Dr. Rick Odegard, Veterinarian
Dr. Rick Odegard graduated from Iowa State University in 1982 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He worked for a year at Forx Veterinary Clinic in Grand Forks, and then was in Williston at Western Veterinary Clinic for 2 years. He returned to Grand Forks in 1985 to purchase Forx Veterinary Clinic and renamed it Kindness Animal Hospital. He is married to Diane and they have 3 children and 5 grand children. He is a member of the AVMA and NDVMA, has served as first vice president and president of the NDVMA, and was formally a member of the ND Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for 6 years. Dr. Odegard is certified to perform TPLO surgeries and has a strong interest in orthopedic surgery as well as general veterinary medicine and surgery.
Dr. Krista Erdahl, Veterinarian
Dr. Erdahl was born and raised in North Dakota. She graduated from NDSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology before attending veterinary school at Iowa State University, where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2020. She then returned to the great state of North Dakota to start her career at Kindness Animal Hospital. Dr. Erdahl has special interests in preventative care, surgery, and feline medicine. She also plans to see exotics in the future! Dr. Erdahl strives to provide the best medical practices and care to your furry companions. When she’s not at the hospital she’s most likely watching HGTV and spending time with her fiancé Harrison, their two cats, Willow and Olive, and dog Finnigan.
Dr. Emmett LaCoursiere, Veterinarian
Dr. LaCoursiere was born in Red Lake Falls, MN. He graduated from UMC-Crookston with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2015, then attended the University of Missouri for veterinary school. He graduated in 2019 and joined Kindness Animal Hospital in 2020. Dr. LaCoursiere has a special interest in both routine and emergency surgeries. He also enjoys the work up and treatments involved with medicine cases. In his free time, Dr. LaCoursiere enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors. He is married to his wife, Eileen, and they have one spunky miniature poodle together named Pepper.
Jan Homstad, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Jan graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota (MIM) in 1973 with a certification in Veterinary Technology. Jan has been a true pioneer of veterinary technology. Jan was licensed to practice veterinary technology in 1980 (the first time the state offered veterinary technology licensing) in the state of North Dakota. She celebrated her 35 year anniversary at Kindness in July 2020. Jan is also a member of the North Dakota Veterinary Technician Association (NDVTA), where she has served as Treasurer, and was the North Dakota Veterinary Technician of the Year for 2001. She lives in Grand Forks and has kept busy with two granddaughters.
Alecia Laidley, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Alecia is originally from Grand Forks and moved to Fargo where she graduated from NDSU with a bachelor degree in Veterinary Technology. She interned with Kindness in the summer of 2006 and has been working full time as a licensed Veterinary Technician since. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her daughter Kylee.
Brianna Forster, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
Brianna started at Kindness in September 2006. She grew up in Litchfield, MN and attended Ridgewater College in Wilmar, MN where she graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She interned at Lake Region Veterinary Center in Elbow Lake, MN with an emphasis on Equine Studies. She is a member of the NDVTA. She enjoys barrel racing and spending time with her family, husband Matt, Issac, and daughter Addison.
Clarisa Albrecht, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Clarisa joined the Kindness team in June of 2017. She is originally from Pembina, ND. She graduated from Globe University in Moorhead, MN in 2017. She interned at Agassiz Animal Hospital in Park River, ND. She is a member of the NDVTA. She has a yellow Labrador Retriever dog named Ruby and a cuddly cat named Dexter. Clarisa plays softball in the summer and enjoys spending time with her family.
Sara Peltier-Pederson, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
Sara joined Kindness Animal Hospital in October of 2017. Sara is from Spirit Lake Reservation, near Devils Lake, ND. She graduated from Argosy University in 2014 and worked in the cities for a year and moved back to North Dakota to start a family. Sara is a member of the NDVTA. She loves working with small animals and exotic pets. Sara is married to her husband Matt and has two children, Ethan and Emily. She has a Bloodhound named Autumn Berry and a Goldendoodle named Ellianca.
Sarah Noss, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Sarah joined Kindness Animal Hospital in May of 2020. Sarah is from Washington State, where she went to a two year veterinary technician school, graduating in 2016. Since then, she has worked at a small animal practice for the past 4 years before moving to the wonderful state of North Dakota. She enjoys hiking with her dog Cora, riding horses, and relaxing with her other 3 pets, Winnie the Beagle and her two cats Maisy and Lix.
Lynn Pachl, Receptionist
Lynn joined Kindness Animal Hospital in 2010 as a part time receptionist after retiring from her previous job. She had been a client at Kindness Animal Hospital for more than 25 years. She is married to Jeremy and her family consists of a French Bulldog, Buzz, a Yorkie, Fred, and two adorable cats, Bob and Rocket.
Aimee Duncan, Receptionist
Aimee joined Kindness Animal Hospital in June of 2014. She was raised in Okinawa, Japan as a military dependent and has moved around a lot in her life. She is married to Lance and they have a sweet Labrador Retriever. Coming soon is their first son named Elmore. Aimee is a foodie who loves dining out at new restaurants or watching food shows, traveling to Japan to visit her family, horror movies, and spending time at the beach.
Erica, Receptionist/Vet Assistant
Erica joined the team in May of 2018 and was born and raised here in Grand Forks. She has two Labrador Retriever/German Shorthair Pointer mixes named Barney and Skagway. She enjoys traveling around the globe with her husband Zach and photography.