Talented. Empathetic. Driven. This is a culture of growth, innovation, and compassion. Because when it comes to the life that you share with your pet, nothing less than the best will do. Now, meet the team who lives to care for you.
- Mara Doughty SealsVeterinarian/Owner
- Michael DobbertAssociate Veterinarian
- Sara SholtsAssociate Veterinarian
- Carrie MesiarAssociate Veterinarian
Mara Doughty Seals
Mara joined Hill-Dale in 2004 and promptly fell in love with Baraboo, both the town and the people. She has been an owner since 2006 and became Hill-Dale’s sole owner in 2017. She loves making connections with clients and their pets. She feels a great privilege being trusted with their care. Her interests include dermatology and animal behavior.
Mara was under the assumption she was a big dog person her whole life, but finds herself in love with a small barking Sheltie named Robbie. She enjoys working out, hiking, playing with Robbie, and spending time with her husband Marc.
Mara loves that she gets to work with her rock star staff. They challenge her to be the best doctor, owner, and human being she can be and believes in kindness above all else.
Dr. Michael joined our team in 2016 as an associate veterinarian and has enjoyed practicing in the area since 2013. He has been working with animals for over 20 years at the Milwaukee Zoo, UW research and a Milwaukee AAHA accredited hospital while in high school. Being a husband and a proud father of three also keep him busy outside of Hill-Dale. His family enjoys hiking, camping, nature gardening and trips to the zoo. His fur family consists of a Pug/French Bulldog mix named Ralphie who sounds like a dinosaur during nail trims, Marshy an unusual but friendly FIV positive cat and Rococo a Rottweiler/Shepherd mix who was rescued from a garbage bag in Missouri. They love to wrestle and then snuggle and make-up. Michael’s favorite clients are those he can discuss the current rankings of the Brewers, Bucks, Badgers and Packers.
Michael felt a connection with animals from a very young age and has always had a desire to help both animals and the people who care about them. His favorite part of veterinary medicine is performing dentals, soft tissue surgery and orthopedic procedures. It is fulfilling to hear from clients that he has helped their beloved pet to feel better. The other great part of his career is creating and fostering long term bonds with our clients and their pets. “Practicing high quality medicine, anesthetic procedures and preventative care sets us apart. We are comprised of a team who is highly trained with the most caring individuals the industry has to offer. ”
Veterinary medicine was a natural career choice for Dr. Sholts since she has always loved animals both large and small. Dr Sholts likes being an advocate for quality care and also being able to help animals and their people during times of sickness.
Dr. Mesiar is originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin; she grew up on a hobby farm surrounded constantly by horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and whatever exotic pet she could persuade her parents to let her keep. She has had a lifelong passion for animals that led her to Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She then received her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated in 2016. The past few years have been spent exploring different states, practicing veterinary medicine in California and Ohio. Very recently, she moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to her family and friends, and purchased a house in Arena. She just started working with the excellent staff at Hill-Dale Veterinary Care as a part time doctor, and works full-time at a veterinary practice in Madison. Her three cats are a source of constant entertainment, and are also the reason she can’t have nice things. In her free time, she finds herself buried under cats, gardening, improving/renovating her ancient house, swimming, reading, or enjoying the company of friends/family in Madison. The drive to Baraboo is often the highlight of her week.
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
― Martin Buber
Technicians & Assistants
- AshleyCVT, Practice Coordinator
- CathyCVT And Lead Technician
- StacieCertified Veterinary Technician
- MelissaCertified Veterinary Technician
- DeniseVeterinary Technician
- ErvinVeterinary Assistant
Ashley joined our team in 2010 as a Certified Veterinary Technician upon graduating from Madison College. She lives in Baraboo with her daughter Elaina and three old and mostly deaf kitties Lioness, Mo and Poppy. Lioness prefers to sleep in the bathroom sink and drink water out of the bathtub. Mo will never understand that counters are not where cats belong and is Elaina’s constant companion. Poppy, the oldest (19), is a medical marvel who is currently burning through her 12th life, can sense as soon as Ashley sits down and will instantly be on her lap . Ashley enjoys flavored coffee, puzzles, creating interesting low carb recipes that can be cooked in a slow cooker, air fryer or mini waffle maker, working out and any activity that involves Elaina.
Ashley knew from a young age she was meant to work with animals and after deciding not to pursue a veterinary degree at UW Madison her family encouraged her to stay in the veterinary field, in a different way than she first envisioned. Interacting with clients and their pet’s and building a strong relationship with them is Ashley’s favorite part of her career. This passion has given Ashley the role of Practice Coordinator. “Caring is what makes our practice so special. We have an amazing team who understands the value of great care and works together to provide that care for our patients, with a smile. I hope every person who comes through our door can feel our dedication to them, their pet, and the profession.”
Cathy joined our team in 2014 as a Certified Veterinary Technician after graduating from Madison College. Cathy’s hard work and dedication to our team recently earned her the role of Lead Technician. Cathy loves working out, reading, traveling, crafts, and long walks through the country. She lives with her husband and is the happiest dog mom to her three dogs. Lucy, “Lil Lou”, loves to play fetch in the water. Nash, “Nasty Nash”, is not a morning dog and will stay in bed for hours. Sarah, “Senorita Sarah”, excels at keeping the property free of wildlife. Cathy aspired to have the most pets in our practice so she recently acquired two kittens. Guiness, a trouble maker with a zest for life and Jameson, a flirt, watch out he will steal your girl.
Cathy found herself in veterinary medicine after starting nursing classes and finding out she preferred working on pets, not people. There are no two days that are the same in veterinary medicine, and that is what Cathy enjoys most. At the end of the day she feels good about making a difference in animal’s lives. Cathy’s ideal day would be filled with dental procedures and wound treatment. “Our team strives to provide the best medicine for our patients and a lasting bond with our clients”.
Stacie is the newest member of our team joining us in the spring of 2019 as a Certified Veterinary Technician after graduating from Madison College. When she isn’t working Stacie enjoys helping her family on their farm feeding calves, milking cows and helping in the field. She also enjoys crafting and any activity that can be done outdoors. Stacie has a kitty named Turbo that she found abandoned in a truck on the side of the road at only one week old. She raised her and loves nothing more than spending time snuggling her. She also has a pony named Star that she has had since she was a child.
Stacie’s career in veterinary medicine was driven by her passion for helping animals. Being a voice for those who cannot speak and sharing her knowledge with pet owners are the highlights of her day. No two days are the same in veterinary medicine and that is what makes it exciting. “Hill-Dale Veterinary Care has the most welcoming and friendly staff, a positive environment and they add a personal touch to everything they do.”
Melissa joined our team in 2018 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She grew up in the Wisconsin Dells area and graduated from Madison College in 2012. Melissa is a cat person who loves to travel and spend time with her friends and family. One of her kitties, Cider, only has half a tail and the other 3 cats love nothing more than to eat, sleep and play with a laser pointer!
Melissa was always drawn to animals growing up, so it’s no surprise that she found her career in veterinary medicine. She takes pride in being the voice for those who don’t have one and an advocate for quality pet care. She enjoys the everyday challenges and rewards that come with working in our industry. “We practice excellent medicine and are held to the highest standard because we are AAHA accredited.”
Denise joined our team in 2005 as a Veterinary Assistant. She is a proud mother of four children who have blessed her with four grandchildren. Her cat Larry has his own facebook page and a dedicated following of his daily activities. He loves to go for walks around the yard, play fetch, and show guests who enter the house where his food dish is. In her free time Denise enjoys gardening, spending time at the beach and going for long country drives with her husband of 27 years, Donnie.
Denise’s love of animals and the human animal bond is what drew her to veterinary medicine. She enjoys caring for her patients, educating clients on the best care for their pets and comforting nervous patients. “We take the time to truly educate our clients, give them options and help them make an informed decision about their pet’s care. We practice high quality medicine and we take pride in it.”
Ervin joined our team in 2012 as a Veterinary Assistant. He grew up in Romania and graduated from veterinary school there. Ervin lives with his wife Cristina and 2 boys, Ervin and Victor. On his day off you can find Ervin listening to music, visiting “man” stores with his boys, building legos with the family, and relaxing at the end of the day by watching his well behaved fish in their tank. His parents have a dog, Roxy, who he helps care for. She is young and rambunctious and likes to sleep in her bed with a piece of clothing that isn’t hers. Ervin’s newest addition is a white and orange kitty named Corina. She enjoys watching the fish, spending time with the family, and after the kids are tucked in bed she builds with their legos all night long.
Ervin became involved in veterinary medicine because he likes to help the helpless and is enthusiastic about fixing things. His favorite part of his career is being involved with surgery and providing preventative care to the pets. Parvo virus is Ervin’s least favorite part. “Our clients like us best because we always try to accommodate their needs, believe in client education above all else and have a friendly and knowledgeable team.”
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
Client Care Specialists
- Amanda C.Client Care Specialist
- Amanda M.Client Care Specialist
- StephanieClient Care Specialist
- JenClient Care Specialist
- KarissaOffice Manager
Amanda joined our team in 2009 as a Client Care Specialist. She enjoys crafting, thrift shopping and spending time with her husband and son. Her family shares their home and hearts with three pets. Paulee, a naughty yet affectionate Border Collie mix, a senior cat name Twinkie the food snob and a playful yet grumpy faced kitty named Dino. Paulee and Dino enjoy harassing each other while Twinkie looks on with disdain.
Amanda’s favorite part of her career is witnessing the client and pet journey throughout their life together. “We excel at what we do because we take the time to get to know our clients and their pets. We go above and beyond in care because we enjoy what we do.”
Amanda joined our team in 2018 as a Client Care Specialist. She lives in Baraboo with her husband and three children Jimmy, Stella and Landon. Amanda’s enthusiasm and smile are infectious and she loves to meet new people and pets. Outside of Hill-Dale, she enjoys being outdoors with her family hiking, camping, skiing and exploring both land and water. You can also find her in the kitchen whipping up a tasty dinner or snuggled up on the couch watching a movie. Amanda also has three cats. Bart, Oxana and the newest addition Mr. Meowgi, who are all young and full of energy. Bart definitely keeps the family on their toes! Oxana enjoys taking Legos off the table and carrying them around while making the strangest noises. Mr. Meowgi is so happy in his new home that he hasn’t stopped purring.
Amanda’s favorite part of the job is meeting and assisting our clients with their furry family members. She also takes pride in all of the knowledge she has gained since joining our team. “Being AAHA accredited ensures that we are held to the highest standards and provide the best care to our patients. We all also enjoy the relationship that we cultivate with our clients that comes with years of quality care. I believe we have a great team, who works together, to show every day how much we care about the pets and the people we see here.”
Stephanie joined our team in January 2019 as a Client Care Specialist. In her free time Stephanie enjoys running, hiking, reading and spending time with her daughter and friends. She is the mother of a beautiful daughter, Haley, and five cuddly fur babies, Dot, Sophie, Shadow, Nelson and Malibu. Dot, a Labrador mix, loves car rides, bananas and carrots, not necessarily in that order. Sophie has never met a lap that she won’t try to occupy. Shadow is very partial to Stephanie and was actually found in the Hill-Dale parking lot! Nelson is her sweetest kitty and is known as a bit of a kleptomaniac. The strangest thing he stole was a razor from the shower. If given the chance Malibu will steal food right off your plate.
Stephanie’s favorite part about working at Hill-Dale is being around animals all day and the interactions that she is part of with both the pets and their owners. When asked what sets our practice apart Stephanie answered “I think the fact that we are AAHA accredited says a lot about the medicine we practice. The doctors here want to be able to offer the best to our clients, so they go above and beyond in many ways other practices do not. The team has a positive attitude and that makes it an enjoyable place to be.”
Jen joined our team in 2020 as a Client Care Specialist and is a long time Baraboo resident. She enjoys spending time with her husband Ben and daughter Rain, reading, Star Wars, gaming and good coffee. You may also see her around town walking dogs or providing other pet care services to our community. Her home is filled with the love of fur babies. Loki, Halo Reznor and Tales are her three cats, the oldest being Loki (18) who never leaves her side. She also has one dog, Nala Star who is a Heeler/Pitty mix.
Jen’s favorite part of the job is seeing all the different breeds of pets that walk through the door every day. It brings her joy to see how much our clients care for and love their pets. “Compassion, sincere care and concern given to our clients and their pets is what sets us apart from others in the industry.”
Karissa joined our team in 2012 as a Client Care Specialist. She is a Baraboo native, mother of two wonderful sons and is a newly minted grandmother. Spending time with her family, reading non-fiction books and discovering new binge worthy netflix shows are some of her favorite things. Her newest addition to the family is Dirty Harry, an adult cat she adopted from the shelter. She also has a cat, Purrington, who was found in a tree eight years ago by her son Nick. Purrington has never forgotten this and remains fiercely loyal to only him.
Now Karissa fulfills many roles within our team as the Office Manager. Her favorite part of her career is interacting with our clients and getting to know them and their furry families. There isn’t a person that she can’t greet by name and a pet who isn’t thrilled to meet her. “ We have the best clientele who care about us just as much as we care about them. I take pride in upholding our AAHA accreditation for the past 9 years and the quality medicine that we provide. Our team is what makes all of this possible.”
“Ignore the rest. We’re the stars of the show!”
-The Clinic Pets
“Robbie” AKA Robert Burns Seals, selected Mara and Marc as his adopted parents when he booped Marc on the nose at four weeks. He came home at seven weeks, and he has been busy ever since. In addition to his hobbies of being a world champion snuggler and fetcher, he enjoys his career as the Hill-Dale Veterinary Care Goodwill Ambassador. He enjoys working at Hill-Dale because he enjoys being paid in liver treats.
Steve joined our team in 2011 after Denise found him outside. We planned to find him a home but he fit into our kitty clan so well that we let him stay. Steve’s favorite activities around the clinic include protecting the charts, roaming around aimlessly, entertaining children, cleaning Seamus and enjoys a good chin rub. His favorite team members are Karissa and Ervin, and he loves nothing more than going home with Ervin on the weekends. Steve always has a case of the Mondays.
Seamus O’Davis joined our team in 2016 as a pitiful farm kitten who needed a little TLC. We initially planned to find him a home but soon found Seamus had many characteristics like our late Sammy Davis Jr. That is how he earned his name and his permanent place in our clinic. Seamus fills many roles here at Hill-Dale. He is our puppy socializer, client in room greeter, left-over treat vacuum and in his remaining awake time he enjoys practicing parkour off the clinic walls. Amanda M and Stephanie are his favorite people and you can regularly see him perched on one of their shoulders.