Tue: 9 am - 5 pm
Wed - Fri: 8 am - 5 pm
Dr. Deb Brown
Owner / Veterinarian
Hello! My name is Dr. Deb Brown, and I am the owner of Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital. I grew up on a farm in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. I knew I wanted to be a vet since I was seven years old after taking care of my first pets, a pair of lambs named Bo and Peep.
I graduated from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN with a bachelor’s degree in biology. I continued my training at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1994.
I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine. My special interest is integrative/holistic medicine. I earned my certification in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Florida in 2001. I have also studied Chinese herbal medicine, western herbal medicine, food therapy, and homotoxicology (bioregulatory medicine). I want to be able to heal the whole pet and not just treat the symptoms of the disease. I love helping pets and their owners!
When I’m not at work, I like spending time with my two cats, Rosebud and Diamond Sparkles. I enjoy reading suspense novels, camping, and kayaking Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.
Dr. Blake Setness
Owner / Veterinarian
Dr. Blake Setness was born in Park River, North Dakota, and was raised in Neche, ND, located in the far northeastern portion of the state along the Canadian border. He attended his primary school at North Border Public Schools in Pembina, ND. While growing up, Dr. Setness realized he wanted to become a veterinarian while taking care of multiple species of animals, including rabbits, birds, fish, and dogs.
Following high school, Dr. Setness attended the University of Minnesota Crookston, where he graduated in 2013 with a BS in Animal Science with a pre-veterinary emphasis. While attending the University of Minnesota Crookston, Dr. Setness was active in the animal science program and competed as a student-athlete playing football. He continued his veterinary education at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2017. Since then, Dr. Setness practiced at a busy small animal clinic in Grand Forks, ND, until moving to the Brainerd Lakes Area in August 2019.
In his free time, Dr. Setness enjoys the outdoors, watching sporting events, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his fantastic wife, Marie. Dr. Setness and Marie have a son, Arthur, who keeps them busy. The Setness family loves to spend time outdoors and take care of their two dogs, Gus and Sophie, and two cats, Oliver and Franklin.
Dr. Rachel Ganske
I graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Science with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and Minor in Marine Biology. I continued my education at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and in May of 2020 received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
My family has always been holistically oriented in our health practices, ultimately leading to my interest in pursuing alternative, integrative, and holistic medicine modalities for animals. I was certified in veterinary acupuncture for small and large animals through the Chi Institute in Florida in 2020. I plan to pursue chiropractic care, food therapy, homeopathy, nutrition response testing, and Chinese herbal therapy in the future. I truly believe that the body can do a tremendous amount of healing if given the right tools to do so. I love helping animals become the healthiest version of themselves.
When I’m not working, I love to spend time outdoors, especially in the water as I am a Scuba Divemaster. I enjoy traveling to new places and immersing myself in cultures that are unfamiliar to me. And most importantly, I love spending time with my family! Including my two dogs, Roxi and Ellie, of course.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Hi. My name is Nichole, and I am a Certified Veterinary Technician here at Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital. I graduated from Argosy University in 2011 and received certification not long afterwards. I have lived most of my life in the Cities, but I am greatly enjoying it up north in the Great Lakes area.
I have been an animal lover since a very young age. My parents always said I would rather play with my stuffed animals than any doll. I enjoyed growing up with three dogs in my family and spending my summers around my uncle’s goats and helping out a family friend with her horses.
I greatly appreciate working with Dr. Deb and all the other wonderful, caring people here at Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital.
Director of Administration / Veterinary Techniciam
My name is Kalli Randall; I graduated from Ridgewater College in May 2014 in the Veterinary Technician Program. I have loved animals for as long as I can remember and knew that going to school to work with animals was something I needed to do. I started working with Dr. Brown and the excellent staff here at Pequot Animal Hospital in January 2015.
I have two wonderful little boys, Rowan and Xander, who are my whole life and keep me on my toes. I also have a cat named Boomer. I love spending time with my family and friends and getting to know new people.
I am glad to say that I am part of this team and that I love my job and helping advocate for our furry friends.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Hi there, my name is Aleah, and I got my Certification in 2019, but I have been a technician for five years all over Minnesota. I moved to Brainerd in 2020 and plan to stay here long-term.
I grew up partially on the farm and partially in the city, so I love all types of animals. I was frequently seen trying to pick up feral barn cats so I could love on them. I have had many breeds of dogs and cats from childhood to adulthood, including 3 Australian Shepherds and 3 Siamese house cats.
With my extensive animal background, I’ve always owned horses and enjoy being around them as much as possible. I currently have one, and I occasionally do cattle sorting for fun.
My favorite things about being a Veterinary Technician are client education and dentistry. I love being able to help owners be more knowledgeable about their beloved pets’ health and the relationship between them. Dentistry in canine or feline patients is a lot like human dentistry, and it is very satisfying and rewarding to know that I aided in their health.
I love my job and the patients I get to see and treat, as well as the relationship with the clients I get to maintain over the years.
I look forward to meeting you!
Hi, my name is Becky Charpenter. I graduated from MSB/Globe University of St. Cloud in June 2010 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. I have loved animals my whole life and knew from a young age that I wanted to work with them. After working 11 ½ years as a zookeeper, I realized I wanted to return to the Veterinary field. I joined the Pequot Lakes Animal team in July 2021 and have loved every minute of it.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family camping, fishing, and 4-wheeling. I also love spending time with my dog Poseidon, and my 3 cats: Chaos, Aris, and Thea.
Greetings everyone! My name is Britt, and my whole working life has been spent in customer service. I most recently was a barista at Starbucks for 5 years. I have wanted to work with animals from a young age, and as of August of 2021, I accomplished that goal. I can say I am excited I made this change! I leave at the end of the day now knowing I have satisfaction in what I accomplish on a day-to-day basis. I took a chance and started online college and now have this amazing job!
It is never too late to go for something new that will make you happy.
Some fun facts about me? I love to read, play video games, listen to music, go to concerts, drink coffee and tea, and to spend time with my loved ones (including my 4 fur babies)!
Hi, my name is Jessica or Jess, anything but Jessie. I was born and raised in Lansing, Illinois. I first came to Minnesota in the fall of 2019 to intern at The Wildcat Sanctuary. I have loved animals from a young age, and my parents remember me telling them when I was eight that I would make working with animals my career. I have my Bachelor’s and Masters in Biology. After working at The Wildcat Sanctuary for two years, I realized that my heart lies in the Veterinary field.
I have two dogs named Skye and Summer, and I live in Jenkins, Minnesota. In my free time, I like running, hiking, hanging out on the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
Hello! My name is Amber. I am an assistant here at Pequot lakes animal hospital. I have been working with animals since I was 13, with endurance race horses, groomed dogs, and cats, and I was lucky enough to work with exotic animals, specifically bears, and raccoons. Now I am here with all these wonderful people and their fantastic pets. I have a small zoo of my own furry kiddos. I have a horse, cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, a turkey, and micro squirrels. I enjoy riding my horse Harley and caring for my furry friends in my free time.
Hi, my name is Cortney! A little about me, I graduated from the University of Minnesota Crookston in 2018. I obtained a degree in animal science and equine science, along with minoring in agricultural business. After college, I had many great opportunities. I worked at an equine breeding facility where I got to A. I. mares collect stallions and do some embryo transfer work. At the previous vet clinic, I worked with companion animals and exotics, equine, and farm animals. I even got the opportunity to manage a cattle herd! What can I say? I love all animals of various sizes and shapes.
You can find me outside in my free time with my two dogs, Groot and Mia. I enjoy riding horses, hunting, fishing, reading books, window shopping for the next animal I don’t need, or soaking up the sun.
Hi, my name is Chandler, and I was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. I first came to Minnesota in January of 2020 as a traveling Certified Surgical Technologist in the operating rooms. When the pandemic hit, I moved here permanently and took a full-time job as a CST in Aitkin. I started looking for a change in careers at the beginning of this past summer and my love for animals led me here at the end of 2021.
Since moving here I have adopted a dog, started a family, and with that gained another pup and two of the funniest and awesome step kiddos. I’ve made friendships that will last a lifetime and some pretty cool memories as well. Life is fast-paced but, in our house, we try to live in the moment. In my free time, I love to read a crime thriller, take our dogs Ollie and Dakota for car rides, go to the arcade with the family, explore new parts of Minnesota, play volleyball, and wake surfing or anything lake related.
I’m excited to start this next phase of my life here at Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital. As soon as you walk through the doors, you can feel how awesome of an environment it is. They really are team-oriented and it and it always feels good to be part of a team.
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