DVM, Practice Owner
Dr. Kristine Collins graduated with her Veterinary Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2001. She continued her education with a small animal surgical internship with Surgical Options in Madison.
She worked in a clinic south of Madison since 2002. She enjoyed working with all species of animals both large and small. However, since 2005 she has focused on dogs, cats and household pets in the areas of medicine, surgery and emergency care. She opened Sauk Point Veterinary Clinic to continue her ideal of being a neighborhood veterinarian to an extended community. She enjoys her calling as a veterinarian, and sharing her knowledge of general science and medicine with pet owners and her friends.
Dr. Pamela Sanftleben graduated in 1990 with her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin Madison. In 2016, Dr. Pamela became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, in Florida.
Dr. Sanftleben grew up in the Madison Area. Veterinary Medicine has always been her passion. She worked at a local veterinary clinic for 12 years, while she completed high school, college and veterinary school. Upon graduation from veterinary school she worked in emergency medicine in Waukesha, WI and was on adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois-School of Veterinary Medicine. She began to miss Madison and returned accepting a position at a busy practice on the westside for 24 years. In the spring of 2017 we invited her to join our passionate and caring team here at Sauk Point Veterinary Clinic.
She enjoys clinical and internal medicine, dermatology (allergies), oncology and problem solving. Preventative medicine, wellness and geriatric patient care are also of special interest to her. During her time away from the office, she enjoys writing, reading, hiking, biking and scuba diving. Some of her favorite places to unwind are at Devil’s lake, the movies, the gym and at home with her family and pets.
DVM, MPH, MA
Dr. Miranda Lea Braithwaite is a graduate of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health in 2018. She continued her training by completing an internship in Primary Care at UW Veterinary Care and WisCARES, a clinic with a special emphasis on increasing access to veterinary care. Throughout her time with this program that serves low-income pet owners she developed a holistic view of health for both pet and guardian, and is creative in designing treatment plans to serve the whole family.
Her veterinary passions include increasing access to health care, client education, preventative medicine, and all things cats. She is also excited to help care for your exotic companion animals, and delights in all the nuances of the various species she treats. Dr. Braithwaite is certified in Companion Animal Euthanasia through the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA), and is honored to use these skills to help families.
Prior to veterinary school, she earned a Master of Arts in Spanish Literature and was a college-level Spanish instructor. Dr. Braithwaite shares her life with a shy Siamese named Samson, an outgoing Devon Rex (who plays fetch!) named Percy, and her Plott Hound pup, Polly. Outside of veterinary medicine she enjoys reading, running, playing board games with friends, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Dr. Katie Weber graduated in 2019 with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
While she loves working with dogs and cats, she is also interested in exotic species including reptiles, fish, and small mammals. Dr. Katie grew up on a pig farm in central Illinois, approximately 4 hours south of Chicago. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, she moved to Casper, WY to work as a fisheries and herpetology technician for the Wyoming Game & Fish. She then moved back to Illinois to work with the Illinois Natural History Survey assessing game fish populations and evaluating the effects of Asian carp on local fish species. Her change of career stemmed from a desire to do more to help people and their pets within the community. Her main interests in veterinary medicine include effective pain management techniques across all vertebrates, dental care, husbandry, and soft-tissue surgery. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, playing guitar, reading, and making people laugh. She has one dog, two cats, and two snakes, and she hopes to start a small aquaponics operation in the future using various species of fish.
An only child, I am very close with my parents who still live in my hometown of Platteville, WI. My independent father lost his sight when I was very young and has enjoyed the companionship and freedom offered by several amazing German shepherd Seeing Eye Guide Dogs over the past 40 years. Graduating from UW-Platteville with a double major in biology/zoology and music (flute and piano), vet school was my next conquer. Living and practicing in and around the Madison area since graduation from UW-Madison Vet School 21 years ago, I have enjoyed exploring this beautiful and enriching community. Professionally, my passions are Small Animal Behavior, Pain and Wound management, Natural and Alternative therapies, Small Mammal care, and Fear-Free Visit Strategies. Personally, I love all things outdoors, especially WI (camping, hiking, running, biking, paddling, disc golfing, skijoring) and adventuring far and wide with my husband and 8 year old standard poodle, “Rogue”. When she was diagnosed with digital melanoma at age 3, I became an aggressive supporter and fundraiser for the local cancer organization, Czar’sPromise! Lastly, my husband and I have had the good fortune to travel to several countries in Europe, climb Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, see Machu Picchu, bike around Spain, and hike to the base camp of Mt. Everest in Nepal!
CVT, Employee Manager
Sara has been a CVT at Sauk Point since 2013, when she graduated from the Madison College Veterinary Technician program. Sara grew up in Antigo, WI. She lives in Fitchburg with her husband, three children, shih-tzu mix; Apollo, Siamese cat; Athena, bunny; Romeo and other animals. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, biking, hiking, camping, swimming and just being outdoors.
Katelyn graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Madison College in 2013. She has been at Sauk Point Veterinary Clinic since 2014. She is originally from Kenosha, WI and now lives in Evansville with her boyfriend Brandon. She has two cats: Mick and Asher; and two dogs: Rambo (pitbull) and Dixie (Boxer). In her free time she likes to paint, craft, spend time outside, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
Taylor grew up in the Madison area. She joined our team when she graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Madison College in 2015. She loves rabbits; her first love being her three- legged rabbit named Kya. She now shares her home with her beagle, Rue, her rescue, Brooks, and her rabbits Benvi and Chaplin. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, road trips, camping including overlanding in her Subaru with a roof top tent, taking her dogs for long walks, and making new toys and puzzles for her rabbits.
Candi graduated with her Bachelors degree in Animal Science from UW-Platteville in 2015. She continued her education at Madison College in the Veterinary Technician program. She joined the Sauk Point Team in 2017 after she graduated from the program. She is also CPR certified. She lives with her American Bulldog named Tequila and her cat Rex. In her free time she enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with friends, family and her new baby girl.
Hannah graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Madison College in spring of 2020. She is looking to be certified by the fall of 2020. Hannah is originally from Illinois but is currently living in Fitchburg with her husband Sam and her two beagles Lilo and Bentley. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking and spending time with her friends and family.
I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician for four years and am thrilled to be joining the team at Sauk Point Veterinary Clinic. I grew up in Palatine, IL and graduated from Iowa State University, before obtaining my veterinary technician degree from Madison Area Technical College here in Madison, WI. I am an avid animal and outdoor enthusiast. When not in the clinic, I can be found in the company of my best bud, Yukon. Yukon is a Lab mix rescue pup from Alabama and we found each other when he was only a few weeks old. Yukon and I go on many hiking adventures all around the state and the country. We are currently planning trips to Yukon, Oklahoma and the Yukon Territory in Canada. Our absolute favorite local hikes are on the Ige Age Trail. You can follow our adventures on Instagram – #yukonmydog. In addition to Yukon, I have two rabbits named Atlas and Achilles. My favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is working with clients to optimize patient care. I look forward to meeting you and your animal companions!
Ariel got their BS in biology from UW – Stevens Point in 2016 initially intending to pursue a career in wildlife rehabilitation. After a short time working as a zookeeper in Minocqua, they have decided to go back to their long-term dream of working in a veterinary setting and are now back in school to get certified as a veterinary technician. Ariel grew up with 6 different cats, and now shares their home with their husband, three cats, a ball python, one crested gecko, one leopard gecko, and a 10-gallon tank of fish. Ariel fills their free time with cooking, reading, staying physically active, and spending time with their family.
CLIENT CARE SPECIALISTS
Eryn graduated with her BA in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. After graduation she spent some time in the environmental field working on a family-owned organic vegetable farm and working as a volunteer wildlife assistant at DCHS helping to rehabilitate native Wisconsin wildlife. She is excited to join the veterinary world where she will get to engage directly with people who care for animals as much as she does! In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, hanging out with friends, traveling, and being out in nature.
Sarah began as a Client Care Specialist in 2016. A lover of all animals, Sarah’s family includes her husband, 2 adult children, 3 Australian Shepherds, a Whippet, 2 cats, assorted Discus fish, and an African Gray parrot to round out the crew. It’s a zoo! In her free time, Sarah enjoys hot yoga, hiking with her dogs, watching Netflix, spending time with family out West, and unwinding with a glass of wine. She loves working at the clinic and helping pets live their best lives.
Peyton grew up in Deforest, WI. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from UW-Platteville in May 2020. When she’s not working at Sauk Point Vet Clinic, she’s working at Paradise Paws. In April 2020, she adopted her dog Layla, who was a foster failure. In her free time she likes to read, walk her dog, hangout with friends and watch Netflix.
Kristine grew up in Monroe, Wisconsin but moved to Madison to complete her BS in Biology with a Certificate in Global Health from UW-Madison. She is now attending the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and aspires to practice as a small animal veterinarian with an emphasis on civic education. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her handsome tabby, supporting the Badgers, volunteering with local animal non-profits, and traveling.
Courtney grew up in Northern Virginia just outside of D.C. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2012 with a BS in Chemistry and Forensic Science. Courtney moved to Madison in 2017 with her husband Alex and their pet dog, cat and rabbit. Courtney is currently a second year veterinary student at the University of Wisconsin school of Veterinary Medicine. In her spare time Courtney enjoys hiking with her husband and their dog Marla, going to the dog park, spending time outdoors, keeping active, listening to podcasts, and more recently rock climbing.
Tia is a student at UW Madison with plans to go to veterinary school. She is from Illinois and when she is not working hard and Sauk Point or studying, she enjoys spending time with her family and fostering animal.
Zach grew up in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and has returned to the area after graduating from UW-Milwaukee. Zach has degrees in Biology and Psychology, and he is currently in veterinary school at UW-Madison. Zach’s dream is to be a primary care small animal veterinarian because he enjoys building relationships with animals and their families. In his free time, Zach enjoys reading, doing house projects, and spending time with his wife and two dogs.
Kaity grew up in Southern Wisconsin. She recently moved to Mazomanie, WI. Kaity has worked at a humane Society before moving to working in a veterinary clinic two years ago. She has two dogs, Aurora and Riley and one dog at her parents, Indy. In her spare time, Kaity enjoys horseback riding, skijoring with her dogs and hiking.
Bonnie comes to Sauk Point Vet with over 16 years experience working in various roles at local humane societies. She has always been interested in medical care of the animals. Bonnie is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in animal care through veterinary work. She shared this passion with her daughter, Hailey, through many foster kittens and puppies that need tender care. Outside of work, Bonnie enjoys cooking/grilling, spending time with her friends, UTV riding and canoeing. She also loves spending time with her boyfriend Rod at their home in rural Black Earth where they live with their dog Murrey, chickens, and cats Nessy, Pumpkin, Scout and Maww Cat.
Lucy grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. She has always aspired to work in a veterinary setting and is excited to learn and grow at Sauk Point Veterinary Clinic. Lucy plans to go to MATC to become a Certified Veterinary Technician later on. She currently has two pets: Pidge, a cat, and Billie, a mini bernedoodle and loves them more than anything. In her free time, Lucy enjoys horseback riding, going to concerts, listening to music, and going on walks.
Gillian grew up just north of Madison, Wisconsin. As a child, she was unable to have a dog as she had always dreamed, but was fortunate enough to have pets such as hermit crabs, walking sticks, a hedgehog, and a horse on a family farm. She worked dogsitting jobs and at a local pet boarding facility in her high school years to get her fix. Before joining the team at Sauk Point Veterinary Clinic, she worked at a horse barn where she was able to grow and figure out her passions. Now she hopes to gain more experience in the medical treatment of animals, expressing interest in wildlife rehabilitation while spending a lot of her time surrounded by it while camping, hiking, and trail riding, all done with her rescue dog, Kaya.
McKenna grew up in Balsam Lake, a tiny town in northwest Wisconsin. She is an Animal Sciences major at UW-Madison with plans to attend UW School of Veterinary Medicine. McKenna hopes to own a clinic or rescue someday. She enjoys working with horses, dogs, and exotic pets, though her passion is helping all animals achieve the wellbeing they deserve. Outside of her busy schedule, McKenna likes to stay active by weightlifting and playing club hockey at UW, tend to her six pet rats, and read.