Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital

4616 Commerce Valley Road
Eau Claire, WI 54701

(715)835-0112

www.oakwoodhillsanimalhospital.com

Meet The Staff

Dr. Pam Ogden graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. After practicing for four years in southern Illinois, she moved to Eau Claire. She shares her home with her husband, two oldster cats (Oreo and Lola,) two youngster cats (Walter and Luna) and many young unnamed tropical fish. The latest addition to this previously quiet home is a young Border Terrier (Howie) that has brought most of us much joy.  The older cats are still undecided. Dr. Ogden's twenty-something aged children (Emily and Billy) no longer live at home, but will come to visit sometimes. 

Outside of the animal hospital, Dr. Ogden enjoys swimming, jogging, and snowshoeing.

 

 


Dr. Kevin Landorf graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He practiced in the Chippewa Valley for ten years in two mixed animal veterinary clinics before deciding to specialize in small animal medicine and surgery. When not working at the animal hospital, he enjoys an active life with his wife (Melissa,) daughter (Brittany,) and son (Mike.) Their Goldendoodle, Rizzo, is very much a part of this active family as well.

In his spare time, Dr. Landorf enjoys biking, tennis, household do-it-yourself projects, reading, and boating with family and friends.

 

 

Dr. Joan Schumacher graduated from the University of Minnesota - College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. She has been practicing in the Eau Claire area for over 30 years. Dr. Schumacher enjoys working with companion animals on a daily basis, providing essential care to them.

Dr. Schumacher joined the Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital staff in 2003. Her daughter, Kristen, is married and lives in Eleva. Her son, Bryan, graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May 2015. He is part of the Portage Veterinary Clinic Team. Dr. Schumacher share her home with family members that include two Golden Retrievers, Miley and Penny.

Dr. Schumacher enjoys sharing information at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital's Pets and Babies classes.  She has been involved in teaching veterinary medicine at local universities.

 

 

Dr. Todd Leavitt joined our staff in August 2010.  After graduating from University of Wisconsin - Madison College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, he completed a one-year internship with Michigan Veterinary Specialists in Detroit where he received advanced training in medicine and surgery.  

Dr. Leavitt grew up in Eau Claire and has been interested in veterinary medicine since childhood. He graduated from Memorial High School and worked at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital as a kennel attendant. He returned to our hospital as a senior in veterinary school and completed an externship here.  Since joining the staff at OHAH, he has become a partner in the ownership team.  

Dr. Leavitt enjoys life in Eau Claire with his wife and their two small children. The family shares their home with two Labradors, Wally and Echo, and one cat, Phoebe. 

 

 

Dr. Sarah Watson is a graduate of Iowa State University, located in Ames, Iowa. She joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in June, 2014.  Dr. Watson has a special interest in emergency medicine and surgery.

Dr. Watson loves animals and has a passion to learn the medical techniques associated with the veterinary field. She possesses an in-depth knowledge of the current medications and procedures applicable to improve the general health of the patients. 

Dr. Watson and her husband share their home with a Border Collie, Ty; a Honduran rescue dog, Via; and cat, Charles. Watch out for Charles…he is a cat with ATTITUDE!!!

When not at work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband being outdoors, working out, updating the recently purchased home and cooking! 

 

 

Dr. Erin Lokken joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in June of 2016.  Dr. Lokken is originally from Madelia, Minnesota.  Dr. Lokken completed her externship here at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital.  In May of 2016, Erin graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine & Teaching Hospital located in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Prior to completing her DVM degree, Erin was a member of the Class of 2011 at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She majored in Biology with a Finance minor.  Dr. Lokken has a keen interest in Emergency Medicine and surgery. Erin is a WVMA member. 

She shares her home with her two dogs, Barkley and Bailey, her husband and their daughter.  Outside of work, Erin enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 


Dr. Amanda Beyer joined our practice in July, 2018.  Dr. Beyer attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts and graduated in May of 2017.  She completed her clinical year of veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Amanda Beyer is originally from Winona, Minnesota.  Before veterinary school, Dr. Beyer attended South Dakota State University, majoring in Animal Science and she worked for a mixed animal practice in South Dakota.  Dr. Beyer has many interests in small animal medicine and especially enjoys small animal surgery and ultrasound.

She lives with her island mix dog Ducky, Bo a Labrador mix, and three cats, Gus, Cleo, and Cheeto. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spending time on the water, and working on household projects.

 

 

Dr. Margaret McDougall is a native of Eau Claire and is happy to be in the area practicing veterinary medicine. Following high school, Margaret moved to Madison where she completed a degree in biology and worked in a research laboratory at the School of Veterinary Medicine.  After completing veterinary school at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Margaret and her family moved to Eau Claire to be close to family. She has worked in the area since 2011 both in practices as well as teaching at the veterinary technology program at Globe University. She loves her days at Kindness Animal Hospital as well as her work at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital.

When she isn't working, Dr. Margaret is spending time with her husband, two daughters, a son, two dogs and a cat. She loves spending time outdoors and is in a local running group.


 IT TAKES A TEAM TO LIVE OUR MISSION

Brenda W - Office Manager

Brenda joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in December of 1996.  She performs a variety of administrative functions, working closely with Dr. Ogden as Managing Partner.  Brenda’s work includes, but is certainly not limited to, overseeing office communications, answering emails, handling office accounting needs, picking-up and delivering hospital items, and serving our clients.  Brenda greets clients of Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital by phone, in person, or through email. She assists in resolving problems or complaints raised by clients. Her work includes preparing and maintaining reports of records and other data for hospital use.  Not only does she file hospital documents, she is responsible for developing and modifying office filing practices.  Bottom-line, Brenda adapts to a fast-paced, ever-changing workload which at times can be stressful…she handles it well! 

Brenda and her husband, Rick, are the proud pet parents of several canine and feline family members. 

 

 

Missy C - Operations Manager, Certified Veterinary Technician

Like many veterinary technicians, Missy grew up dreaming of working with animals and found her way to that dream by becoming a veterinarian technician.  Since graduating with a two-year degree in veterinary technology from Madison Area Technical College in May 1998, Missy has enjoyed a varied career including work experiences at animal hospitals in Eau Claire, the Twin Cities, Missoula, MT and Madison, WI. She has furthered her experiences with volunteer opportunities and as an instructor for veterinary technician program.  

Missy joined the Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital Team in November 2011, and made a significant impact. Her leadership skills are demonstrated in inventory management, participation in AAHA re-certification, and as currently serves as Operations Manager for Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital.

Missy enjoys a fabulous family of Joe, two boys, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and two cats.   

 

 

Ted M - Human Resource Manager

Ted joined the Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital staff in 2016. He brings Human Resource, leadership, training and teaching experience to his Human Resource Manager role. Ted earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Life Science from Mount Senario College and holds a Master's degree in Education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. 

Outside of work, Ted is an avid sports fan but the Minnesota Twins are his favorite team.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends or working in his hosta garden. 

 

 

Katye Q - Certified Veterinary Technician, Certified Veterinary Technician Team Leader

Katye joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in December 2000. As nurses are to doctors, veterinary technicians are to veterinarians. They assist in treating animals, administering anesthesia, and medicating and vaccinating animals. Katye is constantly showing how much she cares for our patients and clients. Since graduating from Argosy University, working as a veterinary technician is a perfect fit for Katye. She would rather work doing something that she loves than working in an occupation that didn't suit her.

Katye loves animals. At home, she has two porch cats (Wally and Flo), two dogs (Earl and Kiko), multiple barn cats and a herd of Jersey cows. Of course, the Jerseys are the best!!! Kate farms with her husband and children. Since Katye enjoys being able to help in more ways than just petting, hugging, and feeding them (yes, even the Jersey calves), then the choice of being a vet tech was the right career choice for her.

 

 

Karrie M - Certified Veterinary Technician

Karrie has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, receiving that degree in May of 2003. Madison Area Technical College awarded Karrie an Associate of Applied Science, Veterinary Technology degree in May 2006. In addition to being a valued staff member at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital, Karrie has work experience as a veterinary technician at Lodi Veterinary Care and Grantsburg Animal Hospital.

At home, she has two dogs named Callie and Puck. Outside of work, Karrie enjoys spending time with her husband, camping, fishing, hiking, and going to dog friendly places.

 

 

Kim S - Certified Veterinary Technician

Kim's primary focus is that of surgery and emergency medicine at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital.  Caring for patients and their families is truly a blessing, there is never a day that is the same and that is why veterinary medicine is so special.

Kim's downtime consists of freelance photography, music festivals, and maintaining her own Digital Marketing business.  Kim volunteers, when needed, for local and national disasters; and she enjoys spending time with family as well as cuddling with her own pets when she has a day off.

 

 

Cindy Z - Certified Veterinary Technician

Cindy has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since 2003. She is a graduate of the veterinary technology program at Madison Area Technical College. She is a member of Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association. Cindy has assumed an increased role as a dental technician here at the hospital in addition to her responsibilities as a vet tech.  She evaluates dental health, tracks diseases, and makes note of any abnormalities in the teeth during the cleaning procedure so that this information can be saved and referenced in the future.  Cindy discusses any concerns with the veterinarians and assists them in any further treatment that might be needed.

Cindy's two boys are the joy of her life.  She loves spending time outdoors riding her four wheeler and swimming with the boys as well as going to all of their sporting events. Cindy spends time antique shopping, restoring old things and decorating. Cindy shares her home with the boys and Rico, Chihuahua; Daisy, a Bichon; and several cats and kittens.

 

 

Kristal S - Certified Veterinary Technician

Kristal has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since 2004. She graduated from North High School here in Eau Claire and the veterinary technology program at Ridgewater Technical College in Wilmar, Minnesota. Kristal is a member of National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association (WVTA).

Kristal enjoys spending time doing outdoor activities, fishing and gardening as well as bird watching.  She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family and friends. Her pets include a Pomeranian named Sampson, two cats named Gobi and Sahara and one special fish.

Kristal is a very easy going and helpful individual. She enjoys helping out at Bob's House for Dogs. Kristal is great with comforting clients at difficult times and does an amazing job of listening.

 

 

Brittney P - Certified Veterinary Technician

Brittney has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since 2012. She is a graduate of the veterinary technology program at Globe University.  Brittney participates in many Continuing Education opportunities to enhance her talents and skills.  She enjoys being a CVT, helping clients and pets as well as assisting our doctors and staff.  Brittney is most complimented at work on her surgical assistant skills.

When not traveling, Brittney enjoys running, boating and doing anything outside when the weather is warm.  When the weather is challenging, she enjoys playing board games and completing puzzles.  She is always ready to watch the Green Bay Packers!  In addition, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Brittney shares he home with her cats named Sampson and Fiona.

 

 

Christine P - Certified Veterinary Technician

Christine has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since 2014. She is a graduate of the veterinary technology program at Globe University. She has a Weimaraner named Emma.  Christine enjoys running, playing fetch with her dog, and outdoor sports.

 

 

Heather W - Certified Veterinary Technician, Marketing Coordinator

Heather has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since 2012. She has a Bachelors degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and an Associates Degree in veterinary technology from Madison Area Technical College.  Heather wears many hats at the hospital. She is active on our OHAH Marketing Team, provides support to the Pets and Babies classes, organizes 5th Monday of the Month potlucks as well as other staff activities.  She is responsible for our social media posts.  Heather is a WVTA member.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying outdoor activities like fishing, camping, and hunting. She also enjoys reading and gardening in her down time.  She is an amazing baker!

Heather lives in Thorp with her husband, two children and the newest addition to the family - Ruger, a Labrador Retriever.

 

 

Amanda S - Veterinary Assistant

Amanda has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since August 2013.   She cares for the well-being of animals coming to the hospital under the supervision of one of the veterinarians or CVTs.  Amanda demonstrates great people skills.  Amanda and her husband welcomed their first child in March of 2017.  The family shares their home with three dogs and one cat.  Amanda is also an avid horse lover.

  

 

Nikki B - Certified Veterinary Technician

Nikki joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in October of 2017.  She graduated with her Associate Degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Globe University in 2014.  Nikki spent three years at an emergency and referral veterinary hospital in the Twin Cities before moving back to Eau Claire.  Her professional interests include preventative care, pain management, and emergency/critical care.

Nikki shares home with her husband, son and daughter, their two Bloodhounds, Flip and Hugo, and a cat named Macaroni.  When she isn't busy with family, you will find Nikki casting a line attempting to catch a Northern Pike.

 

Nicole K - Certified Veterinary Technician

Nicole joined both Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital and Kindness Animal Hospital in June of 2018. Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in biology and chemistry. She went on for further education and is a graduate of the Veterinary Technician Program at Madison Area Technical College (MATC). Nicole is a member of WVTA.

Nicole shares home with her husband and two cute cats, Chloe (the most perfect angel fluffy black cat) and Rudy (a handsome 4-year-old tabby). In addition to her affection and attention for her cats, she is obsessed with television shows, movies and books. Nicole enjoys cooking!

At work, Nicole is recognized for her positive attitude and friendly personality. Nicole is known for singing non-stop at work…LIFE IS A SONG!

 

Amanda A - Certified Veterinary Technician

A graduate of Trident Technical College with an Associates of Applied Science degree and a certified veterinary technician, Amanda moved back to the Midwest in May of 2018 from South Carolina. Amanda remains a member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians.

Growing up on a farm in rural Illinois, she developed a love for small and large animals especially dogs, cats, fish, sheep and goats. Amanda joined our Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital staff in June of 2018 and goes the extra mile to provide great animal care. She enjoys client education whether it is the very first puppy or kitten visit or a later in life appointment. Amanda enjoys helping owners understand their pet’s health needs.

When not at work, Amanda enjoys reading, kayaking, and spending time with her husband and their dog, Lily.

 

 

Pamela G - Certified Veterinary Technician

Pamela joined the Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital family in August of 2018.  She has an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology from the Minnesota School of Business.  Before joining Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital, Pamela was completing medical research as a surgical technician at American Preclinical Services.  Prior work experiences included opportunities at Monticello Pet Hospital and Pet Central Animal Hospital as a CVT. 

We thank Pamela for her service to the country as she is active in the reserves.

Jared S – Certified Veterinary Technician

Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital welcomed Jared S as a Certified Veterinary Technician in November of 2019.  Jared has years of experience in the animal world working primarily in emergency medicine in clinics in Texas and Minnesota before his return “home” to Wisconsin.  His work experience began in Chippewa Falls at Irvine Park Zoo as a zookeeper and veterinary assistant.

Not only is Jared a Certified Veterinary Technician, he is also a Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist.  He is currently enrolled online at Texas State University – Sul Ross State in Alpine, Texas, working on a Master of Science degree.

Jared lives on a hobby farm in Chippewa County and loves his dog, Chip.  In addition to a variety of farm animals, Jared has rabbits and two cats, Jordie and Kalipso, that bring daily joy.


Melissa P - Certified Veterinary Technician

Melissa joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in July 2018. She graduated with an Associates of Applied Science – Veterinary Technology from Broadview University. Melissa has experience working at other veterinary clinics in the Chetek and Rice Lake area.

Melissa shares home with two dogs, Ophelia and Roman, and two cats, Queso and Catrick.

Katie C - Certified Veterinary Technician

Katie joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in August of 2020.  She was Lead Technician at a veterinary clinic in Iowa and a Certified Veterinary Technician at the Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities.  Katie attended Chippewa Valley Technical College and graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Broadview University in LaCrosse.  Katie brings a passion for providing the best veterinary care possible with a focus on emergency situations.

Katie loves animals.  She shares her home with two canine family members, Tucker and Kavik.  Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with her fiance, and spoiling her dogs.

Sarah H - Certified Veterinary Technician, Client Service Representative Team Leader

Sarah has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since 2014. She graduated from the veterinary technology program at Globe University. Sarah selected this career because she knew she would be caring for sick or injured animals as well as working helping them to lead better lives.  Sarah handles the food inventory and ordering for the hospital.  

Sarah has a Great Dane named Isis. Sarah spends her free time quilting, gardening, playing volleyball, and doing outdoor activities.

 

 

Nancy C - Client Service Representative

Nancy has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since 2015 as part of the CSR Team and she assumed the Team Leader role in July of 2018.  Nancy has a number of responsibilities at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital.  Sending sympathy messages to pet parents at the time of their loss is one of the most important functions.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Tony.  Together, they are the parents of three children and grandparents to two amazing and wonderful grandchildren.  At home, Nancy enjoys her playful and loving Bichon Frise mix, Fergie, a Chinese Crested named Tibet and a clutch of chickens too numerous to name.  In addition, Oakley and Kittywompass are house cats. 

Nancy loves spending time with her family and friends at our cabin, kayaking, watching movies and listening to music.  She makes certain to find time to scrapbook, a favorite hobby, along with traveling with her grandkids.

 

 

Becky C - Certified Veterinary Technician/Client Service Representative

Becky has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since 2006. She is a graduate of Argosy University with an Associate of Applied Science degree.  She takes pride in treating every patient as she would treat her own pets.  Becky is complimented on her compassionate attitude and helpfulness.  In her role at the hospital, she listens and responds to clients' needs and concerns.  She is an amazing team member.

Becky shares home with her husband, two children and three cats named Wanda, Cupcake and Ninja.  During the summer months, Becky enjoys landscaping.  She takes great pride in how her home looks both on the outside and inside.  She is busy in her spare time with her family at home but she does enjoy going out to the movies or eating out.


Hagen M - Client Service Representative/Technician Assistant

Hagen joined the Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital staff in December of 2019. Prior to joining our team, Hagen worked for several years at the Chippewa Humane Association as an Adoption Coordinator and Animal Caretaker. He loves animals. Hagen shares his home with four cats and a dog.

Emma S - Client Service Representative

Emma joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in March of 2020.  She had previously worked as a shift leader at Culver's and at Menard's completing data entry.  Emma loves cats.  She shares her home with two cats, Cecil and Otis.

Kayla O - Client Service Representative

In April of 2020, Kayla joined the Client Service Representative Team at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital.  She has several years of customer service experience including working at one of the area veterinary hospitals.  Kayla shares her home with her husband and their dog, Ruger.

Haley M - Client Service Representative

Haley joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in August, 2020.  Before joining our staff, Haley worked for several years in the human health field.  Haley shares her home with her significant other and their son.  The family has two dogs, Josie and Nelly, and two cats, Auggie and Daphne.

Outside of work, Haley enjoys baking, do-it-yourself decorating, and eating out.  Fall is her favorite season.

Makenna S - Client Service Representative

In August of 2020, Makenna joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital.  Makenna has client service experience with area employers in the Chippewa Valley.  Outside of work, Makenna enjoys spoiling her cats.

Mackenzie P - Animal Caregiver Team Leader/Technician Assistant

Mackenzie returned to Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in October 2019 as ACG Team Leader.  She worked as ACG member and Team Leader at the hospital until October of 2016, when she accepted a position with Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.

Mackenzie is a pet lover sharing her home with her husband as well as two dogs, Molly and Blackie, and three cats.

Mikayla M – Animal Caregiver/Technician Assistant

Mikayla joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in June, 2019.  After graduating from Fall Creek High School, she is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, majoring in Animal Science – Management with an emphasis in companion animals.  In the past, Mikayla has volunteered at the Eau Claire County Humane Association.

Mikayla is pictured with her pets.

Melissa P – Senior Animal Caregiver/Ultrasound Assistant

In March of 2019, Melissa joined the Animal Caregiver Team at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital. Melissa is a graduate of North High School in Eau Claire and has completed coursework at Globe University and Argosy.

Melissa has work experience as a food delivery driver, working as a caretaker with special needs adults, and kennel staff work. Melissa is a pet lover.

 
Gabriela F – Animal Caregiver/Technician Assistant

Gabriela joined the staff of Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in January of 2020. She is currently attending Penn Foster College online with the goal of becoming a veterinary technician. Prior to joining of staff, Gabriela worked as the Eau Claire County Humane Association as an Animal Caretaker and at a couple of area retailers.

Gabriela is pictured with Emme, her Chihuahua mix and her best friend.


Abby A – Animal Caregiver/Technician Assistant

Abby joined Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in July of 2020.  Abby loves animals having several pets of her own.  She has animal caretaker experience working at both humane associations in Chippewa and Eau Claire County.

Erika K – Animal Caregiver/Technician Assistant

Erika joined the staff of Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital in August of 2020.  Not only does she enjoy taking care of her horse, Erika has several cats and a dog that share the family home. 

Ray R - Maintenance

Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital is so appreciative of having Ray as our “maintenance man.” Ray has been with Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital since 1988. He works Sunday – Friday each week.

When not at work, Ray is out on his bike or chasing golf balls most often at Hickory Hills Golf Course. He helps out his neighbors mowing lawn, raking leaves, or other various yard work activities.