Committed to the Cause



This past June 2019, I attended my UW-VMTH 20 year Alumni Class Reunion and it afforded me time to reflect on how much I have grown and my vocation has advanced. I have been living and working in and around the big city of Madison for the past 25 years after moving from my small college hometown of Platteville, where my parents presently reside. Proudly, I have enjoyed expanding my clinical practice career with 11 dedicated years at Healthy Pet Veterinary Clinic where I get to treat a variety of patients and meet their unique humans. My husband, Aaron Patterson and I have been married for 16 years and we love adventuring around Madison; as well as traveling abroad: castle tour thru several countries in Europe, visited Machu Picchu, traversed up Mt. Kilimanjaro, biked around Spain, and hiked to Everest base camp in Nepal!  We are both very passionate in environmental conservation and reducing our carbon footprint and love our electric vehicles!  I enjoy trail running and skijoring with my standard poodle “Rogue”, scenic bike rides on the backroads of WI and hiking our many hidden gems.


Secretary/Treasurer (2019, 2020)

MaraLee is the Outreach Director for Edinger Surgical Options, and the landscape architect of MaraLee Olson Design Studio. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Environmental Design (1996) and a Master of Landscape Architecture (1998). She is a licensed landscape architect in the State of Wisconsin and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. MaraLee lives in Madison with her husband, David Edinger, and his dog, Quigley. She enjoys training and competing in the Wisconsin & Illinois hunter/jumper circuit with her horse, Leo, an exuberant jumper and uniquely-spotted Thoroughbred.


Continuing Education Officer

Dr. Jennifer Steele is a small animal internist in practice at Madison Veterinary Specialists.  Prior to returning to clinical practice, she worked at IDEXX Laboratories as an Internal Medicine consultant for over 13 years.  She obtained her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and then completed a one-year internship at the University of Minnesota.  After a short time in general practice in Kenosha, WI, Dr. Steele completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at UW-Madison from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Steele has loved the opportunity to return to clinical practice and is excited to help share knowledge among colleagues as the DCVMA Continuing Education officer.


Events Officer, 2019, 2020
Past president, 2015, 2016

Kai Shiu is a veterinary oncologist at VCA Middleton and VCA Madison where he has been practicing since 2010.  Kai has been very involved in the DCVMA since restarting the organization in 2014 and strongly believes that the organization plays a vital role in the support of our profession both professionally and socially.


Chair, Fall CE Symposium Committee,
Past President (2018, 2019)

Kristine Collins is a small animal veterinarian at Sauk Point Veterinary Clinic on Madison's West side.  She graduated from UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She worked at Surgical Options, LLC as an intern for 1 year.  She spent eight years as an associate at Country View Veterinary in Oregon.  She now owns Sauk Point Veterinary Clinic in Madison.  She enjoys volunteering for Oregon Rotary, camping, reading, and sailing.  She lives in Oregon with her husband Dave and their rescue cats.



Bo Hilst, dachshund, loved by Katie Hilst, DVM.

Katie is the founder and co-owner of Journeys Home Pet Euthanasia. She has been practicing in the area since her graduation from UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. When she isn't chasing Bo, she enjoys hiking, running, and drinking wine with her husband while walking on the shores of Lake Superior. 



Hi, I’m Dr. Sue Roberts. I am a 1999 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. I have served on the DCVMA executive board in the past, my first term was 17 years ago. There have been so many changes in our profession and within this organization in that time. I have been honored to be a part of these changes and am excited to serve as an at large member to continue the wonderful work of the DCVMA. I have a super supportive husband and 2 teenage kids. We share our lives with a 3-legged dog named Tripp and 3 cats. I am an avid triathlete and will be training to complete in my 2nd Wisconsin Ironman in September.



Laura Purdy is co-owner of Journeys Home Pet Euthanasia.  She graduated from UW School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.  Laura is passionate about helping pets and families at end of life, and completed a certificate in Hospice and Palliative Care with the International Association of Animal Hospice & Palliative Care (IAAHPC) in 2018.  She currently lives in Waunakee with her husband, golden retriever Cricket, two cats, seven goats, and fifteen chickens.


WVMA President 2020

Ann is the current president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.  She has worked  in companion animal private practice in Middleton since graduation nearly 30 years ago.  She has been involved in organized veterinary medicine on the local, state and national level ever since joining the ranks of veterinary professionals.  She spent an 8 year term on the national level as alternate delegate and then delegate in the AVMA House of Delegates and now looks forward to working more closely with veterinarians in Wisconsin.  She is the proud mother of 2 wonderful children and an assortment of dogs and cats.



Dawn is a small animal holistic veterinarian who graduated from the UW-SVM in 1990. She is certified in acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and veterinary spinal manipulative therapy through the Healing Oasis Wellness Center. Dawn opened harmonyVet Acupuncture & Spine Care in 2012 and retired at the end of 2019. She plans to spend her free time in outdoor activities such as skiing, sailing, gardening and camping.


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