Doctors at Lake Geneva Animal Hospital

Dr. Chris Welch

Dr. Welch attended Knox College for undergraduate studies from 1993-1997 and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine from 1998-2002. His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, oncology and small animal internal medicine. “I have taken a particular interest in the field of oncology especially with treatment options that suit the clients and their pet’s best interests. We now have the ability to offer many services safely that used to be only offered at larger referral hospitals. After practicing in such an endemic area, I have also taken special interest in two specific emerging diseases, blastomycosis and Lyme disease." In his free time Dr. Welch enjoys many outdoor activities including fishing, camping, golfing and playing basketball. Dr. Welch has four children; Ashlyn, Addison, Alec, and Aubrie. There are also four dogs and a cat that live under the Welch roof. Dr. Welch is married to his veterinary classmate Dr. Kelly Roy, who practices at our satellite clinic in Walworth.

 

Dr. Mona Hodkiewicz

Dr. Mona graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 earning an award for outstanding technical and clinical skills. She was employed for four years alongside Dr. Scot in Wisconsin Dells before the decision was made to start a practice in Lake Geneva. Her special interests include ophthamology, internal medicine, and practice management. She performs many of the technical procedures that require a sensitive touch such as bone marrow aspirates, biopsies, and eye surgeries. Her activities outside of veterinary medicine involve running after three kids in a varierty of sports, not to mention managing a hobby farm. Along with Dr. Scot, they have a busy house full of five dogs, three cats, and too many miniature horses to count!

 

Dr. Kay Stratton

Dr. Stratton is a 1997 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She completed her B.S. degree in Agricultural Science in 1993 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and was awarded the highest university honor of Bronze Tablet. She has practiced in southern Wisconsin since 1999 and joined the staff at Lake Geneva Animal Hospital in 2006. Her primary interests are internal medicine, endocrinology and dermatology, with a special interest in allergic skin disease. Dr. Stratton believes that strong client communication ensures the best care for her patients. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for veterinary medicine with the next generation of veterinarians and is always willing to spend time visiting local classrooms as well as mentoring current and prospective veterinary students. Away from the office, Dr. Stratton loves spending quality time with her husband and their two children, photography, gardening, reading and outdoor activities during all seasons.

 

Dr. Cynthia Farris

Dr. Farris is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her B.S. degree in Zoology at California Polytechnic University in Pomona. She has practiced in southeastern Wisconsin since graduating in 1993, and joined the staff at Lake Geneva Animal Hospital in 2009. Her special interests include cardiology, dermatology, feline medicine, surgery, and feline behavior. Although she has a special interest in cats, her days here would not be complete without seeing her caninie patients as well! In her free time, she enjoys travelling with her husband and spending time outdoors. Dr. Farris also takes pleasure in mentoring and spreading her enthusaism for veterinary medicine to others.

 

Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz

Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz of Lake Geneva Animal Hospital

Dr. Scot earned his veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993, finishing top in his class. After college, he and Dr. Mona were married and began practicing at a mixed animal practice in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. His interests include general and orthopedic surgery, endoscopic procedures and ultrasound. Dr. Scot does some of the most difficult and advanced surgeries usually only done at referral hospitals. These procedures include TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) surgery which is the newest treatment for ruptured cruciate ligaments in dogs. Lake Geneva Animal Hospital is one of the few private practices that can offer these surgeries without the need to send the patient to a specialist. “We see fractures and torn cruciate ligaments so commonly that we needed to do them 'in-house’. This allows me to charge substantially less than most referral hospitals for the same procedure and better monitor the patients during and after surgery. There is also a better continuation of care when the procedure is done at our hospital by one of our own doctors.”

Dr. Scot also performs laparoscopic and arthroscopic surgery including Laparoscopic assisted spays, stomach-tacking to prevent Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (GDV), laparoscopic bladder stone removal, Osteochondrosis Desicans (OCD) surgery and liver biopsies. “The scopes allow very small incisions as well as a level of detail and magnification never before available. Pain and recovery time is less and the results are often better than traditional surgery. We recently added flexible endoscopy to look into the stomach and intestinal tract. We just need to keep pushing forward.

In addition, we use digital radiography and a state-of-the art ultrasound.  These allow much better imaging than we had just a few years ago.  We are dedicated to keeping on the cutting edge of veterianry practice. This is what our patients deserve”