Meet Our Team
Woman Owned and Privately Operated Veterinary Center Since 1985
Dr. Heather Taylor has been a part of Grand Avenue Veterinary Center since 1996 when she started working as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota. She continued working through veterinary school, graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After a brief stint at another clinic, she rejoined GAVC as an associate vet in 2006 and is now co-owner with Dr. Jen Seidl. She loves all the relationships she’s made with the amazing clients and the co-workers she considers a second family.
Heather shares her home with her husband Gary, blended family of 5 kids, 3 dogs and 3 cats! In her spare time, she loves to hike, lift weights, be a volleyball mom, read, travel and spend time with her kids. Her dream vacation would be to volunteer at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand and her bucket list includes hiking at all the national parks. Her favorite TV show is Parks and Rec.
Dr. Jen Seidl has been a part of Grand Avenue Veterinary Center since 2003. She graduated from the University of MN College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. There are numerous things that Jen appreciates being a part of GAVC – owning the practice with Dr. Taylor, the variety of work being a general practitioner, working with an amazing team, and having such remarkable clients and patients. Jen lives with her husband, children and 2 Newfoundlands – Gary and Frank.
Jen enjoys spending time at her cabin with her family and watching her kids enjoy their numerous activities such as sports and music. One day she would like to spend more time traveling the world and perhaps move somewhere more adventurous.
Dr. Luke Daley joined Grand Avenue Veterinary Center in February 2020 following almost 4 years of small animal private practice in the Twin Cities. He grew up with ties to Grand Avenue through Treadle Yard Goods, and was thrilled to be a part of the community again. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2016 following an undergraduate degree in Psychology and after working and volunteering at Animal Humane Society for several years. His special interests include feline and internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and education. Luke typically recharges after work with the help of his 2 brown tabbies, Zelda and Maya who share 7 legs and 1 tail between the two.
Luke’s dream vacation is traveling to New Zealand, he has already been there twice! He also likes to build custom gaming PC’s.
Dr. Amanda Ruddle attended the University of Minnesota for both her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and her veterinary studies, graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. She has worked in the Twin Cities as both an associate veterinarian and relief veterinarian at several clinics and comes with great experience in both general practice and urgent care. She volunteers in community veterinary outreach and like the rest of our staff is Fear Free certified. Prior to pursuing veterinary medicine, she worked as a hair stylist and managed a salon. She even worked as a stylist on a cruise ship, traveling through the Caribbean!
Amanda lives in St. Paul with her dog Lyle, her senior kitty Sassy and dog roommate Rhodes! She loves to travel, hike, camp, cook, listen to live music and garden. She also fosters orphan kittens for Last Hope during spring kitten season. She would love to take a year long vacation to travel the world some day and she also wants to hike the Patagonia Hiking Trail.
It’s hard to say when Dr. Solie knew being a vet was her calling; from complex “hospitals” she made for her stuffed animals, 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 internal medicine, pathology, and soft tissue surgery. She also is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping to educate not only owners, but those interested in a career in the veterinary industry. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys showing her Arabian horses, and playing with her two cats, Bindi and Monty and her Golden Retriever, Willow.
Amanda’s favorite Starbucks drink is a hazelnut latte (on cold days) or a sweet cream cold brew (on hot days)! Her current favorite author is Sarah J Maas and she enjoys spending time reading any of her books.
Dr. Amber Krahmer graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Prior to working at GAVC, she worked as a general practitioner around the Twin cities and spent several years doing home euthanasia with MN Pets. Amber’s veterinary interests range from internal medicine to dentistry with a special focus on making end of life care go well whether at home or in the clinic. Amber lives with her fiancé Ryan, their kitty Aggie and dog Avery. She is an avid traveler and cruise fanatic, loves to workout, paint as well as collect art and binge watch shows on Netflix. Amber is also famous for making banana bread and chocolate chip cookies for her coworkers. Amber loves everything pumpkin including the pumpkin cream cold brew at Starbucks!
While finishing up her internship at GAVC, Anna fell in love with the homey feel of the clinic and the amazing neighborhood clientele. She graduated from the vet tech program at Argosy Institute in 1991 and has been with us ever since. She says her co-workers are the most caring and amazing people and feels lucky to have them in her life. Anna enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, biking, skiing, hiking, traveling with her husband and friends and spending time with her two grandsons. She lives in the NW Como neighborhood with her husband Matt, dog Diggs, 3 cats (Stevie, Janis and Tom Petty) and part time kitty Chou Chou. Anna is an avid MN sports fan. She enjoys watching the Gophers, Vikings and the Twins. Anna LOVES anything Maple flavored. Kowalskis bakery department has the best “Maple Sticks” pastries – mapley, nutty, gooey deliciousness!
Amanda enjoys the home-like feel of GAVC where co-workers and clients feel like family. She began her technician career in 2001 after completing her internship at GAVC and graduating from the Medical Institute of MN. Originally a St. Paul native, she now resides in Somerset, WI with her husband, two children, their pointer/lab Buck and three crazy cats! She enjoys being a hockey mom and Girl Scout mom! Amanda’s dream vacation is to travel to Italy. She would also like to travel across the country with her husband in a camper van after they both retire.
Chris graduated from Argosy University in 2005. Working at GAVC is her first (and only) job as a CVT and continues here many years later. Chris previously was a nurse and a pastry chef but has settled into her favorite career at GAVC. The best parts of the job are dentistry, the clients and of course the cats and dogs. When not at work, Chris enjoys running by the river, hiking, reading and volunteering at MACC with the dogs. She currently has 2 lovely senior cats, Maude and Lolly and 2 dogs, Astro and Flora. They are the beloved rescue pups. Quirky Chris is the youngest of 7 children. Her mother is an English WW2 bride who loves tea!
Erin grew up in Mahtomedi but headed west to attend Western Career College in California and graduated in 2010 to earn her CVT license. She moved back to MN in 2014 and started to work at GAVC. 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. Her first concert was Garth Brooks and she enjoys going to concerts when she can. She would also love to one day visit Hawaii.
Alix graduated from Northwood Technical College in 2022. She lives in New Richmond, WI with her two cats – Gus and Calypso. Her favorite part about working at GAVC is being fear free certified and helping to reduce the stress and anxiety of visits for pets. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, reading, kayaking, and fishing. Her favorite Starbucks drink is Iced chai tea latte and her favorite TV show is Schitt’s Creek.
Madison graduated in 2021 from Ashworth College with a degree in veterinary technology and has worked several other clinics before coming to GAVC. Madison has known she wanted to work in veterinary medicine since kindergarten and enjoyed volunteering at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley throughout high school. She loves taking care of her 3 cats, 2 Guinea pigs, rabbit and crested gecko. In her spare time, Madison likes painting, caring for her plants and spending time with friends. Her favorite Starbucks drink is Iced matcha latte and her dream vacation would be to travel to Australia.
Geena grew up on a hobby farm in St. Michael, MN. She attended the University of St. Thomas for a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science before deciding to go back to school at Dakota County Technical College to become a veterinary technician. She graduated from DCTC in 2023 and now works as a CVT at Grand Ave Vet. Her favorite thing about work is the opportunity to constantly learn new information and different skills. She also enjoys getting to do something different each day with a shared common goal of providing excellent care to pets.
While working as an assistant at GAVE, Sydney is also working towards getting her veterinary technician degree. She is from Roseville, MN, and has two adorable cats, Oliver and Buffy, who both enjoy going for walks on the leash around the neighborhood. Oliver is an orange and white tabby who loves belly rubs, and Buffy is a small buff tabby, the naughty little brother that gets into everything. Sydney hopes to be adding more animal friends to the family in the future! In the winter, Sydney enjoys downhill skiing and hot cocoa. In the summer, she enjoys camping and hiking. Year round, Sydney expresses her personality with fun, colorfully painted nails. Her other passion is caring for plants, with over forty plants spread out around her home! At GAVC, Sydney’s favorite part of her day is providing fear free care to all her patients. Sydney’s first concert was Paramore in 2008 and she loves the Thai Pie pizza from Zorbaz.
Olivia grew up in south Minneapolis and is currently a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota. She will graduate in May, 2026. She has worked at GAVC since being an undergraduate student and loves interacting with people and their pets. She also loves to advance her skills by doing things like blood draws, placing catheters and looking at x-rays. Olivia has worked in a variety of fields within animal care and veterinary medicine such as doggy daycare, amphibian behavior research, canine rehabilitation, and equine research. She has a soft spot for small dogs with wiener dogs being her absolute favorite – her weenie Rok is 13 years old! Olivia’s favorite things to do are swim, bike, hike, read, and travel!
Olivia’s first concert was Kehlani and her favorite Starbucks drink is Iced black tea with peach juice.
Serena is a vet assistant at GAVC and is also attending veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. She will graduate in May, 2026. Serena grew up in Arden Hills, MN and loves living near the Twin Cities. At work, she especially enjoys wellness visits and chatting with clients about preventative medicine. In her free time, Serena likes hiking, reading and playing video/board games. She has a cat named Maple who enjoys sleeping in her cat tree and playing with shoelaces. Serena’s favorite book is “The Long Walk” by Stephen King. She is also a huge chocolate lover and her favorite type of coffee drink is a mocha.
Vic is taking time off from school right now but planning on finishing their Vet Tech degree at Penn Foster. Their favorite thing to do at GAVC are cat nail trims! They can be so satisfying, and they love working with cats. They were born in Burnsville but had plenty of exposure to farm animals, cats, and dogs. Before working at GAVC they worked at a dog daycare for 3 years, which further ignited their passion for veterinary medicine. New to St. Paul, Vic enjoys going to new and local places to eat, along with drives around sightseeing. They also take their 4yo Bengal, Jaeger, out on adventures. Whether it be out in the yard, to the farm or even the cabin, Jaeger comes with and enjoys the adventure! Vic loves to explore with their adventure buddy. Together they make a wild pair. Something that has been on Vic’s bucket list for a while now is to go bungee jumping and sky diving. Vic also loves climbing, especially trees!
Claudia started working at GAVC in February 2021, initially as a short term job but ended up staying and changing her career focus! Working at GAVC helped her realize her passion for veterinary medicine and she loves the close-knit community here. She is currently working towards getting her CVT license at Penn Foster. Claudia attended the U of M where she earned a degree in theater. She grew up right here in St. Paul and currently lives with her two kitties Walter and Dinah. When she’s not working at GAVC, Claudia enjoys doing special effects make up and acting/directing at local community theaters.
Jocelyn started working as a veterinary assistant at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center in 2022. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster to become a veterinary technician. Her favorite thing to do at GAVC is to greet every animal as they come in. Outside of work, Jocelyn likes listening to podcasts, going to the gym and traveling. She takes great interest in canine behavior and loves to learn about it. Her favorite Starbucks drink is Iced Chai Tea Latte with pumpkin cold foam and her dream vacation would be to travel to Spain or Brazil.
Erin has been a CSR at Grand Ave Vet since 2007. In 2011 she completed a certified veterinary receptionist course to help better serve our clients and patients. Erin is a lifelong St. Paul resident and currently lives with her senior cat, Polly, who was found as a stray when she was a kitten. Erin loves to spend time with her young nieces, baking and recently started to learn how to crochet! Erin’s favorite Starbucks drink is a brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso and her favorite TV show is The Office.
A St. Paul native, Heather has been a CSR at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center since 2011. Heather has always loved animals and as a teenager she began fostering companion animals with her mother. Heather continues to volunteer with a local non-profit feline rescue organization that her mother co-founded with friends. In 2015 Heather completed her veterinary certificate through a course sponsored by AAHA. Heather appreciates that her love of animals translates so well to her career. Heather finds working with GAVC’s clients and patients to be fun and rewarding. In her free time, Heather enjoys cooking, travel, gardening, live music, Anime, Manga, silversmithing, reading and spending time with friends and family. Heather lives in St. Paul with her husband, Mike and their four cats, Josette, Toph, Sozin and Shiny Pants.
Heather’s first concert was Kool and the Gang (at Riverfest, in the early eighties) and her favorite TV show is The X-Files. An avid music fan, Heather has been collecting vinyl records since the mid-nineties and currently has over a thousand records in her collection.
Katie grew up on a farm in Wisconsin surrounded by pets of all shapes and sizes. After moving to Minnesota, she knew she wanted to continue working with animals and became a CSR at GAVC in 2021. Her favorite things about being at GAVC are meeting all the wonderful patients (and their owners!) and the Fear Free techniques that are used to keep pets more comfortable during their visits.
Katie has two adorable dogs named Brioche and Juniper, and a few fish tanks. She has many hobbies, and when she’s not at work she’s either doing some sort of art project or playing board games with her family. Her favorite Starbucks drink is the Shaken Brown Sugar Oatmilk Espresso and her dream vacation is to travel to Iceland which she plans to do in 2026 as a late honeymoon!