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.
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.Dahlin is a 1998 graduate from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He grew up in Brooklyn Park MN and currently resides in NE Minneapolis with his sweetie; Sandy; (also a veterinarian). Together they share their home with a'special needs' cat Bob, and a regular one, Melvin. They also share their backyard with 7 chickens; Mathilda, Mini-Me, Julia, Svea, Big Agnes, Gertrude and Margaret Houla-Hen. The daily fresh eggs are a real treat. They would probably have a backyard goat if the City of Minneapolis would allow it! Dr.Dahlin enjoys getting to know all of the fantastic Apache clients and taking care of their wonderful pets.; especially their teeth! (he loves dentistry and surgery!) In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey, camping, backpacking, cooking, reading, traveling, movies and making leather goods. Tentatively there are plans for a canoe!
Dr. Travis is a 2012 graduate from St. Matthews School of Veterinary Medicine. He currently resides in south Minneapolis with his wife Amanda, and their furry children. These include Kosmo, the golden retriever and two cats, Isis and Cormac. He has a special interest in nutrition, surgery, and client education. In his free time he enjoys bicycling, bluegrass, playing the guitar, reading and cooking.
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 with her husband, Tim; their cat Mr. Kitty and their black Goldendoodle, Filbert; Hazlenut, an Italian Greyhound mix and their newest addition, Cashew a Golden Retriever.
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.
Tianna graduated from MInnesota School of Business with an Associates of Veterinary Technology in December 2013. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in March 2014. She lives in Robbinsdale with her fiancé and two cats, Spirit & Baymax, and a guinea pig named Wilbur. She loves to be outdoors, spending time with family,friends and animals.
Tara graduated in 2013 from Minnesota School of Business and became a CVT. She lives in Fridley with her two dogs, Jax and Bella. In her spare time she enjoys biking, running and spending time with friends.
Molly graduated from a Veterinary Technician school located in Florida in 2013, and then moved to MN in May that same year. She enjoys playing soccer on a co-ed team all year. She also enjoys playing broom ball during the winter months, scuba diving when she travels, and country music. She has one dog named Stanley, who is a 10 year old Schnoodle.
Shelby graduated with her AAS degree from Argosy University in October, 2013. She started working at Apache at the end of April, 2015. She lives in St.Paul with her fiancé Chase. They have two senior tabby cats, Tigger (15), and Binx (11) and two orange tabbies, Frankie and Ernie. They also have an American Esskimo named Shilah, and their energetic yellow lab named Ducky, who turns two in December 2015. When Shelby is not working, she enjoys playing softball, soccer, and going to the dog park.
Kiki was born and raised in NE Minneapolis and moved back to the area about 4 years ago. She has 3 daughters, one grown and two still at home. She also shares her home with her boyfriend and their two dogs, Odie and Barly. Besides working at Apache Animal Hospital, she is also a professional photographer, specializing in newborns and pets. At Apache she is known as the bug saver as well as the person most likely to find and rescue, any animal in need! Her biggest dream would be to win the lottery, move to the ocean, and open the biggest animal sanctuary in the world.