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, a cat and 2 pet rats. 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. Rachel Weiher
Dr. Rachel Weiher grew up in Hartland and is even a proud former Arrowhead Warhawk. She is very excited to be returning “home” after attending the University of Minnesota for veterinary school, graduating in 2016, and practicing in southern Wisconsin ever since. While Dr. Weiher first considered the thought of being a veterinarian at a very young age, she considered several other career possibilities throughout high school and college before returning to the plan of attending veterinary school. During school she developed a particular interest in soft tissue surgery, anesthesiology, and dentistry. She also has a particular affinity for the feline patients.
Outside of work, Dr. Weiher enjoys riding and showing American Saddlebred horses, which she has been doing since the age of 9. She also enjoys biking, sewing, and most other various forms of crafting. She currently resides with her 2 cats as well as a rotating supply of bottle-fed kitten fosters from the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) in Waukesha.
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. They have an adorable Goldendoodle, Theo, that keeps them busy! Outside of working Alyssa enjoys time with her friends and family, hiking, camping, gardening, and spending time in/on the water.