Meet our Wonderful Staff!

At Otter Lake Animal Care Center, we pride ourselves on our knowledgeable, dedicated, compassionate, and hard working employees that are always willing to help in any way possible.

Dr. Wayne Scanlan, DVM

My name is Wayne Scanlan and my hometown is Williston, North Dakota. I graduated from the University of Minnesota DVM in 1975 and have been actively practicing since. I have three dogs whos names are Ursa (Boxer), Zora (Boxer) and our newest addition Zeus (French Bulldog). In addition to my dogs, I have Thoroughbred Race Horses that run both locally and nationally.  ​

I decided to become a Veterinarian as a young boy after watching Veterinarians working on our farm animals on our ranch in North Dakota. I came to Minnesota to go to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  While in college, I realized I much preferred working with people and their pets.  That led me to stay in the Twin Cities upon graduating in 1975. I have worked as a small animal Veterinarian in the White Bear Lake/Hugo area since getting my degree.

My interests include Orthopedic Surgery and working with breed rescue groups.  I reside in Hugo with my wife and our dogs.  My son, Tyler, is attending St. Cloud State working towards a degree in Psychology and Film Making.

I look forward to working with you closely to obtain your pets healthy life!


Dr. Benjamin Sweers, DVM

Originally from Britt, Iowa, Dr. Ben attended Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, and earned his Associate of Arts degree. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. He then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 2000. Since then, Dr. Ben has gained extensive experience in areas of emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. Dr. Ben previously owned Scott Lake Veterinary Center in Prior Lake, MN from 2004-2016 and served as medical director until June of 2019. During these years, he grew to appreciate his unique ability to connect with families and their pets. 


Dr. Ben started at OLACC in 2019. Since then, he has become an integral member of the team. Dr. Ben also owns and practices at Montgomery Animal Hospital in Montgomery, MN. 

When not working and away from the office, Dr. Ben enjoys watching the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings, spending quiet time at the river cabin, and traveling with his family. Married to wife, Julie, they live on a hobby farm with their children, Jadyn and Tyler. 


Mollie Fisk, Office Manager/Vet Technician

Mollie joined OLACC in 1996 and since then she has been keeping the clinic running smoothly. Mollie loves all animals and has a wonderful Rottweiler named Diamond and a pug named Ellie. She really enjoys all the interaction – whether with clients or all the animals – and she is always interested in hearing what you think can make the clinic a better place to bring your animals to.

Mollie has two beautiful children, Luke and Gabi with her husband Cory. Their loving family resides in North Branch with their wonderful cat, Ceaser.


Cambria U., Veterinary Assistant

Biography coming soon


Mia O., Veterinary Assistant

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Ashley B., Veterinary Assistant

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Emily T., Veterinary Assistant

Emily joined OLACC in May of 2019.  


Lorena S., Veterinary Assistant

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Kendra R., Veterinary Assistant

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Natalie F., Veterinary Assistant

Natalie has been a part of the OLACC team since October 2019. She started working behind the scenes as a kennel attendant and has now started working as a receptionist and vet assistant. 


Outside of working at the clinic, Natalie enjoys spending her free time camping and attending barrel races with her horse, Dallas. Natalie plans to attend Dakota County Technical College in Fall of 2021 to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology.


Ava B., Veterinary Assistant

Ava joined the OLACC team in August of 2018. Her love for animals began at a very young age. Ava enjoys spending her free time with her horses, Blaze and Sunny at
Dr. Scanlan's boarding facility in Hugo.  She also enjoys traveling with her horse Sunny to barrel races. Working at OLACC has given Ava a new passion for small animals.


Marie C., Groomer

Biography coming soon


Grace G., Veterinary Assistant