Our Veterinary Staff

Lisa – Veterinary Technician, Hospital Manager

Lisa graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at the University of Minnesota-Waseca in March of 1982. She has been working at MVAH since it opened in July 1988 and is also our Hospital Manager. She lives in Shoreview with her cats named Paris, Desmond, and Penny. In her free time, she likes baking, reading, going to Twins games, and spending time with her family.

Anne – Veterinary Technician, Boarding Manager

Anne graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in June 1991. She has been with MVAH since September 2001 and is also our Boarding Manager. Anne has two cats and two dogs, a Rough Collie Mix named Miller and a Corgi/Jack Russell Terrier mix named Rosco. Anne likes to go to the movies, cross-stitch, outdoor trail hiking, and biking. She lives in Coon Rapids with her husband Scott and her son Ayden.

Julie – Certified Veterinary Technician

Julie graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at the Medical Institute of Minnesota in June of 1995. She has been with MVAH since July 2002. She lives in Crystal with her husband Matt and their children Jacob, Matelyn, and Jameson. She has four cats named Stella, Purrise, Tater, and Hooks. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and watching her children’s sporting events.

Josh  – Veterinary Technician,  Lead Technician

Josh graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Ridgewater College in Willmar in May 2003.  Josh did his internship at MVAH and has been working here since September 2003. He currently lives in Blaine with his wife Crystal and their 2 cats Cleo Clementine & Lylah Mittens. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, going to Minnesota Twins games, and traveling.

Christine – Certified Veterinary Technician, Lead Technician

Christine graduated from Argosy College in October 2005. She has been with MVAH since March 2004. She started out as a part-time veterinary/kennel assistant and now is a full-time veterinary technician. She currently resides in Coon Rapids with her husband Wyatt and two children. She has one dog named Tilly and two cats named Nigel and Tobi. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, reading, and spending time with her family.

Keith – Certified Veterinary Technician

Keith graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in 2011. He did his internship at MVAH and started full-time in February 2012. Keith lives in Cambridge with his wife Amanda, their son Hendrix and animals (dogs – Belle, Jas, Quinn, Wesley) (cats: Bonsai, Dobby, Lilly, Minnie, Sally), 3 goats named Elvis, Petunia, and Baby Carlos.  In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting, and riding his motorcycle.

Carrie – Certified Veterinary Technician

Carrie graduated from Argosy University in 2009 and has worked in clinics and shelters since then. She and her boyfriend, Tim, and son James Robert currently live in North Branch with their two rescue chihuahuas. She has a soft spot for the ‘underdog’. They also have Princess Marshmallow Fluff, another rescue kitty. For fun, Carrie likes to go to concerts, watch football (proud Packer fan), play video games, and binge-watch shows on Netflix.

Liz – Certified Veterinary Technician

Liz graduated from Argosy University in 2011 and has been working as a CVT in the small animal clinic since. She has been with MVAH since February 2018. She lives in Crystal with her shelties Miley and Cupid, papillon Haley, and cat Izabelle. In her spare time, she enjoys training and competing with her dogs in agility, obedience, and rally.

Alex – Veterinary Technician

Alex started at MVAH in November of 2006 as a kennel assistant. After graduating from Argosy College in October 2013 with her degree in Veterinary Technology, she started working as a veterinary technician also. She lives in Brooklyn Park with her husband Jesse, son Isaac and their cat Loki. In her spare time, she likes to draw, sew, go to movies, and spend time outdoors.

Nikki – Veterinary Technician

Nikki graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in December 2007. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2005. She started with MVAH in April 2019. She enjoys nutrition, wound care treatment, and client education. She resides in Brooklyn Park with her husband Mic and daughter along with their two dogs: Rev & Fin and two cats: Coral & Crush. In her spare time, she is either doing Crossfit, Snowboarding, scuba diving or watching Netflix & cooking.

Tessa – Certified Veterinary Technician

Tessa graduated from Globe University with an AAS Degree in Veterinary Technology in September 2016. Then became a certified vet tech in April 2017.  She started at MVAH in October 2019.  She is an advocate of pet adoption from rescues and shelters which is where she adopted her two cats named:  Sassafrass & Naughty Cat. Tessa believes that pets are extensions of your family and enjoys client education and discussing animal behavior, In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, keeping up with current events, and spending time outdoors.

Ashley – Certified Veterinary Technician

Ashley graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in 2011. She has had over 9 years of experience in shelter medicine with the Animal Humane Society. She is passionate about cats and is quick to comment on unique pigmentations on the noses and toes of the variety of cats that visit the clinic. Ashley is also an avid reader and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.

Mic – Certified Veterinary Technician

Loving and caring for an animal takes courage and dedication. It can be a challenge to understand what our furry companion is trying to tell us. That’s where Mic and the team at MVAH join in! Mic became a CVT in 2007 and started working at MVAH in 2020, thanks to his wife who also works here! Mic has always been mesmerized by animals and nature so, taking the path to care and nurture those in need, in a medical setting, just felt natural. He really enjoys client education, working in the lab, and assisting with surgery. When he’s not working, he enjoys going on adventures outside. Chasing sunsets and sunrises with his camera or going for a hike with his wife Nikki and their daughter and two dogs (Fin and Riv). At the end of the day, chillin’ on the couch with his two cats (Crush and Coral) is a perfect way to relax, whether it’s reading a book or watching a show.

Cassie – Certified Veterinary Technician

Cassie has been in the veterinary field for 12 years. She has worked with a variety of species but enjoys companion animals with an occasional farm animal. She enjoys spending time on her hobby family with her five dogs: Micah, Ruger, Juneau, Lobo, and Chicken Noodle, and two cats: Alejandro and Leroy, and three horses: Miah, Ghost, and Rocket, Her favorite hobby is being an active mom of four kids: Sloane, Wendell, Brooks, and Fallon, with her husband Nick.

Layla – Veterinary Technician

Layla joined MVAH in 2022. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is assisting injured animals and helping them become healthy again. She appreciates being an advocate for animals that can not verbalize what they may be feeling. She graduated in 2020 with an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN. She loves hanging out with her own pets, reading books, photography, visiting Duluth with her husband, Joe and spending time with family and friends.  She has two Labs named Gauge and Bella, a Chorkie named Gizmo, a Dalmatian/Pit mix named Potato. Two cats are also a part of the crew and their names are Mera and Mowgli. Mowgli and Gauge constantly compete for her attention.

Ann – Certified Veterinary Technician

Ann joined MVAH in 2022. She chose to work in veterinary medicine because she enjoys working with animals and their people. She graduated from Colby Community College with an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Nursing in 2021. She enjoys walks, hiking, sewing, reading and movies. She has three cats Bobby, Charli, and Leah as well as a rescue dog named Bear.

Bethany – Assistant Boarding Manager / Veterinary Assistant

Bethany started working at MVAH in May of 2003 as a kennel assistant and is now serving as a veterinary assistant and assistant boarding manager. She lives in Blaine with her Old English Bulldogge, Gloria. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, fishing, hunting, lifting weights, knitting, and spending time with family and friends.

Angela – Veterinary Assistant

Angela started working at MVAH in July 2017. She attended Duluth Business University for Veterinary Technology but was unable to finish due to the school closing. Prior to working here, she was at the Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth, Minnesota. Angela grew up loving and caring for many types of animals. She currently resides in East Bethel with her German Shepherd, Odin. Angela loves German Shepherds and will make sure she greets any German Shepherd that comes into the clinic. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog for walks and spending time up at the cabin.

Amanda – Veterinary Assistant

Amanda lives in Cambridge, MN on a hobby farm with her husband and son. She has over 20 years experience of in animal care, behavior, and training. She is enthusiastic about hiking, and enjoys traveling and snuggling baby goats!

Farah – Veterinary Assistant

Farah joined MVAH in 2021. She enjoys getting to meet and work with all the animals that come to the clinic. She chose to work in this industry because of her love of animals and the enjoyment she gets from being around them. She enjoys mushroom hunting, painting, reading, and photographing the great outdoors. She has a Siamese mix named Cleo and he loves chasing the laser and going on walks in his travel backpack.

Jeff – Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Phoebe – Veterinary Assistant

Currently a student at the University of Minnesota in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Averie – Veterinary Assistant

Currently a student at the University of Minnesota in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Leah – Veterinary Assistant

Currently a student at the University of Minnesota in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Victoria – Veterinary Assistant

Currently a student at the University of Minnesota in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Sara – Veterinary Assistant

Currently a student at the University of Minnesota in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Brennan – Veterinary Receptionist

Brennan started with the clinic in 2022 to help with the reception team. He helps us field a variety of requests and calls and will help you schedule appointments. He loves working with animals and animal lovers and graduated from Western Illinois University. He enjoys having brunch with friends, Zoom calls with family, and spending time with his pets. Brennan has an English Lop named Merlin who likes eating, making messes, and demanding head scratches. Willow is a Mini Rex who likes tunnels, chewing on things she’s not supposed to, and judging others’ life choices. Rayla is a Pyrenees/Golden Mix who likes short walks, long cuddles, and lots of attention.

Boarding Staff

Ann – Kennel Assistant

Ann graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Journalism and a M.E.D. in Adult Education. She works full-time at the University of Minnesota. She has been working as a kennel assistant at MVAH since June 2002. She lives in Shoreview with her husband Jon and their son Henry. She also has a dog named Frank and 2 cats Joey Batman & Ivan. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, hiking, and decorating her home.

Kelly – Kennel Assistant

Kelly graduated with her AAS from Anoka-Ramsey Community College in 2012. She started at MVAH as a kennel assistant in October 2013. She resides in Blaine with her dog Lily. In her spare time, she likes to watch and play sports, spend time with family and friends, and spend time enjoying the outdoors.

Faith – Kennel Assistant

Faith graduated from Winona State University in 2018, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Criminal Justice. Since July 2022, she is working full-time in Anoka County. Since she doesn’t have any pets of her own, she loves the time she gets to spend with the animals boarding with us!

Kristina – Kennel Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Aisling – Kennel Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Amy – Kennel Assistant

Amy joined MVAH in 2022. Her favorite part of working at MVAH is getting to meet all the dogs and coworkers. She loves spending the morning playing with all the boarding animals. She graduated from UMD in 2014 with a B. A. S. in Psychology and a Degree in Photography from the Photography Institute in 2015. In her spare time, her husband, two young sons, our dog, and I enjoy hiking, camping, and traveling! When she isn’t with her family, she enjoys running her photography business. She has a senior rescue Lab/Australian Shepard mix named Sadie Mae and she likes laying on the couch.

Max – Kennel Assistant

Bio coming soon.