East Towne Veterinary Clinic's Dedicated Team
Our dedicated team of veterinary and support professionals is devoted to our clients and the health and wellbeing of their beloved pets.
Julie — Hospital Manager
Julie started with us in December of 1993. She left for a little while in 2008 because she returned to school to become a Certified Medical Assistant. Although she is a CMA, she continues to call East Towne Veterinary Clinic her home. In January 2017, she took on a new role as Hospital Manager.
Julie is a huge advocate for pet insurance. It breaks her heart to hear someone say they cannot afford to pursue a treatment for the pet they love due to finances, and knows that it breaks their hearts, too. In many cases, pet insurance can take the financial aspect out of the decision-making process when determining what course of action to take with a sick or injured pet.
Julie has been married to her husband Mike since 1990, and they have two incredible children – Emma (21) and Adam (18). She had an amazing lab until he became sick, and they lost him in 2019. Sport lived to be 13 because of the amazing care of the East Towne Doctors. They now have a "foster failure" yorkie mix Benson. Julie and her family fostered him in October of 2017, and he stole their hearts pretty quickly.
Matt — Client Care Specialist
Matt started as a Pet Care Attendant in August of 2003. He went to college at Cardinal Stritch University with the intention of becoming a veterinarian, but discovered the heavy emphasis on math and science classes wasn't a good fit. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in communications. In September of 2011, he moved to his current position as a Client Care Specialist. He also assists in IT/computer maintenance and helps out in lodging occasionally if needed.
In his spare time, Matt's biggest passion is music. He enjoys collecting music on vinyl, and is always putting together new playlists which you will likely hear playing in the lobby here at East Towne. He also loves cars, and will do his best to convince everyone he meets to buy a Honda!
He does not currently have any pets of his own, but hopes to have three Labs (one yellow, one chocolate and one black), as well as a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel someday.
Robin — Client Care Specialist
Originally from Cedarburg, WI, Robin graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay with a major in Animal Biology and a minor in Human Biology. She went into college with the mind set to become a veterinarian. That all changed when she discovered her love for wildlife rehabilitation in an internship and during classes.
After college, Robin had three internships all in the past two years dealing with wild animals. One was with wildlife rehabilitation at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, the second was at a small, privately-owned petting zoo in Delavan. The last one one was at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary working with large cats, bears and other exotic animals.
Jean — Client Care Specialist
Jean Hubert recently joined the East Towne team in July 2017. She used to work at East Towne about 25 years ago with both Dr. Schober and Dr. Tunder when they were first starting out. After Jean had children, she worked out of her home for awhile and then went back into the workforce in human medicine when her children were in school. She soon realized her true passion was working with animals.
Jean worked for a different animal hospital for nine years and has now come full circle back to East Towne. She has been married to her husband Dennis for 31 years and they have two adult children - a son Shane and a daughter Mryia.
At home, Jean has a 12 year old shih-zu named Chippy who rules the house. Her hobbies are hiking, biking, reading, knitting, crochet, and gardening. Jean loves going to movies and trips with her husband and kids.
Claudia — Veterinary Technician
Claudia has been working at East Towne Veterinary Clinic since 1994. She started as a Client Care Specialists and is now a very skilled and knowledgeable member of our Technician Team. She laughs because some people call her a little obsessive compulsive, but to her it’s more about finding an area for improvement and working hard to achieve her goals.
Claudia loves to be outdoors and enjoys running and watching Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. Her message to pet parents is, “Aging isn’t a disease. There are many things that can be done to help your pet age comfortably. Appreciate your pet’s unconditional love!”
Sharon — Veterinary Technician
Sharon has been working at East Towne Veterinary Clinic since 2002. Prior to joining our team, she worked at Beach Park Animal Hospital in Illinois.
Sharon has been married to her husband Doug since 1983, and they have two grown children and three grandchildren (whom she loves to spoil!) She enjoys going up north and spending time with family and friends. In addition to loving our clinic kitties, Sharon has a kitty of her own named Angel.
Cindy — Veterinary Technician
Cindy is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has been working at East Towne Veterinary Clinic since 2009. Ever so helpful, she's always willing to fill in when needed. Her professional interests include nutrition, nursing care, surgery, physical therapy, and canine rehabilitation. She also has experience in wildlife rehabilitation.
In her time off, Cindy enjoys biking, hiking, bird watching, gardening, and spending time with her Australian Shepherd, Trina, and her cat, Squeak.
Somer — Technician Assistant & Client Care Specialist
Somer started with us as a Pet Care Attendant in July 2010. She has a cat named Tate who currently lives at the clinic until she gets a cat-friendly place of her own. She loves her two family dogs Leo and Livy. Somer will never own a bird as they scare her - but she would have a tiger because they are majestic and strong!
Somer finds her work at East Towne Veterinary Clinic rewarding because she loves helping animals in need, and feels that regular wellness visits are important to detecting any sicknesses or diseases before it's too late. She always cares about what's best for our fur babies!
Brianne — Technician Assistant
Originally employed in the grooming department, Brianne left after four years to pursue her career in Florida. Now back in Wisconsin, we are happy to welcome her onto our Technician team here at East Towne. She also works full time at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in the E.R.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two-year-old Chihuahua, Walter. She likes to take Walter hiking and kayaking. She also loves to travel. Her favorite place so far is Florida because of the natural springs.
Her favorite part of being a Veterinary Technician is helping prepare pets for surgery. She enjoys giving them comfort when they are nervous before their procedure.
Sam — Technician Assistant
Grew up in Illinois but has lived in Grafton since 2011. She always knew she wanted a job in which she could help care for animals. She attended the Veterinary Assistant program through Milwaukee Career College and hopes to continue her education by becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.
In her spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her dog Jax. Her favorite part about working as an assistant is that every day comes with the chance to learn something new and exciting.
Kelsa — Groomer
Kelsa Perkins grew up in South Eastern Wisconsin and has always had a strong passion for all things dogs. She started training dogs at the young age of 8 and by 15, was working in a grooming shop. She attended the Nash Academy of Animal Arts for her diploma in Pet Styling in 2004, and has been with East Towne Veterinary Clinic for over 10 years.
Kelsa works hard to develop a relationship with all her clients, whether dog or cat. Ensuring that not only will they look good, but they are comfortable and safe within the salon. Her passion for animals spreads throughout all aspects of her life, and when she is not in the grooming salon, she is training dogs for agility with a strictly positive reinforcement.
Michelle — Grooming Assistant
Michelle has loved animals her entire life; there has always been a family dog or cat in the picture, as well as a few pet rats. She believes that the human race would not be able to survive without their furry companions! Earlier in life, Michelle decided to pursue her other love of art and drawing and earned her B.F.A. at UW-Milwaukee. She found a job with Schaum Publications, a national piano music publisher in Mequon, and worked there as a graphic artist for 26 years until the business was sold. At the time, she and her youngest daughter were volunteer dog walkers for the Wisconsin Humane Society in Saukville. She thought it would be a great time to pursue a job working with animals.
Katie — Technician Assistant & Pet Care Attendant
Katie has been working at East Towne Veterinary Clinic since 2016. She was a Pet Care Attendant at Petsmart for two years prior. She is currently going to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician, and just earned her certificate as a Veterinary Assistant in May 2017.
Katie loves getting the privilege to provide boarding pets with love, care and joy while they are away from home. She has a senior cat of her own, Toby, which her family has raised since he was a kitten.
Her advice to pet parents: “Our pets are precious gifts to us. They deserve unconditional love and the care that we can give them. Be there for them and they will always be there for you!”
Caroline — Pet Care Attendant
Caroline is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She moved quite a bit throughout her childhood, first to Georgia, then to Michigan and finally back to Wisconsin. She has been working at East Towne Veterinary Clinic since late November of 2017. Previously, Caroline worked at North Shore Doggy Daycare as a doggy daycare attendant from late 2015 to early 2016.
Caroline is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and majoring in General Biology. She is also enrolled in the pre-veterinary program in hopes to eventually become a mixed practice veterinarian. Caroline would like to open her own practice one day to serve the entire public - from farmers to wildlife rehabilitators and everyone else in between.
Ava — Pet Care Attendant
Ava joined the East Towne team in September 2019. She is a junior at Grafton High School who hopes to someday attend veterinary school to become a veterinarian.
When she's not attending school or working, Ava enjoys competing in horseback riding competitions, specifically within the hunter-jumper division. With the help of her family, she also fosters kittens for the Wisconsin Humane Society.
She has two dogs, a Yorshire Terrier named Kitty and a Yorkshire/Poodle mix named Lucy, and a cat named Ivy whom she has raised since she was just a week old.
Otis — Clinic Cat
Otis was part of a litter we were fostering in 2009 for MADACC (Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission). He earns his keep with entertaining our clients while checking out - he “allows” them to pet his belly and give him TLC. When not hanging out in the reception area, he is working on his yoga moves.
Tonto — Clinic Cat
Tonto came to us as a foster with MADACC in 11/2009, and he has been stealing everyone’s heart ever since. He believes he is part of our marketing team, and he will try out most toys to make sure they are acceptable for your furry friends.
Tate — Clinic Cat
Tate is part of the East Towne family, however, he “technically” belongs to one of our Vet Assistants. He does not believe that he should live in a household; apartment life was too boring for him. He prefers the clinic setting where there is always something going on.
He is loved by all of us, and if he is out in the lobby, he is sure to be making some noise because he wants to be sure you pay attention to him.