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 is in process of starting his own hobby farm, with chickens and goats!

    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 son. 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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  • 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: "œJake", "œMarceline," Nautia," "œEl Nino,""Christopher," and "Dreamer", a Maltese named "Razz", a hairless Chinese crested named "Foxie-Bubbles", and my newest, 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
  • 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 “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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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) & “Jazzie” (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: “Asia,” “Sobe,” “Touché,” 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
  • 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
  • Susie Forsyth

    My name is Susie, I started at Spirit as a client, and I joined the Spirit of 76 team as a receptionist in July of 2013. Growing up I had three dogs and two cats. I now have two cats, “April” and “Bo.” I have always had a love for animals and luckily Spirit gave me a wonderful opportunity to begin a career in this field. I hope to further my knowledge and become a technician in the future. When I am not at here, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love music, sand volleyball, snowboarding and anything outdoors!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • 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:
    May 29, 2014
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