Faculty

Divisions

Cardiology

Kristin Barncord, Resident

Rebecca Cervenec, Resident
Dr. Cervenec graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in June of 2011. She completed a rotating internship in internal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Cervenec holds a Master of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Arizona. Dr. Cervenec is interested in interventional cases and management of acquired heart disease.

Christopher D. Stauthammer, Assistant Clinical Professor 
Dr. Stauthammer completed his undergraduate and veterinary studies at the University of Illinois. He continued his professional training as an intern and resident in Comparative Cardiology at the University of Minnesota. In 2009, Dr. Stauthammer joined the faculty as an assistant clinical professor of Cardiology. Dr. Stauthammer has received several teaching, service, and academic awards. He is actively involved in Clinical Research at the University of Minnesota and provides excellent training and education to DVM students, interns, and residents.

 

Clinical Pathology

Daniel Heinrich, Resident

Jed Overmann, Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Overmann completed his DVM at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa in 2004. In 2007 he completed a Veterinary Clinical Pathology Residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Overmann is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Overmann is interested in diagnostic hematology and cytology, immune-mediated hematologic diseases, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and case-based learning in the veterinary curriculum.

Jill Schappa, Resident

Dr. Schappa is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Schappa is interested in translational and comparative medicine.

Davis Seelig, Assistant Professor

Dr. Seelig obtained his BS degree from Boston University, followed by a DVM degree from Tufts University in 2003. He then completed Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residences and a PhD degree in pathology at Colorado State University. He became a diplomate of the ACVP in 2011 and joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2013. His laboratory focuses on prion disease pathology and pathogenesis, experimental radiation biology, and the advanced classification of veterinary lymphoproliferative diseases.
  

Leslie C. Sharkey, Professor

Dr. Sharkey obtained her BS with Honors from the University of Michigan, followed by a DVM and PhD in cardiovascular physiology from the Ohio State University. She became a diplomate of the ACVP in 1999, and was on faculty at Tufts University in Boston before joining the University of Minnesota. Dr. Sharkey is interested in experimental pathology, cancer biology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

 

Comparative Anesthesiology

Daniel Almeida, Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Almeida graduated from Veterinary School in his hometown of Brasilia, Brazil in 2003. After a few years of private practice experience and a position as an official veterinarian for the Brazilian government, Dr. Almeida started his residency and graduate program at the U of M in 2007. In 2009, Dr. Almeida returned to Brazil to complete certificates in Forensic Veterinary Medicine and Police Investigation. He returned to the University of Minnesota in 2010 to complete his graduate studies and residency in comparative anesthesia. Dr. Almeida is continuing at the University as an instructor in anesthesiology.  

Caroline Baldo, Assistant Clinical Professor

Liz Goudie, Resident

Dr. Goudie is a 2010 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in surgey, medicine, critical care, and neurology at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in New York, New York.

Lynelle F. Graham, Clinical Professor
Dr. Graham graduated from the University of Minnesota CVM in 1995, and then completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Graham then returned to her alma mater where she completed a residency/graduate degree in anesthesiology (1996-1999), and has advanced training in veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic and herbal medicine. Her clinical interests include pain management, critical care, herbal medicine and acupuncture. She is a board certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists (DACVA).

Erin Wendt-Hornickle, Assistant Clinical Professor 

Emergency Medicine / Critical Care

Alexia Berg, Resident (Summer 2014)

Efa Llewellyn, Resident

Dr. Llewellyn is a 2010 graduate of Royal Veterinary College, London. She is interested in the acute management of the polytrauma patient, sepsis and management of the coagulopathy patient.

Katie Moyer, Resident

Dr. Moyer is a 2009 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota as a resident, she completed an internship Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Tufts Cummings Foster Hospital for Small Animals in Massachusettes.

Lisa Powell, Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Powell completed her veterinary education at Texas A&M University. She completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the Animal Medical Center and a residency in Emergency/Critical care at Tufts University. She serves as ICU Director and Residency Supervisor.

Mallory Salcedo, Resident

Dr. Salcedo is a 2011 graduate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University. She completed a rotating internship in surgery and medicine at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego.

Julie Schildt, Assistant Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Schildt earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Minnesota and a Residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Michigan State University. 

Tara Sime, Resident

Dr. Sime is a 2008 graduate in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota. She completed an internship at Animal Emergency Center in Glendale, WI

Kristin Smith, Resident (Summer 2014)

Kelly Tart, Associate Professor

Dr. Tart completed her veterinary education at the University of Minnesota. She completed an internship in Emergency and Critical Care through Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care and a residency in Emergency/Critical Care at the University of Minnesota.

Jeff Todd, Assistant Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Todd earned his DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Minnesota. 

 

General Practice

Heather Fairbairn, Assistant Clinical Professor

Kristi Flynn, Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Flynn is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She emphasizes quality medicine and client service with an emphasis on professional improvement, teamwork and collaboration within the veterinary community.

Sue Lowum, Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Sue Lowum graduated veterinary school from the University of Minnesota with many awards and honors. She then went on to complete a rigorous rotating internship at the University of Minnesota where she gained experience in emergency medicine, surgery, and internal medicine. She joined our General Practice Service in 2008. Dr. Lowum’s medical interests are numerous but include geriatric medicine, preventative medicine, endocrine disease, cardiology, oncology, and gastrointestinal disease.

Margaret Root Kustritz, Professor of Theriogenology

Dr. Peggy Root Kustritz is a 1987 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  After working in small animal private practice in the Twin Cities for several years, she returned to the University of Minnesota, completing a residency in theriogenology.  She achieved board certification in theriogenology in 1994, and completed a PhD in theriogenology in 1995. She currently is employed as an associate professor in small animal reproduction and also serves as vice-chair of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department and Assistant Dean of Education of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the author of several veterinary texts and one text for dog breeders and is a frequent speaker for lay and veterinary audiences. 

 

Internal Medicine

P. Jane Armstrong, Professor

Joseph Bisignano, Resident

Abigail Bongard, Resident

Jenny Cho, Resident

Lisa Gorman, Resident

Jennifer Granick, Assistant Professor

Stephanie Kennedy, Resident

Yoojin Kim, Resident

Jody Lulich, Professor

Lindsay Merkel, Assistant Professor

Rita Miller, Assistant Professor

Laura Molgaard, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Carl Osborne, Professor

Ned Patterson, Professor

David Polzin, Professor

Pat Redig, Professor

Lisa Riggs, Resident (Summer 2014)

Michelle Ritt, Associate Clinical Professor

Rachel Smith, Resident (Summer 2014)

Justin Wakayama, Resident

Robert J. Washabau, Professor

John Wright, Visiting Veterinarian

 

Medical Imaging

Kari Anderson, Associate Clinical Professor and Section Chief

Dr. Anderson received her D.V.M. from the University of Minnesota, completed a small animal rotating internship at North Carolina State University, and completed her radiology residency at the University of Tennessee. Prior to her radiology residency, Dr. Anderson practiced for two years at a small animal veterinary hospital in Minnesota. Her special interests include clinical applications of radiology, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. Dr. Anderson has 17 years of radiology experience. 

Frederic David, Assistant Clinical Professor

Daniel Feeney, Professor

Dr. Feeney received his D.V.M. from Colorado State University, completed a small animal rotating internship at Purdue University, and completed his master’s degree and radiology residency at the University of Georgia. His special interests include the use of imaging techniques (particularly radiography, ultrasonography, and computed tomography) to conduct medical work-ups and investigate spontaneous disease. Dr. Feeney has 35 years of radiology experience.

Christopher Ober, Assistant Clinical Professor 

Dr. Ober received his D.V.M. from North Carolina State University, completed a small animal rotating internship at Tufts University, and completed his PhD and radiology residency at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. His special interests include musculoskeletal imaging and the use of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate spontaneously occurring disease. Dr. Ober has 9 years of radiology experience. 

Erin Ryan, Resident

Megan Maclellan, Resident

 

Oncology

Antonella Borgatti, Assistant Professor

Alexis Denysyk, Resident

Erin Dickerson, Assistant Professor

Sara Fritz, Resident

Michael Henson, Assistant Clinical Professor

Fekadu Kassie, Assistant Professor

Jaime Modiano, Professor

Jillian Zientek, Resident (Summer 2014)

 

Specialties

Behavior

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Dentistry

Dermatology

Neurology

Nutrition

Ophthalmology

Theriogenology

 

Surgery

Philip Allen, Resident

Greg Anderson, Associate Clinical Professor

Daniel Balogh, Resident

Michael G. Conzemius, Professor

Dr. Conzemius received his D.V.M. from Iowa State University in 1990. He earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in 2000 from Iowa State University.  Dr. Conzemius received the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence in 2002. He holds several patents, including two for a canine total elbow implant.

Erin Corbin, Resident

Kevin Haynes, Resident

Ann Heffernan, Resident (Summer 2014)

Rickard Kohler, Resident

Betty Kramek, Clinical Professor

Elizabeth LaFond, Associate Clinical Professor

Jeff MacLellan, Resident

G. Elizabeth Pluhar, Associate Professor

Dr. Pluhar received her D.V.M. from Oregon State University in 1989. She earned a master of science degree in molecular biology from Northern Illinois University. In 1999, she earned a Ph.D. in veterinary sciences/comparative orthopaedics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research interests include improving total joint longevity, development of bone graft substitutes, the study of osteoclasts and bone graft incorporation, and the investigation of novel gene and immunotherapies for brain tumors.

Justin Uhl, Resident

 

Interns

 

Small Animal Internship Program

 Liz LaFond, Director of Small Animal Interns  

2013 Interns

2014 Interns

Dr. Vincent Baldanza

Dr. Michelle Acierno

Dr. Ann Heffernan

Dr. Koji Aoki

Dr. Katherine Meyers

Dr. Caitlin Barry-Heffernan

Dr. Laura Rice

Dr. Heidi Fink

Dr. Lisa Riggs

Dr. Colleen Guidot

Dr. Kristin Smith

Dr. Jonathan Musser

Dr. Katherine Stroda
 

Dr. Katerine Stoddard

  

 

 

 

Technical Staff and Labs

Minnesota Urolith CenterSurgical Research LabModiano Lab
Michelle BuettnerMichael ConzemiusJaime Modiano
Amy CokleyElizabeth PluharAshley Graef
Sarah DavidsonVicki WilkeDaisuke Ito
Lori KoehlerKari EkenstedtKiersten Jensen
Sandra LeachKristina KieferJong-Hyuk Kim
Kristin PetersenKristy MetivierMitzi Lewellen
Laura Swanson Milcah Scott
Lisa Ulrich Rachit Gupta
   
 ESAS and Student Surgery  
   
Diane Jaimes  
Sandi Johnson  
Curt Knutson  

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