East Valley Animal Clinic - Apple Valley, MN - Our Staff

East Valley Animal Clinic

5049 Upper 141st Street West
Apple Valley, MN 55124



Veterinary Support Staff: Certified Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Receptionists & Groomer 


Dawn, Hospital Manager & C.V.T.


Dawn is a founding member of the East Valley Animal Clinic staff. She started working at EVAC while she was still a student at the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1990. She did her internship here and accepted a position as a Certified Veterinary Technician after graduation. Dawn also has a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.  She shares her condo with her cat Cash.  Dawn grew up in LaCrosse, Wisconsin with a variety of animals such as rabbits, horses, cats, and dogs. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, reading, watching Nascar racing, and football (Dawn is a Packer Fan!).

"I like the family atmosphere of the clinic and seeing clients and their pets throughout all stages of their life," comments Dawn.

Dawn is amazing in that she remembers so much about our clients and their pets.

This talent makes her a resource for the rest of the staff when our memories fail us! She is a talented technician whose experience benefits our practice, clients and their pets every day.

Erica, C.V.T.


Erica is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has been at East Valley Animal Clinic since 2002. She was a student intern from the Medical Institute of Minnesota, which is now Argosy University and was hired on when she graduated.

Erica has a love for all animals. She has a parrot named Homer, and two dogs named Toby and Scout. 

When Erica is not taking care of her two boys and pets, she enjoys gardening, kayaking, camping, and hiking.

Aimee, C.V.T.


Aimee happily joined the crew of East Valley Animal Clinic in April of 2007. She graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in February of 2002.

Aimee and her husband, Mike, live in Lakeville with their two daughters Heidi and Hannah. 

They share their home with 3 cats; brothers Jack and Jude, Jett-saved as a stray from the river bottoms, and their rescue Border collie mix, Jovie. This furry bunch get along fairly well and keep the family on their toes and well loved! 

When not at EVAC, Aimee can be found enjoying the many activities that can be done in the great outdoors with her family. Some of her favorite activities include gardening, camping, hiking, mountain biking, visiting Minnesota state parks and the Boundary Waters. 

Rebecca, C.V.T.


Rebecca came to East Valley Animal Clinic to complete her clinical internship from Argosy University. She was so impressive that she was hired at the end of her internship. Rebecca has been with us since January 2008. Prior to her education for veterinary technology, Rebecca studied at Augsburg and the University of Minnesota for vocal performance.

In her spare time, Rebecca and her husband are busy with their 2 children, and their dog, Horatio. Rebecca enjoys both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra and attends concerts whenever she can. She enjoys hiking on the North Shore, reading and singing.

Rebecca loves her job and it shows in the way she cares for her patients. She has a wonderful way with her patients and has excellent technical skills. 

Melissa, C.V.T.


Melissa joined the staff at East Valley Animal Clinic in March of 2010 after completing her internship here. She is a certified veterinary technician and graduate of Argosy University. Melissa has a love for surgery and anesthesia, dentistry, and a soft spot for all bulldogs. She currently resides in Farmington with her husband, Brent, their sons, Noah and Jackson, their cat, Dexter, and their golden retriever, Zelda. When she isn’t caring for animals at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and being the best baseball mom that she can be!

Ashlie, C.V.T.

Ashlie is a certified technician that joined the staff after completing her internship with us in November of 2012.  She graduated from Argosy in February of 2013. Ashlie is an Apple Valley native who currently lives in Lakeville. She has quite the busy household! She shares her life with her husband, Mark, her four boys, Nixon, Mikko, Crew, and Koa, her dog, Ollie, and her cats, Simba and Miso. In her (rare) spare time, Ashlie enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Erika, C.V.T.


Erika joined East Valley Animal Clinic in 2016, after moving here from Arizona. She spent the first 10 years of her career working at emergency & specialty clinics, but has found that her switch to general practice has made her a well-rounded technician. Because of her previous experience, Erika loves surgery - especially challenging anesthetic cases. 

Erika shares her home with her human husband, and her hound dog, Hogan. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the park & hiking with her dog, painting, reading, kayaking, and checking off her travel bucket list. 

Hannah, C.V.T.


Hannah came to East Valley to complete her internship from Argosy University in 2016. She previously worked as a kennel assistant at another clinic. She loved East Valley and how much they treated each other like family, she never wanted to leave. 

Hannah currently lives in Rosemount with her husband, Will, and their cats, Madison and Bandi. When she isn't working or pet sitting, she likes to travel to new places, shop, go to sporting events, and spend time with friends. Hannah's family has had many German shepherds so she will always have a soft spot for them! 


Kaitlin, C.V.T.


Kaitlin completed her internship in 2018 after finishing her studies at Argosy University and we were so impressed with her that we couldn't let her go.

Kaitlin has always loved animals, but she started out her education as an art major.  She felt something was missing and found herself working at an animal shelter.  There, she fell in love with helping animals and decided being a veterinary technician was her passion.

In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys hiking with mixed-breed dog, Jace,  cuddling with her rescue kitty, Chili, and kayaking.  She is crazy for the Vikings (SKOL Vikes!) & card games. She can't get enough of them and will happily learn any card games you have to teach her!

Izzy, C.V.T.

Izzy joined East Valley Animal Clinic in 2018 after completing her internship with us. She is a graduate of Argosy University and a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Her biggest interests in the field are anesthesia and dentistry. Being able to assist in dental cleanings, and new puppy/kitten appointments, is her favorite part of the day!
Izzy lives in Rosemount with her Maine Coon kitty, Zola. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, health/fitness, and spending quality time with friends and family. 

Emily, C.V.T.

Emily is a CVT and joined East Valley in 2023 after completing her internship with us! Emily received her undergraduate degree at Morris and finished her education at DCTC in the Vet Tech program. Before joining us, Emily spent time shadowing at another clinic and volunteering at the humane society. 

Emily is a Rosemount native. She shares her home with her boyfriend and their dog, Bennie. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, and playing video games. 

Emma, Veterinary Assistant 


Emma joined the East Valley crew in 2019. She has always had a love for animals and previously worked at an animal shelter. She currently is enrolled in Penn Foster's vet tech program to eventually become a certified vet tech. 

Emma shares her home with her orange tabby, Mr. Kitty, and her hamster. When she's not at work, she loves to explore the outdoors, travel to new places, and spend time with friends.

Haily, Receptionist

Haily joined East Valley Animal Clinic in June 2020. She left her job as an employee at a car dealership in the Service Department (ask her anything about cars, she'll know!), to pursue her love for animals. She shares her life with boyfriend, Tyler, and her 5 different pets at home. She likes to call it her 'mini farm'. She has 2 cats, Bella & Mowgli, 2 sugar gliders, Flack & Stewie, & 1 leopard gecko, Henry Ford. 

She loves to spend her spare time working on her car along with her boyfriend Tyler, or doing anything car related like car shows and races at the racetrack! 

Haily is thinking about going to school to become a certified vet tech and we are so excited for her! 

Kayla, Veterinary Assistant 

Kayla joined us at East Valley Animal Clinic in June 2020. She is currently attending school to become a veterinary technician. Kayla currently lives in Eagan with her fiance, David, and their grey kitty, Pip. She also has three dogs; Apollo, Chase, and Mickey (both Boston Terrier or Boston mixes!). Kayla has a soft spot for brachycephalic breeds (who could resist those squishy faces!?). In her free time, she enjoys running, shopping, watching boxing/MMA fights, and hanging out with friends and family. Kayla has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember. We are so excited for her to pursue her dreams here at East Valley. Once she finishes her schooling, we know she is going to make a great C.V.T! 

Kiira, Receptionist


Kiira joined East Valley in November of 2020 after attending Hamline University in St. Paul.

Kiira is from the heart of Iron Range in Virginia, MN. She grew up visiting the family farm and befriending all of the cows. Her goal is to have a self sustainable hobby farm!

Kiira lives in St. Paul with her husband, Marcus, and a little-long-haired dauchsund mix named Kiefer! She loves hanging out with her college friends, watching movies, and taking walks around the local lakes and parks. On her day off, you can find Kiira at the local thrift stores and estate sales. Vintage anything is her jam!




Jackie, Groomer

Jackie has been working at East Valley Animal Clinic since 1995. She is a very talented dog groomer, which is why she books up really fast! 

Jackie grew up in Bloomington and still lives there with her husband, Tom, and her daughter, Erin. Her furry family includes an English Cocker Spaniel, Maple, two cats, Nala and Moose, one bearded dragon, Blue, two guinea pigs, Benny and Bear, and two hamsters, Carl and Tony. In her free time, Jackie enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family...furry and human.