Your Pet Advocates


Sue Howell, DVM, Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT), Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA)


In 2017 Dr. Sue opened Thrive to create a unique environment to help as many pets as possible heal, stay well and live optimal lives. She is on the Board of Directors for the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) and lectures both nationally and locally. Currently she is finishing Advanced Clinical Training in Nutrition Response Testing.

Dr. Sue received her veterinary degree from Washington State University in 1997. She fell in love with veterinary medicine while working in Fairbanks, AK with all kinds of animals, including Iditarod sled dogs. After graduating, she worked in conventional small animal practice for over a decade before whole food nutrition and wholistic care became a game-changer for her pets and her patients.


Kate Bittner, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) and Care Specialist

Kate graduated from Madison Area Technical College 12 years ago with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.  She brings with her many years of experience in emergency veterinary medicine and a focus on wholistic medicine. Her goal at Thrive is to help our patients overcome challenges, and assist them in reaching their full potential through natural methods and body balance. 

When she isn't working, Kate loves to spend her free time with her family, which includes four cats, two dogs, ad raccoon and 3 turtles.  She also enjoys mountain biking, hiking, gardening, and spending time in nature.


Robin Sadler, Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist (VSMT)


Dr. Robin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009, and her Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine degree from National University of Health Sciences in 2013. 

Upon graduation, Robin moved to the Milwaukee area where she began treating “people patients.” Although she loved her career, she had always wanted to work with animals. She decided to complete post-graduate training to combine two things that she loved- chiropractic and animals! 

Dr. Robin attended the Healing Oasis Wellness Center 226+ hour post graduate program for veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (animal chiropractic) and opened Companion Animal Chiropractic in 2018. She sees animal patients at multiple treatment locations in the greater Milwaukee area. Outside of work, Robin loves hiking, camping, traveling, and hanging out with her beagle, Harriet.