Dr. Tom Gilligan:
Dr. Gilligan, born in Boston, MA, studied at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, acquired, within seven years, both his Bachelor of Science and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation in 1984, he practiced in South Dakota for one and a half years before moving to Wisconsin.
Under his guidance, the North Lake Veterinary Clinic has grown from its humble beginnings in 1988, to a state of the art practice and facility. Continuing education and staff development have been priorities for Dr. Gilligan. His interests in veterinary medicine are varied: he enjoys the medical challenges of a general practice, and his surgical interests include soft tissue surgery as well as selected orthopedic procedures.
Service to the community and the profession has also been a focus for Dr. Gilligan. He has coached numerous youth athletic teams, volunteered with the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs, served as past president and was a founding member of the North Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and acts as ad hoc chair of a Thanksgiving volunteer group. He has also served on the board of directors of the Humane Animal Welfare Society and is on the board of directors of Wildlife in Need.
Professionally Dr. Gilligan is a past president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the Waukesha Veterinary Medical Association. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Under his leadership North Lake Veterinary Clinic has been certified as a “Feline Friendly Practice.”
Dr. Gilligan has two sons: Colin, who graduated West Point in 2011 and is now a helicopter pilot for the Army. He is currently deployed overseas. Sean attends UW Milwaukee and will be studying abroad in Ireland in the spring of 2018. Dr. Gilligan’s interests outside of work are snowboarding, mountain biking and traveling Wisconsin roads on his Harley. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol at Little Switzerland and the Wisconsin Bike Patrol for mountain bike races throughout Southeast Wisconsin. And of course playing with Riddle and Ponder, his Coon Hound Mix dogs. Riddle is pictured above getting his teeth brushed. The boys gets to come to work every day with Dr. Gilligan; please feel free to ask to meet them!
Dr. Kristine Kistner
While growing up in Sussex, Wisconsin, Dr. Kristine Kistner knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. She had almost every type of pet imaginable. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Zoology in 2003, followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. During her time at UW-Madison, she gained valuable experience through her various positions within the veterinary teaching hospital, veterinary pharmacy, and a veterinary surgical specialty clinic. She was also a volunteer through the Dane County Humane Society Friends of Ferals program.
After graduation, she and her husband, Steve, moved back to Waukesha. He opened a jewelry store in Delafield called Steven Paul Designs, and she began working at a busy companion animal hospital in Salem. Almost 7 years later, she decided to accept a position closer to home in Waukesha. While Dr. Kistner formed many great relationships with her clients and pets during her past several years there, she was very excited for the opportunity to join the wonderful team at North Lake Veterinary Clinic in April 2016.
Dr. Kistner enjoys the many different areas of veterinary medicine, but she has a special interest in working up internal medicine cases and client education. Her philosophy is to treat her patients as if they were her own pets.
When Dr. Kistner is not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She and her husband have two wonderful children (daughter Brooklyn and son Mason). They also have three mixed breed dogs (Bella, Xena, Hope), two cats (Stanley and Star), and Daffodil the Holland Lop. She loves to travel any opportunity that she gets. When the weather is nice, you will find her outdoors. She enjoys outings with her kids, taking photos, camping, canoeing, hiking, boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving. She is also actively involved with Keshena Animal Help and Rescue and regularly volunteers her time to provide veterinary care to the pets belonging to the members of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.
Dr. Ruth Clark
Dr. Clark grew up in Fort Atkinson, WI, spending most of her time outdoors exploring nature with her dog, Sheba, always by her side. In her youth she was involved in her church and numerous athletics including basketball, softball, volleyball and tennis. She had the privilege of living next to a working farm where the dream to become a veterinarian was born.
Dr. Clark attended both undergraduate and Veterinary School at UW-Madison, graduating with her DVM in 2004. During her senior year of veterinary school she did an externship at Veterinary Emergency Service (VES) in Madison, WI, and joined the staff as an associate doctor after graduation. Her first year of practice was split between a busy companion animal practice in Janesville and VES, joining VES full time the following year and staying there for a total of 11 years before feeling the need and desire to rejoin private practice once again. The blend of both emergency and private practice has been invaluable to her over the years connecting her to numerous people both personally and professionally. Before joining the North Lake Veterinary team, Dr. Clark also spent time providing regular and relief veterinary services in Waunakee, Madison and Waukesha, where she crossed paths with Dr. Kistner.
Dr. Clark currently serves on the Board of Directors for Capital K9’s, a non-profit organization that fundraises and provides the city of Madison with their canine unit. She is the primary care veterinarian for police canine “Carl” and has worked with the Madison Police Department in the past providing emergency and first aid training to both the canine officers and paramedics who respond to calls with the canine unit.
Dr. Clark and her husband live on a little farmette in Lake Mills, WI, with their 2 children, 2 cats, one lucky German Shepherd farm dog, and an ever expanding flock of chickens. There are future plans to start beekeeping and add dairy goats.
Dr. Clark’s husband serves the city of Madison as a police officer and his country as an enlisted member of the Air National Guard. Her son enjoys reading and running and plans to join the Civil Air Patrol this year as a youth member. Her daughter enjoys coming to work with Dr. Clark on Saturday mornings and playing with her kitten, Oscar, who is known to fit into 18 inch doll clothes.
In her free time, Dr. Clark enjoys spending time with her family and friends and finds relaxation through cooking, gardening, traveling and spending time in and on the water, preferably with her dog, Klauss, by her side. Professionally she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and past member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Her favorite nonprofessional affiliations include the Natural Resources Foundation and the National Audobon Society. Ask her about some of the amazing field trips she has participated in with her family!
Dr. Alyssa Smith
Dr Alyssa Smith grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she spent most of her time enjoying the outdoors with her two sisters and dog, Zurphy. As with most veterinarians, she has wanted to be a vet since childhood. Throughout school she participated in swimming, soccer, and tennis, which she continued in college. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College in 2013, and attended Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2018. During school she both worked for and completed an externship with NLVC. The highlight of her senior year was working within the specialty medicine departments, especially dermatology and oncology. She also enjoys the challenge of internal medicine cases.
Dr Smith recently relocated to Wisconsin where her husband, Jared, grew up and they live in the town of Erin. Jared works as a mechanical design engineer at Midwest Engineering Systems. Outside of working Alyssa enjoys time with her friends and family, hiking, camping, gardening, and spending time in/on the water. She is looking forward to meeting and working with everyone at North Lake!