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.
Liz joined the Lakeland team in June 2021. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. In the professional world, Liz has found her passion in building a career focused on customer service, empowering employees/building strong teams, and making an impact, no matter the field. Her background includes many years in the retail and food industry, including pet retail. She has always had a passion for pets and people and absolutely loves that Lakeland can fulfill both.
Liz was born and raised in southern California and has somehow found her way to the beautiful (but much colder) Midwest. Liz and her wife, Kate, share their home with their three little furry friends; Glenn Cocoa the Chihuahua, and Pandora Lovegood and Ollivander the Boston Terriers. She loves traveling, playing guitar and piano, listening to music/attending concerts/musical theater, reading, writing, cooking, and being an occasional gamer. She is a proud "nerd" and adores many fandoms with Star Wars and Harry Potter being some of her favorites.
Kim grew up in Pillager, MN with a house full of animals. She graduated from college in 2007 with an AAS in Message Therapy. She spent the next 15 years working and managing chiropractic clinics. In April 2022 the opportunity to combine her love of the medical field and animals arose and she joined us at Lakeland.
Her free time is spent with her three dogs Jackson, Josie, and Mildred as well as her three cats Mavis, Maxine, and Maurice (It’s a very busy house!). She also enjoys spending time with her family.
Liz joined the Lakeland team in July 2020. She graduated in 2012 from Argosy University with her Veterinary Technology degree and received her CVT certification shortly after. She loves all areas of the field but considers lab work to be her favorite.
Liz and her husband, Taylor, have two sons, Wyatt and Gabriel, and a daughter, Hadley. They have four dogs; Moose (a Husky Mix), Duke (a Labrador), Reese (a Havanese), and Buck (a Labrador). They also have three cats named Mario, Luigi, and Winnifred. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking and bow hunting with her husband and also enjoys getting lost in a good book.
Julia is a Certified Veterinary Technician who joined our team in June 2020. She graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. Her favorite part of being in the veterinary field is the opportunity to learn something new every day.
Julia is originally from a small town in Southwest Minnesota. Outside of work she enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, and reading. She and her fiancé share their home with two cats, Ginger and Purrsephone.
Katie joined the Lakeland team in 2018 as a Kennel Assistant while pursuing her Veterinary Technician degree. She obtained her Veterinary Technician degree from Ridgewater Community College and is Fear Free Certified. She enjoys all areas of the field but is passionate about surgery.
She was raised around the BLA area and has somewhat of a mini farm as she shares her home with her two dogs; Amos and Nana, her cat Lizzy, a handful of goats and some rabbits. During the summer months she has fun exploring the hiking trails with her dogs and during the winter season she enjoys ice skating and fishing. She also enjoys visiting historical sites and learning all about their history.
Jenna graduated from Vermillion Community College in 2020 with her veterinary degree. She joined the Lakeland Veterinary Hospital team in February 2021. She is passionate about animals and finds no greater reward than being able to help improve their lives or assist in their healing.
Jenna was born and raised in Aitkin, Minnesota. She has three cats; Winter, Charlie, and Lucky and also a brood of chickens. When she isn’t working she enjoys traveling, camping, finishing, four-wheeling, painting, drawing, and reading.
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!
Ari joined the Lakeland team December 2021 due to her love for animals. She is an incredibly busy individual as she keeps multiple jobs because she loves to stay busy. Ari shares her home with her 3 pets; Miss Ma’am, a cocker spaniel/golden retriever mix, aka "Little Miss 'Tude," and her two kitties Meadow aka "Terrorist" and Majesty aka "Chillmiester."
In her free time (which is few and far between), she takes Miss Ma’am and her brother, Mister Sir, on walks or to the dog park, spends time reading, watches her shows, cleans, and goes on adventures and hiking trips with the dogs. She will sometimes try to find time for herself to continue to grow each day as a person. She loves learning and is always searching for a new challenge to conquer.
Alyson joined the Lakeland team in September 2021 and has a passion for pets. She shares her home with her three cats; a calico named Kallie, a Siamese named Zeus, a Norwegian Forest Cat named Jack, and her German Shorthaired Pointer, Sadie.
Alyson was born and raised in Fort Ripley, Minnesota. She grew up on a hobby farm which is also currently home to her goats and donkeys. In her free time she enjoys reading, coloring, crafts, camping, and spending time with her family.
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 Chloe, a Lab mix and Pippa, a Bearded Collie. In her spare time, Dianna enjoys flower gardening, hiking, fishing, and camping.
Roz joined the Lakeland team in September of 2020. She got her start grooming in 2010 through a year long apprenticeship at a busy pet salon in the twin cities. Although working with dogs all day, every day can be a challenge, she finds dog grooming to be an extremely rewarding career. How many people get to say that they have a job they truly love?
When not up to her elbows in dog hair, Roz love spending her time with her husband, Ryan and their kiddos, Soren and Aspen. She has a black lab named Mitch and three cats - Kratt, Bunny, and Steve French. A big passion of hers is dogsledding. Roz and Ryan are working hard to get ready for a few dog teams of their own this fall! She also enjoys camping, canoeing, and road trips.
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.
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!!