About Us

MN Pets (from left) Dr Helen, Lisa, Dr Jen, Kristi, Dr Amy, Dr Melinda, Dr Rebecca

MN Pets is a team of highly qualified, licensed veterinary professionals who share a special interest in supporting people and their pets through end of life experiences. All of our doctors and counselors have a similar understanding and appreciation for the benefits of euthanasia in your home. We believe that pets need a gentle hand and voice and people need compassion and support as they go through this experience. We are knowledgeable, caring veterinarians, with over 80 years of combined experience.


About Dr. Rebecca, Veterinarian
Dr. Rebecca McComas received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Iowa State University. She spent a year of internship at the University of Minnesota, Veterinary Medical Center. She spent five years in small animal practice in Minneapolis and St Paul and surrounding communities, eventually returning to the University of Minnesota to teach future veterinarians for twelve years. She is currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in both MN and WI. She lives in Woodbury with her husband and two children.  They share their home with Miss Judy the cat and a fifteen year old goldfish named Fishy.


About Dr. Amy, Veterinarian
Dr. Amy Whaley, DVM received both her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Minnesota.  She has been practicing as a small animal veterinarian since 2004, and also works as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner at a specialty clinic in Burnsville.  She lives in the south metro with her husband, their dog Porter, and a parakeet named Maui. 


About Dr. Catherine, Veterinarian
Dr. Catherine Hageman received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then practiced as a consulting engineer in Arizona before attending Colorado State University for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Since 2002, she’s been a small animal veterinarian in private practices in Colorado and Minnesota, as well as at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Catherine is also certified in veterinary medical acupuncture and works at a small animal clinic in south Minneapolis. She lives in Arden Hills with her husband, an elderly rescue kitty Sanchi San and two rescue dogs, Gracie and Herm.


About Dr. Emilee, Veterinarian
Dr. Emilee Alms, DVM received her Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. She has been involved with the military for over thirteen years and first enlisted in the MN Army National Guard in 1997. She accepted a scholarship for veterinary school from the Army in exchange for four years as an Active Duty Army veterinarian which involved caring for military working dogs and pets of soldiers and retirees. She was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and returned home after her commitment was complete. In addition to working with MN Pets she works part time as a general practitioner in the north metro where she lives with her husband, toddling son Oliver, and French Bulldog mix Radar. She recently joined an Army Reserve unit as a Civil Affairs veterinarian and in her spare time enjoys playing with her son, gardening, cooking, wine and home improvement.


About Dr. Helen, Veterinarian
Dr. Helen Secor, DVM, received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Purdue University in Indiana. She practiced at a mixed animal clinic doing both large and small animal medicine for one year in eastern WI. For the next 23 years she worked at a small animal clinic in western WI. She is currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in both MN and WI. She lives north of Stillwater with her husband and has five grown children. They have one spectacular dog, Pudge, and a sweet cat, Jenni, plus 37 chickens. Hobbies include gardening, triathlons, and most anything outdoors. She volunteers at the food shelf and local animal shelter.


About Dr. Jen, Veterinarian
Dr. Jen Gale, DVM, received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. Before graduating from veterinary school she worked as a veterinary technician for ten years. She has been a companion animal veterinarian for the past seven years and is currently practicing at a clinic in the north metro. She is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in MN. She lives in Robbinsdale with her husband, her daughter and son. They have a one-of-a-kind dog, ‘Tojo’ the Labrador.


About Dr. Melinda, Veterinarian
Dr. Melinda Crowe, DVM, received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. For the past thirteen years, she has worked in the Twin Cities metro area as a companion animal veterinarian and is currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in MN. She lives with her husband and three children in the south metro.


 

About Lisa, Client Support Specialist and Grief Counselor
Lisa Havelin, MA | MFA | LAMFT (Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist), holds a Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with emphasis in grief counseling and the Human-Animal Bond. She formerly trained and worked in the Social Work Services Department at the Veterinary Medical Center at the University of MN College of Veterinary Medicine where she received specialized training related to working with people and their animals.  That training includes non-medical end-of-live planning & decision making, family centered euthanasia counseling, and grief & bereavement counseling.  Lisa also has training related to the treatment of trauma, and mind-body awareness practices.  Lisa also maintains a private practice devoted to pet loss and grief counseling www.lisahavelin.com.  She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and three cats and also shares time with her horse, Bonnie.


About Kristi, Client Support Specialist and Grief Counselor
Kristi Lehman, MSW | LGSW (Licensed Graduate Social Worker) earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota. During her social work education, she received specialized training at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, where she assisted families in medical crises, provided grief and loss counseling, and helped clients work through end-of-life planning and decision-making. Kristi’s professional experiences include working with children and adolescents, teaching and support group facilitation, and case management. She is deeply interested in the Human-Animal Bond, identifying and developing community resources for pet owners, and working with people as they face difficult situations with their companion animals. Kristi lives in Minneapolis where she shares her home with foster dogs from a local rescue.