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Meet the Team

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Dr. Thea Fransen

Owner

Dr. Thea is a 2001 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2003 she joined Dr. Nelson at Companion Animal Hospital, and after Dr. Nelson retired she became the owner of the clinic.  Dr. Thea has 3 children, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a tortoise.  When she isn't working or watching hockey, she enjoys reading, running, and playing cards. She is pictured here with her sweet boy, Wally.

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Dr. Tiana Lynne

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Lynne grew up in Ottertail, MN attending Perham schools and later NDSU for undergrad.  Dr. Lynne attended St. George's University (Grenada, West Indies) for her first three years of vet school and completed her clinical rotations at the University of Minnesota; earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.  

Dr. Lynne joined Companion Animal Hospital in July of 2017.  She moved to Elizabeth, MN and enjoys being with family and riding horse.  She has a dog (Kiara- pictured), five cats, two horses, and a chinchilla.  

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Dr. Morgan Young

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Young is a graduate from the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, IA and is originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa.  She relocated and joined Companion Animal Hospital in June of 2021.  She has two sons, Silas and Reece, 2 cats, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, 2 leopard geckos, a betta, and 4 chickens. 

She is pictured with our clinic cat, Jake. 

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Dr. Skylar Brenden
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Brenden grew up in Rothsay, MN and attended North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  Following graduation, she moved back to her hometown and joined Companion Animal Hospital in July 2023.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs (Charlie and Lloyd, pictured), reading, camping, and exploring local restaurants and breweries.

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Jake
The Original Clinic Cat

Jake became part of the clinic team in the fall of 2019.  You may find him greeting clients, napping in the window, or stealing treats. 

 

Next time you find yourself in the clinic ask to see one of his tricks!

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Rebecca Nurse
Clinic Cat #2

Rebecca became part of the clinic team in the fall of 2021.  She is from the Humane Society of Otter Tail County and has a heart concern, but you'd never know it.  

You may find Rebecca observing in the treatment area, napping in the Tech office, or harassing Jake.  

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Alex
Certified Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

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Amber

Certified Veterinary Technician

Amber is originally from Wahpeton, ND and graduated from Underwood High School.  She is a Vet. Tech. graduate from Ridgewater College.  She joined Companion Animal Hospital in 2006. She says the best part of her job is working with animals and that everyday is different. She has 3 dogs, several cats,1 parakeet, and 2 guinea pigs.   She enjoys cross country skiing, quilting/needlepoint, gardening, reading and spending time at the lake.

She is pictured with her dog, T.Rex.  

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Bailee
Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

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Brigitte
Veterinary Technician

Brigitte is originally from Wahpeton, ND and is a Vet. Tech. graduate from Ridgewater College.  She joined Companion Animal Hospital in 2020.  She has two dogs and a cat.  She enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time at the lake.    

She is pictured with her dog, Dakota.

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Jill
Certified Veterinary Technician

Jill was born in Kansas and grew up in Nebraska.  She is graduate of the Veterinary Technology program at NDSU.  She joined Companion Animal Hospital in 2006.  She feels the best part of her job is learning new things and improving her skills for better patient care.  Jill has one dog, a retired Greyhound.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, biking, travel and reading. 

She is pictured with our clinic cat, Jake.

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Sam

Certified Veterinary Technician

Sam is originally from Fergus Falls and lived in Colorado for 10years before moving back to go to NDSU for Veterinary Technology. She joined Companion Animal Hospital in 2016.  She says the best part of her job is getting to know owners and pets over the years they are with us.  Sam has 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 chinchillas and a bearded dragon named Groot. She enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and quilting and sewing.  

She is pictured with her Great Dane, Lucy.

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Carly
Certified Veterinary Technician & Client Services

Carly is originally from the Kensington area.  She is a Vet Tech graduate from North Dakota State University.  She joined Companion Animal Hospital in 2022.  She has three Labradors, one cat, and a rabbit.  Carly's favorite part of her job is client education. 

She is pictured with her rabbit, Franklin.

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Darbe

Client Services

Darbe joined Companion Animal Hospital in 2021.  She relocated here from the Chicago area to be closer to family.  She said the best part of her job is "Jake", the clinic cat, and also getting to meet families with their new puppy/kitten and watching them grow up.  Darbe enjoys reading, writing, and spending time outdoors with her dogs.  She has two dogs, a tabby cat, and a rabbit at home.  She is pictured with our clinic cat, Jake. 

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Denyce
Client Services

Denyce joined Companion Animal Hospital in 2022.  She is originally from Fergus Falls.  She says the best part of her job is seeing the love between pets and their owners.  In her spare time Denyce enjoys reading, journaling, watching movies, and food/cocktail tasting.  She has two dogs and one cat.  She is pictured with her dog, Lucy.

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Julie

Client Services

You have likely seen Julie at Companion Animal Hospital for quite awhile.  She has worn many hats around CAH, you will recognize her big smile greeting you at the front desk. Julie says the best part of her job is working with great people and meeting pet owners.  She enjoys walking and getting together with family and friends.  Julie has one cat and two dogs at home.  

She is pictured with her dog, Ripley. 

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Cooper
Animal Care

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Karolyn 
Animal Care & Veterinary Assistant

Karolyn joined Companion Animal Hospital in 2021.  She is currently enrolled at NDSU in Veterinary Technology.  She is pictured with a kitten from the Humane Society.  

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Claire
Animal Care

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Kristian
Animal Care

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Ty
Animal Care

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