Dr. Art Rutscher
Dr. Art is a graduate of Stillwater High School. After high school, he attended University of Minnesota where he completed his undergraduate degree and earned his DVM in 1987.
In 1994, Dr. Art opened the At Home Animal Clinic in Stillwater, MN. He opened the Somerset Animal Hospital in 2008.
Outside of work, He runs marathons and half marathons, including 10 consecutive Reggae marathons in Jamaica. Dr. Art and his wife, Carol, have 7 children and 13 grandchildren! They also have 3 dogs and 4 cats to keep them company at home and in their cabin in Hayward.
Dr. Sadie Sandstrom
Dr. Sadie grew up in rural Ellsworth, WI, where she spent most of her days playing doctor to her family's pride of barn cats, dogs, and occasional calves. Starting at young age, Dr. Sadie knew she wanted to provide care for animals and help the families that love them. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin-River Falls and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota.
Over the years of handling animals, Dr. Sadie has learned how each one is different, which has led her to strive to make veterinary visits for her patients, especially felines, less stressful for them and for their families. Discussing early detection of diseases while helping clients provide a good quality of life at home for the pet is important to Dr. Sadie. Also, being able to help our furry friends pass with dignity and respect when it is time is right is also very important to her.
The best thing Dr. Sadie loves about being a doctor at Somerset Animal Hospital is educating clients while providing a safe and comfortable environment for pet owners to express their concerns and to discuss difficult decisions. Of course, Dr. Sadie loves when clients show off the new tricks their pets have learned!
Dr. Sonja Wiersma
Dr. Sonja graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2005. Afterwards, she attended Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, and received her DVM license. Dr. Sonja’s special interests include behavior, surgery, dentistry, pain management, and preventative medicine.
Like most in veterinary medicine, she loves animals, but Dr. Sonja's inspiration came from when she took her first cat to the vet's office. At the age of 7, she remembers how the veterinarian took time to answer all of her questions about Tootsie. Even though Tootsie didn’t make it through his illness, she will never forget the care and compassion the vet gave to her and Tootsie. Dr. Sonja wanted to make the difference for others the way he had for her.
Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, gardening, and reading. She shares her time with husband, Brent; dog, Booth; cats (Munchkin and Tristan); and lots of chickens.
Dr. Katherine Brauer
Dr. Katherine grew up in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree, Animal Science, from the University of Minnesota. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinicals at the University of Minnesota in 2020.
Her areas of particular interest in veterinary medicine are surgery, dentistry, and preventative medicine.
She has two long-haired cats and one dog, a border collie named Salmiakki. In her free time, Katherine enjoys cross-stitching, crochet, and spending time with family and friends.