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, Medical Director/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. Marissa Blomstrand, Associate DVM
Dr. Marissa Blomstrand grew up in Shoreview, Minnesota, just outside of the Twin Cities. She discovered Veterinary Medicine in college, where she fell in love with it and began to work towards becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Animal Science in 2011, and then went on to Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2018. Dr. Marissa’s special interests in veterinary medicine include soft tissue surgery, emergency/urgent care, and preventative medicine.
Dr. Marissa has recently relocated to the Duluth area, and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her four big dogs that she refers to as her “house cows” (Jet, Citabria, Cessna, & Freja) which she has slowly accumulated over the years, as well as her cat, Galactus. She also enjoys weight lifting, kayaking, and hiking.
Dr. Michael Overend, Associate DVM
Dr. Mike Overend grew up in St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis in a wonderful family that loved and cared for many pets throughout his youth. He became interested in pursuing veterinary medicine during his time in undergraduate studies after reading the classic stories of Dr. James Herriot (Dr. Alfred Wight) and his remarkable experiences as a veterinarian in the English countryside during, and following, the Great Depression.
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 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, Associate DVM
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.
Dr. Anastasia Johns, Associate DVM
Dr. Michelle Hagopian, Associate DVM
Brian Wiszowaty, Practice Manager
Brian has been part of Lake County Veterinary Clinics since 2002. He has previously worked at the International Wolf Center as an assistant curator, an EMT for Lake County, and technician at the Chicago Cat Clinic. Brian enjoys guitar, music, basketball and nature. He can be found enjoying life with his daughters and all their many pets!
Education: A.S., A.A.S.
Barb Omarzu, Certified Veterinary Technician
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.
Education: Duluth Business University
Chad Goad, Certified Veterinary Technician
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.
Roxanne Farley, Customer Service Rep/Vet Assistant
Customer Service Representative / Vet Assistant
Roxanne started out as a relief Veterinary Technician at Lake County Veterinary Clinics in 2019 and then became a permanent part of the team in 2020 as a CSR/Vet-Tech. She has previously worked at the BluePearl Pet Hospital in Duluth, a small animal practice in St. Paul, a mixed animal practice in Windom, and as a farm hand at a llama/alpaca/horse farm in southern Minnesota. She has always had a deep love for animals of all kinds, especially the abandoned and unwanted, and currently has three dogs, Emma, Oreo and Sugar, and one cat, Gandalf the Gray. In her spare time, Roxanne loves hiking and kayaking and hanging out with her friends and family, especially on the shores of Lake Superior.
Leigh Neitzel, Customer Service Rep/Vet Assistant
Customer Service Representative / Veterinary Assistant
Leigh’s love for animal husbandry and care began on a small farm in southern Wisconsin. Her family raised beef cattle, horses, chickens, dogs and cats. Leigh’s father was her biggest inspiration and mentor. His love of animals and the outdoors led her to attend college at UW-Stevens Point where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Forest Management (2010). Leigh worked for many governmental agencies as a forester in the Midwest and Great Plains up until she joined Lake County Veterinary Clinics in April 2021. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Leigh enjoys training and hunting with her two Deutsch Langhaars, Jimmer and Louie. Leigh spends a lot of time mentoring new hunters and dog handlers in Minnesota. She also enjoys hiking, paddling, wilderness camping, baking sourdough and spending time with her family.
Kelly Fisher, Customer Service Rep
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.
Selien Morawitz, Customer Service Rep
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.
Christine Timblin, Customer Service Rep/Vet Assistant
Customer Service Representative
Chrisie has been with Lake County Veterinary Clinics since May 2021. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Enviornmental Education. Chrisie previously worked for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Jay Cooke and Moose Lake State Parks. She lives in Esko with her husband Brad, daughter Catlin, two siberian huskies Genghis and Aiya, and a mini lop rabbit Shadow. Since she was a kid, Chrisie has had a deep appreciation for nature and animals of all kinds. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, nature hikes, agate hunting, and developing her monarch butterfly fields and gardens.
Megan Matheson, Customer Service Rep/Vet Assistant
Customer Service Representative
Megan has been with Lake County Veterinary Clinics since May of 2021. She graduated in 2020 with an Associate degree in Business with a Finance focus. Megan was born and raised in Duluth and enjoys everything the North Shore has to offer. Her desire to work with animals sparked when she was young and began volunteering at a ranch, where she spent most of her summers growing up. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and going on outdoor adventures with her dog, Levi.
Tiarah Losee, Certified Veterinary Assistant
Certified Veterinary Assistant
Tiarah joined the LCVC team in September 2021. She moved to Duluth, Minnesota from Montana where she acquired her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Pima Medical Institute. Tiarah is Fear Free Certified and is dedicated to making a positive difference in animal’s and their family’s lives. When not at work she enjoys being on the water paddle boarding, sailing, canoeing, or pack rafting. She shares her home with two pit bull mixes, Larry Bird and Taiya, and a rescue cat named Tiny.
Hannah Sazama, Customer Service Rep/Vet Assistant
Customer Service Rep/Vet Assistant
Hannah grew up in the Duluth area. She has been part of our team since 2021. Hannah enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, frisbee, painting, and playing cards. A Husky/German Shepherd mix named Miikawadez shares Hannah’s home and loves outside adventures!
Bruce Eckland, Maintenance
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.