School: University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, 1995
Dr. Duane is an Eau Claire native. He started his journey at Westgate Animal Hospital in July of 2004. He enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters and son. Duane has 5 cats, 1 dog, 3 horses, 2 lambs, 3 rabbits and about 15 chickens. He enjoys chasing his kids around the house and also enjoys spending time in the barn taking care of his many animals. In his free time Duane enjoys ice skating and having Nerf Gun wars with his kids.
Nate Meyer, DVM, Owner
School: University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001
Dr. Nate started his veterinary career doing mixed animal practice treating dairy cows, horses, as well as companion animals. Although he enjoyed large animal work, he found working with dogs and cats easier on his body and better for family life. He has been with Westgate since December 2003.
Nate enjoys spending time with his wife, Sara, and their two girls, Annika and Britta. On his days off, he can usually be found on a nearby lake fishing with his girls or sitting in a tree stand. As a family, they enjoy camping, biking, and hiking. He has one rambunctious dog, Belle, and a backyard with many holes, yellow spots, and the occasional patch of green grass.
Pam Hansen, DVM, Owner
School: University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, 1996
Dr. Pam especially enjoys spending time at home with her husband, Gary, and their four boys. She is involved with the youth ministry at her church and also enjoys gardening, interior decorating, and reading books. She shares her home with four Labrador retrievers, a shih-tzu, two cats, a leopard gecko, and guinea pigs. Dr. Pam has been with Westgate Animal Hospital since 1999.
Karen Lea, DVM
School: Colorado State University BSc, 2010. University of Missouri of Veterinary Medicine DVM, 2015
Karen is originally from Springfield, IL. She moved to the Wisconsin area after completing her schooling and currently resides in Elk Mound with her husband Logan. They recently welcomed their first child in Dec of 2016, a little girl named Ethel. They share their home with a Border Collie named Toby, a cat named Sansa, 3 horses, Lucy, Duke and Lobo, and some chickens. Karen enjoys horseback riding, going on walks with Toby, snowshoeing, running and enjoying the outdoors.
Kathy Nowak, DVM
School: The Ohio State University, 1990
Kathy started at Westgate Animal Hospital in May of 2015. She and her husband, Tim, and daughter, Erika moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family. Kathy enjoys spending time outdoors, quilting and learning more about aquaponics. She has 2 active dogs, and English Setter and a Dachshund, and also 3 cats.
Paula Luer, CVT, Office Manager, Owner
School: Medical Institute of Minnesota (now Argosy University)
Paula graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota with degree in Animal Health Technology in December 1974. She began work at Westgate in March of 1975 as a Veterinary Technician. She was certified by the state of Wisconsin in 1978 when WI had its first certification test.
Since then Paula has remained at Westgate Animal Hospital wearing many "hats"; technician, groomer, receptionist, fill-in kennel staff, office manager, snowplow operator, shoveler and lawn care.
She lives on a small acreage south of Eau Claire with her husband, dogs, and three cats.