Dr. Alicia Wisnewski
Dr. Wisnewski is a 2000 graduate of Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Lidgerwood, she completed her undergraduate requirements at NDSU. She additionally, completed a month long course in traditional Chinese therapy & acupuncture at Beijing Agricultural University in Beijing China in 1999. After graduation, Dr. Wisnewski worked in a high volume mixed-animal practice until 2009. She attended NAVC Post-graduate Institute in 2004 for ophthalmology.
In 2009, Dr. Wisnewski accepted a position as the Resident Veterinarian for the Minnesota School of Business (now Globe University) Veterinary Technology Program in Moorhead in. She spent 3 years overseeing animal care & teaching at the college. During this time, she worked on developing her start-up practice.
In August of 2012, Prairie Winds Veterinary Center opened. Dr. Wisnewski is the sole owner in the practice.
Dr. Wisnewski has a special interest in ophthalmology, nutrition, dentistry and high risk anesthesia. She enjoys soft tissue surgery, pain management, diagnostic medicine, and behavior. She has a wealth of experience in canine, feline, and equine medicine. Dr. Wisnewski enjoys meeting clients and tailoring care to the needs of the pet and the family. She has been asked to speak at numerous events including the North Dakota Veterinary Technician Association, West Fargo Women's Conference, and surrounding colleges and high schools. Most recently, Dr. Wisnewski became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.
Dr. Wisnewski and her 3 children live in Casselton with their cat Chester and their French Bulldog, Stitch. She enjoys numerous outdoor activities including horseback riding, fishing, basketball, running, swimming, and kick-boxing. Any activities with her kids are favorites though. She coaches youth basketball in Casselton. Dr. Wisnewski is also an accomplished pianist. She regularly plays at St. Leo's Parish, accompanies the United Singers Cantata group, soloists at Central Cass School, and performers for the Casselton Summerfest Variety Show. She has a love for music, art, reading and writing. Dr. Wisnewski is a farm girl at heart and loves any time that she can get to the farm and enjoy an early morning ride in an old pickup truck through the countryside with a hot cup of coffee. Ranger rides, bonfires and backyard cookouts with friends & family are a favorite way to spend an evening or weekend.
Dr. Dan Burchill
Dr. Burchill graduated in 1994 with his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University. He practiced in a mixed animal practice for 19 years and was part owner for 16 years.
His professional interest for the past years has been referral surgery. Especially taking on procedures that are complicated involving any skeletal structure of the dog or cat. He completed his TPLO certification by Slocum Animal Foundation, Inc. in September 2008 and has done numerous surgeries annually since. He has also completed continuing education on minimally invasive joint surgery and arthroscopy which supports his interest in orthopedics. Dr. Burchill also owns his own traveling surgical service, Burchill Surgical.
Dr. Burchill has been recognized nationally for work on "Corky the Cat" a rescue from Cats Cradle in Fargo, ND. Networks across the United States and around the world reported on the young cat. After performing surgery for a joint deformity "Corky" was eventually able to move about normally.
Another main interest for Dr. Burchill is ultrasound. In the fall of 2010 , he completed courses in cardiac and advanced abdominal ultrasound at the Academy of Veterinary Imaging.
Dr. Dan lives in Kindred with his family and they have 3 dogs, Finnegan, a miniature Goldendoodle, Jax, a Great Dane, and Jeter, a German Shorthaired Pointer.
Dr. Dave Calderwood
Dr. Calderwood grew up on a dairy farm in Crary, North Dakota. He attended school at NDSU for his pre-vet studies and got his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 from Iowa State University. He practiced in Wisconsin for 3 years before moving back to North Dakota. Prior to working at Prairie Winds, he worked at Enderlin Veterinary Clinic and Casselton Veterinary Clinic.
In 2007 he developed a strong interest in small animal dentistry. In 2021, he got his Veterinary Dental Practitioner Achievement through International Veterinary Dental Institute (IVDI). He currently sits on the board of directors for IVDI and helps teach practitioners around the world dental surgical extractions. He also teaches dentistry part time at South Dakota State University to second year veterinary students.
He is past president of the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association, was the delegate to the AVMA, and was awarded Veterinary of the year by his peers.
Dr. Calderwood is married to his wife, June, and they have 3 children and two granddaughters. They enjoy spending time at the lake in the summer and playing on the water, and in the winter, they enjoy family time in the mountains skiing and snowboarding. Other activities include motorcycling, going to Bison football and volleyball games, and woodworking.
Dr. Lacey Carlson
Dr. Carlson grew up in central Minnesota and currently resides here in Fargo.
She received her Bachelors degree in Equine Science from NDSU. From there she went on to complete her Veterinary degree at Colorado State University. While in Colorado, she took a course through Cure Core to become certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. Most recently, she completed an animal chiropractic care course through Options for Animals and was further certified through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Lacey loves being able to help animals and their humans. She particularly enjoys being able to help educate clients and likes the bond she builds with them. She has interests in Dentistry, Alternative/ Holistic Medicine, and equine work.
At home she has a demanding cat named Waylon and a horse named Rowdy.
In her spare time she can be found riding horse, biking, camping, or doing some archery.
Dr. Eric Kaufman
Dr. Kaufman grew up in Casselton, ND. He went to NDSU for undergrad and studied Biochemistry and Microbiology. He graduated from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After working at various clinics in Central and Northern Minnesota he moved back to Fargo in 2012 and started veterinary relief services. He worked as an emergency veterinarian and general practitioner until 2022 when he joined the Prairie Winds Veterinary Center team. Most of Dr. Kaufman's career has been focused on urgent care, emergency/critical medicine, soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery and ophthalmology.
Dr. Kaufman has always been drawn to animals and has found a deeper connection to people through helping their pets. He is on the autism spectrum which has made awareness of mental health his primary focus every day. Because of this Dr. Kaufman advocates for wellbeing and mental health in the veterinary profession.
Dr. Kaufman lives in Fargo with his wife and soulmate Arelle, their two kids Archer, the gamer and imagineer like his father and Emberleigh who they call the beast, she is strong and powerful like her mother. They have 2 cats, Sunna a dilute tortoiseshell, daylight appears to be her enemy, she can be found under the bed and Loyly a tortoiseshell, a walking nightmare who seems to be a combination of all their cats before her. Their 2 dogs Aecho an Australian Shepherd, who never sleeps in fear he will fail to alert of the coming apocalypse and gets mad at 2-dimensional animals on television and Greta a Field Spaniel who's a love tank, she looks at Aecho in adoration and likes punching mom and dad for attention.
Outside of work and his immersion in his children's imaginations, building pirate ships, princess suites and gaming rooms, tinkers with woodworking, Dr. Kaufman can be found on his PC. He likes to game, a lot. He is a rehabilitated bibliophile. He currently imagines himself getting back into cycling and triathlons. He is involved in veterinary wellbeing programs and suicide prevention in the veterinary profession.