Meet the Veterinarians & Staff of ZimmVet

Veterinarians

Maria Krenz
DVM, Owner

Maria Krenz

Dr. Krenz has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Zimmerman area since 2007. She purchased ZimmVet in December 2008 after longtime owner and founder, Dr. Tony Damer, retired. She is passionate about providing the highest standard of care to companion pets in the form of new technology and updates to the clinic to better serve pets and clients.

Dr. Krenz holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor of science degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She also regularly attends national and regional seminars, conferences, and workshops in order to stay up-to-date on the latest protocols and veterinary medical techniques.

Dr. Krenz lives on a hobby farm outside of Princeton with her husband, Josh and daughter where they raise horses, cats, chickens, sheep, and cattle. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and working on their farm and house.

Stacie Olson
DVM

Stacie Olson

Dr. Olson has been practicing veterinary medicine for over two decades.  She graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1996.  Prior to joining ZimmVet, she has practiced a high-level of care at several other small animal clinics in and around the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Early in her carrier she was involved in exotic medicine, however, she quickly realized that her passion is providing the best possible veterinary care options for with dogs and cats.

She is a member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. She strongly feels that continuing veterinary education is vital to providing the best possible care for her patients, and she attends classes and conferences both in and out of state. Over the years, she has spent a great deal of focus on feline medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Olson has strong interests in a variety of crafts. This includes stamping, scrapbooking, glass painting, knitting, cross stitching, and many more.  Her favorite thing to do is to attend craft fairs. She also enjoys outside activities such as golf, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing.

Dr. Olson grew up in Champlin Minnesota, where she was lucky to have a wonderful family that always gave her support and encouragement with her career. She has adopted everything many animals, including dogs, cats, horses, parakeets, geckos, and hedgehogs. She currently resides in Otsego, Minn., with her two wonderfully-crazy cats Monkey and Nina.

Abby Soderberg
DVM

Abby Soderberg

Dr. Soderberg holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota.  Go Gophers!  She is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Associated, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. Soderberg is very enthusiastic about serving Zimmerman and the surrounding community by providing compassionate, personalized care to every furry family member that walks through the door.  

Dr. Soderberg was born and raised in a small, rural town in northwest Wisconsin (30 miles north of UW-Stout).  Her love for animals started at a young age with caring for earth worms and caterpillars.  This passion quickly blossomed, with the patience of her parents, into caring for hamsters, rabbits, cats, and dogs.  Since then, Dr. Soderberg has gained experience with a wide variety of animals including showing Guernsey cattle through her local 4-H chapter, bird hunting with her family’s German shorthair pointers, working at her local humane society, and fostering cats and dogs through Secondhand Hounds Animal Rescue.

Dr. Soderberg is happy to be back in Minnesota to enjoy everything this great state has to offer, including the beautiful state parks, eclectic farmers markets, and live music scene.  In addition, she loves to hike, read, and be crafty in her spare time.  Dr. Soderberg lives in Plymouth with her fiance, Ben and loveable rescue mutt, Indie.  

Stacy York
DVM

Stacy York

Dr. York holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, Dr. York has practiced small animal veterinary medicine in the Twin Cities area. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. York spent time learning about veterinary medicine by working as a kennel attendant, receptionist, technician assistant and veterinary technician. Dr. York enjoys being a general practitioner, and she has a very strong interest in surgical procedures.

Continuous education and learning is important to Dr. York and her ability to serve the individual needs of each patient. She accomplishes this by being an active member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Minnesota Veterinary Response team. In the past, she has also been a veterinary volunteer for RAGOM. She has also served as a foster home for Human Society's Orphaned kitten project. Dr. York is also a former member and foster parent for Second Chance St. Bernard Rescue and past member of Northstar Newfoundland Club.

Having been born and raised on a small beef cattle farm in Iowa, Dr. York enjoyed the opportunities to work with a wide range of animals growing up. Today, Dr. York lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Mike and their two children. She also has two domestic long-haired cats, and three dogs (Chewy - Newfoundland, Lulu Belle - French bulldog, and Bombur - French bulldog). In her spare time, Dr. York aspires to enjoy photography, scrap booking, hiking, biking, boating, cooking, reading, and working on home improvement projects with her husband.

Technician Staff

Katie Petersen
Veterinary Technician

Katie Petersen

Gianna Tuckner
CVT

Gianna Tuckner

Wanda Becker, CVT

Wanda Becker, CVT

After many years of taking her own pets to her local veterinarian, Wanda began exploring her own career in Veterinary Medicine by shadowing veterinary technicians at the veterinary clinic where she took her animals.  In 2002, Wanda earned an associate of applied sciences degree in veterinary technology from Argosy University.  She worked at the Monticello Pet Hospital for 11 years before joining the technician staff at ZimmVet. 

Wanda is a certified veterinary technician and enjoys advancing her knowledge of veterinary medicine by earning continuing education credits at conferences such as the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians conference.  She is especially passionate about dental care, but Wanda also uses her enthusiasm for high quality veterinary care to assist patients in all of their medical needs.

A Minnesota native and life-long animal enthusiast. In the past, Wanda has  had Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and orange cats.  She has one grown son, who attends college and is a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard.

Rebecca Brethorst, CVT

Rebecca Brethorst, CVT

A native of Zimmerman, Minn., Rebecca started her career in the veterinary field in 2012 by working at ZimmVet as a Veterinary assistant.  During that time, she worked alongside our Veterinarians & Technicians, studying the skills of the ZimmVet staff and learning along the way. Rebecca graduated Argosy University in 2015 with an Associate’s Degree and soon later became certified as a Veterinary Technician. Rebecca runs ZimmVet's social media accounts and throughly enjoys doing so.

As a child, Rebecca always knew she wanted to become a Veterinary Technician.  Through hard work, dedication and a lot of time spent with pets, she is happy to be living her childhood dream. Rebecca loves spending time outdoors with her husband and very spoiled dogs, Bambi & Sailor 
 

Ashley Middendorf, CVT

Ashley Middendorf, CVT

Growing up as a child, Ashley's passion for veterinary medicine was greatly influenced by close family and friends with careers in the veterinary field. She would spend the summers while growing up in Wisconsin at her Aunt's veterinary clinic, which allowed her to observe the veterinary field in action. These experiences encouraged her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

After high school, Ashley pursued her passion for animals by attending the University of Minnesota for animal science. During this time, she decided to pursue the veterinary technician career path. She transferred to Minnesota School of Business and graduated with her Associates of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2010. As a Certified Veterinary Technician, one of her first jobs was as a veterinary technician at a humane society. She enjoys continuing her education with conferences, and being an active member of Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians.

Ashley resides in Big Lake Township with her husband, Chris and daughter. They share their home with four dogs & 2 cats. Besides working as a Certified Veterinary Technician Ashley manages the Technician Internship program at ZimmVet.

Angie Novatney, CVT

Angie Novatney, CVT

A Minnesota-native, Angie started her career in veterinary medicine by graduating from the Minnesota School of Business with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology in December 2007.  Angie’s passion for animals started far before her career started.  She learned to love animals from her Dad, who was always saving something when she was a kid. He would show compassion for anything from a seagull with a broken wing to a frog that jumped off a delivery truck in the middle of winter and needed a warm place to stay.

Angie is a certified veterinary technician and enjoys helping ZimmVet clients learn about the many technologies available to take care for their pets.  When not practicing her life-long passion for the care of pets, she enjoys spending time in nature and enjoying the outdoors.  This includes spending time outside, attending various summer car shows like Back to the 50’s, and tending to her garden.

Kristin Rinkel, CVT

Kristin Rinkel, CVT

With over 11 years of experience, Kristin chose to be a professional veterinary technician because of her compassion for helping pet owners understand the health needs of their loved ones. This compassion can be seen in how she approaches every individual pet.

Kristin began her career by fulfilling a variety of veterinary clinic roles, including working as a veterinary assistant, receptionist and kennel worker. In 2009, Kristin graduated from the Minnesota School of Business with an Associates of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. Today, Kristin is a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Having a father in the U.S. Army, Kristin was born in Germany and spent many of her younger years overseas and in other parts of the U.S. She spent the remaining parts of her childhood and young adult life in Minnesota. Kristin currently lives in Princeton with her husband Jake, and their daughters, Autumn and Adalynn, as well as her fur-kids, Pumpkin (cat), & Blaze (German Shorthaired Pinter).

Support Staff

Valerie Ferguson
Customer Service Representative

Valerie Ferguson

Abby Gustafson
Customer Service Representative

Abby Gustafson

Amy Johnson, CVT, Lead Customer Service Representative

Amy Johnson, CVT, Lead Customer Service Representative

Amy serves as the lead receptionist for ZimmVet. She holds an Associate of Science Degree from the Medical Institute of MN, Veterinary Technology Program. Amy enjoys veterinary medicine because it is an ever-changing and challenging profession. Her career choice also fuels her passion for animals by providing pets with a positive medical experience every day.

A certified veterinary technician, Amy uses her years of experience to help customers understand the services offered by the clinic. This firsthand veterinary technician experience gives her an in-depth perspective when discussing services performed on our client's pets.

Amy resides in Milaca, Minn., with her husband and their many animals. She enjoys spending time with her many varied animals and working on outdoor projects.

Amy spends her time taking care of customer's needs at the reception desk, managing the reception staff and keeping the clinic book keeping up to date. 

Deb Neises
Customer Service Representative

Deb Neises

Mindy Rinkel
Veterinary Assistant

Mindy Rinkel

Erin Heffley
Seasonal Veterinary Assistant

Erin Heffley

Abbey Stackhouse
Veterinary Assistant

Abbey Stackhouse

 

 

Pet Hotel, Dog Daycare and Technician Assistant Staff

Kari Buse, Dog Daycare Manager

Kari Buse, Dog Daycare Manager

Kari's love of animals started at a very young age growing up on a horse farm in southern Minnesota. After graduation from high school Kari earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science from the University of Minnesota. Kari then went on to  train horses professionally and give horsemanship lessons. Kari also holds a certification in Equine Sports Massage.

Kari began managing the Daycare, Hotel, Training, and Grooming Salon in 2016 and enjoys supporting staff members as they develop their professional pet care skills. She is dedicated to providing continuing education opportunities and career development support to staff!

Kari lives with her husband, Danny and their dog Bella in Wyoming. She enjoys spending time on the lake, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, reading and riding motorcycles.

Lena Hansen
Pet Hotel Assistant Manager

Lena  Hansen

Lena began working in the daycare and hotel in 2017 because  of her interest in learning about dog behavior and socialization.   As a graduate from UW-Superior in 2017 and a native to Wisconsin, Lena moved to Minnesota with her boyfriend to look for more opportunities in career growth.  In her spare time she practices writing and experimenting with art projects.   Nature walks are always on her agenda too, and of course, those walks wouldn’t be complete without the company of the family’s Catahoula Leopard Dog, Mia.

Michaela Tallant
Professional Groomer

Michaela Tallant

Michaela started following her passion in a career working at ZimmVet, in the Dog Daycare and Pet Hotel in 2017. In November of 2018 she began an apprenticeship for Grooming! She graduted in June of 2019 and is now ZimmVet's Groomer. She graduated high school in 2016, and continues to study dog body language, behavioral skills, and new grooming techniques. 
As a resident of Princeton, MN Michaela loves spending time with her six dogs (Jasmine, Pixel, Lucy, Khaos, Rhea, and Sweetheart) and Fiancé Brett. They enjoy relaxing at home, and spending time at the dog parks.

Darian Smock
Professional Trainer

Darian Smock

Darian began working with dogs 9 years ago, teaching basic obedience classes and specialized classes such as CGC prep and trick class. After several years Darian went to work at a professional dog show kennel. She worked there as a kennel assistant for an AKC dog breeder. She learned a lot about purebred dogs and sanctioned dog sport. Shortly after joining their team, she began mentoring under 2 of the top show dog handlers in the country. Under their guidance, Darian learned how to handle a variety of breeds in the show ring. Darian now spends her free time participating in sanctioned dog sports with her whippets including conformation, lure coursing, and straigh line racing. Darian is thrilled to have joined the ZimmVet team in February of 2019! She looks forward to the new adventure of Dog Trainer here at ZimmVet! 

Katelyn Bursch
Receptionist

Katelyn Bursch

Katelyn began working at ZimmVet in October of 2018. She loves spending her days with animals of all shapes and size. Katelyn is the head of our Room Service menu and enjoys making and serving the treats to all the pups! She recently received her pet CPR certification and is currently working on getting her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology with hopes to one day become a Veterinary Doctor! Katelyn lives with her two dogs Bobber and Sadie who love taste testing room service, helping her study for school, and fishing trips on the weekends.

Katie Pankratz

Katie Pankratz

Katie grew up in St.Joe MN and spent most of her childhood doing anything involving animals! She enjoyed things like walking dogs at the Humane Society and going to horse camp. Katie graduated from Cathedral High School in 2013 and is currently finishing up her Management Degree at SCSU! Katie joined ZimmVet's team in July of 2018. She loves being able to spend her time learning as much as she can about dog body language and group play. Katie also enjoys learning new things about stress management to help any pet that struggles with Fear, Stress or Anxiety. 

Kaytie Wildman

Kaytie  Wildman

Kaytie has lived in Princeton for over 5 years. She worked as a Banquet Chef and Kitchen Manager for 15 years. She's loved animals since she was a young child. After having her second child she chose to make the switch to what she's always dreamed of doing, working with animals. She joined the ZimmVet team in our Dog Daycare in April of 2019! She is currently continuing her education in a Veterinary Assistant Program. Her goal is to become a Large Animal Veterinarian, to help and serve local farms and ranches. 

In her spare time, she loves being with her family as much as possible. She enjoys hunting, fishing, horseback riding, archery, cooking and catering, and spending time on her family farm. 

 

 

Kim Jensen

Kim  Jensen

Kim grew up in the country on a hobby farm with every animal a child could dream of! She spent about 15 years working with people. In July of 2019 Kim decided to follow her passion of working with animals when she started at ZimmVet! She contiues to work on leaning as much as she can about dog body language and behavior. She is also working on becoming Reiki Certified with hope to be able to help all animals! 



Client Testimonials

Wonderful Care! We have been bringing both dogs to ZimmVet for years. We always get great care and everyone is friendly. Our Lab gets so excited when she gets there. Our other dog suffers from great anxiety and they treat her so well. They know the personality of both so well and know how to treat them.

— Lee D.

I would not know of any other veterinarian that has a more caring staff that are patient with us and take the time to listen about our three Pomeranians. Zimmvet knows how important our girls are to us and I would not take a chance on bringing them anywhere else.

— Ken G.

Our vet honored our desire to keep expenses down by providing us with estimates of the treatment we could choose from while trying to find out what was wrong with our very sick puggle. No cost was hidden. On top of all this, our dog was given excellent care. We love Zimmvet.

— Carisa M.

I have and will continue to recommend ZimmVet to others. The staff is personable and professional on all levels, both to the human clients and the animal patients. It is reassuring to me to know that I can count on them for any assistance I may need in caring for my pets now and in the future.

— Lou S.

We love Zimmvet! And most importantly, Handsome loves everyone at Zimmvet! We use their vet services and pet hotel and couldn't be happier with both. Highly recommend!

— Leigh C.

Our experiences over the years are always positive, even if the outcome isn't. The doctors and staff are warm and friendly. They are also very professional and thorough. We feel strongly that we get great value for our dollar, as well as wonderful pet care.

— Laurie C.

ZimmVet Pet Hotel has provided extended stay care for our German Shepherd and Black Labrador twice in the last two years. They did a great job of caring for them both during a two-week trip - not only catering to their needs but their concerned owners with email updates and photos. We can't say enough good things about ZimmVet Pet Hotel!!

— Curt V.

ZimmVet has well trained and competent professionals, but even more important to me is that they are sincerely 'good' people. They care about you and your pets - you're just not another record. In addition to the great staff, they offer a very broad range of services - even day care and training classes!

— Suzanne F.