Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Northside Animal Hospital in Madison! We are pleased to provide exceptional care for your pets! Please call us at 608-204-2700 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

June L. Brooks DVM

I have wanted to be a veterinarian since before I knew the word for this profession. Now I have the best job in the world. I am a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – School of Veterinary Medicine. Before opening Northside Animal Hospital in 2006, I explored many aspects of veterinary medicine by working in small animal practice, feline practice, and emergency medicine. I am proud to call the Northside of Madison home. In my free time, I enjoy watching or attending Badger sports, traveling, gardening, painting, and spending time with my family, friends, and pets.

Dr. Ali Shreve

My first career was as an air traffic controller at Austin Straubel Airport in Green Bay, WI.  I enjoyed the mental challenge of the job immensely, but it didn’t provide any emotional fulfillment.  I began volunteering at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and subsequently obtained an individual rehabilitator’s permit.  It filled me up but I wanted to do more, so decided to pursue a new career in veterinary medicine.

I graduated from UW School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and did a year-long internship in Wildlife Conservation and Rehab Medicine at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, VA.  From there I moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL and worked at the Wildlife Care Center (now the South Florida Wildlife Center) for 2 years.  A move to the Tampa area necessitated a change to small animal medicine.  For 2 years I worked for VCA, then joined the ranks of emergency medicine for more than 8 years with BluePearl.

In late 2016 I felt the need to return home to my family in WI.  The same company that owns BluePearl also owns Banfield, where I have been since my return.  Serendipity has allowed me to come full circle and once again connect with Dr. June (and Mary)!  My first veterinary assistant job while in vet school was at the feline practice at which June was employed.  Her style of medicine and gentle demeanor made such an impression that I chose to honor her at my DVM graduation.  I am so excited to finish out my career with people who feel like family.

With regard to my own companions, I have an ever-changing number (always too many).  I am currently an all-feline household, but in the past have also had dogs, rabbits, a bird, and a tortoise.

Meg Wright-Waldschmidt DVM

Dr. Wright graduated from University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Upon graduating she started a yearlong internship at VCA Aurora and Berwyn in Illinois fine tuning her skills. After completing her internship, she practiced emergency medicine and surgery at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin for two years. She subsequently has moved into private practice for small animal medicine and surgery working part time at Wright Veterinary Service since 2012 and Northside Animal Hospital since 2016.

Dr. Wright has professional affiliations with WVMA and AVMA. She enjoys spending her time with her husband and three sons and cat, Cooper. In her free time she loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, and swimming.

Chris Schatz DVM

Dr. Schatz is a 2009 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests include internal medicine, soft-tissue and dental surgery, oncology and geriatrics, dermatology and allergies, infectious disease and molecular diagnostics, and animal communication and behavior.

In his spare time, he enjoys making and listening to music, bicycling and kayaking, cooking and home-brewing, and reading. He recently fulfilled a long-delayed goal by passing his dive certification and looks forward to future travels to faraway coral reefs. He is currently owned by one cat (with an outsized personality) named Martha—and looks forward to meeting all of your furry friends, too!

Erica Olsen DVM

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Dr. Olsen fulfilled a life-long goal of becoming a veterinarian, graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She has spent her career in private practice working with dogs and cats as well as small mammals and reptiles.

Dr. Olsen’s professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dental surgery, oncology, and wellness care. One of the best parts of her job is getting to know families and developing relationships to allow for personalized health care throughout the life of a pet. Dr. Olsen enjoys spending time with family and friends. Fuzzy members of her family include her cat, Max, and dog, Lucy.

In her free time she likes to travel, swim, waterski, garden, cook, enjoy live music, and discover new craft breweries. She looks forward to meeting the four-legged members of your family!

Mary Buchholz
Practice Manager

Mary has been at Northside since the beginning, but her current role is practice manager. She loves meeting clients and their pets. Mary lives on Madison’s beautiful Northside with two dogs and three cats. Mary’s interests and pastimes are varied and many: animals, basketry, gardening, origami, travel, and writing are just a few.


Brooke joined Northside Animal Hospital in September, 2008. She graduated from Purdue University in 2003 where she studied wildlife ecology. After college, Brooke worked in environmental education and wildlife health before transitioning to companion animal care. Brooke lives on the Northside with her husband Brendan, daughter Rowan, dog, Annie, and cat Dora. In her free time she enjoys reading and gardening.


Jen joined Northside Animal Hospital in 2009 after working in a mixed animal practice for three years. Although large animals are awesome, her heart belongs to small animals. After graduating from Knox College with a Bachelor’s degree in studio art, Jen attended MATC (Madison College) to earn her Veterinary Technician degree. She graduated in 2007 and became certified by the State of Wisconsin as a veterinary technician in the summer of 2007. Jen enjoys surgery and spending time with the animals. She lives on the Northside with pets. During her time off, she enjoys reading, being outside, yoga, and art.


Kristi first started at Northside Animal Hospital an intern in the summer of 2010, then returned as a certified veterinary technician in August, 2014. She attended SIU Carbondale University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. She then attended MATC (Madison College) and graduated from the veterinary technician program in 2011. She became licensed as a certified veterinary technician in the summer of 2011. Kristi enjoys taking care of people’s animals and helping people. She lives on the north side of Madison with her fiancé Bryan and their cats Madeline, Curly, and Lilly Bee. In her spare time Kristi enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, camping and hiking.


A graduate of Universidad de Caldas, Lorena moved to Wisconsin from Colombia in 2013 after finishing her veterinary degree to be with her husband, Ryan. She joined Northside Animal Hospital in November, 2016 and completed the VTNE to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Lorena enjoys camping and hiking with friends and her dog, Norman. She likes bike rides, dancing, and traveling. Lorena’s first language is Spanish, but she also knows English and Portuguese.


Stephanie has been working at Northside Animal Hospital since November, 2016.  She graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2004 with degree in Speech with an emphasis in Public Relations and minor in Advertising.   After graduating from Whitewater, Stephanie worked several different jobs in her field and felt like there was something else she should be doing.  She always loved animals and made the decision to start a new career.   Stephanie graduated from Globe University in March, 2014, with a degree in veterinary technology.  She became a certified veterinary technician in December, 2015. Stephanie enjoys helping educate owners on how to best care for their pets as well as meeting the clients and their furry family members.  Stephanie currently lives in Lake Mills with her two cats, Tiny and Sneakers, and her two dogs, Peanut and Cooper.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew as well as the rest of her family.  She also enjoys going to the beach, reading, traveling when possible and is a tattoo enthusiast.


I have loved animals all my life. I owned all the pocket pets when I was a kid. I’ve had dogs since I was 13 years old. I have owned and loved horses since I was young, too.

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from UW River Falls and did an internship with foaling mares in Texas during school. Once I graduated, I worked for a Foxhunting club taking care of the horses and hounds. I moved on to carpentry where I was working on getting my Journeymen’s license when the housing market crashed. I decided I needed to get back to my love. I got my Veterinary Technician degree in 2017 and I love being a tech.

I have a greyhound and an Italian greyhound right now. I also enjoy spending time with my daughter and my mom.

Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Assistant

Cindy joins Northside after 32 years in law enforcement. She graduated from University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Go Sooners! She loves animals and enjoys working with people so this is the perfect job. She lives in Madison with three dogs, two cats, and four hens.

Veterinary Assistant

Mikendra is attending South Dakota State University to major in Animal Science with a goal of becoming an Equine Veterinarian. Some of her hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, rollerblading, and best of all riding her horse, Huey, who loves to do eventing with her. Mikendra loves to be outside and work with animals.

Veterinary Assistant

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Veterinary Assistant

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Veterinary Assistant

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Client Services Specialist

Karen joined Northside Animal Hospital in October, 2016. After a ten year teaching career, she stayed at home to raise her family. Karen loves greeting the animals and their people and working with wonderful doctors and staff. She lives on the Northside with her husband, Ed, their three children, and a Sheepadoodle named Posie. Karen enjoys teaching Pilates and fitness class, hiking with her dog, music, traveling with family, and her book club.