Meet the McFarland Animal Hospital team!
Maria Keppel, DVM
Over the years, Dr. Keppel has cultivated a special interest in surgery, geriatric medicine, and rescue medicine.
Dr. Keppel lives in McFarland with her husband, Jon; her children, Hanna and Julian; dogs, Maya, Ellie, Althea, and Chelsea; and cat, Mater . When not at work, she enjoys reading books, hiking, live music, skiing, travel and trying to keep her houseplants alive.
Lisa P. Yackel, DVM
Dr. Lisa Yackel has been a veterinarian at McFarland Animal Hospital since 2009. She is a Wisconsin native, raised in the east central part of the state. In 1989 she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a double major in Zoology and Business Management with a specialization in health care administration. After working on the UW campus for several years doing research at the UW Hospital department Oncology and later at the UW department of Wildlife Ecology, she returned to school and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1996.
While in veterinary school Dr. Yackel spent several summers studying aquatic veterinary medicine at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. She eventually decided to remain in Wisconsin and dedicate her career to small animals. After graduation she practiced small animal medicine in the Fox River Valley for 9 years before relocating back to Madison in 2006.
She lives in the city of Madison with her husband, Jonathan, a software developer for Epic Systems, and four children, Nathaniel (currently in college), Sophia, Oliver and Henry. They share their busy home with two dachshunds (Teddy and Stella), four cats (Howard, Edgar, George and Anya), a fat tailed gecko (Sheila), fire bellied toads and multiple fish tanks. In her infrequent free time she enjoys spending time gardening, traveling and watching great movies.
Randall J. Raasch, DVM, MPH
Dr. Raasch grew up in the Milwaukee area and having spent many summers on a relative’s farm developed an interest in animal agriculture. As a result, he studied and completed a degree in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This background, lead to studying Veterinary Medicine and receiving a degree from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Prior to coming to McFarland he had practiced in Cresco, Iowa; Joliet, Illinois and LaCrosse, Wisconsin. In 1988 he purchased McFarland Animal Hospital from a classmate who had started the practice eight years earlier. More recently, Dr. Raasch has developed an interest in the relationships between animal and human health. In pursuit of this interest he studied and received a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health. As part of the public health program he completed an internship at the Milwaukee Health Department and made a trip to Africa to study public health in Uganda.
Dr. Raasch is married to Debbie who works as a nurse practitioner for UW Health. They have three adult children and one grandchild. Their household includes four dogs; all rescued from various circumstances through his work at MAH. Dr. Raasch is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Alisha currently resides in Edgerton with her husband Lee and two daughters Kaydence and Adaline. Alisha and her family currently have four dogs and three cats. In her free time, Alisha enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and traveling.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Jackie joined our team in June of 2020 as our main surgery technician. She graduated from Rockford Career College in 2014 from the veterinary technician program. Jackie has dogs from small to large and a pig named Bailey. Jackie enjoys traveling, kayaking, amusement parks, and crafting.
Outside of work, Jasmine loves to spend time outdoors hiking, fishing, boating, and enjoying time with her husband and family. When Jasmine isn’t enjoying the outdoors, you can find her snuggling with her dog Scout, and her 2 cats, Banjo & Thumper, while watching a good movie or T.V show. She also loves finding Pinterest projects to do during the Holidays!
Favorite food: Anything you can dip in ranch dressing! 🙂
Hi, I’m Kelsea!
I have spent the last 18 years in the human medical field. I started as a CNA in high school, and joined the Army as a medic just after graduation, and most recently was a Histology Technician.
I came to McFarland Animal Hospital as an assistant to pursue my passion for animals. My love of animals started on a small hobby farm in Northern Illinois where I grew up. We had many animals from horses to dogs and cats. When the Army took me to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I met my soul dog Dozer. After twelve years away from the Midwest and growing my human and fur family I made the decision to move to Wisconsin.
I currently reside in Edgerton with my husband and three children. We currently have 3 dogs, several birds and fish, as well as a healthy flock of chickens that get cared for by Nana, our guardian goose (Nana takes her job very seriously).
Justin grew up in Estes Park, Colorado. Justin and his family recently moved to Wisconsin where his wife grew up. He is the proud parent of dogs, Rhett and Nami, and cat Garfield. Justin and his wife Christy have two beautiful daughters, Xanna and Xarya. He is a mild-mannered tech by day and a comic book fanatic by night!
When I am not working I spend time with my 3 kiddos, we love to travel to different zoos and aquariums. We also love to go to the park and get some energy out. I also love watching Badger hockey, football games, and going to Brewer games.
Bio coming soon!
Shelby joined McFarland Animal Hospital in October 2022. She has always been passionate about animals and grew up with pygmy goats, rabbits, cats, and one dog. Shelby showed her goats at her county fair every year and even won the grand champion with one of her goats.
Besides her love for animals, Shelby enjoys spending her free time playing video games and napping with her dog Kami.
Bio coming soon!
Joey is a student at McFarland High School in the Class of 2024. They are currently in the process of completing a Veterinary Technician Youth Apprenticeship through the Dane County School Consortium program. Joey has two dogs, a senior Vizsla named Rubble and a young Beaglier pup named Lando. They also have three human siblings. Joey plans to pursue post-secondary education to earn a degree in biological sciences to eventually begin a career in science education or veterinary medicine.