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Visiting with Dr. Lindermuth — He treats everyone like family

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PEPPERELL — A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. John Lindermuth has been practicing veterinary medicine for 25 years. His practice — “Preventive Veterinary Medicine Clinic” (PVMC) — is located in a 200-year-old barn next to his home on Maple Street.

The 3,000-square-foot space has been lovingly restored to reveal the original wood beams and architecture. Lindermuth spent several years sandblasting paint to bring back its natural beauty.

It is not your typical office and many would agree Lindermuth is not your typical vet. There’s much more to know about this community icon.

Visiting Lindermuth, it’s difficult to distinguish between his work and his home. In the office, everyone is treated like family, including the animals, said Suzette Richard, who has been with Lindermuth for 18 years; she started cleaning kennels and now manages the office.

Richard believes Lindermuth is in life to “pass it on,” and is much more about helping people than making money. She said she must occasionally remind the doctor that he has to keep the business afloat in order to continue his work aiding others.

Nancy Brockelman, of Groton, has been coming to PVMC for about nine years with her three dogs and a cat. “I just love him (Lindermuth),” she explains. “He is wonderful with the animals. He helps me feel at ease.”

Even the doctor himself admits that he is “a little old-fashioned.” He says he enjoys running a family business and still makes house calls — a rare find these days, which comes in especially useful for elderly clients who love their pets but can’t travel easily.

Mary, his wife of 40 years, said John will do anything for anybody.

“He has a very generous heart and he won’t run from trouble,” Mary said. “He’s right there to see you through it.” She then went on to reveal a best-kept secret: “He even does dishes.”

The couple has raised six children together. Local residents may know their oldest daughter, Kirsten Pacaro, who owns Cliff’s Café in Townsend with her husband, Dave. John and Mary beam with pride as they speak of their five granddaughters.

A full-size outbuilding on the property has been converted into a playhouse for the girls’ visits. Complete with pretend kitchen and antique horse-head door knocker, Lindermuth invites everyone to take a peek inside. Mary is exploring the addition of a miniature horse for the girls.

The family also includes seven chickens, two goats, two cats, a dog and an Appaloosa mare, Destiny, that a few neighborhood girls ride regularly. Lindermuth brags that his goat, Jack, is the smartest around, which is good because the other goat, Sunny, is possibly the dumbest.

Although Lindermuth jokes about being an “old-timer,” he appreciates the value of technology. Soon the practice will offer digital x-rays, ultrasounds and laser surgery options. The space is being reconfigured to accommodate the new services to include a larger operating room, dedicated imaging room and the necessary exam and boarding areas.

“Pets play an important role in many people’s lives,” Lindermuth said. “We had a pet deer that slept with my daughter and rode in my car. Proper care and preventive medicine keeps us all together longer.” He supports vaccinations, microchipping via Home Again, and tick control with Frontline to help prevent Lyme disease.

Although considered an expert in his field, Lindermuth is also happy to share his thoughts about religion, about growing up in the coal country of Pennsylvania and how he enjoys cutting his own grass, calling it his “connection to longevity.” He also stays active playing golf and tennis.

His practice sits on 15 picturesque acres and employs five people, who serve as assistants and technicians. Dr. Michaela Krafve joined the team to treat large animals. She is affectionately called “Dr. Mike” by clients and specializes in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of health problems and sports medicine-related problems. In her spare time Krafve breeds rabbits and the Tennessee fainting goat.

Although Lindermuth revealed he’s content with his current operations, he’s keeping his options open. He is looking to expand more into equine, exotic and avian medicine. The practice will soon add professional dog grooming and behavioral training services as well as boarding for cats and dogs.

Also coming soon, clients will have online access to pet records and appointment setting. Lindermuth also offers his clients CareCredit, which works just like a credit card. For complete details visit www.carecredit.com.

The PVMC team strives to offer experienced, knowledgeable care in a friendly and understanding manner. Lindermuth said he wants everyone who visits the clinic to feel “right at home.”

For large- and small-animal care, including, emergency attention, preventive medicine, diagnostics and procedures, PVMC can be reached at (978) 433-6050, e-mail info@pvmcvetcare.com or visit www. pvmcvetcare.com.

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