background

info@truevetcare.com

608.497.1608

Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

I have been in the veterinary field since 2004, and graduated from Horizon School of Veterinary Assisting in 2005. In 2009 I decided I wanted to become a Certified Veterinary Technician and passed the VTNE licensing exam that January. I have dabbled in most areas of veterinary medicine from emergency, to surgical/anesthetic technician, to general practice and canine rehabilitation. In 2013 I became the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association’s Vet Tech of the year. I am excited to be working for Dr. Sarah at True Veterinary Care and look forward to keeping all our patients healthy! I am hoping to attend courses at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. When I am not at work I love to spend time with my hubsters, Matt; my pups, Cosworth and Vettel; and my cats, Turbo, and Chuck. Most summer weekends you can find us all (minus the cats) at the racetrack watching Matt race his fox body Mustang. I have also recently discovered my love of the outdoors.


Interesting fact: I am my husband’s pit crew for races, I can change a tire, check oil/change oil, and hand pump gas.

I graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Biological Sciences in 1995, and UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. I was a dairy and small animal vet for 3 years, an ER vet for 1.5 years and have worked as a general practitioner for dogs and cats since 2009 . True Veterinary Care (opened 2013) is a dream come true and wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my husband, Tom, and the support of family and friends. In my past life I enjoyed racing my bicycle and look forward to finding more time to ride. In the meantime, I enjoy being outdoors with Tom, my daughter Waverly (16), son Walter (11), black labradors Malcolm, Newton and Cairn/Westie terrier mix, Mr. Buns. I am excited to work with my clients’ animals both old and new, and am committed to treating people with respect and honesty.


Interesting fact: I have matched 3 people on the National Marrow Donor Registry and have donated bone marrow once and stem cells twice. Visit http://bethematch.org/Home.aspx to find out more about becoming a donor.

Sarah Kalstrup DVM

Nicki Haushalter CVT

Andrea Lawrence VT

I graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 2013 with a biology degree and since then I have been working with animals through multiple zoos, sanctuaries, and vet clinics, including Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas and the Milwaukee County Zoo.  I am so excited to be part of the True Veterinary Care family and plan to be become a CVT in the near future.  


I live in Madison with my boyfriend, Bobby, our hound-mix Hank, and our lovebird, Kiwi.  In my free time you can find me taking part in one of my many hobbies including playing the electric guitar, hiking/geocaching, biking, snowboarding, and playing board games.


Interesting fact: I trained Sulcata tortoises to recall into their shelter for the night using a cowbell.  

I started in the animal field in 2010 as a kennel assistant at a doggie daycare/boarding facility. In 2013 I had the opportunity to become a veterinary assistant and during that time I went to school to become a certified veterinary technician. I graduated from the Madison College Veterinary Technician program with an Associates Degree in Applied Animal Science in May 2016. I've been a part of the True Vet Care team since August 2017 -- I look forward to developing my professional skills while working here.


In my free time I enjoy hiking and traveling with my husband, Connor, and our Boxer/Australian Shepherd Mix, Makwa. One of my passions is canine enrichment and finding ways to challenge Makwa mentally and physically. We do agility and nose work classes weekly -- we love going on parkour walks and training new tricks.


Interesting fact: I have been skydiving five times. It's so much fun being able to do front or back flips out of the plane. I love the free falling feeling when going 120 mph in the open sky. 

Lyssi Urso CVT

Ramsey Peterson UW Vet Med Class of 2025

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Animal Science in 2011.  I then completed my Master’s degree in Animal Science with an emphasis on bacteriology studying Salmonella in 2012.  I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018.  I was born and raised in northern Wisconsin and knew that after veterinary school I would come back to the Madison area to be with my fiancé (Newly Married!..as of Sept I'm now Jackie Forcey).  Prior to vet school I worked as a veterinary assistant at several clinics. In my free time I love to be by the water.  I love to water ski, swim, sail (I was part of UW-Madison Hoofer’s in undergrad), kayak, and paddle board.  Our dogs PT (American Bulldog) and Lona (yellow labrador) come paddle boarding with us whenever they can.  I also used to play ultimate Frisbee with MUFA of Madison. I am so excited to join Dr. Sarah and the True Veterinary Care Team!


Interesting facts: I was in the magazine Entertainment Weekly for the release of the 6th Harry Potter book. I have donated over 2 gallons of blood, and donate as often as I can.

Jaclyn Forcey DVM

I am currently a vet student at UW-Madison with an interest in mixed animal medicine. Here in Madison, I live with my cat Echo, whom I have had since he was a week old. I am originally from Minnesota and spent a lot of time there volunteering at the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control as well as working at a small animal general practice. I graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.S. in Animal Science back in 2019.  


Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, cooking, baking, and watching sporting events. I am a fan of college sports, especially routing for the Cornhuskers.  


One interest fact about me: I am an ordained minister and have been since 2019. I have not performed any weddings yet, but am looking forward to my first!

901 Kimball Lane, Suite 1500 Verona, WI 53593

I started working in the veterinary field after earning my degree in Veterinary Technology in 2011; becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician shortly there after.  Upon graduation, I spent some time interning in the Cayman Islands working primarily with sea turtles and other marine mammals.  I have always had a strong interest in imaging and have worked the last 7 years for Lakeland Veterinary Imaging, where I was provided the opportunity to pursue my interest in ultrasound specifically.  Over the last year and a half, I have studied ultrasound through the Sound Academy.  After starting at True Vet in July 2020, I now have the pleasure of providing ultrasound to our clients and their pets.  


Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two dog babies, Nova and Rio, hiking and exploring new areas.  I also enjoy reading, doing DIY projects, biking, cooking, playing board games and traveling.  


Interesting fact:  I was a ballet dancer for 16+ years and have always dreamed of being part of a flash mob.  I have also seen the Backstreet Boys in concert three times and would see them 100 times more!  


Steph O'Rourke CSR

I am a proud mother of two gorgeous girls, Lili and Lucy.  We enjoy doing puzzles in the winter, and going on vacation to Door County every summer.  I have been going to Door County since I was 9 months old to the same cabins and have passed on the love to my children. I have always been passionate about animals from a young age. I grew up with dogs and have volunteered in animal rescue since 2017.  Working at True Vet I have learned lots and love advancing my knowledge of animals and their care. 


 

One great thing that came out of the Pandemic of 2020 was being asked to come aboard to this great team at True Vet Care. 


Interesting fact: I have fostered over 70 dogs

Kelsey Zimmerman CVT

Stephanie Kurth DVM

I was born and raised in Waukesha, WI where I had my first introduction into the veterinary field working as a veterinary assistant/receptionist during high school. In 2015, I graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and continued on at UW-Madison to earn my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. After graduation, I went on to practice small animal/exotic animal medicine in La Crosse, WI for several years but missed the Madison area so much that I decided to move back taking a job with the US Dept. of Agriculture for a year working in the public health sector. I am very excited to be moving back to a position in clinical medicine by joining the True Veterinary Care team!

My current pet crew includes an older lab mix (Sadie), a middle aged tabby cat (Zion), and an older Russian tortoise (Bullet) with a peppering of foster pets here and there. In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking/backpacking, camping, biking, playing soccer, and ballroom dancing.


Interesting Fact: In veterinary school I was involved in research on Chronic Wasting Disease transition in deer/elk/moose through the US Geo. Survey-a topic I am still very passionate about! I also have the life goal of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro one day.

I graduated from UW Madison in 2022 with a B.S. in Animal Science. While in school, I was an EMT and a veterinary assistant. After school I decided to hang up driving ambulances and began to work in the veterinary field full time. And that’s when I found True Vet!


When I am not at work, I am most likely outside with my boyfriend Collin on the water paddle boarding or kayaking, or on dry land biking and hiking with our Great Pyrenees/Shepherd mix named Ike. In the beautiful Wisconsin winter you can see me cross country skiing or ice skating.


Interesting fact: I originally had a scholarship to art school but my aunt and uncle (UW alumni) convinced me to explore the Madison campus. From then on, I decided to pursue the medical field and ended up exploring the human side first. It wasn’t until my junior year that I decided to switch into the Animal Science program at Madison.

Hannah Poehler VT

Amelia Fairchild DVM

I believe that animals are a part of the family, and my goal is to help pets be healthy and be a joy for their families.  I have worked in emergency medicine for a few years where I learned to cope with some of the dramatic Things That Can Go Wrong, but I enjoy day practice where I can get to know people and their animals - I’m really happy to be working at True Vet with so many great pets and people. I did my undergraduate in Santa Cruz in Comparative Literature and I am a 2007 graduate of the UW School of Vet Med. I grew up with a pet goat and city chickens (before that became a thing!) and now I live on a farm in Dane County with my partner. a couple of dogs and cats, four horses, a whole bunch of sheep, and a laconic donkey. 


 

Interesting fact: I can plow your garden with a team of horses (as long as you don’t expect straight furrows!) . I also studied philosophy in graduate school but did the prerequisites for vet school instead of my dissertation.

Bio coming soon!


Interesting fact:

Carrie Quam VT

Courtney Guenther UW Vet Med Class of 2025

I graduated from UW-River Falls in 2021 with a B.S. in animal science.  After that, I started vet school at UW-Madison where I am currently going into my 3rd year!  I love working with all animals but have a soft spot for shelter/ rescue animals!  My family and I have fostered over 75 dogs and I have surprisingly only foster failed with one!  Her name is Zola and she is a tripod pitty mix who loves swimming!


Outside of work and school, I love camping, hammocking, hiking, swimming, and anything else outdoors!


Interesting fact:  I have a twin sister and we are polar opposites of each other!

Clarisse Rebancos UW Vet Med Class of 2025

I received my degree from UW-Madison in 2019 with a BS neurobiology. I began working at True Vet right after graduation where I gained knowledge and experience of the veterinary field with the help from everyone here! I am currently a 3rd year vet student at UW-Madison and have an interest in small animal medicine. I live with my boyfriend, Garrett, and our two cats Ellie and Squid.


In my free time, I like to waterski, downhill skill, nap, and travel around! I recently returned from a veterinary trip in South Africa where I learned about conservation and wildlife medicine.


Fun fact: I was a pole vaulter in high school and also ran the 400m

Tom Kalstrup, Owner, Office Manager

I received my degree in computer science from Loyola University in Chicago.  I began a career working on children's educational software while also racing road and mountain bikes professionally.  Due to the nomadic lifestyle of racing I had to leave the computer world and take what I thought was a temporary job as a personal trainer. I am still at it 20 years later, but have begun the transition to the next chapter in my life as a business owner, and office manager. Sarah and I have enjoyed the journey of starting True Veterinary Care. We believe in hard work, loyalty, open communication, and treating people and animals with respect. Outside of work I enjoy tending to our 20 acres of prairie flowers and grasses, retriever training, annual hunting trips to South Dakota and Idaho, and doing new things with our kids.


Interesting fact: I have been told by numerous people that I should do voice-over work or have a radio show.

Alli Meyer CSR

I’m thrilled to be working for True Vet. I have loved animals for as long as I can remember. I have been involved with dogs from walking them, dog sitting, Daycare and boarding, training them and now vet work. I graduated from High school and jumped right into the dog world by working for a daycare/boarding facility. I live in Verona with my dog named Sage, she is a Black Mouth Cur mix that was a rescue from Alabama. When I’m not working I enjoy being with my family or friends and exploring outside with Sage.  


Interesting Fact: I have lived in Verona my whole life. 

I am so excited to be joining the amazing staff at True Vet! I graduated from the veterinary technology program and started my career as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2012. One of my favorite parts of my job is working with surgery patients and doing anesthesia. 


I grew up in Brodhead and currently live there with my husband, three kids, and two cats. In the past I've had the pleasure of working at clinics with patients ranging from large animals to exotic and zoo animals. I love exotic and pocket pets and have had many throughout my life, including hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, hermit crabs, koi fish, ferrets, bunnies and guinea pigs. Currently my house is filled with children instead of animals though!


When I'm not at work I'm typically working on my gardens and landscaping, doing anything crafty, or finding new parks and splash pads to explore with my kiddos. I am also very involved with the Brodhead Jaycees and the Friends of the Jaycee Park, where we raise money to host free family events in our community and are currently working hard fundraising to renovate our local park!

Katie Porterfield CVT