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. Michelle Hagopian, Associate DVM
Dr. Anastasia Johns, 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 back in the 90’s. Brian enjoys guitar, music, basketball and nature. He can be found enjoying life with his wife and 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
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 Technician
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.