Our Doctors

Associate Veterinarians

About Dr. Melinda, Veterinarian
For the past fifteen years,  Dr. Melinda C. has worked in the Twin Cities metro area as a companion animal veterinarian.  She lives with her husband and three children in the south metro. In her spare time, Melinda likes to sew, garden, and do crafts both with and without her kids. Melinda and her family share their home with Olive the cat, two cockatiels named Dixie and Rosie, and fish.  Dr. Melinda received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota.

About Dr. Heather, Veterinarian
Dr. Heather Y. is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation she completed an emergency/surgery/medicine internship at the U of M. She then practiced as an emergency clinician in the North metro. Dr. Heather has a passion for providing the highest standard of care and making difficult situations less stressful for pet owners.  Dr. Heather lives with her husband and their twin boys.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, camping, woodworking, maple syruping, dancing, and Highland Games.  Heather and her family share their home with Sigmar, an adopted rescue kitty. They will always remember their first babies, Bumper, the Chow mix with no hips, and Reebok, the sweetest fuzzy old cat, as well as Rory, a Coonhound mix.

bio pictureAbout Dr. Meredith, Veterinarian
Dr. Meredith L. graduated from The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a one year internship specializing in Raptor/Avian Medicine and Surgery at The Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota. She has a passion for working with wildlife with an emphasis on wildlife rehabilitation and welfare. She lives in Minneapolis with her perfect three-legged pittie, Iggy Pup. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, collecting records, roasting coffee, and kayaking with Iggy.

 About Dr. Amanda, Veterinarian
Dr. Amanda grew up in Sauk Rapids, MN and at a young age developed a passion for helping animals and people. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth and earned her DVM from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Amanda practiced in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada for several years before moving back to MN. She is honored to be collaborating with MN Pets to offer a compassionate and gentle home euthanasia option for pets and families in the Twin Ports area. She also regularly travels to the Twin Cities to provide in-home visits for families in the metro area. Dr. Amanda shares her home with a saucy elderly cat named Kinje, and 2 silly dogs named Lark and Hibou. She and her husband enjoy cycling, hiking, cross country skiing and are aspiring recreational mushers.

 About Dr. Karen, Veterinarian
Dr. Karen graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and subsequently worked in small animal general practice for 22 years before joining the MN Pets team. She has always been drawn to helping people navigate end of life care and decisions for their beloved pets and is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist. Karen and her husband live in South Minneapolis with three dogs (Squash, Aspen, and Maisy) and Gertie the cat. In her free time, Karen enjoys bikejoring and skijoring (depending on the season!), gardening, board games, and camping.

 About Dr. Tali, Veterinarian
Dr. Tali (rhymes with “Holly”) grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked in general practice ever since, seeing all species of animals large and small. She loves the opportunity to meet so many loving owners and hear stories about their amazing pets. In her free time, Dr. Tali volunteers at The Raptor Center at the U of M, as well as hiking, gardening, and traveling around the country in a trusty converted sprinter van. She currently lives in St. Louis Park with her significant others, Matt (human) and Kitty Meow (cat).

About Dr. Rebecca, Veterinarian
Dr. Rebecca earned her DVM from the University of MN in 2004. She worked in private practice in Northfield, MN before joining a high-volume spay/neuter practice. Dr. Rebecca currently works as a medical editor and relief veterinarian, filling in at different clinics when other vets need time off or extra help. She and her husband live in Northfield with a flighty young standard poodle and a sweet older cat. In her free time, Dr. Rebecca enjoys long walks on country roads, cooking, and playing with her 2-year-old grandson.

About Dr. Jeske, Veterinarian
Dr. Jeske rejoined MN Pets after taking a short hiatus and working in a small
animal practice. After graduating from the University of PA School of Veterinary
Medicine and moving to Minnesota, she had founded an equine practice. She
passed this on to her associate so she would finally have time to ride her own
horses. Missing the client interactions, she joined MN Pets on a part time basis. In
her free time she enjoys horseback riding, walking her rescue dog Marvel and
biking with her husband.

About Dr. Sina, Veterinarian
After growing up with a veritable zoo of pets in the middle of nowhere (northern Wisconsin), Dr. Sina came to Saint Paul to attend Hamline University for a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She immediately fell in love with the city and a bit later fell in love with Thai food, which is hard to come by back home, and therefore decided to stay in the area. Pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian, she attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2018, then went into small animal general practice. She lives in Minneapolis with two cats (Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon), a dog (Edie), and several dozen houseplants. Outside of vet med, Dr. Sina loves bouldering, cooking and baking for friends and family, and mushroom foraging.

About Dr. Emily, Veterinarian
Dr. Emily grew up in northern Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she moved to the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis to work at a general practice and to be closer to family. Dr. Emily finds providing compassionate end-of-life care to be very rewarding and enjoys hearing about the amazing lives her patients live. In her free time, she loves spending time with her dog & cats, hiking, skiing, and cheering on Wisconsin sports teams.

About Dr. Kelly, Veterinarian
Dr. Kelly grew up in the very northern part of the state, but has resided in the Twin Cities for many years. She received both her undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Minnesota; in fact, she worked around exotic animals before attending vet school. She is passionate about hospice and end-of-life care, and was drawn to working for MN Pets after they helped her say goodbye to her beloved senior cat and dog. In addition to working for MN Pets, she also practices medicine at a local small animal hospital. She shares her world with a variety of animals at home, and in her free time, enjoys searching for the very best cup of coffee, traveling to northern Minnesota and Canada, fostering animals (especially ones with special needs), watching Netflix, listening
to podcasts, being on the lookout for the fabulous wildlife around her including her illusive
hummingbirds, and traveling to see manatees.

About Dr. Mary, Veterinarian
Dr. Mary L. grew up in North Dakota and northern Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked at both small animal and mixed animal veterinary practices, as well as owning a veterinary clinic by Northfield, MN for 15 years. Dr. Mary  loves being able to reduce pet and pet owner stress by bringing veterinary care into the home. Mary shares her farm home with numerous cats, an awesome Aussie named Oscar, and 9 horses (4 of which she owns). For fun she enjoys the great sports of endurance and competitive trail riding with her horses – riding up to 100 miles in one day. She also enjoys reading, dancing, and distance running (can’t let those horses have ALL the fun!).

About Dr. Cecilia, Veterinarian
Dr. Cecilia C. grew up in New Jersey and is a graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. After completing the program, she moved to Minnesota with her partner and established residence in the twin cities. Providing compassionate end of life care holds a special place in Dr. Cecilia’s heart as she gets to be a part of the celebration of that pet’s life and hear all of the wonderful tales they leave with their families. When she is not working, Dr. Cecilia enjoys participating in theatrical productions and video projects as well as spending time with her partner and four ridiculous rescue cats.

About Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Dr. Kara has been working as a companion animal veterinarian in the Twin Cities since graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Every pet deserves a loving and peaceful goodbye and she has dedicated her career to providing that while also focusing on the family’s comfort. In her spare time, Dr. Kara stays busy chasing after her 2 young sons and spending time with her very energetic pug (Wally) and beautiful cat (Doc).

 

About Dr. Caitlin, Veterinarian
Dr. Caitlin lived in many places throughout the country growing up, but has made Minnesota her adopted home. She received her undergraduate degrees as well as her DVM from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Caitlin then completed a rotating internship at the University of Minnesota before participating in an oncology specialty internship at the University of Wisconsin. She came back to the Twin Cities to be back with her family. In her free time, Dr. Caitlin loves to spend time with her family, as well as running, hiking, camping, reading, and playing word games.