Mon-Thur: 8am-5pm • Fri: 8:45am-Noon

Our Mission

At Headwaters Veterinary Center, it’s our everyday mission to provide caring, professional care and support to both our animal patients and their human families. We understand that your pet is a treasured member of your family, and we strive to make their visit with us as comfortable and stress-free as possible. It’s our aim to meet all of our patient’s unique needs and treat each one like our own family.

Our experienced veterinarians and staff are committed to offering the highest level of medical expertise and personalized attention to ensure the health and happiness of your pet. Navigating pet healthcare can be overwhelming, so we are dedicated to providing clear communication and education to help you make informed decisions about your pet’s care. We are honored to be trusted with the well-being of your furry family member, and we promise to treat them with the same care and compassion we would want for our own pets.

Meet The Team

Tom Rietveld, DVM & Owner

Dr. Tom Rietveld is a veterinarian who graduated from Bemidji State in 1993 and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 1997. He worked as dairy practitioner in Wisconsin before relocating back to the Bemidji area, where he now works exclusively with pets.

Dr. Tom and his wife, Melanie, have built a thriving small animal clinic in their former home. They enjoy nurturing relationships with clients and patients and getting to know the families and their pets. They have three adult children living in 3 different states and two comedic cats. Dr. Tom likes to spend his personal time with his wife, tinker in his yard or garage, and travel to visit their adult children. The Rietvelds are proud to be a military family, with their son serving in the US Air Force.

Becky, Reception

My name is Becky Finnegan. I am married to Michael Finnegan. We have two wonderful children, Riley who is 17 and Jackson who is 22.

I am from a small town in Montana named Belgrade that is surrounded by beautiful mountains. I met and married Michael in 2000. We lived for a while in sunny Santa Barbara, California, before moving here to Bemidji, MN, in the fall of 2002 to raise our family.

I enjoy spending time with my family at our cabin on upper Red Lake, riding our 4 wheeler, spending time outside gardening, cooking, and reading books.

I started working as a front desk receptionist for Dr. Tom Rietveld at Headwaters Veterinary Center in 2010 and have loved working with he and his family over the last 11 years. I enjoy our entire group of co-workers and the client community we have been lucky enough to have here at the clinic.

Chelsea, Veterinary Technician

My name is Chelsea and I grew up near Bemidji in Puposky, MN. My husband and I have one son (11 years old) and we enjoy our time together doing any MN outdoor activities, most especially hiking, biking, skiing, paddling, and fishing.

We have two cats (Yoda & Alexander), a spry little mutt named Max, a spunky little Brittany named Umi,along with our backyard chickens and on occasion, honeybees.

We love Bemidji and its wonderful community!

Tanya Hommerding, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Hello! I'm so happy to be back with the team at Headwaters. I am still living in the woods of Becida with my menagerie of pets. My current crew is a Springer, Maggie, 2 cats (Bit & Ginny) and 2 naughty goats (Leo & Marty). I am blessed to love where I live and soak up every minute outside that I can. I enjoy walking, gardening, camping and hunting in the North woods.

Jessica Grundy

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“We just love people. I think they feel that when they come into the clinic.”

Client Testimonials

Dr Rachel and Dr Tom are wonderful. Always take the time to listen to my concerns. Dr Tom takes great care of my dog with IBS and Dr Rachel made euthanizing my lab tolerable. Such a difficult day, they were able to get us in and had such compassion 😢. I drive over 2 hours just to go there.
I can't say enough good things about the staff and doctors at Headwaters Vet! I have been a faithful customer since Dr. Tom opened. Everyone is kind, professional, and they really care about the patients and their humans! I highly recommend!
Very professional and fast service. My cat had a blockage, which is very serious, and they got me in immediately. They worked with me and are continuing to work with me to improve his health and prevent this from happening again. They are super knowledgable and friendly!