LAKE MINNETONKA PET WELLNESS CENTER

3572 Shoreline Drive, Wayzata MN 55391

Call or text (952) 471-0911

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WESTONKA ANIMAL HOSPITAL (AAHA ACCREDITED)

2125 Commerce Blvd. Mound, Minnesota 55364

Call or text (952) 472-4900

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Meet Our Team

Dr. Craig Piepkorn
Owner

Dr. Craig Piepkorn got his love for animals as a child, where he grew up on a farm outside of Stanley, North Dakota.  He attended undergraduate college at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.  From there, he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree May of 1986 from Iowa State University.  He spent a year working at a small animal \ avian practice in Pompano Beach, Florida.  In February 1992, he and his wife, Dr. Jackie Wachtler Piepkorn, purchased Westonka Animal Hospital from Dr. Joe Glenn.  The original hospital was in the building at 4861 Shoreline Drive in Mound.  In March of 2013, they moved the hospital to it’s current location in the Mound Marketplace.   In February 2018, Drs. Craig and Jackie purchased Lake Minnetonka Animal Hospital, remodeled and rebranded it to be more of an outpatient clinic.  It is now called Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center.

Dr. Craig has a love for science and specifically zoology.  He loves animals of all kinds and enjoys learning about them.   If he is asked what his favorite breed of dog is, he would tell you ‘a cat’.   He is known in the community as being a cat whisperer.  But we all know that deep in his heart, is his love for pugs.   He loves working with all breeds, but especially the short nosed breeds, which includes pugs.

At home, he has owned pugs, golden retrievers, and huskies.   The truth is, the huskies were more of Dr. Jackie’s idea.   Dr. Craig is enslaved by two cats currently, ‘Pippin’ and a big Maine Coon cat pictured above, named ‘Rocky’.  Rocky is one big, adorable, loving cat!   Rocky is a gentle giant with a big heart, just like Dr. Craig.

Dr. Craig enjoys traveling (especially to Las Vegas), walking, woodworking, learning more science, and attending movies. It is through Dr. Craig’s vision and encouragement that we are now a Feline Friendly Practice, a Fear Free Practice, and an AAHA certified hospital.


Dr. Jackie Piepkorn
Dr. Jackie Piepkorn
Veterinarian

Dr Jackie Piepkorn has been practicing veterinary medicine since her graduation from Iowa State University in 1990. Drs Jackie and Craig have lived in Mound for more than 25 years. She has been a veterinarian for many sled dog races in the lower 48, Alaska and Canada for more than 20 years. Dr. Jackie also taught the Elective Small Animal Surgery rotation at the University of Minnesota for 13 years. She enjoyed working with the senior students and seeing them become good surgeons. Over the years, she has also been a mentor for many veterinary students from the U of M. The information in veterinary medicine is constantly changing. Providing education for our team and clients is very important to her. Dr. Jackie has volunteered in the community and was instrumental in starting Dog Days Westonka which is a fun day for people and their pets held in August. It is obvious how much Dr. Jackie loves her occupation! She said there is nothing better than a purring kitten or a kiss from a little puppy


Dr. Shane Smith
Dr. Shane Smith
Associate Veterinarian​​​​​​​

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Clinical Rotations: University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center

Shane Smith graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. His veterinary medical interests include; Geriatric care, general health and wellness, surgery and behavior. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, fishing, and playing hockey. He has a golden retriever named Sir Peanut Butter and a King Charles Caviler Spaniel named George Washington. Dr. Smith also enjoys working with sled dogs; He is a member of the Lake Minnetonka Klondike Dog Derby Board of Directors and has volunteered at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon multiple times with plans to volunteer at other sled dog races in the future.


Dr. Andy Collins
Associate Veterinarian

Andy Collins graduated from University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. His veterinary medical interests include; Surgery, general health and wellness and abscesses. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, watching movies and relaxing. He has a golden retriever named Dug and a Teddy Bear (shih tzu/ bichon mix) named Rosy. He enjoys working with both people and animals and feels that becoming a veterinarian is an excellent fit for his skills and interests.

Being a veterinarian is not just a job, but a natural continuation of his life by turning his life’s interest into a profession.


Meet Kody Carr Veterinarian
Dr. Kody Carr
Associate Veterinarian

Kody Carr graduated from the University of Illinois in 2015. His veterinary medicine interests include: surgery, preventative medicine and rehabilitation medicine. In his free time, Dr. Carr enjoys music, hiking,  running and mountain biking. He has a black lab/great dane mix named Noodles. His favorite aspect of his job is engaging with pet owners to provide education and tools to help keep pets happy and healthy.

Upon graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Carr worked in private practice in Reno, NV for three years during which time he received the award of “best veterinarian” by the Reno Gazette-Journal.


Meet Perrie the Practice Manager of Westonka Animal Hospital
Perrie Mesmer
Practice Manager

Perrie joined our team in February 2022. She comes to us with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and over 25 years of experience in the veterinary field. She has held positions as a veterinary manager in private practice as well as at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center. Perrie has also worked for many years as a volunteer and staff member at a local wildlife conservation and education facility, the Wildlife Science Center. She has dedicated her career to veterinary client service and animal care. She is extremely committed to Westonka’s goal of providing you and your beloved pets with the highest quality compassionate care!

Her animal family currently consists of Lydia, a Great Dane Mix, and her 3 cats, Dora, Lily and Ava.


Debbie-OfficeManager
Debbie
Office Manager, Customer Service Representative

I grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago, attended college in New York and lived in Australia for 3 1/2 years. I moved to Minnesota in 1987 and started working at Westonka Animal Hospital in 2001 as a receptionist, a Tech and finally Office Manager. It is a dream job for me as animals hold a special place in my heart. There is great joy in celebrating client’s new puppies and kittens, caring for them during their lifetime and helping them cross the Rainbow Bridge when it is time. The circle of life.
My husband TQ and I have a Miniature Dachshund named Dexter, also known as Dexter the Love Dog or Dexter the Wonder Dog. Needless to say he is well loved.


Tiffany
Tiffany
OFFICE MANAGER, Customer Service Representative

Hello! My name is Tiffany and I started working at Westonka Animal Hospital and Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center in August 2017. It has always been dream of mine to work with animals and I am very blessed to be a part of this family.

I have many pets of my own that I have rescued over the years and I enjoy watching them grow and play. I also have a son who is my world and we enjoy watching movies, playing with his favorite toys and learning new things every day! My other hobbies include taking photos, painting and cooking.

I have a very close family who are all huge animal lovers, so I have been around them my entire life. I enjoy continuously learning new things here and the amazing people I get to work with every day!


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Kelly
Marketing & Inventory Manager

Hello, I’m Kelly and I started working at Westonka Animal Hospital in October of 2021. I am the Marketing and Inventory Manager. I graduated from the Art Institutes International Minnesota in 2005 with a degree in graphic design. I live in Mound with my husband, two children and my fur babies. We have a Lab mix named Angel and a cat named Boo-Boos. We also have 2 guinea pigs and 50 tropical fish. Some of my hobbies include photography, boating and jet skiing. I am a huge animal lover and love to see everyone’s pets come through our door every day.


Jenna
Jenna
Lead Technician

Hi, my name is Jenna. I’ve been with Westonka Animal Hospital since early September 2016. I started my career working with animals in January 2004, and I still love it as much as the first day! I couldn’t imagine choosing any other path. In my spare time I like to paint, and watch hockey. I am, of course, a Wild fan! I grew up in Iowa, and just recently returned to the midwest after living in Arizona for 18 years. So far I’m loving the colorful seasons! As far as my at home zoo, I have 2 furry chihuahuas (Sawyer and Juliet), and a large long haired orange kitty named Zeppelin. I’m looking forward to meeting all the wonderful clients of Westonka and Lake Minnetonka and their furry family members.


Brittani
Brittani
Certified Veterinary Technician

Hi I’m Britt! I have been with Westonka Animal Hospital since 2017.  I graduated from the Ridgewater College Veterinary Technology Program in 2014.  I grew up on a horse farm in Northern MN.  My love for animals started when I was 3 years old, with my first pony, Buttercup.  I enjoy anything outdoors!  Riding horse when I can, dog training; especially for water sports and obedience, and spending time with my 3-year-old son Gus are some of my favorite things to do!  I also love working at Westonka Animal Hospital!


Kari
Kari
Certified Veterinary Technician

Kari has been a vet tech since 2000 and with Westonka Animal Hospital and Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center for 5 years. Kari is certified in Fear Free visits and is one of Westonka’s feline advocates. Her 2 cats, Frankie and Pandora have graciously allowed Kari to live with them and take care of their every want and need.


Kelly
Kelli
Certified Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m Kelli! I grew up in Rockford, Minnesota. I graduated from Ridgewater College in 2011.  I have a passion for all types of animals. Currently I own a Russian tortoise (Marge), four cats (Pawz, Mittens, Via and Maiz) and a pond full of fish.

I worked with horses for several years as an assistant trainer/ barn manager for a couple of different barns. I joined the Westonka Animal Hospital family in June 2015.  I have to say I finally found my dream job!!! My coworkers are like a second family to me. In my free time I like to garden, hike, camp, fish, horseback ride and anything that deals with the outdoors. My favorite time of the year is spring. I love seeing everything wake up from the winter chill, plus there are no mosquitoes. I am the type of person that can’t sit still. Each year I make salsa, jelly, hot sauce and brew my own beer and mead.


Beth
Certified Veterinary Technician

Compassionate, kind, and sometimes a little goofy, Beth started as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Westonka in October, 2020. Her passions include hiking, birding, and photography. While relaxing at home she enjoys reading and hanging out with her husband and their fur baby, a cat named Clove.


Meet Hannah B.
Hannah
Veterinary Technician

Hi!! My name is Hannah, and I joined the Westonka team as a Technician in January of 2022. I grew up in Champlin, MN, and got my first job working with animals when I was 17. I worked at various boarding facilities and as an assistant dog groomer until graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in Animal Science in December of 2021. I grew up with dogs and various small pets, but expanded into my own pet ownership when I met my feline best friend, Moe, in a shelter in 2019. I love music and reading, downhill skiing, playing sports with my friends, and pretty much anything up north. I also LOVE my job and how much I learn everyday, and I’m so excited to meet you and your fuzzy companions!


Kelsey
Kelsey
Technician Assistant

Molly
Molly
Veterinary Assistant

Hi! My name is Molly and I’m a Veterinary Technician Assistant at Westonka Animal Hospital. Which means I help out the doctors and technicians with daily tasks for everything you bring your pet in for, whether it be regular routine care, a certain problem you are concerned about, or a surgery your pet needs to heal them of any condition they have going on. Before I worked at Westonka, I brought my dogs there for everything they needed. The care and compassion that the whole staff showed me there made me want to work with them and be a part of their team. The staff has the same deep compassion for helping animals like I do and their gentle and detailed care is like no other clinic that I know of. I just needed to join their team and be a part of that! I have three dogs that are the loves of my life. I have a Pitbull named Charlie, a Fox Red Lab named Hudson, and a Lab mix named Tucker. It is my passion to help dogs and cats feel better and it’s very rewarding to know that I helped with the care of making your pet feel better and get them back on the right track!


Meet Kelley Veterinary Assistant
Kelley
Veterinary Assistant

Hey! I’m Kelley O. I started my veterinary journey at Westonka Animal Hospital in March of 2022 after working in the printing industry for eighteen years. I’m from Minnetonka and enjoy music, camping, mountains and being on the water. My passion for animals and healthcare drives me to continue my education and look after our clients and their loved ones. My dog Otis and cat Pearl remind me every day why animals are the best! I can’t wait to meet you!


Meet Eric, Certified Veterinary Assistant
Eric
Certified Veterinary Assistant

Greetings, my name is Eric. I graduated from Animal Behavior College in the fall of 2021 as a Certified Veterinary Assistant with a certificate in Pet First Aid / Pet CPR. Before working for Westonka Animal Hospital, I worked for Lab Corp doing equipment sterilization and here I enjoy making sure all the equipment used on people’s pets are properly cleaned and sanitary. My interest and love for pets began in 3rd grade when my family got our first golden retriever Cinder. She was a wonderful companion who I spent many happy days with together. I enjoy spending time with and helping to take care of my mother-in-law’s two wonderful golden doodles Haley and Chloe. In my spare time I enjoy working out at the gym, boating, going for walks and having fun with my wonderful wife Kari. Scouting was an important part of my earlier life and earning the Eagle Scout award was very special. I also enjoy working with all my colleagues as we take care of pets and client’s needs. I look forward to meeting and taking care of all the clients and pets that come through the doors of Westonka Animal Hospital.


Ashley
Ashley
Customer Service Representative

Hi! I’m Ashley and I started working at Westonka Animal Hospital in June 2020. I grew up in Wisconsin but moved to Minnesota in 2010 and have been here ever since. I am the owner of a wonderful dog named Tater Tot, who enjoys treats and nature hikes. I enjoy spending my free time painting, drawing, playing videogames, and hanging out in nature. I look forward to helping you schedule an appointment and meeting your furry friend(s)!


Liz, CSR
Liz
Customer Service Representative

Hi, my name is Liz. I have been at Westonka Animal hospital since 2008. I graduated Vet Tech school but found my specialty as a CSR. I really enjoy talking to our clients about their pets. I especially enjoy helping clients with their new puppies and kittens.
I live with my boyfriend and 4 pets. We have 2 German Shepherds, Bear and Addie. We also have a senior Jack Russell named Zoey. And one very cute kitty named Theodore.
I also ride dressage and have a mare named Bella. I enjoy training my dogs and riding my horse. If I have any free time I love going to art shows and shopping.


Meet Miranda
Miranda
Customer Service Representative

Hello I’m Miranda! Ever since I was a kid I’ve known that I wanted to work with animals. I’ve been in the Veterinary Field for almost 3 years and joined the Westonka family at the end of 2020. I have loved every minute of working here. Making a connection with our patients and their owners is one of the most important things to me, along with one of the things I love the most.

Outside of work I love to hang out with family and boyfriend of 7 years, watch horror movies and play board games. I also enjoy spending time with our 4 fur babies Kovu, Eevee, Kiara and Slim along with our Leopard Gecko, Blue.


Meet Jill Customer Service Representative
Jill
Customer Service Representative

Hello!! My name is Jill. I joined the Westonka Animal Hospital family in August of 2021 as a CSR. I found my dream job. I thrive working with humans, especially ones who love animals! I am a mom of 4 fur babies. I have 3 cats, Malificent, Lulu and Mr. Wayne. I have a dog named Jackie Boy. I am married with 4 kids, 2 step daughters and 1 grandson. My life is full of love! I enjoy the outdoors by camping, gardening, and traveling to state parks. Never be afraid to say hi, I’m not shy.


Meet Kaitlyn, CSR
Kaitlyn
Customer Service Representative

Hello, my name is Kaitlyn!  I graduated from Monticello High School in June 2021 and moved to Mound in July 2021.  During high school, I was a PSEO student and was full-time at St Cloud State University for both my junior and senior years. School is a big part of my life and I am planning on going back to school this fall to get my technician certificate.  I love learning new things and I am constantly looking for things to keep my brain busy.  I started working with Westonka in November 2021 and instantly fell in love with this field.  I have always been fascinated by medicine, so why not combine my love for medicine with my love of animals!  I have been surrounded by animals for as long as I can remember.  Currently, I have my family dog Maggie (pictured), my crested gecko Finn, and my newest addition is my cat Bud. 

When I am not at the clinic you can find me doing various art projects, hiking, playing soccer, working on my car, or playing with my crazy kitten for hours and hours.  Animals mean the world to me, and I am so excited to see where this job takes me!