Freeport Veterinary Service

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EXPERIENCE/STAFF

Dr. Tom Czeck

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Czeck graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Animal Science, and a minor in Economics. And from the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine


After graduation he spent 2 years working as a dairy veterinarian in Chino, California working with herds ranging from 500 to 3200 cows. Missing home, he came back to Minnesota working for a mixed animal practice and as a consulting veterinarian for Select Sires before settling in at Freeport Veterinary Service.


Tom is married with 4 children, and is living on his home farm where they raise Red Angus cattle and Saanen dairy goats.

Because the family is active in 4-H, the farm also has horses, rabbits, chickens, and ducks. He spends his spare time farming, hunting and fishing. 

Dr. Steve Baldwin
Veterinarian

My name is Dr. Steve Baldwin and I graduated from Delaware Valley University of Doylestown, PA with a BS in Animal Science, then from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  My clinical, and final, year of schooling took place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I took full advantage of being in ‘America’s Dairyland’ and loved every minute of it.  I grew up on a small Holstein dairy farm in northwest New Jersey, but once I discovered the Midwest, I knew it was where I belonged.  My areas of interest circle around improving the dairy industry, such as calf health management, transition cow assessment, and cow comfort.

Outside of work, my wife, Brittany, and I enjoy exploring the great outdoors. We love hiking and camping in the warmer months, and snowmobiling in the winter. We are always looking for new state parks and trails to venture to. Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Tanner, loves to get out into the wilderness just as much as we do. One hobby that I am trying to perfect is home brewing. I have made a few batches in the past, but I am currently working on creating my own recipes. These hobbies, as well as gardening, woodworking, and small engine repair are of interest to me and I hope to further pursue them in the near future.

Dr. Keith Yorek
Veterinarian

Dr. Yorek was born and raised 3 miles north of Bowlus, MN, where his parents, Ken and Brenda (Wensmann) Yorek milked 65 cows. Growing up him and his siblings were fortunate to rent a neighbors dairy barn that they housed and milked 35 cows in for 5 years. They combined herds with their parents in 2010 where they are now milking 220 cows.

He attended the University of Minnesota, Crookston where he received a bachelors in Animal Science in 2016, and moved on to Veterinary School at the University of Minnesota, in which he graduated in May of 2020. His areas of interest include Dairy records analysis, development of partial budgets, calf health management and ventilation.

In his spare time he enjoys four wheeling, restoring old vehicles, hunting and fishing. He is also an avid Minnesota sports fan. When time and whether allows he and his wife,Danielle, also enjoy horseback riding with family and friends.



 

Melissa Czeck

Practice Manager, Veterinary Technician

Melissa attended the Medical Institute of Minnesota to receive an AAS degree as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Before coming to Freeport Veterinary Service in 1999 she worked at a mixed animal practice and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association as a coordinator for the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, an "all-hazards", "all-emergencies" volunteer responder program, working primarily with planning should there ever be a nuclear release from our nuclear plants. Melissa is married to Tom and has 4 children. She breeds and shows Saanen dairy goats, both locally and nationally and loves to help the kids with their never ending 4-H projects. She volunteers with Stearns County 4-H and the Minnesota Dairy Goat Association.

Kelly Burg

Receptionist

Kelly has been a receptionist with Freeport Veterinary Service since 2011. . Her family includes her 3 children Tyler, Shelby and Justin. Her free time is spent taking walks, reading books, fishing … anything outside.

Diane Herkenhoff
Receptionist