Dr. Bill Kellner, our Chief of Staff, is a graduate of the University of Vermont. After college he moved to Colorado where he took up dogsled racing with his five beloved Siberian Huskies. Bonding with his “team” helped to crystallize his passion for animals and led to his desire to become a veterinarian—therefore Dr. Bill moved his lead dog, Mokee, to Michigan where they attended Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduating with honors from MSU, Mokee gave Dr. Bill the OK to get married and the two of them and Dr. Bill’s new wife moved to New Mexico. There, he practiced in a mixed-animal hospital on the northern New Mexico Highlands, and after getting kicked by wild range cows one too many times, Dr. Bill decided it was time to focus exclusively on companion animals.

In time, Dr. Bill, his not-so-new wife and Mokee moved to Vermont and opened Ark Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Bill and his wife have two kids and share their home with two dogs and a cat. Bill’s lead dog, the wonderful Mokee, lived to be nearly 18.

dr andrew koenitzer dvm cat Dr. Andrew Koenitzer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Cedarburg, just north of the city. He was always fond of the outdoors and spent most of his childhood summers camping and swimming. This love of the outdoors led him to attend the University of Minnesota, where he studied wildlife management. While obtaining his undergraduate degree, Dr. Andrew worked at the Raptor Center and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where he realized that treating individual animals was his true passion—so his next step was working at a companion animal veterinary clinic and a dermatology specialty clinic.

Dr. Andrew returned to his home state for veterinary medical school, attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He continued to work with wildlife as a technician at the National Wildlife Heath Center and assisted in research projects studying dog allergy treatments. He was also active in Wisconsin’s Veterinary Medical Association as the student representative for the Public Education and Marketing Board.

dr morika dvmDr. Morika grew up in Middlebury, Vermont where she developed a strong connection to the mountains, woods and fields of her childhood home. Her earliest jobs were around horses; exercising and training as well as working in the barns and even a little polo. After earning an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, she returned home to Vermont to spend the summer working with her beloved horses. During that time she worked closely with a local equine veterinarian and it was then that she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Over the next year and a half she completed the necessary prerequisite science courses through UVM’s post-baccalaureate premedical program. In 2009 she moved to Athens, Georgia to become a Bulldog and earn her veterinary degree at the University of Georgia. Although she first approached veterinary medicine through her love of horses, she decided to focus on companion animal medicine for her career.