Dr. John W. Baillie
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. Noemi Plantz
University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Madison, 2009
Dr. Plantz has been associated with Cedar Pet Clinic since 2000, when she started work in Animal Care at the south Minneapolis location. “I lived a block away from there, and got off the bus right by the clinic every day. One day I just stopped in to volunteer, and they were hiring. I cleaned kennels, held patients, and did feeding and cleaning for boarding animals.” Dr. Plantz decided on a veterinary career at a young age, when she spent a summer bottle-feeding a litter of orphaned kittens. “My first cat, Tiger, was one of those; I had him for 19 years.” Dr. Plantz speaks on veterinary careers and exotic species care to vet and pre-vet students at the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has a particular interest in veterinary dentistry. She has two cats, "Cupcake" and "Roosevelt".
Dr. Kirstin Keller
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
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.