Our Veterinary Support Staff in Wisconsin Rapids
Theresa earned her position at Woodland through hard work and 18 years of experience, and is in the middle of completing her veterinary technician national examination (VTNE). She has always loved working with animals, and started out as a kennel attendant, eventually working her way up to assisting. She lives with her fiancée, Nick; their 3 cats—Centauri, Korben, and Daisy—and 2 ferrets, Dedi and Blossom. Her favorite part about being a veterinary assistant is advising clients on how to best take care of their pets. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, and watching old school movies.
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
Since she always wanted to work in the veterinary field, Joanna wasted little time earning her Business Management degree and becoming a certified veterinary technician. She lives with her husband and 2 children, and they share a home with a wide variety of pets: horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and fish. She loves helping clients and animals, along with traveling up north and shopping horse shows. Joanna believes that staying married to her “impossible” husband is her greatest accomplishment, and her favorite hobby is going shopping.
Joanne graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, and received her Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from Purdue University. Her journey to her current position began out of necessity when she and her husband, who met during his second year of vet school, chose to open their own veterinary practice. She became a practice manager virtually overnight, but her Recreation degree and living with a veterinarian got her started off on the right foot. Joanne and David have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren: Dan, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and helicopter flight instructor in Pensacola, FL., his wife Alexis and their children, Grace and Gage; Matthew, also a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, retired as a jet Naval Flight Officer, currently in the Naval Reserves; Molly, currently a stay-at-home mom, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and her husband Andy and their daughters Elena and Arya; and Douglas, also a graduate of the University of Minnesota, currently a Youth Activities Director at the local YMCA, and his wife, Danielle. Dr. Wickersham and his wife currently share their home with 5 lovable pets: Flynn, a 13-year old Lab; Lily, a rescued 18-month old Springer Spaniel mix; Stella, a precocious Cockapoo puppy; Missouri Blue, a domestic shorthair rescued as a kitten from the Missouri Ozarks; and Cuddlebug, a domestic shorthair rescued from a farm. For Joanne, working with her husband and seeing how highly clients value their companion animals and put all their trust in Woodland Veterinary Clinic are the most rewarding aspects of her career. When she’s not running an entire animal hospital, she loves going walking, biking, working out in the yard, spending precious time with her grandchildren, playing FreeCell (her favorite game), implementing last minute plans, and going to auctions. Joanne considers her greatest accomplishments to be supporting her husband through 37 years of marriage, being a proud mother to 4 independent-thinking children, and seeing the admiration and wonder in the eyes of her grandchildren.
Alex earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She shares her home with her two lovable rescue Beagle-nephews, Spencer and Guster. Her favorite thing about working at Woodland is getting to see the unique relationship and special bond each pet has with their owners. When not at work, Alex enjoys a good game of cornhole, Bingo, watching Netflix, event planning, and having brunch. Her current obsession is the Bravo TV network.
Heather received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Her goal has always been to work with animals, and learn as much as possible from her experiences. Heather currently shares her home with a rescue cat named Rex. She loves sushi, and water activities like boating and swimming, along with ATVing, hiking, and spending quality time with family and friends.
I was found covered in snow on an icy road by a client, who brought me into the clinic to see if I was okay. I haven’t left since—except to explore the parking lot and surrounding woods. The best part of living here is meeting everyone who walks in the door, greeting pets, and getting lots of treats! My hobbies are sleeping, sunbathing, and running around outside.