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Katie Pesina, Office Manager, CVT
Katie is the Office Manager and a Certified Veterinary Technician. She grew up in Cokato and graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School. Katie obtained her A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from Ridgewater College in Willmar. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 15 years and been with the Animal Medical Center since June 1, 2004. She and her husband live just outside of Silver Lake. In July 2014 they welcomed a baby boy Kaeden Michael to the family! They have two dogs - a Brittany named Gracie and a German Wirehaired Pointer, Jackson. She also has two cats - Lucy and Sophie. Katie enjoys walking, being outdoors, hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family.
Heather Menzel , CVT
Heather is our Lead Certified Veterinary Technician. She grew up in Anoka and received an A.A.S degree in Veterinary Technology from the Minnesota School of Business. She has a daughter, Alivia Rose, two cats - Keelo and Kitty, and a boxer pup, Peppa. Her hobbies include darts and horseback riding.
Maggie Gueningsman , CVT
Maggie is a Certified Veterinary Technician who joined AMC staff in April of 2012. She graduated with an A.A.S degree in Veterinary Technology from Minnesota School of Business. Maggie and her husband Jon have three sons - Bryson, Owen, and recent addition Wyatt. Congratulations Maggie and Jon! They have two dogs, Duke and Gus, and three cats - Kiki, Frankie and Church.
Abby Munson, CVT
Abby is a Certified Veterinary Technician who joined our team in July of 2016. She has 7 years in the veterinary field. She is from Atwater and Graduated A.C.G.C. in 2013. She completed the Veterinary Technician program at Ridgewater College in Willmar and graduated in 2015 with an A.A.S Degree in Veterinary Technology. Abby has 2 dogs a lab mix named Cabela and a terrier mix named Roscoe. She also has 2 cats Stirfry and Cali. She enjoys quilting, embroidering, hunting, fishing and anything outdoors.
Annette Simon, CVT
Annette is a Certified Veterinary Technician! She is from Royalton and graduated from Royalton High School. She then completed her A.A.S Degree in Veterinary Technology at Ridgewater College in Willmar. She comes from a large family with one brother and four sisters. She has one dog, a Puggle Mix named Cleopatra and five cats, Rain, Frostbite, Storm, O'Riley and Malibu as well as beef cows. Annette enjoys anything outdoors, reading, coloring and hanging out with friends.
Melissa Marin, CVT
Melissa is Certified Veterinary Technician who joined our team in March of 2017. She has 3 1/2 years in the veterinary field. She is from Belle Plaine and graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 2008. She received her A.A.S. Degree in Veterinary Technology from Rochester Community and Technical College. Melissa and her husband Brandon have two daughters Harper (4 years) and Everly (7 months). They also have 1 German Shepherd named Zeus and two cats Puma and Skye. In her spare time Melissa enjoys playing softball, fishing, golfing, hunting and spending time with her family.
Hathaway Darnell, CVT
Hattie is our newest veterinary technician. She started with us in May of 2017 as an intern from Ridgewater College. She did such a great job, we had to keep her on staff. She just graduated with her A.A.S. Degree in Veterinary Technology this year. She is originally from Hutchinson and graduated from Hutchinson High School. She comes from a large family of six brothers! She has 2 German Shorthaired Pointers named Ranger and Rosie and a pet rat named Rose. She enjoys fishing, hiking, biking, volleyball, hunting and being outdoors. She plans to take the VTNE this fall and become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Shantay is our lead receptionist. She has been with us for a little over a month and has been a fantastic addition to our staff. She grew up in Buffalo Lake and graduated from Buffalo Lake-Hector High School. She has two dogs, Storm and Thunder and two horses Rebel and Charitie. She enjoys horseback riding and truck pulling.
Peggy Brekke is the kennel manager. She has over 22 years of experience. She is originally from Hutchinson and graduated from Hutchinson High School. She and her husband Gary have one son named Mike. They have two dogs and several cats. Her hobbies include gardening.
Sarah Bollingmo is a kennel assistant. She has over 5 years of experience. She grew up in Hutchinson. She and her husband have two children, 9 fish, 2 fiddler crabs, 1 plocotomus, and a cat named Dot.
Heather Griswold , Pet Groomer
Heather Griswold is a Certified Pet Groomer. She is here Tuesdays and Thursdays. She grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Mayer High School before attending the Normandale Cutting Edge Pet Grooming School. Heather has over twelve years of experience and has been with Animal Medical Center since September of 2010. She also breeds and shows German Wirehaired Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers and Poodles. Her hobbies include showing dogs and trail riding. She has been showing German Wirehaired Pointers for 5 years.