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Meet Our Team


Dr. Kirsten Frederickson, Veterinarian

Dr. Kirsten Frederickson has been practicing with Sunrise Equine since she graduated from the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Dr. Frederickson took over ownership of Sunrise Equine in 2012. Dr. Kirsten owns a Percheron/Morgan gelding named Bachelor. In addition to spending time with her horse, Dr. Kirsten enjoys spending time at the gym, playing with her two dogs, and vacationing with her husband and teenage son. Dr. Kirsten has taken a special interest in lameness, podiatry and chiropractic.

Dr. Michelle Wiberg, Veterinarian

Dr. Michelle Wiberg has been an associate equine veterinarian with Sunrise Equine since early 2013. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and completed a 1 year internship with Stillwater Equine following graduation. Dr. Michelle owns two Arabians and boards two others on her small hobby farm in North Branch. Dr. Michelle enjoys riding and showing her horses at local Arabian and open shows as well as trail riding. Her and her husband own a German Shorthair Pointer that her husband hunts and Michelle shows in AKC events. Dr. Michelle enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary medicine and surgery.

Dr. Jill Deets, Veterinarian

Dr. Jill graduated from the University of Minnesota – College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 where she pursued an equine medicine track. She then completed a yearlong internship at the Stillwater Equine Clinic in Stillwater, MN. After her internship, she joined an equine practice as an associate practitioner in northern New Jersey for 1.5 years before returning to her home state of Minnesota to join the team at Sunrise Equine in February 2019. Throughout her experiences, Dr. Jill has developed special interests in internal medicine and ophthalmology. In her spare time, Dr. Jill enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning about history, reading, running, and traveling when she can.

Dr. Kate O'Conor, Veterinarian

Dr. Kate joined the Sunrise Equine team in October of 2020. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010 and completed an internship and residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota as well. She went on to also complete a master’s degree focused on llamas and alpacas. She has developed special interests with infectious diseases, gastrointestinal problems, such as chronic diarrhea, ophthalmology, and metabolic disorders.
Dr. Kate grew up riding in a variety of English disciplines, and is again looking forward to getting back into it now that she has moved out of the city. She lives in North Branch with her son and their pet sheep named Turkey. Together they enjoy hiking, riding bike, and are currently working on training Turkey to carry a pack!

Jeremy Frederickson, Practice manager, Technician

Jeremy Frederickson joined the Sunrise team in early 2013. He has taken on the many rolls including practice manager, laboratory technician, veterinary assistant, and grounds keeper. In his free time Jeremy enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his dog “Dude” and wife. In this picture, Jeremy is giving one of our larger patients “a shoulder to lean on".

Desirae, Office Manager

Desirae started with Sunrise Equine in July 2014 as a full time receptionist. She graduated in 2007 with an Associates of Applied Science degree. Both her love for animals and opportunity landed her here at Sunrise Equine. You can often find her and her little dog "Bella" in the clinic. Her favorite things to do are snowmobiling, camping, four wheeling, fishing and traveling (always looking forward to the next adventure)!

Robyn, Receptionist

Robyn has been with Sunrise Equine since February 2008 as a part-time receptionist. She has an AAS degree and works full-time as a lab tech at a hospital, but she loves horses and her work here at Sunrise Equine so she mainly works Saturdays and fills in when she's able. She enjoys spending time with her young son and extended family, being outside, and trail riding with her horse.

Elizabeth, Veterinary Assistant

Elizabeth Started working with Sunrise Equine as an assistant in March 2016 but has been cleaning the barn and stalls since 2012. She has been around horses all of her life and has several of her own. She attended the MN horse training academy and does a little training on the side.

Mackenzie, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Mackenzie started with Sunrise Equine in June 2016 as a part time receptionist. She is currently enrolled in online college for her veterinary technician degree. She has always had a passion for animals, especially horses, so when the opportunity came up it was a no-brainer! In her free time she enjoys hunting, being outdoors, and hanging out with friends. She enjoys trail riding her 2 Kentucky Mountain geldings.

Angie, Veterinary Assistant

Angie started working for Sunrise Equine as a veterinary assistant in March 2018. In her spare time she enjoys reading, crafting, riding the family horses, dog training and pampering her cats.

Cheyenne, Veterinary Assistant

Cheyenne was introduced to horses by a close family around the age of 12. She took lessons off and on and at the age of 16 she got her first horse. Cheyenne brought her horse to college with her. She attended University of WI, River Falls and got really interested in the medical side of the horse industry. She wanted to work with a veterinary clinic who strives for the best care of a horse which brought her to Sunrise Equine in March 2019. She enjoys hiking with her dog, teaching riding lessons, and riding with her friends.