Meet the team dedicated to the compassionate and efficient care of your patient, every hour of every day. Our selection and review process ensures that our team is full of medical professionals who demonstrate expertise in their field, unity in their team orientation, accountability in their actions, and equality with all members within the team. 

4Core Development Team


Certified Veterinary Technician

Canine Massage Therapist

4Core Member

Amanda Bruder, CVT

Amanda has been working in veterinary medicine since 2002. She graduated from Argosy University and has been a CVT since 2006. She shares her home with her husband, two daughters, and a variety of pets, including 9 dogs, 2 cats, an Amazon parrot, a tortoise, a donkey, a one-eyed pony and a flock of chickens and pigeons. Other hobbies she enjoys include camping, reading, hunting her dogs, crafting and repurposing treasures.



Certified Veterinary Technician

4Core Member

Betheny Seubert, CVT

Betheny was born in Colorado but grew up in Central Wisconsin. She graduated from MATC in 2009 with an AAS- Veterinary Technology and also passed the VTNE in the same year.  She and her husband, Keith, have two wonderful young boys. They also have two cats at home named Boccio and Rollie. She enjoys spending time with her family, photography, reading, and being outdoors.


Certified Veterinary Technician

4Core Member

Mariah Shultz, CVT

Mariah has been with us since September 2017. She graduated from UW Stevens Point in May 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She also received her Associates degree in Applied Veterinary Technology from Broadview University in December 2017. Mariah has been working with animals her entire life. She grew up in Stevens Point and was raised on a hobby farm where her love for animals developed into her passion. Now she owns her own hobby farm where she cares for her two dogs, Olive and Stella, two cats, Sheldon and Scooter along with a variety of chickens, ducks and a guinea hen. In her free time, when she’s not tending to her farm, she enjoys sewing, crafting, fishing, kayaking and spending time with her friends and family.


Certified Veterinary Technician

4Core Member

Trevor West, CVT

Trevor was born and raised in central Wisconsin. He began his career in veterinary medicine as an assistant at a local animal clinic in early 2000 while attending UWSP. After 4 years of working as a veterinary assistant, he decided to take the veterinary technician national exam, and in 2004 he earned certification as a veterinary technician.

Role Management Team


Certified Veterinary Technician

Shelter Engagement Coordinator

A. Molly Backlund, CVT

Molly graduated from Globe University with an associate degree in Applied Science for Veterinary Technology in 2016. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her friends and her cats, Katy and Kasper.

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Clerk of Accounts Receivable

Rachel Ducat

Rachel was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In July 2018 she took a leap of faith and moved to Wisconsin to work for PAW Health Network and hasn’t looked back since. She graduated from Ferris State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Systems Administration.  Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, fishing and spoiling her dog, Bella.


Caregiver Support Staff

Design Director

Grant Grabow

Grant started working for PAW in January 2019 as one of our Caregiver Support Staff members and quickly took on an additional role as our Design Consultant. He is currently studying Graphic Design at UW Stevens Point and is very passionate about the work he creates. He is originally from the Wausau area but also lived in Eau Claire from 2010-2016. He also lived in Germany for the end of 2016 and returned to Wisconsin in 2017. Some of Grants favorite hobbies are swimming, hiking, reading, cooking and traveling.



Caregiver Support Staff

Marketing Director

Office Generalist

Ben Glascock

Ben was born and raised in the Greater Wausau Area where he and his wife have now started a family of their own with their son and dog, Holly. He enjoys spending time with family, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, bowls competitively, plays Dungeons and Dragons and when the weather permits go for a ride on his motorcycle. He graduated from UW Stevens Point with a B.S. Marketing and Business Management Degree in 2014. For the past 3 years Ben worked with PAW on various projects thru his previous employment and in March 2019 he decided to join PAW to support our vision with patient care. He is part of our Caregiver Support Staff, Office Generalist and Marketing Director.


Certified Veterinary Technician

Inventory Coordinator

Sarai Prochazka, CVT

Sarai was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She came to central Wisconsin to peruse her dream of helping animals. She graduated from Broadview University in June 2017 and has been with the PAW Health team since. She enjoys spending free time with her friends, family, and two dogs, Chase and Rey.

Support Team


Certified Veterinary Technician

Megan Nelson, CVT

Megan was in the MATC-Madison class of 2010 when she received her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She also attended UW-Eau Claire, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Psychology. Megan started working with us in September 2015 which gives her a total of 12 years that she has been working in the Veterinary field. A few of her favorite hobbies are playing hockey, soccer, swimming and spoiling her beagle- Gunnar and 3 cats- Brewer, Sydney and Stella. In her free time, she also enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, husband Chris, 7yo twin boys Parker and Brayden and her 4yo daughter Eisley.


Certified Veterinary Technician

Amy Berens, CVT

Amy was born and raised in Stevens Point, WI. She graduated from Madison College in 2014 and has been a CVT ever since. She has been working with animals for the past 10 years between pet sitting and working at a pet resort. She began her employment with PAW as a CVT in November 2018 and we are so glad to have her on our team. She has a cat named Riley McGonagall and her dog, Bailey who is a retired research Beagle. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her family, pets and friends, she plays hockey, water skies and enjoys kayaking.

DeAnna Web

Certified Veterinary Technician

DeAnna LaFontaine, CVT

DeAnna’s hometown is Eau Claire, WI. At a young age, DeAnna volunteered working with animals and later became an animal caretaker in high school. She then moved on to receive her Associates degree in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology from Globe University Appleton in 2014. In November 2018 she moved to Wausau and joined our team her at PAW Health Network. DeAnna has a dog, Pebbles, 2 cats, Gizmo and Twinkles and on her time off she enjoys going for walks with her daughter, Iva Belle. A few more of her favorite hobbies include hunting, boating and gardening.


Medical Support Staff

Hannah Leveque

Hannah is a native Wisconsinite originally from Antigo and is a recent graduate of the NTC Veterinary and Dairy Science program. Hannah has always had a great love for animals and is excited to make caring for them an essential part of her career. When she is not at work, Hannah enjoys hanging out with her cat Neeko and dog Butler, rollerblading, swimming and reading.


Caregiver Support Staff

Ashley Verhagen

Ashley is a lifelong Wisconsin native and has been with PAW since January of 2020. Previously, Ashley had graduated from UWSP with B.S in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience and Psychology, and she has held many different jobs working with animals over the last 4 years. In her free time, Ashley enjoys hiking and swimming, as well as obedience training with her dog Pyper. 


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Heather Halfmann, DVM

Heather grew up in the small town of Darboy, just outside of Appleton. She graduated from UW Madison in1997 and practiced in small animal medicine for 20 years in Green Bay. For 10 of those years she was filling in at PAW Health when needed and in December 2017 she decided to join our team full-time. Rounding out her family is her son Bryce and her dog Toots.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Caroline Rauschendorfer, DVM

Caroline Rauschendorfer, DVM is a part time Veterinarian with PAW Health. A graduate of Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, Caroline’s full time job is in eastern Minnesota where she lives with her fiancé Evan, her two dogs Sirius and Remus, and her two cats, Crookshanks and Norbert. In her free time, Caroline enjoys CrossFit, Reading and traditional Bavarian dancing. She is also a big fan of the Harry Potter, Marvel and Star Wars series.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Janessa Thompson, DVM

Dr. Janessa graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine 2015. She has interests in internal medicine and reproduction. She lives in Weston with several dogs and one cat, Rupert. In her free time, she competes with her dogs in various venues and knits.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dane Jespersen, DVM

Dr. Dane graduated from UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After practicing in Las Vegas, he returned to central Wisconsin. He has been practicing in Wisconsin since 2003.

Leadership Team



Chief Executive Officer

Chief Clinical Officer

Carlo A. Riolo, DVM

Carlo A. Riolo, DVM, earned his veterinary degree through Michigan State University and has worked in after-hours/emergency medicine since 2006. Along with the team at PAW Health, Dr. Riolo is actively redefining the veterinary industry through creative destruction of traditional policies, active strategic planning, engaged talent development, establishing a work environment built on mental health and wellness, providing all staff livable wages and benefits, and mentorship opportunities for students and graduates. Dr. Riolo believes that a healthy team functioning within a healthy cultural environment can usher in the future of the veterinary profession. 



Chief Operations Officer

Katie Niksich, DVM MPH

Dr. Katie grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and was very active in 4-H.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Minnesota.   She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Wausau-area since 2008.  She enjoys spending time with her family and tending to their hobby farm in her free time.


Certified Veterinary Technician

Senior Accountability Officer

Annie Falkowski, CVT

Annie started with PAW in August of 2016. Annie graduated from Madison Area College in 2010 with an AAS - Veterinary Technology and passed the VTNE that same year. Annie also received her degree in Business Management through NTC in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, fishing, golfing and walking through the woods. They share their home with two cats, Brewer and Patron.