professional staff

Rising Sun Animal Wellness Center

The staff at Rising Sun believes in working together to bring the highest quality and most appropriate care to each patient. Our philosophy incorporates the use of both conventional care and holistic services to provide complimentary treatment that is in the best interests of your pet’s health.

Professional Staff

Dr. Marta Engel

Dr. Marta Engel

Dr. Marta Engel, DVM, the founder of Rising Sun Animal Wellness Center, has been a practicing veterinarian in Crawford and Vernon Counties since 1980. In 1998, after having much success in bringing holistic and natural healing to farm and companion animals in her area, she established Rising Sun Animal Wellness Clinic in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

Dr. Engel graduated in 1980 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She completed postgraduate training in veterinary homeopathy with the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. Dr. Engel has completed a state certified course in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation (VSM), and is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). She studied veterinary acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and finished a course in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She and her family have farmed in the Soldiers Grove area since 1981 and were founding members of Organic Valley.

Dr. Engel is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA), the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA).

She enjoys biking, kayaking, horseback riding, gardening and cooking.

Dr. Laura Buss

Dr. Laura Buss

Dr. Laura Buss, DVM graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She worked at a small animal clinic in Waukesha County before moving to the driftless region in 2000. She says the best thing about being at this clinic is working with the fine team we have built. Her areas of interest include dermatology and preventative medicine.

When not working or avidly pursuing opportunities in continuing veterinary education, Dr. Buss enjoys maintaining an 1850’s era log home and gardening with her husband, Alan, frolicking with her Labrador retriever, Bounty, and riding her magnificent draft cross named John.

Dr. Janna Kottke

Dr. Janna Kottke

Dr. Janna Kottke, DVM, moved to Viroqua in August 2007 with her family (husband Joe Lenarz, and their three children). She hails originally from Dexter, Michigan. She attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota for her undergraduate education, and graduated from Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She has worked in a primary care setting since then; first in a mixed animal practice in Hudson, Wisconsin, and then in small animal practices in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

She earned her certification in veterinary acupuncture, having taken the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s training course in 2002-3. She completed her certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2014.

She enjoys integrative medicine, especially working as a holistic veterinarian, where by using acupuncture, herbal and diet therapy she can help dogs and cats with chronic or degenerative diseases, cancer and pain. She also believes that these modalities can be successful treatments for many conditions, and are good tools for maintaining health in all animals.

She is a member of the following professional organizations: International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA), American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).