Dr. Jennifer Blum – Owner
Dr. Jennifer Blum graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Veterinary Medicine in May, 2006. Her interest in animals and their care started at a very young age. Growing up on a dairy farm in Northwest Wisconsin, she was very involved in 4-H and the community. Dr. Blum’s love for animals carried her into the career of veterinary medicine. Her professional interests include dentistry, internal medicine and dermatology.
Dr. Blum lives with her husband and twin girls. Her family also consists of a free-willed Labrador retriever named Eddy and the true head of household, Tigey, a tabby cat that is always getting into trouble. Her and her family love to be outside camping and hiking. Baking is her favorite way to spend time with her girls.
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 an 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. 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!
Dr. Jennifer Freitag
Dr. Jennifer Freitag grew up in Sheldon, Iowa. She went to Iowa State University where she completed her undergraduate degree in 2010 and her veterinary degree in 2014. While at Iowa State University, she competed in ballroom dancing competitions where she met her husband. Dr. Jennifer Freitag and her husband moved to Minnesota to be closer to family. They have a 3-year-old son and an 8-month-old daughter as well as a miniature Australian Shepherd, Josephine, a cat, Raya, and the true “master” of the house- Bruce Wayne “batcat”.
In their limited free time, Dr. Freitag and her husband love to travel and explore. Dr. Freitag loves to create relationships with both her patients and their owners. She is very passionate about educating owners and supporting the bond that owners have with their pets. Other professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry, and preventive medicine.
Dr. Freitag is very excited to be part of the Elm Creek Animal Hospital family.
Dr. Shannon Pietig
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The Animal Care Team
The backbone of Elm Creek Animal Hospital is the Animal Care Team. They treat and care for the animals, aid and assist the veterinarians, and help you make appointments. They work closely with you to answer questions, inform on treatments, and give direction on the healing process.
All of our technicians have received a degree from an accredited Veterinary Technician school. Almost all have passed the state and national exam to make them Certified (CVT’s), or are in the process!
Office Manager & Lead Technician
Sarah joined the Elm Creek Animal Hospital team in 1999. She earned her CVT degree from the Medical Institute of Minnesota. Sarah’s favorite part of her job is seeing the bond that animals and their humans share! She shares her home with Fozzi, a senior cockapoo, Franklin, a happy and goofy golden retriever puppy, and Calvin, the cat that never stops begging for food and attention. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her kids. You will find her cheering them on at a variety of sports events. They also like to spend time camping, hiking and bicycling.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Leslie joined the Elm Creek team in 2015. She obtained her AAS and certification from the Medical Institute of MN. She enjoys getting to know owners and their pets. She currently shares her home with two mischievous bunnies, Carlos and Harper, but her heart belongs to guinea pigs. She is commonly known around here as ‘the guinea pig lady’. In her free time, Leslie enjoys fishing, kayaking and spending time with family and friends at her up north cabin.
Emily joined our team in 2009. She earned her education through the Minnesota School of Business. She enjoys puppies, dental cleanings and working with such a great team at ECAH! She has two dogs, both schipperke mixes. Rizzo, age 9 and Kenickie, age 11, are named after the movie ‘Grease!’ In her free time, Emily enjoys, movies, shopping, bingo, the MN Wild, and outdoor activities.
Beth has been an Elm Creek team member since 1997! She earned her CVT and education through Kirkwood Community College Small Animal Program and U of M Waseca. Dogs with smooshed noses are Beth’s specialty. She is owned by four pooches. Toby, a 16 year old pug, Ginny, a 5 year old rescue chihuahua/pit mix, Plato, a 13 year old boston/pug mix, and lastly, Dash, a fun-loving pug puppy who keeps the rest of the pack on their toes. In her spare time, Beth enjoys movies with her family, going to the fair, and craft shows.
Brooke joined our team in 2016 and holds an AA degree from the Minnesota School of Business. Her favorite part of her job is the opportunity for client education. She shares her home with several pets: Nora Belle, an 8 year-old mini Rex rabbit who hates carrots, loves head rubs and runs agility courses. Chloe Beth, a 5-year-old Siamese Lynx point mix who begs for food every chance she gets, enjoys chewing on paper and leaves and is the number one bug catcher. Sammy Benson, a 4-year-old springer/setter mix, he’s a pro digger, pillow hog and extreme napper, and Finn, a 2 year-old german shepherd who is happy to let the rabbit be the boss. In her free time, Brooke enjoys Hoppy hour, rabbit agility, fostering animals, string art, restoring old furniture and boating.
Samantha has been on the Elm Creek Animal Hospital team since 2008. Her favorite parts of her job are educating clients and of course, meeting all the cats! She has a Morgan horse, Melrose, and is also the very proud owner of Wall-E, a cat that was left here at Elm Creek as a kitten. She is also owned by a goofy shepherd mix named, Xena. Sam has two adventurous kids and she adores and loves spending time with her little ones! Some of her hobbies are riding her horse, cheering on the Vikings and snowmobiling.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Ania has worked in the veterinary field since 2017, and she has became a part of the Elm Creek team in 2020. She has three family dogs, and belongs to a very energetic and lovable kitty named Salem. Ania has always had a strong passion for animals and their care.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Ben graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 2015. Shortly after, he earned his CVT credentials. He has been working in the field since, and joined our team in 2019. Ben is a teacher at heart, and loves learning new things. Ben loves Great Danes, and all “gentle giants”. He is the proud dog dad to 7 year old Carlos Rodriguez. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, hiking, road trips, knitting, and baking.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Kelsey joined our team in 2020. She graduated from NDSU with a bachelor’s degree, and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. The favorite part of her job is dental cleanings and educating clients. She has a 3 year old border collie mix named Sulli, after the big guy in Monsters, Inc. She says that he is a ‘big fluffy dork’, so it’s a well-fitting name. Outside of work she loves puzzles, true crime, and games of all kinds.
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Keanna resides in Champlin with her 5 children and her dog, Luna. She grew up in St. Francis and is proud to mention that St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. Keanna loves working with animals, and has a natural calming effect on the nervous patients. Her pastimes include sarcasm, reading and telling endless amounts of dad jokes. When she is not working, Keanna loves to spend her time with her kiddos, preferably outdoors.
Nicole joined our team in early 2021, and has been taking online courses to further her career and explore her options in veterinary medicine. She loves getting the ‘hands on’ experience while she is learning. Nicole has found joy in getting to know pet owners. She has two fur-kids; Prince, who is a labrador/pit bull mix and Baldur, an adorable and sweet kitty. Nicole loves spending time with family, friends and her pets whenever she gets time. Her favorite time is when she gets to spend weekends up north.
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Nicki joined our team in June, 2021. What she finds most fulfilling about working with animals is comforting them when they are scared, and reassuring their owners. Nicki and her boyfriend recently purchased their first home together. They are welcomed home by an aspiring UFC fighter, Jax (a chihuahua mix), and two very patient cats, Oso and Migo. When she isn’t at work, Nicki enjoys hiking in northern MN, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her boys.
Alexis joined the Elm Creek Animal Hospital team in September 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science through Southwest MN State University, however, her love for animals made her change her mind and pursue working with them. It is rare for her to be seen without her constant companion and her 4-legged partner in crime, Wesson, who is a spoiled and mischievous rescue lab mix. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys movies with her family, and outdoor activities.
Heidi has been with Elm Creek Animal Hospital since August of 2020. She is owned by two cats, Edith and Eddie, and two basset hounds, Eeyore and Elmo. Heidi is an active wife and mother. She loves her peloton and running half marathons with her husband (who proposed after one of their marathons!). Some of Heidi’s favorite things are; spending time with her daughter, backpacking and hiking, and football.
Emma has been in the field of animals for six years and loves it! She loves that she can combine her customer service skills and love for animals all into one. Emma has many hobbies, including; sewing, crafts, painting, drawing, collecting porcelain dolls, going to classic car shows, organizing anything she can and spending time with family and friends. She has two cats, Mittens and Ramsey, seven tropical fish, and a rescued hound mix named Mumford. Her family is looking to add a German Shepherd puppy soon!
Emma worked with dog and cat behavior for three years before switching to client care. She loves helping others understand basic behavior and building the relationship between a pet and owner. Emma grew up in Zimmerman, Minnesota where her ‘Brady Bunch’ family raised a variety of fancy breed chickens and peacocks. She does not miss their crowing noise at 5am in the spring.
Plans for her future would be indulging back into animal behavior or pet grooming.