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Dr. Paula Harvatine practices small animal veterinary medicine part-time at West Salem Veterinary Clinic. She attended Iowa State University’s pre-veterinary medicine program for 3 years before being accepted into the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 1987 as a member of the Gamma Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta, the Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Harvatine has special interests in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and dermatology, specifically outer ear disease. She has a deep bond with animals and is dedicated to being an advocate for their health and well being. She also has empathy and compassion for pet owners as they make decisions about the care of their pets. Providing the best care for a patient is a team effort. Our veterinarians know medicine; people know their pets—it is essential that we work together to provide the best care for the animal.
Dr. Harvatine and her husband, Dr. Mike Huston, became partners of West Salem Veterinary Clinic, Inc. (WSVC) in 1994. In 1999, when their original building lease was up, they built the current facility that houses WSVC.
Dr. Harvatine and Dr. Huston are married with two grown children, Matthew and Katherine, who grew up as WSVC grew. Dr. Harvatine and Dr. Huston would be considered empty nesters by the standards of non-pet owners, however their three Brittany Spaniels, Orion, Luz, and Doc, and cat, Smokey, would beg to differ. When not working, Dr. Harvatine enjoys biking, outdoor activities, and spending time with her amazing family.
Dr. Huston was born and raised in Wisconsin. He completed his undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Iowa State University.
Dr Huston practices large and small animal medicine, but spends most of his time in dairy production medicine. He completed a three year post graduate course in Dairy Herd Production Management at U.W. Madison.
Dr. Huston is a Heider Center Board Member and an avid supporter of the arts in West Salem. In his free time he enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and the family's three Brittany Spaniels, Orion, Luz, and Doc including hiking, biking, hunting, golfing, and camping. When indoors, he serves as a bed for his cat, Smokey. He enjoys traveling--especially going to visit his two young adult children, Matthew and Katherine.
Dr. Wiegel grew up on a dairy farm near Weyauwega, WI. She attended Carroll University as an undergraduate and then earned her veterinary degree from the University Of Wisconsin School Of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Since then, West Salem Veterinary Clinic has had the privilege of having Dr. Wiegel on staff, sharing her expertise and compassion in companion animal and large animal medicine and surgery. Her main medical focus is companion animal medicine and surgery.
Over the years, Dr. Wiegel has held multiple offices/positions in the Coulee Region Veterinary Medical Association. She also enjoys attending continuing education conferences to stay current in the ever-evolving field of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Wiegel is married Dr Gary Wiegel, also a veterinarian, and has a son named Jonah. She has two cats, Charlie and Kohler. Her latest edition, Sonny, is a feral cat confined to their 3 season room while they work on socialization.
For recreation Dr. Wiegel, enjoys reading and playing volleyball.
Dr. Bauer actually is originally from this area. She grew up in Dakota, Minnesota and graduated from La Crescent High School in 1996. She then attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls for three years before she was accepted into The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Bachelor’s in Animal Science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees while attending the University of Minnesota. The spring that she graduated, June, 2003, Dr. Bauer started working for West Salem Veterinary Clinic as a mixed animal practitioner. WSVC is fortunate that she has been here sharing her knowledge, compassion, and skills ever since. Dr. Bauer has recently turned her focus more toward companion animal medicine and surgery, but you will also occasionally see her out at a farm.
Dr. Bauer and her husband Darin, have two girls: Peyton and Addison. They also share their home with Gucci the cat, Daisy the guinea pig, and Lizzy the bearded dragon.
When not working, Dr. Bauer is always adding flowers, shrubs, and trees to their yard and her husband does a great job with the garden. In addition to yard work, she enjoys camping and football (GO BEARS!), and reading.
Dr Fiedler joined the West Salem Veterinary Clinic in June of 2016. She was born and raised in Janesville Wisconsin. She completed her undergraduate degree at Carthage College in Kenosha WI in 2012 and later attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Champaign, IL. Following graduation from veterinary school in 2016, she began practice as a mixed animal veterinarian. Her special areas of interest include soft tissue surgery, feline medicine, and equine primary care. Dr Fiedler has been a awesome addition to the West Salem Veterinary Clinic and has been busy meeting clients and pets.
In her free time Dr Fiedler enjoys spending time with her two cats, Winnie and Vivian as well as her two horses , Checkers and Amber. Her other interests include traveling, gardening, reading, and anything outdoors.
Dr Zimmerman is originally from Peoria, IL. He served 5 years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. He then spent 6 years as part of the Reserve Drill Sergeant unit based in Neenah and Ft. McCoy. He attended UW-Madison for his undergraduate and veterinary schooling. He graduated in 2014 from veterinary school and spent two years in mixed animal practice in Texas before returning to the land of cheese! West Salem Veterinary Clinic is very fortunate to have Dr Zimmerman and his talents on board!
Dr Zimmerman truly enjoys working with both large and small animals. His passion is client education, helping clients better understand their animals health and strengthen their bond. He is married to Dr. Theresa Drake, who is also a veterinarian at West Salem Veterinary Clinic. Together, they have 3 dogs (Carter, Olive, and Orzo), a cat (Ash), two guinea pigs (Rusty and Magnum), and a Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula (Timmy), and an aquarium.
In his time off he enjoys reading, exercising, and repairing damage done by their pets.
Dr Theresa Drake is from Iowa City, IA and excited to return to the beautiful Midwest after practicing in Texas for two years. Dr Drake completed her undergraduate education at Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2004. Even before graduating, she felt her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian should no longer be ignored, and accordingly shifted her educational and life focus toward the field of science and veterinary medicine. Dr Drake worked as an assistant at the Veterinary Emergency Service of Iowa City for 4 years before moving to Madison WI. In her new home, Dr Drake worked towards her Master's degree in bacteriology while also working in the Leland Allenstein Dairy Teaching Herd. Dr Drake was awarded her DVM by the University of Wisconsin in May, 2014.
Dr Drake has interests in both small animal and large animal internal medicine. She especially enjoys working with ruminants of all sizes! In addition, she loves helping her patients by preventing or correcting painful conditions like tooth root abscesses, lacerations, and uterine infections through surgey. Dr Drake has been a great addition to the West Salem Veterinary Clinic and is developing relationships with our clients and patients.
In her spare time, Dr Drake enjoys hanging out with her husband, Dr Aaron Zimmerman, and their "furkids". Dr Drake continues to play the cello and is a member of the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra. She can be found many nights busy in the practice room.