Meet our Team

Ricci Kelso, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

I grew up on a farm near LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Once when I was 12, one of our cows got sick. The vet was too busy to help, so my mother and I did some of the doctoring ourselves. That was when I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with my Bachelor of Science in 1984. I completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the U of M Veterinary School in 1989. One fun fact very few people know about me is that I was born in Germany and know how to speak German.  I enjoy my job at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital because of the caring, creative and dedicated team I work with, as well as the hundreds of clients who love their pets. When I’m not at work, I love to garden, read, bike, and spend time with my family and our German Shepherd Matz.

Liz Aldridge, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

I graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. I worked in Des Moines, Iowa before moving back to the Twin Cities in 2016 where I have been ever since. I joined the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital team in 2021.  I grew up in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and graduated with honors from Iowa State University for my undergraduate degree.  I enjoy working with clients to provide high quality veterinary care to their pets and believe regular wellness care is important for pets to live long and healthy lives.  In my free time I enjoy camping, hiking, and spending time at family cabins in northern Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. My family includes my husband, Aaron, Bernese Mountain Dog, Kaia, and cat, Kika.

In Remembrance of Dr. Marcia Barck

I am a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  I enjoy working with animals of all shapes and sizes.  I enjoy small town life and am excited to be back in the area after practicing for 6 years in central Minnesota. Some of my veterinary interests include: preventative medicine, ultrasound, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, wildlife rehabilitation and rabbit medicine. When not at the clinic, I enjoy traveling, cooking, hiking, camping, canoeing, and spending time with my pets. I live in New Prague with my dog, rabbit and pigeons.

~ You will always be in our hearts ~

Michelle Marty, Certified Veterinary Technician

As a kid, my first pet was our family dog named Stripe. Stripe was a husky with a passion to run, so in the winter I would strap a harness and leash onto him, hop in the sled, and have him pull me around like a sled dog. I found so much happiness interacting with Stripe and other animals, I knew that had to be a part of my job someday. I graduated from Globe College in Shakopee in 2008 and have been here at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital ever since. As a C.V.T., I find it rewarding to help educate people so they can provide the best care for their pets. One of my favorite things about my job is my co-workers. I really like the people that I work with; we make a great team! When I’m not working, I enjoy running, biking, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, camping, and spending time with my friends and family, including my cocker spaniel Jelly.

Rose Yost, Veterinary Technician

When I was 5 years old, I knew I wanted to work with animals. I grew up on a dairy farm, where we had lots of cats that I practiced being a vet on when they were sick. Many people say I have a way with animals. I graduated from Ridgewater College in 2007 and joined the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital soon after. I love working here because of the calm and welcoming environment. One of my friends commented that bringing her animals here isn’t like taking them to a vet clinic; it’s like bringing them home. I definitely see that, and it’s one of the reasons I enjoy my job. If I weren’t a V.T., I would probably be a dog trainer because I love teaching my dog new tricks. Some of my favorite things to do include riding jetski at the lake, playing softball, and going bike riding with my 4-year-old son Andy.

Kathy Hinderscheid, Office Manager

I have always had a passion for animals since I was a kid growing up on a farm in South Dakota.  I think I am drawn to animals because their love is so unconditional. My first opportunity to work with animals became available in 1998 when I managed a boarding kennel, and I’ve had a love for it ever since. I’ve been with the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since 2006. I like working with people and their animals because it means learning something new all the time. Every day here is memorable, bringing lots of laughs, tears, and moments. My two dogs, miniature pinscher Bella and long-haired chihuahua Ollie are like children to me. If they could talk, they would say “Love you mama and everything you do for us!”

Jody Jahn, Office Manager

I have been a receptionist at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since 2011. Growing up, my first dog was Brandy, a cockapoo. He was my parent’s favorite “child.” I love my job because of the patients and their owners. Every day brings something new and different. In the past year, I’ve learned a lot about how holistic medicine complements Western medicine. One thing few people know about me is that I served in the Army Reserves for 10 years. If I wasn’t a receptionist, I would like to be a history teacher. When I’m not at work, I like to travel, go horseback riding or camping and spend time with my family and friends.

Nicole Toenies, Receptionist

I am a recent addition to the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital team. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to get to know pets and their families and helping care for their pets compassionately as if they were my own. I’ve always felt a kinship with animals and growing up, my family was never without a pet. I grew up in Minnesota and now live in rural Sibley County with my husband and our Golden Doodle “Fur Daughter”. When not working, I love to cook and watch MN Wild Hockey. I’m hoping to learn gardening this year. I also love learning about the history of this area.

Carlos Melendez-Trujillo, Vet Assistant

I grew up in Faribault, MN being the oldest of 3 kids. You could always catch me outside searching for small critters like salamanders and insects back then. Today I am inspired to be a Veterinary Technician with a special interest in parasitology and canine behavior. Working at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital is very rewarding for me as I work with fun, smart people and the cutest pets ever. Back at home I like to cook and spend time with my two dogs, Max and Pancho. In the summer I’m either gone fishing or hiking up north in the Superior National Forest.

Laura Brattelid, Vet Assistant

Growing up I knew I would work with animals. I lived on a hobby farm with cats, dogs, horses, chickens, and at one point a baby raccoon that my family rescued. I love to train animals as well. I trained a pot bellied pig to be an emotional support animal, who went to live with a young girl who loves pigs. My first job was at a mobile petting zoo, where I got to work with many different animals. I also had the opportunity to work at a dog boarding and daycare center. In high school I shadowed with the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital and I knew I wanted to work here because of how much everyone there cared about the animals and their owners. When I’m not at work, I enjoy fishing, camping, spending time with friends and family, and above all, cuddling with my “child” Roscoe who is a corgi-lab mix.

Squirt, Greeter

Hi my name is Squirt. I have been with the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since April 2005. I love people and all the attention I get from them so I am usually the first one to greet you as you walk in the door. I was found as a kitten with a broken leg by our very own Dr. Ricci. My leg was not able to be saved so I only have 3, but that has not slowed me down any. I am very talented when it comes to opening drawers to get up on the cupboards or sneak in behind them to take a nap. I also love curling up in a basket with my buddy Squeery!

Squeery, Assistant Manager

My real name is Mr. Joseph H. Squeers, but you can call me Squeery Joe. I was named after a one-eyed character in a Charles Dickens novel. As you may have noticed, I am blind in one eye but that doesn't stop me from retrieving paper balls and opening doors. I haven't completely warmed up to all the dog traffic coming and going, although each day gets a little better.

Flash, Head of Security

I have been with the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since April 2003. I am known as the Princess of the clinic and you can usually find me helping with the receptionists' duties at the front desk. But be warned: I have been known to search any bags or purses left on the front counter. You will see me "flash" to the back of the Clinic when approached by men or children because I'm so used to working with ladies.