our veterinarians: Dr.Ponce, Dr. Johnson, & Dr. Wickersham

About Us


Kristie Ponce, D.V.M.

 Dr. Ponce was four years old when she first learned that there were doctors that only worked on animals, and immediately decided that she would be a veterinarian some day.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, and has diligently pursued her main interests in diagnostic ultrasound, soft tissue surgery, and the challenge of internal medicine. Dr. Ponce purchased  the Animal Medical and Surgical Clinic of Wisconsin Rapids with a goal of providing the community with high quality veterinary care at an affordable price.   


Karen Johnson, D.V.M.

 We are very excited to have Dr. Johnson as part of our staff!  She grew up in Wausau and has moved back to this area from Green Bay.  Dr. Johnson received her degrees from University of California Davis.  She was a practice owner in California  for 14 years.  Her special interests include canine and feline rehabilitation for aging changes, post-surgery, injury recovery, preventative and internal medicine, geriatrics, spay/neuter, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and compassionate care. Recently, Dr. Johnson completed her training for Human Animal Bond Certfication.  The Human-Animal Bond has been proven to improve the health and wellbeing of both pets and their people. And keeping your pet healthy is why we do what we do! Ask us how the Human-Animal Bond Certification sets us apart.  


David Wickersham, D.V.M.

  Dr.  Dave Wickersham graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 1981 and has been a veterinarian in Wisconsin Rapids since May of 1982.  A practice merger brought Dr. Wickersham to our clinic in March of 2020,  Dr. Wickersham and his wife of 40 years, Joanne, also a University of Illinois graduate, have four adult children and eight grandchildren.  They share their Lake Camelot home with three cats and two dogs.  In their spare time they enjoy visiting their families and anything outdoors, including hiking, boating, swimming, biking , and going to estate sales and auctions looking for that unique find.  Professionally, the Wickershams are proud of the fact that three former employees have gone on to become veterinarians and four have become certified veterinary technicians.