Meet Our Exceptional Team of Doctors
Our team of veterinarians are one of a kind, delivering high-quality veterinary medicine with kindness and compassion. With every service we perform, we aim to help you understand why we make the suggestions we do. As an informed pet owner, you can deliver better care for your pet every day at home, helping them to live long, fulfilling lives.
Meet our team of vets below, and schedule an appointment soon to experience our high level of care!
Dr. Dale Hermann
I was born and raised on the northwest side of Milwaukee. I grew up with a wonderful dog named Queenie, but it wasn’t until I started working at the Milwaukee County Zoo that I became interested in becoming a veterinarian. While working at the zoo as a Zoomobile driver, I completed my BS degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Since Wisconsin did not have a vet school at the time and I needed to take some animal science classes, I moved to Minnesota where I completed my BS degree in animal science and veterinary science while working as a chemist at 3M. While attending veterinary school, I was one of the coordinators of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic as well as a volunteer educator at the Apple Valley Zoo and Como Park Zoo. I also worked as a volunteer at the Raptor Rehabilitation Clinic. While living in Minnesota, I enjoyed the many boundary water canoe trips as well as scuba diving in the area lakes. Winter outdoor activities included skiing and snowshoeing.
After graduating from vet school at the U in 1989, I moved back to Wisconsin and worked as an emergency veterinarian for a year at the Animal Emergency Center. In 1990, I started working for Drs. Ibsen and Backe at New Berlin Animal Hospital. I purchased the practice from them in 1991. Over the years, I have been involved in many community activities including being president of the Chamber of Commerce twice, president of the Waukesha Veterinary Medical Association, Chairman of the Information and Technology Committee for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, and winner of the Business Person of the Year Award. I am also a member of many professional organizations and taught seminars on the use of computers in veterinary medicine at two American Veterinary Medical Association conventions.
Over these past 20+ years, I absolutely love my job. The staff that I have the great honor to work with at the hospital is beyond words. I am so proud of each and every one of them. They are passionate and caring. I also enjoy working with the clients and their pets – doing this while having fun. Nothing is more rewarding than to see a pet come in not feeling well and leaving the hospital on the road to recovery.
As for my personal life now, I married an awesome, wonderful lady, LuAnn, in 2005. LuAnn graduated from seminary with her Master’s degree and is a pastoral counselor. I have one step-daughter, Claire, who lives in Roseville, Minnesota while working towards her Master’s degree in oriental medicine and acupuncture. My wife and I have only one pet now, a Golden Retriever named Star.
Dr. Lisa Peterson
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. My undergraduate work began at Luther College and was completed at UW. I joined the New Berlin Animal Hospital team in 2007. Since becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine, I have continued my education formally with many local and national conferences, as well as informally, from the everyday opportunities working with patients. My strengths as a veterinarian are understanding the strong bond between humans and their furry companions as well as always being willing to go the extra mile to find the information necessary to help each patient.
My husband Dan and I share our home with three fur-kids. Aida, a Shih Tzu, is such a doll. She is equally happy getting dirty in the park or getting primped for a photo. Phoebe is my miracle kitty. She was found when she was about a month old after being burned severely in a bonfire. One look at her poor little face and she was mine! I worked very hard to rehabilitate her and she is so sweet and has no idea that she might look a little different with her scars. I tell her she is beautiful every day. Hazel, a Boston Terrier/Pug mix, came into my life as a patient. She needed emergency surgery. We stayed late into the night performing the surgery that ultimately saved her life. After that, I just couldn’t part with her! Her loving demeanor and playful personality tugged at my heartstrings. All our fur-kids are unique and greatly enrich our lives.
We have three beautiful children that are little loves and lots of fun. Our home can be a bit crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
Dr. Andrea Sobon
I am a 2001 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine and did my undergraduate work at both UW-Milwaukee and UW-Waukesha. Prior to veterinary school, I worked in wildlife rehabilitation. During my senior year at veterinary school, I completed a one-month externship at the Milwaukee County Zoo. My professors awarded me the Eberhard Rosin General Surgery award prior to graduation.
These experiences helped develop my continued interest in exotic medicine and soft tissue surgery. I am a member of the major local and national veterinary associations, including exotic species. I have an eight-pound leopard tortoise, a bearded dragon lizard, and four cats.
When I am away from work, I love to spend time with my husband, Erik, and my two children, Kristian and Anna. We like to hike and play soccer and tennis. Additionally, I love cooking and baking and often bring in my creations to share with my coworkers. My next big trip will be a first as a family, and we would love to visit Hawaii. I have also always wanted to go to Australia to see the many unique animals that live there.
I love working at New Berlin Animal Hospital for many reasons, particularly because of the animals I am able to help. Additionally, we are a family here and it is really nice to want to go to work every day. I began my employment at New Berlin Animal Hospital in 2005 and plan to stay until I retire.
Dr. Matthew Sobon
I came to the exciting world of veterinary medicine as a second career. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. My first career was in computer science, and I worked in the printing industry for 16 years as an electronic graphic designer. During college, I met my wonderful wife, Lynn, and we have three young adult children. We are in the process of becoming empty nesters…at least from human children! My wife works as a hospice nurse in the SE Wisconsin area. Our home has always been full of many animals. Currently, we have “down-sized” to two dogs and six cats.
I joined New Berlin Animal Hospital in early 2009. Teaching new pet owners is very rewarding, and I especially enjoy all the puppies and kittens. Additionally, I have a special interest in surgery. I am particularly good at fixing cranial cruciate ligament ruptures (a common orthopedic injury).
My family and I enjoy biking and camping. I am part of a recreational soccer league and only occasionally come to work with visible injuries! I also dabble in woodworking and photography. I am seldom without my camera since you never know when the “perfect shot” will present itself.
Dr. Michelle McDonough
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Since I was a young girl, I always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. I feel truly blessed to be in this profession; how many people can say they are in their dream job? I grew up in Oak Creek, Wisconsin so being able to live and work near where I grew up has been a welcome opportunity for me.
I love this profession due to the fact that I am able to work closely with pets and develop a strong relationship with their owners. The human-animal bond is truly a special one. My professional interests include dermatology, animal behavior, challenging internal medicine cases, and soft tissue surgery.
My husband Nick and I share our home with our kids, Luke and Claire, and an energetic mixed breed dog named Lola. They all bring us so much joy and keep us on our toes. In my free time, I love to scrapbook, spend time with family and friends, swim, and spend time outdoors.