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Dr. Rich Weaver
Education: University of Georgia

Graduated: 1986
Interests: Avian Medicine

Dr. Rich Weaver graduated from University of Georgia, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986.  Dr. Weaver has a special interest in avian medicine and worked with Dr. T.J. LaFaber, the grandfather of Avian Medicine, since he was 14 years old.

Dr. Weaver and his wife Susan enjoy spending time with their children, Emily and Eliot.  They encourage their children's activities of horseback riding and paintball.  The Weaver family spends time with their dogs Norman and Irving, and have recently started to collect wine. When not working, Dr. Weaver enjoys Autocross through the S.C.C.A. with his family. He is also a mentor with PCA (Porsche Club of America) and Street Survival National Program for New Drivers.


Dr. Jeffrey Bitter
Education: University of Wisconsin

Graduated: 1989

Dr. Bitter is a 1989 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison and has been practicing at Bluemound Animal Hospital ever since.  He enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Bitter lives on a small farm with a menagerie of critters including horses, chickens, cats, sheep, cattle, and Horus, a lab/hound rescue from Kentucky. Dr. Bitter is a master gardener and can be found tending large flower and vegetable gardens in the summer.  He is an avid horseback rider as well as runner and cross country skier.


Dr. John Wertz
Education: University of Wisconsin

Graduated: 2001
Interests: Exotic and Avian Medicine

Dr. Wertz graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison in 2001, and has worked here at Bluemound Animal Hospital since he graduated.

Dr. Wertz lives with his wife Katie and children Kaylee and James.  They have a Russian Tortoise named Ivanna, a Chinchilla named Chico, and a Bearded Dragon named Draco. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, birdwatching, and watching football.


 Dr. Aliceon Eckerle
 Education: Ross University

 Graduated: 2011

 Dr. Aliceon Eckerle was born and raised in Waukesha. She has  always had a love for animals, and began working at a veterinary  clinic in high school and throughout college. After graduating from  UW-Parkside with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she went on to  obtain a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University. Dr.  Eckerle has developed a true interest in routine and preventative care.  She loves coming in every day to meet new patients, talk to clients,  and make our pets feel better when they are sick.

 In her free time Dr. Eckerle enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband Chris and their furry children; a Westie named Kenzie and cat named Alex.


 Dr. Erica Peck
 Education: University of Minnesota

 Graduated: 2007

 Dr. Erica Peck has been with Bluemound Animal Hospital since  2015. She grew up in western North Dakota and graduated from the  University of Minnesota with a bachelor degree in Biology in 2003.  She went on to receive a DVM degree from the University of  Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

 Dr. Peck's special interests include surgery and preventative  medicine. She is married with three children- Sebastian, Gabriella,  and Delphine, as well as three dogs, two guinea pigs, and two fish.


 Jackie Minotte

 Veterinary Assistant

 Years in Practice: 9

 The thing I love the most about this job is being a part of the  support team that  cares for critical patients.  I also love the bond  between myself and our clients and their pets.

 I have a Treeing Walker Coonhound named Gunnar, a Red Bone  Coonhound  named Rusty, three cats named Johan, Pickles  Tilly, and three ducks named  Tootsie, Ulla, and Mable.

 Outside of work I love spending time with my husband, children,  and pets.  I  also enjoy hunting, camping, and outdoor activities whenever possible.


 Gina Balistreri

 Veterinary Assistant

 Years in Practice - 4

 The thing I love most about this job is that every day is different  and exciting!

 I have a rabbit named Pepper and a Border Collie mix named George.

 Outside of work I enjoy cooking, spending time with my friends  and family, and caring for animals.


 Mike Boettcher

 Support Staff

 Years in Practice - 2

 What I love most about this job is the opportunity to care for a wide  variety of animals.

 At home I have a 6 year old Maltese mix named Molly.

 After work I enjoy watching movies, hanging out with my friends, and  watching football.


 Jena Imse
 Veterinary Technician

 Years in Practice - 3

 What I love most about this job is knowing that I am helping  animals live happy, healthy lives.

 I have a Boxer/Bloodhound mix named Roscoe, a dog named Arie, and a Guinea Pig  named Princess Gray.

 When I am not working I enjoy taking Roscoe to the dog park, and  hiking with Roscoe and my daughter Sophia.


 Ashley York
 Veterinary Technician

 Years in Practice - 2

 The thing I love most about this job is getting to work with a wide  variety of animals.

 I have a cat named Sylvester, aka "Naughty", a Pitbull named  Zander, a Guinea Pig named Amy, and a Leopard Gecko named  Spike. 

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and  crocheting.


 Megan Wilson

 Veterinary Assistant

 Years in Practice - 1

 The thing I love most about this job is being able to give back all the  love that animals have given to me.

 At home I have 3 cats, Katie, Lui, and Lucky, and an American  Eskimo Corgi mix named Max.

 When I am not working I enjoy reading, outdoor activities, playing  Minecraft, and spending time with friends and family. 


 Jennifer Haines
 Veterinary Assistant

 Years in Practice - 1

 The thing I love most about this job is seeing sick animals get  healthy and happy again.

 I have a Husky named Lola and a Lab/Cattle Dog Mix named  Roscoe, a cat named Pumpkin, and a Ball Python named Nemo.

 In my free time I like to draw, be outside, and spend time with my  friends and family.


Danielle La Vora
Office Manager
Years in Practice: 4

The thing I love most about this job is knowing I am helping to keep our clients' cherished pets healthy.

I have an Ocicat named Tonga and a Domestic Longhair named Fitz.

Outside of work I enjoy camping, carshows, astronomy, and of course spending time with my friends and family.


 Lauren Pavlic
 Support Staff

 Years In Practice: 4

 The thing I love most about this job is seeing all the different  types of  animals that come in.

 I have an orange tabby cat named Noah, and Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen, a Rhodesian Ridgeback

 Outside of work I enjoy being outside, traveling, and visiting with        friends and family. I also have a great love for sharks and the  ocean.


 Linda Martin
  Veterinary Assistant

 Years in Practice - 2

 The thing I love most about this job is being a part of a support  system that cares for the well being of so many different types of  animals.

 I have two Boxers named Jaxs and Phoenix, a Yorkie named  Romeo, and three cats, Rajai, Ryu, and Gizmo.

 Outside of work I enjoy swimming, hiking, taking walks with my  dogs,  and spending quality time with my husband and our four  children.


 Trudy
 Clinic Mascot

 Years in Practice - 2

 Hi! I'm Trudy, the mascot here at Bluemound Animal Hospital!

 I was found in a basement with my kittens, and once my babies all  found homes the wonderful staff here took me in.

 I like to hang out with everyone, even the patients! My favorite little  friends are ferrets and rats, they're so fun to watch!  I love attention from humans too, but when I am in the mood to  play, watch out; I'll run up and down the hall no matter who's in the way!