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Our Veterinarians

The veterinarians at Westgate Pet Clinic are progressive, knowledgeable and compassionate.  With 10 veterinarians, we have combined over 200 years of experience in veterinary medicine! We share these experiences and our expertise with each other daily.  From simply consulting on a case, to formal journal clubs and continuing education meetings, the doctors at Westgate Pet Clinic strive to keep abreast of the constantly changing world of veterinary medicine.  Besides being able to consult with each other, the other nice thing about having a large group of doctors for our clients to choose from is that you likely will find one or two of us that you develop a special bond with.   That relationship is what makes our jobs as veterinarians the most satisfying.  Being there for our clients and their pets through all of their life stages is the best part of our jobs.
Our Doctors
Pictured above: Back-Dr. Hageman, Dr. Mirodone, Dr. Perry, Dr. Aliano & Dr. Melin. Front-Dr. Reed & Dr. Hershey;
Not Pictured-Dr. Karlin, Dr. Downie and Dr. Norton-Bower.

Catherine Hageman, MS, DVM, CvMA

1992 – BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison

1993 – MS in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison

2002 – DVM from Colorado State University

2004 – Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, Medical Acupuncture Program, Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist (CvMA)

Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine: I truly enjoy nurturing long-term relationships and all aspects of preventative care, including weight management, as well as the diagnosis of challenging gastrointestinal and dermatologic problems. I also feel strongly that cats are an under-served part of our pet population and have a special focus on making cat visits as “low stress” as possible. Finally, I love to see the positive results of incorporating acupuncture in the management of painful or debilitating medical conditions.

Professional Affiliations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

American Association of Feline Practitioners

International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management



My husband and I currently share our home with a cantankerous elderly rescue cat Sanchi-San who delights in torturing our two rescue dogs, Gracie the German Shepherd mix and Herm, the dachshund-schnauzer mix.

News Articles
06 November 2014
Kennel Cough- Not just for dogs that go to the kennel!, 2408 views.
02 February 2016
Feline Inappropriate Elimination, 1964 views.
11 February 2017
Tips on choosing a pet food, 731 views.
Teresa Hershey, DVM, CCRT, CvMA

Cotter High School, Winona, MN 1991

University of Minnesota- Duluth,  BS in Animal Science 1994

University of Minnesota- College of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 1998

Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) 2010

Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, Medical Acupuncture Program, Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist (CvMA) 2012


Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine:  I have a special interest in geriatric pets and using all of the tools available to veterinary medicine, including rehabilitation therapy and acupuncture, to enhance animals' overall quality of life.  I also love dermatology and allergy management. 

Hobbies:  I love to spend time with my family and friends.  My favorite thing to do is travel with my husband and 2 children, Jackson (15) and Julia (13).  I also enjoy reading, cooking, camping, hiking and  I have learned to love gardening after many years of failed attempts

Professional  Affiliations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association- President 2008

Minnesota Veterinary Historical Society- Board Member

University of Minnesota Alumni and Friends Society- Board Member

International Veterinary Acdademy of Pain Management

Boy scouts of America- Proud mom of an Eagle Scout

Girl scouts of the United States of America- Cookie mom more years then I can recall


I am the proud mother of an 8 year old yellow lab named "Buckey". He has the most expressive ears and the sweetest temperament.

News Articles
25 September 2005
The Facts about the Canine Flu, 5438 views.
15 June 2006
Obesity and Over Feeding, 5422 views.
26 November 2006
Hip Dysplasia and OFA Certificatioin, 12101 views.
02 May 2007
Care of Orphaned Bunnies, 10689 views.
23 September 2008
Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs, 23784 views.
01 May 2009
Help! My cat is urinating outside the box, 8000 views.
08 August 2010
The Year of the Cat at the Westgate Pet Clinic, 5031 views.
01 November 2012
The Truth about Pet Food, 7515 views.
29 September 2014
Westgate's Cat Advocates, 2475 views.
24 October 2014
Urinary Incontinence in Dogs, 2452 views.
25 November 2014
Westgate Pet Clinic has been Certified as a Cat Friendly Practice!, 2058 views.
26 March 2015
My dog's Lyme test came back positive! What does that mean? , 3240 views.
11 April 2015
Westgate Pet Clinic now recommending Canine Flu Vaccine, 2868 views.
02 February 2016
Feeding cats in a "Natural Way", 1933 views.
05 March 2016
Best Veterinarian in Edina 2016!, 2421 views.
11 February 2017
Hookworms are a problem in Southwest Minneapolis, 1315 views.
12 February 2017
Lumbosacral Disease (LS Disease), 706 views.
12 March 2017
Lyme Disease Q&A, 683 views.
Erik Melin, DVM

I grew up in Rochester, MN and attended John Marshall High School.  I graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in Chemistry in 1996, and from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.  I have undergone additional training in veterinary endoscopy and laparoscopy.

Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine:  I have special interests in endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery and ophthalmology.  


Hobbies:  I enjoy running, Golden Gopher Basketball, trivia, and most of all spending time outdoors with my wife and 3 sons.


Professional Affiliations:  

American  Veterinary Medical Association

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

American Animal Hospital Association


I currently enjoy living with a 15 year old diabetic Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle), Tom, a 10 year old Schnauzer, Rikki, and a 16 year old domestic shorthair cat Ollie. We also have 3 chickens.


News Articles
24 January 2006
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 7645 views.
09 January 2007
Feline House Soiling, 6557 views.
26 November 2007
Pain Management, 8896 views.
10 June 2008
Leptospirosis: My dog is vaccinated for it, but what is it?, 26264 views.
10 June 2008
Leptospirosis: My dog is vaccinated for it, but what is it?, 4607 views.
18 January 2010
Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Less Invasive and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spay, 13243 views.
18 January 2010
Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Less Invasive and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spay, 4732 views.
15 November 2010
What is polyuria/polydipsia? Aka: Why is my pet drinking and urinating so much?, 8476 views.
17 August 2012
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury in Dogs, 11658 views.
01 April 2013
Diarrhea, The other “D” Word, 4952 views.
08 January 2014
Prophylactic Gastropexy in Dogs, 4827 views.
25 February 2015
Common Eye Problems, 2316 views.
02 February 2016
Anal Gland Disease, 1597 views.
Deb Reed, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota 1982

Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine: Dr. Reed is especially interested in heart disease and treatment, internal medicine, and geriatric diseases such as kidney disease of dogs and cats. She also likes helping guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and hamsters live healthy lives, as these are often the first animals that kids have as pets.



Dr. Reed, her husband and two sons have enjoyed the company of many animals and currently have 1 dog (Mickey), 1 cat (Tweetie); a rabbit (Poppy), and 5 horses (Solas, Hannah, Billy, Howdy and King).

News Articles
14 February 2009
Salmonella Infections in Pets, 8359 views.
19 June 2011
Heart Failure in Dogs, 4919 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for Guinea Pigs, 5831 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Hamster, 4219 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Rabbit, 5343 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Rat, 4423 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for Pocket Pets, 2784 views.
04 December 2014
What are we vaccinating for again? , 3623 views.
12 March 2017
Preventative Care for Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats, 698 views.
Brek Perry, DVM

1990 - BS in Bacteriology from University of Wisconsin-Madison;
1994 - DVM from University of Wisconsin-Madison;

Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine: Professionally I enjoy surgery, dentistry and ophthalmology. I truly enjoy the relationships developed with clients as we strive to maintain the best quality of life for our patients.


Hobbies:  During my free time I enjoy gardening, woodworking, a variety of sports (hockey and Alpine skiing are my favorites) and most importantly Family Time with my wife Tara, son Liam (6 yrs), my daughter Hazel (3 yrs), my son Kelton (1.5years) and looking forward to our newest additioin due in April 2015.   


Professional Affiliations:

American Animal Hospital Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

American Veterinary Dental Society

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps


Penny - 12 yr. old Black Lab; Syd 16 yr old - DSH; Tigger - 11 yr old DSH; Adams - 12 yr old Burmese. All are from a humane society or rescue group with their individual stories as to how they became a part of our family.

News Articles
13 July 2009
Doggie Breath and Kittie Calculus, 9369 views.
17 April 2011
Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets and Whole Family, 4607 views.
02 March 2013
Gastropexy for Bloat, 4406 views.
05 April 2014
What is an Oral Prophylaxis?, 3848 views.
18 February 2015
How we manage pain for our surgery patients at Westgate Pet Clinic, 2312 views.
Rhonda Downie, DVM

Mankato State University B.A.

University of Minnesota, D.V.M.

Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine:  I enjoy working with clients to keep their pets healthy.  I love all aspects of veterinary medicine including surgery, dentistry, dermatology, and feline medicine. I am one of the instructors for our kitten class.


Hobbies:  I enjoy spending time and traveling with my two adult sons. I also enjoy reading and gardening.


I have two cats: Biggs is a 14 year old tuxedo cat with extra toes, and Loki is a 2 year old orange tabby.

News Articles
23 March 2005
Roundworms in Dogs and Cats and the emerging Risk from Raccoons, 13461 views.
09 March 2006
Socializing Your New Kitten, 9866 views.
30 January 2007
Are Dog Parks Safe?, 9139 views.
05 January 2008
Feline Upper Respiratory Disease, 17755 views.
13 September 2009
Hyperthyroidism in Cats, 10096 views.
02 March 2011
Diabetes Mellitus in Cats, 5737 views.
31 May 2013
Blastomycosis a Deadly Disease at the Lakes, 5535 views.
01 January 2014
Brachycephalic Syndrome, 6497 views.
28 December 2014
Feline Leukemia, 2051 views.
02 February 2016
Heartworm Disease, 1381 views.
11 February 2017
Feline Asthma, 550 views.
Carolyn Karlin, DVM

Rice University, BA
University of Arizona, MA, Ph.D
University of Minnesota, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Areas of Interest

I have a special interest in animal nutrition, animal behavior, dental endodontics, and feline kidney disease.


Dr. Karlin shares her tiny bungalow with her husband, Travis, and the four laziest pets in the world. Her rescue dog, Tippilina, and three formerly-homeless cats, Mookie Wilson, Peeps (Peepimeister Smith), and Tima spend their time competing for prime real estate on the couch or in front of the heaters during the winter.

Heather Norton-Bower, DVM


Minnetonka High School, 1991  

B.A. in Biology,Carleton College, 1995.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of MN, 2002.


Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine:  I have a special interest in feline renal disease and diabetes, atopic dermatitis (a type of allergic skin disease), and animal behavior. Having done some agility training with my dogs, I always love to see other canine athletes!


Hobbies: When not at work, my husband and I are kept busy raising our three young children.   As much as I can, I enjoy being outdoors for camping or exercising.  On my Saturdays off you'll find me participating in some kind of race!


Professional Affiliations:

AmericanVeterinary Medical Association

MinnesotaVeterinary Medical Association


In the last several years, we have had to say good-bye to our two senior canine companions.  We're waiting for the human pets in the household to get a little older before starting over with hopefully both a cat and a dog!  For now,I enjoy my patients and the neighbor's dog, Hercules, a Jack Russell TerrierMix that tries to live up to his name!

News Articles
01 September 2006
My dog just tested positive for Lyme, what does this mean?, 146324 views.
26 September 2007
Twin Cities Arthritis Walk Has Westgate Connections, 7140 views.
10 February 2008
Taking a Stand on the Use of Punishment in Dog Training, 20529 views.
19 March 2010
Lily Toxicity in Cats, 10153 views.
17 April 2010
Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats, 21199 views.
12 October 2011
Pets and Vets Need Techs!, 5408 views.
02 January 2013
Canine Anaplasmosis, 19761 views.
01 February 2013
Ticks are coming soon!, 5302 views.
01 January 2014
Heartworm Disease, 4570 views.
25 January 2015
Higher than normal alkaline phosphatase levels in dogs—What to make of it?, 61767 views.
02 February 2016
Excercise in the Winter Time, 1278 views.
11 February 2017
Caring for Our Mature Adult and Senior Feline Companions: “Doctor, is this just old age?”, 701 views.
Olivia Mirodone, DVM

High school : C.D. Loga - Timisoara, Romania

Veterinary school: Timisoara 1991 and Iowa State 1997


I graduated from Veterinary School in Romania in 1991, and then I completed my accreditation studies 

at Iowa State, where I graduated in 1997. 

Areas of Interest

Special interests in Veterinary Medicine:  I love every aspect of medicine, and mostly Internal medicine, gastroenterology, and dermatology. I take great joy from seeing healthy pets for their annual exam visits, and getting to see them grow from puppies and kittens into adults, and then to help them age gracefully and comfortably.  Also I find it very rewarding to get to know my patients' human families.


Hobbies: international travel, rock climbing, stained glass, SCUBA diving, good food, most of which I share with my husband Joe. 


Professional  affiliations:

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Animal Hospital Association

Minnesota Public Radio


News Articles
21 February 2005
Famous Dogs. Part I - Balto the Sled Dog, 6297 views.
16 May 2006
Common Household Hazards, 7102 views.
01 March 2007
Common Household Hazards, Part II, 7254 views.
10 September 2007
Atopic Dermatitis (allergies) in Dogs:, 7267 views.
20 November 2008
Dogs and Wolves Share Deadly Parvovirus, 10306 views.
23 March 2009
Canine Separation Anxiety, 7169 views.
17 April 2009
An Evening With The Veterinarian, 7519 views.
09 July 2010
Preventing Heat Stroke, 9300 views.
01 August 2011
Zoonoses: What Can I Catch From My Pet?, 4482 views.
02 October 2012
What's Scary about Halloween, 5269 views.
01 October 2013
How to Interpret your Pet's Lab Work, 4200 views.
08 January 2014
The "Blocked" Cat: Urethral Obstruction of the Male Cat, 3901 views.
06 November 2014
Feline Arthritis, 2542 views.
02 February 2016
Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs, 1641 views.
11 February 2017
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis, 757 views.
Valerie Aliano, DVM

BS 1980' DVM 1983, PennHIP Certification 1993

Areas of Interest

Soft tissue surgery, laser surgery, internal medicine - especially geriatric medicine, and emergency medicine and critical care.  

I am owned by 5 four legged individuals:

  • Kiwi, an 8 year old DSH I rescued as a kitten.  It was love at first sight!
  • Kaydence, a 6 yr old Rottweiler who was the naughtiest puppy ever!  Good thing he turned out to be such a sweet boy.
  • Kali, a 5 year old Rottweiler, very sweet girl if a little on the quirky side!
  • Kobi,  a 6 yr old Burmese.  Very petite but has a BIG voice.
  •  Kappaccino, a 4 yr old Burmese, the "scaredy cat" of the bunch but a stellar cuddler.


Kiwi, Kaydence, Kali, Kobi and Kappacino

News Articles
05 March 2016
Knowing when it's time to say goodbye..., 1194 views.
11 February 2017

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4345 France Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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