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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.