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About Us

We're here for you and your pet

Thank you for considering Northwoods Animal Hospital as your trusted veterinary partner. We look forward to meeting you and your furry family members. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to contact us. Your pet's health and happiness are our top priorities.

Meet Dr. Mary Wictor

Dr. Mary Wictor

Dr. Mary grew up in a smaller town in Southern California.  She completed a BS at California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, in Animal Science/Pre-Vet. From there, she received a DVM from the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.   After graduation, she completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine/Surgery.  She also has additional training/continuing education in dentistry and behavior issues in dogs and cats. One thing that makes her unique is that she provides experienced veterinary care to exotic animals.  She has USDA/APHIS accreditation and holds memberships in several specialty veterinary associations, including AAFP.


Dr. Mary moved to Duluth to work in general practice in 1994.  For ten years, she also provided veterinary services for the animals at the Lake Superior Zoo, along with the Great Lakes Aquarium for eight years.  She left private practice for a time and worked at Animal Allies Humane Society for five years.  She missed working with owners and their pets and decided to return to private practice in 2013.


Her love for building relationships with pet owners and their animals led her to open her own practice.  This allowed her to develop an amazing team of people in the clinic to help her carry out her vision of helping owners and providing the best health care possible for their pets.  Dr. Mary has over 30 years of experience as a veterinarian.  She enjoys surgery and dentistry, and seeing exotic pets, including small mammals, reptiles, and birds. 


In her free time, Dr. Mary loves reading - especially mystery and science fiction novels.  She has done stained glass for years and has taught classes, as well as designing and building custom pieces.  She also enjoys walking in the woods with her friends and family. One thing most people don’t know about Dr. Mary is that her favorite animal is the lion.  

Meet the Team


Jennifer Emig

Practice Manager

Jennifer started her career as a veterinary technician, where her passion for animal care and welfare took root. Over time, she transitioned into the role of a veterinary practice manager. This shift allowed her to utilize her skills in caring for animals, leading a team, and managing the intricacies of a veterinary practice. ​ In this fast-paced environment, her strengths lie in effective communication, strong leadership, and the ability to adapt seamlessly to changing situations. These qualities have been instrumental in providing quality care to our furry friends and maintaining a well-functioning practice. Outside of the veterinary world, Jen enjoys quality time with her family, embarking on new travel adventures and taking her dogs for hikes or walks. She is also an avid football fan, and when she is not cheering for her favorite team, you might catch her fishing or relaxing at her cabin retreat.


Kelsey Hill

Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey Hill has embarked on a dynamic journey in the veterinary field, accumulating over 2 1/2 years of hands-on experience. Kelsey graduated high school and later on earned an Associate of Arts and Science degree from Lake Superior College. While she obtained certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) during college, her passion lies in veterinary medicine. Her unwavering passion lies in caring for others and striving for excellence in her daily tasks, demonstrating a commitment to providing top-notch service in the veterinary field. In addition to her veterinary accomplishments, Kelsey holds a first-degree black belt—a proud milestone in her career. This achievement reflects her dedication and discipline in endeavors beyond the veterinary realm. Beyond her professional pursuits, Kelsey finds joy in cooking, creating art, collecting vintage cookbooks, and indulging in quality time with her family. An avid cat enthusiast, she takes delight in spoiling her feline companions.

Amber Kinzel

Amber Kinzel

Veterinary Technician

Amber is a dedicated and experienced veterinary technician with over 14 years of hands-on experience in animal care. She began her journey at Duluth Business University, where she pursued her passion for working with animals. She is committed to providing top-notch care to our furry friends. As a seasoned veterinary technician, her expertise lies in proficient animal handling and ensuring the well-being and comfort of the animals under her care. ​ Outside of work, Amber is passionate about anything animal-related and enjoys hiking, spending quality time with friends and family, and exploring new places through travel. Amber is primarily known for her dedication to animals; there are some fun facts you might not know about her. She is a proud pet parent to five adorable companions - Wishbone, my loyal American Pitbull Terrier, and four lovely cats named Tucker, Juno, Gertie, and Bert.


Brianna Olson

Veterinary  Assistant

Brianna Olson is a seasoned veterinary professional with a dynamic background and a commitment to animal welfare. Commencing her career as a veterinary assistant at Animal Allies, Brianna swiftly demonstrated her versatility by transitioning from the adoption staff to the medical department. This early experience laid the foundation for her exceptional customer service skills and her extensive expertise in working with dogs in both clinical and shelter settings. After this initial success, Brianna further honed her skills as she embarked on a new chapter at Pet Care of Duluth. Starting as a receptionist, she seamlessly transitioned into the role of a veterinary assistant, spending the last five years devoted to the well-being of the Twin Ports pet community.  ​ Outside of work, Brianna is an avid enthusiast of music concerts, dancing, movies, vintage fashion, Pin Up Culture and video games.

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