Meet Our Team
Dr. Craig Piepkorn
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 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
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
Andy Collins graduated from University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. His veterinary medical interests include; Surgery, general health and wellness and abscess’s. 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.
Hi! My name is Allina. I am the Practice Manager for Westonka Animal Hospital and Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center. I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2003, when I graduated from Argosy University. I started working at Westonka Animal Hospital right out of college. I value the team culture at our hospitals as well as Dr. Craig and Dr. Jackie’s emphasis on continual self improvement and education. I took a break from Westonka Animal Hospital for 6 year to pursue a passion of teaching. I became a Veterinary Technician Instructor and eventually a Program Director at a local college. I missed the hospital environment but really wanted to continue my journey into more of managerial role. I accepted a position back at Westonka Animal Hospital in 2014 as the Lead Technician and eventually was promoted to my current role. I love my team, I love our clients, and I absolutely love our client’s pets! This has been one of the most rewarding (and at times stressfulJ) positions of my career.
Office Manager and 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 clients 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.
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.
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!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Hello, My name is Jessica. I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician for 8 years and I still love it! I live in Big Lake, MN with my husband, three human children, and four fur children. I have three dogs: Potato Chip, Marvin, and Penelope; and one cat, Tabbitha Louise. As a family we enjoy the outdoors as much as we can here in Minnesota and soak up the sun as much as possible!
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.
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.
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.
Aline graduated in Veterinary Medicine in Brazil, where she was born and raised. She came to Minnesota in an exchange program, where she studied Animal Science. After almost 2 years here, she returned to Brazil to conclude her degree. However, her heart stayed here, so she came back, and now she calls Minnesota her home. Currently, Aline works at Westonka Animal Hospital and Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center as a Veterinary Technician in order to enhance her knowledge and experience in the veterinary field until she validates her diploma in the US.
When she is not giving hugs and kisses to pets at work, she enjoys spending time with her human and furry family members. She definitely loves summer time, when she can explore the outdoors, go boating, and being in contact with all the entertainment that Minnesota can provide. Winter is not her jam, at all, but she learned to enjoy it too. Aline has being involved with winter sports, such sled dog racing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.
Being part of the Westonka Animal Hospital and Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center team has made Aline grow not only as a professional, but also as a person. Seeing such passionate professionals giving their best every day not only for patients, but also towards clients, inspires her even more to follow her heart, and pursue her dreams.
Meagan was born and raised near Duluth, MN. She attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and received a degree in Biology in 2013. Meagan has been working in the area for 5 years and enjoys all the peopleshe has come to know and loves all the furry friends she gets to see! She loves camping, playing, and watching sports (SKOL Vikings!), and painting. Meagan has reached the maximum number of pets for her rental and so she only has two cats (Reuben and Griz) but will most likely end up with a mini farm once she’s able.
Hello, my name is Brenan. I moved here from Kalamazoo, Michigan. I am really enjoying exploring my new surroundings in Minnesota. I am a huge football fan. My favorite teams are the Philadelphia Eagles and Notre Dame! In my free time I like to be outside and meet new people. I adore animals and working at Westonka Animal Hospital and Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center has been an absolute dream for me. I look forward to meeting all of you and your wonderful pets!
Inventory Manager and Veterinary Assistant
Hi! My name is Molly and I’m a Veterinary Technician Assistant at Westonka Animal Hospital. Which means I help out the doctor’s and technician’s 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!
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)!
Customer Service Representative
Hi! I’m Lindsey and I’ve worked at Westonka Animal Hospital since 2017. I grew up in Mound, but currently live in Wayzata. I have two cats, Zeus and Spaz, who I think are the biggest trouble-makers around (my coworkers may agree!). I like to spend my time enjoying all that Lake Minnetonka has to offer, year-round, but I do enjoy a day of sitting and being lazy every once in a while. I am very much looking forward to seeing you and your furry friends soon!
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.
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!
Amber is a groomer for us and has been with our team since October of 2016. For us, Amber does a fantastic job loving and kissing and just overall gentle care for the rabid hamsters that we take care of. Her hobbies include hypnosis of Pokemon and knitting winter socks for lemmings. Her pets include a miniature horse named “Fido” that she has trained to load dishes into a dishwasher and a 45 year old stuffed raccoon, who really doesn’t do much besides just staring at her. If you see Amber, please encourage her to submit a real biography.