Meet Our Team at Mille Lacs Veterinary Clinic Large Animal Haul-in Facility

Our Large Animal Haul-in Facility is staffed with a team of compassionate veterinarians and support staff to meet the needs of your small pet or large animal. Read their bios to learn more about them. And when you're ready to meet them in person, give us a call at (320) 968-6677!

Large Animal Doctors

Dr Rachel Baniecke

Dr. Rachel Baniecke

Dr. Rachel Baniecke grew up in Forest Lake, MN, and currently lives in the Hillman MN area near the rest of her family. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University in 2017. She then attended Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2022. She joined Mille Lacs Veterinary Group as a mixed animal doctor in July, 2022, working primarily at the Foley location. She has a golden retriever (“Harley”) and a cat (“Arthur”). She loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoys being on the lake, hunting, fishing, snowboarding and hiking.
dr alicia murphy

Dr. Alicia Murphy

Dr. Alicia Murphy grew up in Carthage, New York and graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2019.   Before that she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from State University of New York at Geneseo in 2015. Dr. Murphy is a large animal doctor with a particular interest in production animal medicine (including dairy cattle, beef cattle and small ruminants) and cattle reproduction. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her husband Tom, be outside, particularly for biking and hiking. More indoor hobbies include reading and cooking.

dr christopher nord

Dr. Christopher Nord

Dr. Nord joined the MLVC Milaca clinic in 2002 and became a co-owner in 2007. He received his BA in biology from St. Olaf College and is a graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Nord works primarily on large animals but enjoys spending his free time with his wife; two children; their dogs, Eddie and Lena; and cat, Socrates, at home. His special interests lie in bovine and equine herd health, preventative medicine, and surgeries.

Dr. Amanda Polipnick

Dr. Amanda Polipnick joined the Mille Lacs Veterinary Group in 2022. She grew up in Milaca and she received her Bachelors in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota. She then graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. Amanda is a mixed animal doctor whose professional interests include surgery, behavior, preventative medicine and equine lameness. In her free time, she enjoys reading and exploring the outdoors with her husband, her three standard poodles, and her horses.

Certified Veterinary Technicians



Brandi is a large animal technician who joined the Foley clinic in July 2018.  She is from Wisconsin where both her grandparents were farmers.

She graduated from Kirkwood Community College in Iowa with an Associate of Arts degree (emphasis in Horse Science) and an Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Her favorite animals are dogs and horses and her interests include behavior & nutrition. She lives with her dog Riley, and cat Irish. Her hobbies include spending time outdoors, reading, baking, & video games.



Katie is the large animal veterinary technician with the Milaca and Foley clinics. She received her BS degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2006, and has been a die-hard Golden Gopher all her life. She completed an AAS degree in veterinary technology in 2011 from Argosy University and joined MLVC that same year after obtaining her veterinary technician certification. When she is not working with the “big guys,” Katie spends time with her Australian Kelpie, Aberdeen; her cat, Belle; and Shetland pony, Rusty. She also loves spending lots of quality time with her little nephew, family, and friends; as well as reading, music, and being outdoors.

Customer Service Representatives



Megan is a receptionist at our Large Animal Haul-in facility. She joined MLVC in 2010. Megan grew up on a farm and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys working with all of her co-workers and the wonderful clients at MLVC.