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Dr. Jennifer Blum - Owner

Dr. Jennifer Blum graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2006. After graduation Dr. Blum and her husband, Charles, moved to the Mile-High City to experience the majestic Rockies first hand. One of Dr. Blum’s favorite quote: “Home is where your story begins” became a constant reminder of the distance from her family, and after a year they realized they needed to move back home. Dr. Blum currently lives with her loving husband, Charles and her adorable 9-year-old twin girls, Ava and Allison. Her family also consists of a few furry friends including, a free-willed Labrador retriever, Eddy, and twin mini lop rabbits, Cotton Candy and Lollipop.

Dr. Blum truly cares about finding a balance between eastern and western medicine to offer a well-rounded treatment plan and wide range of care options for her patients. Her professional interests include dentistry, internal medicine, and integrative medicine. Dr. Blum is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and is also well versed in advanced dental procedures.

Dr. Mey Nevo - Owner

Dr. Mey Nevo graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary medicine in May 2007. She has had the opportunity to practice veterinary medicine in Illinois, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Minnesota while following her husband through his Small Animal Internal Medicine internship and residency. They finally settled down here in Minnesota to be closer to family. Dr. Nevo shares her life with her wonderful husband Dr. Steven Shadwick, her 6-year-old daughter Sophie, her 5 year-old son, Robert and her 2-year-old baby girl, Lucy. “These three little ones offer new and exciting challenges on a daily basis”. Her household also includes Scout, a 12-year-old Blue Healer mix, and the Nevo-Shadwicks are also privileged enough to be allowed to share a home with a 18-year-old cat Dublin who manages to keep the entire family in line. As you can guess it is very busy these days at the Nevo-Shadwick household!!

Dr. Nevo is passionate about bringing a personal touch to her patient care. She has attended additional training in veterinary ultrasonography and has been integrating this imaging modality to her diagnostic repertoire on a daily basis since 2008. Dr. Nevo’s extensive ultrasound training has allowed her to bring advanced diagnostics to her clients at an affordable rate. In addition to advanced imaging techniques, Dr. Nevo’s interests include soft-tissue surgery and internal medicine.

Dr. Richard Reierson

Dr. Richard Reierson truly enjoys general practice, as well as long-time interests in surgery, dentistry, reproduction, and dermatology. Sporting dogs and their needs have been a particular favorite of his. When his son brought home a very unusual guest for Thanksgiving vacation, a snake, he decided to pursue reptile medicine. Dr. Reierson's father, a dentist, provided the inspiration for his son's ongoing education in advanced veterinary dentistry.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Veterinary School in 1971, Dr. Reierson also interned for one year at Colorado State University in small animal surgery and medicine. In 1976, he established Elm Creek Animal Hospital. He has served on the national board of the AAHA, Minnesota Veterinary Alumni board, and local humane society boards. Dr. Reierson has been a longtime member of the veterinary education committee of the M.V.M.A and takes an active role in mentoring students.  In 2017, Dr. Reierson was named MVMA's Veterinarian of the Year! 

Dr. Reierson's interests are singing in two choirs and playing in a blue grass band.  He has a passion for waterfowl and upland hunting, and enjoys caring for these sporting dogs.  He is owned by his chocolate Labrador, Roxie, and relishes time spent with his four grandchildren. He is delighted to continue working for the new owners of Elm Creek Animal Hospital.

Dr. Brett Duke

Dr. Brett Duke is a lifelong resident of Minnesota, attended Gustavus Adolphus College, and then graduated in 1996 from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Duke and his wife Lauri love to travel, yet have long enjoyed all that the Midwest and Northwoods have to offer. This includes camping, biking, snowshoeing, and attending MN professional and college sporting events. They enjoy hiking with their Border Collies, Trek, Punch and Teller.  "We love the North Shore and any little towns that are off the beaten path." They also keep very busy training and competing in the sport of canine agility, which has taken them all over the country to regional and national events. He has also been instructing agility students and their dogs for over 20 years.

Dr. Duke's professional career has led to special interests in sports medicine, dentistry, soft-tissue surgery, and small mammal medicine. He has undergone additional training in laser surgery, which he has been utilizing in practice for 15 years. He emphasizes the importance of the bond owners have with their pets, and strives to educated clients on all options available to provide the best care possible.

Dr. Jo Croswell

Dr. Jo Croswell grew up in Northern Minnesota, but fell in love with the Twin Cities area after getting her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. From there, she moved to Michigan to attend veterinary school at Michigan State University and graduated with her DVM in 2014. She enjoyed discovering everything Michigan had to offer, but is excited to have moved back to Minnesota.Dr. Croswell loves to spend her spare time outdoors- whether it is enjoying time at the family cabin, canoeing in the Boundary Waters, or exploring the great local parks and restaurant patios. She is happily married to her husband Peter and they are kept busy at home with their comical pug, Goober, and their mellow cat, Abner. While Abner is content with his spot on the couch, Goober likes to join on as many adventures as he can- he even has his own camping backpack!  In April of 2018, The Croswell family welcomed their first child, Annika.  At work, Dr. Croswell really enjoys connecting with her patients and getting to know her clients. She has particular interests in behavior medicine, internal medicine and preventive care. She enjoys talking about puppy training as much as helping clients support their pets through their golden years. Dr. Croswell is excited to be a part of the Elm Creek Animal Hospital Team!

Dr. Michelle Zanol

We welcomed Dr. Zanol to Elm Creek in April of 2018, and she has quickly become a joy for our staff, clients and patients alike! Dr. Zanol completed her undergraduate from the University of MN in 2005, and her veterinary degree from Iowa State in 2010. Cocker spaniels have become her dog breed of choice, after meeting her husband's sweet 13 year old Cocker Spaniel named Joe. She also has Jack, who she rescued in 2016, and Crush, her 5 year old orange tabby. Dr. Zanol and her husband, John, are newlyweds who like to fish, hike and camp. Crafting is her favorite hobby when she takes time away from helping animals!