Our Team

dr. eric ruhland: our team in st. paul, mn

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 teeth cleaning, treating allergies, 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.

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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 our 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.

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Dr. Melinda Lecheler | Medical Director

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!

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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.

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Dr. Katy Baker | Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Baker’s veterinary background began over 15 years ago as a kennel assistant and with each year her passion for animals has grown into a lifelong commitment. Originally from California, she graduated from Cal Poly State University located in coastal San Luis Obispo. After graduating with an Animal Science degree, she worked for many years as a senior veterinary technician prior to making the leap over to Scotland for vet school at the University of Glasgow.

Dr. Baker currently lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her partner Gus and their 11-yr. old rescue pitty, Sweet Pea. Within veterinary medicine Dr. Baker has a special interest in geriatric medicine, internal medicine and dermatology. Outside of the vet world she and Gus spend most of their time rock climbing, mountain biking, walking their old lady at Minnehaha Falls dog park and attending Surdyk’s wine tastings!

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Dr. Jonathan Logas-Lindstrom | Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Jonathan Logas-Lindstrom is a lifelong Twin Cities resident currently dwelling in Minneapolis. Dr. Jonathan received his B.A. in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College before attending the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in May 2018. Dr. Jonathan has been fascinated by animals - both wild and domestic - his entire life. His passion for science paired with his love of animals makes caring for the human-animal bond through veterinary medicine a natural fit. His professional areas of interest include internal medicine, dermatology, and senior pet care.

When he’s not in the clinic, Dr. Jonathan can likely be found outdoors. His hobbies include wilderness adventures with his wife, birding, botany, and sand volleyball. He also enjoys playing board games and dabbling in homebrewing.

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Dr. Abigail Maynard | Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Abigail Maynard hails from the beautiful island of Barbados. She has lived in Minnesota off and on over the years and considers it home. She attended St. George’s University in Grenada where she attained her BSc and DVM, completing her final year of vet school at the U of M and graduating in 2017. After graduation, Dr. Abi moved to Tennessee where she spent 2.5 years working with a wide variety of species at a mixed animal practice. With Minnesota ever on her mind, Dr. Abi chose to leave Tennessee and join the SPPH team!

Her professional interests include surgery, poultry medicine, and expanding her dentistry knowledge.

Dr. Abi currently lives in St. Paul with her dog, Orion. Outside of work, she enjoys powerlifting, animated films from across the globe, and snorkeling in the Caribbean any chance she gets!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 five cats (Chester, Stewie, Charlie, Ava and Bennet) 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.

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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.

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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.

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Kayli Schneider | Veterinary Assistant

Kayli grew up in the suburbs of South St. Paul where her passion for animal care started. At a young age, Kayli helped her parents nurse their sick kitten back to health. This experience pointed Kayli in direction of animal care and shortly after, Kayli knew her passion was working with animals. Kayli is currently studying to become a Certified Veterinary Technician at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New, Richmond, WI.

Kayli joined our team in May 2019 as a Veterinary Assistant, while continuing to attend classes for her Certified Veterinary Technician degree. As an extreme cat-lover, you will often hear squeals of delight from Kayli when she interacts with her cat patients. As a Veterinary Assistant, Kayli looks forward to getting to know the clients and furry friends of the St. Paul community.

Kayli currently lives in St. Paul with her significant other and three cats-- Winston, Edgar, and Wilbur. Outside of work Kayli enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and studying history.

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Grace Miller | Veterinary Assistant

Grace grew up in a western suburb of Chicago and moved to the Twin Cities in 2016 to complete her undergraduate education. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology with a pre-veterinary emphasis. She has worked as a veterinary assistant in small animal practice for over three years now and thoroughly enjoys her time spent in the hospital. Grace is currently pursuing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health at the University of Minnesota with a focus on One Health and research. Upon graduation, Grace hopes to use her DVM/MPH training in the area of conservation medicine and issues of sustainability.

Outside of school and work, Grace enjoys spending time with her dog, Ruby, as well as any and all outdoor activities! Grace started with us in January 2019 and is thrilled to be a apart of the SPPH team!

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Ana Sifferle | Reception

Ana is from St. Paul and has been based in the Twin Cities her whole life. Ana has had a lifelong passion for animals large and small, spending much of her childhood learning and caring for horses at the barn where she grew up riding. Ana officially entered the animal field in 2016 working as a technician alongside the equine veterinarians at Canterbury Park.

Ana currently lives in St. Paul with her roommate and her two kitties, Meak and Mia. Ana is a student at Saint Paul College and has an interest in biology, specifically environmentalism and genetics. Outside of St. Paul Pet Hospital her passions include music (violin, guitar, and piano) LGBT+ advocacy, painting and drawing, camping/nature, and yoga.  Ana joined the SPPH team in October of 2018 and looks forward to another year of helping you and your animals!

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Megan Morgan | Reception

Megan always had a love for animals while growing up in the suburbs of Houston, TX. In 2012, Megan moved to New Zealand to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While in New Zealand, Megan met her husband who is a veterinarian and who introduced her to the veterinary world. Megan, her husband and their pug named Arnie are new to Minnesota. They are now back in the northern hemisphere while her husband completes his residency in Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School.

Megan started with us the summer of 2019 and has enjoyed the interactions with both the pets and pet owners, assisting them in whatever way possible. In her free time, Megan enjoys cooking, finding a quiet place to read, taking care of her family and traveling when the opportunity arises.

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Charlie Kristo | Reception

Charlie was born and raised just minutes from the clinic in the Crocus Hill neighborhood in St. Paul. His family moved to Pittsburgh when he was 13, but he returned to Minnesota to study at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Charlie graduated in May of 2020 with his Bachelor of Arts in Physiology. After graduating, he hopes to take some time off from school before applying to veterinary school abroad, preferably in Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.

Charlie spends a good part of his time away from work and school dog-sitting in Minneapolis with his girlfriend Tiedra, a fellow animal lover. They are considering getting a cat! Back in Pittsburgh, Charlie has 3 pets: a corgi named Lucy, a kitty named Georgio Armani, and a hamster named Louie. Charlie’s favorite free time activity is skiing, but he also likes fishing, breweries (especially dog friendly breweries!), and running for fun.

Our Specialty Doctors by Referral

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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!

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Dr. Melissa Weisman | 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.

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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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