About Us

Our mission at Summers Ridge is to provide high quality medical care in a personal, welcoming, small town environment for you and your pet. 

Summers Ridge opened in Janesville, MN in 1986 under owner and primary veterinary doctor, Troy Summers. Since then, Summers Ridge has grown into a multi-species medical practice. In 2012 Summers Ridge moved into a new facility which allowed for an expansion from 900 sq. ft. to 2300 sq. ft. This increase in space also allowed for an expansion of services and products by adding a secondary exam room, more kennel space, and a grooming room.

 

Shortly after, Summers Ridge added state of the art monitering equipment for surgeries, new digital x-rays, blood work machines, and laser therapy. These advanced veterinary technologies have allowed Dr. Summers and his staff to engineer a greater focus on small animal medicine and surgery. 

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Meet the team

Attended Southern Illinois University as a forestry major before attending the 

University of Illinois Department of veterinary medicine where he received a bachelors of veterinary medicine in 1983 and a doctor of veterinary medicine in 1985. Dr. Summers has been practicing in Janesville for over 30 years. For the last 20 years, his focus has been small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Summers two main hobbies are golfing and fishing. 

DR. SUMMERS
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Kris is graduate fo the Faribault Area Vocational Technical Institue - Practical Nursing Program. She and her husband Chuck have three children, Angie, Sarah, and Justin. She lives on a small farm where they have beef cattle, miniature cattle, goats, and pot belly pigs. In her spare time, Kris enjoys spending with with her family and dogs, Mattie, Simon, Violet, Cooper and Jonathan. 

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Nicole is a Certified Veterinary Technician and graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College. She grew up in Waseca, MN with a younger sister and several pets. Nicole currently have 3 cats (Bowtie, Velvet, and Spook) and 4 jersey wooly rabbits. In my spare time I like to go horseback riding, snowmobiling, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

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Dr. Heidi graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.  She loves all things small animal, but truly enjoys Dentistry.  She is married with three children and can be found most nights and weekends in the gym watching basketball.  Her bucket list goal is to run an event in all 50 states.

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Grace graduated Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN and received an A.A. S in veterinary technology in 2014. After graduation she did an internship at Summers Ridge Vet Clinic before she was hired to the team. She grew up on a nearby hobby farm where she cared for many different farm animals including horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, kitties and the family farm dogs. Her favorite past time is spending with family and friends. 

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Krystal is a Certified Veterinary Technician with an associate's degree rom Minnesota School of Business in Rochester in 2010. She grew up on a small hobby farm between Waterville and Elysian. She now resides on the family farm with a yellow lab Faith and two cats Charlie and Chloe. She still helps out on the farm with the cattle. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, fishing and spending time with family and friends. 

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Tishawnna graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Prior to veterinary school she attended South Dakota State University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She is originally from Pipestone, MN and grew up on an acreage there.  She enjoys working with small animals.  She also enjoys baking and spending time with family and friends in her time off.

DR. ROHLK
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This is Rachel Monson – one of the newer technicians here at the clinic. She was born and raised in a small town in Iowa. She graduated from tech school at Iowa Lakes Community College. She also has one cat, Biggie. In her free time she enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with her family and
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Missy is a Veterinary Technician who graduated from eh University of Minnesota. She has been working for Summers Ridge for 3 years. She and her husband Tom have four sons Dylan, Luke, Tyler & Hunter. They live in Waseca on a small farm and enjoy caring for a horse, mule, 6 dogs, 2 cats, a hedgehog, and 19 chickens. Missy loves hunting, fishing, reading and spending time with family and friends. She has known since she was a child that she would be caring for animals for a career.

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Rita has been working as a veterinary assistant with Summers Ridge since 2016. She was born and raised in Janesville with her four sisters. She has two dogs who she considers her kids. max is a Mastiff, Rottwiler, Lab mix and Charley is a miniature Doxie, Spaniel mix. One of her hobbies includes spending time with family and friends. She is very passionate about animals and giving her all to everything she does. 

RITA, VET ASSISTANT

See what people are saying.

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Crystal K.

Caring staff, customer focused, affordable. I bring my ten year old rescue to them and as complex as she is to care for, the staff is always kind, thorough, and understanding. They take the time to answer questions and help us feel like we're coming up with the best treatment plan for each situation, and for long term. 

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