Team Members

Practice Manager

Staff of North Paws Veterinary ClinicSophia H. — Practice Manager, BA, CVT

Sophia joined the North Paws Team in July of 2018 as our Practice Manager. Sophia has many years of experience in the veterinary field. Sophia graduated with her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in March 2008. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in July 2008. Sophia has worked at 2 other small animal clinics, as well as spent a year in animal research, before finally finding her home at North Paws. During her veterinary career, Sophia has worked in many positions, including Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Technician, Lead Veterinary Technician, Office Manager, and now Practice Manager. Sophia also received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources in December 2013, so she has a lot of good experience working with animals, people, and business.

Sophia is married to her husband Tyrel and they have 3 children together (Rayne, Damon, and Gwenivere). Sophia enjoys reading romance novels, going out to movies/dinner with friends, and crocheting. Sophia likes rescuing older animals, as they deserve love and a good home as well. She currently has a 16-year old dog named Shiro, a 14-year old cat named Fabio, and a 15-year old cat named Farrah.

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Veterinary Technicians

Michelle H. — Lead Urgent Care Certified Veterinary Technician

In 2003, Michelle completed her Associate of Applied Science degree and certification in Veterinary Technology. After working five years in general practices, an opportunity to work in the Emergency Room at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center arose. While spending ten years in this ER, she played a role in training veterinary professionals and fueling her passion for learning. This assisted in her attainment of the title: Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency/Critical Care. Then, in 2015, an Urgent Care opened at her facility, in which she excitedly became part of its development, while simultaneously completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Studies (Veterinary Technology/Communications), class of 2020. Ready for a fresh start in 2021, she enthusiastically joined the Urgent Care team at North Paws Veterinary Clinic.

Michelle and her husband Nate have a passion for nature and a goal of visiting all the National Parks in the United States. At home, their Shar-Pei dog “Javelina,” Persian cat “Griffin,” and two guinea pigs “Hammy and Porky” keep them very busy and entertained. On the horizon, Michelle hopes to pursue fostering small mammals- more specifically guinea pigs, as an effort to help our littlest of animal companions.

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Aline R. — Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

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Justine W. — Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

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Kristi A. — Veterinary Technician

Kristi has always had a love and passion for animals growing up and volunteering at her family's rescue. Kristi graduated college with her Veterinary Technician degree in 2007. Kristi joined the North Paws Team as a Veterinary Technician in January 2021.

Kristi grew up in Monticello, MN and she currently resided in Clearwater, MN. Kristi enjoys spending her time outside going hiking, swimming, or walking. Her animals are her children and they consist of 4 rescued lab mixes and a french bulldog.

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Staff of North Paws Veterinary ClinicMalia O. — Veterinary Technician

Malia started her career in veterinary medicine by graduating from the Minnesota School of Business with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2010. She has been a part of the North Paws team since March 2016. Malia 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. With her warm welcoming smile, and positive energy, Malia raises the bar for patient care at North Paws. She balances the individual needs of each patient seamlessly all while ensuring each family member leaves with a better understanding of how to take the absolute best care of their fur babies.

Malia is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris. Together they have 2 children (Kale & Isaac), along with a growing fur family that currently include 2 Dalmatians, a Chihuahua, barn cats, and Nigerian Dwarf goats. When not practicing her life-long passion in veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family and being active outdoors, such as: horseback riding, boating, and golfing. She also keeps busy with her pet sitting and health & wellness side gigs.

Malia looks forward to meeting you and your pets and developing lifelong relationships!

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Mandi L. — Urgent Care Veterinary Technician

Mandi has known she wanted to work with animals since she was in kindergarten. Mandi graduated from Argosy University with her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in January of 2015. She has been in the veterinary field for 8 years and joined the North Paws Team as a Veterinary Technician in January of 2021.

In Mandi’s free time, she likes to go hiking on the North Shore and stay at her friend's inn. She also loves to hangout with her family at her cabin and take road trips/travel in her free time as well. Mandi has 4 animals: 2 German Shepherds, a miniature yorkie, and a black cat.

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Marissa R. — Veterinary Technician

Marissa has had a love for animals since a young age. Marisaa adopted her first cat in 2012 and then her cat became very ill. This caused Marissa to pursue veterinary medicine. Marissa started going to Veterinary Technician school in 2017, however, that school closed. She is currently in the process of finding alternative schooling to finish her degree. Marissa has several years of experience working at veterinary clinics as a Veterinary Technician. Marissa joined North Paws Veterinary Clinic in May 2022.

Marissa loves spending time with her beagle mix at dog parks. She also loves curling up with her 2 rescue cats.

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Staff of North Paws Veterinary ClinicMeisha G. — Certified Veterinary Technician

Meisha joined the North Paws team in January 2019 as a Full Time Certified Veterinary Technician. This Minnesota native knew since the age of 3 that she wanted to work with animals. She got her bachelor's degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in veterinary technology at UW River Falls, then attended veterinary technician school at Madison College to get her certification. She graduated in May of 2014 with both degrees. Since then, she has worked in a variety of different types of animal hospitals including Emergency and ICU, General Practice, Ophthalmology and Non Profit. Her interests in veterinary medicine include canine behavior, internal and emergency medicine, ophthalmology, and client communication.

Meisha is married to Kurt, and they have one daughter together named Winrey. They like to camp, enjoy the lake and watch movies together. They currently have 2 cats named Avery and Murray and two dogs named Moose and Drake. You can often find them fostering another dog through local rescues in the area as well.

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Michael V. — Certified Veterinary Technician

Michael graduated in 2015 from Ridgewater College, earning his Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Since then, he has worked in a mixed animal practice and another small animal hospital before joining our team in November 2020. Michael has a strong passion for surgery and is currently pursuing his VTS speciality in Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Michael has a love for running and likes to stay active. He also enjoys playing video games, listening to music, and playing with his cockapoo named Cece.

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Veterinary Assistants

Jenni B. — Veterinary Assistant

Jenni grew up in Arkansas surrounded by dogs, cats, chickens, horses, cattle, and hogs. She helped several neighbors with their livestock and farm chores while in high school and college. In 2015, Jenni moved to the suburbs west of Chicago where she worked at a hunter/jumper stable as a groom and riding instructor. Jenni moved to Minnesota in 2018 and got her first job with another veterinary clinic where she started at the front desk before being promoted to Veterinary Assistant. Jenni joined the North Paws Team in 2021 and looks forward to continuing to provide quality care and service to pets and their people.

In her free time, Jenni enjoys a wide variety of hobbies from reading, sewing, and drawing to horseback riding, kayaking, and generally enjoying the outdoors. Jenni has also been a part of the musical theatre communities in both Arkansas and Illinois. She hopes to join the local theatre community here in Minnesota when the opportunity arises.

Jenni has three cats: Mason, a buff and white tabby; Elijah, an orange and white tabby; and Monroe, a solid black with no eyes.

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Jane L. — Veterinary Assistant

Jane joined the North Paws Team as a Veterinary Assistant in August 2020. She has been working in the Veterinary field since 1997, when she graduated from West Coast College of Health Care as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. Jane loves Veterinary medicine because it provides a stimulating work environment and combines her two favorite things: people and animals!

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, she moved to Minnesota in 2011 when she married her husband Mark. Together they have two grown step children, Austin and Marina. Their furry family consists of 2 sibling brother cats named Milo (flame point Siamese) and Gonzo (solid black short hair). Together, Jane and her husband enjoy camping, fishing, boating and Vikings football. SKOL!

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Ravenlynn R. — Veterinary Assistant

Raven has worked in different career fields, but has always been drawn to working with and being around animals. Raven has previously worked with two veterinary practices, gaining lots of experience helping your furry friends in need. She also volunteers with a rescue in her spare time, and is planning to go to school in the near future to become a CVT!

In her spare time, Raven is passionate about all sorts of activities, such as hiking, swimming, kayaking, going on road trips, mini golfing, traveling, trying out new restaurants with her friends, binge watching new tv shows, playing video games, baking, and spending lots of time with her kitty Bella Ruby!