Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital

1115 West River Road
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501



Veterinary Technicians 




Kirsten Peterson, CVT

I am currently employed as a Certified Veterinary Technician at DLAH. I graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN in May of 2019 and have been employed here since then! I grew up in Wadena, MN but currently reside in Hawley, MN. I enjoy being outdoors, going on adventures and exploring new places with my best friend, Murphy, who is pictured in the photo with me. I adopted him after he was found as a stray and brought into our clinic for medical help. I also have 3 cats; Luna, Jade & Kallie - whom are all little balls of fire and always keep my on my toes. I can’t wait to meet both you and your pets at our clinic!



Brooke Vickmark, CVT

Brooke is originally from Detroit Lakes. She graduated from Argosy University in 2011 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduation, Brooke and her husband Doug moved home to Detroit Lakes and later to Fargo where they started their careers. Brooke joined Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital in 2015, with special interest in lab work and dentistry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and running. Brookes’ home is filled even more with her dogs Skud, Hulk, and Reese; her cats Sylvester, Pepe Le Pew, and Cheddar; 3 cockatiels, and too many chickens to count.



Tina Kraft, CVT

I graduated from NDSU in veterinary technology in 2002. I moved to Appleton, WI where I worked at a referral clinic for two years until I met my husband. I moved back home, started working at the Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital, got married and had two girls. I have worked at DLAH for 15.5 years now. I live on a hobby farm with horses, cats, dogs, ducks, bunnies and chickens. I have two girls who are growing fast and becoming more beautiful every day. I am the superintendant of our Sunday school, I sing in the church choir, I volunteer in 4-H, and I am the secretary of our schools' PTO. I enjoy canoeing, biking, riding horse and being outdoors. I dislike spiders and being center of attention/speaking in front of people.



Tammy Januszewski, VT

I graduated from NDSU in 1982 and started working at the Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital. I’ve enjoyed working will all sizes of pets (cows and horses too). Every day is a different and interesting day at the DL Animal Hospital. I have 3 dogs and 1 cat in my household along with my husband Bill.



Tiffany Brown, CVT

Tiffany Brown grew up in Hawley, MN and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1999. She then attended North Dakota State University and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduation Tiffany moved to Portland, OR where she practiced in a small animal hospital setting and veterinary dermatology. She has been at the DL Animal Hospital since 2007 and also assists a traveling veterinary dermatologist. She and her family of 3 girls, husband, 2 standard poodles, and a kitty enjoy hiking, cooking, and relaxing bonfires on the weekends.



Nicole Strandberg, CVT

I grew up in Moorhead, MN and attended NDSU, graduating in 1999 with a BS in Veterinary Technology. I have been a veterinary technician with Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital since 2005. My favorite part of being a technician is being able to love on all the critters that come in the door as if they were my own. I also really enjoy educating clients on the care their pets receive, as well as drawing blood, placing IV catheters and assisting in surgery.  My home family includes my amazing husband and three great children. I live on a hobby farm, this is my dream come true! We have several dogs, cats, horses and a pot belly pig. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends, watching my girls barrel race and my son tinker on and ride his “big boy toys”. I also enjoy doing activities around the farm and going to the lake.



Ashley Muhlenkort, CVT

I grew up in Detroit Lakes, MN. Following graduating from Vermilion Community College in Ely, MN in December 2021, I returned to Detroit Lakes and began my career as a veterinary technician. I have two cats, Chip and Willow, that rescued me and are little balls of energy. When I’m not helping animals, you can find me fishing, hunting,hiking, cooking, and spending time with my family, friends and their pets.


Raina Fritz, CVT

Raina attended NDSU and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009. She completed her internship at the Indianapolis Zoo and has worked as a veterinary technician at the Red River Zoo and at small/large animal practices. Raina was also a pet groomer for several years while living in Fargo. She now has a small farm in Detroit Lakes where she lives with her dogs and cats. Raina raises pigs, chickens and ducks. In her spare time, Raina enjoys being active outdoors including disc golfing, kayaking, fishing, and camping. 




Veterinary Assistants



Jenni Kelstrup

Graduated from Olympic College with an Associate of Arts before studying at Washington State University and Bemidji State University with a focus on Animal Science and Microbiology. Traveler, hobbyist photographer, and lover of all things animals



Lizzie Bannerman

I am originally from Park Rapids, MN but am currently living in Fargo, ND. I graduated from NDSU in 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. I first became a veterinary assistant working in the world of equine dentistry which was full of so many amazing experiences. After graduation, I decided to change courses and work with dogs and cats and I am loving every minute of it! When I’m not taking care of puppies and kitties, I enjoy fishing, kayaking, riding horses, and of course playing with my two cats: Ralph and Bruce, and my little dog: Henry.

Tonya Melott

I grew up in Park Rapids MN. My animal journey started on my grandparent’s farm raising Quarter horses and Paint horses. We always had dogs growing up and after graduating high school my love for animals turned to my dogs. I started competing in Dog agility, assisting with dog training and I enjoy dock diving during the summer months. My thirst for knowledge has led me into animal care where I have fallen in love with the Veterinarian world! Which is how I got to where I am today! I currently live in Perham MN with my Fiancé and we share the love of our 6 Dogs. After our wedding in July 2023 our future goal is to find some land and start our own hobby farm!




Client Service Representatives




Audrey Tovson

Forever ago I started "on - the - job" multi-task training at the Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital under the guidance of Drs. Olson and Westlake. I have had the good fortune to be involved with large animals and small (including many varieties of family pets), as well as with the operation of the business. Now, as receptionist, I have the responsibility and privilege of working with our clients and patients to connect them to the care they need. Our doctors and staff are a great team for me to work with - what more could a person ask for?!



Angie Simon

I have been with Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital since 2006. I have a husband Adam 3 kids Wyatt, Dawson, and Khloe and 2 dogs Bert and Fudge that keep me on my toes. I love spending time with my family and when I'm not doing that you will find me with my nose in a book.



Teri Perret

I have been at the Detroit Lakes Animal Hospital since 2018. I work as a receptionist and a veterinary assistant. I work with the best group of people! I really enjoy getting to know our clients and their pets. A fun place to work!