Dr. Mike Sasse

Veterinarian/Owner Dr. Mike Sasse

Dr. Mike Sasse is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Most recently Dr. Mike has worked as a locum or relief veterinarian servicing Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa where his duties including filling in for other practice veterinarians while they were away on vacation, maternity or sick leave. This experience has given him the opportunity to collect best practices from successful hospitals all over the region. In recent years Dr. Mike also worked for Banfield Pet Hospital and Cascade Animal Medical Center in Rochester. Dr. Mike’s interests include dentistry and surgery. He is passionate about creating a caring environment for pets and providing top quality care for pet family members. Dr. Mike and Dr. Sara married in 2013. He has two children, Anna (10) and Will (9), from a previous marriage and enjoys spending time with them while not at work.

 

Dr. Alex Holten

Veterinarian Dr. Alex Holten

I’m a Minnesota native having grown up in southern Minnesota. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2020. After graduation, I spent time working at a small animal private practice in the cities and worked as a relief veterinarian in southern Minnesota. I joined Willow Pet Hospital full time in the summer of 2022. My professional interests include behavior and caring for senior/geriatric pets. I will never pass up an opportunity to discuss behavior and am passionate about improving how we communicate with our pets. My favorite part of being a veterinarian is forming a bond and partnership with my patients and their parents. 

I share my home with two Belgian Malinois named Stella and Sonic. Stella lives with me full time while I share custody of Sonic with my parents. When not at work I can be found spending time with my dogs, hiking, cooking/baking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Dr. Anna Arndt

Veterinarian Dr. Anna Arndt

Dr. Anna Arndt is a graduate from the University of Minnesota.  After graduation, she worked in Fairmont with the previous owner and then in Mankato for the last 2.5 years.  She is excited to be back in the community where she grew up and is happy to be a part of the Willow Pet Hospital team.  Dr. Arndt’s interests include dermatology and internal medicine and meeting clients and patients.  When she is not working at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tedd who is an electrician and farmer, and three children.  The Arndt household also includes two spunky dogs and one cat.

 

Dr. Christy Stone

Veterinarian Dr. Christy Stone

Dr. Christy Stone grew up in western Nebraska and is a 2004 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, she practiced in a mixed animal practice for 3 years prior to moving to Fairmont in 2007.  Since she and her husband moved to Fairmont, she has practiced exclusively small animal medicine where she enjoys surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, and connecting with clients and their four-legged families.  Prior to Willow Pet Hospital, she was commuting as a part time practitioner to Mapleton, MN.    Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys traveling with her family, gardening, reading, and spectating at her children’s events.  Her four-legged family includes two dogs (Jeter and Goose), 2 and ¾ cats (Apollo, Oakley, and Murray-the 3 legged), and Merkel, a box turtle hatched in 1981.  She is excited to be part of Willow Pet Hospital and looks forward to meeting many new faces here.

 

Kayley

Practice Manager Kayley

Hello! I am Kayley, the practice manager for Willow Pet Hospital. I grew up in Truman, Minnesota on my family’s dairy farm. I graduated from Wartburg College in 2019 with a biology major. After graduation, I worked in various leadership positions that has then led me to Willow Pet Hospital. I am very excited to be in the veterinarian field and helping all our clients and patients along the way!

My husband and I have a couple fur babies of our own. We have two Great Danes, Remi and Ruger, along with two quarter horses, Boss and Flicka. In my free time I enjoy being outside and working on the farm with my dad, horseback riding, spending time with my dogs, and crafting.

 

Nicole

VT - Veterinary Technician Nicole

Hello! My name is Nicole. I started my vet tech career here in Fairmont after graduating from Iowa Lakes Community College in 2017. Growing up I had always wanted to be a vet or do something that involved animals. I finally decided being a vet tech was the career path I wanted to take after changing my mind several times beforehand. I love being able to assist in surgeries and dentals, aid in helping care for both healthy and sick patients and interacting with out clients and their pets. I’m very happy that I’m able to work in the area I grew up in and get to see so many familiar faces along the way.

My husband and I share our farmhouse with our lab Fella and our kitty Roscoe. We also have four horses – Sugar, Stormy, Honey, and Jaya. We love being outdoors and spend most of our free time hunting, riding horse, and camping. I also enjoy doing CrossFit, crafting, and spending time with my family.

 

Alyssa

VT - Veterinary Technician Alyssa

Hey everyone! My name is Alyssa. I was born and raised in Fairmont, MN and was fortunate to have dogs and cats while growing up. I have worked in the veterinary field since 2019 and have enjoyed every minute of it! Working with pets has always been a passion of mine. I currently have a yellow lab names Petey who is 2 years old, and a cat names Posey who is 1 years old. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my two beautiful girls, Harper (6) and Charley (5), while also going golfing, and fishing. I am excited to be apart of Willow Pet Hospital and to give your pets the care and love they need.

 

Kaylee

VT - Veterinary Technician Kaylee

Hi, my name is Kaylee. I began my career as a vet tech in January of 2021 right after graduation from Fairmont High School in 2020.

 I was born and raised in Fairmont. I’ve had animals my whole life and have always loved working with them. At the moment, I have two dogs, a German Shepherd named Dozer and a Pitbull mix named Daisy. I also have a cat named Cash. Along with my dogs and cat I have a quarter horse, Quincy, and a mouse, Boba.

I’ve wanted to have a career involving animals ever since I was little, even outside of work I spend most of my time with animals including horseback riding, walking the dogs, having puppy play dates, etc. apart from that I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

 

Autumn

VT - Veterinary Technician Autumn

Hello! My name is Autumn Smart, and I am from Welcome, MN. I began working at Willow Pet Hospital at the end of August 2022. I graduated from the vet tech program at Iowa Lakes Community College in May 2022. While I was in college, I did my summer internship here when it was formally Chain of Lakes Pet Hospital. Growing up, I always had a love for animals and lived in a home surrounded by different pets which included dogs, rabbits, and birds. I soon became interested in a career that would involve working with animals. I more recently had a beloved rat for over two years who I acquired during my time in the vet tech program at Iowa Lakes. I am happy to be in a position where I can help ensure that pets are cared for, happy, and healthy. In my spare time I like to sing, read, write, go to the movies, and spend time outside.

 

Jenna

VT - Veterinary Technician/CSP - Client Services Professional Jenna

Hello, my name is Jenna. I have a been at Willow Pet Hospital since July 2022. I worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years in hospital and long-term care settings. I enjoy helping people and love working with pets. I love getting to do both daily and working the community I grew up nearby. I have two dogs at home, a White Lab named Ollie and a Black Labradoodle named Nika. I’m excited for all the new learning and experiences and to be a part of a wonderful team!

 

Julie

VT - Veterinary Technician/CSP - Client Services Professional Julie

Hi, my name is Julie. I am a veterinary assistant and receptionist at Willow Pet Hospital. I started in August of 2022 after a long nursing career. I needed a change and wanted to work with my second love in life, animals.

My husband and I have 6 children and 13 grandchildren. We live on a farm and raise cows, pigs, and grain. I’ve been showing, hunting, hunt testing, and breeding German Shorthaired Pointers for 17 years.

I’m thankful for all my coworkers teaching me what best knowledge they have accumulated over the years.

 

Deborrah

CSP - Client Services Professional Deborrah

Hello, my name is Deborrah. My husband and I moved to Fairmont in 2013 and I started working here in 2019. Before moving to the area, we lived north of Minneapolis where I worked at a veterinary clinic for 12 years. I grew up in Ely, Minnesota and am enjoying living in a small town again. After showing St Bernard’s in confirmation for 20 years, we currently only have one dog at home. And she is enjoying all the special attention and she loves being totally spoiled. 

 

Amber

CSP - Client Services Professional Amber

Hello! I'm Amber. I joined the Willow Pet Hospital team in September of this year after moving to the area. I live in Serburn and have two fur babies. Ace is our almost 1 year old Springer Spaniel, he loves hunting and is our wild child. Peanut is my 10 year old Shorkie, her and I have been on many advventures together and I may spoil her rotten! My love for animals started at a very young age on my dad and moms farm in Northwest Iowa. I was always loving on some furry animals. I love being a part of this amazingly talented team and can't wait to meet your furry friends and family! 

 

Steve

Steve