Dr. Kyle Peterson is a proud East Grand Forks native and University of North Dakota alum, graduating from Senior High in 1982, and doing his pre-veterinary coursework at UND from 1982 to 1986. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990, graduating with Distinction.
The first 9 years of his practice career were spent in Milbank, South Dakota in a multidoctor mixed-animal practice. He was a partner in that practice where the majority of the work was with dairy herds, with a significant amount of cow-calf and companion animal medicine and surgery. He also worked with horses, sheep, swine, and the occasional elk, dall sheep, white tail deer, and munt jac deer.
In January 1999, he bought this practice from Dr. Ward Gilbertson, a well-respected veterinarian who had been practicing in East Grand Forks for nearly 30 years. Since that time, Dr. Peterson has concentrated almost exclusively on companion animal medicine and surgery.
Dr. Peterson and his wife, Lori, have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, weekends at the lake, fishing and following the Minnesota Twins and UND athletics.
Dr. Michele Vedbraaten-Larson realized her love of animals while growing up on a hobby farm near Fosston, Minnesota. The farm included a variety of animals, such as sheep, cows, horses, goats, pigs and chickens. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bemidji State University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to moving to East Grand Forks, she worked at a veterinary clinic in Park Rapids, Minnesota. She has a husband, Toby, and three cats (Steve, Reggie and Fernando). In her spare time, she enjoys such things as fishing, camping, hiking, reading and classic cars. Her special interests include soft-tissue surgery and preventative medicine.
Dr. Christina M Zolondek grew up on a farm near Ardoch, ND. Living on the farm, she had exposure to many animals including horses, cattle, bison, and of course dogs and cats. She studied Microbiology at North Dakota State University for three years before attending veterinary school at Iowa State University. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2004. After graduation from veterinary school, she worked at a mixed animal practice in northeastern ND for one year and then at a small animal practice in Grand Forks, ND for almost 12 years before joining Peterson Veterinary Clinic in February 2017.
She currently resides on a farm near Ardoch, ND with her husband Dever Wollmuth. Their animal family includes one yellow lab (Mike), four adopted cats (Roofus, Miss Kitty, Rambo and TC) and a wonderful herd of seven horses. In her spare time, Dr. Zolondek enjoys traveling, riding horses and 4-wheelers, hunting, fishing, hiking and gardening.
Dr. Taylor Biermaier is from Crookston, MN. She worked here at PVC as an assistant prior to veterinary school and has now joined us as a veterinarian. Dr. Biermaier earned her Bachelors degree in Animal Science from North Dakota State University 2013 and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2017. She was a practicing veterinarian in central MN for 2 years prior to coming “back up north”. Dr. Biermaier has special interests in preventative medicine and dermatology. She enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, baking, biking, archery and painting but most of all spending time with her family – including her husband, Nick and their son, Jack. Dr. Biermaier has a Springer Spaniel named Evie, 3 cats – Benelli, Frankie and Charley and a coop full of chickens and ducks.
Lisa started working at Peterson Veterinary Clinic in 2003. She graduated from University of Minnesota Crookston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Industries Management. Lisa and her husband, Brandon, enjoy fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and many other outside activities. She is a member of the Grand Forks Dog Training Club and volunteers her time to teach a variety of classes including, basic manners and agility. Lisa currently has 3 dogs (Bethany, Kelsey, & Lindsey) and 2 cats (Skits and Frankie). Lisa competes in a variety of sports with her dogs, but her current 2 favorites are Scent work and Agility. Brandon and Lisa also enjoy hunting with their dogs, watching a dog using their natural ability is one of their favorite things.
Stacy grew up in a military family and had the opportunity to live in many places in the United States and abroad. She was born in California, and spent parts of her childhood living in England and Montana. She graduated from Vatterott College in Nebraska with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2006, and worked at a veterinary clinic in Glenwood, Iowa. She moved to the Grand Forks area in 2007 and began working at the Peterson Veterinary Clinic in 2008. She and her husband, Brian, live in Hatton, ND with their three children (two boys and a girl), as well as their one dog and two cats.
Maura has worked as a veterinary technician at Peterson Veterinary Clinic since November of 2010. She has been a certified veterinary technician for 17 years. Maura was born and raised in Fisher, MN. She graduated from Medical Institute of Minnesota in Bloomington and was a veterinary technician in the Twin Cities area until moving back to the area in 2010. Currently, Maura’s family has a very spirited 5-year-old French bulldog named Jilly Bean.
Sam came to us from just down the road, in Crookston, MN, where she was born, raised, and currently resides with her husband, Alex and their three dogs, Smokey, Tank, and Argus along with their cats, Grim and Gwen.
Sam has worked at Peterson Veterinary Clinic since May 2011. She received her degree as a veterinary technician in April 2011 from the Minnesota School of Business in Moorhead, MN. In her free time she enjoys music, running and being around friends and family.
Alex grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota. She later moved to Fargo and graduated from NDSU in May of 2018 with a degree in Biomedical Animal Science. She began working at Peterson Veterinary Clinic in October of 2018 as a veterinary assistant and is planning on applying to veterinary school in the future.
Alex lives in Grand Forks with her very energetic German Shepherd, Deacon, and her sassy, orange cat, Nala. In her free time, she enjoys painting, spending time at the lake, and hanging out with her friends and family.
Riley is a full time student at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, studying pre-vet. She hopes to be a veterinarian for both small and large animals someday. She currently lives in Crookston with her two dogs, Wiggles and Colton, as well as her kitten, Pebbles. In her free time, she enjoys working with her horses, trap shooting and being with friends and family.
Michelle started working at the Peterson Veterinary Clinic in July of 2001. She grew up on a farm near Stephen, Minnesota. After graduating from Stephen High School, she attended the East Grand Forks AVTI where she enrolled in the receptionist program. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. Their pet family consists of a cat named Summer, four parakeets - Carl, Charlie, Moe and Pickles, and a dog named Bailee. Some of her hobbies are: baking, camping, cross-stitching and reading.
Karen joined our staff in the spring of 2016. Having had the pleasure to work with Peterson Veterinary Clinic in conjunction with the rural vaccination clinic in Oslo for several years, she found that her love for animals drew her to taking a full time receptionist position with our clinic. She enjoys both the interaction with the pets and their people who come to the clinic. She grew up in the Oslo area and continues to reside there with her dog, Sophie and cats, Marvin and Mabel. Karen enjoys traveling, camping and spending time at the lake with family and friends but most of all sharing in the lives of her children; Jacob and Alyssa.
Crystal grew up outside of Fisher, Minnesota. She graduated from East Grand Forks Senior High and received her Equine Management degree from UMC in 2007. She also holds an MBA from the University of Mary. Crystal resides outside of Fisher with her husband, Luke Moulds, in her childhood home. They run a boarding stable at their farm where they also show and breed Appaloosas and French Bulldogs. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, painting, riding horses, and spending time with family and friends.
Lori is an East Grand Forks native, graduating from Senior High and earning her bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of North Dakota. She was an office manager in St. Paul, MN while her husband, Kyle, attended veterinary school. She was a stay-at-home mom in Milbank, SD when their children were small and became the office manager at the Peterson Veterinary Clinic when it opened in 1999. In her spare time, Lori enjoys visiting the kids and the grandkids, baking and spending time at the lake.