Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Dr. LeAnne Froese  photo

Dr. LeAnne Froese

Dr. LeAnne Froese grew up in a small farming community in Southern Alberta, Canada. It is here that her love of animals began as she became actively involved in 4-H and spent many hours training her border collie, Scooter, in agility. After graduating from high school she moved to North Dakota where she gained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Dr. LeAnne later received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University.

In 2010, she moved with her family from Colorado to Minnesota to become a part of the Pet Medical Center of Winona team. A year later, she and a friend, Dr. Deb Finnegan, purchased the practice. In 2014, Dr.’s LeAnne and Deb acquired Root River Veterinary Clinic. Dr. LeAnne and her family have grown to love Southeastern Minnesota and plan to make it their long time home. She lives with her husband Tyler, and their four children, Isaiah, Aubrey, Lander and Levi in Chatfield. They have two Australian shepherds, Cowboy and Maple, and four cats, Gabby, Hope, Bo and Twiglet. Dr. LeAnne finds the veterinary profession very rewarding as it allows her to combine her love for animals with her passion for teaching and people. Her professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry and small mammal medicine.

In her spare time Dr. LeAnne enjoys gardening, the outdoors, art projects of different kinds and spending time with friends and family.

Hospital Staff

Tyler Nielson</br> Hospital Manager photo

Tyler Nielson
Hospital Manager

Tyler Nielsen is the Practice Manager at Root River Veterinary Center. He grew up in Colorado and after graduating from high school, got a BS in Business Management from the University of Wyoming, 03′. He started working with RRVC in 2014. Tyler lives in Chatfield and is married with 4 kids: Isaiah, Aubrey, Lander and Levi. He also has 5 pets, Maple, Gabby, Hope, Bo and Twiglet. In his spare time, he enjoys history, traveling, photography and the outdoors.

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Kristin Schwier

Kristin Schwier was born and raised in Bird Island, MN, graduated from BOLD High School, and graduated from Alexandria Technical College with a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management. In 1993 she moved to Fillmore County. She joined Root River Veterinary Center in the spring of 1996.

Kristin and her husband Bob live on the family farm outside of Fountain were they raise Registered Hereford cattle, pigs and also crop farm. They raised three kids on the farm, Alex & his wife Audrey, live in Plymouth, MN . Alex is a recruiter for the US Army.  Clay & his wife Julia own a horse farm in Salem, Missouri and have two kids Lia and Lane. And Emilee is teaching 3-4 year old preschool at Harmony Kids. To keep life exciting they  have a 2 year-old Lab x Golden Retriever named Beckett and two outside cats, Bonnie & Clyde.  In their free time, Bob & Kristin enjoy traveling to see their grandkids, camping, spending time at their lake home and riding 4-wheeler.

Amanda Mueller-Specht  photo

Amanda Mueller-Specht

Amanda joined Root River Veterinary Center in July 2017 as a Veterinary Technician. Amanda lives in Lanesboro, MN with her daughter “Toots” and their 2 cats; Lavender & Dahlia, and 2 dogs; Zeus & Jake. When not at work Amanda’s time is filled with playing with “Toots”, reading, hanging out with friends, and just enjoying life.

Root River Veterinary Center
212 St. Anthony Street South
Preston, MN 55965

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

Phone:  (507) 765-2117
Fax: (507) 765-2118


Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed