Meet Our Staff

Our staff strives to create a professional and friendly environment to serve you and your furry friends needs. 

Dr. James Van Stone

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. James grew up in Palisade, MN. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with his Bachelor's degree in Animal Science and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Dr. James took over the Pierz Veterinary Clinic in October 2012. He works on all animals, and specializes in dairy production medicine/surgery and small animal surgery and nutrition. He enjoys riding ATVs, boating, fishing and traveling. He lives in Pierz with his wife, Heather, their daughter, Clara, 4 cats and 2 dogs.

Dr. Becca Rettkowski


Dr. Becca is originally from Winona, MN. She attended the University of Minnesota for both undergraduate and Veterinary School, and she graduated from vet school in May of 2019. During those years, she volunteered at the Wildlife Rehab Center, managed the swine and sheep barns on campus, and worked at the Canterbury Park Test Barn. Dr. Becca has a strong interest in equine medicine, especially equine dentistry, along with small ruminants, surgery, and wound repair. She enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and riding horses.

Dr. Dawson LaBorde


Dr. Dawson LaBorde grew up in Pierz Minnesota and graduated from Iowa State University in May of 2019 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. His primary interests are production animal medicine and reproduction, but loves working on any animals! He is interested in hunting, fishing, working on his parents farm and technology which he does in his free time, along with taking care of his dog, cat and rabbit.

April Nieken

Practice Manager, Veterinary Technician

April completed her Veterinary Technician training in March of 2013 at MN School of Business in St. Cloud. She assists with many small animal surgeries, diagnostic appointments and wellness exams. April is our Practice manager, and is in charge of inventory, staff scheduling, practice policies and more! She lives with her husband in Hillman with 1 dog and they raise beef cattle.

Jaclan Skwira

Veterinary Technician

Jaclan graduated from Ridgewater College in 2017 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She is from Little Falls and grew up loving animals and has many of her own. Jaclan helps with small animal appointments, surgeries and is our resident groomer! In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and caring for her animals.

Sarah Fyten

Office Manager

Sarah grew up and continues to lives in Pierz.
She says: “I love animals and I have had pets all my life and have 10+ years of pet-sitting experience.
I have a yellow lab named Stella and a cat named Mylie. In my free time I enjoy quilting, crocheting, reading and playing board/card/video games.

Adri Kahle

Veterinary Assistant

Adri Says "Hi! My name is Adri! I am currently attending St. Cloud University majoring in Biology, Pre-Veterinary. I am planning on continuing my education at the University of Minnesota at the Veterinary School to get my Vet degree. At Pierz Veterinary clinic, I am a vet assistant and I am lucky to have encountered this opportunity! I have 2 dogs and a cat and I just love all animals! My main reason for becoming a veterinarian is to help animals in need while giving them the love and care that they deserve."

Alex Murdock

Veterinary Assistant

Alexandra grew up in the Forest Lake area of Minnesota. Growing up in a family that had a deep appreciation for wildlife conservation and animals Alexandra developed a passion for all creatures! That passion lead her to join 4H & FFA. Alexandra furthered her education at University of Wisconsin-River Falls in Spanish & Animal Science. If it be exotics, wildlife, livestock or pets she loves caring for them all! Alexandra lives happily with her husband on their ranch accompanied by their loveable lab Reagan and adventurous kitten Balto. Fun fact about Alexandra is that she was Minnesota's Miss Shamrock in 2017, so you will always find her in St.Paul on St.Patrick's day!

Ashlyn Monson

Veterinary Assistant

I'm Ashlyn, I just finished my Bachelors degree at the University of Minnesota with a major in animal science and a minor in agricultural business. I have lived in the Pierz area my entire life growing up on a small hobby farm having horses, dogs, cats and always taking in different animals as they needed a home. But my love for animals doesn't stop with just horses, dogs and cats, from previous jobs I have worked with cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys as well. In my spare time I love to go and visit with my family, ride my horse Saphire and spoil my dog Ruphis.

Erin Ellefson

Veterinary Assistant

Erin says : "I grew up in Milaca, raising Quarter Horses and training horses. I currently live in Milaca with two horses, Hubba and Gator. I live with my boyfriend Bryan and two dogs Nova and Wheatie Poof. I enjoy riding horses and motorcycle. I love fishing and do anything outdoors. I worked at Anoka Equine for 4 years, it was a great experience! I love animals and I love my job.

Kathy Otremba


Kathy says: " I am Kathy Otremba". I have lived in the Pierz area all my life. I have a secretarial degree from Central Lakes College. My Spouse and I dairy farmed for 15 years. Now we raise beef cattle , pigs and chickens. We have three grown children who love coming to the farm and 6 wonderful grandchildren. I love the outdoors, we have been to the boundary waters many times. Gardening and quilting are my hobbies.

Poncherello (Ponch)

Ponch moved into the clinic in March of 2019. He immediately had a lion cut since he had half a pound of thick and matted fur. He likes his haircut, and it shows off his bowtie collar! Ponch is a very friendly, vocal cat who loves to play with our homemade catnip toys called Pinkies.


To Schedule An Appointment

Call (320) 468-6174


Fax: (320) 468-0179


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