Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Tom Torhorst
    Veterinarian and Founder of North Shore Animal Hospital


    • UW-Madison
    • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
    • Dr. Torhorst is the founder and former owner of North Shore Animal Hospital. He sold the practice in 2012 and still works part-time, performing surgeries at NSAH.

    • Dr. Torhorst was born in Burlington and has been an important member of the community and has been with North Shore Animal Hospital for over five decades!  Dr. Torhorst graduated from UW- Madison with a degree in Economics and then went on to receive his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1968. (UW-Madison did not have a Veterinary School at the time).
    •  In 1972 he became a Veterinarian at the Racine Zoo where he worked until 1997.  He was the Zoo Director and President of the local Zoological Society for several years and also became a Wildlife Rehabilitation Veterinarian. It wasn’t unusual to see wildlife and zoo animals, such as; Fox, Bald Eagles. Deer, Leopards and Ostriches at the clinic back then.
    •  Dr. Torhorst also performed many surgeries for injured wildlife and zoo animals, including a c-section on Bonnie, the zoo’s famous White Tiger. 
    • Dr. Torhorst and his wife, Jeanne have three sons and nine grand kids, a retriever named Annie and a cat named Tebs. Their home also doubled as a nursery for Orangutans, Fawns, Lion Cubs and many other furry babies that needed extra TLC and rehabilitation.
  • Dr. Linda
    Veterinarian and Co-Owner


    • UW-Madison
    • UW-Madison college of Veterinary Medicine

    As part of the NSAH team since 1999, Dr. Linda Axnick enjoys practicing preventative medicine as well as performing surgery. Along with her husband Dr. Whitney, she spends much of her free time participating in dock diving and agility with their four Retrievers.

  • Dr.
    Todd Whitney
    Veterinarian and Co-Owner

    Education:  UW-Madison

    UW-Madison College of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Whitney joined the North Shore Animal Hospital Team in August of 2012 when he became a co-owner with his wife Linda, who is also a Veterinarian here at North Shore Animal Hospital. 

    Dr. Whitney is from Green Bay and graduated from UW Madison in 1995 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. One of his favorite things about working at North Shore Animal Hospital is educating clients regarding pet health and especially helping new puppy and kitten parents with behavior training to give them a happy start. When Dr. Todd isn’t spending time with NSAH patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife Linda and their four dogs; Pink, Skye, Effie and Duncan. They travel around Wisconsin and the country competing in (and winning) Canine Agility and Dock Diving Competitions with their dogs.

  • Dr.
    Heidi Jahn


    • UW-Madison
    • UW-Madison College of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Heidi Jahn has been with NSAH since 1991. She has a special interest in internal medicine and working up complicated cases. She loves her patients and they love her back.

     Dr. Jahn received her degree from the University of Wisconsin with the second graduating class in the School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been a Veterinarian since 1988 but has been keeping North Shore Animal Hospital patients happy and healthy since 1991!

    When Dr. Jahn isn’t giving lots of attention and TLC to our client’s pets, she has five cats of her own that she enjoys spoiling and spending time with her two senior cats; Bucky, Esme and four year old feline twins, Gilley and Roarke. She also enjoys traveling, photography and spending time at the lake hiking, swimming and lots of book reading.

  • Dr.
    Al Arbas


    • Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine

    As part of the North Shore family since 1992, Dr. Arbas currently works part time and enjoys educating our clients on the importance of preventative medicine, wellness exam and vaccines.  When he isn't helping keep our patients healthy, Dr. Arbas enjoys cooking, golfing and being outdoors, fishing and traveling with his wife, Anne.

  • Dr.
    Deb Hollis

    Education: UW-River Falls, University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine 

    Dr. Hollis grew up in the Twin Cities and graduated from The University of Minnesota in 1998 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. She moved shortly after that and began her career working with horses. For the past nineteen years she has worked at Small Animal Veterinary Hospitals in SE Wisconsin and enjoys creating bonds with clients and their furry family members. 

    She has many dogs, cats, goats, chickens horses and a mini donkey. Besides caring for her own furry and feathery critters, she also enjoys being outdoors with her family, camping and trail riding with her horses.
    Dr. Hollis has many passions when it comes to her position as a Veterinarian including Feline and Canine Dentistry. She also loves counseling families with new kittens and puppies to ensure that they have a good start in life as well as helping senior pets live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.

  • Lori Jensen
    Practice Manager and Co-Owner


    • Concordia University
    • Concordia University

    A member of the NSAH team since 1983, Lori started out as the morning kennel cleaner. She loves her job and feels fortunate to have such a great place to work. Lori and her husband Eric have 2 daughters, 3 Border Collies, 6 cats, 5 goats, 2 rabbits and a horse. In her free time Lori serves as a board member of H.O.P.E. Safehouse and Wisconsin Border Collie Rescue.

  • Kim Jacobson
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Kim joined our staff in 1988 as a kennel technician and has been with us ever since. Kim wears many hats here, one of them being our 'Cat Whisperer' as she has a special way with making cats feel calm during their visits.  Kim was born and currently resides in Racine with her husband and their six cats of which she considers to be her Fur Kids; Herb, Clark, Mayday, Bunsen, Fannie and Spindles.  When she isn't working, Kim enjoys crafting, camping and beachcombing.  On sunny days you might find Kim and her husband riding in their Corvette or on their Harleys.  Kim favorite thing about working at North Shore Animal Hospital is building a life-long bond with pets and their parents.

  • Suzanne T.

    Suzanne has worked at NSAH since 2006.

  • Lindsay Soine

    Lindsay worked at North Shore Animal Hospital in high school as a Kennel Technician and returned in 2009 after graduating from Arkansas State University. She is now one of our Certified Veterinary Technicians. Lindsay and her husband Chase have two children and several pet family members that include two cats; Beaker and Aliquot who is a three legged bottle fed kitty and Beebe, an adorable fluffy Bichon mix, two parakeets and a Cockateil named Fiddlesticks,, two Conures, a Turtle and Five Fancy Goldfish.  In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys crafting, artwork and spending time with her family and her pets.  

  • Sue B. Clapper
    Assistant Manager and Veterinary Assistant

    Sue has a degree in English but has worked in the veterinary field for over twenty years and has a plethora of experience working with animals of many species.  Sue has three college aged children and many Fur Kids including; two dogs, Sid and Reggie, a cat named Waffles, Leon the horse, a herd of goats, a flock of chickens and several hives of bees.  When Sue isn't working or taking care of her small farm, she enjoys horse back riding, reading, hiking, travel and spending time with her favorite people and pets.   One of Sue's favorite things about working at North Shore Animal Hospital is being with her 'Work Family' and the new experiences that each day brings. 

  • Vicki Infusino

    Joining the hospital in 2010 as a receptionist, Vicki also brought her many years of dog training experience with her. Vicki has three grown children and several dogs, including a special needs Dalmatian that she rescued.

  • Patti Morelli

    Patti joined our NSAH family in 2012.  She brought experience from working at a couple other animal hospitals in the area. Patti and her husband John have two children and two adorable grandchildren.  She also shares her life with three dogs and a cat named Dwayne. In her spare time Patti enjoys scent training and competing in agility with her dogs. 

  • Corrie Pie
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    In October of 2013 Corrie came to us with an abundance of experience in the veterinary field after having worked at another local veterinary hospital for many years.  Corrie and her husband have one son and a dog named Amelia that they adopted from Woofgang Rescue.  In her spare time, Corrie enjoys running, spending time with her family and enjoying their cabin up north.  

  • Michele

    Michele is one of our receptionists and has been working at NSAH since August of 2016.  Michelle and her husband have two children; Haylee and Brandon and many pets in their family including a dog, a cat, two rabbits, hermit crabs and fish.  Michele’s has a passion for all animals but especially enjoys riding horses.

  • Sue Kulinsky

    Sue joined the NSAH in July of 2018 but has been working as a Certified Veterinary Technician since 1973. She has a Border Collie named Bizzy, who is an agility champion and a Golden Retriever named Kwik who loves to do Dog Sports with Sue, such as Dock Diving and Fast CAT.  Sue enjoys training for and attending agility competitions in her spare time. She also loves to photograph wildlife, especially birds.

  • Chris Kuras

    Chris joined the NSAH team in November of 2018. She recently moved back to Wisconsin with her husband and their pets; Kevin a seven year old Retriever mix and their clowder of cats.  Since moving back they have adopted two rescued dogs from Kentucky; Bourbon and Yeti, a Great Pyrenees. They also have two grown daughters who live out of state. Chris has been working for Veterinary Clinics and volunteering with animal rescue organizations for more than thirty years.  Her favorite organizations are; The Wisconsin Humane Society, H.O.P.E. Safehouse and Kindred Kitties. Chris loves animal of all kinds but especially has an affinity for cats.  She opened Ohio’s first cat café, Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe which was fortunately taken over by the Columbus Humane Society but unfortunately closed due to Covid shortly thereafter.  Chris is one of our receptionists and also helps with our social media and marketing and occasionally fills in as a Veterinary Assistant.

  • Melissa S.

    Melissa was born in Chicago and moved to Wisconsin in 2019. She has twenty years of experience working in small animal practices and emergency veterinary hospitals and is looking forward to meeting and creating bonds with our NSAH clients and patients.

    She enjoys spending time with her two dogs; a Maltipoo named Dumpling and a Jack Russell Terrier mix named Sesame. Melissa has had several special-needs pets as well, including a diabetic dog and a dog with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA).

    In her spare time, Melissa likes to shop, attend concerts and work outs at Burn Boot Camp.

  • Annalise Redlin
    Veterinary Assistant

    Annalise is a Racine native and joined the North Shore Animal Hospital in 2020. She has two cats; Lucifer and Gabbi and two dogs; a Mastiff named Willow and a Labrador Retriever named Diablo.

    Annalise is studying Animal Behavior and enjoys working with animals.  Before joining the NSAH Team, she worked at a doggy day care.

    One of her favorite things to do is walking with her dogs and her favorite movie is The Secret Life of Pets.
    She is excited to meet all of our NSAH clients and patients!!!

  • Karla Sullivan
    Veterinary Assistant

    When Karla isn’t working at North Shore Animal Hospital, she enjoys spending her time with her husband, Leo and all of her pets, which include several active dogs and a horse named Penny. Her favorite hobbies are camping, horseback riding and show jumping and training and competing in Dog Sports; Flyball, Dock Diving and Disc competitions.

  • Myla Jensen
    Veterinary Assistant


  • Staci Beknap
    Veterinary Assistant


  • Laurel Scherbarth-Wishman


  • Kim Hall
    Veterinary Assistant


  • Karen C.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Karen has worked at North Shore Animal Hospital for several years.  She wears many hats while at work.  Besides being a Veterinary Assistant, she helps facilitate phone calls and estimates and inventory and ordering and fills in as a receptionist when needed.

    When Karen isn't working at North Shore Animal Hospital, she enjoys watching football, crafts, camping up north and spending time with her adorable Poodle mix, Ashley.

    Karen likes helping clients with their furry family members. 

  • Kylee S.
    Kennel Technician and Veterinary Assistant

    Kylee has been a part of the North Shore Animal Team, working as  Kennel Technician since January of 2022.  Since then, she has taken on additional responsibilities and learning new skills assisting Doctors and Technicians. 

    Kylee is  Vegetarian and a Racine Native. She lives with her family, which includes a Boston Terrier, A Syrian Hamster named Oliver and her Pitbull named Prince.  When she isn't at school or working at NSAH, she enjoys painting, crafting, woodworking and caring for animals, including volunteering at The Wisconsin Humane Society.

    Kylee enjoys meeting and caring for patients while learning about different illnesses and their cures.

  • Olivia H.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Olivia came to us in August of 2022 with eight years of Veterinary Assistant experience and is a Racine Native.  When she isn't working with animals at NSAH, she enjoys vacationing and spending time with her family which includes three dogs; Joey, Lambeau and Rollie, a tortoise named Tortilla and a cat named Poppy, adopted from H.O.P.E. Safehouse.  

    Olivia enjoys working at North Shore Animal Hospital because her coworkers understand her sense of humor and she also gets to help animals recover from sickness and help educate clients care for their pets.

  • Maddy Y.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Maddy comes to us with a lot of experience caring for animals of many species, from large and companion animals to exotics.  She also interned at The Memphis Zoo for four years, helping care for the zoo animals there.  Her favorite zoo animal is the Orangutan. 

    Maddy has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and Biology and is proficient in Spanish. She has been accepted to several Universities where she will continue providing the same level of compassion and care that humans receive as a future Veterinarian.

    When not working at North Shore Animal Hospital, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and kayaking and in her spare time, also enjoys cooking and baking. Maddy is a Racine Native and shares her home with her family which includes her cute Gecko named Pablo Picasso.  She also played Collegiate soccer and coaches gymnastics.  

    She enjoys working at NSAH because every day is different and she gets to work with and learn from a variety of skilled Veterinarians, Technicians, Assistants, Kennel Techs and Receptionists. 

  • Lauren B.
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Lauren graduated from UW- Lacrosse with a Bachelor's Degree in Science and had several years of experience working with small animals, companion animals and farm animals before she came to work at North Shore Animal Hospital. 

    She lives in Burlington with her husband, two dogs; O'Malley, an Irish Wolfhound and Taro, a Collie mix along with two Snowshoe-Siamese mix cats; 

    In her spare time Lauren enjoys cooking and baking,  listening to music watching movies and playing Nintendo Switch and spending time with her family.

     Lauren enjoys and loves being and advocate for animals.

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