LAKE COUNTY VETERINARY CLINICS
Serving Two Harbors & Grand Marais, MN
Our mission is to provide excellence in comprehensive care for our patients with emphasis on patient comfort and compassion, preventative health care and client education.
Dr. Grace Brown
Owner / Veterinarian
Dr. Grace Brown is originally from Duluth, Minnesota and she previously worked at the Lake County Veterinary Clinics as a veterinary assistant to explore the profession of veterinary medicine.
Her interest in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine began at a time when her health care providers recommended an animal companion for therapy to help her through a difficult medical recovery. Her wonderful experience with her companion dog, Rosie, awoke within her a deep compassion and empathy for animals. She realized that as a veterinarian she could make a positive difference not only in their lives, but in the lives of the people who rely on their pets for companionship and physical well-being.
Dr. Grace received her undergraduate degree in 2010 from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in September of 2015. She completed her clinical training at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. In 2018 Dr. Grace completed clinical residency training in dentistry and oral maxillofacial surgery with Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists. She continues to work towards completing her specialist board qualifications in veterinary dentistry. She knows that every pet deserves quality dental care throughout their life to have a pain-free and comfortable mouth.
Dr. Grace knows that providing comprehensive oral care for companion animals is one of the most beneficial activities that she can perform for her patients. She is excited about the opportunity to offer advances in veterinary medicine to her patients. She also looks forward to educating and sharing her knowledge and skills with her colleagues, clients, and the community and to provide exceptional dentistry and oral surgery in the Northland.
Dr. Grace Brown was raised in Duluth, Minnesota. She enjoys spending time with her husband Danny, family, friends and her three dogs Rosie, Martin and Goldie. Some of her favorite activities are oil painting, singing, entertaining, cake decorating and figure skating. She looks forward to working with her clients with the goal of helping them spend more quality time with the pets that they love.
Dr. Michael Overend
After graduation from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, Mike worked in several practices and participated in post-graduate studies in pharmacology at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time he met his future wife, Dr. Lucy Grina, who graduated from the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Mike and Lucy shared a love for veterinary medicine and for the North Woods of Minnesota. They fell in love and decided to become private practice owners as nearby as possible to the BWCA Wilderness they had grown to love in younger years. They purchased the Lake County Veterinary Clinic in 1987 and had a wonderful 33 year career providing veterinary care to the pets of many great people from the North Shore community extending from Canada to Duluth and beyond. They were blessed with two wonderful children who grew up attending local schools and this parenting experience introduced Mike and Lucy to many special people in our community. Their children both attended the College of St. Scholastica’s graduate program and they have both become skilled health professionals who also love the beauty of the North Shore. They have made their parents very proud of them.
Mike became interested in veterinary dentistry early in his career when this specialty had only been in existence for a short time. He came to understand that providing good dental care to all pets was one of the most important, and satisfying, elements of his veterinary career. It was a gift he could share with his patients that would give them instant relief from chronic pain and improve the quality of their lives tremendously. Mike was very fortunate to have had the gift of extra time to learn and develop his skills in dentistry that was generously made available by his wife and partner, Lucy. He was also very fortunate to have had help learning dentistry from a number of gracious mentors who shared their knowledge with him over the years. His pathway in veterinary dentistry would never have been possible without Lucy and he is forever grateful to her for this gift, and all the other blessings that she has given him during their wonderful time together.
Mike and Lucy have also been fortunate to have hosted a large number of Minnesota veterinary students over the years who have spent time in their home and at the Lake County Veterinary Clinic to learn more about general practice and dentistry. He has also immensely enjoyed the opportunity to participate in teaching dentistry to veterinary students at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He has volunteered with the American Veterinary Dental Society as a Board member for 3 years and in 2016 he participated in the process that created the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry (FVD) which is the new overarching organization for Veterinary Dentistry in the United States. Mike served as a voluntary FVD Board member for 3 years as chairman of their Outreach Committee. He continues to serve on the FVD Outreach Committee with the mission of helping veterinary students around the world have better access to dentistry education opportunities. Mike is especially proud of being able to assist the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine acquire basic equipment for their teaching laboratory with a grant from the FVD during this time on the FVD Board. This laboratory equipment was needed to provide the veterinary students at Tuskegee the opportunity to learn veterinary dentistry and utilize this knowledge to benefit their patients and clients throughout their careers.
Mike has also served as the President of the all volunteer Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association (VMA) for the last decade and is very proud of this organization’s work to provide quality continuing education to veterinarians and veterinary staff members who come from Minnesota, surrounding states and Canada to attend the Arrowhead VMA’s twice yearly meetings. He is also very proud of the fact that the Arrowhead VMA board of directors has been able to raise and donate over $!00,000 from these meetings to help provide scholarships for veterinary students at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine during his tenure as President.
Lucy and Mike are now both very happy to have sold their practice to Dr. Grace Brown, whom they met approximately 10 years ago, and they have celebrated as she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2015, participated in private practice and was accepted into, and successfully completed, a coveted clinical residency in Veterinary Dentistry. Dr. Brown is pursuing her board certification in veterinary dentistry and her advanced training makes her one of fewer than 300 veterinarians in the world with her advanced skills and knowledge in dentistry. We are incredibly happy to have Dr. Brown become the new owner of the Lake County Veterinary Clinic and we know that she will provide compassionate and exceptional care for all of the people, and the pets that they hold so dear, whom we have been privileged to help over the decades.
Lucy and Mike have had the great pleasure of working with a compassionate and professional team of wonderful staff members at the Lake County Veterinary Clinic, and each of them works with dedication to provide excellent and compassionate care for every patient, every single day. Being a veterinarian for the North Shore community has been one of the most interesting, challenging and rewarding pursuits imaginable for both Mike and Lucy, and it has been a wonderful experience that they have loved and will cherish.
Lucy and Mike are passionate about protecting our environment and have become deeply involved with the bipartisan Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) organization. CCL is working to create a powerful and beneficial Climate Solution needed to address the very serious threat of Global Warming. Lucy and Mike look forward to using their energy and time away from practice to enjoy, preserve and protect our North Shore woods and waters for all of the people, animals and plants who live in this beautiful region. They sincerely wish to help create a safe and healthy future for all of the life on our fragile planet and safeguard this for all of our children, and the many generations to come.
Dr. Lucy Grina
Dr. Lucy Grina was born in Rochester, Minnesota and grew up loving the outdoors. She developed a true love for Northern Minnesota after her teenage experiences at Camp Widjiwagan. She realized at an early age that she wanted to be a veterinarian and pursued this as her life passion. She developed hands-on experience working with animals by working long hard hours at a horse stable near Iowa City as well as working for various veterinarians that did both large and small animal practice. She received her BS in Zoology from the University of Iowa in 1978, worked in research in the Neurology Department at the Mayo Clinic for 2 years, and achieved her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Minnesota in 1986. Lucy practiced in a mixed animal practice in Cloquet, MN for 1 year before coming to Two Harbors.
Brian has been part of Lake County Veterinary Clinics since 2002, now serving as practice manager. He previously worked at the International Wolf Center as an assistant curator, an EMT for Lake County, and as a technician at the Chicago Cat Clinic. Brian enjoys guitar, music, basketball and good comedy! He can be found enjoying life with his wife Ashley, his children and all their many pets!
Years in Practice: 19
Certified Veterinary Technician
Barb has been working at the Lake County Veterinary Clinic since June 2006. She graduated from Duluth Business University in December 2008 with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology. Barb has lived in Two Harbors since 1983 with her husband Al. She enjoys being outdoors, especially cross country skiing in the winter. You can find Barb gardening, bicycling, kayaking and riding horses throughout the summer. She owns a horse, Shady and two dogs, Indigo and Taz.
Years in Practice: 14
Education:Duluth Business University
Certified Veterinary Technician
Ever since he was a kid, he always wanted to work with animals. Steve Irwin was his biggest childhood role model and inspired him to want to help the voiceless. From the beginning of his career, he has enjoyed the complexities and varieties that emergency medicine has to offer. He has worked several years helping in anesthesia in a shelter setting. He is continuing to develop his skills now in day practice. In his free time he enjoys hiking and camping with his dog Feelix or hanging out at home with his blood donor cat Michael. He enjoys whitewater rafting and all the beauty that nature has to offer.
Kathy has been working at the Lake County Veterinary Clinic since October 1995. She received a Veterinary Assistant Degree at Duluth Business University in 1996. Kathy has lived and worked in Duluth all of her life. She enjoys the outdoors, fishing, boating, and spending time at her cabin.
Years in Practice: 25
Customer Service Representative / Technician
Customer Service Representative
Kelly has been with us since January 2016. She comes to us from the BluePearl Emergency Veterinary Service in Duluth, where she has worked for the past 14 years. Kelly lives in Duluth with her boyfriend Gabe, and her animal companions: miniature dachshund Dexter, bull terrier Dudley, and chiweenie (chihuahua/miniature dachshund) DeeDee. She enjoys hiking, gardening and houseplants, snowboarding/snow in general and visiting Lake Superior shores year-round. She also loves music, photography, books, and great coffee.
Years in Practice: 4
Customer Service Representative
Selien has been with Lake County Veterinary Clinics since 2017. Once graduating from Cook County High School, she moved to Colorado Springs where she enlisted in the US Army. After returning home to Cook County she started working with Lake County Vet Clinics in Grand Marais, which was inspired by her love for animals. She also works construction with her dad and brother. Selien and her boyfriend live off grid and spend most, if not all their free time, camping and fishing in the BWCA.
Bruce “The Moose” Eckland is in charge of maintenance at the clinic. Bruce has a “few” cats at home and is always around when the clinic is closed to take care of night time animal treatments.
Dr. Cal Kobluk
Dr. Cal Kobluk, a board certified surgeon, is available to perform advanced orthopedic and other specialized surgeries at the Lake County Veterinary Clinic on a referral basis.
Dr. Ralph Weischelbaum
Dr. Ralph Weichselbaum graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1989 and went on to receive his PhD in Radiology and become Board Qualified with the American College of Veterinary Radiology. Dr. Ralph has a warm and friendly bedside manner and conducts over 1500 ultrasounds per year.