LEAD VETERINARIAN – Tom Gustafson, DVM, CVSMT: Tom began working as a sled dog race trail vet in 1994. Since then, he has worked at various sled dog races in the Midwest including the UP200 and Midnight Run, Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, CopperDog 150, The IronLine Sled Dog Race, Seney 300, John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Great Trails Sled Dog Race, and the G-M Classic. Tom is the co-owner of the Thompson Veterinary Clinic in Manistique, MI where he is a mixed-animal practitioner. He is Certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy and is an instructor at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center. He shares his home with beloved wife, 4 children, and animals too numerous to list. Tom looks forward to working with the amazing canine athletes that will be competing in the UP200 and Midnight Run.
Dr. Jeanie Wilcox DVM, is a ’94 graduate of Michigan State University. She has a practice in Gwinn, MI. She has been involved in the UP sled dog races as a vet since 1995 and is excited to be involved in the Beargrease races this year…she really likes the green parka! Her interests beyond vet work include biking, beading, horses, bird hunting with her spectacular dogs, and wilderness trips to canoe and camp with her husband, Burt and appropriate critter kids when allowed.
Sue Laskaska, DVM – Dr. Sue Laskaska has been the owner of the Bay Veterinary Clinic in Gladstone, Michigan for the past eighteen years. This will be her fourteenth time working the U.P. 200. She is very excited to be back, after being unable to join the team for the past two. Dr. Sue lives in Escanaba with her husband Randy and her dog Emmett. She has a daughter who is a senior at Northern Michigan University and a son who is finally off the payroll! In her spare time she enjoys snowmobiling, scuba diving, and pretty much any outdoor activity.
Barb Matula, DVM – As a graduate of the charter class at University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, Barb Matula has enjoyed a long career as a small animal veterinarian. She has worked as a relief veterinarian for over 15 years and travels to clinics from her home base in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Having had the privilege of helping her fellow veterinarians with many of the past UP 200 races, the past two Copperdog 150 races and the past three Apostle Islands Sled Dog Races, she looks forward to returning to Marquette again this February for the 2015 UP 200.
David Gagnon, DVM is a 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. He began his life as a trail vet at the UP200 in 2011 as a student, and has also worked the Beargrease. David loves working with the sled dogs, the mushers, handlers, and the rest of the vet team. David spends his time outsdoors hunting and running with Solomon, his Brittany pup.
Jeff Ladd, DVM is a 1987 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. He is the owner of Keweenaw Veterinary Clinic in Michigan’s UP. He has participated in Sleddog Medicine/Races since 1990, including the Beargrease, UP200, Empire, Iditarod and Copperdog 150. He is a member of the ISDVMA. Dr. Ladd looks forward to returning to the UP200.
Elroy Roedel, DVM graduated from Michigan State University in 1983 and has spent 3 years in a mixed practice in Whitewater, WI and 27 years in a mixed practice in Loyal, WI. He is a relative rookie in the sled dog racing world, having gotten his feet wet (and frozen!) at the Apostle Islands race in 2013. Having enjoyed it immensely, he is trying his hand at a longer race, coming equipped with better footgear and his wife, Deb, a retired CVT who also worked the race last year. They are both looking forward to meeting and working with other outdoor lovers!
Dr. CC Sheldon, DVM (in the center in yellow) Instructs Veterinary Technician students at the Madison Area Technical College..
Though I love sled dogs and just got back from a fabulous trip with white wilderness I do not own any sled dogs now….
I look forward to helping you with any troubles you might have on the trail but I hope as you do that you do not need any veterinary help!!! Here’s to a safe and productive race!!
Dr. Kendra Carlson, DVM is a 2003 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. She has spent the last 9 years working as an Emergency/Critical Care Veterinarian in northern Wisconsin. Since 2006, she has looked at the UP200 as the highlight of the winter season and is excited to be back this year. The UP200 was her first introduction to sled dog medicine and where her heart is, though she has also lent a hand at other races including the Copper Dog 150, the John Beargrease, and the Percy DeWolfe. She shares her home with 2 cats and her love of the outdoors with 2 dogs including a new Australian Shepherd puppy who is really keeping her on her toes!
Karen Mallum, DVM was born in Indiana, grew up in California, went to vet school in Wisconsin, and has been a Yooper since she graduated in 1991. She lives in Ironwood, Michigan, with her amazing husband, Randy, and owns Lake Road Veterinary Clinic. When she’s not working, you can find her tending her small flock of sheep, or pulling weeds in the garden, or dancing with her 7 sisters, or scuba diving someplace tropical. She’s been a part of the UP200 vet crew most years since 2000, and she also has helped out at the Apostle Islands and Coper Dog 150 Sled Dog Races. Her proudest accomplishment is raising her awesome son, Matt, who recently moved to NYC to write novels (and who makes periodic phone calls home requesting infusions of cash into his anemic bank account). She can’t wait to see everyone out on the trail!
Kristina Kiefer, DVM, PhD annually celebrates winter by working as a race veterinarian on the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, White Oak Classic, and Subaru Dog Sled Loppet. Dr. Kiefer is an ACVS board-eligible Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also received her DVM degree.
Jerry Vanek, MS, DVM, CCRT, IVCA: Jerry has served as a sled dog veterinarian on over 100 races and expeditions in ten countries on four continents as well as being a musher since his teens and former sprint race competitor. He is an honorary life member of the North Star Sled Dog Club and the Northwest Sled Dog Association; a recipient of the Maeb Bayers’ Lifetime Achievement in Mushing award and the White Oak Classic Musher Tribute award; and a past president, life member, and charter board member of the ISDVMA. Dr. Vanek has presented over 230 lectures and publications on sled dogs and medicine to veterinarians, mushers, children, and the public around the globe. He is certified in canine physiotherapy and canine chiropractic with a practice focused on sled dog medicine.
Meghan Marks CVT Meghan is a veteran of the UP200 and has spent the past 14 years with sled dogs. She is amazed at the changes over the years! Meghan truly loves her sled dog family, and each season she looks forward to helping the mushers and dogs cross the finish line safely. The is excited for this year’s race and the next 14 years to come!
Kris Ausland, CVT Kris has been involved with sled dog racing since 2009, and this will be her 4th year as a member of the UP200/Midnight run Veterinary Team. She holds an Associate of Veterinary Technology degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Kris is an Iraqi Freedom Veteran and retired from the Minnesota Air National Guard after serving for 21 years. Her Veterinary experience includes shelter medicine, working on a mobile surgical unit, emergency medicine, small animal practice, as well as rural area veterinary trips to help the less fortunate. Kris works as a Certified Veterinary Technician at the Duluth Veterinary Hospital. Her race experience includes the UP200/Midnight Run , John Beargrease Sleddog Marathon, CopperDog 150, Apostle Islands, and Gichigami Express sled dog races. She has also run teams in the Ely WolfTrack Classic and the Mid-Minnesota races. Kris lives in Esko,Minnesota with her two teen-age daughters, a horse, 1 dog, 3 cats and a ferret.
Gabrielle Radford, CVT has been a CVT for 11 years. She teaches veterinary technology at Globe University in Green Bay. This is her first time working with sled dogs but she has a vast amount of veterinary experience. Her veterinary medical experience includes working with the Military Working Dogs, shelter medicine, emergency medicine, surgery and anesthesiology, veterinary ophthalmology, and nutrition. She lives in Freedom, Wisconsin with her three year old daughter. In her spare time she is a foster parent and volunteers for a local spay/neuter clinic.
Deb Roedel, CVT
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