Meet the Staff of the Grand Rapids Veterinary Clinic
|Dr. Hans Kaldahl
Hans Kaldahl, DVM, spent most of his life growing up in Bismarck, North Dakota. The rural nature of North Dakota attracted him into pursing a career in veterinary medicine and specifically, he intended to practice mixed animal medicine. After graduating from Iowa State University - College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, he worked in a small animal practice in Brewer, Maine for one year before joining the Grand Rapids Veterinary Clinic in 1999. The job in Grand Rapids was supposed to be a "stop" on their back to North Dakota, but they fell in love with the community and decided to make it their home. Hans and his wife Kristin have two children, Anika and Jens. The family's pets include a Deutsch Drahthaar named "Parker", and a Yorkie named "Kalliope". In his free time he enjoys spending time with his kids, helping coach the kid's activities, spending time outdoors and most sporting events including shooting sports and upland bird hunting. Dr. Kaldahl has served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Therese Schneider
Therese Schneider, DVM, joined the Grand Rapids Veterinary Clinic in 1993. She was happy to return to her hometown after living in the Twin Cities area for 10 years. Her father, Jack Bonner, is a retired local opthalmologist who inspired her interest in medicine and animals. Dr. Schneider graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She worked at the Delano Veterinary Clinic for three years; then worked for three years at Northwest Animal Hospital in Plymouth, MN, before moving back to Grand Rapids. Therese and her husband, Bud, have three children, Becky, Chuck and Jessica, and an English Setter named Sunny. In her free time Therese enjoys many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, mountain biking and skiing (any activity to get Sunny more exercise). She also attends her daughters' swim meets and has recently become a YMCA swim official. Therese's most recent passion is to spend time hiking, bird watching and exploring the Arizona desert with family and friends.
Dr. Leah Gustafson-Towers
Leah Gustafson-Towers, DVM, was born and raised in the twin cities. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and started her career here at the Grand Rapids Vet Clinic shortly thereafter. Leah met her husband Joel Towers at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University and married in 2008. They enjoy living on their hobby farm and continue to expand its occupants every year. Some of the long time residents are Leah's horses, dogs and cats. Dr. Leah and Joel had their son, Gabe, in 2012 and are excited he gets to grow up in a thriving small town community. Dr. Leah's favorite past times include horseback riding, upland bird hunting and NAVHDA training with her German shorthair, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Heather Krueger
Heather Krueger, DVM, graduated from Deer River and then attended the U of MN as both an undergraduate and at the College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1995. Despite early career intentions to pursue a practice in equine surgery, life ultimately led her to small animal care. Immediately prior to moving to Grand Rapids in 2002, Dr. Krueger handled relief services for several small animal clinics in the Rochester, MN area. Heather, her husband, and two girls take full advantage of our wonderful Northern MN outdoor opportunities, camping and fishing as much as a busy schedule allows. Their current pets include Tinkerbelle (an elderly bunny), Kiska (a naughty kitty), and Rio (a Flatcoated Retreiver, aka "Silver Spoon"-not that he's spoiled or anything). Fun time for Heather includes cross training, golfing, skiing, reading, quilting, and traveling.
Dr. Amanda Doran
Amanda Doran, DVM, grew up in a large dairy farming family in Sauk Rapids, MN. After high school she moved north and graduated from University of Minnesota Duluth in 2008. She received her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and practiced at a mixed animal clinic outside Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, for four and a half years before moving to Grand Rapids. Amanda shares her home with her husband, Danny, a crabby old tabby cat named Kinje, and 2 goofy mixed breed dogs, named Lark and Hibou. Amanda and her husband love hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing and cycling. They hope to add to their menagerie and get chickens, bees and goats soon.
- Julie Brown, CVT
- Pam Ketola, CVT
- Brianna Klennert, CVT
- Jessica Kutschat, CVT
- Becky Stangler, CVT
- Susie Schumacher, VT
- Carrie White, CVT
A vet tech is to the veterinarian what the nurse is to the doctor -- indispensable. They are responsible for the care of in-hospital patients. They are client educators, surgical nurses, phlebotomists, X-ray and dental technicians. They maintain the surgery and treatment rooms, the laboratory and pharmacy, and supervise veterinary assistants and kennel staff. A certified veterinary technician (CVT) has completed a two-year program from an accredited college and has successfully passed a state and national exam.
- Brenda Luoma, VA, Office Manager
- Stephanie Roberts
The clinic assistants are typically non-licensed technicians who assist both the doctor and the technicians. She/he may monitor hospitalized patients and track inventory. Clinic assistants are client educators and phlebotomists. They assist in X-ray, dental, laboratory and pharmacy duties.
- Dee Lovdahl, Human Resources Manager
- Kelli Weimer, VT
- Tiffany Gesme
- Maggie Motyl (Longville Office)
Veterinary receptionists, also known as the gatekeepers, are the windows to the world of veterinary practice. They are the warm and caring voice on the phone and the smile that greets in-coming clients. This position requires multi-tasking, salesmanship, problem-solving, fielding technical calls, performing simple bookkeeping, clerical functions, and of course love for animals AND people.
- Tami Wiltgen
- Dawn Muench
- Grace Rebel
- Alex Schuster
- Libby Blaine
The kennel staff is responsible for the physical appearance of the clinic, making sure that the place looks, smells, and feels clean and comfortable. Their duties include housekeeping, laundry, caring for in-hospital patients and boarders. Kennel assistants also run errands, assist the doctors, techs and assistants. Although their work is mostly “behind the scenes”, they are the key to your pet's comfort and our peace of mind.