Hi, I'm Garfield and I live here.
Hi there, I am Garfield and originate from Dr. Stones farm. I had a bit of a problem and broke my hip as a young cat. I came here for help and healing and got so much love I never left. I love my people here, and if you see me, please remember that I love pets from everyone.
Hi, I'm Alan Saffert, Office Manager
I was raised on a dairy and swine farm near Sanborn. I attended Southwest State University. After college, I started working on a dairy farm. In March 1978, I started at the Cottonwood Vet Clinic. At the clinic, you’ll usually find me up front helping clients, getting orders ready, doing accounts receivable, or fixing something around the clinic. My wife Jody and I have 3 sons and 6 grandchildren (so far).
Hi, I'm Carmen Brosi, CVT, CFFP
After running my own business in Graphic Design for 15 years I chose to make a life change. I had always been extremely fond of animals and in 2009 I signed up for Vet Tech classes at Globe College in Woodbury, MN. 2 years later I graduated with an Associates in Science, and passed my certification testing that spring.
For the last five years I have been at Pet Doctors Animal Clinic in Minneapolis, MN. In that time I learned many useful tools to help our awesome fluffy friends. I worked my way up to Lead Technician and loved helping the pets and the clients.
When I was given the chance to come back home to Windom, MN I was very excited and feel thankful to be back.
I have a small zoo at my home, 1 dog, 3 cats and 2 bearded dragons. I truly love all creatures. In my spare time you can find me with family and friends. I enjoy fishing and camping along with helping my brother Dan at his hobby farm.
I am very excited to see old friends and make new friends here.
Hi, I'm Kelcey Holt B.S.CVT, and EIA
I grew up in the Windom Area and attended North Dakota State University (GO BISON!) for my bachelors of science in Veterinary Technology. After graduating I joined the team at the Cottonwood Veterinary clinic in August of 2015, and have very much enjoyed getting to know all the great people and critters in this area. At the clinic you may see me running around answering phones, helping people out up front, running EIA tests and other lab work, or assisting our doctors both in the field and the clinic. I mostly enjoy the floppy eared friends and getting out working with cattle, goats, and elk. My Husband, Zach, and I live on my home place outside of Bingham Lake with our 6 crazy and large dogs “Clyde” “Emma” “Dan” “Toby” “Stella” and “Annabelle”, 3 barn cats “Ace” “Alvin” and “Batman”, and a flock of chickens. In our free time we enjoy getting back to the basics of life and backpacking, going fishing and hunting, or working on projects around the farm.
Hi, I'm Christine Schumacher, Vet Tech
I grew up on a farm near Morgan, were we had dogs, cats, chickens, cows and horses. After graduating high school I attended Ridgewater College for Veterinary Technology.
I did work at another Clinic before being hired at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic. I help with mainly cats and dogs. I mostly enjoy assisting with surgery and the critical care patients.
In August 2017 I was married and moved to an acreage near Lamberton. I have an English Mastiff, Harley, a Newfoundland, Memphis and 3 cats, Layla, Beans and Lincoln, and a Guinea pig, Guinea.
Hi, I'm Amber Eischen, Certified Vet Tech
Growing up on a farm near Comfrey, I've always enjoyed being outside with our animals. While we never had livestock of our own, I found the joy of working with large animals on my internship at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic in the 2018 summer. I attended Iowa Lakes Community College, Emmetsbug, Iowa and graduated with a Veterinary Technician, AAS degree. I was hired before graduation to help with both large and small animals, and I started in May 2019. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, trap shooting, digging in the dirt, and of course being with my cats and dog.
Nikki Ward, Groomer, Room Assistant
Hi, I'm Nikki Ward. I grew up in a lot of different places between Iowa, South Dakota and finally Jackson, MN where I graduated high school. Before starting at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic I worked with Dr. Fell at the Jackson Veterinary Clinic for 7 years. When he closed I was fortunate enough to be hired as a groomer and Veterinary Assistant here in 2016.
At the clinic you'll find me mostly held up in my grooming room clipping the dogs and cats, or working on many different projects that come across my desk.
My husband and I bought a home in Lakefield last year and share it with out two beagles, Taylor and Macy.
Outside of work, when we aren't working on projects around the house, I enjoy snuggle times with my two wiley beagles or hanging out at my Dad's farm with my horse, Echo, my viszla, Roxy and my many barn kitties.
Kayleigh Fritz, CSR
Hi, my name is Kayleigh and I grew up in the Windom/Lakefield area. I was very active in 4-H with my horses and goats. After high school I chose to complete my college degree online while working full time with dogs. About 3 years ago I chose to attend Rio Grooming School in Hastings, MN to become a Certified Dog Groomer and started grooming at All Pets Animal Clinic in Spirit Lake, IA.
After being at All Pets for 2 years I chose to take a job closer to home, here at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic. I still enjoy grooming out of my home in my spare time. I live in Lakefield with my 3 dogs, Nala, Bentley and Lyla and they keep me busy. You will find me at the front desk, and I look forward to meeting you all.
Our Kennel Staff is amazing! It is headed up by Michelle, along with Candice, Sara and Tatum. They keep our furry visitors fed and happy while they are here. Whether it be someone staying over after surgery or someone boarding for an extended time you can rest sure that they are getting all the Love they need from our great staff!