About Onalaska Animal Hospital
Meet Dr. Nicole Azene
Dr. Nicole Azene brings extraordinary expertise to Onalaska Animal Hospital and the La Crosse community, having practiced veterinary medicine in the private sector, academia, and as a federal employee.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Nicole earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2005. She also completed post-doctoral training in laboratory animal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition to time spent in small animal private practice, Dr. Nicole has cared for animals at various nonprofit rescue organizations. As a federal employee, she provided veterinary oversight and preventive medical care, managed chronic diseases, and led her division’s intensive care unit at the National Institutes of Health. She further serves as Attending Veterinarian at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
Dr. Nicole moved to the Coulee Region in 2013. Her passion for nurturing the human-animal bond continues to grow along with her desire to provide pets with the best medical and surgical services in the Coulee Region. This prompted her to open Onalaska Animal Hospital in 2022. Dr. Nicole takes special interest in helping dogs and cats live their best lives by managing chronic diseases and educating owners on the importance of good oral health for their pets.
Away from veterinary medicine, Dr. Nicole enjoys a busy life with her husband and three children. They share their home with Dr. Nicole’s mother as well as Oliver, a dachshund whom Dr. Nicole rescued during her first year in veterinary practice.
Meet Dr. Scott Macon
Dr. Scott has been a small animal veterinarian for more than 20 years and brings extensive experience with reptiles and pocket pets and animal training expertise. An experienced surgeon, Dr. Scott also has specialized surgical skills in procedures including adrenalectomies for ferrets, spays and neuters in small exotic animals and perineal urethrostomies for various species.
Dr. Scott earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he served as president of the Omega Tau Sigma veterinary fraternity. He is a member of the Minnesota and American Veterinary Medical Associations. Before veterinary school, he developed and taught the first veterinary assistant program ever offered by Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois.
An animal lover from the start, Dr. Scott was a marine mammal research assistant for the Walt Disney Company and trained dolphins for the U.S. Navy.
His family includes a two-year-old rabbit named Dusty and two rescue animals. One is a mixed-breed dog named May who is nine years old. The other is a 16-year-old long-hair cat named Puffin that he’s had for 13 years.
Where Every Pet is Family
Brandi brings 25 years of experience to her post as hospital director where she’s responsible for clinical training and oversight of the veterinary technicians and assistants.
Brandi also assists with surgery, dentistry, laboratory work, X-ray and IV catheter placements and is especially skilled in working through emergency situations. She says the best part of her job is learning something new everyday. And she especially enjoys being part of a Fear Free, compassionate team.
An animal lover at heart, Brandi has two dogs, Chili and Willow, and four cats, Noodles, Smores, Weeny and Pepper. In her free time, she most enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, whom she says are growing up very quickly.
Michelle Hemp serves as a practice consultant to Onalaska Animal Hospital. It’s a role she is extremely qualified for after serving as a veterinary practice manager for more than 25 years, including at Onalaska Animal Hospital.
Not only does Michelle have extensive experience in veterinary practice finances and operations, but she also has a deep affection for animals. She was a pet therapy volunteer with her border collie Teddy for eight years. Through that experience, she witnessed the power of the animal-human bond and how deeply animals benefit our lives. She and her family were recognized for that service when the Coulee Region Humane Society named them Volunteers of the Year.
Michelle is a native of West Salem, Wisconsin. She and her husband Brian raised their son Sam in the region and are also parents to Bella and Harley, mixed-breed Maltese-Chihuahuas.
Rita Miller, DVM, MS, ACVIM Diplomate
Dr. Rita Miller is a board-certified veterinary specialist in small animal internal medicine.
At Onalaska Animal Hospital, Dr. Miller serves as a valued veterinary consultant providing abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms to patients.
She earned her DVM from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her training also includes completion of a small-animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Guelph in Canada and a master’s degree from the Ohio State University.
Dr. Miller also serves as an assistant clinical specialist in small-animal medicine at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and provides telemedicine consults for Idexx Laboratories.
Steven Timm, DVM
Dr. Steven Timm is a mobile veterinary surgeon who practices in southwestern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota.
Onalaska Animal Hospital is fortunate to utilize Dr. Timm’s expertise in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Steven enjoys the challenges of helping to treat pets throughout the driftless area.
Dr. Timm is a DVM graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. His experience includes wildlife epidemiology and surgical sterilization, emergency and critical care as well as over twenty years as a mobile small animal veterinary surgeon.
In his spare time Dr. Timm has an old country farmhouse he cares for, and enjoys the fishing, hiking and wildlife of this region.
Kayla Beron is a veterinary technician, assisting Dr. Nicole in surgery, dental care and appointments, along with drawing blood, running laboratory work and taking X-rays. Her fun, caring personality puts both clients and patients at ease. Kayla says she’s glad to be part of Onalaska Animal Hospital because it blends state-of-the-art equipment and work-life balance with excellent care and customer service.
In her free time, Kayla likes to spend time outdoors with her husband and son camping or on the river. She also appreciates getting together with friends and family, and, of course, playing with Saber, her Catahoula/coonhound mix.
Cassandra Lallas is a veterinary assistant who's been working with animals since 2016. Her favorite part of her job is meeting new pets and engaging with clients, both of which come naturally to this friendly, positive, animal-loving person.
When she isn't walking Blue, her four-year-old border collie/husky/lab mix, Cassandra likes to cook, hike and explore the Coulee Region. She has an associate degree from Oakton College.
Maddie Haun serves as both a receptionist and a veterinary assistant, where she helps Dr. Nicole with patient care and treatment. She has experience in doggy daycare and boarding, and is a student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is considering graduate studies to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
Julia Hamlin is a veterinary assistant who loves forming relationships with client and their pets, which is easy to do with her great personality and gift for empathy.
On the job, she enjoys the atmosphere at Onalaska Animal Hospital and her co-workers, and she especially likes working with exotics at the clinic. She likes to stay active when off the clock, boating, running, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite role is being mom to Lily, her 12-year-old Dachshund mix/Staffordshire terrier
Olivia Waltman is another smiling face you’ll see when you come to Onalaska Animal Hospital. Olivia is a customer service representative who brings experience from the pet world. In addition to loving her three-year-old Hound mix, Hudson, she fosters more than 15 dogs, cats and kittens and volunteers at the Coulee Region Humane Society. Her favorite thing about working at Onalaska Animal Hospital is the team work; she says the staff is like family to one another.
Sara Sherrard serves as a customer service representative. She delights in establishing relationships with clients and patients and brings exceptional compassion to her work. She has an associate degree from Western Technical College.
A firm believer in the animal-human bond, Sara has a dog, Mylee, and a cat, Nala. On her days off, you’re likely to find her spending time outdoors with family, hiking, camping or ice fishing.
Dodie Manor-Bower is a customer service representative whose favorite part of her job is interacting with clients and patients. A certified dog trainer, she’s been working with pets for more than 30 years in dog daycare and boarding, animal shelters and veterinary clinics. Not surprisingly, she loves animals and has two dogs, four cats, one guinea pig, three geckos, four goats, many chickens, frogs and fish. When she isn’t spending time with animals, you’ll likely find her gardening, enjoying a good book, movie or music, fishing or boating.