Meet Our Paddock Lake Veterinarians


kenosha county veterinarian, paddock lakeWilliam Harris, DVM

One of the most memorable events in Dr. Harris's career was when he treated a greyhound with a radius/ulna fracture. After receiving proper treatment, the greyhound returned to Grade A racing and beat his field of competitors by a length. "I love that I am able to care for animals and improve their quality of life," said Dr. Harris. "Never in 32 years has there been any day that was the same as the previous day." This unique aspect of veterinary medicine motivates Dr. Harris to provide the best care for all our clients' pets.

Dr. Harris grew up in the Chicago/Naperville area of Illinois. "I grew up in an urban environment. Before we had a dog of our own, I used to visit the neighbors and ask if their dog could come out and play with me," he said. Eventually, Dr. Harris pursued his passion for animals through his studies. He earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and later earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1980. His areas of professional interest include bulldog medicine, greyhound sports medicine, reproductive medicine, and surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Being involved with his community in both a participatory and an advisory capacity is important to Dr. Harris. He is a member of the Abbott Laboratory Veterinary Advisory Board, the Kenosha Visiting Nurses Board of Directors, the Science Advisory Board for Carthage College, and many others. He loves all kinds of dog and cat breeds and has owned numerous dogs including Labrador retrievers, chihuahuas, greyhounds, cockapoos, and poodles. Giving back to the community has been an important part of Dr. Harris's personal and professional outlook. Over the past 30 years, he has worked with many rescue organizations to help place stray animals in good homes, participated in school shadow programs, and hosted community days for local schools. He has also sponsored 4H projects, athletic league teams, and numerous community programs and benefits.

Dr. Harris lives with his wife, Sarah, his son, and two stepsons. They have four pets: a chihuahua, a cockapoo, a Labrador retriever, and a cat.

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veterinarian in Paddock Lake wiDouglas P. Keen, DVM

Dr. Keen grew up in Riverside, Illinois and followed his older brother into the field of veterinary medicine. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991 and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1995. He has been practicing at Harris Pet Hospital since June, 2000.

After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Keen worked two years toward his master's degree in veterinary parasitology while teaching at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests are parasitology, internal medicine, and dermatology. Dr. Keen is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. "Of all the aspects of my job, I most enjoy the client interactions and developing relationships," Dr. Keen said. "I also am grateful for the intellectual challenges that accompany my career. No two days are ever the same."

Dr. Keen shares time away from the office with his wife, Dr. Julie Keen (also a veterinarian at Harris Pet Hospital), their six children and their pets: two leopard geckos, a bearded dragon, a savannah monitor, and a hamster. He is a member of his local Knights of Columbus chapter and enjoys wilderness camping, fishing, running, hiking, and gardening.

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veterinarian, Kenosha CountyJulie Keen, DVM

Growing up in Antioch, Illinois, Dr. Keen learned early on that she had a deep love for animals. She admired the veterinarians who cared for her childhood pets which included rats, guinea pigs, and reptiles. Dr. Keen earned her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1994 and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1998.

Throughout college and veterinary school, Dr. Keen worked as a veterinary technician. She has a professional interest in exotic pets and belongs to the House Rabbit Society and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association. "I love that by treating and helping animals, I get to touch pet owners' lives as well," she said. "I cherish the relationships I have with my clients and the faith they have in me as a doctor."

At home, Dr. Keen enjoys her own pets -- two leopard geckos, a bearded dragon, a savannah monitor, and a hamster. She and her husband, Dr. Douglas Keen (also a veterinarian at Harris Pet Hospital), raise six children and she is a member of her children's elementary school board. In her spare time, Dr. Keen likes judo, photography, baking, running, soccer, and playing guitar.

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vet in paddock lakeSolomon Wikert, DVM

Dr. Wikert's childhood experience administering treatments to his diabetic cat spurred his desire to help animals and pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He joined the Harris Pet Hospital team in 2005. "Every day is different," he says, "and it is both a challenging and rewarding profession."

Originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa, Dr. Wikert attended the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1997. While there, he was president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and an honor student. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with distinction from Iowa State University in 2001. Dr. Wikert is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association; his professional interests include orthopedics and reproduction.

He considers the birth of twin calves in freezing winter weather and the examination of 19 puppies ("complete chaos") as two of his most memorable professional feats thus far.

Outside work, Dr. Wikert enjoys fishing, football and baseball, playing softball, yard work, and spending time with his wife (who is a certified veterinary technician) and their two children. The family has four pets: two Labrador retrievers, Thate and Drake, and two cats, Cedar, and Neo.

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kenosha county veterinariansRosie Hatcher, DVM

Growing up in Wilmot, Wisconsin, Dr. Hatcher remembers wanting to be a veterinarian since she was six years old. "I grew up with pets and have always known that taking care of animals is what I wanted to do with my life," she said. She began fulfilling this dream when she participated in 4-H projects in high school and then later by earning her bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her years as an undergraduate, Dr. Hatcher worked as a veterinary assistant at Harris Pet Hospital. Shortly after earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, Dr. Hatcher joined the staff full-time as a veterinarian.

In addition to taking care of pets, Dr. Hatcher particularly enjoys spending time educating pet owners about proper preventive pet care and health maintenance. Her professional interests include feline medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, dentistry, and physical rehabilitation. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, and the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Hatcher is a member of the Wisconsin-Illinois Agility Group (WAG), a local club that offers classes in agility of all levels and sponsors trials in multiple agility venues. In her spare time, Dr. Hatcher enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, baking, cross-stitching, and participating in community service activities. She also participates in dog obedience, agility, and tracking. She lives at home with her partner, Anne, and their four cats and three dogs.

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Paddock Lake veterinarianAlison Keen, DVM

Dr. Alison Keen is a Milwaukee native, who fostered her love of animals at a young age. She remembers fondly visiting her grandfather's pig and cattle farm on weekends as a child, and grew up with a number of pets ranging from parakeets to ferrets.

She took a somewhat circuitous route to becoming a veterinarian, but could not imagine a more fulfilling career for herself. After graduating high school, she spent a year working as an apprentice shipwright helping to construct Wisconsin's flagship, the three-masted wooden schooner, Denis Sullivan. Her love of sailing and maritime history led her to attend Bates College in Maine, where she graduated in 2004 as a German Literature major with a European History minor.

Following graduation from Bates, Dr. Alison began working as a veterinary assistant. While working full-time, she also dedicated herself to part-time studies at the University of Maine-Portland and successfully completed the required coursework to apply to veterinary school. Dr. Alison attended Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2012. She began her veterinary career working in Door County, Wisconsin before joining the Harris Pet Hospital team in April 2014.

Dr. Alison lives with her Labrador Retriever mix, Chance. Chance has been her constant companion since she adopted him from a shelter in Maine. Dr. Alison swears by the motto "My rescue dog rescued me." after Chance alerted her to a fire in her house, which allowed them both to escape unharmed.

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Paddock Lake, kenosha county vetRoxanne Hawkinson, DVM

It wasn't until Dr. Hawkinson observed her first surgery that she realized veterinary medicine was her calling. "I was bored silly at a desk job and took the day off to watch my kitten get spayed. Just minutes into the procedure, I knew it was the place for me."

Dr. Hawkinson earned a bachelor's of science, majoring in communications, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin in 2007.

Throughout college and veterinary school, Dr. Hawkinson worked as a waitress and a veterinary technician. She has a professional interest in surgery and dentistry. "So much of our pet's health resides inside their mouth. Keeping the teeth and gums healthy is an important component for a long healthy life. But most of all," Dr. Hawkinson adds, "I thrive on the relationships I build with clients. I see pets as an extension of family and I strive to treat everyone's family as I would my own."

Dr. Hawkinson recently relocated to the area after seven years in Chicago. "We had the opportunity to buy my grandparent's lake house and jumped at the chance to enjoy a rural lifestyle." She is staying busy renovating the old house with her husband and two toddlers (who are not as helpful as you might think). They also have four cats and a new rescue dog to keep everyone out of trouble.

Dr. Hawkinson is loved by the animals, clients and co-workers. Her sense of humor, curiosity and bedside manner make her an exceptional veterinarian. She inspires those around her to reach toward their goals and has a natural tendency to see the best in her environment. What she brings to the practice is professionalism, knowledge and the ability to relate to the pets and people alike.

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