Meet The Team

Dr. Melissa Schaal

Owner & Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Melissa Schaal

Owner & Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Melissa Schaal graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 1992. She began her career as a mixed animal practitioner, which means she’s had the pleasure to work on a variety of animals big and small, including ostriches, rabbits, and llamas, among others.

At Lake Pepin Pet Clinic, Dr. Schaal focuses mainly on companion animals such as dogs and cats but she maintains a strong interest in exotic animals.

Dr. Schaal is happily married with two boys. Rocky, the family dog, is a energetic part of the family and thinks he should be able to go everywhere. When not caring for animals, Dr. Schaal and her family keep active in the community, as well as with school activities and their church.

Dr. Chris Schlesser

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Chris Schlesser

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Chris Schlesser was raised in Dubuque, IA and graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She previously practiced in Cedar Rapids, IA.

She loves caring for companion animals and seeing them through all phases of life.


Dr. Schlesser is married with two children. She has a fuzzy mutt named Burbot and a spotted cat named Halibut. She loves to garden, paint, hike, and fish.

Jenn Befort

Certified Veterinary Technician

Jenn Befort

Certified Veterinary Technician

Jenn Befort, Certified Veterinary Technician, graduated from Argosy University in 2002. She has been a dedicated employee at Lake Pepin Clinic & Hospital since October 2002.

Jenn grew up with pets surrounding her. She enjoys caring for and spoiling animals. Marley, her Dachshund mix, loves to hike with Jenn and even goes kayaking! Pippa, another Dachshund mix, is more interested in snuggling. Jenn’s love of animals is evident in the care she takes in her patients; always treating each one with the care she gives her own pets.

Kaylyne

Receptionist & Vet Assistant

Kaylyne

Receptionist & Vet Assistant

Kaylyne joined Lake Pepin Pet Clinic in October of 2020 as a Receptionist and Vet Assistant. She was a stay-at-home Mom for five years to her twin boys before joining the Lake Pepin Pet Clinic team and has always had a love for animals.

Kaylyne and her husband have two dogs, Echo, who is a Husky, and Blu, who is a Black Lab, plus a cat named Mattis. She grew up in Lake City and currently resides here with her family.

"Dr. Melissa and her staff are the best!"

- Lisa P.