A typical day could find Ann performing surgery and dental procedures, or dealing with a host of pet concerns, from analyzing a brand-new puppy's diet to assessing chronic diseases in a beloved cat. She is a hopeless lover of creatures, and her family includes a terrier named Axel, a German Wirehair Pointer name Rye, Tittles the cat, and a horse named Lady. As clinic owner and veterinarian, Ann is proud to be connected to “such a dedicated staff, such an amazing clientele, and such spirited animals.”
"I have met many wonderful pets and people during my years at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center. It is a special thing to care for a patient its entire life and I treasure that. I love getting to know our clients and feel blessed to have developed many meaningful relationships over the years." Heather has a special interest in feline medicine and behavior and also enjoys surgery and dentistry. Heather has worked here since 1996 and became a clinic owner in 2015. Heather has a busy family life with a blended family of 5 children, three cats and three dogs. "They all help make me a better doctor."
Jen has been a part of Grand Avenue Veterinary Center since 2003. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Jen loves the variety of general practice including wellness care, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and dentistry. “I feel truly fortunate to be practicing veterinary medicine in a setting like Grand Avenue. Our staff is dedicated to providing excellent care and we get to work with such remarkable clients and patients.” Jen lives with her husband, children, and two dogs – Rufus the St. Bernard and Gary the Newfoundland.
Luke joined Grand Avenue Veterinary Center in February 2020 following almost 4 years of small animal private practice in the Twin Cities. Having grown up with ties to Grand Avenue through Treadle Yard goods, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the community again and forge new relationships with pets and people.” He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2016 after working and volunteering at Animal Humane Society for several years. Special interests include feline and internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and education. Luke typically recharges after work with the help of his 3 brown tabbies, Zelda, Edison, and Maya.
It’s hard to say when Amanda knew being a vet was her calling; from complex “hospitals” she made for her stuffed animals, to her collection of pocket pets, to her obsession with medical documentaries from a very young age—it’s hard to picture her working in any other field. A graduate from Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, Amanda enjoys a variety of fields including feline medicine, endocrine disorders, pathology, cardiology and surgery. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys showing her Arabian horses, and playing with her two cats: Bindi and Monty with hopes to add a Golden Retriever to the mix soon!
Karen graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 worked full time at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center from 1999 to 2019. She has a special interest in integrative medicine and pain management. Although she retired from full time general practice in 2019, she continues to offer acupuncture consultations and treatments one day per week at our clinic. We are very thankful to continue a partnership with her even though her role has changed. Outside of veterinary medicine she enjoys outdoor activities with her dogs (skijoring, agility, disc and obedience), gardening, cooking, camping and yoga.
Anna is a "veterinary veteran," with over 25 years of service at Grand Avenue, much of it assisting in surgery, as well as helping to manage clinic inventory. She has made a home for two silly dogs and four cats and regularly takes care of her adorable "grandkitty" Albus Dumbledore.
Amanda enjoys the home like feel of GAVC. Co-workers and clients are like family. Originally a St. Paul native, she now resides in Somerset, WI with her husband, two children, their tripawd dog Mary Jane and three crazy cats! She enjoys being a hockey mom and Girl Scout mom!
Chris started working at GAVC in 2005 after attending Argosy University. She has been involved in pet rescue for a long time and often has a foster dog she brings to work. “I love working here because it is community oriented.” Her area of special interest is dentistry. Her zoo includes, Flora a 1 year old Puerto Rican transplant and three cats, Lolly, Maude, and Bonnie.
Erin attended Western Career College in California and graduated in 2010. "I have always enjoyed being around animals and getting to take care of them." Erin's favorite part of being a technician is assisting in surgery and helping ensure her patients recover safely. She shares most of her free time with her yellow lab, Abbie and her cat, Kit.
Kalee graduated from Argosy University in 2012 and has been working as a technician ever since. She joined GAVC in early 2017. She has a German Shorthair Pointer named Wren and a sassy cat named Bells. "I love being part of a veterinary team that provides such excellent care to their patients!" When she is not working, Kalee likes to be active outdoors, cook and check out new breweries and restaurants.
Sydney has always enjoyed being around animals of all kinds. "I knew from a young age I wanted to work with and help animals in need." Sydney started working for GAVC in 2018 and is working on becoming a Veterinary Technician. Sydney is a MN native and currently lives in St. Paul with her crazy but cuddly cats, Oliver and Buffy. In her free time she enjoys spending time outside and visiting with friends and family.
Olivia is an pre-vet student at the University of Minnesota. She couldn’t picture her life without animals and from a young age spent most of her time exploring the outdoors and catching as many frogs and snakes as she could. At home, Olivia has two weiner dogs named Thor and Rök who love to cuddle and go for walks. Olivia’s favorite part about being a veterinary assistant is all of the hands on experience she gets!
"I've always dreamed of working with animals and I couldn't imagine doing anything else! it brings me so much joy and makes my heart full." Mara has a ten year old poodle mix named bear, and also spends a lot of time with her friend's dog Georgia who is a black lab and greyhound mix and Biko, a 190 lb. English Mastiff. Mara enjoys cuddling with her dog, exploring the outdoors, hockey and snowboarding, and in that order! Mara plans to continue her education and wants to become a veterinarian.
Serena joined the team in January of 2021. Her passion for animals started when she was young and continues to grow each day. Serena is currently working towards her pre-vet degree at the University of MN with the hopes of going to vet school. Much of her free time is spent cuddling with her pets, a black lab named Tuesday and a cat named Maple.
Erin joined the GAVC team in 2007 as a Client Service Representative. In 2013 she completed a veterinary receptionist program to help better serve our clients and patients "I love meeting and getting to know all of our great clients and getting to see all of the cute dogs and cats that come in!" At home, Erin has two rescue cats; Pirate, a very affectionate one-eyed kitty and Polly, a shy little tabby.
A St. Paul native, Heather began fostering cats and dogs as a teen with her mother. In May 2015, Heather completed her receptionist certificate through a course sponsored by AAHA. “Working with people and animals is fun and rewarding”. In her free time Heather enjoys cooking, camping, gardening, silver smithing, home brewing, and spending time with friends and family. Heather resides in St. Paul with her husband Mike and their cats, Toph, Josette and Shiny Pants.
Heather joined GAVC in 2018, after over a decade of working in the veterinary and animal care field. She moved to the Cities a few years ago, and enjoys reading, music, and spending time with her cats. "I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center. I'm so impressed with not only the excellent veterinary care available, but also the calm and happy environment created by the staff. I feel very lucky to be here!"
Chou Chou was found on the side of the road on December 23rd, 2009 and brought to the Humane Society by a kind hearted stranger. She was 12 weeks old and paralyzed in her back legs, she was brought to us for x-rays to determine if her back had been broken. She was in no pain and was the sweetest little kitten, we determined that she had no fractures but had serious spinal cord damage. Dr. Brownlee took her home to care for her and learned she was a capable little cat who could even get up and down stairs pulling herself with her front legs. She shares her time between GAVC during the week and the Brownlee family's house on the weekends. She is adored by everyone she meets and spreads her love through a serious fan club online. #chouchou