Dr. Eric Ruhland | Owner
Dr. Ruhland was raised on a small dairy farm in central Minnesota near Watkins where his curious mind for science and his love for animals was allowed to flourish. After high school he attended North Dakota State University and graduated with BS degree in Zoology and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Ruhland left the United States after college and worked in New Zealand before returning in the fall of 2004 to attend the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While in Veterinary School Dr. Ruhland placed emphasis on small animal internal medicine and surgery along with traditional veterinary disciplines. Outside of general veterinary practice Dr. Ruhland has special interests in dentistry, dermatology, orthopedic disease, anesthesia, and senior patient care.
In his free time Dr. Ruhland loves to spend time cooking and gardening. Dr. Ruhland likes to run marathons/relays, practice yoga, fly fish, and listen to live music. He loves the outdoors and is often out on various camping/fishing adventures with his son.
Dr. Melinda Lecheler | Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Melinda is a South Saint Paul native. She lives with her husband, a sheltie named Romeo and senior kitty Luigi. She knew from an early age that becoming a veterinarian was in her future. After high school, she attended the University of Minnesota where she completed her undergraduate degree. Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Melinda spent several years in veterinary medical sales. Her professional areas of interest are dermatology, dentistry and wound management.
In her free time, Dr. Melinda enjoys traveling to warm weather destinations, gardening, going to concerts and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and Wild. Her guilty pleasure is SHOES!
Dr. Hayley Inkpen | Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Hayley Inkpen grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, but is excited to have recently made the move to Minnesota. She lives with her partner, Chris, and their two rescued pitbulls, Maggie and Gordie. After high school, she attended Saint Mary’s University, where she graduated with a BSc, majoring in Biology. She then went straight on to vet school at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. Dr. Hayley has a love of all animals, and has worked in wildlife medicine and shelter medicine, as well as at a small animal practice. Her special interests include animal behaviour, dentistry, neurology, and internal medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Hayley enjoys running and hiking with her two dogs, and is excited to start exploring the great outdoors that Minnesota has to offer.
Dr. Kari Strohmaier | Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Kari Strohmaier is a Minnesota native and grew up in Chanhassen. She now lives in St Paul with her husband, two rescue mutts, and two cats. Dr. Kari went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergrad then returned to Minnesota for veterinary school, graduating in May 2016. Dr. Kari had several household pets growing up and developed a keen interest in biology, anatomy, and animal behavior at a young age, which ultimately led to a passion for veterinary medicine. Her professional areas of interest are internal medicine, dermatology, and soft tissue surgery.
Outside the workplace, Dr. Kari’s hobbies include singing and performing, reading, and spending time at her family's cabin in Northern Minnesota.
Lindsey Hudalla | Practice Manager
Lindsey currently lives in St. Paul with her husband, two kids, a French Bulldog mix named Scooter and a cat named Roxy. Lindsey’s love for animals started at a young age when she was known to bring home anything in need of a home, including cats, dogs and even wildlife! She knew a life working with animals was right for her. After high school, Lindsey started working as a kennel/veterinary assistant while attending the University of Minnesota. After graduation from the U of M with a BS in Biology, Lindsey continued to work as a veterinary assistant in small animal practice.
Lindsey joined the St. Paul Pet Hospital team in February 2017 as a veterinary assistant. In January 2019, she became the Practice Manager at our Cathedral Hill location. With over 15 years of veterinary experience, Lindsey is excited to step into her new role! Lindsey is passionate about veterinary medicine and enjoys working alongside a team with similar goals of practicing high-quality care, compassion, and education, all while enriching the human-animal bond.
In her free time, Lindsey stays busy with her kids, enjoys spending time outdoors gardening and walking Scooter, exploring new restaurants and breweries, and cooking.
Maegan Peirce | CVT
Maegen graduated in December 2013 from Globe University. She completed a nine-week externship with St. Paul Pet Hospital, becoming extremely familiar with our hospital and staff. In April 2014, she officially joined our team as a Certified Veterinary Technician.
At the early age of 6, Maegan knew she wanted to work with and care for animals. She has a passion for all animals large and small, and a love for cats in particular. She enjoys forming a trusting relationship with clients and their beloved pets. She is aware of how special the human-animal bond is and demonstrates this awareness in her work.
Maegan currently lives in the northern suburbs with her fiance’ Sam, their retriever-mix Gordy, and two cats, Mikko and Lily. Aside from her love of animals, Maegan appreciates the beauty of nature and enjoys spending her free time outdoors. She also loves the adventures of traveling and only has seven more states in the U.S. to visit until she has been to all 50! Maegan is excited to be a part of the St. Paul Pet Hospital team and looks forward to working with you to give your pet the happiest and healthiest of lives!
AJ (Amie Jo) Youngs | CVT
AJ (Amie Jo) graduated from Argosy University in 2008 with her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She is also qualified in Dentistry and worked with a boarded dentist for 2 ½ years. AJ has experience working in three other general practice hospitals, and also an animal specialty dermatology practice where she remained for 9 ½ years before coming to work at St. Paul Pet Hospital in April 2015.
AJ is in love with the city life of St. Paul and lives just a few miles from our hospital. AJ has two cats, Onyx and Willow, and two rabbits, Maple and Obsidian. AJ loves the outdoors and is an avid road/mountain biker and runner. During the summer, she is always outside! She loves adventure, attending local events, visiting breweries and being with her friends and family.
Gina Milne | CVT
Gina attend Argosy University and graduated with her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in May 2016. She completed her externship with us and we were quick to hire her! Gina officially joined our hospital in July 2016 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in December 2016. Gina is excited to be a part of the St. Paul Pet Hospital team and enjoys surgery/anesthesia, preventive care and behavior.
Gina lives in Minneapolis with her two cats, Goose and Roux. She has a background in Wildlife Biology and is passionate about ornithology and ecology. She has previously volunteered and interned at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville, which is where she developed her interest in veterinary medicine. In her free time, Gina enjoys reading, spending time at the lake, checking out local restaurants and breweries, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Jennifer Gustafson | CVT
Jennifer graduated from Argosy University in December 2010 with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She has worked in both general practice and emergency before coming to work for St. Paul Pet Hospital in December of 2015. She enjoys working with emergent cases and surgery, as well as long-term cases with clients.
Jennifer lives in St. Paul with her four cats (Chester, Stewie, Charlie and Ava) and her hamster (Calypso). She loves living in St. Paul and the ‘small-town’ atmosphere while living in a big city. Jennifer loves reading, writing, painting, going to breweries, exploring all the fun things that St. Paul and Minneapolis have to offer, and spending time with family and friends. She is also studying to become a realtor and a certified veterinary nutritionist.
Merina Brown | CVT
Merina knew she wanted to work with animals her whole life. Merina spent the early years of her undergrad pursuing Engineering, Graphics, and Design before switching to her true passion, animal care. In 2017, Merina graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky with her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. Merina spent her senior year interning at a small animal general practice, where she was later hired on as a veterinary assistant and kennel attendant.
In February 2018, Merina moved from Kentucky to Minnesota to join the St. Paul Pet Hospital team. In April 2018, Merina passed her board exam and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. As a part of the SPPH team, meeting the clients and their pets is what Merina enjoys the most!
Merina lives just outside of St. Paul with her fiancé Coty and Beagle/Border Collie mix, Zoe. In her spare time, she loves exploring the city with her family. Merina also practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and loves making homemade soaps.
Marquisha Wiley | CVT
Marquisha graduated from Globe University in Woodbury, Minnesota with her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in 2015. Marquisha completed her internship with a small animal veterinary hospital in Inver Grove Heights. After her internship, Marquisha was hired on as Certified Veterinary Technician and worked there for 2 years. As a child, Marquisha always knew she would be working in the animal field. In fact, she can't imagine doing anything else! Marquisha is a proud rescue mom to Geneva, a Rottweiler/Hound mix.
Marquisha joined our team in August 2018. Marquisha is thrilled to begin her new adventure at St. Paul Pet Hospital and believes in educating clients and treating their pets with the care and compassion as she would her own.
Outside of work, Marquisha enjoys traveling, cooking, drawing and spending time with her nephews, family and friends.
Alyssa Witt | Veterinary Assistant
Alyssa grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and came to Minnesota in 2013 to study animal science at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017 with a BS in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Alyssa is currently studying to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Alyssa lives with her significant other and two dogs, Wrigley and Penny. She has a background in fish biology and invasive species research, and has a fish tank of her own at home. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys swimming, reading, and running with her dog Wrigley. She loves checking out new breweries and everything outdoors! Alyssa started with us in March of 2018 and is excited to be a part of the SPPH team!
Ashland Buck | Veterinary Assistant
Ashland graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Biology degree in May of 2018. While in school, Ashland worked as a veterinary assistant, receptionist and kennel attendant at a small animal practice. Along with small animals, she discovered her interest in exotics and wildlife while studying abroad in Belize and Guatemala through a wildlife medicine and conservation program. Ashland plans to continue her education and passion for animal care by attending Veterinary School in the fall of 2019!
In Ashland’s free time, she loves to spend time outside by running, camping and hiking. Ashland also has a passion for traveling and exploring the world. During the summer of 2018, she backpacked around Europe for 2 months! Aside from adventures, Ashland loves to spend time with family and friends. She is new to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and is looking forward to exploring new coffee shops and breweries. Ashland is beyond excited to meet all of you and give your fluffy friends extra love and attention!
Alex Barber-Verdick | Veterinary Assistant
Alex grew up in the northern suburbs of Minnesota around both large and small animals. After graduation, Alex moved to Arizona where she attended the University of Arizona. In August 2018, she graduated with her BS in Veterinary Science.
Alex recently moved back to the Twin Cities area and lives with her significant other. Alex joined the St. Paul Pet Hospital team in September 2018 and enjoys creating bonds with clients and their furry family members. Alex is working on gaining some experience as an assistant with the plan to apply to veterinary school in the future.
Alex has two dogs, a German Shepherd named Cal and a Siberian Husky named Aurora. In her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling to new places, enjoying the outdoors, attending local events, and playing competitive hockey/ soccer.
Brianna Christman | Veterinary Assistant
Brie joined the St. Paul Pet Hospital team in October of 2018. After high school, Brie attended the University of Wisconsin-Barron County and graduated with her Associate Degree in General Arts and Science. In the near future, Brie will be starting her Veterinary Technology program to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Brie’s animal experience has ranged from a kennel attendant at boarding facility to an assistant herdsperson at a large dairy farm! Brie also has two years of general practice experience working as a veterinary assistant.
Brie loves working as a veterinary assistant because of the diverse challenges and the new things she learns every day. Spending time educating clients about the health care of their pets is what she enjoys most about working as a veterinary assistant.
Outside of St. Paul Pet Hospital, Brie enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Her furry family members include a dachshund named Kip and a tabby cat named Oscar. Brie loves the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Whenever she can, she spends her free time at her parents’ farm in northern Wisconsin.
Eric Udermann | Veterinary Assistant
Eric is a Senior at the University of St. Thomas studying Biology and Environmental Science. He hopes to attend graduate school in the Twin cities area within the next few years. Spending summers at dairy farms, the ecology tower at Boy Scout camp, and owning furry/scaly friends, ignited an interest in Eric’s life. He found his passion in working with animals and wants to pursue a career in it.
Eric joined our team in December 2017 as a veterinary assistant, although you will often see his face when you first come in as he helps in reception too! Greeting clients and meeting their pets is what Eric enjoys most about working at SPPH. While working at St. Paul Pet Hospital, Eric has continued his science education by learning the science behind veterinary medicine.
In his free time, Eric enjoys backpacking, canoeing, fishing, and cooking. He especially loves exploring the Rocky Mountains. Eric is excited to be a part of the St. Paul Pet Hospital team, and looks forward to meeting you and your pet!
Amanda Cunliffe | Receptionist
Amanda currently resides in St. Paul with her husband, Ben. She recently moved to Minnesota and is very excited to be a part of a growing veterinary practice. She enjoys clientele relations and working alongside animals. Amanda discovered her passion for veterinary medicine at a small veterinary clinic in Shawano, WI where she started as a receptionist in 2016. Amanda lived in Lakeside, MT and later Taiwan studying discipleship. She then decided to attend the University of Northwestern- Saint Paul studying Women and Children Ministry. Amanda is currently working full time and hopes to return to school but is undecided on what she would like to continue studying.
Amanda and Ben recently added an addition to the family. Kiki the kitten has taken over their hearts and they look forward to adding more furry children to the family in the future.
In Amanda’s free time she enjoys acrylic art, word burning, wildlife, traveling, and spending time with her cat and husband.
Our Specialty Doctors by Referral
Dr. Brian Rose | Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon
Dr. Brian Rose graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Prior to his DVM, he received a degree in biology from St. John’s University. He completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. He then undertook a residency in veterinary orthopedic, soft tissue and neurologic surgery at the University of Minnesota, in conjunction with Masters work in fracture biomechanics.
Dr. Rose has authored publications for Veterinary Surgery and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Rose became board certified through the American College of Veterinary Surgery (Small Animal) in 2010.
Prior to becoming one of our referral doctors, Dr. Rose was the head of surgery at a 22-doctor referral practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His professional interests include orthopedics and fracture repair, minimally invasive, oncologic and reconstructive surgery.
On a personal note, Dr. Rose, his wife, Dr. Michelle Rose, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), and young son are excited to be back in Minnesota. His pursuits outside of work and family include hiking, fishing, skiing, and camping. Dr. Rose grew up locally in Plymouth, and he loves all that Minnesota has to offer. Dr. Rose has a herd of animals ranging from an overly confident Chihuahua from the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico to a three-legged cat from Minnesota and a few geriatric Corgis in between!
Dr. Melissa Weisman, DVM | Imaging/Ultrasound
Dr. Melissa Weisman of Minnesota Veterinary Ultrasound provides on-site diagnostic ultrasound services for St. Paul Pet Hospital. She is a long time native of Minnesota, having earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. This was followed by an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois. She has over twenty years of experience practicing progressive small animal medicine in the Twin Cities. Her extensive ultrasound education includes one-on-one training with veterinary boarded specialists. To date, she has completed over 300 credit hours in specialized veterinary ultrasound training courses taught by nationally and internationally known boarded veterinary radiologists, cardiologists, and internists. Dr. Weisman is an active member of the International Veterinary Ultrasound Society (IVUSS) and serves on the Board as a member at large. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Weisman’s favorite activities include kayaking, baking, and spending time with her pets, friends, and family.
Dr. Travis Saveraid, Dipl. ACVR | Radiology, Ultrasound, and Diagnostic Imaging.
Dr. Saveraid received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. After practicing in Maine for two years, he completed a radiology residency at Washington State University where he acquired extensive training in equine and small animal MRI. Following his residency, Dr. Saveraid was a clinical faculty member at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, where he led development of the small animal and equine 3T MRI clinical imaging program.
Dr. Janet Olson | Cardiology
Dr. Janet Olson, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) is the founder of Veterinary Cardiology Specialists. Armed with state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, Dr. Olson’s interest lie in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart disease and heart failure of dogs and cats. Dr. Olson graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She then completed a year long rotating medicine and surgery internship at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She spent 1 year working in a general veterinary practice before settling in to an internal medicine private referral practice in the Twin Cities. In 2007 she was selected to become a cardiology resident at University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed the three year residency in 2010 at which point she launched her business, Veterinary Cardiology Specialists.
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