Our Support Professionals

 

About Kristi, Director of Operations

Kristi Lehman

Kristi L., MSW, LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker) joined MN Pets in 2013.  Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, Kristi was always surrounded by animals of all kinds. Her hope to help those around her led her to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, spend a year serving in the AmeriCorps program and then pursue a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. During her graduate school program, she had the unique opportunity to combine her love of animals with her love of helping people by completing specialized training as a social worker at the Veterinary Medical Center. There, she was able to grow her passion for helping pet owners navigate difficult medical decisions and support them after losing a pet. She now lives in Minneapolis with her Shih Tzu, Piper, and her husband, Steve. Outside of work, Kristi is a board member and foster parent for a local rescue, and enjoys cooking, biking around Minneapolis and trying new restaurants.


About Lindsay, Project Manager

Lindsay

Lindsay’s big heart and passion for animals and their people brought her to MN Pets, where she shares her talents through client support and community outreach. When she’s not lending a helping ear to a client, she is often making social media connections and working with local organizations on behalf of MN Pets. Her professional background is in the rescue world, where she spent the last five years at a local humane society as a foster, adoption counselor, veterinary assistant and general manager. Lindsay lives in the north metro with her husband Keith and their pets. In her spare time, Lindsay is very involved in a local rescue, is training for her first half marathon, and is also pursuing her degree as a Veterinary Technician.



About Katie, Support Specialist 

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Katie grew up in the Twin Cities along with numerous four-legged siblings who sparked her passion for animals. Although she has held a lifelong interest in becoming a veterinarian, Katie became interested in research through a study abroad internship in Italy. She is now pursuing a dual DVM/PhD degree and studying comparative oncology to improve the lives of pets and people with cancer.  When she’s not in the lab, Katie loves to travel and hits the art museum in every city she visits. She also loves to hike, ride horses, read novels, and cook ethnic food. Katie shares her home with Jax, a Lab/Border Collie mix, and Rumor, a black panther/house cat.


About Heidi, Support Specialist

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Heidi grew up in the Twin Cities area. She has always loved animals and grew up with dogs in the family. Because of that she had always thought of herself as a dog person, but she and her boyfriend adopted a 12 year old cat named Grizzly about two years ago and she is now enjoying cat parenthood! Heidi is currently pursuing a degree in social work and would eventually like to go on into the field of veterinary social work. Heidi splits her time at MN Pets with working as a case manager for a local non-profit. In her limited free time, she likes to read and explore MN state parks.


About Margo, Support Specialist

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Margo is a first year veterinary student at the University of Minnesota. She graduated with a degree in Animal Science from the University of California-Davis in 2016, and although she was born and raised in Minnesota, she does admit to sometimes missing the California weather. Margo has an Aussie Mix named Bob and a thoroughbred named Taillights. Outside of school, Margo enjoys reading, riding, and being outdoors. Margo says she was drawn to MN Pets due to their unique practice, and their clear devotion to their patients and clients. “I knew I needed to be a part of that, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity!”


About Maggie, Support Specialist | Aftercare Supervisor

Maggie

Maggie earned her veterinary technician degree in 2013 and became certified shortly after. She interned at an exotic animal practice during tech school and was hired after her internship was complete. She rose to the challenge of knowing multiple species and how to care for them. Maggie is seeking to strengthen her bond with animals through communicating with their human counterparts. MN Pets helps her do that with aiding and understanding people when they are going through one of the most difficult things in life. She was a client first before being an employee and her experience, though difficult, was extremely necessary. Maggie believed in what MN Pets was doing so much that it garnered a slight career change. When she’s not working, you can find her volunteering her time caring for farmed animals through sanctuaries or canoodling with her pit bull and her old kitty.


About Elizabeth, Senior Support Specialist

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Elizabeth has always known that she will forever work with and for animals. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, and then went on to get her Veterinary Technology degree from Argosy University. She worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician for four years at a small, one- doctor practice where she found her niche working with senior pets. She also has a soft spot for ALL rescue animals, from her own rescued cat to working with rescued and abused elephants in Thailand. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family. She is so glad to have found MN Pets because she feels like she can use her personal experiences to help people cope with the difficult times they have to endure when they have a sick or elderly pet.


About Abigail, Support Specialist

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Abigail was born and raised in the Twin Cities, and has been an animal lover her entire life. She grew up with a variety of pets (dogs, cats, rats, frogs, etc.), and currently has two naughty cats who are litter mates, as well as a horse that she boards in WI. Abigail began her journey into veterinary medicine doing wildlife rehabilitation work, and then moved to small animal medicine, first working at a day practice and then at an emergency animal hospital. She came to MN Pets because she believes it as an honor to be able to help families through the process of saying goodbye to their beloved pets, especially in the comfort of their own home.


About Camille, Support Specialist

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Camille is an Ohio native that moved to Stillwater, MN in 2012.  She was home for many years raising her two children and running her own successful pet sitting business. She also contributed a lot of her time to local rescues and fostering several dogs.  Upon moving to Minnesota, Camille went back to school at Argosy University to become a Veterinary Technician and became certified when completed.  She spent 4 years working in a small animal clinic learning and growing.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two grown children, two dogs, two cats and four chickens. She also continues to pet sit and hobby farm sit regularly.  She deeply enjoys helping other people and pets.  Working at MN Pets has allowed her to assist many clients through difficult times and help them to say good bye to their pets on their own terms.


About Amanda, Support Specialist

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Amanda is eagerly joining MN Pets as a first year DVM student at the University of Minnesota. From growing up on a farm in rural SE Minnesota, to volunteering with dozens of organizations over the past 15 years, starting her own pet sitting business and most recently working at the Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital, Amanda has been a life long lover of animals. Veterinary medicine is Amanda’s second career proceeding business and healthcare operations. Prior to returning to school, Amanda worked at Target Corporation for 9 years, most recently as Director of Revenue Cycle Management for Target Clinics. Amanda has an amazing support system, consisting of her spouse Dan and their cat Lily. Together, they love to travel, eat at local restaurants and breweries and work on their historical St. Paul house they are renovating.


About Robin, Support Specialist

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Robin was born and raised in MN and recently moved to River Falls, WI with her husband and 2 kids ages 14 and 12, their 2 dogs a Basset Hound named Olive, a Redbone Coonhound named Red and a Cat named Norma.  After working in human medicine for 15 years she decided to head back to school and pursue her lifelong passion for helping animals. Robin graduated from Argosy University with a Degree in Veterinary Technology and then worked with a large private practice in the North Metro.  Seeing how much clients appreciated help with end of life care, she realized how much of a difference she could make with turning a difficult experience into one that was coming from a place of love.  Learning of a support position within MNPets was an easy decision and seemed like a natural next step.  Her favorite part of the job is making the genuine connections with clients she is able to help. When Robin is not at work she enjoys watching her kids sports, spending time on the golf course with her husband, and attending SCSU Huskie hockey games with her Dad.


About Taylor, Support Specialist

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Taylor is originally from southern New Hampshire where she grew up with a collection of rabbits, a few guinea pigs, and two yellow Labrador retrievers.  She went to North Carolina State University for her Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and minor in animal science.  It was in North Carolina that she became exposed to working with animals as a career choice, so she began to volunteer and work alongside veterinarians, researchers, and volunteers in the animal industry.  These experiences cultivated a passion for large animals (mainly dairy cows), and lead to her completion of a Master’s degree in dairy cattle nutrition at South Dakota State University.  Currently, Taylor is in the DVM program at the University of Minnesota, and she is eagerly awaiting to begin her first year.  In her free time, Taylor enjoys traveling and being active- going to the gym, yoga, biking, and hiking, as well as spending time with family and friends over a microbrew and some good food.



About Ashley, Cremation Liaison

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Ashley  has worked with animals for 14 years, including working at a dog boarding kennel and a vet clinic. She has been lucky to fulfill her real passion for animals in the form of pet sitting, and has been doing so for 10 years!  Ashley understands how important it is to keep our pets where they are the most comfortable and at ease, and she is excited  and honored to be able to incorporate this new level of in-home care for families through MN Pets.  Ashley currently shares her home with  Morgan, a big, lovable hairy mix, Cinder, the cutest pit bull you’ve ever seen, and Maybelle SassyPants the rabbit.  In her free time,  Ashley loves going on adventures with her son Jack and fiance Jason. They enjoy visiting family and friends, going to events both locally and away, exploring nature, camping and traveling.


About Leah, Transportation Specialist

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Leah grew up in the Twin Cities metro but spent 5 years in the Black Hills of South Dakota earning her Certified Veterinary Technician degree. She has worked with all animals big and small and currently owns a local pet care business. She has a crazy lab mix and a silly pug, 2 parrots, and an orange kitty that rules them all. Leah also fosters dogs for a local rescue group. In her free time, she loves to read, watch Netflix, and crotchet.


MN Pets Team