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, mountain climbing, traveling, reading, watching movies, and working in the yard.
When not at work, Dr. Dalton shares his home with his wife, two cats named Roxy and Kyo, and Joska, a Great Pyrenees mix dog.
Dr. Dalton in the community and in the news
Dr. Zupancich has been a veterinarian at White Bear Animal Hospital for more than 20 years. She is grateful to be able to help clients with all stages of their pet’s lives and takes great pride in being considered people’s trusted family veterinarian. Her love of animals started as a child growing up on a cattle farm near Clark, SD. Little did she know that all those hours spent with the barn cats was actually training for her future career.
She earned her BA in Biology from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD in 1997 and her DVM from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Special areas of interest include geriatric pet care, ultrasonography, and feline medicine.
Dr. Zupancich is available for preventive care and medical appointments on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays and every third Saturday. She performs a wide variety of routine and soft tissue surgical procedures as well as comprehensive dental procedures on Friday mornings.
Dr. Z lives in Roseville, MN with her husband and 3 boys. She enjoys watching her boys participate in cross country running and basketball and is an active volunteer with their BSA scout troop. Her family enjoys downhill skiing and boating. She currently has one very spoiled cat named Lucy.
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).