Doctors & Staff
Robert McClellan (‘Dr. Bob’), DVM & Hospital Medical Director
It is awesome to work with such a large group of dedicated and passionate individuals, who are animal advocates. The team is highly service motivated, as well as knowledgeable about all things veterinary. And, the fact that we have such a great facility to practice veterinary medicine, in a small Wisconsin community, gives us the opportunity to make a difference in pets’ lives, and their family’s lives by maintaining the human-animal bond, every day.
Dr. Robert McClellan, also known as ‘Dr. Bob’, is the Medical Director at Superior Animal Hospital. He was raised on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin, and his family was close with local veterinarians; giving Dr. Bob a good concept of what the veterinary field was all about from the very beginning. He attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs as a chemistry major and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1986. Dr. Bob has professional interests in surgery, general canine and feline medicine, and small mammal (rabbit and pocket pet) care.
Dr. Bob worked in a mixed animal practice in Janesville, Wisconsin for 5 years; working with dogs and cats and assorted companion animals as well as farm animals and horses. For the next two years he worked at a companion animal emergency clinic in Rockford, Illinois and did relief work at a variety of veterinary practices in southern Wisconsin. In 1993, he moved to Superior, WI to work at Tower Avenue Veterinary Clinic before purchasing the practice in 1999. Tower Avenue Clinic became Superior Animal Hospital and Boarding Suites in 2003 when it moved to its new and current location on East 2nd Street.
Dr. Bob is an avid volunteer and involved with a number of organizations, including the Superior Rotary Club, Superior Sister City Commission, Humane Society of Douglas County, Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association, United Presbyterian Church, and Superior Jaycees.
Dr. Bob is married to Serena, who works at the hospital as a pet behavior and puppy class specialist, and has two children. Dr. Bob and his family enjoy canoeing, camping, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, vegetable gardening, and cooking. Their family pets include three rambunctious cats Grace, Miles and Virgil, and two Chihuahuas that have some special needs, Leo and Ami.
Matt Severs, DVM
Dr. Matt Severs grew up in Williams, MN, a small town in Lake of the Woods county. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, and went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 2015. Following graduation, Dr. Severs returned to the Duluth area to begin his veterinary career at Superior Animal Hospital. Dr. Severs has professional interests in soft-tissue surgery, oncology, and internal medicine.
Dr. Severs’ favorite part about working at Superior Animal Hospital is having the opportunity to provide high-quality medicine to the pets and pet owners of the Superior, WI community. In addition to practicing as an Associate Veterinarian at Superior Animal Hospital, Dr. Severs volunteers his time helping homeless pets at the Human Society of Douglas County.
In his spare time, Dr. Severs enjoys golfing, boating, and spending time with friends and family. In addition, he also loves camping with his faithful Yellow Labrador, Ruger. His first pet was a Golden Retriever named Whiskey. Dr. Severs loves pets of all breeds, but Labrador Retrievers hold a special place in his heart.
Jody Berquist, DVM
Dr. Jody Berquist is passionate about helping clients and their pets lead happier, healthier lives. Animals have been a large part of Dr. Berquist’s life since childhood, being active in 4-H and growing up on a farm in Proctor, MN. Her experience working at a veterinary clinic during high school and college deepened her desire to become a veterinarian and make a difference in the lives of pets and the people who love them.
Dr. Berquist earned her bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1994. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She joined the team at Superior Animal Hospital shortly after graduating in 1998, and she has professional interests in internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery, dermatology, and wellness exams. With over 34 years of experience in the veterinary field, Dr. Berquist has performed in all positions, from kennel staff, doctor’s assistant, receptionist, and finally a doctor.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Berquist and her husband enjoy hiking on the beach with their dogs, traveling, kayaking, and $5 night at the movies. Dr. Berquist is part of a big, close-knit family and volunteers her time at Trinity Lutheran Church. Her first pet was a Samoyed sled-dog named Timber, and she currently shares her home with two dogs, Ava and Casper, and four cats, Sophie, Ike, Hallie, and Tizsta. Fun fact: Ike is super intelligent and can open any cabinet and most containers to get food!
Jennifer Shamla, DVM
I love being a part of a group of great veterinarians, technicians, receptionists, and assistants, working to provide the best patient care that we possibly can. I enjoy being a part of our patients’ and their owners’ lives from the puppy and kitten stages through the end of life care, and I am appreciative and humbled by the trust that our clients place in us.
A native of Brule, WI, Dr. Jennifer Shamla received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Broadfield Science from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1996. As an undergraduate she performed in the UWS Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra, as well as many other local music groups. Driven to help animals, Dr. Shamla continued her education at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000.
Following graduation, Dr. Shamla and her husband, Jon, returned to Superior where she has been employed at Superior Animal Hospital since July 2000. One of her favorite aspects of veterinary medicine is the close bond she forms with clients and their pets, and she enjoys treating patients through all of their life stages. Dr. Shamla has professional interests in dentistry and general practice.
In her free time, Dr. Shamla enjoys woodworking, home remodeling, music, and spending time with her family. She also volunteers services at Douglas County Humane Society. Dr. Shamla and Jon welcomed their sons, Thomas in August 2003 and Michael in November 2008, and their daughter, Julia, in January 2011. Their home is shared with Jack, a black Labrador mix, Walter, a Golden Retriever mix, and an orange rescue cat, Rhubarb.
Sarah Harwood, DVM
Originally from Vermont, Dr. Sarah Harwood grew up in the Duluth area and completed her undergraduate work at Macalaster College in St. Paul and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Motivated to become a veterinarian, Dr. Harwood continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1997. She performed a one-year internship in internal medicine and surgery at Boston Road Animal Hospital in Springfield, MA before returning to Duluth where she still resides today.
Dr. Harwood joined the clinical team at Superior Animal Hospital in 1999, and her areas of professional interests include internal medicine and critical care.
Dr. Harwood shares a home with her husband, Eric, and daughter, Téa, who was welcomed into the world in April 2011. In her free time, Dr. Harwood enjoys sailing, running, traveling, and reading mystery novels. She sails with her in-laws on Polar Bear and participates in their Wednesday evening races throughout the summer. Dr. Harwood also shares her home with Jenny, a yellow Labrador, and Mr. Smith, a feline friend.
Michelle Severs, DVM
I love the clients and their pets. It is great to feel like you can make a difference in their lives every day. I also love my coworkers. They are amazing!
Dr. Michelle Severs is originally from Williams, a small town in northern Minnesota, and currently resides in Duluth. Dr. Severs attended the College of Saint Scholastica as an undergraduate, and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 2006.
Soon after graduating, Dr. Severs joined the team at Superior Animal Hospital in June 2006. She became a Fear Free Certified Professional in 2018. She has professional interests in internal medicine, dentistry, and dermatology.
Dr. Severs and her husband Eric share a mutual love of golfing and traveling, and recently had their first son, Jacob. In her free time, Dr. Severs also enjoys camping, boating, reading, and volunteering at the Humane Society of Douglas County. She shares a home with a black retriever, Stitch, a Labrador/husky mix, Daisy, and two rabbits, Twix and Snickers. Stitch and Daisy are fantastic at playing fetch, and even better at taking naps.
Kayla Lilyquist, DVM
Dr. Kayla Lilyquist has a passion for helping animals and providing high quality medicine to her patients. Originally from Hermantown, MN, Dr. Lilyquist is excited to return to to the area once more to practice veterinary medicine. During her undergraduate studies at The College of St. Scholastic, she was a veterinary assistant at Superior Animal Hospital from 2007-2010. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Iowa State University in 2012. She currently lives in Duluth, MN and is thrilled to be helping animals again at Superior Animal Hospital.
Her areas of professional interests include abdominal ultrasound, dermatology and orthopedic surgery. When she is not practicing high-quality animal medicine, Dr. Lilyquist enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son and dog Nessa, a senior mixed breed. She loves to play volleyball in the summer and snowmobile in the winter with her husband and friends. Dr. Lilyquist also enjoys camping, reading and being active with her church.
Dr. Ralph Weichselbaum, DVM, Ph.D. | Veterinary Imaging Specialist
Dr. Ralph Weichselbaum, with Veterinary Imaging Consultants, offers his specialization in veterinary imaging to the patients at Superior Animal Hospital. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, where he also completed his residency program.
Dr. Weichselbaum opened a private practice before continuing his education and earning his Ph.D. in Radiology, and becoming Board Qualified with the American College of Veterinary Radiology.
Dr. Weichselbaum established a referral practice in 1996. Today, he completes approximately 1,500 ultrasounds and specialty services per year, all performed with friendly and gentle bedside manner. In addition, he opened a facility in the Twin Cities dedicated to radioactive iodine treatment for felines with hyperthyroidism.
Dr. Brian Rose, DVM, DACVS-SA | Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon
Dr. Brian Rose, with Minnesota Mobile Veterinary Surgery, performs a range of advanced orthopedic surgeries in-house, including cruciate ligament tear repairs, hip and elbow dysplasia management, fracture repairs, and luxating patella stabilization.
Dr. Rose earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, and completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. He also performed a residency program in veterinary orthopedic, soft-tissue, and neurologic surgeries at the University of Minnesota, while also completing Masters work in fracture biomechanics. He has professional interests in orthopedics and fracture repair, and minimally invasive oncologic and reconstructive surgeries.
Dr. Rose became a Board-Certified Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon in 2010. He was also the chief of surgery at a large, 22-doctor referral practice located in New Mexico, and published work for the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association and Veterinary Surgery.
Jenna Harting, Practice Manager
Jenna Harting has a passion for animals and natural drive to provide patients of Superior Animal Hospital with proper care. She finds fulfillment in her role as Practice Manager at Superior Animal Hospital by knowing that each and every pet that comes through the doors is cared for passionately and genuinely, and each client is provided a positive experience. Plus, snuggles with puppies and kittens are the best!
Prior to working in the veterinary field, Jenna obtained a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. She continues to indulge in her love for music today by playing bass and singing in a band called ‘The Latelys’. She also spends her free time volunteering at Duluth Vineyard Church.
Jenna shares a home with her husband and two pets: a domestic shorthair cat named Winston and a Golden Retriever named Buddy. Buddy is a pretty special companion who is named after Buddy the Elf for having a similar personality. Can you believe he loves to hold hands and hug? Golden Retriever is Jenna’s favorite breed, and they’re friendly, personable nature matches her personality too!
Sherry Sharpe, Lead Veterinary Assistant
Sherry Sharpe is a Lead Veterinary Assistant. Her favorite part about working at Superior Animal Hospital is the people, who she describes as one big happy family. Of course, she loves the wonderful clients and adorable pets too!
Her first pet was a Bullmastiff named Atlas, who sadly passed away at a young age due to epilepsy. Now, she has two feline forever friends, Zeus and Triton Alexander. In her free time, Sherry likes watching horror movies, playing volleyball, and spending time with family and friends.
Nikki Martin, Veterinary Assistant
Nikki Martin is a Veterinary Assistant that thrives in a fast paced and busy hospital environment. She finds fulfillment in helping clients, their pets, and the community, and is proud of the difference the Superior Animal Hospital team has made in patients’ lives. She has professional interests in fear free and low stress handling, as well as observing orthopedic procedures.
Nikki has a craving for health, and loves any cuisines with lots of veggies. She also has a special love for spicy Thai food. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching documentaries, and working out and weight lifting. Nikki is a pet parent to Sheba, a husky/border collie mix, who loves going hiking and playing in the snow.
Chrissy Nelson, Veterinary Assistant
Chrissy Nelson is a Veterinary Assistant, and watching clients’ pets age from new pets to old, treasured family members is her favorite part of her job at Superior Animal Hospital. She works hard to provide pets with the highest level of patient care. Chrissy has professional interest in dietary management.
Chrissy grew up in the ‘Iron Range’ before relocating to Superior. Her first pet was a rescued mutt named Squire, who had 9 lives and was a family pet for 17 years! Chrissy loves all breeds, but has a soft spot for Bengals and Rottweilers. In her free time, she enjoys creating handmade cards, scrapbooking, and golfing.
Kelly Johnson, Veterinary Assistant
Kelly Johnson is a Veterinary Assistant motivated to help animals lead happy and healthy lives. Before joining the veterinary field, Kelly obtained a degree in Cosmetology from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys the outdoors, reads, gardens, and creates art. She also volunteers her time at the Northwest Wisconsin Equine Club hosting raffles, serving food, and doing maintenance. At home, Kelly has a menagerie of pets including a Chihuahua named Xena, a Malamute named Smokey, a Manx named Nala, two horses named Chance and Chief, and fourteen chickens.
Faith Prout, Lead Certified Veterinary Technician
Faith Prout is a Certified Veterinary Technician energized by the fast-paced hospital environment at Superior Animal Hospital, where she’s worked since 2008. Faith has professional interests in emergency medicine, surgery, and anesthesia, and especially likes to assist with referral orthopedic cases.
Over the years, Faith has fostered many animals, and she worked in a shelter setting for three years. Her first pet was a boxer named Trinity, who was surrendered to Superior Animal Hospital with a fractured femur and had her leg amputated. She was the best dog ever! Now, Faith has a beautiful black cat named Phil, who came into the hospital as a stray with a dislocated elbow. Needless to say, he was a foster failure, and now Faith’s forever friend. Outside of the hospital, Faith likes camping, music festivals, traveling, and socializing.
Heather Kunz, Certified Veterinary Technician
Heather Kunz is a Certified Veterinary Technician proud to work at a busy, high-quality, and progressive veterinary practice. She has professional interests in laboratory diagnostics and radiology.
Originally from Grand Rapids, MN, Heather moved to the Superior, WI area in 2001. Some of Heather’s favorite things include camping, reading, and Mexican food. She has a special place in her heart for cats. Her first pet was a black and white cat named Blackie, and she currently is a pet parent to the best cat in the world, Opal, and a terrier mix, Fonzie.
Emily Gleason, Certified Veterinary Technician
Emily Gleason is a Certified Veterinary Technician passionate about making a difference in pets’ lives, as well as the people who love them. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology from The College of St. Scholastica, and an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Duluth Business University. She has professional interest in laboratory diagnostics, and is excited by all of the small stuff.
Emily is a movie aficionado, and she especially loves Disney picks. She has also volunteered with Douglas County Relay for Life for the past several years. Emily has two pets, a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix named Buster and a handsome grey and white cat named Sigfried, or Siggy for short. Fun fact: Siggy likes to play fetch and sings around the house!
Sarah Dahmen, Certified Veterinary Technician
Sarah Dahmen is a Certified Veterinary Technician with a zeal for working with a variety of animals, as well as applying all of the skills she learned in school at Superior Animal Hospital. She earned a degree in Veterinary Technology from Ridgewater College in 2007, and has professional interests in assisting with surgeries and dentals.
Outside of the hospital, Sarah likes quilting, reading, and spending time with Daisy, her Chihuahua. Sarah also has a constant craving for Mexican food, tacos, and pizza, and Mexico Lindo and Clyde Iron Works are her favorite places to eat.
Nicole Hullinger, Certified Veterinary Technician
Nicole Hullinger is a Certified Veterinary Technician and Superior, WI native. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Duluth Business University, and has professional interest in assisting with surgical procedures.
Her favorite part about working at Superior Animal Hospital is seeing a variety of cases and helping animals regain health following an illness or injury. In her free time, Nicole enjoys hiking and reading. Her favorite food is ice cream, and she’s always ready to visit Cold Stone for a cold treat. Nicole has lots of forever friends at home, including a Labrador mix named Virgil, a mutt named Xena, three felines named Moosnip, Pumpkin, and Zucchini, and four chickens named Tinki Winky, Dipsy, Lala, and Po.
Kelly Stephenson, Certified Veterinary Technician
Kelly Stephenson is a Certified Veterinary Technician with an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Argosy University. She has worked in the veterinary field for sixteen years, and has professional interests in specialty surgeries and reproductive services.
Kelly shares a home with her husband and two sons, and two Pit bull mixes, Jack and Bowie.
Samie Hopkins, Veterinary Technician
Samie Hopkins is a Veterinary Technician and graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program at Duluth Business University. Samie has a soft spot for exotic pets like birds, reptiles, and fish, but loves all of the canine and feline patients at Superior Animal Hospital too!
In her free time, Samie enjoys growing corals and building saltwater tanks. At home, Samie has a few forever friends, including a variety of saltwater fish, a boxer/Labrador mix named Greddy, and a Blue Heeler mix named Kamber. Kamber is the perfect adventure companion who likes to go boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding.
Courtney Almer, Veterinary Technician
Courtney Almer is a Veterinary Technician with an associate’s degree in Applied Sciences from Duluth Business University. She expresses that her favorite part about working at Superior Animal Hospital is the common dedication all staff members have to every animals’ care. Courtney has professional interests in assisting with various surgeries and treatments.
Outside of the hospital, Courtney likes horseback riding, fishing, and photography. At home, she has three children, as well as a Pit bull named Sully, a Boston Terrier named Opie, and seven chickens.
Vicky Blatt, Lead Receptionist
Vicky Blatt is a receptionist at Superior Animal Hospital committed to providing clients with a positive experience.
Vicky’s first forever friend, Max, was a Labrador mix. Her favorite breed is German Wirehair Pointer, and she currently has one of her own named Ozzy. She is also a pet parent to a Yorkie named Doc. In her free time, Vicky enjoys camping and crocheting.
Lori Ritchie, Receptionist
Lori Ritchie is a receptionist at Superior Animal Hospital. She is proud to work at a veterinary practice that consistently delivers fantastic animal care, and is committed to providing clients with the same high level of customer service.
Born and raised in Superior, WI, Lori has worked in the veterinary field for twenty years. At home, Lori has a Cairn Terrier named Lily.
Nicole Throngard, Receptionist
Nicole Throngard is a receptionist at Superior Animal Hospital who loves hanging out with dogs and cats all day, and assisting the people who love them. Before joining the veterinary field, Nicole obtained a BFA in Graphic Design from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Nicole was born in Montana, grew up in Alexandria, MN, and now lives in Two Harbors, MN. She enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with Franki, her spastic, but lovable Labrador/Boxer/Bulldog mix. Fun fact: Franki has a deer boyfriend named Stein who she loves to give kisses!
Marni Lind, Boarding Manager
Marni Lind is a Boarding Manager with ten years of experience working in the veterinary field. Her favorite part about working at Superior Animal Hospital is seeing something new and interesting every day.
In her free time, Marni enjoys horseback riding and crocheting. She has a variety of pets of her own, including four horses, four cats, three dogs, and assorted chickens. Fun fact: Marni’s dog Sheba is a hoarder and will collect anything she can find and bring it to her bed!
Sarah Dornburg , Pet Service Specialist
Sarah Dornburg is a Pet Service Specialist with an associate’s degree in Natural Resource Technology and Wildlife Ecology. Sarah enjoys meeting all of the different cats and dogs that visit Superior Animal Hospital and, as a pet owner herself, she is committed to working with clients to ensure the very best care is provided for their special pets.
Sarah has a love for the great outdoors, and spends her free time hunting, fishing, hiking, and 4-wheeling. Her first pet was an albino guinea pig named Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo. Her favorite breed is Newfoundland, and at home she has a Newfoundland/Anatolian Shepherd mix named Tip. Fun fact: Tip gives the best hugs!
Melissa Caribou, Pet Service Specialist
Melissa Caribou is a Pet Service Specialist who genuinely enjoys interacting with clients and building relationships with their pets.
When Melissa is not caring for pets at Superior Animal Hospital, she likes to read, complete jigsaw puzzles, and sculpt with clay. Melissa is also a big fan of Italian foods and The Addams Family. Her first forever friend was a Labrador named Bubba, and she currently has a wonderful German Shepherd named Belle.
Allie Olson, Pet Service Specialist
Allie Olson is a Pet Service Specialist interested in working with many different breeds of cats and dogs. She also aspires to become a veterinary technician.
Native to the Superior, WI area, Allie spends her free time camping, fishing, and reading good books. Her first pet was a Golden Retriever named Buddy, and Golden Retrievers are her favorite breed to this day. She currently is a pet parent to Izzie, a Shih Tzu, and Gray, a DSH feline.
Serena Lamers McClellan, Pet Behavior and Puppy Class Specialist
Serena Lamers McClellan holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science. She offers her experience in Behavior Modification to the puppy socialization classes and behavioral consults at Superior Animal Hospital.
Molly Keinath, Canine Behavior and Training
Molly Keinath specializes in canine behavior and training and instructs Puppy Socialization Class at Superior Animal Hospital. She has worked in the veterinary field for over nine years and is highly skilled at bringing out the very best in man’s best friend.
In her free time, Molly enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, traveling, hobby farming, and dog agility training. Her first forever friend was a black cat named Blackie, and she currently has one cat, several chickens, one Border Collie who is an agility dog, and one Border Collie who is a couch potato. Herding dogs are her favorite, but she is a total dog lover at heart who loves all canines!
Bill Blume, Maintenance
Bill Blume maintains the facility and equipment at Superior Animal Hospital. He has a knack for making repairs and maximizing the condition of the hospital to best serve its doctors and staff, clients, and patients.
Bill’s first pet was a Shepherd mix named Boots. He currently has no pets of his own, but he always loves seeing Golden Retrievers visit the hospital. In his free time, Bill enjoys traveling, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and three sons. Bill also volunteers with the Special Olympics through his association with Knights of Columbus Church.
Pickles, Clinic Cat Extraordinare
Pickles is the Clinic Cat Extraordinaire at Superior Animal Hospital. Pickles specializes in destroying cardboard boxes, sneaking treats, and snoozing. She has professional interests in ornithology and ichthyology (birds and fishes).
Pickles spends a lot of time with her best bud, Dill, a toy mouse who is a purple tie-dye breed. They like to play together, keep an eye on birds out the window, and watch Finding Nemo. Pickles has an insatiable craving for carbs—bread, cookies, chips—you name it! Unfortunately, Pickles is a carboholic with food allergies, so her friends at Superior Animal Hospital have to feed her food specially for her. We asked Pickles what her favorite part about living at Superior Animal Hospital is, and she loves the wonderful humans and healthcare team that spoil her, as well as all of the furry patients.