Meet Our Veterinary
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Certified Veterinary Technician (CVTs)
Jeana graduated from Madison College in May 2012. Odyssey was her first job out of Vet Tech school and she’s been here ever since! Jeana lives with her husband David along with their variety of critters. They have 2 cats (Sabrina and Jade) and Gizmo the bearded dragon. Jeana has loved animals since before she can remember. Her favorite part of working in the veterinary profession is seeing the incredible bond between the pets and their owners along with forming a connection with all the pets in clinic. In her free time Jeana loves to garden, swim, go for bike rides, and most of all spend quality time with her family and friends.
Sarah graduated from Madison College in 2014 and has been helping many different animals, big and small, as a Certified Veterinary Technician since then. She lives with her well-loved (but naughty!) little orange kitty, Milo, that keeps her on her toes. Sarah joined the team working at Odyssey in the fall of 2018. Her love for animals started at a very young age and she knew this was always what she wanted to do, especially after caring for her previous 18 year old cat during school. Her favorite part of working in the veterinary profession is helping animals when they are sick, as well as making strong relationships with the clients and patients throughout the years. She is a sucker for Golden Retrievers and will be the first to jump for cuddles and kisses, as she has grown up with 4 of her own over the years. In her free time, Sarah likes to spend quality time with friends and family, especially at the lake kayaking and hiking, camping, crafting, and of course cuddling with her cat during the cold weather.
Felishia graduated from Madison college and received her technicians license in 2017. She started working part time with Odyssey Vet Care in the spring of 2017 and now works as a full time CVT at Odyssey . Currently she is living in Madison with her calico cat Emelia. Emelia was found abandoned at a truck stop and was taken to a local clinic where Felishia adopted her. She also adopted Lily, an Oriental shorthair who was surrendered at a local emergency clinic. In her spare time, she also breeds and shows polish rabbits. She has been a part of 4-H and showing rabbits at a state and national level since 2008. One day she would like to get her judging license as well. Felishia’s favorite part of working at Odyssey is the relationships she builds with our clients and patients. She enjoys working with a group that feels like one giant family and share a passion for their jobs and providing the best quality of care possible.
Kaitlyn graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Madison College in 2017 and in 2018 earned her degree in Animal Science from UW-Platteville. She grew up with two silky terriers, so she has a soft spot for that trademark terrier personality. Kaitlyn’s favorite part of her job is helping pets get back to being healthy and happy. When not at work, she enjoys crocheting, embroidery, and catching up on the latest superhero movies.
Sara lives with her partner Tyler and adorable corgi named Pants. She has been working at Odyssey since April 2017 and have been loving every minute. She enjoys being able to see the bond that owners have with their pet and loves seeing/hearing how they talk about their fur babies. When she is not at work, Sara likes to spend time outside hiking, camping and kayaking and any free Saturday you can find her at the local farmers market. She is also a huge fan of UW Badger volleyball and spends a lot of time in the Fall at the field house. Sara’s spirit animal is a West Indian Manatee because they have no natural predators and she likes those odds!
Monica earned her Certified Veterinary Technician degree from MATC in 2004. She has loved animals for as long as she can remember and grew up with plenty animal interaction while helping out on relatives dairy farms. She recalls being the only 7 year-old who would willingly wake up at 5 AM so she could help milk the cows and feed the calves.
Monica currently lives in Belleville with her husband Duane, their 6 year old daughter Isabell and 3 year old son Wyatt. Currently their fur children consist of a cat named Benelli who she adopted from the Technician Program at MATC, and a 26-year-old Quarter Horse named Andy who is boarded at a stable near home so she can visit him often. Monica got Andy when he was just 6-years-old and he is now becoming the kids first horse (which of course mom is thrilled about!!) Monica also enjoys camping and spending time outdoors. Monica’s husband Duane is an active member of the Belleville Volunteer Fire Department where she also helps with numerous activities/fund raisers.
Her favorite part of being a CVT is improving the quality of our pets’ lives through educating clients which strengthens the bond they share with their owners. She really enjoys seeing clients come in with a new puppy/kitten and to see them grow up over the years and develop their own personalities and quirks.
Betsy attended Madison Area Technical College and earned her Associate Degree in 1985. She has worked in this career for over 30 years, and 24 of those years have been with Dr. Elizabeth Stokes. She is licensed as a Certified Veterinary Technician, is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association (WVTA), and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in North America (NAVTA). Betsy enjoys working with both dogs and cats. Her favorite part of working as a vet tech is interacting with clients and talking about the special relationships they have with their animals.
Raquel lives with her cat Milia and older sister Eunice. She moved to Madison 6 years ago to attend Madison College. She has been working at Odyssey since September 2016. Raquel is also the go to technician that helps translate for Spanish speakers. Her favorite part about her job is watching our patients’ personalities grow and behavior change for the better! When she is not working, she enjoys shooting archery, playing basketball, kayaking on the lake, hiking, and spending time with family.
Emily graduated from UW-Madison in 2007 with degrees in Psychology and Spanish. When the Practice Manager position at Odyssey became available, Emily knew it would be the perfect opportunity for her to develop her HR and business skills while working in a setting that would still allow her plenty of kitty and puppy interaction.
Emily currently lives in Fitchburg with her husband Sean and their two "spirited” daughters, Riley and Celeste aka Cece. They also have another little one due to arrive in March of 2019. While away from Odyssey, Emily and her husband stay very busy keeping up with all of the girl’s activities including hockey, swimming, dance, art, summer sports, and travel whenever time allows.
Her favorite part of working at Odyssey is hearing (and sometimes reading online) the wonderful things clients have to say about their experiences at Odyssey. Emily feels that being able to improve the lives our fur-family and therefor the lives of our clients is reason enough to go to work each day. As the business person at Odyssey, she also really likes finding ways to improve behind the scenes processes such as upgrading technology and the way we communicate with clients.
Sydney is currently a student in the veterinary technician program at Madison College. She has been at Odyssey since September of 2018. She lives with her husband Kris and their two dogs, Jax and Lady. The things Sydney loves most about her job are, meeting all the fun and quirky animals that come in and getting to see the amazing bond people share with their pets. In her spare time, Sydney likes hiking and going on spontaneous adventures with Kris and their fur babies.
Shelley joined the Odyssey team in 2009. She feels fortunate to have grown up in a home where pets were always treated like members of the family and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t passionate about animals and their care. She has been a "sister" to many beloved cats, dogs, rodents, and fish over the years.
She’s now honored to be a "mom" to a pair of cuddly, goofy, and gentle cats, Kitty Kitty and Cricket, who are kind enough to share their east-side home with her.
She loves being able to work with so many of Madison's special four-legged companions among a devoted team of people at Odyssey who are dedicated to providing a high level of care. She has a special interest in learning about and utilizing techniques make each patient’s visit to the clinic as positive and stress-free as possible. Though one of the harder parts of the job, she finds that helping clients and patients navigate through the difficult end-of-life process an important and rewarding part of what she does.
When she's not at work Shelley can often be found on a hiking trail, making art, attending a concert, reading, or volunteering as an ESL tutor.
Sam lives with her husband Ian, daughter Alice, and her two cats, Madison (Maddie) and Kiara. She has been working at Odyssey since 2006 and absolutely loves everything about her job – our patients, our clients and the entire Odyssey staff. Although she loves all of the patients, she does have a soft spot for cranky kitties and Beagles. When she is not working, her family loves to be outside – go on walks, take Alice to the playground or splash pad, and go to the zoo. When she can find a little time to herself, Sam likes to read.
Lauren lives with her husband, Cale, their rescue pittie Milli, adopted cats Beefus and Earl and their greenhouse rescue lizard Christopher Tracy and her buddy Tabitha. Lauren has been working at Odyssey since 2012. Her favorite part of the job is to see rescue animals come in with new amazing homes where they are loved unconditionally. Lauren was lucky enough to live with all kinds of animals growing up with horses, cats, dogs, gerbils, fish and ferrets and whatever her brother caught outside in Georgia (snakes, turtles, and lizards). Lauren loves pitties and used to foster them in Georgia her home state. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with the dog, mini road trips and snuggling on the couch with all the animals. Lauren believes soul mates can come in animal form as well.
Chelsea was scooped up by the Odyssey family in February of 2014. She had been working at a local restaurant when Emily offered her a job due to her bubbly personality and shining smile. Chelsea currently lives in Madison with her adorable tuxedo kitty aptly named Pandora and an orange and white long hair kitty named James T. Kirk (called Jim), and her very grumpy hedgehog Mokey Fraggle. Pandora is a very sweet girl who loves belly rubs! Jim is a snuggle-bug but also has a mischievous streak. He just loves getting in trouble... and the ladies! Chelsea actually raised Mokey from a tiny baby due to her mother rejecting her.
Having been born with a cat in her cradle, as she likes to put it, has allowed Chelsea to enjoy animals from infancy. She had quite the menagerie of pets growing up - cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, gerbils, a rabbit and even chickens. Chelsea lived in the country through her childhood and her next door neighbors were some very sweet cows who loved to accept grass treats from her and her three younger brothers. Chelsea enjoys reading science fiction/fantasy novels, watching movies from the same genre, reading comic books, and going on walks in the green spaces around the Madison area. She loves to draw and paint, write, go to karaoke with friends, and of course cuddle with her kitties.
Chelsea feels that she has been very fortunate to have become a part of the Odyssey team. "I could never imagine a day in my life without an animal in it. They have always been there for me and I think I am the luckiest duck to have found myself in a position where I can be there for them."
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.