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. DeAnne Spalla – Associate Veterinarian
Dr. DeAnne Spalla grew up in Mount Horeb, WI and obtained her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She then moved to Ames, IA and spent four years working for the USDA National Veterinary Service Laboratories. After working with numerous veterinarians, DeAnne decided to follow her childhood dream of becoming one. She obtained her doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2012.
DeAnne started her career in Veterinary medicine in Muscatine, IA. Eventually, decided to return home to the Madison area shortly after her first son was born. She has spent the last four years working at an area clinic before coming to Odyssey Veterinary Care. DeAnne lives with her husband, Mike and their two young boys. She recently had to say goodbye to her two elderly pets, a beautiful rescue feline named Elroy and her yellow lab named Tess. In her free-time, you will find DeAnne cross country skiing, hiking, camping, kayaking, and enjoying a board game with her young children.
DeAnne loves many aspects of veterinary medicine, but especially enjoys dermatology, behavior, geriatric care and preventative medicine. DeAnne is very excited connect with new clients and patients. She strives to make the clinic a positive environment for her patients, and loves it when her more timid patients eventually become excited to see her!
Dr. Toria Waldron – Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Toria Waldron grew up in northwestern Wisconsin (Rice Lake) and earned her BS in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2012. Toria spent the first 7 years of her veterinary career working at a mixed animal practice working on horses, dogs, cats, and an assortment of other animals before joining Odyssey Veterinary Care in January of 2020. In 2016, Dr. Waldron pursued advanced training at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic and is certified to provide chiropractic care (or veterinary spinal manipulation therapy) to animals and enjoys integrating this with traditional veterinary medicine.
Toria lives in McFarland with her husband Gard, son Wils, and an energetic Austrailian Shepherd named Worm. In her free time, she enjoys hiking on trails with Worm & Wils, cooking & eating out, cross country & downhill skiing, spending time outdoors, going "up north," and horseback riding.
Toria really enjoys providing primary care for veterinary patients and the variety that comes along with being the first line of care. She loves the opportunity to meet owners and follow their pets care throughout their lifetime, aiming to enrich & strengthen the animal/human bond. Her professional interests include wellness & preventative medicine, dentistry, animal behavior, and sports medicine and pain management.
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.