2934 Chapel Valley Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 288–7838
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Dr. Elizabeth Stokes – Clinic Director

“I feel honored to work with pet owners from the minute they come through the door with their new bundle of love and trouble to the day when we together must kindly and lovingly tell that pet good-bye. It is such a privilege and inspiration to be a part of this journey.”

Dr. Elizabeth Stokes has been a veterinarian for over 25 years and the Hospital Director of Odyssey since she opened the practice in 2007. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UW-Madison in 1987. Elizabeth shares her home with her kind and patient husband Huck, whippet Phoebe, French Bulldog Brie and a bipolar longhair cat with many choice names. She has 2 grown children, Kyle who owns a film production company in LA, and Emily who works for Odyssey but more importantly has 2 of the smartest, cutest, funniest daughters in the world (in her humble opinion of course).

When not in the clinic, Elizabeth loves babysitting her granddaughters, traveling, yoga, biking, running, swimming, going to movies and film festival, gardening, reading and eating out.

While she admits to enjoying almost all aspects of her job, Elizabeth is especially interested in challenging medical cases, senior pet care, soft tissue surgery, feline medicine, and treating cancer. She also enjoys working with grumpy senior cats, Greyhounds and Frenchies (aka French Bulldogs). Solving challenging cases has become a bit of a niche for Elizabeth as she is often booked for second opinions for complicated or previously undiagnosed patients.

Dr. Emilie Schwarz – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Emilie Schwarz grew up near Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to Madison in 2003 after earning her B.S. degree from Cornell University. She is now a proud Badger, as she earned her M.S. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Emilie shares her home with 2 dogs (Lucy — an Australian Shepherd and Peanut — a Papillon), and a domestic short haired cat named Daphne.

In her free time, Emilie enjoys downhill ski racing, yoga, watching movies, traveling, and reading.

One of the highlights of Emilie's veterinary career was being able to examine (“oh who are we kidding,” she says, “play with!”) four baby lion clubs at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Now at Odyssey, Emilie equally enjoys working with both dogs and cats. Having previously adopted an older cat with diabetes when the owners could no longer care for him, she can easily relate to owners who are dealing with diabetes and other chronic illnesses in their pets. With her wealth of education and patient yet thorough nature, Emilie is a great fit for routine and complicated cases alike. Emilie is also interested in overall wellness care, and working with owners to keep their pet happy and healthy for as long as possible!

Dr. Mary Kuefler – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Mary Kuefler joined the Odyssey team in 2001 (up until 2006, the business was called “Cats Here Dogs There.”) A native of Indiana, Mary earned her B.A. in Psychology and PreMed from the University of Notre Dame, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 2000. She enjoys the entire spectrum of veterinary care, with a special interest in internal medicine, senior pet care, pediatrics, and wellness care. Mary believes that our society's love of our animal companions brings out the best qualities in people, and she feels fortunate that as a veterinarian she gets to help nurture these special bonds.

At home, Mary and her family share their home with a sweet rescue kitty named Peanut; and because life is too short to ever not have a dog, they'll soon be adding a Lab puppy to their family, to honor the memory of their beloved Jack Russell Terriers, Auden and Rosie. In her free time, Mary enjoys running, reading, and going out on hikes with her family to enjoy Wisconsin's natural beauty.

Dr. Brooke Lewis – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Brooke Lewis grew up in northern New Jersey with two younger brothers. She first came to Wisconsin to do her undergraduate in Genetics and Bacteriology at UW-Madison before heading down to Oklahoma where she earned her DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine). While in Oklahoma, Brooke realized that her heart forever belonged in Wisconsin and was eager to move back. She practiced at another AAHA clinic in Kenosha for 5 years before moving to Madison in December of 2011.

Brooke lives at home with her husband Nathan and her two children Samuel and Morgan. They also share their home with their furry children: Mona, a yellow Labrador and Calvin Coolidge, a domestic shortair. In her free time you will find Brooke out and about with her kids enjoying all the wonderful things Madison has to offer. At home she enjoys being creative, gardening, and being outside with her family.

Brooke enjoys meeting and getting to know all the people and pets that walk through the doors at Odyssey. However don't be surprised if she goes straight for your pet's mouth as she loves talk about teeth and dental care! She also enjoys helping owners with behavior problems, pain control issues, allergies, and overall wellness care. Finally, Brooke is also certified to perform spinal manipulation services (animal chiropractic) which can be beneficial in painful pets, athletes, and even healthy pets.

Dr. Kaitlin Young – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kaitlin Young grew up in Baraboo, WI but moved to Fitchburg when she was 4 years-old. In pursuit of more snow, she moved to the UP for her undergraduate degree in Biology from Michigan Technological University. She returned home to Madison where she attended the UW-Madison Veterinary School where she completed her DVM in 2010.

Kaitlin lives with her husband Pete and their sons Wesley and Quincy on Lake Waubesa. Her animal family includes Copper, a strong-willed feline (whose distain for other dogs and cats has kept them a one-cat household for the time being), a goldfish named Templeton, and a small cohort of chickens they raise for eggs. In the winter, you will find Kaitlin cross-country skiing, ice-skating, sledding while in the warmer months, she enjoys canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Year-round she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her boys, and enjoying the wildlife around the house.

When asked about her favorite part of veterinary medicine, she responds, “Do I have to choose just one?” She loves helping her patients and their human family find a solution to a problem that makes everyone happier and healthier. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgeries, pain management, tick-borne disease, travel with pets (including health certificates) and client education and outreach.

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Odyssey goes above and beyond my expectations, and truly cares about my dog. We will always come back to Odyssey and highly recommend it to anyone who asks!
— Meagan

Dr. Bruss is great—he is very kind and caring. He called us several times to explain our options and didn’t pressure us to make a particular decision.
— Anne

My dog sees Dr. Stokes for his vet care and she is the best vet ever. She understands my dog’s unique needs and I highly recommend them!
— Debra

No matter which vet we've seen, they’ve always been loving and compassionate whether we were there just for yearly vaccinations or for something a bit more serious.
— Melanie

I am in love with all of the staff at this facility. If I could, I would want to be treated there, but sadly, they only take the four legged types...
— Terri

Wouldn’t go anywhere else! I feel surrounded by people that love animals as much as I do. Wouldn’t change a thing.
— Powder78

Services are very reasonably priced and we've never felt like we had any unnecessary procedures or products pushed on us. we really feel that we can trust Dr. Bruss and Odyssey Veterinary Care with our cats’ health.
— Onion Girl

Dr. stokes has seen our family through kitten to senior cat, puppy and loss of dog, new puppy and everything in the middle! We think the care our animals get here is top notch!
— Courtney

Great people, great care! You've all made such a difference in my life and Abby's too. Thanks Odyssey Staff!
— June

When they prescribed my dog eye drops for an infection, they gave me the instructions and then called me within a 48 hour period to ask me how the medication was going and if I had any questions.
— Debra

They are very friendly and very thorough. The dog loves them, and she’s shy, so that’s a good thing. We have always had a lot of confidence in what they have told us.
— Sandra

They happily accommodate our special request to see our big dogs in their fenced back yard, since our 100-pound German Shepherd gets nervous in a small examination room.
— Peter

We bring our dog to Odyssey Vet Clinic and will continue to do so as long as we live in this area. They are the best vets we’ve ever had.
— David

They are very friendly, and they always remind you of when your appointments are. They are the top veterinary hospital in Madison. They are very good.
— Sandy