It is awesome to work with such a large group of dedicated and passionate individuals, who are animal advocates. The team is highly service motivated, as well as knowledgeable about all things veterinary. And, the fact that we have such a great facility to practice veterinary medicine, in a small Wisconsin community, gives us the opportunity to make a difference in pets’ lives, and their family’s lives by maintaining the human-animal bond, every day.
Dr. Robert McClellan, also known as ‘Dr. Bob’, is the Medical Director at Superior Animal Hospital. He was raised on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin, and his family was close with local veterinarians; giving Dr. Bob a good concept of what the veterinary field was all about from the very beginning. He attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs as a chemistry major and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1986. Dr. Bob has professional interests in surgery, general canine and feline medicine, and small mammal (rabbit and pocket pet) care.
Dr. Bob worked in a mixed animal practice in Janesville, Wisconsin for 5 years; working with dogs and cats and assorted companion animals as well as farm animals and horses. For the next two years he worked at a companion animal emergency clinic in Rockford, Illinois and did relief work at a variety of veterinary practices in southern Wisconsin. In 1993, he moved to Superior, WI to work at Tower Avenue Veterinary Clinic before purchasing the practice in 1999. Tower Avenue Clinic became Superior Animal Hospital and Boarding Suites in 2003 when it moved to its new and current location on East 2nd Street.
Dr. Bob is an avid volunteer and involved with a number of organizations, including the Superior Rotary Club, Superior Sister City Commission, Humane Society of Douglas County, Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association, United Presbyterian Church, and Superior Jaycees.
Dr. Bob is married to Serena, who works at the hospital as a pet behavior and puppy class specialist, and has two children. Dr. Bob and his family enjoy canoeing, camping, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, vegetable gardening, and cooking. Their family pets include three rambunctious cats Grace, Miles and Virgil, and two Chihuahuas that have some special needs, Leo and Ami.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Betsy Madole is a Veterinarian at Superior Animal Hospital. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at UMD and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Dr. Madole’s areas of professional interest include dentistry and preventative care, and she is also Fear Free certified.
Growing up with busy Border Collies, she knew she had a passion for animal care and also enjoyed volunteering with the local humane society. She says her favorite part about working in the veterinary industry are the connections she forms with clients and their pets in the community.
Originally from Duluth, she currently lives there now and is looking for her next companion pet she can hike and skijor with! When she is not providing quality veterinary care, Dr. Madole loves spending time outdoors and enjoys hiking, camping, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and doing anything on the lake! A fun fact about Dr. Madole is that she’s worked with creatures of all shapes and sizes; including dairy cattle, horses, wildlife, sheep, and goats.
Dr. Farynn Kimmes is an Associate Veterinarian at Superior Animal Hospital. Dr. Kimmes earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. Dr. Kimmes found veterinary medicine to be a perfect fit for her since it combines her fascination with medicine and deep love for animals. According to Dr. Kimmes, the best part about working in the veterinary field is the ability to form relationships with people in the community and getting to know clients and their pets.
Born and raised in Superior, Dr. Kimmes is excited and humbled to be able to serve the pets in her hometown! Dr. Kimmes lives on a little farm with her husband, Joe. They have one beautiful daughter, Kinsley, who passed away at four months old due to a heart defect. Since losing her, Dr. Kimmes and her husband continuously honor her through acts of kindness and helping others.
In her free time, Dr. Kimmes enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, cooking, and caring for her 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 horses, and 2 mini donkeys. 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. Dr. Kimmes serves on the state board for Conquering CHD and met with state legislators last year to share Kinsley’s story and advocate for CHD research and funding.
Dr. Anna Peterson grew up on 40 acres in Poplar and always had a variety of animals. Dr. Peterson has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 4 years old. She dreamed for a time of being a zookeeper or zoo veterinarian but quickly realized that jobs in those fields are limited.
Dr. Peterson worked for the last 13.5 years in rural central Pennsylvania as a small animal veterinarian. She focused primarily on surgery, rehab, internal medicine, and emergency medicine for the last 7 years.
Dr. Peterson currently has one dog, Ise, a Norwegian Elkhound. She also has seven cats ranging from eight months to 16 years old. The 16 year-old was her first-ever spay patient when she was a 3rd-year student in veterinary school. Dr. Peterson also has five horses, one of whom is “employed” by Random Canyon Therapeutic Riding Program at The R.E.D. Farm in Kratzerville, PA.
Dr. Peterson enjoys gardening, trail riding her horses, and obedience training (and hopefully, one day, competing!) her dog. She has moved back to Poplar to be closer to her family, and is excited to join the Superior Animal Hospital team.
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!
Located in the North Hwy 2/53 Corridor of Superior, just minutes from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and downtown Duluth, MN.