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From left, Dr. Bill Isaacson and his niece Dr. Barbara Lester in the operating room of Isaacson Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Lester joins Isaacson Veterinary Hospital

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By Nick Longworth

Dr. Barbara Lester, Isaacson Veterinary Hospital’s newest veterinarian’s goal was always to come home eventually.

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But she had a career path she had to pursue first.

The Nevis High School graduate went away to the Twin Cities and graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.

She then worked at an animal hospital in Jordan for nine years. But she always kept an eye on her home.

Her uncle, Bill Isaacson, had begun to start to wind down into a retirement phase of his career (he started Isaacson’s Veterinary Hospital in 1970). This past June, Lester officially joined Isaacson’s staff.

“It was the plan since I left for Vet school; it just took a little longer to get here,” Lester said.

Lester will slowly begin to take hold of the entire hospital in the fall (after she recovers from the birth of her third child) while Isaacson will be focusing solely on larger animals and then begin to phase into retirement fulltime.

With her acquisition, the hospital has also made some equipment upgrades to handle soft tissue surgeries, spaying and neutering, advanced dentistry, digital x-raying and in-house chemistry lab.

“We want to offer more services for animals that have specific needs. A lot of new equipment will allow us to do that,” Lester said.

“I like to focus on preventative care for pets. I’d like to provide a service to people to help their pets stay healthy.”

Lester said long-time customers could expect slight price increases in services rendered due to equipment and overall service upgrades.

However, long-term customers can also expect the same level of experience they have always received.

“There are many new people in the area and sometime people don’t know who to go to (for veterinary services),” Isaacson said. 

“Some people have been coming to us for 40 years, so that says something.”

“It’s always been my goal to come home, and finally we were able to make it happen,” Lester said.

Isaacson Veterinary Hospital can be reached at 732-4544.

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Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
(218) 732-3364
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