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Meet our professional, compassionate, & friendly support staff.
Michelle, Certified Veterinary Technician
I graduated from the University of Minnesota-Waseca in 1991 with a AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. I have worked as a certified veterinary technician for the last 27 years. Those years have included working in ICU/Emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital and in private practice for the most part. My experience over the past 27 years has prepared me to be the lead CVT and Hospital Manager, which is the position I currently have at K-M Regional. I have worked here for the last 14 years.
I love all animals and strive to make their lives better any way I can. My mission is to make sure the owners know I care about them and their pet. I want them to know that their pet will be treated like family in our care.
I currently have 2 older cats; Moe and Joe, two barn cats; Smokie and Midnight Oil. I have one dog, a Pomeranian named Mabel. I have a dove. I recently purchased a hobby farm so my animal family will be growing over the next few years. I have been married for 24 years. I have two adult children; Tyler, 24 and Allison, 21. In my spare time, I love to cook and bake. I enjoy gardening, reading, walking and bowling. I love spending time with my family and pets most of all!
Hannah, Certified Veterinary Technician
I graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at RCTC in 2015, during which I did my internship here at KM Regional and ended up never leaving! I’ve always been an advocate for the animals, and working here has allowed me to fulfill my need to help the little furry souls that aren’t able to help themselves. I enjoy short walks to the bedroom with my cat, Mick Goldie. When allowed (by Mick), our dog Bindi also joins in on the snuggling. If I’m not working at KM, you will find me at the family business, River’s Edge Market Garden in Oronoco, MN. I spend my evenings there planting microgreens, whilst listening to my future husband and Irish song maker, Dermot Kennedy, serenade my seedlings. If there is free time to be had, I will spend it hanging out with my friends, going fishing with my dad or relaxing at home with my animals. My plan is get my VTS in Clinical Practice within the next 5 years and with that added experience, continue to provide the best possible care to the animals that find themselves in need of it.
Carissa S., Veterinary Technician
I'm Carissa! The resident crazy dog lady. Born and raised in Wisconsin, I moved to Rochester with my boyfriend in 2015. We have two dogs. A chocolate lab named Beau who is 3 and an Australian shepherd named Kelso who just turned 1! They are best buds who are spoiled rotten. They keep us very busy! We love to take them hiking, swimming and on long car rides.
I was fortunate enough to get hired at KM as a veterinary assistant in 2016. Since then, I've received a ton of on the job training, and thanks to my wonderful coworkers and boss, I'm happy to say that I'm now working full time as a veterinary technician and loving every minute of it. Animals are my passion and I'm beyond thrilled to be able to work with and help them each and every day. My favorite part of my job, is that it's never the same. Each day is completely different than the last, and I'm constantly learning new things. And, nothing compares to the feeling you get, knowing you helped a patient heal and live a healthy life.
When I'm not at work I love listening to music and going to concerts, biking, and spending as much time with my dogs and family as possible! I'm so grateful that I found my niche and can't wait for the many years (and dogs) to come!
Claire L., Veterinary Technician
I grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Rochester in 2017 and began RCTC's Veterinary Technician program. Since then I have learned a lot and have enjoyed spending time at working and volunteering at zoos and animal shelters. I was placed at KM Regional Veterinary Hospital for my first internship and since then have continued my work here as a veterinary assistant. I have two copper golden retriever doggos back home in WI. I enjoy spending time in warm weather and being with family and friends, and of course, animals!
Bio coming soon!
Allison, Kennel Attendant
Hi, I'm Allie. I have been KM Regionals kennel attendant for 8 years. I was lucky enough to start my career with KM Regional when I was only 13. My whole life I have always had a passionate heart for all animals.
I am planning on going to college to become a certified Veterinary Technician. I also want to take Equestrian science/ horse husbandry classes. I would like to also become a professional dog trainer , pet groomer , and wildlife rehabliltaor. So yeah, I have a lot of schooling ahead of me. 😊
I own an amazing German shepherd named "Seth" (he is my best friend), a little tabby cat named "Lily", and a mini Juliana/ potbelly pig named "Pua".
When I'm not taking care of animals at KM, I'm usally working at my other job at Mills Fleet Farm or I'm having fun in my free time. Some of my favorite hobbies include: horseback riding, 4 wheeling , going to movies, going to concerts , listening to music, traveling, spending time with family and friends and watching my favorite TV show "The Walking Dead". My boyfriend and I love to spend our weekends toegther going on adventure with my GSD "Seth", we love to go hiking, swimming, fishing, camping and going on long day trips to somewhere new.
I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and service to animals. I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and furthering my knowledge through a commitment of lifelong learning. It's more then just a career, for me it's a way of life. I like challenges and I'm prepared for anything that gets thrown at me. I love animals and I want to do everything I can to help them.