Dr. Gregg Sonstegard
Chief Race Veterinarian,
Dr. Gregg Sonstegard is a mixed animal veterinarian practicing in West Central Minnesota. He owns his own practice and enjoys working with both large and small animals. He is a member of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association, and he has been involved with the North Star Sled Dog Club Races, Red River Sled Dog Derby, the White Oak Race, the Voyageur Classic, the John Beargrease, and the Iditarod. He enjoys meeting and working with the town’s people, the dogs and mushers, and fellow veterinarians. When he has the time, he likes to hunt, snowshoe, and winter camp.
Dr. John Reichert DVM
Dr. John Reichert graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He enjoys spending time with his family, which includes Cathy, his wife, and his 2 children Katie and John Jr. In his spare time he enjoys hunting and sled dog medicine. Every year he goes up to the Iditarod to work with the sled dogs that run the race. The White Oak Sled Dog Race committee and mushers are very happy that he is making time to support the White Oak race just before he heads to Alaska for the Iditarod!
Dr. Katie Baratto
Dr. Katie Baratto graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and practices at the Garrison Animal Hospital in Garrison, MN. She has been doing the veterinary work with Dr. Debbie Eskedahl for the Mid MN dogsled race since she was 16. In addition to typical veterinary work, Dr. Katie enjoys working with exotic pets (birds, reptiles, pocket pets) and is a DNR and USFW licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Owls and black bear are her favorite wild animals to treat. Katie loves to fish, garden and snowshoe with her husband Kendall and six year old daughter Addie Lu.
Dr. Kendall Sawyer
Dr. Kendall Sawyer graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and practices at Animal Care Center in Baxter, MN. He has been part of the veterinary team for the Mid MN dogsled race since 2008. He enjoys orthopedic and dental work as well as any kind of surgery. Kendall loves to deer hunt, fish and spend time on the north shore with his wife Katie and six year old daughter Addie Lu.