Practice Manager

Deb Bahr

Deb Bahr

CVT, CVPM, KPA CTP

Deb has over 24 years of experience in veterinary medicine. She is a 1991 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Waseca with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Deb was with Heritage Pet Hospital from 1992-1997 as a CVT then left to explore other avenues in the veterinary field. She spent six years in Florida in emergency medicine and has been back at Heritage since 2003 as the Practice Manager. Deb earned the distinction of Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) in 2006 by successfully passing the certification exam offered by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA). Deb also graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior in 2015 earning her Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) status and she is also Fear Free Certified. Deb often works in tandem with the doctors at Heritage consulting with clients on behavior cases. Deb shares her home with her husband and their three human boys; two dogs, Cecil and Wilma; three cats, Muddy, Gidget and Gertie and a tortoise named Carol.

Technicians/Assistants

Krista

Krista

Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

Krista graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in October 2012 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Upon graduation, Krista joined the Heritage Pet Hospital team right away. What Krista enjoys most about coming to work every day is working with a close, hard-working team, dentistry, animal behavior, and being able to use all of her nursing skills daily. Krista is Fear Free Certified and helps consult with behavior cases in the clinic. In her spare time, Krista enjoys camping, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. Krista shares her life with her husband, Jesse; their dogs, Brick and Luna; their cats, Gizzmo and Leo, and their bird; Donny.

Kathy

Kathy

Certified Veterinary Technician

Kathy graduated from the University of Minnesota, Waseca in1988 with an A.A.S degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been with Heritage Pet Hospital since September 1, 1988, and has grown to know many of our clients and their pets quite well over the years! Kathy has a passion for her career and believes pets are members of the family that deserve the best care. Kathy enjoys being part of a talented veterinary team and getting to utilize her nursing skills every day! Some of her special interests include managing the care for diabetic patients and mentoring/teaching veterinary technology students from RCTC. Kathy earned her Fear Free Certification in March 2019 and finds it very rewarding to help pets “love” coming to visit the vet! Kathy is also involved in the community by sitting on the Advisory Board for the Rochester Community and Technical College’s Veterinary Technology Program and the Advisory Committee for the Olmsted-Rochester Law Enforcement K9 Foundation. She and her husband David share a home with their “furbaby” cat “Milo” and in her spare time, Kathy enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, yoga, enjoying a good cup of coffee and summer vacations in Northern Minnesota.

Cheryl

Cheryl

Certified Veterinary Technician

Cheryl is a 1982 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Waseca and has an A.A.S degree in Veterinary Technology.  She has been with Heritage Pet Hospital since 1999.  Her Special interests Include avian health & behavior, geriatric felines and feline behavior, & pharmacy & inventory management.  At home, Cheryl enjoys training and playing with her Australian Shepard, Siamese cat & 2 African Grey Parrots.

Amy

Amy

Certified Veterinary Technician

Amy graduated from the Medical Institute of MN in 1995 with an Associate in Applied Science degree. She has worked in the Veterinary field for 24years and has been with Heritage Pet Hospital since October of 2007. Her favorite thing about coming to work every day is being part of a close-knit team, and the satisfaction of working with our clients and helping them heal. Amy’s special interests include dentistry and radiology. In her spare time Amy enjoys pool league, camping, golfing, hiking and participating in the VFW Auxiliary. She shares her home with her husband, Dave, her dogs Morgan (a Lab/German Shorthair cross), Bailey (a Lab/Husky cross), Hudson (puggle) and a long-haired orange tabby cat named Jack. They just moved into their newly built home in September 2018 which resides on a beautiful 5-acre wooded lot!

Angela

Angela

Certified Veterinary Technician

Angela graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree from Rochester Community Technical College in 2016. Since then she has worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Her special interests in the veterinary field include felines. Exotics (especially rats), surgical procedures and overall caring for her patients. In her spare time outside of work Angela enjoys traveling, yoga, hiking, gardening, reading, binge-watching movies and tv (and geeking out on them) and spending time with her friends, family and pets. Angela’s furry creatures include her 3 cats Bumblebee, ZakeryBinx& Sunny and her Norwegian Elkhound, Sparky.

Valerie

Valerie

Certified Veterinary Technician

Valerie graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College in May of 2018 with her Associate in Applied Science degree. After graduation, Valerie began work as a certified veterinary technician at Heritage Pet Hospital. She enjoys working with animals that have special needs and behavior cases, performing dental cleanings, assisting in surgical procedures, performing diagnostics, and working with clients. In Valerie’s spare time she enjoys hiking, boarding of all kinds (longboarding, paddleboarding, snowboarding),  camping, philosophical conversations,  and adventuring/traveling with her three dogs. Valerie plans to continue rescuing animals and hopes to own her own animal sanctuary in the future.

JoAnne

JoAnne

Certified Veterinary Technician

JoAnne graduated from Argosy University with an Associated of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in December of 2018. Since then she has been working as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She started working at Heritage Pet Hospital in August of 2020. Her favorite thing about her job is working closely with surgery and anesthesia patients. Dentals and surgery procedures are her bread and butter. She also enjoys working with such a close-knit and supportive team here at Heritage Pet Hospital.

She has always had a deep-rooted love of animals. Growing up her family was never short on fur companions and once she was on her own, she didn’t hesitate to begin her own fuzzy family. She has three long-haired cats. One beautiful calico named Anastasia who only answers to KitCat, another handsome orange and white tabby named Captain Nemo, and a new addition, a little adorable white and brown tabby named Pineapple Cream. She also has a purebred mutt named Jen who would lick anyone to death. The last pet to round off her fur family is a scaley member, a Corn Snake named Skittles. She also shares her home with her fairly well-trained husband Josh. They recently had a beautiful baby girl named Mirabell, who is the light of their life. In her free time, she enjoys a menagerie of outdoor activities including but not limited to horseback riding, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and gardening to name a few. She also enjoys just curling up on the couch with her pets, some coffee, and a good book.

Sara

Sara

Certified Veterinary Technician

Sara graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN in 2016 with an A. A. S. degree in Veterinary Technology. Since graduating, Sara has been working as a certified veterinary technician and joined Heritage Pet Hospital in July 2021. Getting to know clients and their pets is always fulfilling as well as working with an incredible team. She enjoys working with all pets but especially loves to care for cats and pocket pets. At home she has two cats, Eleanor and Simon. 

Lauren

Lauren

Veterinary Technician

Lauren is a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She is currently attending Rochester Community and Technical College to obtain her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. What Lauren enjoys most about Heritage Pet Hospital is working with a close-knit team that acts as a second family. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys exploring new places, such as state parks, baking, and relaxing at home with her brother, Jarrett, and their cat, Peaches.

Mikayla

Mikayla

Veterinary Assistant

Mikayla is currently attending Rochester Community and Technical College to start classes in their Veterinary Technology Program to become a certified veterinary technician and to finish her Bachelor of Science-Veterinary Technology degree at UWRF. She will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2023. She enjoys coming to work every day because every day is a new “adventure”, and everyone here makes work so much fun and enjoyable. She loves being able to interact with pets of all kinds and getting to know our clients as well. In Mikayla’s spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, gaming, horseback riding, kayaking, camping, shopping, watching tv, and spending time with family, friends, and pets. Her furry family members include a cat named Purr Box, a guinea pig named Pig-Pig, a horse named Bandit, two rabbits named Rosemary and Baby, and the multitude of other pets that her family has.

Blair

Blair

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Customer Service Representives

Molly

Molly

Customer Service Representative

Molly has worked with the Heritage Pet Hospital team since 2013. She is proud to be a part of the Heritage Pet Hospital team. The highlights of her work are getting to meet, greet and help our patients and clients in every way possible and going home satisfied, knowing that she has made a difference in a pet’s life. She has learned so much while working in a veterinary clinic with the help of the wonderful team-oriented staff!

Molly lives in Rochester with her husband, Dale and their three children, Connor, Brayden and Alissa. She also has her pet rabbit, Rosie and her Guinea Pig, Nadine.

Kelsey

Kelsey

Customer Service Representative

Kelsey joined the Heritage Pet Hospital Team in the Spring of 2018. She has always had a love for animals and working at Heritage has just strengthened that passion. Since she doesn’t have any dogs or cats at home, she will love yours up when they come in for their appointments! She loves joking around with clients and learning about their pets. Kelsey wasn’t used to being around exotics until working at Heritage but has fallen in love with them. She now has two adorable guinea pigs at home named Mash Potato and Turtle Sundae. Kelsey’s free time consists of spoiling her guinea pigs, watching movies and spending time with family.