Kristin Barncord, Resident

Alyssa Pinkos, Resident

Christopher D. Stauthammer, Assistant 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

Angela Gwynn, Resident

Daniel Heinrich, Resident

Jed Overmann, Assistant 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.

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 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. After finishing his Masters degree and residency in Comparative Anesthesiology, Dr. Almeida became an instructor in anesthesiology and joined the rest of the faculty shortly after as an Assistant Professor. His clinical interests include local and regional blocks as adjuncts to general anesthesia/acute pain management and post-anesthetic morbidity and mortality. Dr. Almeida’s other interest lies in Forensic Veterinary Medicine, and he currently serves as a board member of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association.

Caroline Baldo, Assistant Professor

Alonso Guedes, Associate Professor

Liz Goudie, Resident

Hilary Shipley, Resident

Erin Wendt-Hornickle, Assistant Professor 

Emergency Medicine / Critical Care

Alexia Berg, Resident

Rosalind Chow, Assistant Professor

Dr. Chow completed her veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia before going on to a residency in Veterinary Emergency and Intensive Care at the University of California, Davis. 

Efa Llewellyn, Resident

Janice Mladonicky, Specialty Intern

Kristin Smith, Resident

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. 

Hamsini Yagneswar, Resident


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

Abigail Bongard, Resident

Emily Coffey, Resident

Eva Furrow, Assistant Professor

Jennifer Granick, Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Groth, 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

Michelle Ritt, Associate Professor

Rachel Smith, Resident

Justin Wakayama, Resident

Robert J. Washabau, Professor

John Wright, Visiting Veterinarian


Medical Imaging

Kari Anderson, Associate 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. 

Aditya Dave, Resident

Frederic David, Assistant Professor

Dr. David received his DEDV (Diplôme D’Etat de Docteur Vétérinaire) from Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse (ENVT). He went on to complete a Masters in Veterinary Medicine and residency in Diagnostic Imaging at The Royal Veterinary College. He is board certified by the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI). 

Amalie DiMiceli, Resident

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 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 



Antonella Borgatti, Assistant Professor

Erin Dickerson, Assistant Professor

Michael Henson, Assistant Clinical Professor

Fekadu Kassie, Assistant Professor

Jennifer Lenz, Resident

Jaime Modiano, Professor

Jillian Zientek


Shelter Medicine

Sara Herrlinger, Assistant Professor

Dr. Herrlinger earned her D.V.M. at Ross University. She coordinates the Shelter Medicine rotation for fourth year veterinary students. Dr. Herrlinger has 20 years of practice experience.

Diane Jaimes, Program Coordinator

Ned Patterson, Vice Chair of Shelter Medicine



Complementary and Alternative Medicine






  • Michaela Henriksen, Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Christine Lim, Assistant Clinical Professor




Philip Allen, Resident

Greg Anderson, Associate Clinical Professor

Eskander Bishoy, 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.

Ann Heffernan, Resident

Kristina Kiefer, Assistant Professor

Dr. Kristina Kiefer is a University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine graduate, earning her DVM in 2006. She advanced her training further with a small animal internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, and a surgical internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Medicine. She returned to the University of Minnesota, where she competed a surgical residency, and a PhD in Veterinary Medicine. Her research studies and interests lie in surgical disease and regenerative medicine. She has completed multiple studies evaluating canine adipose derived stem and progenitor cells to treat osteoarthritis. Her surgical interests include management of polytraumatic cases, reconstructive and minimally invasive surgical procedures, and surgical oncology.

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.

Ruth Scott, Resident




Small Animal Internship Program

 Liz LaFond, Director of Small Animal Interns  

2015 Interns

Susan Arnold

Jeremy Fleming

Ji-In Lee

Austin Luskin

Ehren McLarty

Matthew Munro

Marissa Ruppel

Casey Sleznikow

Amy Zide


Technical Staff and Labs

Minnesota Urolith Center Surgical Research Lab Modiano Lab
Michelle Buettner Michael Conzemius Jaime Modiano
Amy Cokley Elizabeth Pluhar Ashley Graef
Sarah Davidson Kari Ekenstedt Jong-Hyuk Kim
Lori Koehler Kristina Kiefer Mitzi Lewellen
Sandra Leach Kristy Metivier Milcah Scott
Kristin Petersen   Katie Anderson
Laura Swanson    
Lisa Ulrich    
Clinical Investigation Center    
Michael Conzemius, Director    
Kathleen Stuebner, Research Coordinator and Program Manager  
Andrea Eckert, Research Study Technician    
Donna Groschen, Principal Laboratory Technician  
Sara Pract, Research Study Technician    
Amber Winter, Senior Research Study Technician  
Erin Katz, Clinical Research and Services Intern    

  • ©2014 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
  • The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer
  • Last modified on March 14, 2016