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Veterinarians

Maria Krenz

Dr. Maria Krenz
DVM, Owner

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 two children where they raise horses, cats, chickens, sheep, and cattle. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and crafting with her cricut.

Stacie Olson

Dr. Stacie Olson
DVM

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 career she was involved in exotic medicine, however, she quickly realized that her passion is providing the best possible veterinary care options for 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 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.

Leslie Reed

Dr. Leslie Reed
DVM

Dr. Reed earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Ecology (2005) and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (2009) from Iowa State University. She spent the first 12 years of her professional career practicing solely wildlife medicine before joining the team at ZimmVet in March 2021. Dr. Reed has greatly enjoyed her transition into small animal medicine, and prides herself on offering clients a personalized experience and loving on their pets as if they were her own. 

Dr. Reed grew up in West Des Moines, IA and from the age of 7, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her journey towards her dream took her from her first job as a kennel worker, to veterinary assistant at a small animal clinic, and to a wildlife rehabilitator at Iowa State University. During undergrad and vet school, she traveled the country completing internships and volunteer opportunities working with many different species of wildlife, from birds of prey to wild canids to marine mammals! 

In her free time, Dr. Reed enjoys spending time outdoors and especially camping and exploring state and national parks with her family. She is passionate about animal rescue  and shares her home with a Golden Retriever, Siamese cat, 2 parrots (Blue & Gold Macaw and Congo African Grey) and 1 turtle, all of which are rescues.  

Technician Staff

Dani Gunder

Dani Gunder
CVT

Kate  Mayer

Kate Mayer
CVT

Kaytie  Wildman

Kaytie Wildman
Veterinary Technician

Kaytie joined ZimmVet in April of 2019. She currently lives in Milaca and has 2 young children, 3 great danes, 1 golden retriever, and 3 cats. She is going to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician and once she graduates, she will be working towards the long term goal of becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast, so she enjoys the outdoors by going to her family’s farm and hunting of all different sorts. Kaytie is very passionate about Large/Giant breed dogs and likes to focus on their well being.

 

Kristin Rinkel

Kristin Rinkel
CVT

With over 13 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).

Ashley  Middendorf

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.

Keri Hesse

Keri Hesse
CVT

Technicians in Training

Tori Goepferd

Tori Goepferd
Technician in Training

 My name is Victoria Goepferd, but I like to be called Tori. I am currently working in the
technician in training program while attending school to become a certified veterinary technician. I just recently adopted my first cat, and her name is Ritz. I have a variety of things I like to do, including traveling, all kinds of arts and crafts, a variety of outdoor activities, and I enjoy baking too!

Mackenzi Widman

Mackenzi Widman
Vet Tech Trainee

Maggie Wilhelmy

Maggie Wilhelmy
Vet Tech Trainee

Support Staff

Kaiti Kiihn

Kaiti Kiihn
Customer Service Representative

Early on in life Kaiti knew that she wanted a career based somewhere in medicine, so she went to school for an associate’s degree in medical assisting in 2015. It wasn’t until a few years after graduation that she decided medicine centered around animals would be a better fit for her. She has a strong interest in helping animals of all types and is currently pursuing other schooling to further her career with animals.  

Kaiti moved to Zimmerman in 2019 with her husband and their two dogs, Tux and Ducky. They now have their dogs, a lizard, and 4 ducks. She and her husband had their first child, Gryffin, in 2022, and plan to keep growing in the Zimmerman community. Together they enjoy the outdoors, music festivals, and home improvement.  

Since moving here, they have been actively working towards wildlife rehabilitation and rescuing animals whenever they are able. Their goal is to eventually have a hobby farm with enough room to have any animal that may need their help. Kaiti joined Zimmvet in October of 2021 as a part time receptionist.  

Kristine Noack

Kristine Noack
Pharmacy Technician

Kristine joined Zimmvet in November 2021 as a Pharmacy Technician. She lives in Milaca with her husband and 3 sons. They have a beautiful white German shepherd and are starting to raise chickens. Kristine has always had a desire to work with animals and was extremely excited to leave the human pharmacy world to join the team at Zimmvet. On her down time she loves to travel, spend her time baking treats for her family and friends, and finding new things to craft.

Valerie Ferguson

Valerie Ferguson
Customer Service Representative Lead

Since Valerie was a young child she has always had a love for animals and has taken great interest in their well-being. She began working in the veterinary industry in 2006 as a receptionist while attending college to obtain her Business degree. Upon graduating from college she ventured out to try different industries to utilize her degree, and her passion for animals prevailed and brought her back to the veterinary field.

Valerie feels that client education is very important and is continuously advancing her knowledge through continuing education to ensure that she relays the most accurate and current information to clients. A stellar customer service experience is very important to Valerie and she works diligently to ensure that each client has a superior experience at ZimmVet.

Valerie lives in Isanti with her husband and 3 dogs. She loves spending times outdoors and exploring new places. Some of her favorite pastimes include camping, hiking, enjoying bonfires, taking road-trips, and spending time with family and friends.

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson
Customer Services Representative and CVT

Amy serves as a part time 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.

Human Resources

Katie Meneses

Katie Meneses
Human Resources Manager

Katie has owned animals her entire life. From cats and dogs, to gerbils and rabbits. She has always had a love of animals. She joined ZimmVet in August of 2022, and has enjoyed every minute of it. She has a degree in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership from Rasmussen University. Katie lives in the Zimmerman area with her husband, Marc. They have three cats at home that they dote over and shower in love. Her love of animals and people alike is what fuels her to support the staff of ZimmVet in any way she can. 

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