Meet Our Team 

Dr. Jennifer Shepherd

Dr. Jennifer Shepherd received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. After vet school, Dr. Shepherd completed a small animal internship at the Ontario Veterinary College. She and her husband Paul purchased the Cloquet Animal Hospital in 2007, where her husband manages the office while she takes care of the patients. Dr. Shepherd knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 5 years old after reading a book from the library called “A Day in the Life of an Animal Doctor.” She and her husband Paul have three children who keep them busy at all times. In her free time, Jennifer likes running, scrapbooking, photography, spending time with her family, and baking. She also loves playing with her Portugese Water Dog who is a bundle of hair and energy!

Dr. Christine Wickenheiser

Dr. Christine Wickenheiser received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2002. Although she likes all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Wickenheiser especially enjoys surgery and working with pocket pets. When she is not working to improve the lives of her patients, Christine enjoys spending time outside hiking and camping with her family. She loves to scuba diving in the ocean and has taken her family sea kayaking with orca whales. Christine’s house is full of four legged friends with three dogs – Tikka, Kimber, and Nova and three cats – Firebird, Agate, and Steve. She also has a hobby farm complete with llamas, goats, and many species of ducks and geese.

Jen

Jen

Jen graduated from Duluth Business University’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2013 and has been working as a veterinary technician since. Jen joined the team at Cloquet Animal Hospital in March 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Allen and other family and friends, traveling, fishing, relaxing at her cabin, and playing with her rescue pups Solo and Chewi. Solo is a yellow lab who loves lounging on the couch, snuggling in blankets, going for casual hikes, and eating snacks. Chewi is a Rottweiler mix who goes crazy for squeaker toys, lives chasing balls (and not bringing them back), fishing, and wrestling with his brother Solor or his favorite lab friends Jade and Lucy.

Bekah

Bekah

Certified Veterinary Technician

Bekah graduated from Duluth Business University in May of 2009. She is a certified veterinary technician and has been at Cloquet Animal Hospital since October of 2011. For fun, Bekah enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, and her family and friends. She loves doing anything outdoors, like camping and hiking. When she can’t be outdoors, she enjoys reading and drinking coffee. Bekah and Justin share their home with two dogs. Belle, a soft and affectionate German Shepherd mix, has been Bekah’s pet since high school. Sherlock is a typical beagle who likes to sniff and howl, climb under the covers, and is a couch potato. Though they don’t have any other pets, Bekah would like to have a hobby farm someday with horses, chickens, and other critter.

Ashley

Ashley

Certified Veterinary Technician

Ashley graduated from the veterinary technician program at Duluth Business University in 2014. She completed her internship at Cloquet Animal Hospital and upon graduating, officially joined our team as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Ashley enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and being in the outdoors with her family. She and her significant other Thomas have two daughters, Gabriella and Adaya. The girls love every animal they see just like their mom. Together they like to raise monarch butterflies from caterpillars and frogs from eggs. Ashley has a cat named Digits who was rescued in 2011 when she was only two weeks old. Since Digits did not have a cat mom, she can be a feisty panther at times, but they still love her. Ashley also has a dog appropriately named Dart who is an Alaskan Klee Kai and he fits into their high energy home perfectly.

Lydia

Lydia

Certified Veterinary Technician

Lydia earned her Applied Associates in Veterinary Medicine from Duluth Business University in 2012. She joined the team at Cloquet Animal Hospital as a full time Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in March 2018. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a love for anesthesia and dentistry. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her husband and relaxing at the family cabin. Her non-human family includes an adorable chocolate lab named Windzor Dale and a few naughty cats named Bobby-Sox, Chalupa Batman, and LIttle Sebastian.

Sadie

Sadie

Certified Veterinary Technician

Sadie graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Duluth Business University in 2018. After graduating she officially joined the team at Cloquet Animal Hospital as a Certified Veterinary Technician.  Sadie spends her free time with her significant other, Alec, playing volleyball, working out, exploring nature, and spending time with friends and family. She gives all her extra time and not-so extra time to her adorable English Lab, Bailey, who never leaves her mom’s side. Bailey loves food, snuggles, going for walks, and is always spinning in circles with a toy in her mouth greeting them at the door.

Mary Lou

Mary Lou

Receptionist

Mary Lou has been the friendly face of Cloquet Animal Hospital’s front desk since March 2007.Outside of work, Mary Lou enjoys 4-wheeling, camping, playing pool and reading. May Lou and her husband share their home with 4 pets: Tank, a Labrador retriever (once a perfectly good hunting dog, now a great couch potato),  a Red Ear Slider Turtle named Trevor, and two handsome and spoiled tuxedo cats named Spook and Seriously. 

Lindsay

Lindsay

Lindsay joined the Cloquet Animal Hospital team in May 2019. She has been working in veterinary clinics since 2016 before graduating from Duluth Business University’s Technology program in 2018. She and her boyfriend Cory have two dogs – Ranger a sassy chihuahua who rules their home, and Radar a Labrador who has more energy than he knows what to do with. Her spare time is spent simply enjoying the company of her family and friends.

Megan

Megan

Receptionist, Vet Tech, and Personnel Manager

Megan graduated from Duluth Business University’s Veterinary Assistant Program in 1999. She worked in the veterinary field for fourteen years as a technician before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Once her youngest started preschool, Megan went back to work at Queen of Peace School where she worked in a variety of roles for seven years. Megan joined Cloquet Animal Hospital in July 2019 as the Personnel Manager. Megan lives with her husband Jeff and their three children Annalise, Joseph, and Claira. Other members of her household include Cletus, senior citizen kitty and Hazel, a crazy young Labrador. In her free time Megan enjoys hiking, reading, camping, swimming, and watching her children play sports.

Tressa

Tressa

Tressa joined the team at Cloquet Animal Hospital in August 2019. She graduated from Lake Superior College with a degree in accounting in 2017 and has been dancing with numbers since. When not working at Cloquet Animal Hospital, she works at home alongside her husband Zach, as they run their pottery and screen printing business. Tressa likes to go for walks, spend time at the lake with her family, play board games, eat pizza, and rock climb. Though she has had many animals through her life, including hamsters, fish, hermit crabs, a bearded dragon, chickens, dogs, and cats, her current critter friends include Cider and Fiona – two wonderful kitties with very opposite personalities – and her adorable mini Australian Shepherd Toivo.

Dottie

Dottie

Dottie joined the Cloquet Animal Hospital team in 2018. Although we hoped she would be the clinic greeter, she prefers to spend her time behind the scenes. Her duties are many but include taste testing all treats, following sunbeams from window to window, napping in any box she can find, keeping chairs warm, and giving the team judgmental stares as we work. She also has been hard at work trying to catch the elusive red laser dot that shows up at random times.