Offering helpful information on animal care is -- and always will be -- a priority for Dr. Foster and Dr. Smith. To help provide the best advice for your pet or hobby, our family includes a full range of veterinarians, pharmacists, aquatic specialists, and hundreds of pet lovers like you.
Our extensive professional services staff work directly with every department within our organization to ensure you receive the information and support you need to provide the best care for the companion animals in your care.
Race Foster, DVM
Dr. Foster received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University where he earned the 1983 Feline Medicine and Surgery Award for academic achievements in feline medicine.
A member of the Michigan and Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Associations, Dr. Foster is the co-author of four books on pet health, care, and behavior, and has a special interest in consulting and working with professional dog and cat breeders, especially in the area of preventive animal health.
Dr. Foster served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Michigan State University, where he also participates on the Michigan Veterinary Practitioner Advisory Council.
Marty Smith, DVM
Dr. Marty Smith received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Iowa State University and is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.
In addition to co-authoring four books with Dr. Foster, Dr. Smith has written hundreds of articles on pet health, care, and behavior and is very involved as a consultant with pet organizations, breeders, trainers and other writers across the United States. A number of Dr. Smith's English Setters have competed in the national showing circuit, including Ch. Sevenoaks Golden Garters, "Vegas," who was the 1997 Am. Can. Grand National Champion.
Katharine Hillestad, DVM
Dr. Kathy Hillestad received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois. She is a companion animal veterinarian and has a special interest in feline medicine, animal behavior and nutrition. Dr. Hillestad has been with Doctors Foster and Smith since 2001. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.
Angela Walter, DVM
Dr. Angela Walter received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a small animal veterinarian, focusing mainly on canine and feline medicine, with a special interest in internal medicine and endocrine diseases. Dr. Walter is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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Our Aquatic Services staff receives continuing education in virtually all aspects of aquarium setup, equipment, maintenance, and care to help ensure your aquarium questions receive proper consideration, no matter how technical or species specific.
Kevin Kohen, BS
LiveAquaria.com Director Kevin Kohen has extensive experience in the tropical fish industry, regarded by peers as being one of the leading industry authorities on marine fish husbandry, identification, handling, acclimation, and shipping. As a hobbyist/enthusiast, Kevin established his first aquarium when he was only six years old, which evolved to keeping more than 21 freshwater and marine aquariums by the age of 16. He launched his career working in a retail fish store for eight years before advancing to direct operations for over eight more at one of the Midwest' largest tropical fish wholesale and import/export businesses.
During that time, he gained considerable knowledge experimenting with various shipping techniques, medication protocols, and filtration technologies, striving to improve the well-being of aquarium animals while reducing mortality rates. For over 20 years, he has been a leading advocate for specialized shipping techniques that ensure the health of aquatic life during transit.
In 2004, Kevin proposed starting up an aquaculture coral facility at Drs. Foster and Smith's headquarters in Rhinelander, WI, designing and directing the initial construction of the Midwest's most state-of-the-art Aquaculture Coral & Marine Life Facility, which opened in July of 2005. In 2007, he designed Phase II of the facility, which more than doubled the size to over 20,000 gallons, adding more coral raceways and quarantine systems for corals and invertebrates, along with three dedicated fish systems to house rare and unusual saltwater fish from around the world.
Kevin has bred and reared nearly 100 species of fresh and saltwater fish and was one of the early pioneers in the U.S. to maintain live corals in captivity in the early 1980's. He has a special interest in Small Polyp Stony Corals (SPS), Non-Photosynthetic (NPS) corals, and filter feeding invertebrates. He currently maintains a thriving Acropora dominated SPS reef aquarium, as well as a beautiful and very successful NPS aquarium in his office here at Drs. Foster and Smith.
Most recently, Kevin successfully paired, and spawned, several batches of eggs from the rare McCulloch's clownfish (Amphiprion mccullochi) at the LiveAquaria.com facility in Rhinelander, WI! Kevin is the first person in the U.S to accomplish this feat, and one of only two expert aquarists in the world to successfully breed McCulloch's clownfish.
Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wright State University, and is a member of the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA), and participates in the local reef aquarium club, Northern Wisconsin Reef Society. He has received the Saltwater Aquarium of the Year and Reef Aquarium of the Year awards from the Greater Dayton Aquarium Society.
Drs. Foster and Smith Aquaculture and Marine Life Facility Operations Manager Steve Krogh has an extensive background in aquarium keeping as a retailer, professional technician, and member of the Greater Minnesota Reef Society/Duluth, Twin Cities Marine Aquarium Society, and the Northern Wisconsin Reef Society. Steve has maintained a variety of freshwater aquariums since the age of 12, from goldfish to planted community aquariums, discus and a variety of African and South American cichlid biotopes. He has also maintained numerous marine FOWLR and marine reef aquariums for over 18 years, having propagated a diversity of corals, including soft, LPS, and SPS. Steve oversees the day-to-day operations, husbandry, and maintenance in our Aquaculture Coral and Marine Life Facility, and facilitates the continuing education of customer service representatives and the technical support team.
Inventory Analyst and reef hobbyist Chris Mueller holds a degree in Accounting from Nicolet College. She has been a vital member of the LiveAquaria.com staff for over 11 years, beginning as an aquarium expert for Drs. Foster and Smith's call center, assisting customers with technical questions and order fulfillment. Chris keeps in close contact with all of the LiveAquaria.com vendors and is responsible for the logistics and coordination of all new livestock additions to the LiveAquaria.com website. Chris is also responsible for helping attendees schedule tour times for the Aquaculture Coral & Marine Life Centers Open House tours. Chris also oversees inventory of both livestock and all the supplies needed to maintain LiveAquaria.com's SigNature® Shipping System.
Kelvin Fujikawa, BA, MSE
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aquatic Specialist and Lead Educational Staff writer Kelvin Fujikawa has a lifetime of experience in tropical reef ecology and water gardening. Having maintained numerous aquarium setups at Drs. Foster and Smith - including FOWLR, Reef, African Cichlid, and Freshwater Planted systems - Kelvin has assisted customers both on the phone and through the numerous articles he writes for the Aquarium Outfitters and Pond catalogs. He holds degrees in English and Anthropology from Ripon College and a Masters of Science & Engineering in technical writing and translation from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
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Our Pharmacy Services staff and our veterinary staff works together with your veterinarian to ensure the medications you receive from us are of the highest quality. To help make pet care more affordable for all pet owners, we offer you significant savings on your medications each and every time you fill your prescriptions through us.
We offer a wide range of prescription services for your veterinarian and look forward to partnering with him or her to provide your pet with the best care possible at the best price available.
Brian Schafer, RPh
Brian graduated from North Dakota State University in 1985, at which time he joined the United States Public Health Service where he worked with the Indian Health Service for twenty years. As the Chief Pharmacist at Drs. Foster and Smith, Brian will be happy to talk to you about your pet's health or how to improve the services we provide. Brian enjoys spending time outdoors with his two Golden Retrievers and appreciates how pets enhance your life.
Debra Freitag, RPh
Deb graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. She has practiced in hospital, long-term care, and retail settings. Deb has always loved pets as part of her family. She currently has two cats and recently adopted a 9 year old Golden Retriever. She believes pets have a positive influence in our lives. She looks forward to supporting the health and well-being of your pets.
Rick Howe, RPh
Rick graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. He has many years of pharmacy experience, including hospital, clinical, and retail settings. Rick was raised on a dairy farm and realizes the importance of overall animal health. He enjoys the companionship of two standard poodles, which of course are part of the family. He would be happy to help you promote the health and well-being of your beloved pets.
Doug Kennedy, RPh
Doug graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1978. He has 32 years of experience in retail and long-term care pharmacy. Doug enjoys the companionship of a Boston Terrier and looks forward to helping you with your pet-care needs.
Sue Sharrow, RPh
Sue graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. She has since practiced in clinic, independent and chain retail pharmacies. Sue grew up with pets in her family and currently counts 2 cats and 2 dogs as family members. She believes that pets help keep humans healthy. Sue looks forward to helping you maintain the health of your pet family members.
Dave Sorenson, RPh
Dave earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin in 1983. He has since practiced in a variety of settings including clinic, community and large chain pharmacies. Dave has always had pets as a part of his family and knows the importance they have in our lives. He looks forward to helping others maintain the health and well-being of their pets.
Jenny Darton, Pharm D
Jenny graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2003 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She has since practiced in community, clinic, and long-term care pharmacy settings. Jenny grew up with family pets and appreciates the beneficial effects they have on our lives. She looks forward to supporting the health of your pets.
Kathy Dugger, Pharm D
Kathy graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific, California, in 1998. She has practiced in community, pharmacy benefit management and long term care settings prior to working with Drs. Foster and Smith. Although she adores and is committed to the welfare of all animals, she holds a special interest for canines. Participating in dog events has become much more than just a hobby for her and she appreciates the relationship you have with your own pets. Kathy shares her life with her family and her lovely Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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Certified Pharmacy Technicians
Patricia Saal, CPhT
Patricia became a member of the Foster and Smith team in 2004. She started in the Call Center and joined the pharmacy staff in 2006. Patricia became a certified Pharmacy Technician in April of 2011. In her free time she enjoys crafting, road trips and outdoor activities with her family. The family has a collie named Sunny and many pet birds.
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