Our Veterinarians

Dr. John W. Baillie

Dr. John W. Baillie

Veterinarian - Medical Director, Team member since 1973
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, 1972

Dr. Baillie, he says, is "still in his first job", Cedar Pet Clinic; he is the co-founder of Cedar Pet Clinic in south Minneapolis, and the founder of Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo. Dr. Baillie has been the president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and in 2015 was named the state Veterinarian of the Year. He is active in many professional organizations, and a supporter and mentor to young professionals. Dr. Baillie is a regular lecturer at the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine, for the Minnesota Medical Association, and other organizations. He provides free care for nursing home companion animals and is the kennel veterinarian for the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club. The Baillie family owns a cat named "Wheezy", a rescue who started life with respiratory problems, and now lives with the Baillie family.
Dr. Kirstin Keller

Dr. Kirstin Keller

Veterinarian - Team Member since 2006
Ross School of Veterinary Medicine, North Brunswick, NJ, 2014

Dr. Keller was first associated with Cedar Pet Clinic in 2005 as a veterinary assistant. Knowing that she wanted to further her career in veterinary medicine, she attended veterinary school and is a 2014 graduate. Dr. Keller loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a special passion for senior wellness and pain management--incorporating rehabilitation and acupuncture into comprehensive senior care. When she is not working in the veterinary capacity, she enjoys baking, crocheting, and relaxing with her “fur family”--two rescued Coconut Retrievers, “Bruce” and “Clark”, and cat, “Spud”.

Dr. Samantha Lucchesi

Dr. Samantha Lucchesi

Veterinarian - Team Member since 2019
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, 2018

Dr. Lucchesi joined the Cedar Pet Clinic team in 2019. She has a background in equine medicine and is interested in geriatric care and surgery. Dr. Lucchesi loves to make connections with our clients and the wide variety of species she is able to care for on a daily basis. Her beloved pets include two black cats, "Rocco" & "Gouda", a corn snake called "Groot", a ball python named "Moscato", and a horse who goes by "Gus". Outside of work, she enjoys horseback riding, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

After-Hours Emergencies

After Hours Veterinary Care
1014 Dale Street North
St. Paul, MN 55117
(Inside Como Park Animal Hospital just north of downtown St. Paul)
24-hour care for multiple species

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1163 Helmo Avenue N
Oakdale, MN 55128


Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1542 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55012
(located 2 blocks east of 35E)