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

    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 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 the 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 and going camping. He istarted 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 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
    Interests:
    Surgery and internal medicine. He sees: Dogs, Cats and Small Animals.
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  • Dr. Kathleen Blessing

    Originally from the Chicago land 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 graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary School in 2009. She has a special interest in behavior, ultrasound and the ˜special species™, aka: pocket pets. During her free time, Dr. Kathleen Blessing likes to walk with her three dogs and laugh at her 3 cats. She also enjoys reading, watching TV, 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
    Interests:
    Behavior and ultrasound. She sees: Dogs, cats, small animals and reptiles.
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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 two sons. He enjoys golfing, hiking and fishing whenever possible. Currently, he has two cats,"œBoots" and "Arwen", and a dog named "œCallie".
    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

    Dr. Anji Lippmann grew up in Florida and achieved a bachelor's degree in Biology from Florida Southern College. She attended veterinary school at St. Georges University of Grenada, completing her fnial year of study at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. She loves to travel, read, and garden, and she enjoys home DIY. She and her husband have two wonderful sons, a dog, a cat, a tortoise, three leopard geckos, and a tank full of fish.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 06, 2016
    Education:
    St. Georges University
    Interests:
    Elective and Emergency Surgery, Endocrine Disease, Alternative Therapies for Traditional Medicine
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  • 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, 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 and health. I grew up with a variety of animals in the house. My first dog was an English springer spaniel, named œLady. I also always had a hamster or two in the house. Now, after college, I have 6 cats named: œMarceline, Nautia, œEl Nino, Christopher, Dreamer, and my newest a ragdoll named Chateau. I also have a chocolate lab named Shaylee-Stout. 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 in 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
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  • 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 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 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
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  • Joshua Lennie

    I have been working for Spirit of 76th Veterinary Clinic since April of 2007. I have 2 cats named "€œSammy"€ and "€œLibby"€, 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
  • 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 "€œMatilda Grace"€ (Bassett/Beagle) & "€œJazzie"€ (Beagle Mix) both rescues who are clients, 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
  • 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
  • Lynette Karpen

    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/pregnant cats/kittens that need homes. I have 15 of my own kitties: "œAsia," "Sobe," "œTouche," and "œDurango" 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
  • 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 "€œJasper."€
    Years in Practice:
    Nov 07, 2011
  • Adrianna Luna-Garczynski

    Hi! My name is Adrianna, and I'™ve been working at Spirit of 76 Veterinary Clinic since April of 2014. Before I came to Spirit I was working at a doggy daycare. I plan on going to school for a veterinary technician degree soon. I have one husky-shepard-cattle dog mix named "Brody," who is about a year and a half. I like to camp and 'play' outdoors!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
  • Lydia Rincon

                   

    Hi, I'™m Lydia! 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 knew about Spirit because I was first a client here with my dog, Catalina. I enjoy taking my dog to the parks and the lake. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Samantha Urban

                    Hi! My name is Samantha, Sam for short. I started working at Spirit as of December 2014. I currently have two dogs, both pit bulls, Marley and Otis. I also have 3 cats, Nigel, Mellow and Baby; along with a bearded dragon and a snake. I am currently going to school to be a veterinary technician. I love being around animals! In my free time you can find me at the dog park, or just spending time outdoors.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Amanda Hansen

    I started here in September 2014. I have decided to further my education to become a veterinary technician. I enjoy spending time with my German shepard, Zari, and my two cats, Daisy and Brandy. I love 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
  • Kallie Grundl

    My name'™s Kallie, I am a technician here at Spirit of 76th 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 a dog of my own named Miloh. 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
  • Angie Huntington

    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
  • Jenilee Orlowski

    Hi, my name is Jenilee. I have been passionate about animals since I was young. I enjoy working along side others who have the same love for animals. I graduated from Milwaukee Career College in 2014, with my associates degree in veterinary assistance, and plan to further my education by taking veterinary technician courses in the near future. I have 3 of my own fur babies, "Logan," "Dotty," and "Reina". They are tiny toy chihuahuas, in that they are only four pounds. In my free time I enjoy walking them, spending time with my family, and riding my 2004 Harley. My pups enjoy wearing their Harley gear, riding with me and meeting new people!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Lindsey Schliem

    It was in elementary school when I was first introduced to the veterinary field. Every day after school I would come home and watch a PBS program called Vets in Practice. However, it wasn't until after high school that I had come to the decision of wanting to have a career working with animals. I attended MCC and in the Fall of 2015 I graduated with an Associates degree in veterinary technology. I'm starting out my humble beginnings at Spirit of 76 as a CSR and with time I wish to learn more and grow professionally in this amazing and enjoyable field. As far as pets of my own, I have had cats, dogs, fish, hamsters, mice, a gecko, and even three tree frogs. Currently I have a siamese named Freddie that i rescued in the spring of 2015. Aside from all things animal, I enjoy family time, occasionally being a couch potato but also going up north and exploring the sights and sounds of Milwaukee.
    Years in Practice:
    Feb 03, 2016
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Ann Rebro

    My name is Anne Rebro. I am a 19 year old student at Milwaukee Career College, pursuing a career as a veterinary technician. My favorite hobbies are singing and camping. I come from an unusually large family of 12 people and I love to talk with and about them.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 28, 2016
    Education:
    Milwaukee Career College
  • Nicole Engelbert

    Since I was little, I always loved animals and wanted to go to the zoo or spend time with other peoples pets all I could. 21 years later and not much has changed. I'm currently at UWM studying Biology with a pre-vet focus. I plan to graduate in spring 2017. Outside of school and work, I spend time with my cat, family and friends. One day I would love to have a bunch of dogs to run around with and take up north. For now, I'm excited to spend my days with all your awesome animals!
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 28, 2016
    Education:
    University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Erika Slottke

    Hi! I'm Erika! Veterinary Technician! Graduated October 2014 from ABC. Though I've been working in this field for the last five years, I started at Spirit May 2016. I thoroughly enjoy working with all kinds of animals. My hobbies include dancing, running with my dog, Dino, and hanging out with family and friends.
    Years in Practice:
    May 26, 2016
    Education:
    ABC
  • Harmonee Peltier

    Hi, my name is Harmonee! Come fall 2016 I will be attending wctc to pursue a career as a paramedic. Before comign to Spirit, I was working with pups at a doggy daycare. Ive always had a passion for animals. Growing up Ive had hamsters, turtles, fish, guinea pigs, rabbits, lizards, birds, dogs, cats- you name it. As of now, I have one cat named "Rosie". In my free time I love doing yoga and being outdoors.
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 02, 2016
    Education:
    WCTC
  • 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
  • Paola Tabares

    Since youth, I knew that I wanted to work with animals. I'm currently on my way to becoming a certified veterinary technician and soon I hope to be actively helping animals. A enjoy reading, listening to music, doing artsy crafts and watching movies and tv shows.
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 10, 2016
  • Brianne Biddle

    My name is Bri! When not performing as Assistant Executive Director for Rescue Gang, I enjoy painting or spending time training my therapy dog named Violet. My favorite color is purple and you will always catch me wearing it! I hope to use my future microbiology degree to help animals live longer, healthier lives. When not at work or rescuing animals in need, you can find me at your local park scavenging for different types of specimins to examine under my microscope, which I've named Ruby! :) 
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 23, 2016
  • Ryan Olson

    My life revolves around helping animals. I've held a board position with an animal rights organization as well as started my own non profit animal rescue. I graduated from a veterinary assisting program, and am working on becoming a dog trainer. I'm also a decent vegan cook!
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 23, 2016