Laura Toddie

Laura Toddie

DVM

Dr. Laura Toddie knew that she wanted to become a veterinarian since the second grade. She was an expert at helping snakes, turtles, mice, ducks and other birds, often splinting wings with popsicle sticks and hand feeding orphaned rabbits and squirrels. A 1991 University of Minnesota graduate, she has been a veterinarian at Heritage Pet Hospital since 1991, and a co-owner since 2002. Her passion for a large variety of animals is evident in the home she shares with her husband, Rod, and her daughter Jane. They currently have 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 turtles, a cockatiel and a rabbit. When she is not cleaning cages and litterboxes, Laura enjoys reading, tennis and travel.

Travis Einertson

Travis Einertson

DVM

Dr. Travis Einertson graduated from Colorado State University in 1994. He practiced in Palmer, Alaska for two years before joining the Heritage Pet Hospital team in 1996. He became co-owner in 2002. Dr. Einertson’s primary interests are in small animal medicine and surgery. He has developed a strong interest in achieving remission in feline diabetics. Although insulin is used initially, he is often able to use a healthful diet to get these patients off of all medications. Preventing diabetes, obesity and numerous health conditions with proper diet has been an exciting chapter in his veterinary career.

Jennifer Watson

Jennifer Watson

DVM

Dr. Jennifer Watson is a 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  She grew up locally in Rochester, attending Lourdes High School and then pursuing an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University.  Dr. Watson has a special interest in internal medicine, critical care, and sees many of our behavior cases in clinic.  Labradors have a special place in Dr. Watson’s heart, and she has recently adopted Toby, a former service dog trainee who just loves people too much to be a working dog!  Dr. Watson enjoys traveling, hiking, pilates, and yoga in her spare time.

Benjamin Finkel

Benjamin Finkel

DVM

Dr. Benjamin Finkel earned his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Animal Sciences at Washington State University. Upon completion of his undergraduate program, Dr. Finkel traveled to Europe to ride for a Holsteiner equestrian sales facility in Verden, Germany. He returned to Washington State University for veterinary school, graduating in 2019. Throughout vet school, he worked as a teaching assistant in the university’s clinical skills laboratory, where he helped students learn surgical skills and procedures. Most recently, Dr. Finkel was awarded the “American Animal Hospital Association Award for Proficiency in Primary Care” scholarship. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his French bulldog, Paloma, and competing in dressage and 3-day eventing with his horse, Grigio.

Chris Dahlke

Chris Dahlke

DVM

Dr. Chris Dahlke graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Dr. Chris grew up on a small farm in central Minnesota raising a multitude of animal species and exhibiting livestock in 4-H and FFA. Prior to joining Heritage Pet Hospital, Dr. Chris practiced mixed animal medicine first in northern Wisconsin and most recently in Zumbrota, MN before deciding to focus solely on companion animal medicine. Dr. Chris is married to Dr. Amy, a large animal veterinarian, and has two young daughters along with a small hobby farm north of Zumbrota raising cattle, sheep, honeybees, and poultry. Dr. Chris has a German Shorthair Pointer, a house cat, and a host of other small creatures calling his barn home. In his spare time Dr. Chris enjoys camping and hiking in our state and national parks, as well as exhibiting livestock on a state and national level.

Dr. Chris is a wonderful addition to our already amazing medical team, and we cannot wait for you to meet him! Give us a call to make your pet’s next appointment with him!

 Christa Worrell

Christa Worrell

DVM

Christa Gordon-Worrell hails from the cotton fields of Timmonsville, SC where she spent her childhood operating a stuffed-animal hospital in her grandmother’s guest bedroom. She graduated from Tulane University as a chemical engineer (her Momma made her do it) but eventually left technical sales to pursue veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University. There, she developed a fascination with ultrasound imaging as a diagnostic modality. After receiving her DVM degree in 1995, she practiced small animal medicine and continued to hone her ultrasound skills through additional training. She believes that no matter whether your pets are covered in fur, scales, or feathers, they bring joy and enrich the human experience. She’s proud to support the human-animal bond by lending ultrasound support to the HPH team.

Beyond medicine, Christa touts creative outlets as the key to sanity in a busy world. She writes stories, teaches yoga, and hunts morel mushrooms in the spring. She and her husband are servants to a grumpy, old, barn cat, and have recently adopted a severely-adorable, chocolate standard poodle.