Lakeland Veterinary Hospital

Meet Our Team

Our veterinary team values, above-all, the relationships we form with our clients and with each other. We're here to support your pet's long-term health and be a partner to you in providing them the best and most modern veterinary services and technologies. There's a reason we've been voted 'the best' in the Brainerd Lakes!

Deb Piepgras

DVM, Hospital Director, and Owner

Dr. Deb Piepgras, a Brainerd native, is the owner of Lakeland Veterinary Hospital. Deb received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 2000, and began practicing veterinary medicine at Lakeland in June of that year. She is Fear Free Certified and her favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is the challenge of aiding sick and injured animals that cannot communicate their problems.

She shares her home with her husband, their two children, and their Long-haired Miniature Dachshunds, Arya and Oscar. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Piepgras enjoys working in her many gardens, quilting, reading, camping, fishing, and enjoying the variety of outdoor activities the area has to offer.



Dr. Erica is an Associate Veterinarian at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital where she joined the team in January 2017. She graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and her areas of interest include preventative medicine, internal medicine, infectious/zoonotic disease, and pain management. The best part of veterinary medicine for Dr. Erica is helping to support the human-animal bond that is central to people and their companions.

Originally from St. Joseph, MN, Dr. Erica shares her home with her husband, son, three dogs, Luey (a Doberman), Muskie (a Lab mix), Freddy (a Shepherd mix), and two cats, Morris and Whitman. She loves living in Lake Country where she can enjoy many outdoor activities including boating, fishing, camping, and hiking. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and trying new food. 



Dr. Kelly is an Associate Veterinarian at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 2015. Her favorite aspects of veterinary practice include the variety that every day brings as well as getting to know pets and their humans! Dr. Kelly has recently taken an interest in canine agility and has started training with her dog, Bucky.

Originally from a small family dairy farm in South Central WI, Dr. Kelly and her fiancé, Ryan, recently moved to the Brainerd area. They share their home with three dogs, a Lab mix named Bucky, an English Llewellin Setter named Sawyer, and a Spinger Spaniel named Trio. Dr. Kelly enjoys anything that brings her outside, from hiking, hunting, and fishing to softball or sitting my a campfire.


Practice Manager

Jessi is the Practice Manager at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital. She joined the team in the summer of 2011 as a Veterinary Assistant and has been with us ever since. Jessi is well versed in the different breeds and is very knowledgeable in breeding/whelping.

She has a Cocker Spaniel named Viking and enjoys riding horses, spending time outdoors, and showing dogs. 


Office Manager

Joyce is the Office Manager at Lakeland and has been a part of the team since 1981. Her favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is watching owners and their pet’s relationships grow through the years.

She and her husband, Kevin, and two daughters, Kara and Kandi, who are both teachers and one son, Luke, a golf pro in Idaho. At home, Joyce has two Golden Retrievers, Buddy and Sophie, and a cat named Paddy. Her hobbies include going for walks, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family and pets.


Lead Technician

Kathy is the Lead Technician at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital and has been a part of the team in 1998. She obtained her Veterinary Technician degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, and is Fear Free Certified. She enjoys all areas of working in the veterinary clinic but considers dentistry to be her favorite. 

Kathy and her husband, Brian, have a daughter named Emily and a son named Brodie. She has two dogs, Ellie Rose (an Australian Cattle Dog) and Fritz (an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix), two cats, Snickers and Zeke, plus horses, beef cattle, chickens, and a rabbit! Outside of the hospital, Kathy is busy farming. Additionally, she enjoys horseback riding, crocheting, reading, and spending time outdoors. 


Certified Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Assistant

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Dan joined our team in the spring of 2018. His hobbies include his three grandchildren, woodworking, and tinkering. At home, he has a sweet mixed breed dog named Charlie.


Clinic Cat

Meet Nyani!! The resident clinic cat! She joined our team in March of 2017. She enjoys meeting and greeting the patients that come through the treatment area. Nyani is great entertainment as well as a morale booster for our team! She’s a very curious kitty and has earned herself the nickname ‘Naughty’ which she happily responds to!!



Dianna is a one of our groomers at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital. She joined the team in 1989 following her graduation from the Twin Cities School of Pet Grooming. Dianna loves that each day is different and feels that her job is truly rewarding. She loves making each pet look their best and appreciates having such great customers. 

She shares her home with her three Bearded Collies, Logan, River, and Pippa, and two cats named Luna and Cheddar. Outside of the hospital. Dianna enjoys gardening, hiking, training, and showing the dogs in obedience and agility.


Boarding Manager & Receptionist

Inspired by her love of animals, Nicko joined the veterinary field in 2018. She has a spunky personality and her favorite part about being the Boarding Manager at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital is the trust clients have in her to take good care of their loved ones. Nicko rescued a Designer Street Mutt named Phoebe. She’s a professional at the snoot trick!

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Located behind Arby’s off Hwy. 371 in Baxter.

Phone: 218.829.1709


  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed