Mon – Fri: 8 AM – 6 PM
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
Grooming Salon : Open by Appointment Only

Our Team

Edina Pet Hospital Doctors & Staff

Dr. Tara Herold, DVM

Medical Director

Dr. Herold grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. She first moved to Minnesota for her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead and later attended the University of Minnesota to complete her veterinary education. Immediately after graduating in 2015, she moved to Boston to attend an emergency/critical care internship at Angell Animal Medical Center. After completing her internship, she worked at a general practice clinic in Massachusetts.

In the summer of 2018, she moved back to Minnesota with her husband and two cats (Albus and Ezio). Her professional interests include dentistry and feline medicine. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and playing video games with a sleepy cat by her side.

 

Dr. Tae Martin

DVM

Dr. Tae Martin graduated veterinary school in January 2021. She attended St. George’s University for veterinary school and completed her fourth year clinical year at the University of Minnesota. She is a proud pet mother of a cat named Link. She enjoys hiking and playing ultimate frisbee in her free time. Dr. Martin is excited to meet and partner with you in the healthcare of your pets!

Dr. Claire Cheasick

DVM

Dr. Claire Cheasick has lived in Minnesota her entire life, pursuing both her B.S. of Animal Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Veterinary School in May of 2023. She is passionate about preventative/lifestyle medicine, client communication, surgery, and urgent care. Currently she lives with her husband, Joel, and their two cats Cinder and Smokey. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, volleyball, camping, and visiting new places.

Shelly Kordiak, CVT

Hospital Administrator

Shelly began with Edina Pet Hospital in January 2022. She has been a certified veterinary technician for 10 years. She lives in Mound with her husband Kevin, 2 boys, Desmond and Jacob, two cats, Minnie and Tynie, and the newest family member, a puppy by the name of Maggie. On her off time, she enjoys biking with her family, sailing on lake Minnetonka, playing sports with her boys, and really anything outside!

Mirisa

Veterinary Technician

Mirisa is one of our technicians here at EPH and has been with us since 2020! Mirisa graduated from Ridgewater College’s Veterinary Technician program in 2017 and has worked in mixed and small animal practice. She has a special interest in behavior and providing a high quality of care to her patients and clients. She is originally from Chaska and likes to spend her time with her family and outdoors with her pets. Her fur family consists of Rusty – a precocious Shiba Inu mix, Ollie – a loving, harebrained Boxer-Pitt mix, and Stieg – a wayward kitten.

Sherry

Veterinary Technician

Sherry graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 1992. After 27 years of working in small animal , large animal, and emergency hospitals throughout MN, she took a hiatus to pursue her dreams of owning her own pet sitting business. However, it didn’t take her long to miss the many things she loved about veterinary medicine and she accepted a part time position at EPH this year and is thrilled to be part of the EPH surgical team. Outside of her pet sitting business, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and fishing, is an avid reader and a Netflix documentary addict. She’s also currently owned by two dogs, three cats, a guinea pig and a bearded dragon.

Crystal

Medical Team Coordinator

Hello! My name is Crystal and I am one of the Vet Tech Assistants here at Edina Pet Hospital. I used to work with a large animal practice and then I was a district admin for a vaccine clinic. I am a biology student at Metropolitan State University and am also about to start coursework to become a Certified Vet Tech. I grew up with a veritable menagerie at home and strive to make you and your family’s visits with us as low-stress and rewarding as possible!

Zo

Veterinary Assistant

Zo has been a veterinary assistant since 2019 and joined the Edina team in August 2022. After getting a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, she worked at a boarding facility before moving into veterinary care. She has two dogs, Bellatrix and Taco, and tries her best to keep her houseplants alive. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Danny

Veterinary Assistant

Danny is one of our veterinary technicians who comes to EPH with a long background of working alongside animals in various capacities. He entered the veterinary field in 2020 and has begun the process of becoming a certified veterinary technician. He is kept busy at home with his five pets: two dogs Magnus and Calloway and three cats Milo, Mercury, and Earnest. In his free time, he enjoys drawing and playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends. He has a special interest in surgery and dentistry and is looking forward to guiding your family members through these procedures.

Savanna

Veterinary Assistant

My name is Savanna Rayer. I am currently working at Edina Pet Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant. I am hopefully going back to school for the winter semester to become a Veterinary technician. I grew up with animals my whole life and I love working with them! I enjoy spending my free time with my 2 cats, Cricket and Nova, and my dog Kia!

Liza

Veterinary Assistant

Hi my is Liza and I have been a vet assistant at EPH since May 2022. I am a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota with a bachelors degree in Communications and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture, but will be graduating with my MBA this summer of 2024 in Healthcare Management and hoping to apply that to the veterinary industry. My furry friends consist of my cat Tina and ferret Borka, who keep me very entertained.

Greta

Veterinary Assistant

Greta joined our team in early 2022 and has been providing excellent care for our boarders since.  She has 4 years of experience attending to animals in both daycare/boarding and clinical environments prior to working at Edina Pet Hospital. She loves greeting each of our boarders every morning and spending extra one-on-one time with them on the weekends when the rest of the clinic is closed. When Greta’s not curled up next to her pitbull Benji, she enjoys weekend trips to Duluth, exploring secondhand stores, and collecting rare, hard to find books and DVDs. 

Jessika

Veterinary Assistant

Jessika started working here at Edina Pet Hospital in December of 2023. Since then, she has officially decided to pursue education in the veterinary field. She has a cat and dog of her own and loves working with animals. She is very excited to meet all of your fur babies! In her free time she enjoys doing nails and going to concerts of all genres.

Ali

Team Lead

Ali is a recent UC Berkeley graduate and absolute animal lover! She grew up with dogs and currently adores her two labs, Jax and Kai.

In college, she came to love more scaly and slimy animal friends, caring for all kinds of reptiles and amphibians – as well as some fuzzy rabbits and guinea pigs – at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Her favorite part about working with animals is seeing their individual personalities shine through and getting to know who they are, whether it’s a mischievous snake, shy guinea pig or exuberant puppy!

She is so excited to get to know you and your pet here at Edina Pet Hospital.

Trina

Client Care Specialist

Hi, I am Trina, a Client Care Specialists! In this role, I am one of the first people you and your pet will meet at Edina Pet Hospital. I love seeing all the dogs and cats and especially the babies.

I have 3 cats of my own Pita (15), Cloud (7) and Flower (2) along with my human child Olivia. My cats love to be with my daughter and she loves to help care for them. My daughter asks me everyday, after work,”Mom, did you see any cute pets today? What were thier names?”

I look forward to meeting new and current clients and helping with their beloved four-legged children.

Shawnee

Client Care Specialist

Hi there! My name is Shawnee. I have always loved animals ever since I was a little girl and they have always been the best companions in life. I have a cat named Alfira, A dog named Smokey, a leopard gecko named Kiwi and have over 40 fish and freshwater shrimp. I enjoy fish keeping in my free time as well as gardening, playing video games, hiking and camping. It has been a pleasure helping our clients here at Edina Pet Hospital for the past two years.

Bri

Team Lead

Bri joined Edina Pet Hospital in November of 2021 as a member of the animal care team and vet assistants before moving up to Kennel Manager in May of 2022. Originally from Central Virginia, Brianna has a wide range of experience in animal caretaking from boarding facilities to dog daycares and animal shelters. Brianna spends her free time with her cats, Sombra and Venus as well as thrifting and playing video games. She looks forward to answering all of your boarding related questions and making sure your pets are happy, safe and comfortable during their stay at Edina Pet Hospital.

Dawn

Animal Care Specialist, Groomer

Hi, I’m Dawn, one of the pet stylists here. I started at Edina Pet Hospital in 2016.

I started my career as a styling assistant while working to get my CVT degree. I worked as a tech for a while, but my path suddenly changed when my Scottie found an article in the newspaper about a local grooming school. So we decided I should go. I completed my training back in 2014 and have never looked back.

With my veterinary medicine background, I have a unique view on grooming. Feel free to ask me about it.

I am Fear Free certified. I am an AKC salon safety certified groomer. I attend grooming trade shows for the continuing education opportunities.

I have a special passion for the “naughty,” aggressive pets and work with them to alleviate their fears and make grooming a positive experience. I also work with pets that have medical issues from blindness, deafness, cognitive dysfunction, doing whatever they need to be comfortable.

Natasha

Animal Care Specialist, Groomer

Hey, I’m Natasha! I have been grooming since 2010, starting my career at a corporate salon for basic training, eventually working my way to private salons for more extensive, and specialized training. I have had the opportunity to train under and travel with a member of GroomTeam USA for multiple grooming competitions/expos and AKC sanctioned dog shows, preparing and maintaining dogs in full coat, as well as handling sporting and non-sporting breeds for shows. I specialize in dematting, breed standard patterns, and hand-scissoring. I also work well with puppies, helping them develop good grooming behavior, setting them up for successful grooms not just with myself, but any other groomers that might work with them.

In my free time, I have a parrot, three cats, a Dalmatian and a Bichon keeping me on my toes. I’m a plant fanatic, so between the animals and greenery, I’m basically running a discount zoo and conservatory out of my house. I prefer to hibernate through the MN winters , but as soon as it hits 65 degrees or higher, the dogs and I are getting lost in state parks, chasing waterfalls (with no connection to TLC.)

Mon – Fri: 8 AM – 6 PM
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
Grooming Salon : Open by Appointment Only