Lewiston, MN

Our Veterinary Team

Meet the wonderful veterinarians and staff of Lewiston Veterinary Clinic. We take great pride in providing excellent care for your pets!

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Brett Flathers Bio

Dr. Brett Flathers

Veterinarian
University of Minnesota,
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Flathers specializes in companion animal medicine and surgery. He has a special interest in orthopedics.

Brett grew up in Worthington, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989.

Brett enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife, Laura, and children, Kaitlyn and Ryan.

They have three poodles named Percy, Roo, and Charlie, and three cats; Sassy, Scruffy, and Scamps.

Dr. John Fritts Bio

Dr. John Fritts

Veterinarian
Iowa State University

Dr. Fritts specializes in Dairy medicine and companion animal care. He has always enjoyed solving problems and working with animals and people, which is why he pursued veterinary medicine.

John grew up in Dixon IL and graduated from Iowa State University in 1997 with a D.V.M. degree.

John and his wife Tessa have 3 children; Kendra, John, and Logan along with their 3 legged cat Schemo.

Dr. Sara Hoge

Dr. Sara Hoge

Veterinarian
University of Minnesota,
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Hoge provides companion animal and production animal care in Lewiston, as well as companion animal care in Eyota.

Sara grew up in Aitkin, located in central Minnesota, on a 50 head cow/calf beef farm where she became interested in veterinary medicine. Sara graduated in May 2017 from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

When not working, Sara enjoys being active outdoors including: camping, hiking, running, recreational sports, and hunting. She also loves hanging out with her family, friends, and a dog named Tette.

Dr. Karen Lorch

Dr. Karen Lorch

Veterinarian
University of Minnesota,
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lorch has been working with dairy cows and goats, small ruminants, and companion animals with Lewiston Veterinary Clinic since 2005. She is accredited with the Food Armor program and has been implementing this information with our dairy clients. She enjoys being an active part of her client’s farms and helping them care for their animals.

Karen grew up on a beef and swine farm near Dodge Center, MN. She was involved with 4-H & FFA for many years and still enjoys helping with these organizations.

Karen and her husband, Tobin, live on a hobby farm near Lewiston. She is the proud mother of 3 children; Carter, Audrey & Madisen. Her family owns an array of goats, beef cattle, chickens, barn cats, and rabbits. She also owns an intense German Shepherd Dog named Herbie. Interests outside of work include: her family, volunteering at church & school, raising and showing Boer and Nubian goats and Mini Rex rabbits.

Dr. Kathryn Murphy Bio

Dr. Kathryn Murphy

Veterinarian
University of Minnesota,
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Murphy’s interests in veterinary medicine are dairy medicine and beef production and she also enjoys working with companion animals.

Kathryn grew up in the suburbs of Massachusetts and as such is a huge fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. She became interested in dairy cattle and agriculture through her local 4-H club when she was younger and then pursued that interest as an Animal Science major at the University of New Hampshire.

Kathryn attended the University of Minnesota for Veterinary School and graduated in May 2014. Although her love for animals initially attracted her to veterinary medicine, she really enjoys working with producers and pet owners.

Kathryn and her husband Jordan live on a dairy, beef, and crop farm. They have 2 energetic Australian Shepherds, Mila and Clyde, and a cat named Ronda. Interests outside of work include hiking, baking, and visiting her family out East.

Dr. Michelle Sweeningson

Dr. Michelle Swenningson

Veterinarian
University of Minnesota,
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Michelle graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She has been with Eyota Veterinary Clinic for several years providing care for our companion animal patients. Dr. Swenningson is the proud mother to 2 young children. Her hobbies outside of veterinary medicine include: camping, fishing, and riding ATV’s.

Aliyyah

Dr. Aliyyah Noel

Veterinarian
Cornell University,
College of Veterinary Medicine

Originally from Faribault, Minnesota, Dr. Noel rode horses and helped on the farms of various family friends growing up. She became interested in production medicine early on during her time in veterinary school. Dr. Aliyyah Noel earned her veterinary degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Since then, she has enjoyed providing companion animal and production animal care in Lewiston.

When she isn’t taking care of her patients, Dr. Noel enjoys spending time friends and family, camping, and hanging out with her horse. She thoroughly enjoys experimenting with new sewing projects and recently began to embroider as well.

Dr. Noel is looking forward to meeting all our wonderful clients and patients. She will be available for appointments in July and cannot wait to provide you with the exceptional care you have become familiar with receiving from Lewiston Veterinary Clinic!

Meet Our Friendly Clinic Staff

Natalie Johnson Bio
Natalie Johnson, Practice Manager
Natalie started at the practice in October 2021. She has her B.S. in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin Stout, her Associate’s degree in Marketing from Western Technical, and she also received an Event Management Certificate from the University of San Diego. Her hobbies include boating, hiking, camping, hockey, and being an Uber driver for her children. She has a pet Border Collie named Berry, a Catahoula Leopard named Lou, a Lovebird named Lovie, and a Bearded Dragon named Zoomer.
Abby Ehlenfeldt Bio
Abby, Certified Veterinary Technician
Abby is one of our technicians who joined the LVC team in 2016. She grew up around Altura, Minnesota. She attended Rochester Community and Technical College and graduated in the spring of 2016 with an associate in applied science degree. Abby did her externship here at the clinic in the summer of 2015. Abby and her husband Josh enjoy walking and biking with their dog, hunting, and hanging out with family. They have a poodle named Archie and a kitty named Annie.
Andie, Veterinary Technician
Andie, Certified Veterinary Technician

Andie is a veterinary technician who joined our team after interning in the summer of 2018. She grew up in Onamia, a small town located in central Minnesota, and now lives in southwestern WI with her boyfriend and their three dogs.
Andie graduated from UW-River Falls in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Veterinary Technology. She also graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College in the spring of 2019 with an associate’s in applied science for veterinary technology. Outside of work, Andie likes to spend most of her time outside doing activities like: hunting, fishing, camping, and playing with the dogs. Andie works with clients and patients in both our Lewiston and Eyota locations.

Elizabeth Lewis Bio
Elizabeth, Certified Veterinary Technician
Elizabeth started at the practice in March 2019. She received her BA in Biology, and Associates of Applied Science in Vet Tech. Her hobbies include redesigning her camper, cuddling with her pets, and taxidermy. She has a dog, a cat, sugar gliders, and a hognose snake.
Hannah Duncanson Bio
Hannah, Certified Veterinary Technician

Hannah is one of our technicians who joined the LVC team in 2016. She grew up in Dakota, Minnesota. Hannah attended Rochester Community and Technical College and graduated in the spring of 2016 with an associate’s in applied science. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys horseback riding, walking her pet goats, and hanging out with friends. Hannah is a proud mom of a golden retriever named Jayda, a cocker spaniel named Margo, and two kitties named Karen and Simon.

Kayla Paulson Bio
Kayla, Certified Veterinary Technician

Kayla is one of our veterinary technicians who joined the LVC team in 2017. She grew up in Chatfield, Minnesota. She graduated from North Dakota State University with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in veterinary technology in the fall of 2016. Kayla and her husband Alex have a busy border collie named Saige. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys reading, running, and horseback riding. Kayla works with clients and patients in both our Lewiston and Eyota locations.

 Ashley, Veterinary Technician
Ashley, Veterinary Technician
Ashley is a veterinary technician who joined our team after interning in the summer of 2018. She grew up in Rose Creek, MN, and graduated from the Large Animal Veterinary Technician program at NICC in December 2018. In her spare time, Ashley likes to read, work on Endro race cars, and spend time with her livestock (show cattle, horses, and goats). She has a dog named Sarge. Ashley works with clients and patients in both our Lewiston and Eyota locations.
Karli, Veterinary Technician
Karli, Veterinary Technician
Karli is a veterinary technician that joined our team in 2017. She works with clients and patients in both our Lewiston and Eyota locations. Karli lives on a dairy farm in Altura. She attended Rochester Community and Technical College and graduated in the spring of 2017 with an associate’s in applied science for veterinary technician. In her spare time, Karli enjoys showing dairy cattle, horseback riding, and photography. She has two barn cats, Jackie and Junie. Karli works with clients and patients in both our Lewiston and Eyota locations.
Karli, Veterinary Technician
Brianna, Veterinary Technician

Brianna is a veterinary technician that joined our team in March of 2022. She attended Rochester Community and Technical College and graduated from the vet tech program. In her spare time, Brianna enjoys hobby farming, hunting, and going out on the river. She has six dogs: Nova (Belgian Malonios), Sadie (Golden Retriever), Cabella (Chocolate Lab), Benelli (German Shepherd), Tessa (Great Pyrenees), and Hudson (Boz Shepherd); six cats: Blizzard, Cricket, Turbo, Willow, Elliot, and Mazie; along with goats, rabbits, ducks, and cattle.

Jennifer Holets, Veterinary Assistant
Jennifer, Veterinary Assistant
Jennifer started her career at the practice in October 2021. In her free time, she enjoys camping, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, and anything else that is in the outdoors. She has a dog named Paisley and a horse named Lilly
Sabrina Hammel Bio
Sabrina, Veterinary Assistant

Sabrina started at the practice in October 2020. She studied at Dover – Eyota High School. In her free time, she likes reading, ATV riding, and fishing. She is married to Phillip, has a daughter named Kaydence, and a cat named Junior.

Tracy Clouter Bio
Tracy, Receptionist

Tracy is our receptionist and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Waseca. She came to the Lewiston Veterinary Clinic in 1990 as a veterinary technician.

Tracy and her husband Dana live on a hobby farm. They have two sons, Shane and Cody. Tracy is very involved in 4-H, raising goats, chickens, and beef cattle. Tracy also volunteers on the Winona County Fair Board.

Jerry
Jerry, Facilities

Jerry is the gentleman that keeps the clinic spic and span! Jerry has been with the clinic for 25+ years. He does an absolutely wonderful job keeping the clinic in order and keeping us girls orderly. We can’t thank Jerry enough for all the hard work he does behind the scenes at the clinic.