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. Leah Gustafson-Towers
Dr. Heather Krueger
- Pam Ketola, CVT
- Brianna Klennert, CVT
- Jessica Kutschat, CVT
- Marissa McKinney, 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
- Mariah Hill
- Alexis Polister
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.