My love for trees and the outdoors led to BS and MS degrees in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. My career has included private estate maintenance; Grounds Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Waukesha; nursery production and nursery/landscape work for both the City of Milwaukee and a private company; UWEX Waukesha County Extension Educator; and green house production. I have more than 45 years of experience in the care of trees and shrubs.
A Licensed and Certified Pesticide Applicator, I am a Life-Member of the International Society of Arboriculture, as well as a member and Past President of the Wisconsin Arborist Association, and recipient of their Distinguished Service Award.
I, my husband Leif, and our son Stefan all share a love of the outdoors. In our spare time we enjoy camping, hiking, bicycling, etc. One of my favorite trees is the unique Catalpa tree because it reminds me of my childhood and the first home I owned.
The favorite parts of my job are interacting with my clients on their properties, diagnosing problems and working with my peers to provide all of Wachtel’s clients with the highest quality care.