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 VTNE 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, Fergie, and Chuck. 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. I was a dairy and small animal vet for 3 years, an ER vet for 1.5 years and have worked as a general practitioner for dogs and cats since 2009 . True Veterinary Care (opened 2013) is a dream come true and wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my husband, Tom, and the support of family and friends. In my past life I enjoyed racing my bicycle and look forward to finding more time to ride. In the meantime, I enjoy being outdoors with Tom, my daughter Waverly (12), son Walter (7), 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
Becky Wachniak CSR
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 second year anniversary working at True Veterinary Care!
Interesting Fact: I'm training my cat as a hunter jumper.
Annie Sokovich CVT
I started out working as a Veterinary Assistant in 2014 while attending Globe University. I graduated with an Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in 2015, followed by passing the VTNE exam to earn my certification as a technician. I am so honored to work with the True Vet Care team and feel grateful I am able to help care for animals all day. I have two cats named Nina and Gustav and a lab/hound mix named Ritz. When I’m not at work I love exploring new places! My husband, Danny, and I often travel on weekends to different towns and stay in bed and breakfasts. I also love being by Lake Superior and finding new places to hike.
Interesting fact: I have a sword collection in my library room from various books I’ve read. I am hoping to get Excalibur (King Arthur’s sword) next!
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 Zara and Wrigley, 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. In 2013 I had the opportunity 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 with an Associates Degree in Applied Animal Science in May 2016. I'm interested in animal behavior and nutrition. I live with my fiancé, Connor, and our Boxer/Australian Shepherd mix, Makwa. Connor and I love to take Makwa hiking, canoeing and traveling. Makwa and I partake in different training classes to learn new tricks and do agility. In my free time, I train in martial arts, do yoga and play on an adult kickball team.
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.
Lyssi Urso CVT
Tom Kalstrup, Owner, Office Manager
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Animal Science in 2011. I then completed my Master’s degree in Animal Science with an emphasis on bacteriology studying Salmonella in 2012. I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. I was born and raised in northern Wisconsin and knew that after veterinary school I would come back to the Madison area to be with my fiancé (Newly Married!..as of Sept I'm now Jackie Forcey). Prior to vet school I worked as a veterinary assistant at several clinics. In my free time I love to be by the water. I love to water ski, swim, sail (I was part of UW-Madison Hoofer’s in undergrad), kayak, and paddle board. Our dogs PT (American Bulldog) and Lona (yellow labrador) come paddle boarding with us whenever they can. I also used to play ultimate Frisbee with MUFA of Madison. I am so excited to join Dr. Sarah and the True Veterinary Care Team!
Interesting facts: I was in the magazine Entertainment Weekly for the release of the 6th Harry Potter book. I have donated over 2 gallons of blood, and donate as often as I can.
Jaclyn Forcey 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 a member of 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: Interesting fact: I love to cook and bake! I belong to a global food club and often challenge myself with new recipes.
Elycia Degenhardt CVT
I received my degree in computer science from Loyola University in Chicago. I began a career working on children's educational software while also racing road and mountain bikes professionally. Due to the nomadic lifestyle of racing I had to leave the computer world and take what I thought was a temporary job as a personal trainer. I am still at it 20 years later, but have begun the transition to the next chapter in my life as a business owner, and office manager. Sarah and I have enjoyed the journey of starting True Veterinary Care. We believe in hard work, loyalty, open communication, and treating people and animals with respect. Outside of work I enjoy tending to our 20 acres of prairie flowers and grasses, retriever training, annual hunting trips to South Dakota and Idaho, and doing new things with our kids.
Interesting fact: I have been told by numerous people that I should do voice-over work or have a radio show.
I graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Media Studies (Public Relations) in May 2016. After realizing I didn’t want a typical behind the desk job, I became a receptionist at a veterinary clinic and fell in love with the world of veterinary medicine. I’m currently enrolled in an online program training as a veterinary assistant and after I get married in 2020 I will be heading back to school to become a certified veterinary technician.
Interesting fact: I cross-stitch in my free time and love traveling. My picture is of last year when my fiancé and I went on a cruise to the Panama Canal with his parents. We stopped in Mexico and went on a tequila tasting.
Brittany Schmidt, VA and CSR