Dr. Dalton was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky surrounded by dogs, horses, snakes, turtles and whatever else he and his two brothers could catch. He earned his first bachelor’s degree in Geology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1985.
His first, second and third careers involved outdoor education, environmental consulting and contract archeology. For a final career path, he discovered veterinary medicine because it combined his love of animals, science, problem solving and helping others.
To qualify for veterinary school, he earned his second bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Louisville in 1993. Dr. Dalton graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul in 1998 and has been employed at White Bear Animal Hospital since 1999. Dr. Dalton proudly purchased White Bear Animal Hospital in January of 2010.
Areas of veterinary interest for Dr. Dalton include pain management, dentistry, behavior, practice management, client education and community outreach.
When outside of the veterinary hospital, Dr. Dalton enjoys indoor rowing, scuba diving, triathlons (swimming, biking and running), mountain climbing, traveling, reading, watching movies, working in the yard and keeping up with his three children.
When not at work, Dr. Dalton shares his home with his wife, three children, three cats named Roxy, Kyo and Calypso (Caly), and Joska, a Great Pyrenees mix puppy.
Dr. Dalton in the community and in the news
Dr. Zupancich grew up on a farm near Clark, South Dakota, where she was active in 4-H and spent many hours playing with the dogs and barn cats. She knew going into college that she would like to work in the medical field, but did not decide on veterinary medicine until her last year at Augustana. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1997, then went on to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, earning her DVM in 2001. She has been proud to be a part of White Bear Animal Hospital since June of 2001.
Dr. Zupancich currently sees appointments at our veterinary hospital four days per week as well as every third Saturday. Her special areas of interest include feline medicine and ultrasound diagnostics. Dr. Zupancich lives in Roseville, Minnesota with her husband and three boys.
On her days off she stays busy at home caring for her kids. Her hobbies include bike riding, boating, downhill skiing, cooking and reading. Her pets include two beagle mixes named Snoopy and Woodstock.
Dr. Sarah Prochnow grew up in Dellwood, MN and has always loved animals. For her undergraduate studies, she attended Drake University and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. She knew that she wanted to go into the sciences and has always enjoyed studying biology, but she did not decide on becoming a veterinarian until her final year at Drake. She decided to attend the University of Missouri for veterinary school and earned her DVM in 2014.
She joined the team at White Bear Animal Hospital in 2020 and is excited to be back in the White Bear Lake area. Her interests include internal medicine, emergency medicine, and preventative care.
When not at the clinic, she lives with her young daughter. She has a terrier mix named Star and a cat named Ghost. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, traveling, craft projects and listening to podcasts.
Dr. Mikayla Nicklay grew up on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota where she spent much of her time caring for horses, sheep, and the occasional barn cat. She originally directed her studies toward large animal medicine after completing her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science through University of Wisconsin-River Falls. After a year of veterinary school, she decided to focus exclusively on small animals and graduated from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2020. After graduation, she completed a year-long small animal rotating internship focused on internal medicine, surgery, and emergency veterinary care.
Mikayla is the newest member of White Bear Animal Hospital and is eager to serve such a wonderful community. Professionally, Mikayla has a special affinity for preventive medicine and caring for geriatric patients.
To unwind after a busy week, Mikayla enjoys spending time with family at the cabin, boating, and hiking. Her fur family includes a Lhasapoo (Fletcher), a Labrador (Murphy), and a cat (Percy).