Care Team

Your pet’s care is our highest responsibility. We dedicate ourselves to helping your pet become comfortable with our staff, and ensuring you get the assistance and information you need to maintain your pet’s well-being.

Dr. Jesse Sondel, DVM, Owner

Born and raised in Madison, Dr. Sondel is a 2003 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. While he takes great pride in the care he provides his clients, his favorite part about being a vet is the relationship he has developed with his clients over the years.

Dr. Sondel’s veterinary clinic has received Best of Madison awards for many years. His reproductive expertise draws owners from across the Midwest, and his anesthesia-free orthopedic evaluations, recognized by the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals, attract breeders from around the country.

Dr. Sondel lives with his wife, Emilie, children, Jordan and Evan, and his mastiff “Bob” and Boston Terrier “Gary”. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, biking, coaching hockey and enjoying the great outdoors.

Emilie, Co-owner

Emilie has been on the “Sondel Team” since marrying Dr. Sondel in 2003, one month after he became a Veterinarian. She has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and has been a Child & Family Psychotherapist since 2005. Emilie is passionate about Staff and Clinic Wellness at SFVC. She understands that working in the Veterinary field is stressful and demanding so she focuses on ways to promote a positive and healthy environment for both staff and clients. In addition to her work in the clinic, Emilie works with Dr. Sondel to promote a healthy community through volunteering, donating and sponsorship of various community groups and events serving animals and children.

In her down time, Emilie enjoys spending time with Dr. Sondel and their children, Jordan and Evan, as well as their dogs, Bob and Gary. She also LOVES anything to do with water, playing games, traveling, and being outside.

Dr. Elana Frankenthal, DVM

Dr. Elana Frankenthal was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and moved to Denver, CO to pursue her undergraduate and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. During her MBA program, she realized life was too short to live with regrets and decided it was worth pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. Shortly after, she landed back in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 with high honors.

Dr. Frankenthal feels strongly about taking advantage of the many continuing education opportunities available keeping her up to date on the latest medical advances. She has special interests in internal medicine and dermatology and enjoys integrative medicine such as acupuncture. She earned her veterinary acupuncture certification through the Chi Institute in 2016. Dr. Frankenthal will take the time to listen to your concerns and discuss options with you so that you can come up with a plan for care together.

Dr. Frankenthal lives with her husband Max and their young daughter Sydney. Their furry companions include Silas (English Springer Spaniel), Aspen (domestic short hair cat). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outside with her family (hiking, boating, swimming), Pure Barre, and cooking.

Dr. Chelsea Mohney, DVM

A native of Southwest Michigan, Dr. Mohney received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University. She is a 2018 graduate of St. George’s University and spent the last year of her veterinary training at The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. It was then that she fell in love with the Madison area and is happy to call it her home. Dr. Mohney enjoys treating all breeds and is interested in helping her patients achieve and maintain excellent health so that they enjoy an optimal relationship with their families. She has special interests in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and dermatology.

Growing up on a blueberry farm, Dr. Mohney spent much of her childhood raising chickens, caring for various barnyard animals and riding her quarter horse, Glory. She now shares her residence with her playful cat Panda whom she rescued from a shelter while in Grenada.

In her free time, Dr. Mohney enjoys traveling, hiking, going to her family’s house on Lake Michigan, eating sushi, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Kara Wallisch, DVM

Dr. Wallisch grew up in Green Bay, WI and moved down to Madison to attend school at the UW. She graduated in 2015 from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to working at Sondel Family Vet, she worked in general practice and shelter medicine, where she broadened her skills in surgery, medicine, and disease management. Along with surgery, she enjoys ultrasound and diagnostic imaging, and received additional training in performing echocardiograms.

At home, Dr. Wallisch lives with her husband, two young sons, and a black Labrador named Lilah. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, water activities on the lake, and family movie nights.

Jen, Clinic Manager

Jen has been in the veterinary industry since 2004 and has been with Sondel Family Veterinary Clinic since opening! She's honored and humbled to be clinic manager of a multiple-award winning practice! Jen received her Veterinary Assistant degree from Penn Foster in 2011, and has enjoyed many business courses and continued education opportunities through her career. Currently, she is pursuing her CVBL (Certified Veterinary Business Leader) certification. She is also a Wisconsin Notary Public. To her, the most rewarding part of the job is the connection she has built with our clients-they are like family. Jen is a 9 year member of the Madison Symphony Chorus and a 4 year member of the WVPMA (Wisconsin Veterinary Practice Managers Association). In between work and maintaining the “life of luxury” for her dogs Norah (cavalier spaniel) and Chuck Roast (OEB), she enjoys watching documentaries, pontooning and fishing, mindfulness practice, eating sushi and photography.

Sara, Operations Manager

Sara has been part of the Sondel team since 2017, joining us with several years of experience in the doggy daycare and boarding industries, as well as a bachelors degree in psychology and communication from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. In her time away from the clinic, Sara enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and live music. Her beloved fur family includes a tuxedo cat, “Malik”, and a chihuahua mix, “Bubbles”.

Brian, Lead CVT/Hospital Manager

Brian received his certified veterinary technician degree from MATC in 2005. He has 5 years of emergency experience, over 5 years of CAT scan and ultrasound experience, multiple years of working with a laparoscopic surgeon and has volunteered at the Milwaukee zoo in surgeries on a tiger and a lion. He also has additional ultrasound training to perform abdominal and echocardiograms as of December 2015. Brian welcomed his son, Jameson in January 2009 and daughter, Lyla in November 2012. Other members of his family include his fiance Ashley and her daughter Isabella as well as two dogs and a hedgehog. Aside from keeping up with everyone at home, Brian also enjoys fishing, hunting, coaching soccer, ATV's, remodeling his house and working on his cars.

Lora, CVT

Lora has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for 13 years. She has a menagerie of pets including Sampson, an English Mastiff, and kitties Olive,Philip and Brim. Lora likes traveling, hiking, knitting and eating her husband's “amazing cooking” when she's away from the clinic. She's mother to a cute-as-a button little girl, Isabella and a new baby boy Duncan. She enjoys any and all snuggling or affection opportunities with patients, as well as animal dental care and helping to make sure owner's understand how to best care for their pets!

Sarah, CVT

Sarah is a Certified Veterinary Technician who graduated from Minnesota School of Business - Plymouth in 2010. She worked for a small veterinary clinic in Minnesota before moving to Madison in 2013, where she laid roots with her family. She started volunteering shortly after at Dane County Humane Society in Medical Services. Sarah enjoys her work as a CVT here at Sondel Family Veterinary Clinic, helping all of our patients feel better!

Sarah's pet family includes two grey short hair cats, Luke and Logan, whom she adopted from the humane society in Minnesota. They keep her very busy along with her young daughter Kailey. She enjoys spending time exploring new parks around Madison and reading.

Amy, CVT

Amy has been around animals all of her life, starting by growing up on a dairy farm. Her first job was at her hometown veterinary clinic when she was 16, so it felt natural for her to become a CVT and in 2003, she received her license. Amy, her husband and two young children live on a small farm in Monticello raising all kinds of animals - including goats, chickens, pigs, horses and dogs! In her spare time, Amy and her family show their animals at various events.

Lauren, Receptionist/Animal Assistant

Lauren has been working in the pet industry for 5 years and counting! Starting out in dog daycare and boarding is where her passion for working with animals began. Spending a year in Alabama she got the experience to train hunting/field trial dogs and obedience, this opportunity led her to getting her own black lab named Rebel. After moving back to Madison, she still enjoys dog training whether that is hunting or obedience, and loves being the go-to for friends and family to watch their pets while they are away. Working at a vet clinic brings all of her previous work full-circle. The mental and physical care for animals has always been important to Lauren and she is excited to learn more!

In her free time she enjoys any adventures she can go on with Rebel, longboarding, hiking, kayaking, and four-wheeling. She also loves playing euchre with friends, concerts, brunch and photography.

Molly, Receptionist

Molly grew up in Madison and moved back to the area in 2018 after living in Iowa for 11 years. Molly is new to the industry! Previously, she taught 3rd and 4th grade, early childhood, and recently worked in the field of healthcare specializing in therapy for children on the autism spectrum. She is excited to learn more about the field of veterinary medicine. Besides animals, her passions include true crime, sushi, and naps! In her spare time she writes poetry, spends time with her pit mix named Pearl, and hangs out with family!

Codie Belt, Animal Assistant

Codie comes to us from Tyler, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University with a bachelors in Environmental Studies and Natural Resource management. He became interested in the veterinary field through an internship at a sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center. His favorite part of the job is being able to work with dogs every day! Back home, Codie has two labradors and two leopard tortoises.

When Codie's not here at the clinic, you can find him fishing or playing golf.

Camryn Rought, Animal Assistant

Camryn grew up in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She enjoys seeing all the different breeds of dogs that come to Sondel Family and treating them like they are her own. She prides herself on making sure our patients' families know they are well taken care of here. Camryn has a special interest in reproductive medicine.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her cattle dog, Shenzi and her cat Linus, as well as making music and writing.

Annie, Animal Assistant

Annie grew up in Southern California as the daughter of two veterinarians. She grew up helping her mom foster kittens and rehab dogs after surgery, so it's no surprise she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up. She graduated with a cumulative honors bachelor degree in animal science, and is now on to pursue her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UW Madison. She is Fear Free Certified and passionate about making the vet a fun experience for every pet. Her favorite part about veterinary medicine is the science of disease and constantly learning new things to help educate pet owners and treat pets. Puppy kisses are a very close second! Annie has also been chasing a dream of playing ice hockey and played for the UW Badgers Hockey team, winning a National Championship in 2019. She also has won three gold medals with the US Women’s National Hockey team. Besides being a veterinary student and athlete, Annie loves to spend time with her fiancé Gavin, and black lab Cali, as well as, foster kittens.