I have been in the veterinary field since 2004, and graduated from Horizon School of Veterinary Assisting in 2005. In 2009 I decided I wanted to become a Certified Veterinary Technician and passed the NAVTA licensing exam that January. I have dabbled in most areas of veterinary medicine from emergency, to surgical/anesthetic technician, to general practice and canine rehabilitation. In 2013 I became the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association’s Vet Tech of the year. I am excited to be working for Dr. Sarah at True Veterinary Care and look forward to keeping all our patients healthy! I am hoping to attend courses at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. When I am not at work I love to spend time with my hubsters, Matt; my pups, Cosworth and Vettel; and my cats, Turbo and Fergie. Most summer weekends you can find us all (minus the cats) at the racetrack watching Matt race his fox body Mustang. I have also recently discovered my love of the outdoors.
Interesting fact: I am my husband’s pit crew for races, I can change a tire, check oil/change oil, and hand pump gas.
I graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Biological Sciences in 1995, and UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Since becoming a veterinarian I have worked with sheep, alpacas, cows, horses, goats, pigs, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, field mice (!), dogs and cats. It was with a fair bit of remorse that I eventually decided it was best to focus my efforts on a couple of species rather than a gaggle, and I have been seeing mainly canines and felines since 2008. True Veterinary Care is a dream come true and wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my husband and the support of family and friends. In my past life I enjoyed racing my bicycle and hope to someday dust the cobwebs off for at least a spin around the rural block that we live on. In the meantime, I have a super time playing tag in the backyard with my daughter, Waverly (10) and son, Walter (5). Our animal family members include our black labrador Malcolm, and Cairn/Westie terrier mix, Mr. Buns. I am excited to work with my clients’ animals both old and new, and am committed to treating people with respect and honesty.
Interesting fact: I have matched 3 people on the National Marrow Donor Registry and have donated bone marrow once and stem cells twice. Visit http://bethematch.org/Home.aspx to find out more about becoming a donor.
Sarah Kalstrup DVM
Nicki Haushalter CVT
I graduated from UW-Madison in 2012 with a degree in animal science. Since then, I've worked at a veterinary clinic, a dog daycare/training center, and a weight loss center. I have special interest in animal behavior and training. In my free time, I enjoy horseback riding, playing with my furbaby Walter, running, playing tennis, and spending time with family. I just celebrated my first year anniversary working at True Veterinary Care!
Mariah Bayer VA
I have worked in veterinary clinics since 2006--starting in customer service and then migrating into helping with odd jobs all over the hospital. In February, 2015 I completed a program from VetMedTeam, for my certificate as a veterinary assistant. People who know me consider me an organizer extrordanaire. I enjoy meeting and talking with new people as well as their furry family members. My husband and I love spending time with our son, Emmit(1). I have a miniature rex rabbit, Felt.
Interesting Fact: In my childhood, I traveled to Jamaica seven times!
Kayla Hauser VT
I’ve worked in the veterinary field since 2015. I have worked my way up from kennel attendant to veterinary assistant to veterinary technician. I graduated from the veterinary technology program at Globe University of La Crosse in June of 2016 with my associates in veterinary technology. I am excited and eager to learn from Dr. Sarah and the amazing team at True Veterinary Care as well as meet and care for all of our clients and patients to our best ability and the highest of standards. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, and spending quality time with my fiance Jamie, our two dogs Ice and Zara, and our cat Nazzy.
Interesting Fact: My fiance and I have a bucket list of national parks we’re in the process of crossing off. So far we have been to the Great Smoky Mountains, Zion, and the Grand Canyon. This year we’re planning to cross off Death Valley, Sequoia, and Redwood National Park.
I started in the animal field in 2010 as a kennel assistant at a doggie daycare/boarding facility. A few years later an opportunity came about to become a veterinary assistant and during that time I went to school to become a certified veterinary technician. I graduated from the Madison College Veterinary Technician program in May 2016. I'm interested in animal behavior and training. I have a Boxer/Australian Shepherd mix named Makwa. I love canoeing, hiking and camping with my boyfriend and Makwa. We are slowly accomplishing visiting all 50 states along with National Parks and Wisconsin's State Parks. My hobbies include training in martial arts, reading, and playing on a kickball league.
Interesting fact: I have been skydiving five times. It's so much fun being able to do front or back flips out of the plane. I love the free falling feeling when going 120 mph in the open sky.
I have been in the veterinary field since 2006 when I started as a veterinary assistant at the UC Davis Vet Med Teaching Hospital in their Large Animal ICU. In 2009, I graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. From there I worked in small animal emergency, as a floor/emergency tech at a specialty clinic and in general practice. In 2014, I completed Platt College’s Veterinary Technology Alternate Route program and sat (and passed!) the national and state boards to become a registered veterinary technician. I have experience with horses, dogs, cats, pocket pets, reptiles and birds! I have had the opportunity to take on every task in the veterinary field from assistant to office manager and still continue to learn! We moved to Wisconsin in February of 2017, I sat for the state boards and am a certified veterinary technician. I am living happily ever after with my husband Donald, daughter Kiera (2), our yellow lab McGee and two fat house cats Sebastian and Jerry. You can usually find us all in a bowling alley once the leagues starts back up!
Interesting fact: I have had the (unfortunate) experiences of many natural disasters – wild fires, stranded in the middle of a flooded river and earthquakes in CA (including the Big One in Northridge in 1994), tornadoes in MN and a tsunami warning in HI (thankfully it turned out to be just large surf!). Mother Nature keeps me on my toes!
Lyssi Urso CVT
Kaitlin Benner CVT
Originally from South Carolina, I am a southern girl at heart but I love living in Wisconsin. I met my husband Jason while in vet school at Cornell University. We got married in 2005 right after graduation. We lived in New York for two years then moved back to South Carolina.
Epic Systems brought us to Madison in April 2013. I am a proud mama to two beautiful children. Isaac entered the world with full force in the cold winter of 2014. He is my strong-willed, passionate extrovert. Alice blessed us with her presence in fall of 2015. She was diagnosed with 1p36 deletion syndrome and we entered the crazy world of special needs parenting. After two open-heart surgeries and lots of therapy, she continues to amaze us with her development everyday. I have always been in small animal practice and cats are my passion. I love to partner with my clients to provide the best care for their pets. I am excited about joining the team at True Veterinary Care!
Interesting fact: I love to sing! In college I went to Italy on a choir tour and got to sing in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Sallie Bode DVM
I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician since graduating from Madison College in 2014. I have loved and lived with animals my whole life. My absolutely favorite "job" as a child was taking care of kittens born at the farm. I find my career in veterinary medicine exciting and fulfilling and am so happy to be joining the True Veterinary team! I am a Wisconsin woman born and raised and currently live in Madison with my husband Jeff, our cats Aoife and Stella, and our dogs Shammi and Hops. Shammi and I have enjoyed learning agility together, and both dogs love going hiking on many of the beautiful trails around the area. I spend as much time as I can outside (any season but winter) and often travel to art fairs, folk festivals, and music and theater events around the state.
Interesting fact: My first career was as a high school English teacher. I bump into my former students all the time!
Elycia Degenhardt CVT