Meet Our Doctors

Dedicated to your pet’s health.
Dr. Paula Schanck

Dr. Paula Schanck

Retired Veterinarian/Owner

Dr. Schanck and her husband Craig opened Southfork Animal Hospital on April 10, 1989. They moved to our current location in 2003. Completed her undergrad at the Univeristy of Wisconsin – River Falls. She received her DVM from the University of Minnesota. Her professional interests include skin and ears, as well as caring for cats. Dr. Schanck and Craig have been married for 32 years. They have two children, a cat – Oliver, and a dog – Casey.

Welcome to our practice!

“You will not find an animal hospital more focused on animal and customer care than we are.”

Dr. Katherine Belisle

Dr. Katherine Belisle


Dr. Belisle completed her undergrad and DVM from the University of Minnesota. She joined the SFAH team in July, 2000. Dr. Belisle’s professional interests include exotic medicine: treating birds, reptiles, and pocket pets. Dr. Belisle and her two daughters share their home with 5 cats, 2 dogs, 3 birds, and fish. She enjoys gardening, jewelry making, and alternative healing.
Dr. Erin Wrecza

Dr. Erin Wrecza


Dr. Wrecza received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 2003. She previously worked as a veterinarian in St. Joseph, MN. Her special interests are feline and canine medicine, as well as surgery and dental procedures. She lives with her husband, three children, and Decorah (“Cora”) the Bernese Mountain Dog.
Dr.  Lucy  Hancock

Dr. Lucy Hancock


Dr. Hancock completed her undergrad at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. She received her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 2018. Dr. Hancock did an externship with Southfork Animal Hospital during her clinical rotations and officially joined the SFAH team in June 2018. Dr. Hancock’s professional interests include geriatric medicine, pain management, and hospice/palliative care, as well as exotic medicine. Dr. Hancock and her husband have two dogs – Roxy and a corgi puppy named Gertie and two goats – Freddy and Mabel. Her hobbies include spending time outdoors and being with family and friends.

Dr. Nason

Dr. Nason


Dr. Nason is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, she actively practiced as a certified veterinary technician in small animal private practice. Her passion and commitment to patient care and public health lead her to pursue medical school. She has special interests in preventive care, feline medicine, dentistry, behavior, and public health. She is married and the besotted pet mother to a Yorkshire terrier, Ruger, and four Netherland dwarf bunnies – Eli, Faith, Elizabeth, and Cami! When she is not practicing medicine, she is an avid reader of mystery and fiction, a budding quilter, and an enthusiast for all things outdoors. She looks forward to meeting and partnering with you on your pet’s healthcare needs.

Dr. Talia Schmidt

Dr. Talia Schmidt


Dr. Schmidt completed her undergrad and DVM at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to Southfork, she worked in North St. Paul at a small animal private practice. Her professional interests include canine/feline preventative medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry. Dr. Schmidt and her husband have one very spoiled tortie cat named Clementine. She enjoys reading, traveling, caring for her plants, and spending time on the lake!

Providing exceptional care since 1989.

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17445 Kenrick Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044
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Mon: 8 am - 6 pm
Tues: 8 am - 6 pm
Wed: 8 am - 6 pm
Thurs: 8 am - 1:30 pm; 3 pm - 6 pm
Fri: 8 am - 6 pm
Sat: 8 am - 12 pm
Sun: Closed

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Phone: 952-892-7970
Fax: 952-892-7781

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