Our Veterinary Staff

At Companion Animal Hospital Kenosha, we take pride in having such a talented and friendly group of veterinarians and supporting team members to care for your pets. Thanks to them, we can make exceptional care the norm and uphold our status as an AAHA-accredited hospital for the benefit of our patients and clients. If you have yet to meet our outstanding veterinary team, take a few minutes to learn about them!

Veterinarians

Veterinarians in Kenosha: Dr. Petereit

Dr. Scott Petereit

Brief summary about yourself?

Having graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991, Dr. Petereit brings over 20 years of clinical small animal medical experience to Companion Animal Hospital Kenosha. His interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and employing diagnostic modalities of ultrasound and endoscopy. He works hard to thoroughly educate pet owners about their pet’s care in order to help them make the best decisions regarding their well-being. Dr. Petereit is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Petereit volunteers his time to providing veterinary care to homeless pets at The Buddy Foundation, a no-kill shelter located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. When he is not helping pets he spends his time with his wife and three young children including the family dog, Tyler. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and loves fishing, hiking, and snowboarding.

What made you decide to become a vet?

I always loved the sciences and had raised one type of animal or another throughout my life. As a kid, I hatched and raised chickens, pigeons, and even had a pheasant as a pet. I had everything from salamanders to turtles, gerbils to guinea pigs, and even raccoon kits at one time. I got my father to take me to buy a dog with money I had been saving for two years when I was nine years old. When it was time to plan a career, veterinary medicine was the obvious choice.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a veterinarian?

No one particular moment stands out. Generally, when you can help a pet that is truly suffering or ill and help heal their illness to return them to the arms of their happy owners...this is always a big reward.

If you weren’t a vet, what would you do?

My second career choice was to be involved in some sort of wildlife management career. Perhaps I might be in this field now.

What animal scares you more than any other?

Maggots...yuck! Unfortunately, I have seen some animals that were so debilitated that their wounds were infested with maggots. I have nightmares about maggots.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

This is still a work in progress since I am still raising three children with my wife. Years from now, I hope I can look back and say that this was my greatest accomplishment.

What do you see as the greatest danger toward household pets?

Dental disease and obesity. I see both of these health issues lead to significant disease on a daily basis.

What is the most exotic animal you have treated?

A coatimundi. Basically South America's version of a raccoon. In veterinary school, I assisted with a black bear and a Siberian tiger...what an awesome animal!

What is your favorite comfort food?

I've never met a cheeseburger I did not like.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Cigarette butts thrown from a car window.

Name 4 things people might be surprised to know about you:

I was charged by a brown bear once in Alaska

I was a college cheerleader

I am a pretty good snowboarder

I can still walk at least 20 yards in a handstand

Dr. Rau-Holl

Dr. Laura Rau-Holl

Brief summary about yourself?

Dr. Rau-Holl graduated from Michigan State University. She worked in Wisconsin for a few years, then moved to East Peoria, IL and continued to work there. She took a break from practice while her children were small, but now that they're in school, she has decided to return. Dr. Rau is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and her practice interests include internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Rau enjoys spending time with her husband and children and most of their activities, such as biking, boating/watersports, and camping, center around family. On her own, Dr. Rau likes running/working out, cooking, and perhaps to a lesser degree, chauffeuring the kids to and from their activities. She volunteers as needed in their classrooms as well. They have a cat named Peter, fish, and two Bess beetles as pets.

What made you want to become a veterinarian?

I started college with the intention of becoming a registered nurse. My running coach gave me the book All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot with the advice “consider it.”  Raised on a working dairy farm, I always had animals around me—cattle, cats, dogs, chickens, ducks—so veterinary medicine seemed like a good choice.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a veterinarian?

I cannot recall a specific moment that sets itself apart from the others. The reward as a veterinarian, to me, comes from many different facets of the job. It is rewarding at a personal level to help pets and clients through difficult situations and illnesses. It is rewarding as a doctor to solve the health puzzles that pets can present us.

If you weren’t a vet, what would you do?

I would probably be a registered nurse as I originally planned.

What animal scares you more than any other?

Horses. They are beautiful, athletic, intelligent creatures, but I do not feel I have the “horse-sense” to interpret their body language and work with them safely. Most horses have me figured out pretty quickly, though.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

I have many personally significant accomplishments, but cannot rank any particular thing as a defining moment. Big things—certainly becoming a veterinarian was big, but at the end of the day, my family means the world to me.

What do you see as the greatest danger toward household pets?

Obesity. So many illnesses and quality of life issues stem from obesity. As a pet owner, I know that some days it is so easy to give out treats or food to make our pets happy, but most pets would be just as happy to be played with or taken for a walk.

What is the most exotic animal you have treated?

Hedgehog. I saw a couple of hedgehogs in my early days in practice. They are covered in small quills. They tuck their head in and curl up into a ball when they are frightened. Unless they could be coaxed out of their ball with some TLC, anesthesia was needed to even examine them.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Brownies. You can never go wrong with chocolate.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Disorganization. I don’t mind the presence of “stuff,” as long as there is order to it.

Name 5 things people might be surprised to know about you:

I am a farm kid. I was raised on a dairy farm in Michigan.

I am the last-born of my parents’ 6 daughters. Yes, my parents were raising crops and milking cows with all girls to help them. Better still, I am 14 years younger than my youngest sister. 

I have run from Grafton, WI to Milwaukee, WI--  26.2 miles.

I am domestic. I sew, cook, and craft.

I am a pretty decent boat driver if you ski or board--fishermen probably do not see it that way. 

Dr. Juleen

Dr. Nick Juleen

Brief summary about yourself?

Dr. Juleen graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. He completed a 13-month emergency and critical care internship at the Animal Emergency Center (now Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists) in Glendale, Wisconsin and has practiced general medicine in Southeast Wisconsin since 2006. Dr. Juleen has a passion for veterinary dentistry and a strong interest in internal, emergency, and critical care medicine. He is a member of the American and Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Associations and the American Veterinary Dental Society. When he is not caring for pets he spends time with his wife, two young daughters, and the two family black Labradors. In his free time, you can find him in the great outdoors.

What made you want to become a vet?

When I was eight years old, I accompanied my father to the veterinarian for our family dog’s exam. After that experience, the profession “called” to me.  I was always concerned about the welfare of companion animals and took it upon myself to learn about animal husbandry as I got older. The more I learned, the more I knew this was the profession meant for me.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a veterinarian?

Being able to use the gifts given to me along with my training to return pets home happy and healthy to their loving families.

If you weren’t a vet, what would you do?

I have a passion for American history, and as such, I would be a Professor of History at a university.

What animal scares you more than any other?

While technically not an animal, parasites scare me thanks to my wife’s frequent viewing of “Monsters Inside Me” on Animal Planet!

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

Completing my internship in emergency and critical care medicine, and having the family I do.

What do you see as the greatest danger toward household pets?

I see two great dangers towards pets; the first is dental disease and the second is toxicities, especially rodenticide and artificial sweeteners like xylitol.

What is the most exotic animal you have treated?

During my internship, I had to do surgery on an iguana that had swallowed a penny!

What is your favorite comfort food?

Pizza!

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Intolerance of other's opinions and views.

Name 4 things people might be surprised to know about you:

1.)    I love to do dishes and clean!

2.)    I love to play on my Playstation 3!

3.)    Despite being in Kenosha for 10 years, I still don’t know that much about it!

4.)    Despite the winters, Wisconsin is and will always be the best place to live for me!

Dr. Kalkhof

Dr. Natasha Kalkhof

Brief summary about yourself?

Dr. Kalkhof graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her undergraduate and veterinary degrees. She spent the following year in a small animal rotating internship in Lexington, Kentucky. This involved working closely with veterinary specialists and lots of emergency experience. Dr. Kalkhof has returned to Wisconsin to be closer to family and friends and because she loves this great state! While she learned a lot from her year with specialty and emergency medicine, she’s excited to enter the world of primary practice. Her veterinary interests include preventative medicine, behavior, and ophthalmology, and she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. In her spare time, Dr. Kalkhof loves traveling (abroad and domestically), spending time with family and friends, hiking, canoeing, trying new restaurants, making music, and watching Packer and Badger football games. Dr. Kalkhof has a cat named Luna (who is a beautiful princess) and a younger cat named Leroy (who is easily excitable and sometimes sweet).

What made you decide to become a vet?

I loved animals growing up, so in high school, I started working at a veterinary clinic. Not only were they helping animals, but the staff worked together so well that it was a fantastic work environment. It was a wonderful experience and I knew I would be happy as a veterinarian.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a veterinarian?

During my internship, there were multiple dogs I admitted to the hospital who had poor prognoses, either due to trauma or serious disease. Every time one was released, the tail wag as they were handed back to their owners was the most rewarding moment.

If you weren’t a vet, what would you do?

I would likely be a zookeeper, preferably at a zoo with pandas.

What animal scares you more than any other?

Spiders - they have far too many legs, even Charlotte’s Web gives me the willies!

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

Completing a small animal rotating internship to improve my veterinary skills and critical thinking for future patients.

What do you see as the greatest danger toward household pets?

Obesity is a complicating factor for all pets and it has become extremely common. Obesity creates additional problems as pets age and when they’re sick (such as diabetes, arthritis, hepatic lipidosis, and the list goes on).

What is the most exotic animal you have treated?

There wasn’t any treatment needed, but I helped with physical exams (including ultrasound) on multiple chimpanzees for their annual wellness exams.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Popcorn, particularly cheddar and movie theater popcorn!

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Littering, especially in nature preserves or by the lake.

Name 4 things people might be surprised to know about you:
  1. I have a Star Trek Original Series dress and I own every Star Trek movie.
  2. I lived in Ireland for 5.5 months on a pet farm and wildlife park.
  3. My father was a violinist and my mother the pianist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. They are enjoying their second year of retirement. I play the cello and piano.
  4. Keanu Reeves is my favorite celebrity.
Dr. Rothman

Dr. Morgan Rothman

Brief summary about yourself?

Dr. Rothman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both undergraduate (2015) and veterinary school (2020 – amid the COVID pandemic) and joined the Companion Animal Hospital team in June 2020. After a fair amount of exploration during school, Dr. Rothman decided that primary care practice is for her because of the variety of cases seen as well as the meaningful relationships you establish with clients. While all parts of veterinary medicine interest her, Dr. Rothman’s particular interests include surgery, dentistry, behavior, and preventative medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and is a Fear Free Certified veterinary professional. In her free time, Dr. Rothman enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, any type of outdoor activity, and rooting for the Wisconsin Badgers. She has two cats: Penny and Charlie (who she spayed in her third year of vet school).

What made you decide to become a vet?

In addition to caring for animals, I became a vet because I wanted to be there for the people that come with the animals From personal experience, I know how unsettling it is to see your pet in an abnormal state, and I want to be there to treat the pet as well as ensure owners that we are doing everything possible while they and their pet are in our care.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a veterinarian?

It makes my day when I can turn a pet’s experience at the vet into a positive one, especially with nervous pets.

If you weren’t a vet, what would you do?

I would probably be a camp director. This was my dream job for many years when I went to overnight camp.

What animal scares you more than any other?

Birds – their behavior is unpredictable, and they seemingly turn on you at any moment, but it’s possible that I don’t know enough about their behavior. They’re beautiful to look at from afar.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

As cliché as it sounds, it’s getting into veterinary school.

What do you see as the greatest danger toward household pets?

I have 2: Obesity, which predisposes our pets to a myriad of diseases, and household toxins. It’s not necessarily common knowledge that items such as grapes and xylitol are toxic to our pets.

What is the most exotic animal you have treated?

I didn’t directly treat her, but during my fourth year of vet school, I scrubbed in on an abdominal surgery on a ferret.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Matzo ball soup, especially if it’s homemade.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Slow drivers (that’s definitely the Chicagoan in me)

Name 4 things people might be surprised to know about you:
  1. I have a freckle in my right eye.
  2. I once met Colin Jost from SNL.
  3. I worked on a high ropes course during college and veterinary school.
  4. I’m allergic to dogs and cats, but they’re completely worth it!

Our Team

Jessica

Jessica, Hospital Manager & Certified veterinary technician

I started my veterinary career here at Companion Animal Hospital in 2003 as a kennel assistant while I was in high school. I climbed the ranks to veterinary assistant in 2006 and became a certified veterinary technician in 2010. I have always had a passion for animals and medicine and am lucky enough to work in what I love. I LOVE veterinary medicine! In July of 2016, I became the hospital manager of Companion Animal Hospital Kenosha and feel very lucky and proud to be at such an amazing hospital!

When I am not at work I am a mother of twin daughters. I am also a fur-mom to a "Chi-weenie" named Jager, a Pitbull named Chili, and a cat named Link. I like to be outdoors as much as possible, go up north to our family cabins, go boating, craft with my kids, watch Packer football, play volleyball and billiards, and I love Disney movies!

Lauren

Lauren, Veterinary Assistant & Nursing Supervisor

I joined the team at Companion Animal Hospital in May of 2017. I work full time as a veterinary assistant; however, my goal is to become a certified veterinary technician in the near future. I learn more and more about animals daily and enjoy helping clients with their pets. I have always loved dogs and never thought I would own a cat, but working at Companion has changed my mind! In 2017 I adopted a cat named Wally, who has become a close buddy to my 70-pound Pitbull mix, Iris. My favorite breed is the French Bulldog (viva la Frenchie), and I hope to have one in my lifetime!

I was born and raised in Kenosha, WI, graduated from Harborside Academy and took some classes at UW-Parkside and Gateway Technical College. When I’m not working I enjoy fishing with my dad, hanging out with friends, and enjoying the warmer months in Wisconsin. However, during football season, I will stand in the freezing cold with my family at Lambeau to watch the Packers!

Companion Animal Hospital is a fantastic place to work and I am grateful be part of such a great team!

Sydney

Sydney, Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

Michelle

Michelle, Customer Service Representative

I became a part of the Companion Animal Hospital team in 2018 as a client service representative. I started working part-time as I also worked at Safe Harbor Humane Society. I thoroughly enjoyed working here, so in 2020 I decided to take an opportunity to transition to full-time! I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and I am always eager to learn new things! It is a great feeling being able to be here for clients and their pets and I am always happy to help in any way that I can.

Animals have always been a huge part of my life and I knew it was the field that I was meant to work in. I currently have an American Akita and two cats. When I am not working, I am usually tackling any sort of craft project that I can, spending time with my wonderful pets and enjoying the company of family and friends.

Maddy

Maddy, CSR/Veterinary Assistant

I'm a full-time customer service representative and veterinary assistant here at Companion, and I started my journey in this field in the fall of 2019 as a customer service representative (CSR). I'm very happy and genuinely enjoy working at Companion Animal Hospital, I am learning so much every day! I plan on becoming a certified veterinary technician (CVT) someday in the future, and I am very grateful I have had the opportunity to grow in my career, and to spend every day doing a job that I love.

I was raised in Kenosha, WI, and graduated from Lakeview Technology Academy, where soon after I took some classes at UW Stevens Point and UW Parkside. My fiancée, Dalton, and I are pet parents to our beloved cat Waldo, leopard gecko Daisy, and our banana python, Leo (or as I call him, Noodle). We are planning to add a canine member to our family in the very near future! In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends, curling up with a good horror novel, spending time outdoors, and doing many various arts and crafts.

Stephie

Stephie, Veterinary Assistant

I grew up in Kenosha and graduated from Indian trail Academy in the biotechnology and environmental studies program in 2003. I attended Gateway Technical College after graduation to become a certified nursing assistant and started working at a nursing home in the Kenosha area. After working as a CNA for many years, I went back to college to be a medical assistant. I used my degree in a wide range of skill sets. In 2016, I moved down to the Jacksonville Florida area so my oldest son can attend a school for the deaf. It was there where I found my love for pit bulls and terrier mixes, it was there where I also learned what loss was. I lost my pitbull to acute kidney failure and from that day I have been working with animals. I started working at the Jacksonville Humane Society; I started in the community animal hospital and spread my wings over to the shelter medicine side. My goal is to become a certified veterinary technician and learn more about animals.

My kids and I live in the Kenosha area. I have two boys: Paul and Aspen. When I am not working at the clinic, I am either at home hanging out with my boys or watching hockey. We are big Blackhawks fans! My kids and I spend a lot of time together and they're my lifeline. I have one dog; a pitbull/boxer mix and Parvovirus survivor named Rizzo. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!

Emily

Emily, Veterinary Assistant

I joined the Companion Animal Hospital team in October of 2020 as a full-time Veterinary Assistant. It has by far been the most rewarding and exciting career I have ever had the pleasure of pursuing. I am a 2016 UW-Whitewater graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Art History however, my real calling has always been in the veterinary field. I participated in UKC dog agility for eight years as a trainer and have grown up rescuing all species of animals. I changed careers in 2018 and went back to school to ultimately graduate from a NAVTA accredited Veterinary Assistant program through Animal Behavior College.

I am the proud mom to two rescue cats, Mookie and Jada as well as a 100 lb. Akita, Griffin. They are the best part about coming home after a long day! I currently reside in the Lake Geneva area with my boyfriend Tyson, and we enjoy all the summer activities the area has to offer including kayaking, boating, and outdoor restaurants. I look forward to continuing this special career here at Companion!

Elise

Elise, Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Ty'Yandrea

Ty'Yandrea, Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Melissa

Melissa, Customer Service Representative

Bio coming soon.

Kacie

Kacie, Veterinary Assistant

I joined Companion in February of 2021. Since beginning my study of zoology and animal behavior at Michigan State University, my work has been all about animals. From rehabilitating mammals and birds for release back into the wild, to researching the ecology of infectious disease in crustaceans and amphibians in the laboratory, I can never get enough!

While I'm definitely a science and nature geek, I'm also a certified cat lady, with 3 fine felines of my own. One of my kitties is disabled, and I have a major soft spot for special needs pets. It even led me to adopt a 3-legged tortoise! In my spare time, I enjoy tending to my carnivorous plants, catching frogs, watching horror movies and cartoons, baking, listening to true crime podcasts, hunting for mushrooms, camping, flipping rocks to find bugs and salamanders, and spending as much time as I can with my pets!