Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Riser Animal Hospital in Skokie! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 847-673-2520 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Ingrid Baksys

Dr. Ingrid Baksys is from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. From a young age she’s always loved animals and people. She thought that becoming a veterinarian was the perfect way to get the best of both worlds.

Dr. Baksys went to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for animal science and was accepted into their veterinary program. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. During vet school, Dr. Emil Baukert was her mentor so upon graduation, she was thrilled to join the Riser team as a veterinarian. In June 2015, Dr. Baksys and Dr. Sutkay assumed ownership of the practice and are looking forward to providing the excellent care Riser is known for.

Dr. Baksys loves working with clients. She has a special interest in internal medicine, though her favorite appointments are the puppy/kitten visits. One of the most rewarding parts of her job is working with owners and their pets from puppy/kitten hood into their senior years.

Dr. Baksys shares her home with her ill-mannered cat, Lucyfur. Lucyfur is a 16 year old tortoiseshell with an attitude, ask anyone here, her name fits. Outside of Riser, Dr. Baksys enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time with family and friends. She also volunteers with Horsefeathers therapeutic riding.

William Sutkay

Dr. William Sutkay grew up in the small town of Sterling,IL. At a very young age he was exposed to many different animals and the local veterinarian’s care for them impressed him. It was clear to him that once he grew up he wanted to be a veterinarian. Once he started vet school he realized he didn’t know the first thing about livestock production and switched his focus to small animal medicine.

Dr. Sutkay obtained his associates degree from a community college before receiving his bachelors from Northern Illinois University. In 2004, he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. He joined Riser Animal Hospital in 2006 and has enjoyed working here ever since. In June 2015, Dr. Sutkay and Dr. Baksys assumed ownership of the practice and are excited to continue to provide the excellent quality medicine Riser is known for.

Dr. Sutkay enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. He likes promoting preventative medicine, where he can try to help pets and their owners avoid problems before they occur. On the opposite spectrum he also enjoys working with senior pet owners to manage chronic pain and maximize their quality of life.

Dr. Sutkay married a fellow veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Kotarinos, in 2010. They both enjoy discussing and bouncing cases off one another. When Dr. Sutkay is not seeing patients at Riser, he enjoys working out, snowboarding, and geocaching.

Lisa Wardisiani

Dr. Lisa Wardisiani is from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. At the age of 7 she fell in love with her aunt’s cats and then began sneaking home gerbils and hamsters. Initially she wanted to be a horse jockey, but realized that she just might be too tall for that. Once her parents got her a cat she was hooked. From that moment, she knew she was meant to work with animals.

Dr. Wardisiani attended Triton College for undergrad before receiving her Bachelors from the University of Illinois. In 2000, she received her Doctor in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Shortly thereafter she began working at Riser Animal Hospital and has loved being able to provide quality care to her patients ever since.

Dr. Wardisiani is married to John, a science teacher. They have two wonderful children, Grace and Noah who keep her quite busy. She has a 3 year old American Bulldog named Charlie. Charlie is a big ole baby. She also shares her home with two kitties, Simba a 10 year old orange tabby with a bobcat tail and Sagwa, an 8 year old who enjoys sleeping with his own blanket. During her spare time she has a secret passion for dance and is a licensed Zumba instructor. She also enjoys reading and just relaxing with her family.

Dusty Sachen

Dr. Dusty Sachen grew up in the Chicago’s suburbs. Science classes were always her favorite in school. With her love of science and animals she realized becoming a veterinarian would be the perfect fit.

Dr. Sachen attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for undergrad and was accepted into their veterinary program. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2010. Upon graduating she moved back home to be closer to family and friends. She decided to join the Riser Animal Hospital family in 2010 and has been a perfect addition to the team.

Dr. Sachen enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. The most rewarding part of the job is getting to know her clients and seeing the close bond they have with their pets.

Dr. Sachen’s pet family includes Jedi and Barnaby. Jedi is a sweet 9 year old mix breed dog that Dr. Sachen adopted from the surgery program while she was in vet school. Barnaby is a goofy 7 year old black lab that she adopted while in vet school as well. During her free time she enjoys long walks with her dogs, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys a good book and drinking coffee with way too much sugar.

Alyson Manthei

Dr. Alyson Manthei was born and raised in Wisconsin. Dr. Manthei grew up loving animals and science which developed into a passion for problem solving, medicine, and caring for puppies and kittens of all ages.

Dr. Manthei attended the University of Wisconsin, in Madison for undergrad then was accepted into their veterinary program. Dr. Manthei received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin in 2014. In June of 2015, she moved to Chicago and has fallen in love with all the city has to offer. She is the newest associate to join the Riser family and has been a wonderful asset to the team.

Dr. Manthei is very interested in internal medicine, dermatology, and infectious diseases but loves all aspects of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Manthei shares her home with a very cute, sassy 6 year old Holland Lop Rabbit, Eleanor. In her spare time she enjoys trying all the delicious Chicago restaurants with her fiance Ian. She also loves relaxing and spending time with friends and family, especially her niece Gigi and nephew William.

Elizabeth Peterson

Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, associate veterinarian
Grew up in a very small town in North Dakota, living on a small farm with cows and horses.

Had a special connection to the family dogs and barn cats, so when the time came to go to Veterinary school, focused on small animal medicine.
Received under graduate degree form the University of North Dakota and in 1995 received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Peterson moved to the Chicagoland area in 1997 working at several different practices before landing at Riser as their newest team member.

Special interests include Internal Medicine including chemotherapy for limited types of cancer and taking care of all pets and their families in general.
Dr. Peterson lives with her teen-aged daughter who shares her love for animals. Their family pets are Adam a cattle dog mix, 3 cats (Whitney, Jimmy, and William), turtle named Michael Angelo, lizard named Mo and a hedgehog named Hank.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.

Kenneth Swiatkowski

Bio coming soon