I was born and raised in the small town of River Falls, WI, the youngest daughter of Jim and Sandee Tyler. I am married to the love of my life and my best friend Steve Anderson. I have one older brother, Guy, whom we lost to a car accident at the age of 37 and an older sister Pammy, who runs a very successful Cruise Planner franchise. I am the mother of three wonderful children, Zachary, turning 21 in a few short weeks, Megan, 19 and Benji, soon to be 18 and graduating from high school this year! I also have four fur kids; one dog, Danny, a six month old Rottweiler mix and three cats; Harley, Junior and Squirrel. Danny is our newest addition, as we had sadly had to say goodbye to our best boy Chopper, (see his picture on our website) in March of this year. He is 70 pounds of puppy! Lots work totally worth it. I chose to have my children at a young age and opted to put any “career” on hold so that I could be home with them as much as possible during their early years. It was some of the most challenging, yet rewarding times of my life. They have all turned out to be wonderful human beings and I have never regretted my decision to put them first. Through the years I have held several different jobs and truly enjoyed every one of them. In high school, I started working as a waitress at the Country Kitchen in River Falls, and continued that at the Pizza Hut in Chippewa Falls, WI after we relocated here immediately following my high school graduation. My father had been commuting to his job as a phone service specialist at NSP for the last two years of my education and upon my graduation we made the permanent move to Chippewa Falls. I am still here twenty four years later so evidently I like it!
I remained at Pizza Hut for seven years and three pregnancies, much to the amusement of my regular customers. I then took the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course and discovered my love for medicine and caring for others. I thoroughly enjoyed that but took a chance at a new opportunity after two years and much to my own surprise, found myself being one of the first and only female flooring sales specialist’s at GCO (Georgia Carpet Outlet) in Chippewa Falls. I had no idea how much I would love it and worked my way up to the assistant manager position after several years. I took great pleasure in helping people pick out the best flooring choices for their remodel projects or new home constructions and always worked hard at finding the best choice for their lifestyle, not what was the most profitable for the sale. I had a very loyal customer following because of my honesty and integrity.
I have always had a passion for animals ever since I could remember. I grew up with dogs, cats and the occasional “rescue” animal. During my flooring sales years I also worked part-time at the Chippewa County Humane Association. It was physically hard and emotionally draining, but I felt like I was making such a difference in the lives of those shelter animals that I never minded the hard work and next to nothing pay. In the summer of 2008, Globe University opened and they offered the Veterinary Technician program. I saw the ad on TV one day, called immediately, applied the next day, and at the age of 38, I went back to college!! I only attended part-time so it took me a bit longer to complete, but in December of 2011, I walked across the stage and received my degree in Veterinary Technology with high honors! It was one of the proudest moments of my life. I was working at, and had completed my “externship” hours at the Eau Claire Animal Hospital, and following graduation I was asked to stay on. I jumped at the opportunity. I have now been there since October 2011, and will continue to help them out on a fill-in basis. They have an amazing staff and I have learned a wealth of information from everyone there. I can’t thank them enough!!!
During my time at Globe, I was fortunate enough to be the student worker for our program and I was able to work very closely with all the instructors. Dr. Erin Weiss happened to be one of those instructors and she and I began discussing the need for this area to have a mobile practice as far back as 2010. In the beginning it was just “what if” type talk, but as we had more conversations about it, it became less of a “what if” and more of a “maybe WE should do this”! It was during my final quarter at Globe that we made the decision to start and operate Voyaging Vet and Tech Services, LLC in the Chippewa Valley area. The planning and start up has been an absolute whirlwind of emotions and new learning experiences but we are both utterly committed to bringing back the “house call” and giving the best and most personalized veterinary care to your beloved “kids” that we can.