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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 Row) Dr. Hageman, Dr. Mirodone, Dr. Melin, and Dr Hershey. (Front row) Dr. Aliano, Dr. Bury, and Dr. Norton-Bower. Not pictured above, Dr. Perry, Dr. Karlin, Dr. Downie, ad Dr. Reed

Catherine Hageman, MS, DVM, CvMA
Degrees

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

 

Pets

I currently share my home with a cantankerous elderly rescue cat Sanchi-San who delights in torturing the rescue dogs (Franklin, a German Shepherd mix and Herm, a dachshund-schnauzer mix).

News Articles
06 November 2014
Kennel Cough- Not just for dogs that go to the kennel!, 4052 views.
02 February 2016
Back to the Litter Box - Tips for a Speedy Return to Good Behavior, 3865 views.
11 February 2017
Tips on choosing a pet food, 2727 views.
14 February 2018
Do natural and herbal always mean safe for our pets?, 1183 views.
23 April 2019
The Senior Pet Friendly Home, 229 views.
Teresa Hershey, DVM, CCRT, CvMA
Degrees

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

Pets

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, 7766 views.
15 June 2006
Obesity and Over Feeding, 7390 views.
02 May 2007
Care of Orphaned Bunnies, 16313 views.
23 September 2008
Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs, 30340 views.
01 May 2009
Help! My cat is urinating outside the box, 11149 views.
08 August 2010
The Year of the Cat at the Westgate Pet Clinic, 6879 views.
01 November 2012
The Truth about Pet Food, 10077 views.
29 September 2014
Westgate's Cat Advocates, 4081 views.
24 October 2014
Urinary Incontinence in Dogs, 4583 views.
25 November 2014
Westgate Pet Clinic has been Certified as a Cat Friendly Practice!, 3427 views.
26 March 2015
My dog's Lyme test came back positive! What does that mean? , 6420 views.
11 April 2015
Westgate Pet Clinic now recommending Canine Flu Vaccine, 4560 views.
02 February 2016
Feeding cats in a "Natural Way", 4303 views.
05 March 2016
Best Veterinarian in Edina 2018!, 4454 views.
11 February 2017
Hookworms are a problem in Southwest Minneapolis, 4932 views.
12 February 2017
Lumbosacral Disease (LS Disease), 3016 views.
12 March 2017
Lyme Disease Q&A, 2916 views.
29 November 2017
Tips for Pilling Cats, 2166 views.
01 April 2018
Medical Acupuncture, 1235 views.
29 May 2018
Grass Gnat Bites, 3531 views.
11 August 2018
Link Between Grain-Free Diets and Heart Disease being Investigated., 1550 views.
11 December 2018
Normal Scratching Behavior, 572 views.
Erik Melin, DVM
Degrees

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

Pets

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, 9770 views.
09 January 2007
Feline House Soiling, 8389 views.
26 November 2007
Pain Management, 10985 views.
10 June 2008
Leptospirosis: My dog is vaccinated for it, but what is it?, 28873 views.
10 June 2008
Leptospirosis: My dog is vaccinated for it, but what is it?, 6458 views.
18 January 2010
Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Less Invasive and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spay, 15236 views.
18 January 2010
Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Less Invasive and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spay, 6184 views.
15 November 2010
What is polyuria/polydipsia? Aka: Why is my pet drinking and urinating so much?, 11692 views.
17 August 2012
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury in Dogs, 14418 views.
01 April 2013
Diarrhea, The other “D” Word, 6927 views.
08 January 2014
Prophylactic Gastropexy in Dogs, 8416 views.
25 February 2015
Common Eye Problems, 3965 views.
02 February 2016
Anal Gland Disease, 3684 views.
14 February 2018
Canine Pancreatitis, 1177 views.
23 April 2019
'Tis the Season of Torn Toe Nails, 212 views.
Deb Reed, DVM
Degrees

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.

 

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, 10079 views.
19 June 2011
Heart Failure in Dogs, 6782 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for Guinea Pigs, 9121 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Hamster, 6178 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Rabbit, 7775 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Rat, 6281 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for Pocket Pets, 4456 views.
04 December 2014
What are we vaccinating for again? , 6112 views.
12 March 2017
Preventative Care for Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats, 2652 views.
14 February 2018
Heart Murmurs in Dogs, 1752 views.
23 April 2019
GI Stasis in Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, 249 views.
Brek Perry, DVM
Degrees

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

Pets

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, 11383 views.
17 April 2011
Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets and Whole Family, 6283 views.
02 March 2013
Gastropexy for Bloat, 7008 views.
05 April 2014
What is an Oral Prophylaxis?, 5586 views.
18 February 2015
How we manage pain for our surgery patients at Westgate Pet Clinic, 3956 views.
14 February 2018
Meet Dr. Google, 1506 views.
23 April 2019
USDA Accredited Veterinarian Services , 214 views.
Rhonda Downie, DVM
Degrees

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.

Pets

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, 15995 views.
09 March 2006
Socializing Your New Kitten, 12736 views.
30 January 2007
Are Dog Parks Safe?, 13458 views.
05 January 2008
Feline Upper Respiratory Disease, 21756 views.
13 September 2009
Hyperthyroidism in Cats, 12543 views.
02 March 2011
Diabetes Mellitus in Cats, 7755 views.
31 May 2013
Blastomycosis a Deadly Disease at the Lakes, 8190 views.
01 January 2014
Brachycephalic Syndrome, 9803 views.
28 December 2014
Feline Leukemia, 3634 views.
02 February 2016
Heartworm Disease, 3289 views.
11 February 2017
Feline Asthma, 2573 views.
14 February 2018
Redirected Aggression, 1279 views.
23 April 2019
Rabies, why we vaccinate, 198 views.
Carolyn Karlin, DVM
Degrees

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.

Pets

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.

News Articles
24 October 2007
Weight Loss at the Westgate Pet Clinic, 9576 views.
15 October 2009
It's Not the Flu, It's Roundworm, 8198 views.
27 May 2011
The Truth Behind Some Commonly Held Nutrition Notions, 9723 views.
01 August 2012
Kennel Cough in Dogs, 12931 views.
26 July 2013
Capnocytophaga Canimorsus: Sometimes the Bark is Way Worse than the Bite , 27231 views.
01 January 2014
Coccidia: My pet’s fecal was positive for what??, 31010 views.
01 February 2015
The Raw Truth, Part 1: The Truth Behind Purported Benefits of Raw Diets, 7430 views.
02 February 2016
The Raw Truth, Part 2: The Risky Business of Raw Diets, 4677 views.
11 February 2017
The Dog (and Cat) Days of Winter, 5544 views.
14 February 2018
Coping with Coprophagia, 1731 views.
23 April 2019
The Toxic Sago Palm, 253 views.
Olivia Mirodone, DVM
Degrees

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

Pets

News Articles
21 February 2005
Famous Dogs. Part I - Balto the Sled Dog, 8388 views.
16 May 2006
Common Household Hazards, 8854 views.
01 March 2007
Common Household Hazards, Part II, 9034 views.
10 September 2007
Atopic Dermatitis (allergies) in Dogs:, 9175 views.
20 November 2008
Dogs and Wolves Share Deadly Parvovirus, 12098 views.
23 March 2009
Canine Separation Anxiety, 8893 views.
17 April 2009
An Evening With The Veterinarian, 9662 views.
09 July 2010
Preventing Heat Stroke, 11006 views.
01 August 2011
Zoonoses: What Can I Catch From My Pet?, 5925 views.
02 October 2012
What's Scary about Halloween, 7143 views.
01 October 2013
How to Interpret your Pet's Lab Work, 7394 views.
08 January 2014
The "Blocked" Cat: Urethral Obstruction of the Male Cat, 5834 views.
06 November 2014
Feline Arthritis, 4229 views.
02 February 2016
Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs, 3612 views.
11 February 2017
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis, 2508 views.
14 February 2018
A Hookworm Invasion, 1465 views.
23 April 2019
You've heard about Giardia, but what are they? , 883 views.
Valerie Aliano, DVM
Degrees

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.

Pets

Kiwi, Kaydence, Kali, Kobi and Kappacino

News Articles
05 March 2016
Knowing when it's time to say goodbye..., 3014 views.
11 February 2017
HIP DYSPLASIA AND PENNHIP EVALUATION, 3672 views.
14 February 2018
Brachycephalic Breeds: They are awfully cute but boy do they have a lot of problems! , 1378 views.
23 April 2019
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), 261 views.
Lauren Bury, DVM CVA
Degrees

Winona State University, BS

University of Minnesota, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Areas of Interest

I have a special interest in complicated internal medicine, including liver disease and gastroenterology.

I enjoy preventative medicine, and love building collaborative relationships with owners to help keep their pets happy and healthy.

I have also delighted in using traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture to better understand and manage a variety of orthopedic and internal medicine conditions.

 

Hobbies:

I spend my free time hiking, birding, seeing live music, reading and perfecting vegetarian home cooking.

Pets

Patrick, a sweet domestic longhaired senior cat. Fizzy, a Chihuahua that excels in snuggling and napping. Surly, an exuberant and goofy young English Springer Spaniel. Hubert, a precocious orange tabby from the mean street of Hasting.

News Articles
01 April 2018
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, 1089 views.
23 April 2019
What Pet Owners Should Know about CBD, 660 views.
Dr. Seth Cohen
Degrees

Council Rock High School, Newtown, PA, 1996

B.S. Biology, Tulane University, 2000

DVM, University of Minnesota, 2006

Michigan Veterinary Specialists, rotating small animal internship, 2007

 

Hobbies:

I have a strong love of all Philly sports (and happy to support Minnesota teams secondly!). I am also an avid fantasy football “player”, and a supporter of Tottenham Hotspurs soccer. I enjoy reading and movie watching when at home, and love eating great food together with my wife.

Areas of Interest

I have special interests in internal medicine. I truly enjoy diagnosing and managing challenging cases, with particular focus on GI and renal disease. I have advanced training in ultrasonography and GI endoscopy. Currently, I am directing more attention to my geriatric patients’ pain management and cognitive abilities.  I feel strongly that education and communication, and early interventions are the cornerstone of keeping pets heathy and happy.

Pets

Dr. Cohen and his wife sadly lost their 2 geriatric feline sons (Gus and Eli) in the fall of 2018. They now constantly dote on their senior fur baby, Ruby (11), the cutest Boston Terrier you’ll meet.

Our Mission:

We provide the quality care our clients expect and their pets deserve, by relying on the expertise and
compassion of each team member.

 
 
 

Contact Us

Westgate Pet Clinic
4345 France Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Directions to Our Clinic
(612)925-1121
(612)925-6297 Fax
(612)568-1405 Pharmacy

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