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 Kelly Wessels, CVT

Kelly is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Kelly joined St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in 2003 soon after graduating from Argosy University with her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology. Kelly is one of our most experienced veterinary technicians. Her professional interests include veterinary anesthesia, surgery, dentistry, and radiology. She has played an important role in developing our anesthesia, surgical, and dental protocols, as well as our Radiology Policies & Procedures manual for St. Francis.

Kelly serves as one of our Senior Veterinary Technicians. In addition to her technician duties, she manages inventory and purchasing, serves as the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), and is the Veterinary Technician Team Leader involved in the hiring, training, and management of the veterinary technician team.

Outside of work, she shares her home with her husband, Tim, and a black Labrador, Howard.

Marie Adamcyzk

Marie joined St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in 2002. She has attended classes at Normandale Community and Technical College. Marie is one of our most experienced veterinary technicians. Her professional interests include geriatrics, hospice/palliative care, pain management, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been involved with the development of our hospice/palliative care and at-home euthanasia services within our practice.

Marie serves as one of our Senior Veterinary Technicians. In addition to her technician duties, she serves as our practice’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Officer and is the Veterinary Assistant Team Leader involved in the management and training of the veterinary assistant team.

When she is not at St Francis, she enjoys every moment with her crazy Doberman, Koa.   

 Liz Gunter, CVT

Liz is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). She joined St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in 2007 after graduating with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology from the Certified Veterinary Technician Program at Globe College. In addition to her technician duties at St. Francis, she was promoted to the position of Client Service Representative in 2010.

Outside of St. Francis, she has recently obtained her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Laboratory Technology and is certified through the American Society for Clinical Pathology. She lives with her son, Derek; her dog, Chance; and two cats, Mama Kitty and Oreo.

Amanda Hernandez, CVT

Amanda is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). She joined St. Francis after graduating from Minnesota School of Business with her Associate degree in Applied Science (AAS) in Veterinary Technology in 2008. She currently serves as our Director of Laboratory Services and is one of our lead technicians.

When she is not working, Amanda enjoys motorcycle trips with her husband, sporting events, fitness, and spending time with family and friends. She shares a home with her husband, Chris.

 Maggie Libman, CVT

Maggie joined St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in 2009 as a Veterinary Assistant. In September 2010, she graduated from Argosy University with her Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology. She passed her national certification exam in December 2010 to earn her title of Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).

In addition to her technician duties, she is the Junior Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) and shares responsibility for the radiology regulations and training within the practice.

Maggie lives in Inver Grove Heights with her husband Michael & adorable daughter, Cecelia; three cats, Jinx, Minx & Gilly; a lovable Boston Terrier, Spud and an energetic French Bulldog, Dotti. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Jessica Lewis

Jessica joined St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in the spring of 2011 as a veterinary assistant and was promoted to a veterinary technician in 2013. She received her bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 2012 and is now pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) at the University of Minnesota (Class of 2018). She is tracking small animal and also hopes to practice with small mammals and exotics. Her professional interests include dentistry, nutrition, and surgery.

Outside of work and school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and playing with her Australian Shepherds, Tig and Boomhauer.

Sarah Welch, CVT, Director of Hospice & Palliative Care Services

Sarah joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in March 2012 after graduating from the Minnesota School of Business in December 2011 with her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology.

Animal health and wellness has been a lifelong passion for Sarah.  While attending Minnesota School of Business, Sarah worked at an equine practice.  Prior to her schooling, Sarah worked as a horse trainer and riding lesson instructor.  She even assisted with developing a classroom learning program for a local horse day camp in Minnesota.  Sarah has also served as a barn manager and animal caretaker at several different equine facilities in the area.

At St Francis, Sarah is the Director of Hospice & Palliative Care Services, and is proud to have played a significant role in developing the program.  Her passion is assisting pet owners in treasuring the end of life with their pet.  Sarah is planning to become a Certified Pet Bereavement Counselor to help further assist pet owners that have lost a family member.

Sarah's other interests at St Francis include geriatrics, pain management, behavior, and client communication and education.

Sarah, her husband, Nick, and her daughter, Brooklin, share their home in the North Metro with four horses, Spritze, Ed, Mia, and Fox; two cats, Rocky and G; and two dogs, a Pit Bull named Carrma and a lab mix named Skyeller.  When Sarah is not at the clinic, you will find her riding one of her horses or watching the Minnesota Wild play hockey.

Laura Berg, CVT

Laura graduated from Argosy University in the spring of 2008 with her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology. Shortly after graduating, she moved with her husband, Dan, to Northern Wisconsin. She worked at a newly owned small animal clinic before deciding to move back to the Twin Cities to be closer to family and friends. She earned her certification to become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in August 2012, and joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in January 2013.

She spends a lot of her time with her pets - two dogs, Horton (Bulldog) and Theo (Corgi); cat, Ninja; and a cockatiel, Petri. She enjoys snowboarding, watching the Minnesota Wild, and spending time with family and friends.

Sabrina Reed, CVT

Sabrina graduated from Globe University with her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology in March 2013 and joined St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital shortly afterwards.

She shares her home with her husband and her two dogs, Tucker and Gabriel. She is an advocate against breed specific legislation and takes a special interest in animal behavior. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her oversized family (including nearly a dozen nieces and nephews), running, and enjoying the outdoors.

Christine Severance, CVT, CMT, Director of Integrative Services

ChrisChris graduated from Globe University in March of 2014 with her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology.  She joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in April of 2014.

Chris earned her Certification in Canine Massage Therapy (CMT) at Brandenburg Massage Therapy in Ohio in 2015.  She currently serves as St Francis’ Director of Integrative Services, and performs massage therapy and laser therapy at St Francis Integrative Services.  In addition to her roles as veterinary technician and Director of Integrative Services, she has been involved with the development of the hospice/palliative care and at-home euthanasia services.  She is certified as a Pet Loss Counselor through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) and will be offering her counseling services through the Hospice & Palliative Care Services program.

She lives in Oakdale with husband, Cole; stepson Devin; two dogs, Shadow and Kody; and a chinchilla, Chinzilla. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, hiking, and biking.

Samantha Nelson, CVT

Sam joined the St Francis team in November of 2014 after graduating from Minnesota School of Business in the spring and gaining her title as a Certified Veterinary Technician in the summer of 2014. Prior to working at St. Francis, Sam worked in emergency medicine.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two cats, Larry and Diesel. She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Mitch, being outdoors, traveling, and being with family and friends.

Cassandra Lukas

Cassi joined St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in September 2014. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Animal Science. Currently, she is in nursing school and will graduate in December 2017. She plans on continuing her education afterwards and work towards becoming a nurse practitioner.

Prior to joining St. Francis, Cassi spent years training horses in New York, Connecticut & the Seychelles islands of Africa. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her two girls: Sophia, a whippet/boxer mix and Fera, a German Shepherd.

Abigail Torok, CVT

Abigail joined St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant. She graduated at Globe University with her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology in December 2015 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in April 2016.

Abigail lives in St. Paul with her husband, Nick; daughter, Elena; and five dogs: Toto, Bella, Tweenie, Chloe, and Molly. When she is not working, she enjoys walking or biking around Como Lake with her daughter and dogs, working on crafts, watching Minnesota Wild hockey, and relaxing and watching Netflix.

Angie Richie, CVT

Angie joined St. Francis Animal and Bird Hospital in September of 2015. She has been a certified veterinary technician for 13 years. She graduated from Argosy University in January 2003 where she earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Angie lives in St. Paul where she shares a home with her husband, Joe; 4 cats Munchkin, Lola, Indy, Levi; 2 dogs a Siberian Husky, Kahnik and a Boston Terrier/French Bull Dog, Chunk. In her spare time, Angie enjoys bonfires, playing with her dogs in the back yard, reading, and watching movies with Joe.