Kathryn M. Otto, DVM
Dr. Otto grew up on a family dairy farm in eastern Wisconsin. Her great, great grandfather moved to the homestead farm in the 1850s, and it remains in the family today. Surrounded by animals, Dr. Otto always wanted to be a veterinarian. Even at a young age, she confidently stated that she was going to be a veterinarian when she grew up. Since there were essentially no female veterinarians at that time, this career goal was usually met with considerable skepticism. Not deterred, she practiced her skills on animals around the farm with many barn cats sporting makeshift bandages.
Fortunately, times and attitudes change. After graduation from the University of MInnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Otto and her husband Tom Whitten (also a veterinarian) moved to the Glenwood City area where they were both associated with the St. Croix Valley Veterinary Clinic. Her husband was a partner in this practice and Dr. Otto was an associate veterinarian in the Baldwin office.
In 2010 Dr. Otto began working at Bobtown Pet Clinic. She purchased this practice in 2011. She has special interest in skin diseases and behavioral medicine. Dr. Otto is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practicioners and the Northwestern Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association. She frequently attends conferences and seminars in order to stay well informed and to keep the practice updated with the latest information and technology.
Dr. Otto and her husband still live in the Glenwood City area in the same farmhouse they moved to right after graduation from veterinary school. They have three adult children. Their current “animal kids” include two fainting goats Ozzie and Iggy. Interestingly, neither goat has ever fainted. They also have a miniature donkey named Winston, a dog and a cat. Willie is a rescue bull terrier. An escape artist, he was on his way back to the animal shelter when Dr. Otto adopted him. He is a huge softy and specializes in sleeping. It is hard to know how he ever mustered enough energy to escape. Sneakers, the cat, was also adopted from a family that could no longer keep her.
When she is not at work, Dr. Otto enjoys gardening. She has extensive perennial flower border gardens at her home. She also enjoys researching family genealogy, travel, reading, being a show horse mom and fly fishing with her husband.
David Lindquist, DVM
Medicine has always interested Dr. Lindquist. Initially, he planned to become a human medical doctor. While attending the University of Chicago, he worked in a lab at the U of C Hospitals and discovered he did not like the hospital atmosphere. He really missed working with animals. Therefore, he chose veterinary medicine.
Dr. Lindquist's family has been in St. Croix County for generations. In 1984 his family purchased the Baldwin farm where his father grew up. Dr. Lindquist graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School, then from the University of Chicago followed by the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Initially he planned for a mixed animal practice but soon found canine and feline medicine interested him the most.
After practicing for eight years, Dr. Lindquist enrolled in a one year emergency and critical care internship. He married his wife, Cheryl, just prior to the internship. They decided not to pursue further advanced training and returned to Baldwin and private practice.
In 2007, Dr. Lindquist opened Bobtown Pet Clinic. After hard work to meet the strict standards, he and his staff were accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association in the spring of 2008.
Dr. Lindquist finds private practice very rewarding. The variety of patients and cases is endless. Surgery is one of his favorite parts. He still finds it amazing that he can do invasive surgery and the pet returns to normal in such a short time. Continuing education is another highlight of veterinary medicine. He loves learning new things and putting them into practice.
Since finishing the internship, Cheryl (who is from Roberts) and Dr. Lindquist have settled into their Baldwin home and have been blessed with three daughters. After 15 years together, he lost his first dog Penny (his first anesthesia patient that he adopted from the Humane Society) in 2008. As hard as it was to not have a dog in the house, they waited to adopt Maggie Mae from Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin until 2010. She is an incredibly sweet, older girl with very bad knees due to cruciate disease. In 2011, they rescued a second dog, Lily, from South Metro Animal Emergency Care where he works part time. She is a little, white, fluffy ball of energy that is likely part Maltese. Lily tries to run the house. He also has two turtles (Cheri and Tortuga) that you can meet when you visit the clinic.
In his spare time he enjoys time with family and friends, photography, cooking, gardening, reading and playing piano. Designing and building woodworking projects and other maintenance projects can occupy him for long periods. Dr. Lindquist is active in the local chamber of commerce, drives for the St. Croix County Veterans Services Office and is the 2015-2016 president of the Roberts Lions Club.
Around the clinic Dr. Lindquist can be found doing the majority of the facilities care, writing the newsletter and keeping up the Facebook page. He also does the majority of the computer maintenance. He claims these responsibilities are fun and help keep his career interesting.
Nicole Oman, CVT
Growing up on a hobby farm in New Richmond, Wis., Nicole was surrounded by animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, sheep, pigs, ducks and geese. She brought many of these animals to the St. Croix County Fair while in 4-H. Dedication to the animals' care on the farm started Nicole down the veterinary path.
After working for a few years after high school and attending some college, she felt adrift. With support from her parents and husband, she finally decided to pursue her veterinary dreams. She graduated from Argosy University with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2007, after completing her internship at the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Medical Center. There were many exciting cases at the center, like the boat propeller accident and the injured raptors in the Raptor Center.
After working at a small animal clinic in Baldwin, she joined Bobtown Pet Clinic as a Certified Veterinary Technician in September 2011.
Her husband, Andy, is an electrician and they live in Hammond. They have three “boys.” The first, Cody, is a Labrador mix adopted from Second Chance Rescue. He is definitely the (95 lbs) apple of their eye! Next is Charlie, an orange-striped cat that only loves his mom and grandpa. And finally Monty, a very plush gray and white cat that enjoys playing balance beam on the second story banister—just to scare his mom!
Involved in all aspects of the clinic, Nicole especially enjoys surgery, radiography and dentistry. She loves being part of an AAHA certified practice, because the clinic has the highest standards and patients get the utmost quality of care.
When she’s not working, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family at the cabin, cooking, gardening, reading, and home improvement projects.
Theresa McRae, CVT
Theresa is originally from Mondovi, Wis. She has been a Certified Veterinary Technician here at Bobtown Pet Clinic since the spring of 2009. As a full time technician, Theresa helps take of all aspects of care for our animals and their owners. While she likes all areas of veterinary medicine, she really enjoys surgical anesthesia and emergency medicine.
Theresa earned her degree as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2000 from the Bel-Rea Intstitute in Aurora, Colo. She completed her internship there at Alemeda East (the filming site of ANIMAL PLANET’S TV series ‘Emergency Vets’). Theresa was actually involved in the filming of a few of their episodes back in 2000 and can be seen holding animals for procedures and radiographs…but don’t blink too fast because you may miss her. Theresa said it was a neat experience to see some of the remarkable cases, including open heart surgery on a golden retriever puppy.
After graduating, Theresa moved back to Wisconsin and continued to pursue her passion in the small animal field. Theresa has eight years of full time experience in emergency medicine and critical care, working at P.E.T.S. in Greeley, Colo., for a year and the Animal Emergency & Referral Center in Oakdale and St. Paul, Minn., for seven years.
Theresa currently lives in New Richmond with her husband, Seth and two sons. She's always had love for animals and would bring home sick or hurt pets from the farms where she milked cows. She also grew up with lots of cats and dogs, as well as riding horses. Theresa’s pastimes include camping and fishing with her family as well as boating, volleyball, riding her horse ‘Bacardi’ and just spending time with her friends and family. When asked about her job, Theresa said she loves her job and "feels rewarded everyday with the quality of care and compassion and great caregivers we have here at Bobtown Pet Clinic.”
Deanna Sebion, CVT
Deanna grew up around a variety of animals on a hobby farm in Baldwin. Throughout childhood she loved watching their many cats, cattle, sheep, dogs and goats receive veterinary care. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Argosy University in 2008. Since that time she has become certified, has worked with wildlife and exotic species, and in small animal practices. She moved back to the area after living in Minneapolis for several years to become a member of the Bobtown staff.
Deanna is kept very busy with Milo (her toddler son), Dibbles (a petite, female, tabby-cat), and Seagoon (an especially spirited labradinger). Deanna has always loved helping animals. She loves all types of animals and working in an environment that helps them feel their best.
Tortuga and Cheripaxa
These guys are our resident greeter turtles. Dr. Lindquist acquired them in 1994 after a Wild, Exotic and Zoo Animal Medicine conference that the UW-Madison hosted. They are believed to be Melanistic Sliders.
Tortuga (Tortu) is the friendly one and would gladly follow you around for a walk. Cheripaxa (Cheri) is a bit shy, but warms up to you pretty quickly!