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 small animal clinics, as well as spent a year in animal research. During her veterinary career, Sophia has worked in many positions, including Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Technician, Lead Veterinary Technician, Office Manager, and is 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, as well as with people and with business.

Sophia is married to Tyrel and they have 3 children together named Rayne, Damon, and Gwenivere. Sophia enjoys reading romance novels, going out to movies/dinner with friends, and crocheting. She currently has 1 dog named Shiro and 1 cat named Buffy.

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Veterinary Technicians

Staff of North Paws Veterinary ClinicEvonne R. — Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

Evonne Graduated in 2004 from Argosy University with an Associate of Applied Science degree as a Veterinary Technician. She took one year off to work from home and missed working with the animals. She came back to the field and knows this is where she is meant to be. Evonne joined the team at North Paws Veterinary Clinic in January 2019.

Her time outside the clinic is full of fun and adventure. She enjoys many outdoor activities. Her favorite is bicycle riding all year round (yes, she has a cool fat bike!)

She has 3 children and an American Staffordshire Terrier named Anchor. She loves all the animals and has a special place in her heart for the bully breed.

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Staff of North Paws Veterinary ClinicMeisha G. — Lead Urgent Care 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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Alisa T. — Certified Veterinary Technician

Alisa knew from the age of 5 that she wanted to learn how to help animals. That goal was achieved when she graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in June of 2007. Alisa's passions with veterinary medicine include nutrition, behavior/enrichment, exotics medicine, and dentistry. Alisa worked for 13 years in a general practice hospital that specialized in exotics medicine. There, she had the opportunity to learn how to provide specialized care for exotics pets ranging from small livestock, native wildlife, reptiles, small mammals, and avians. Alisa was also able to assist with the medical care for a few species of wildcats through a local sanctuary. All of these experiences have helped teach Alisa how to partner with pet parents to work together to provide the best care possible for their fur-babies. Alisa joined the North Paws Team in 2020 as a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Outside of work, Alisa and her husband Nick are parents to two amazing boys, Barrett and Taika, and 4 fur-baby cats, Hawk, Mochi, Thunder, and Cow Cat. In her free time, Alisa loves hiking, cooking/baking, traveling, exploring antique stores, gardening, and spending time with her husband and sweet boys.

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Ashley T. — Certified Veterinary Technician

Biography 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. — 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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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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Michelle H. — 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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Veterinary Assistants

Staff of North Paws Veterinary ClinicKara H. — Veterinary Assistant

Kara joined the North Paws Team in 2018. She began working at Starbucks and quickly realized that her favorite regulars were the canines that visited for the Puppacinos. That's when she knew she wanted to work with animals and their owners full time. She volunteered at the Animal Humane Society in Nevada for 2 years before relocating to Minnesota with her husband. She joined our team as a Receptionist and quickly worked up to Veterinary Assistant. Kara is a quick learner and loves to socialize with our patients and clients alike. You'll often see her smiling face when you visit North Paws!

Kara has an active duty military husband named Will, as well as 3 pets named Ripley (a border collie mix), Allistair (a domestic shorthair cat), and Tallis (a tortoiseshell cat). Kara likes to play videogames, workout with her husband, and visit Disney as much as possible.

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Promyse S. — Veterinary Assistant

Promyse joined the North Paws Team in August of 2020. Straight out of high school, Promyse joined a small animal practice as a kennel attendant. She loved working with animals so much that she completed coursework to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant and then worked at an after hours emergency veterinary hospital. She took some time off to be in California for a while, but decided to move back to Minnesota and joined our team.

She has 2 cats. One is a female tabby/bengal mix named Kat. The other is a male Siamese named Jack. She has one daughter named Stormy. In her free time, she likes to go hiking, watch Netflix/Hulu, and try new restaurants.

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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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Jenny Z. — Veterinary Assistant

Jenny joined the North Paws Team in July 2020. Jenny started her career in veterinary medicine by graduating from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a Bachelor's in Animal Science. Jenny loves working with animals and fuels this passion at work as unfortunately she does not own any pets.

A Minnesota-native, Jenny grew up in Richfield, MN and enjoys traveling, hiking, and binge watching comedies. Jenny is also an avid nap taker and is excited to spend quality time with her new baby brother!