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Meet our Team

Currently we are a growing 3 doctor practice utilizing multiple Certified Veterinary Technicians and veterinary assistants to care for our patients and serve our clients. We continue to evolve as the need for veterinary care changes and strive to serve our community with current veterinary science and medicine.

Read more about each of our staff members below:

Veterinarians

Dr. Mark Nelson

Dr. Mark Nelson

DVM

Dr. Mark Nelson graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972. He established a veterinary practice in Centuria in 1974,and then built the Interstate Veterinary Hospital in 1975. Dr. Nelson has always enjoyed mixed animal practice and has spent a lot of time with production animal medicine until the 1990’s when dairy farming began to decline in northwestern Wisconsin. His main focus currently is serving the needs of the community’s pets with interests in diagnostics and surgery. His hobbies have always been centered around outdoor activities and include hunting, fishing, farming, scuba diving, and his dogs.

Dr. Jon Springer

Dr. Jon Springer

DVM

Dr. Jon Springer received his DVM from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He moved with his family to Saint Croix Falls and joined the staff at Interstate Veterinary Hospital in 1990. Dr. Springer enjoys working with all species of animals. He has had many dogs, cats, cows, pigs, chickens and geese over the years. His spare time is usually spent on outdoor activities including hunting and fishing. He is also known for his avid loyalty to the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. He shares his home with his wife, who has decided it is time for them to travel so they are currently petless.

Dr. Elsie Myer

Dr. Elsie Myer

DVM

Dr. Elsie Myer graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2021. Born and raised in Baldwin, WI, she went abroad for her degree and very much enjoyed living in a different country for four years. While there, she had the opportunity to travel around the UK and also to many countries, including Norway, Belgium, Italy, Czechia and Ghana. She grew up around a variety of animals and enjoys working with them all!

In her spare time, Dr. Myer loves to craft. She learned how to quilt from her mother and picked up cross stitch, embroidery, and crochet during the COVID-19 lockdown. She lives with her husband and two cats at the moment, but dreams of owning a hobby farm.

Veterinary Staff

Amanda Coury

Amanda Coury

Practice Manager, CVA

Amanda has lived in this area most of her life. She has 2 children and a huge love for all animals; currently she has multiple cats, dogs and horses in her family. When not working she is spending most of her time with her family. In 2009 Amanda became a Certified Veterinary Assistant through the Animal Behavioral College. She began her internship at Interstate Veterinary Hospital in July of 2009. In late August of that year she joined our veterinary team full time. In 2012 she became a Class IV Laser Therapy Technician from AIMLA and strives to continue to grow and learn each day.

Joyce Turnquist

Joyce Turnquist

Senior Certified Veterinary Technician

Joyce did her externship to become a certified technician at Interstate Vet Hospital in 2009. After passing her certification exam, she came on as a full time employee. She has lived in the area since the late 80’s – raising a family and working at various jobs. Many animals have come and gone in that time, including snakes, guinea pigs, mice, rats (best pocket pets ever!), iguanas, hermit crabs, cats, dogs and a horse! Currently she has one cat (Koshka), an elderly beagle (Toby), and a very energetic English Setter (Susie Q).

Amber Huskinson

Amber Huskinson

CVT, Certified Veterinary Technician

Amber grew up in the area and returned here after spending 11 years in the Army. She graduated from Argosy University in 2017, and passed her Certified Veterinary Technician certification exam in March of 2018. Amber’s hobbies include sewing, reading, and gardening. Her family enjoys camping and hiking. They currently have 3 dogs (Cloud, Chance and Beshti) and two cats (Morgie and Kara.)

Nancy Mayer

Nancy Mayer

Certified Veterinary Technician, Customer Service Representative

Nancy grew up in northern Minnesota. She recently moved to Wisconsin with her family. She has 2 children and 1 dog. Nancy went to college at Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN and graduated in 1997 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has been working in veterinary medicine ever since.

Jeannie Schwartz

Jeannie Schwartz

Veterinary Assistant

Jeannie started at Interstate Veterinary Hospital in the summer of 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant. She came with 10 years of experience working as an Animal Care Specialist for a local non-profit animal sanctuary. She especially enjoys working with and caring for all of our senior patients. Jeannie and her husband have lived in St. Croix Falls for 25 years on a small hobby farm where they raised their two daughters, numerous dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and an iguana. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and has recently taken up golfing. She describes her position here at IVH as her dream job!

Kelsey Handrahan

Kelsey Handrahan

Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey was born and raised in the Amery area and still lives there with her 2 children Troy and Sophia. Her love for animals began at a very early age. Throughout her school years, she took as many small animal courses as she could and started to focus her passion on canine behavior and training. She spent some time studying to be a technician at Globe University. Kelsey has rescued many pets and even started her own training business. She prefers to work with large breed dogs. Kelsey loves working in a clinic setting so she can continue to help save animals every day!

Julia Olien

Julia Olien

Veterinary Assistant

Julia grew up locally with a huge love for all animals. She started working at IVH as a kennal assistant and has been learning and growing ever since. She has future plans to become a CVT.
Julia currently has one cat with special needs and 2 horses.

Lily Johanson

Lily Johanson

Veterinary Assistant

Lily is from Luck Wisconsin and has always loved dogs. She grew up with many animals including dogs, cats, horses, cows, Guinea pigs, and a rabbit. Lily currently has 2 dogs, Chase and Sandy. After high school, she started her education with CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and is taking the Master class. After graduating, Lily may choose to further her education with hands-on experience with wolves or further experience in animal behavior, and later on, possibly continue in the training field.

Kat Hillier

Kat Hillier

Customer Service Representative

Kat Hillier, Customer service representative. Kat was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Wisconsin in 2009.

She has always loved animals and had dreams of working with them since she was a little girl. Kat says “she is so excited to be part of team that believes in doing everything possible to keep our furry friends healthy and safe.

For fun, Kat likes to spend time with family, friends and her pets, Leroy, Gilligan, Pheobe and Milo.

Polly

Polly

Clinic Cat

Polly came to the clinic as a kitten and has stayed ever since. She was so tiny that we used to carry her around in our pockets as a kitten, so she was named after Polly Pocket. Her and Tippy are a dynamic duo- always racing around the clinic and causing trouble together. Polly can usually be found napping on the printer up front waiting for her next admirer.

Sir Thomasleoclyde III formerly of Frederic

Sir Thomasleoclyde III formerly of Frederic

Clinic Cat

Thomas, as he is better known, was brought into the clinic from a farm in Frederic as a kitten. He was estimated to be about 6 weeks old in the early summer of 2012. He has a personality that the staff fell in love with. He usually takes residence on the front counter lounging around for attention. Thomas is quirky and amusing. He chooses not jump very high and climbs to get where he wants to be. If you leave a kennel or carry crate open he will often make himself at home in it. Clients frequently admire how he lazily waits for attention from both humans and dogs.

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