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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

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



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).

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

Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) 2020


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 (19) and Julia (17).  I also enjoy reading, cooking, camping and hiking.  I am currently section hiking the Superior Hiking Trail. 

Professional  Affiliations:

American Veterinary Medical Association- Delegate

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association- President 2008

Fear Free Certified Practitioner- 2018

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)


I am the proud mother of a 12 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, 9698 views.
15 June 2006
Obesity and Over Feeding, 9030 views.
02 May 2007
Care of Orphaned Bunnies, 78422 views.
23 September 2008
Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs, 39659 views.
01 May 2009
Help! My cat is urinating outside the box, 14727 views.
08 August 2010
The Year of the Cat at the Westgate Pet Clinic, 8269 views.
01 November 2012
The Truth about Pet Food, 11957 views.
29 September 2014
Westgate's Cat Advocates, 5575 views.
24 October 2014
Urinary Incontinence in Dogs, 6186 views.
25 November 2014
Westgate Pet Clinic has been Certified as a Cat Friendly Practice!, 4789 views.
26 March 2015
My dog's Lyme test came back positive! What does that mean? , 7853 views.
11 April 2015
Westgate Pet Clinic now recommending Canine Flu Vaccine, 5851 views.
02 February 2016
Feeding cats in a "Natural Way", 5629 views.
05 March 2016
Best Veterinarian in Edina 2018!, 5753 views.
11 February 2017
Hookworms are a problem in Southwest Minneapolis, 8654 views.
12 February 2017
Lumbosacral Disease (LS Disease), 4428 views.
12 March 2017
Lyme Disease Q&A, 4739 views.
29 November 2017
Tips for Pilling Cats, 3793 views.
01 April 2018
Medical Acupuncture, 2627 views.
29 May 2018
Grass Gnat Bites, 14878 views.
11 August 2018
Link Between Grain-Free Diets and Heart Disease being Investigated., 2798 views.
11 December 2018
Normal Scratching Behavior, 1820 views.
24 March 2020
Telemedicine Consults, 5155 views.
01 March 2021
Activities for dogs with poor mobility or on exercise restriction. , 289 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, 11162 views.
09 January 2007
Feline House Soiling, 9772 views.
26 November 2007
Pain Management, 12343 views.
10 June 2008
Leptospirosis: My dog is vaccinated for it, but what is it?, 30738 views.
10 June 2008
Leptospirosis: My dog is vaccinated for it, but what is it?, 8330 views.
18 January 2010
Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Less Invasive and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spay, 20656 views.
18 January 2010
Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Less Invasive and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spay, 7408 views.
15 November 2010
What is polyuria/polydipsia? Aka: Why is my pet drinking and urinating so much?, 15761 views.
17 August 2012
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury in Dogs, 17200 views.
01 April 2013
Diarrhea, The other “D” Word, 8341 views.
08 January 2014
Prophylactic Gastropexy in Dogs, 11630 views.
25 February 2015
Common Eye Problems, 5087 views.
02 February 2016
Anal Gland Disease, 5318 views.
14 February 2018
Canine Pancreatitis, 2291 views.
23 April 2019
'Tis the Season of Torn Toe Nails, 1489 views.
08 February 2020
Alopecia, 1031 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, 11347 views.
19 June 2011
Heart Failure in Dogs, 7973 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for Guinea Pigs, 12575 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Hamster, 7690 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Rabbit, 9553 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Rat, 7732 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for Pocket Pets, 6136 views.
04 December 2014
What are we vaccinating for again? , 7824 views.
12 March 2017
Preventative Care for Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats, 4976 views.
14 February 2018
Heart Murmurs in Dogs, 3080 views.
23 April 2019
GI Stasis in Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, 1380 views.
08 February 2020
Bladder Stones in Rabbits, 846 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, 12829 views.
17 April 2011
Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets and Whole Family, 7556 views.
02 March 2013
Gastropexy for Bloat, 9087 views.
05 April 2014
What is an Oral Prophylaxis?, 6956 views.
18 February 2015
How we manage pain for our surgery patients at Westgate Pet Clinic, 5299 views.
14 February 2018
Meet Dr. Google, 2701 views.
23 April 2019
USDA Accredited Veterinarian Services , 1172 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.

News Articles
24 October 2007
Weight Loss at the Westgate Pet Clinic, 10847 views.
15 October 2009
It's Not the Flu, It's Roundworm, 9626 views.
27 May 2011
The Truth Behind Some Commonly Held Nutrition Notions, 11197 views.
01 August 2012
Kennel Cough in Dogs, 17744 views.
26 July 2013
Capnocytophaga Canimorsus: Sometimes the Bark is Way Worse than the Bite , 33953 views.
01 January 2014
Coccidia: My pet’s fecal was positive for what??, 47560 views.
01 February 2015
The Raw Truth, Part 1: The Truth Behind Purported Benefits of Raw Diets, 8714 views.
02 February 2016
The Raw Truth, Part 2: The Risky Business of Raw Diets, 5784 views.
11 February 2017
The Dog (and Cat) Days of Winter, 9746 views.
14 February 2018
Coping with Coprophagia, 2915 views.
23 April 2019
The Toxic Sago Palm, 1326 views.
10 February 2020
Introducing a New Cat or Kitten to the Resident Cat in Your Home: Part 1, 759 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, 10053 views.
16 May 2006
Common Household Hazards, 10156 views.
01 March 2007
Common Household Hazards, Part II, 10677 views.
10 September 2007
Atopic Dermatitis (allergies) in Dogs:, 10784 views.
20 November 2008
Dogs and Wolves Share Deadly Parvovirus, 14090 views.
23 March 2009
Canine Separation Anxiety, 10456 views.
17 April 2009
An Evening With The Veterinarian, 11034 views.
09 July 2010
Preventing Heat Stroke, 12217 views.
01 August 2011
Zoonoses: What Can I Catch From My Pet?, 7027 views.
02 October 2012
What's Scary about Halloween, 8989 views.
01 October 2013
How to Interpret your Pet's Lab Work, 14645 views.
08 January 2014
The "Blocked" Cat: Urethral Obstruction of the Male Cat, 7394 views.
06 November 2014
Feline Arthritis, 5586 views.
02 February 2016
Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs, 4857 views.
11 February 2017
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis, 3676 views.
14 February 2018
A Hookworm Invasion, 2561 views.
23 April 2019
You've heard about Giardia, but what are they? , 2328 views.
10 February 2020
How to safely love our dogs with food, 778 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 6 four legged individuals: Saige, Puck and Rogue (dogs) and Kobi, Fig and Goose for the cats.


Saige, Puck and Rogue (dogs) and Kobi, Fig and Goose (cats)

News Articles
05 March 2016
Knowing when it's time to say goodbye..., 4388 views.
11 February 2017
14 February 2018
Brachycephalic Breeds: They are awfully cute but boy do they have a lot of problems! , 3983 views.
23 April 2019
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), 1600 views.
Dr. Mary Matzek

Emory University, Anthropology, BA 1993

University of Minnesota, Veterinary Medicine, DVM 2003

Areas of Interest

Professional Areas of interest: Feline medicine, dentistry/oral pathology 
Personal Areas of interest: Gardening, yoga, oil painting 


We share our home with one very lazy Lab-mix, one sweet & sassy brown tabby and one very naughty & noisy orange tabby

Lauren Bury, DVM CVA

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.



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


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, 2378 views.
23 April 2019
What Pet Owners Should Know about CBD, 2310 views.
08 February 2020
Get Your Cat To Love His Carrier, 781 views.
Dr. Seth Cohen

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



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.


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.

News Articles
08 February 2020
Pet Supplements, 935 views.
Dr. Matt Kamrath

Bethel University, BA in Youth Ministry
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM 

Areas of Interest

I have a passion for preventative medicine and helping new pets get off to a good start, as well as end of life and hospice care.  I also have particular interest in dentistry & oral surgery, ophthalmology, and the human-animal bond.  I enjoy getting to know pets and their owners both, educating owners about their pet's health, and helping people decide what the best care is for their individual pet(s) and circumstances.   

Outside of veterinary medicine I enjoy spending most of my time with my beautiful wife, Christine, and our 3 wonderful children.  I also enjoy mixed martial arts, traveling and experiencing other cultures, outdoor activities, mentoring kids, and fishing (usually with my 2 young boys).



A very lovable French Bulldog named Bruce Wayne

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.


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4345 France Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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