- Meet the Doctors
- We have an amazing team of caring and dedicated individuals. Please take a moment to get to know them prior to your next visit.
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The backbone of Elm Creek Animal Hospital is the Animal Care Team. They treat and care for the animals, aid and assist the veterinarians, and help you make appointments. They work closely with you to answer questions, inform on treatments, and give direction on the healing process.
All of our technicians have received a degree from an accredited Veterinary Technician school. Almost all have passed the state and national exam to make them Certified (CVT's), or are in the process!
Sarah joined the Elm Creek Animal Hospital team in 1999. She earned her CVT degree from the Medical Institute of Minnesota. Sarah's favorite part of her job is seeing the bond that animals and their humans share! She shares her home with Fozzi, a 6-year old cockapoo, and Calvin, a 3-year old domestic medium hair cat, and these two pets love each other! Sarah has also recently added a mischievous kitten, Teddy to her home. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her kids. You will find her cheering them on at a variety of sports events. They also like to spend time camping, hiking and bicycling.
Emily joined our team in 2009. She earned her education through the Minnesota School of Business. She enjoys puppies, dental cleanings and working with such a great team at ECAH! She has two dogs, both schipperke mixes. Rizzo, age 6 and Kenickie, age 8, are named after the movie "Grease!" In her free time, Emily enjoys, movies, shopping and outdoor activities.
Terri has been a part of the Elm Creek team since 2001. She holds her BSN degree from Bethel University and her CVT degree from Argosy University. When asked about her favorite part of her job, Terri said: "Dogs, dogs, and more dogs! I love seeing clients and their furry family members throughout the years. I remember some of our patients as brand new puppies and kittens who are now geriatric pets." Terri shares her home with several pets:
-Dare, a 14 year old cocker spaniel, who was featured in advertisements for Target in his younger years.
-Fancy, a 10 year old pitbull mix, who is a spoiled princess who loves children
-Barley, a 5 year old pitbull mix, who is a rescue dog who now thinks he has a very important job of keeping her yard squirrel and rabbit free
-Dude, a 4 year old Saint Bernard, a finished champion show dog and is now working on his grand champion.
In her free time, Terri enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 kids, and 4 fur kids. She spends a lot of time driving kids to their activities, but when time allows, likes to paint, go to hockey games (go Wild), and knit.
Beth has been an Elm Creek team member since 1997! She earned her CVT and education through Kirkwood Community College Small Animal Program and U of M Waseca. She has two pets. Joey is a pug who was adopted in January 2007 after a foster mom brought him in for an exam. Toby is also a pug she adopted through ECAH, after her husband said she could bring him home if he could get an HD TV!
Kat joined the Elm Creek Animal Hospital team in 2015. She earned her AAS from the Minnesota School of Business. When asked about the best part of her job, Kat said she most enjoys "developing long lasting relationships with clients and their pets and watching patients grow from their first appointment." Kat has two dogs. Turbo, a 2 year old border collie mix, enjoys spending the day with her at the clinic. Boost, a 4 year-old black lab retriever (AKA a fish-dog) loves being in the water more than on land. In her free time, Kat enjoys snowmobiliing, dirt bike riding, spending time with her dogs, drawing and painting.
Leslie joined the Elm Creek team in 2015. She attended the Medical Institute of Minnesota. She enjoys getting to know owners and their pets. She shares her home with Breezer, and 8 year old Golden Retriever, Shakey, a 16 year old domestic shorthair cat, and Chewbacca, a 4 month old guinea pig. In her free time, Leslie enjoys fishing, waterskiing, and spending time with family and friends up north at the cabin.
Kristi has been a part of our team since 2015. She earned her CVT degree from the Minnesota School of Business and also holds a BS degree in Equine Industries Management from the University of Minnesota. Her favorite part of her job is client education; she really enjoys teaching clients how to care for their pets. Kristi has several pets:
Daisi (miniature dachshund) 10 years. Daisi is little but fierce!
Moose (miniature dachshund) 8 years. Moose is completely opposite of Daisi but he is a very good snuggler.
Atti (Labrador retriever) 6 years. Atti is very gentle and she loves everybody!
Meow Meows (main coon mix). Meows is a very unique cat in that he thinks he's a dog and human. The only part of him that is cat is the way he looks.
Zeb (Morgan) 19 years. Zeb is a gentle old man who loves to sunbathe!
Waldo (Quarter Horse) 9 years. Waldo is very lazy and loves to eat.
Annie (Quarter Horse) 5 years. Annie is very sweet and loves to have her neck and back scratched.
When she is not working, Kristi loves to spend time with family and friends, especially her daughter Kora and husband Tony. She also enjoys crossfit, horseback riding, camping, hiking, snowboarding and wakeboarding.
Brooke joined our team in 2016 and holds an AA degree from the Minnesota School of Business. Her favorite part of her job is the opportunity for client education. She shares her home with several pets:
Nora Belle - 5 years- mini Rex rabbits - hates carrots, loves head rubs and runs agility courses.
Chloe Beth - 3 years- Siamese Lynx point mix - begs for food every chance she gets, enjoys chewing on paper and leaves and is our number one bug catcher.
Sammy Benson - 1 year - springer setter mix - pro digger, pillow hog and extreme napper.
In her free time, Brooke enjoys Hoppy hour, rabbit agility, fostering animals, string art, restoring old furniture and boating.
Nyssa joined the Elm Creek Animal Hospital Team in 2003. She holds AA, BSN, AS, and is a registered nurse. She enjoys caring for patients whether its for an annual exam or a more critical illness. She shares her home with several pets:
-Romana, a 11.5 year old Shih Tzu (the diva)
-Wicket, a 10.5 year old Shih Tzu (the protector)
-Leela, a 7.5 year old Shih Tzu (the troublemaker)
-Picasso, a 6.5 year old Long Coat Chihuahua (the loud one, and he also used to run agility)
-Marco, the 8 month old Great Dane (the chicken)
-Cayenne, the 8.5 year old Holland Lop (the crabby one)
In her free time, Nyssa enjoys volleyball, cars, hanging out with friends and hiking.
Samantha has been on the Elm Creek Animal Hospital team since 2008. Her favorite parts of her job are educating clients and of course, meeting all the cats! She has a Morgan horse, Melrose, and lives with four cats: Wall-E, Liam, Alfredo and Riley. Sam has a two-year-old daughter, Mallory, and an 8 month old son, Carson. Sam adores and loves spending time with her little ones! Some of her hobbies are riding her horse all year round and snowmobiling in the winter.
Debbie has been a receptions with Elm Creek Animal Hospital since April 2000. She lives with two dogs and two cats in her home. She keeps very busy with her hobby farm that includes 15 chickens!
Jena is the newest member of our client service team! In her spare time, she enjoys fishing and traveling. Northern Minnesota is one of her favorite destinations. Her favorite sport is hockey, and she loves the Minnesota Wild. Jena has 2 bunnies, Rupie and Lumi, and a rescue puppy, Rosie. Rosie is mischievous, and loves to unmake beds, dragging the blankets through the house.