Meet Our Veterinarians
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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, a spunky and naughty Terrier mix named Mickey, 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 3 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. Teri Cardey - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Teri Cardey is a native of Cuba City, a small town in southwest Wisconsin. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Teri then attended the UW-Madison Veterinary School where she earned her DVM in 2012. After graduation, she practiced at another AAHA accredited clinic in Green Bay for 4 years. During her years in veterinary school Teri fell in love with the Madison area and all that it offered. Wanting to get back to the area and closer to family, she made the move back to Madison and joined the Odyssey Team in 2016.
For Teri, it is hard to choose just one aspect of veterinary medicine that she enjoys the most. But her favorite part of the job is getting to know and connect with the clients and their pets, and working together to keep their pet healthy. She enjoys client education, especially at those first puppy and kitten visits, and loves being involved in their care and watching them grow into their senior years.
Away from the clinic, Teri lives in Belleville with her husband Aaron, and two children Owen and Hattie. Their four-legged family includes three dogs, a German Shorthaired Pointer - Oliver, and two Hound mixes - Bella and Darwin. In her free time Teri enjoys playing volleyball, photography, kayaking, and going on adventures with her kids.
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 Pre-Med from the University of Notre Dame in 1995, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 2000. Her favorite areas of veterinary medicine include internal medicine, senior pet care, pediatrics, wellness care, and anesthesia. 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 witness these heartwarming bonds.
At home, Mary and her husband Tom live in a former country schoolhouse with their son Francis and daughters Antonía, Felicity, and Cecilia. In her free time, Mary enjoys running, reading, tending to her garden and flowers and trees, and taking nature walks with her kids.
Due to her cohort of young children, Mary currently works on a part-time basis. If you were to ask one of her clients, they will tell you that Dr. Kuefler is worth the wait as her kind gentle nature and thoroughness are unparalleled.
Dr. Heidi McClean - Assoicate Veterinarian
Dr. Heidi McClean grew up in Madison, WI, and became an official Badger while attending UW-Madison for her undergraduate degree. After working for many years in the software industry, Heidi made the decision to return to school and pursue her lifelong passion of working with animals. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2018.
Heidi now lives in Madison with her husband Robert, and their dog Oliver and cat Milo. Milo and Oliver are both rescues from the island of Anguilla in the Caribbean. Heidi is dedicated to helping animal rescue organizations, and is still involved with the Anguillian Animal Rescue Foundation, Oliver and Milo’s original shelter.
Heidi is passionate about her patients, and strives to build strong relationships with her clients. With special interests in Nutrition, Dermatology and Internal Medicine, Heidi works diligently to improve the quality of life for both the animals under her care, and their humans who love them.
In her free time, Heidi loves cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers, cooking, running, and spending time with her family.
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 in 2011.
Emilie lives in Madison with her husband, Greg, and their 2 dogs (Lucy - an Australian Shepherd and Peanut - a Papillon Mix), and 3 cats: Daphne, Baxter, and Zoe.
In her free time, Emilie enjoys downhill skiing, 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. 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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...
Wouldn’t go anywhere else! I feel surrounded by people that love animals as much as I do. Wouldn’t change a thing.
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!
Great people, great care! You've all made such a difference in my life and Abby's too. Thanks Odyssey Staff!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.