Superior Animal Hospital & Boarding Suites

Meet Our Team

Our accomplished clinical team is highly trained in a full range of veterinary services for dogs and cats, combining cutting-edge medicine with traditional practices. It is our goal to deliver superior clinical care and boarding services in a welcoming and friendly hospital environment. If we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you and your pet family yet, we invite you to schedule an appointment!

Jennifer Shamla

DVM & Co-Owner

I love being a part of a group of great veterinarians, technicians, receptionists, and assistants, working to provide the best patient care that we possibly can. I enjoy being a part of our patients’ and their owners’ lives from the puppy and kitten stages through the end of life care, and I am appreciative and humbled by the trust that our clients place in us.

A native of Brule, WI, Dr. Jennifer Shamla received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Broadfield Science from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1996. As an undergraduate she performed in the UWS Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra, as well as many other local music groups. Driven to help animals, Dr. Shamla continued her education at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000.

Following graduation, Dr. Shamla and her husband, Jon, returned to Superior where she has been employed at Superior Animal Hospital since July 2000. In 2020, Dr. Shamla became a partner and co-owner at the hospital. One of her favorite aspects of veterinary medicine is the close bond she forms with clients and their pets, and she enjoys treating patients through all of their life stages. Dr. Shamla has professional interests in dentistry and general practice.

In her free time, Dr. Shamla enjoys woodworking, home remodeling, music, and spending time with her family. She also volunteers services at Douglas County Humane Society. Dr. Shamla and Jon welcomed their sons, Thomas in August 2003 and Michael in November 2008, and their daughter, Julia, in January 2011. Their home is shared with Jack, a black Labrador mix, Walter, a Golden Retriever mix, and an orange rescue cat, Rhubarb.

Matt Severs


Dr. Matt Severs grew up in Williams, MN, a small town in Lake of the Woods county. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, and went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 2015. Following graduation, Dr. Severs returned to the Duluth area to begin his veterinary career at Superior Animal Hospital. Dr. Severs has professional interests in soft-tissue surgery, oncology, and internal medicine.

Dr. Severs’ favorite part about working at Superior Animal Hospital is having the opportunity to provide high-quality medicine to the pets and pet owners of the Superior, WI community. In addition to practicing as an Associate Veterinarian at Superior Animal Hospital, Dr. Severs volunteers his time helping homeless pets at the Human Society of Douglas County.

In his spare time, Dr. Severs enjoys golfing, boating, and spending time with friends and family. In addition, he also loves camping with his faithful Yellow Labrador, Ruger. His first pet was a Golden Retriever named Whiskey. Dr. Severs loves pets of all breeds, but Labrador Retrievers hold a special place in his heart.

Michelle Severs


I love the clients and their pets. It is great to feel like you can make a difference in their lives every day. I also love my coworkers. They are amazing!

Dr. Michelle Severs is originally from Williams, a small town in northern Minnesota, and currently resides in Duluth. Dr. Severs attended the College of Saint Scholastica as an undergraduate, and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 2006.

Soon after graduating, Dr. Severs joined the team at Superior Animal Hospital in June 2006. She has professional interests in internal medicine, dentistry, and dermatology.

Dr. Severs and her husband Eric share a mutual love of golfing and traveling, and recently had their first son, Jacob. In her free time, Dr. Severs also enjoys camping, boating, reading, and volunteering at the Humane Society of Douglas County. She shares a home with a black retriever, Stitch, a Labrador/husky mix, Daisy, and two rabbits, Twix and Snickers. Stitch and Daisy are fantastic at playing fetch, and even better at taking naps.

Kayla Lilyquist


Dr. Kayla Lilyquist has a passion for helping animals and providing high quality medicine to her patients. Originally from Hermantown, MN, Dr. Lilyquist is excited to return to to the area once more to practice veterinary medicine. During her undergraduate studies at The College of St. Scholastic, she was a veterinary assistant at Superior Animal Hospital from 2007-2010. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Iowa State University in 2012. She currently lives in Duluth, MN and is thrilled to be helping animals again at Superior Animal Hospital.

Her areas of professional interests include abdominal ultrasound, dermatology and orthopedic surgery. When she is not practicing high-quality animal medicine, Dr. Lilyquist enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son and dog Nessa, a senior mixed breed. She loves to play volleyball in the summer and snowmobile in the winter with her husband and friends. Dr. Lilyquist also enjoys camping, reading and being active with her church.

Faryn Kimmes


Born and raised in Superior, Dr. Kimmes is excited and humbled to be able to serve the pets in her hometown! Dr. Kimmes is a proud mother of two - her daughter, Kinsley, who passed away at four months old due to a heart defect and her son and rainbow baby, Kayson. You can often find Dr. Kimmes chasing after her son at local events!

In her free time, Dr. Kimmes enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, cooking, and caring for her own pets. In addition to her passion for veterinary work, Dr. Kimmes is an advocate for congenital heart disease (CHD) awareness, which most people don't realize Is the most common birth defect. She is also an advocate for helping other bereaved parents after the loss of a child.

Jennifer Billman


Dr. Jennifer Billman is originally from Twig, MN, and is excited to be returning to her home region to serve the local community. Building lasting relationships with her clients is one of the highlights of her profession, as she partners with them to navigate the best medical decisions for their beloved pets. Dr. Billman's love for animals was nurtured from a young age in a family that shares her deep appreciation for creatures of all kinds.

Dr. Billman obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 2017, following an undergraduate degree from the College of St. Scholastica. After graduation, Dr. Billman moved to Bozeman, MT to begin her veterinary career in small animal medicine near the mountains.

In her spare time, Dr. Billman can be found horseback riding, hiking with her dogs, skiing, or adding to her rock collection. At home, she enjoys the company of her diverse pet family, which includes Bexley, a Greyhound mix, Macey, a Chihuahua, Rex, a Goldendoodle, Dakhari, a cat, and two horses named Phox and Phoenix. This balance of professional dedication and personal passion ensures that Dr. Billman brings a compassionate approach to her veterinary practice.

Jenna Harting

Practice Manager

Jenna Harting has a passion for animals and natural drive to provide patients of Superior Animal Hospital with proper care. She finds fulfillment in her role as Practice Manager at Superior Animal Hospital by knowing that each and every pet that comes through the doors is cared for passionately and genuinely, and each client is provided a positive experience. Plus, snuggles with puppies and kittens are the best!

Prior to working in the veterinary field, Jenna obtained a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. She continues to indulge in her love for music today by playing bass and singing in a band called ‘The Latelys’. She also spends her free time volunteering at Duluth Vineyard Church.

Jenna shares a home with her husband and two pets: a domestic shorthair cat named Winston and a Golden Retriever named Buddy. Buddy is a pretty special companion who is named after Buddy the Elf for having a similar personality. Can you believe he loves to hold hands and hug? Golden Retriever is Jenna’s favorite breed, and they’re friendly, personable nature matches her personality too!

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Located in the North Hwy 2/53 Corridor of Superior, just minutes from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and downtown Duluth, MN.

Phone: 715-392-6211

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