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. In 2014 she and her husband purchased Root River Veterinary Center.  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 an Australian shepherd named Maple and 3 cats, Gabby, 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 preventative care.


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 Nielsen</br> Hospital Manager photo

Tyler Nielsen
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 4 pets, Maple, Gabby, Bo and Twiglet.  In his spare time, he enjoys history, traveling, photography and the outdoors.

Kristin Schwier  photo

Kristin Schwier

Kristin was born and raised in Bird Island, MN. She graduated college with a degree in Hospitality. In 1993, she moved to Fillmore County and made it her home. She began working for Root River Veterinary Center in the spring of 1996.

Kristin and her husband Bob live on a farm outside of Fountain where they raise Registered Hereford and Angus cattle, along with crop farming. they raised three kids on the farm. Alex is in the US Army, married to Audrey. Clay is a welder, married to Julia they have two kids, Lia and Lane. Emilee is an early childhood teacher, married to Justin, and has a daughter, Marlow.

With the kids gone, four-legged kids have taken up residence. Beckett, Bob's farmhand and "lap dog" is a lab x golden retriever, Frankie a spunky little house kitty and Bonnie & Clyde, outside farm cats in charge of security and vermin control.

Kristin enjoys being a grandma most but also enjoys traveling with their camper, spending time at their lake home and riding a 4-wheeler.

Amanda Mueller-Specht  photo

Amanda Mueller-Specht

Amanda joined Root River Veterinary Center in July 2017 as a Veterinary Technician/Assistant. Amanda lives in Lanesboro with her significant other, Tony and her daughter Camilla. Amanda seems to have compiled an array of animals throughout the years and has collected some more along the way while working here at RRVC.


When not at work, Amanda enjoys reading, taking long drives to wherever she lands, playing with her daughter and watching her grow into her own little self and just being around people/animals who make her world whole and happy.

Carrie  Tatum, CVT photo

Carrie Tatum, CVT

Carrie joined the RRVC team September of 2022. She grew up on a farm in Northeast, Iowa where she was an officer and showed animals in FFA and 4-H. After high school she traveled to and lived in Tennessee and Mississippi. Carrie and her husband now call Southeast Minnesota their home. They have an acreage together with a variety of animals including a cat Bynx, 3 dogs Zara, Millie, and Atlas, a grade quarter horse Ciro and a Mustang Galilee. Carrie is a Certified Pharmacy Technician and a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at NICC and completed her internship at Iowa State University Veterinary Medical Center. She is a program advisory board member for the Production and Companion Animal Veterinary Technician Program. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, riding horses, and spending time with her animals, family and friends.

Johanna  Lubke, CVT photo

Johanna Lubke, CVT

Johanna grew up in Ridgeway, IA on her great grandparent’s farm where she raised and showed bottle calves, sheep, milk goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and dogs at the local county fair through 4-H. Currently, she has three Australian Shepherds; Louie, Gypsy, and Willow. She graduated from Dordt College in Northwest Iowa with a degree in Animal Science in 2018. In 2022, she graduated with an associate degree in Production and Companion Animal Veterinary Technology. Johanna joined RRVC as a Certified Vet Tech in October 2022. In her free time, Johanna likes to take walks with her dogs, garden, lift weights at the gym, and work on house projects with her fiancé on their early 1900s fixer upper

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