The UP 200, Midnight Run & Jack Pine 30

Find Us on Facebook YouTube

2014 Veterinary Team

Jeanie WilcoxDr. 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.  

Nichole WaliszewskiNicole (Waliszewski) Mueller, DVM is a 2006 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and member of the ISDVMA.  She is an associate veterinarian at Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital and Exotic Care, a small and exotic animal practice in the Milwaukee area.  This is her fourth year as a member of the UP200/Midnight run veterinary team.  The dogs and mushers continue to amaze her and she hopes to be able to continue caring for the teams for many years to come.

MJ WixsomDr. MJ Wixsom, DVM  Dr. MJ Wixsom is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. While in the Coast Guard, she spent 5 years at sea including the command of two cutters. She graduated from the University of  Missouri-Columbia, and recently opened Guardian Animal Medical Center. Dr. Wixsom was an Iditarod Trail Vet for 3 years and helped with pre-race physicals for two years before that. She has also previously been part of the veterinary teams for the John Beargrease Marathon, the Race to the Sky, the Flambeau Classic, and the UP200. In addition to volunteering at sled dog races, she leads a Girl Scout Troop, does wildlife rehabilitation and release, and is active with the local gifted kids program, and, several years ago, headed up the daffodil project in Ashland’s Central Park planting over 12,000 daffodils. Her husband Matt is an attorney. They will celebrate 34 years of marriage later this year and have M’Kinzy, a 13 year old daughter.

Pauline SchroederPauline F Schroeder, DVM is a 2001 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation she started practicing at the Iron Mountain Animal Hospital and has been there ever since.  She got started in sled dog medicine in 2005 and has been at several UP 200 races since 2007.




David GagnonDavid Gagnon, DVM is a 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  David has participated with us in the past, but now he FINALLY graduated and is truly a veterinarian.  He works at a small animal practice in Kaukauna, WI and stays active through running, biking, canoeing, fishing, and camping.  David decided he likes the sled dog world enough to stick it out with us and he enjoys the long days and nights in the cold with the dogs and their mushers.


Jeff LaHuis, DVM  Dr. Jeff LaHuis graduated from Michigan State University in 1995 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a B.S. in Animal Science.  Since graduation, he has practiced medicine around the state.  Dr. LaHuis is the current owner of Sault Animal Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Before purchasing the clinic, he was employed at a large, 9 vet hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan.  There he honed his skills at surgery and diagnostic ultrasound.  Dr. LaHuis has a special focus on the problems associated with working dogs, from strains and sprains to behavioral problems.  Personally he has trained several dogs through schutzhund, including titling two of his own dogs.

Thomas D. Gustafson, DVM    Since 1994, Dr. Tom has served as a trail vet and chief vet on various sled dog races in the UP and Midwest, including the  UP 200 and Midnight Run, Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, Seney 300, John Beargrease Marathon, The G-M Classic, and The Great Trail Sled Dog Race.  Dr. Tom practices in Manistique, MI where he co-owns the Thompson Veterinary Clinic (  He and his wife, Cory, and four children share their hobby farm with animals too numerous to mention individually.

Dr. Nick Vukich, DVM has been involved with sled dog sports since obtaining his first husky in the early 1970′s. His interest in the sport and , more importantly, the dogs, carried through to veterinary college where he was given the opportunity to work on a research project during the 1995 Iditarod. He has been an ISDVMA member and active trail veterinarian ever since. Besides working several Iditarods, Dr. Vukich has also participated in many races in The United States and Canada, including: The John Beargrease Marathon, UP200, Can-Am Crown, Copper Basin 300, Percy DeWolfe, Seeny 300, Tachquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, The Apostle Islands and other races that aren’t even around anymore! Dr. Vukich graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and currently owns a small animal practice in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Dr. Vukich is a past recipient of the ISDVMA Roland “Doc” Lombard Student Research award and the Iditarod Official Finishers Club ” Golden Stethoscope Award”. Dr Vukich is currently a board member with the ISDVMA.

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 is a veterinarian for Arena Wisconsin. She trains veterinary technicians at the Madison Area Technical College. In the past she has run a recreational team of 8 rescued Siberian huskies (yes, slow is their speed) who have unfortunately all passed on to the big team in the sky. She enjoys meeting all of you and helping your “athlete” dogs stay healthy.

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!




meghanmarksMeghan 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-Saari, CVT Kris has been involved with sled dog racing since 2009, and this will be her 2nd 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.  She has worked the UP200/Midnight Run and Gichigami Express sled dog races.  Kris lives in Esko,Minnesota with her husband, two teen-age daughters, 3 horses, 4 dogs, 4 cats and a ferret.  In her spare time, she loves to compete in endurance/competitive riding with her horses, camping, trap shooting, golf and watching her daughters compete in hockey and soccer.

Gabrielle Radford

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.


Beckie Hacker, CVT has been a certified veterinary technician since 1996, working mostly in emergency, intensive care, and small animal practice settings. She is also certified in equine and canine massage. Beckie has been involved with sled dog racing since 2003. Beckie loves the people that the race brings together and the amazing canine athletes that are the basis for the event. She also volunteers her time to the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Gichigami Express, Apostle Island, UP200/Midnight Run and the CopperDog sled dog race veterinary teams. In her spare time Beckie enjoys traveling, horseback endurance/trail riding and of course mushing dogs!

Jessi HurdJessi Hurd, LVTJessi Hurd is a 2008 graduate from Baker College of Cadillac, Michigan. She has an Associates Degree in Applied Science in the Veterinary Technology Program. She has wanted to be in the veterinary field since she was 6 years old and is very proud of achieving that goal. At home she resides with her husband, Gordon, 14-month-old daughter, Lenore, 3 cats (Fiona, Zoey & Charlie), 2 dogs (Ella & Molly) and their rat Edgar. Her husband is Active Duty military in the United States Coast Guard, which has sent them to numerous places including a 3-year stint in Ketchikan, Alaska where she met Iditarod musher, Angie Taggart. It was then she first began learning about sled dog races and the incredible people and dogs that participate in them. This is the first year she will be volunteering at a race and she is really looking forward to it.  At the Gwinn-Sawyer Veterinary Clinic where she currently works, she enjoys small exotics and dentistry. Outside of work she enjoys crocheting, reading, Spinning, Geocaching and any activity with her family. 


Becky Kivington, CVT

Heather Grimes, LVT

Tracey Skibo, LVT

Deb Roedel

Vet Students

 Jack Hammersky

Vetlings(pre-Vet student volunteers)

Bailey Andrejewski

Molly Kellner (Grand Marias)

Darien Steiner

Megan McGuire

Mickey Gosh

Courtney Young

Dana Gilbertson

Stephanie Bos

Alexandra Bott

Lauren Flowers

Kaylie Tasson

Jessi Gygi

Bailey Hoerner

Emily Bertucci

Jacquelyn Guth

Andrea Krieter

Sierra Raglin

Kevin Krueger

Next race:

2015 RACE:
February 12th-16th

Hosting by 906 Technologies

906-228-3072 (Pat Torreano) or 906-362-3785 (Ron Hewson)
Registration Inquiries: 906-869-2640 (Pam Forsberg)

PO Box 15 • Marquette, Michigan

Copyright © 2011 by the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association

Website hosting provided by 906 Technologies