Meet the staff

Owner/Veterinarian

  • Dr. Terry Rapacz

    Dr. Terry Rapacz grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, about 8 blocks from Apache Animal Hospital. He attended St. Charles grade school and De La Salle high school. Dr.Rapacz graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1965 with a degree in microbiology and in 1969 with his degree in veterinary medicine.

    Dr. Rapacz married his wife, Carol, between his junior and senior years of veterinary school. After graduation, he practiced in Madison, WI for a year then moved to California and practiced there for 4 years. After returning to Minneapolis, he worked as a Relief Veterinarian for 12 years, during which time he started the first emergency veterinary service which grew into the Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service.

    Dr. Rapacz became a partner at Apache in 1989 and after Dr. Hilgren retired in 1994, he became the sole owner.  In 2002, he expanded the hospital and also added boarding and grooming services. He currently works part-time as he looks toward retirement.

Veterinarians

  • Dr. Kathy Cleary

    Dr. Cleary graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She is married and has 2 daughters plus a menagerie of pets including: Pickle, a Quaker parakeet; Abbikadabbi, a guinea pig; Gesundheit (Guzy) an orange tabby cat; and Cupcake a yellow lab.

  • Dr. Sean Ross

    Dr. Sean Ross has been a member of the Apache Animal Hospital team  since March 2019. He is originally from New York, where he graduated from The State University of New York College at Geneseo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Knowing that helping animals was his true passion, he moved to St. Paul in 2012 to continue his education at the University of Minnesota, where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

    Dr. Ross’s clinical interests include preventative care, radiology, and internal medicine. While he loves working with all of his furry patients, he also enjoys being part of the community and getting to know each and every one of his clients on a personal level as well.

    When not practicing medicine, Dr. Ross can be found in his yard playing with his one and a half cats, Richard Parker and Achmed, trying all of the awesome restaurants and breweries the Twin Cities has to offer, and participating in any sport or physical activity—he was the captain of the varsity wrestling team in high school, and played rugby in college. He also enjoys working on his car and keeping in touch with his friends and family back east– including his identical twin brother, who is also a veterinarian!

    Dr. Ross truly enjoys being a part of the team at Apache Animal Hospital and looks forward to working with all of our clients with the ultimate goal of making animals healthy again and strengthening the human-animal bond.

Practice Manager

  • Brenda Butler

    Brenda has worked at Apache Animal Hospital off and on since 1989 when she was hired by Dr. Jerry Hilgren, the original owner of Apache, as a Veterinary Assistant.  In 1995, Brenda became the Practice Manager and she worked closely with Dr. Rapacz during the design and building of the new Apache Animal Hospital that opened in 2002.  In 2006, she got married and moved to Wisconsin. Brenda returned as the Practice Manager of Apache in March 2013, however, finding that the commute isn't too long when you work at such a great facility with such wonderful people! In 2017, when her daughter Paige went off to college, Brenda moved to White Bear Lake and shares her home with her black Goldendoodle, Filbert, and Cashew, a Golden Retriever. Brenda is a Level II Certified Fear Free staff member.

Certified Veterinary Technicians

  • Tanya -- Veterinary Technician

    Tanya graduated from Globe College in 1998 with her A.A.S degree. She joined the Apache Animal Hospital team in October 2013. Tanya lives in Fridley with her husband, Jon; two sons Zach and Jake; three cats Frankie, Gracie and Halo, and their dog Sully. Sully was found by the St. Anthony police, and after his owners couldn't be located, Tanya and her family adopted him! In her spare time, Tanya enjoys playing outside with her boys, softball and watching movies. Tanya is a Level II Certified Fear Free staff member.

  • Andrew --Veterinary Technician

    Andrew joined the Apache Animal Hospital team in 2021. He lives in Brooklyn Center with his fiancé Colin; their dog Athena, and two cats Max and Crush.  When not in the clinic, Andrew has a passion for breeding South American cichlids, as well as a variety of other fish species.  Other hobbies include coaching/refereeing both high school and collegiate rugby, hiking, camping, and specialized dog training.

  • Lindsay --Veterinary Technician

    Lindsay graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College in 2019 with her AAS degree, and joined the Apache Animal Hospital team in January of 2022.  She has enjoyed working with a variety of species throughout the years, including bobcats and cougars during her internship at The Wildcat Sanctuary and the Cedar Waxwings and Canadian Geese she helped care for at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and playing video games with her husband.  

Customer Care Specialists

  • Samantha --Customer Care Specialist

    Samantha graduated in 2008 from Argosy with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. She joined Apache in March 2018. She lives in Wyoming, MN with her husband Luke, son Jaxon and daughter Belle. They have two cats, Oliver and Sawyer. When she’s not chasing her kids around, she likes reading and going to Hanson concerts when they are in town.

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Location & Hours

Location

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Apache Animal Hospital!

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-1:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed


In case of an after hours emergency, please call the Emergency Veterinarians listed below:

Oakdale: 651-501-3766 | St. Paul: 651-293-1800


Blaine: 763-754-5000 | Golden Valley: 763-529-6560
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