Meet the friendly staff at Winona Veterinary Hospital!
Dr. Lehua Maloney was born and raised on the Big island of Hawaii. Growing up in a rural area with chickens, dogs, cats and a horse, Dr. Maloney was home-schooled from junior high through high school, then went to the University of Hawaii for her undergraduate education. Having always had a passion for the medical sciences, Dr. Maloney intended to go to medical school, but was moved to apply for veterinary school due to her love of animals. She was accepted to the University of Minnesota DVM Class of 2007. The winter of 2003 was her very first! She did not intend to stay in Minnesota but ended up finding Dave, now her husband, who is well rooted in the area. On her free time, Dr. Maloney enjoys exploring the woods with her poodle Lola, dog training, horseback riding, cooking and visiting her parents in Hawaii once a year.
Interests: Canine and Feline Surgery, including advanced soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, Canine Reproduction and Small Mammal (Rabbit, Guinea Pig, etc) Medicine and Surgery
Dr. England completed his undergrad in 1987 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison Veterinary School in 1994. He began working at the clinic in 1994 and became a partner in 2007. His special interests include bovine reproductive ultrasound, bovine medicine/surgery, mastitis and parlor/procedure evaluation, and cervidae preventive health program/certification testing. Dr. England has a yellow lab named Emma. In his free time he enjoys hunting, boating, and fishing.
Interests: Dairy, Beef, Cervid Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Denisen graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School and began working at the clinic in 2001. He has a special interest in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy- essentially 'animal chiropractic'. Dr. Denisen has a beta fish named Bubbles and one mixed breed dog, Thunder. In his free time he enjoys gardening, playing with his children, and playing frisbee golf.
Interests: Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy
Samantha Moore, DVM grew up in Illinois where she started riding horses in first grade and dreamed of being a veterinarian. She attended Winona State University for her undergraduate education and was accepted to the University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Moore graduated with her DVM in 2016 and started at Winona Veterinary Hospital after a few years practicing in La Crosse. Dr. Moore enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, running, and spending time with her friends and family in her free time. She lives at home with her husband and her dogs Ragnar, an Australian cattle dog mix, and Ares, a spaniel mix.
Interests: Surgery, Ultrasonography and Emergency Medicine
Kristine Krausser, DVM is originally from Chicago, IL. Professionally she started out as a chemist for a large company but since a young girl has always wanted to become a veterinarian and never gave up on achieving that dream. At age 50 she got accepted to the 2007 class of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She practiced in the Chicago for suburbs while also performing relief work for Winona Veterinary Hospital starting in 2012. In 2019 she and her husband moved to the Winona area allowing her to work at Winona Vet on a more regular part-time schedule. Dr Krausser has a special interest in Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture and has certification in these specialties from the Chi Institute. She has traveled to China and Korea to further enhance this skill and knowledge. She has a passion for preventative and holistic medicine and looks forward to helping pets and their people in the Winona area.
Interests: Alternative therapies, TCM, Acupuncture
Renee is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from the University of MN Waseca and began working at Winona Veterinary Hospital in 1984. Renee has a shepherd mix named Tropper and many barn and house cats. She shows dairy cattle and enjoys participating in her childrens' activities. Renee moved up to the receptionist position in 2015, after 30 years as a technician.
Linda began working at Winona Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist in 1999. She has one dog, a rescued beagle named Willy Nelson, and horses Jazz and Simon. Linda enjoys horseback riding, camping, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, walking, baking, motorcycling, and gardening.
Anna was born and raised in the Winona area and started as a receptionist for Winona Veterinary Hospital in October of 2017. While not at work, she can be found doting on her son and her yellow Lab, Dexter, as well as enjoying the outdoors, fishing, gardening, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.
Jenny is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from the Madison Area Technical College and began working at Winona Veterinary Hospital in 1995. She enjoys spending time with her two children who help on her hobby farm where she cares for chickens, goats, rabbits and sheep and a Jack Russell Terrier
Kenzie started at Winona Veterinary Hospital in 2012 as a kennel attendant. In 2016 she graduated from the Rochester Community Technical College in the Veterinary Technician Program and started right away as a technician. Kenzie owns two rescued cats, Nala and Puma as well as two dogs Malibu and Bayne. In her free-time you can find Kenzie crafting on her Cricut.
Kayla started as a kennel attendant in 2016. In 2018 she made the transition to veterinary assistant on afternoons and weekends and since graduation is now assisting full time. In 2020 Kayla took over as Practice Manager while still working as an Assistant. She enjoys spending her free time with her black Lab, Drake and her two cats, Cheeto and Snickers as well as hunting and fishing.
Brittany started as a kennel attendant in 2016 and transitioned to receptionist for a short time, eventually ending up “in the back” as a veterinary assistant. She is currently completing training to be a certified veterinary technician. In her free time she hangs out with her furry rescue family, goes to 3-D shoots and spends time with family and friends.
Laceylyn started as a kennel attendant in 2017. In 2020 she transitioned to Veterinary Assistant. She is also training to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. In her free time you can find her in the woods hunting and fishing. Laceylyn has one dog named Cyclone and outdoor barn cats as well.
Natalii started as a kennel attendant in 2019 while a sophomore in high school. While not at school or work she can be found hanging out with her Shar Pei Maggie
Abby joined our team in 2020 as a Kennel Attendant. In 2021 Abby began helping as a receptionist as well. Abby is currently in high school and is involved in dancing. She has a guinea pig, Brett, 3 cats, and a Siberian Husky named Luna.
Zorro was brought in as an emergency stray by the Winona Area Animal Control. It was a bone-chilling February night and the animal control officer was very concerned about this little kitten's leg as it was sticking out at a disturbing angle. He was maybe 6 weeks old, a tiny black and white puff. After examining, Dr. Maloney found that Zorro was overall healthy, but the leg was deformed from an old injury that did not heal well. It was still painful, so little Zorro was started on pain medication during the mandatory 5 day hold. Of course, no one stepped up to claim him and in those 5 days, everyone at the hospital fell in love. We decided that Zoomy needed a little brother and Zorro was the perfect fit. First order of business was taking care of his painful, deformed front left leg. He did great with his amputation surgery and never looked back and we have never been happier to have such a love bug in the hospital.
Zoomy was brought into our clinic in the fall of 2017 by Winona Animal Control. As we held him for his mandatory hold no one stepped up to claim him. We had recently lost our beloved 'Squishee' and Zoom brought back some joy for the team once we decided to keep him. Zoomy is a very independent boy who has a secret soft side during one on one time, then he turns into a snuggle bug. He can typically be found laying in his cardboard box, and has a morning routine of treats and cat nip.
Lenny was found hanging out inside a local laundry mat and was brought into us in the fall of 2019. During his stay with us the staff grew a strong attachment to him. We already had Zorro and Zoomy with us and were unsure about a third clinic cat but we are very happy with our decision to keep him. Although, he does like to steal snacks from staff members we still love him. He is a cat with strong personality and is most comfortable around our team, he becomes nervous around strangers but once he is comfortable he will enjoy chasing objects around the clinic with you.
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