Our Doctors
Dr K and LenaDr. Kate Knutson is a 1996 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include dentistry, oncology, dermatology and behavior.

Dr. Knutson’s dental practice has been featured in industry publications such as Veterinary Practice News and Trends magazine. She is a frequent speaker on veterinary dentistry and other topics both nationally as well as locally on KARE-11 and Fox 9 TV, and is an author of the American Animal Hospital Association Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. Dr. Knutson receives referrals from all over the Midwest for advanced dental work.

Dr. Knutson has served on the Board of Directors of the American Animal Hospital Association and was elected that group’s president for the 2013-14 term. She has also served as the president of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics and Chair of the Pet Nutrition Alliance, an international group dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of proper pet nutrition.

She is the proud mom of several four-legged children.

Informative articles by Dr. Knutson:

Dr BDr. Steve Barghusen is a 1994 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. As a student, he was awarded the Caleb Dorr Medal for graduating first in his class. After graduation, he pursued advanced training in companion animal medicine and surgery at the Cornell University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Ithaca, New York.Dr. Barghusen is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specializing in canine and feline practice. As of 2018 there are only 3 practicing ABVP Canine/Feline specialists in the state of Minnesota. Dr. Barghusen’s professional interests include ophthalmology, internal medicine and laser surgery.

In addition to practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Barghusen is an attorney concentrating on issues that affect pets and their people. His main legal interests include how the law views animals, and how people can provide for the ongoing care of their pets via wills and trusts.

Dr. Barghusen lectures and publishes papers and articles on medical, ethical and legal topics. He is also a participant in the University of Minnesota’s Community Practitioner training program for veterinary students.

He is the proud dad of several poorly behaved cats and dogs and a very cute tree frog.

Some of Dr. Barghusen’s articles:

Dr Jamie Lynn SolgatDr. Jamie Lynn Solgat is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. You may recognize her from her 10+ years at Pet Crossing before graduating vet school. She was an international scholar at Cambridge University’s Department of Veterinary Medicine in the summer of 2018 and is an active member of the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners). She is currently an ABVP (American Board of Veterinary Practitioners) resident under Dr. Barghusen, specializing in canine and feline practice.

Dr. Solgat’s other professional interests include internal medicine, oncology, and pain management. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and teaching the students that come through Pet Crossing, just as she did.

In her off time she can be found spending time with her fire fighter husband Ed, her cats, Madame Marie Purrie, Colonel Cornelius, Henry McCabe, her dog Bella Lynn, reading lots of books and crafting.

Be sure to follow Madame Marie Purrie on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/madamemariepurrie/?hl=en

Dr JDr. Abbie Janisch is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. You may recognize her from her years as a veterinary assistant before attending veterinary school.

Throughout veterinary school, Dr. Janisch was an active member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. She completed many dentistry-related externships at various animal hospitals, including internationally at the Federal University of Parana Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Janisch enjoys everything from new puppy and kitten exams to chronic disease management and quality of life care. She is an active member of the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners) and has a passion for animal behavior and the prevention and treatment of dental disease. She is interested in specializing in small animal dentistry in the future.

Dr. Janisch and her husband share their home with two dogs, Mandy and Mogley, and two cats, Minnie and Maximus. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching Wisconsin sports teams, and taking on too many DIY projects around the house. She is very excited to be a part of the Pet Crossing team once again, and looks forward to helping beloved pets to live a happy and healthy life!