1402 Emil St Madison 53713 (4, 40, and 47 Madison Metro bus routes)

Our Staff

Carys Abramson

Boarding and Foster Coordinator

Carys Abramson is a receptionist as well as the Boarding & Foster Coordinator at WisCARES. Her passions include advocating for social justice and animal welfare. Her own animal companions include three cats, a dog, and multiple freshwater fish and amphibians. Carys is a Madison native and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The area and its pet population are very near and dear to her heart.

Jennifer Wheeler Brooks

Director of Social Work and Outreach

Jennifer has been WisCARE’s social worker since 2021. She helps clients find agencies and programs that they need, works to build and strengthen the clinic’s relationships with other organizations in Dane County, and teaches social work students training at WisCARES. Jennifer loves being at WisCARES, especially being around animals and animal lovers every day. She has two golden doodles, and is trying (unsuccessfully, so far) to learn to take care of their constantly growing, super-fluffy hair. She also has six chickens who eat every dandelion and Japanese beetle they can find.

Hilary Cox

Certified Veterinary Technician

Hilary joined WisCARES in May of 2022 and has loved being a part of such a great organization. She is a 2010 graduate of Madison College Veterinary Technician program and has been working in the veterinary field since 2008. She is from the Milton/ Edgerton area and currently lives south of Madison with her family and her 2 black Labradors Ty and Brody! So far, her favorite part of being with WisCARES is helping teach the students and watching them learn and grow as future veterinarians. In the clinic Hilary also enjoys working with anesthesia, helping in surgery, and having fun laughing and singing (not well of course) with her coworkers. Her hobbies outside of work are hiking, golfing, being with friends, boating on their family pontoon, swimming in their pool, cheering on the Packers and spending time at their family farm in Mineral Point.

Lyn Empey

Veterinarian and Clinical Instructor

Dr. Lyn Empey joined WisCARES in April of 2022 and she is so excited to be part of this amazing group! Lyn graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and has worked in private practice since then. She enjoys bringing her “real world” experience to the students and helping prepare them for life after graduation.  Life at home includes two dogs, 11 chickens and one snake so things are never boring!

Tina Narvaez

Client Care Specialist

Tina joined WisCARES in 2022 as a Client Care Specialist after 20 years in the customer service and health care fields. Her animal family includes two dogs and one cat. Her favorite part of being at WisCARES is being able to help people receive veterinary care for their pets when they might not be able to afford it elsewhere. She is a Madison native, and loves spending time outdoors using our parks, lakes, and walking trails.

Haidi Rodriguez

Practice Manager and Certified Veterinary Technician

Haidi was born and raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from the Fox College veterinary technology program in 2012. She has experience in private practice and emergency care. She served as the medical services supervisor at an animal shelter in southern Wisconsin, where she became more interested in community outreach and providing access to veterinary care. She joined the WisCARES team in November 2020. Haidi’s favorite part of her job is being able to use her critical thinking skills to come up with solutions for the clinic, as well as for clients. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, backpacking, hiking, camping, and putting together adult LEGO sets and jigsaw puzzles. She lives at home with her son. They have fostered a handful of animals but have yet to have pets of their own, however, they hope to add a furry friend to their family someday. 

Kelly Schultz

Medical Director and Clinical Instructor

Dr. Kelly Schultz has been involved in small ways with WisCARES since 2014.  She officially joined the team in 2018 as a clinical instructor and then as medical director in 2019.  She enjoys the multifaceted work that WisCARES requires including helping clients problem-solve solutions for their pets, practicing medicine, teaching students and researching ways to do all of that better!  Dr. Schultz is originally from Wisconsin and has two cats and a Boston terrier named Pancake.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, nature and history.

Maria Verbrugge

Clinical Instructor of Surgical Skills

Dr. Maria Verbrugge, Graduated from University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She’s worked in Primary Care at UW Madison Veterinary School for most of her career and has done spay and neutering in shelter settings for around 15 years. When she’s not working or volunteering, she likes hiking and trail building, and taking care of way too many animals (3 dogs, 5 cats, and two parrots). She also enjoys long walks in the woods.

Thanks to Melanie Renee Photography for working with us on our staff photographs!