the house. My first dog was an English Springer spaniel, named “Lady”. Also with her, I was always owning a hamster or two. Plus a snapping turtle named, “Snappy”. Now, after college, I have 4 cats, named “Jake”, “Dreamer”, "El Nino" and "CJ". A Maltese named “Razz” and my newest, “Foxie B.”  A hairy hairless Chinese Crested. I am always doing something with my animals, outside at the park, or inside teaching new tricks. My other hobbies include boating, riding horses, and camping. I love to try new things, be it food, travel or practicing new technology. I started here at Spirit of 76th Veterinary Clinic Jan. of 2009, and am now the Practice Manager. Hope to see you in soon!!!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Education:
    Bel-Rea Institute
  • Chris Stefonich

    Chris Stefonich

    I have been working here over 20 years. I started out as a kennel person, then to a receptionist, and now I am the Office Manager. 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 hamster, rabbit, and bearded dragon at home. I have 2 children that keep me busy when I am not at work.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1990
  • Amanda Heimann

    Amanda Heimann

    I joined the Spirit of 76th Veterinary Clinic team in 2004 as a receptionist/technician. I have been in the veterinary field since 1997. I became a certified veterinary technician in 2009 and enjoy using my knowledge to educate clients in the care of their furry children. I share my own home with two exotic shorthair cats named Mishka and Brie. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time at the gym or relaxing with a good book. I hope to make you and your pets experience with our clinic as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2004
  • Joshua Lennie

    Joshua Lennie

    I have been working for Spirit of 76th Veterinary Clinic since April of 2007. I like to do a lot of things in my free time. My favorite is going to see any and all hockey games with my friends. Also, playing sports and being outdoors.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2007
  • Roxann Hammerer

    Roxann Hammerer

    I have been working in veterinary medicine since 1993. My career started by doing kennel duties and I eventually worked my way up to an assistant. Currently, I work as a receptionist here and continue with my studies in veterinary medicine in my spare time.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1993
  • Betty Matusik

    Betty Matusik

    G’Day mate! My name is Betty, and I have been a receptionist here at Spirit since 2009. I love this clinic. It’s a fun and exciting place to work and just be a part of. You will know when I am here because I will be the first to offer your pet a “cookie” when he/she walks through the door. In my spare time I love to garden and enjoy relaxing at home.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2009
  • Lauren Hill

    Lauren Hill

    I started here at Spirit in November of 2011 and it is such a pleasure to be helping pets and their families. I have experience working in kennels and I have a degree from Penn Foster in veterinary assistance. In my free time I enjoy camping, riding my atv, reading, and spending time with two schnoodles, Leonard and Jasper.

    Years in Practice:
    Nov 07, 2011
  • Sara Henley

    Sara Henley

    I have been working here since August 2011. I always wanted to work in the veterinary field but no one would give me a chance unless I had experience. Spirit of 76th Veterinary Clinic did, and I'm so happy to be apart of their team! I love my job as a receptionist, so if you see me, come say hi!

    When I'm not working I enjoy racing. I have been going racing since I was 12. I started working on a pit crew at the age of 14. I stick to open wheel dirt track racing on mostly sprint cars, but I do like to race midget cars too.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 10, 2011
  • Heather Riviere

    Heather Riviere

    I started working here at Spirit in April 2011, and I absolutely love it. I love working with animals and have 3 of my own. I am studying biology at UW-Milwaukee and plan to work towards becoming a veterinary technician. I like to spend my spare time with family and friends!

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2011
  • Jocelyn Reiter

    Jocelyn Reiter

    My name is Jocelyn. I have worked at Spirit of 76 as a technician since January of 2012, and am now the Head Technician! I have always had a love for animals. I went to school at PIMA Medical Institute in Seattle, WA. I graduated the veterinary technician program there in Dec of 2008. I then successfully took my national exam to become a licensed CVT in Jan of 2009. I worked at a small animal hospital in Seattle for 5 years, before moving to Milwaukee.  At home, I have a pitbull/mastiff mix named Bleaker and 2 cats, Lexi and Steve. In my spare time I like to be outdoors and travel.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 02, 2012
    Education:
    PIMA Medical Institute
  • Angela Huntington

    Angela Huntington

    You will find me studying as a pre-vet major at Cardinal Stritch University. Also, locate me as a Foster mom at JR's Pups-N-Stuff, walking the dogs at MADACC or socializing with the cats at Second Hand Purrs Cat shelter. I am also a dog handler. I love all animals! On my days off, I enjoy going to the park with my schnoodle, Wiggles, and playing softball.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2011
  • Megan Heritsch

    Megan Heritsch

    I graduated from Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky where I played basketball and majored in communications. I started at Spirit in April 2010, hired on as a receptionist, and trained to be a technician, where I am today. I’ve had animals all my life and love being around them. The fact that I get to work with animals everyday makes my job that much more enjoyable.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2010
  • Alison Jagemann

    Alison Jagemann

    Hi! My name is Alison. I have been at Spirit since Oct. 2011. I have 5 years experience working at vet clinics. I have four dogs, Mackenzie, a toy poodle/chihuahua mix, Bailey, a terrier mix, Abe, a black lab and finally Walker Texas Ranger, a yellow lab. In my free time I like to play with my dogs and be outdoors. I love being a technician at Spirit and I hope to meet you and your pet someday!
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 27, 2011
  • Lynette Karpen

    Lynette Karpen

    Hi! My name is Lynette. I am a recent graduate from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in Tinley Park, IL. I have an associates in applied science, specialized as a veterinary technician. I had to undergo a year and a half intensive program, which taught me all the knowledge I know today. I originally started at Spirit as an extern in February 2012, where I had to complete three hundred volunteer hours in order to graduate. I was then hired as a technician in April 2012 after I graduated. I love working here and I enjoy being around all animals! I enjoy learning new things and plan on taking the VTNE in July 2012 to become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) In my spare time I enjoy being outside and spending time with my favorite cat, Asia. Hope to see you in here soon!

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 23, 2012
    Education:
    Vet Tech Institute at Fox College
  • Lisa Nowak

    I'm Lisa! I went to school at the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in Tinley Park, IL. I got an externship at Spirit in July 2013, graduated VTI in August 2013, and was hired on as a technician in August as well. I passed my national and state boards in November 2013, and am now a CVT. I enjoy helping animals and nursing them back to health. At home, I have 3 long hair cats named Koal, Uno and Olive. I enjoy reading, exercising, relaxing and traveling in my spare time. I look forward to meeting you and your pet in the near future!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    Vet Tech Institute at Fox College
  • Andrea Stanislowski

    I joined the Spirit team in September of 2013 as a receptionist. This is my first experience in the veterinary field and I love it! I enjoy helping clients and their furry family members. I have been around animals all my life. Growing up, we had two dogs and four cats. However, right now I have one sassy gray cat named Poppers. In my spare time, I like to read, draw and cook. I also have a son who is very active in sports and keeps me on my toes. I look forward to meeting you and your pet!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014