Dr. Linda Sifford graduated from the
University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 (when she
was very young). She and her husband Dr. Tom Sautter started Root River
Veterinary Center in 1981. They operated the clinic as a mixed animal
practice until 2011 when they became the only veterinary clinic in
Fillmore County dedicated exclusively to serving cats and dogs.
The Sifford/Sautter family includes three girls who all graduated from Lanesboro Public Schools. Casey, Robin and Dana are all pursuing medical degrees in college or graduate school at this time. They live with one nearly perfect beagle named Sunny. Drs. Tom & Linda are owned by two cats, Clover and Donald who co-exist, but refuse to acknowledge each other’s existence. Their farmyard pets also include one mini horse named Penny who is addicted to peppermint and a mini donkey named Nikki who is shy.
Dr. Linda served on the Lanesboro School Board for 13 years. She enjoyed working with the staff and students in that capacity.
In her spare time Dr. Linda enjoys traveling and going to plays. She also likes to garden, even if the deer and raccoons reap most of the rewards of her efforts.
Dr. Sifford is a lifelong learner, having completed her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, Advanced Acupuncture, Chinese Food Therapy, and Tui-na (medical massage). She is working on her certification in Chinese herbal medicine from the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. She has made many trips to Florida in the past few years. Hopefully she will be able to travel to China in the near future to further her education in acupuncture.