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Meet our St Joseph Veterinarian Team
Dr. Thomas Carlson
Dr. Tom grew up on a farm in Chokio, Minnesota. In 1989 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Since then he has worked at the Cold Spring/St. Joseph/Paynesville Veterinary Clinic. His professional duties have always included all species of animals: large and small.
He lives on a hobby farm with horses, sheep, cats, chickens, etc. In his spare time he and his family produce pure maple syrup every spring. He gardens a lot during our short growing season and goes fishing way less than he ought to.
Dr. Dennis Bechtold
Dr. Dennis grew up on a dairy farm in St. Joseph. He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. He has been with the Cold Spring/St. Joseph/Paynesville Veterinary Clinic since 2007. Dr. Dennis' professional interests are small animal medicine, ultrasound, and dentistry. In addition, he enjoys avian and exotic medicine. He lives in the Richmond area on a hobby farm with his wife Rachel, who is a Certified Veterinary Technician, and his 2 sons. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and their two German Shepherds - Sarge and Tank. In addition they have many other pets including cats, a cockatiel, chickens, peafowl, emus, goats, a rabbit, a tortoise, and many others. He also enjoys gardening of all types.
Dr Traci Diggs
Dr. Traci grew up in Virginia and Nebraska. She worked as a surgical technician for 10 years while taking classes at University of Texas, Brownsville before applying to vet school. She graduated from Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.
Dr. Traci has worked with the Cold Spring/St. Joseph/Paynesville Veterinary Clinic since June of 2002. She works with small animals with a special interest in soft tissue surgery. Dr. Traci volunteers at the Tri-County Humane Society weekly, performing spays and neuters.
Dr. Traci lives in the country with her three dogs(Nellie, Pearl, and Turtle) and a small herd of cats.
In her spare time she likes to travel, read, and cook.
Dr. Kathy Jorgensen
Dr. Jorgensen graduated from North Dakota State University in 1991 with her BS in microbiology and from the University of MN Veterinary School in 1995. In 2011, she completed her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of MN. Dr. Jorgensen achieved diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2011. She has an interest in canine and feline preventive medicine and food safety issues. She is also a member of both state and federal disaster response teams and is active in agricultural disaster preparedness and response. She and her husband Tim live on a dairy farm in rural St. Cloud along with their Border collie, Alice, cats, and chickens.
Dr. Christina Mattson
Dr. Mattson grew up in Apple Valley, MN. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Claremont Mckenna College in California and received her DVM from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, IA. Dr. Mattson's professional interests include feline medicine, small animal dentistry and dermatology; as well as companion exotic medicine including birds, reptiles and pocket pets.
Dr. Erica Mortensen
Dr. Erica grew up in Brainerd, MN. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Her professional interests include small animal ophthalmology, neurology, and dentistry. She currently lives in St. Cloud with her chihuahua, Taz. Outside of veterinary medicine she enjoys playing tennis, fishing, and reading.
Dr. Carrie Cremers
Dr. Carrie grew up on a farm in Elrose, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Her professional interests include bovine medicine, surgery and reproduction. Carrie lives with her husband, Andy and their dog Sammy by Albany, MN. In her free time Carrie enjoys playing sports, traveling and helping her husband on his dairy farm.