Dr. Brian Scott has been practicing at Iron Mountain Animal Hospital since 2004. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Dr. Scott continued his education at the University Of Wisconsin School Of Veterinary Medicine, where he received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Scott is a general practitioner with special interests in orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, and preventive care. He is a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.
When Dr. Scott is not practicing veterinary medicine, he is spending time with his wife Michelle, his three children Josie, Wyatt and Evan, and their golden retriever, Macie. He enjoys being involved with his children’s activities, the community, and all of the outdoor activities the area has to offer.
“I love our working environment. We openly share our thoughts, opinions, and expertise at any given moment. Our doctors and support staff are eager to stay on top of the newest advancements and technologies while maintaining a primary focus on disease prevention.”
“I love our client relationships. The bond created with my clients and their animal companions through compassion and trust is something that I treasure greatly. “
“A great working environment plus wonderful clients make Iron Mountain Animal Hospital a successful place for optimum pet healthcare."
Owner and Medical Director
Dr. Jordan Hughey, DVM
Dr. Hughey grew up in Cassopolis, MI. In 2003 she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University. In 2007 she received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
She originally joined the Iron Mountain Animal Hospital in 2007 and in March 2008 returned to her hometown of Cassopolis. In 2011, she rejoined the staff of IMAH. Dr. Hughey enjoys all medical and surgical aspects of small animal veterinary medicine. She has most recently received additional training in dentistry and soft tissue surgeries. She splits her time between our two clinic locations.
Dr. Hughey resides in the Norway area with her husband and two daughters. Her interests outside of work include farm work with their horses, trail riding, and hiking in the outdoors. Her pets are her horses, her dog, cat, and laying hens.
Dr. Lindsy Alessandrini, DVM
Dr. Alessandrini grew up in Iron Mountain, MI. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University in 2006. In 2012 she received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University. Dr. Alessandrini joined the Iron Mountain Animal Hospital as a veterinarian in December of 2014. Dr. Alessandrini was a familiar face as she had worked here as a veterinary assistant before being accepted into veterinary school!
She now lives in the Iron Mountain area with her husband Mario, daughter Kinslee, dogs Premo, Ella, and Sky, and cats Arrow, Chief, and Jewels
Dr. James Nicolas, DVM
Dr. Nicolas grew up in Iron Mountain Michigan. He attended Northern Michigan University for two years. He earned his B.S. Degree in Biology from Michigan State University. In 1976 he earned his DVM degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He moved back to Iron Mountain upon graduating and started his career in veterinary medicine by joining the Iron Mountain Animal Hospital.
Dr. Nicolas is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
He has volunteered many hours serving on the board of Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County for the past 30 years, including past-president. He also served 15 years on the Fume Lake Board of Dickinson County, as well as on the Board of the Almost Home Animal Shelter.
His interests outside of work include skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, and great-lakes fishing. Dr. Nicolas lives in Iron Mountain with his wife, Mary Jean. They have two grown children, one granddaughter, and one grandson.
Dr. Kellie Pesola
Dr. Kellie Pesola grew up in Marquette, Michigan. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2006. After working for two years she continued her education at the University of Minnesota where she received a Masters degree in Public Health and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She practiced Veterinary Medicine in Northern Idaho her first year before moving to and practicing in San Diego, California for three years. She finally returned to the Upper Peninsula and joined the Iron Mountain Animal Hospital in March 2016. She enjoys spending time outdoors and all the UP has to offer. Dr. Pesola is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Public Health Veterinarians and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Andrea Wodzinski
Dr. Andrea Wodzinski grew up just outside Chicago where she was raised with a small zoo of animals including dogs, cats, small mammals, parrots, and turtles. She graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and fell in love with the Upper Peninsula during this time. In 2016, she graduated from Michigan State University with her veterinary degree. In June 2016, she joined the Iron Mountain Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian.
Dr. Andrea's veterinary interests include small mammal exotic medicine, clinical pathology, preventative and geriatric medicine, and behavior medicine.
Dr. Andrea lives with her golden retriever named Peanut, fish, and far too many houseplants. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys long distance running, cross country skiing, roller derby, and video games.
Dr. Kate Brakefield grew up milking cows on her family's dairy farm by Deer Creek, Minnesota. She attended undergraduate at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2007. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.
Dr. Kate practiced veterinary medicine at a mixed animal practice in Brookings, SD for a year. She then joined a predominantly small animal practice in Northfield, MN. In early 2017, Dr. Kate was invited by her close friend and vet school colleague Dr. Kellie to check out the U.P. and Iron Mountain Animal Hospital. Dr. Kate eagerly joined the close-knit team shortly thereafter. Dr. Kate enjoys working with dogs and cats as well as small and large ruminants.
Dr. Kate resides in Niagara, WI with her husband Riley Hansum, their son Colton, and their dog Olly. Aside from veterinary medicine, Dr. Kate enjoys cheering for the Minnesota Vikings and doing anything outdoors, especially distance running with Olly. She looks forward to building relationships with the wonderful clients at Iron Mountain Animal Hospital as well as exploring everything this beautiful region of the country has to offer!