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Jennifer Blair, DVM, CVA, CVFT

Dr. Jennifer Blair received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2002.  During veterinary school, she worked as a Veterinary Assistant at St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital.  She was hired as an associate veterinarian in 2002 and purchased the practice in December 2006.  In the past two years, she is very proud to have expanded St Francis’ services to include Integrative Services and Hospice & Palliative Care Services.

Jennifer’s professional interests include geriatrics, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), hospice/palliative care, and pain management, as well as internal medicine, endocrinology, and cardiology.  She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) and a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT). She is continuing her studies at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in Reddick FL to earn her Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH) and Certified Veterinary Tui-Na Practitioner (CVTP) certifications.

She is a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC), International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA), Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB), Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  She is currently working towards her Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) certification through the IVAPM.

In addition, Jennifer is active with the MVMF Scholarship Committee and teaching veterinary students through veterinary student externships.  She is honored to be involved in the national WellMP Management Group for veterinary practice management.

She shares her home with her Italian Greyhound, Xander; her cats, Neve and Whitney; and her green cheek conure, Harold.  In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys traveling, dancing, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

Stefan Knep, DVM

Dr. Stefan Knep received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from both the Free University in Berlin in Germany in 1990 and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.  He spent twelve years at Long Lake Veterinary Clinic in Long Lake and joined the staff of St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in April of 2005.

Stefan’s professional interests include small animal internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and canine and feline dentistry.  Stefan is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV).

He lives with his wife, Heidi; three children, Maren, David, and Evan; his Dachshund, Licorice, his "Kentucky Brown" mutt Arlie; and 4 tarantulas in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis.  In his free time, he is active in the youth soccer community and loves to ride his motorcycle.  Dr. Knep can also provide guidance to those trying to raise their dog or cat bilingually—German and English.  It is never too late to give your pet a decent education!

Kevin Roeser, DVM

Dr. Kevin Roeser joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant in 2002.  After completing undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.

Kevin was initially drawn to veterinary medicine due to a passion for companion birds, and since joining the practice, his interest in this area has only expanded.  He is especially fond of soft tissue surgery, canine and feline dentistry, and internal medicine.

Kevin is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV).  He is regularly involved in the avian/exotics curriculum at the University of MN College of Veterinary Medicine, recently lectured at the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians (MAVT) annual convention, and has been published in Lavender Magazine.

Outside of work, Kevin is an avid equestrian and enjoys training and competing his Thoroughbred mare, Penny.  Kevin and his husband, Dillon, share their home with their Chihuahua-Rat Terrier mix, Marla, and bloodhound, Leroy.

Patricia Novak, DVM

Dr. Patricia Novak received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.  She worked at Life Care Animal Hospital in St Paul for over 12 years before joining St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in October 2009.  During her career, she has also worked at South Hyland Pet Hospital.

Patti’s professional interests include hospice/palliative care and behavior.  She has enjoyed pursuing further education in the area of animal hospice and palliative care and attending the International Association of Animal Hospice & Palliative Care Conference for the past few years.  Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy, but Patti is dedicated to providing support to families as their pets reach this stage of their lives.  She enjoys counseling caregivers on environmental modifications, pain management, and supportive care for their aging pets.  During veterinary school, she also focused extra course work on animal behavior giving her the tools to incorporate behavioral management into her consultations.

She is a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC), Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV).

She shares her home with her husband, Dr. Ralph Weichselbaum, and two children, Kipling and Anton.  They participate in the foreign exchange program by hosting high school students during the school year.  They enjoy learning about the different cultures and countries the students come from.  Currently they are hosting two international high school students.  The family shares their home with 3 cats, 1 retired service dog, 2 guinea pigs, 1 hermit crab, and 1 cockatiel.  In her spare time, Dr. Novak volunteers at her children’s schools and teaches Sunday school to 4 year olds at church.  She is also involved with Decoding Dyslexia-MN (DD-MN), a grassroots organization seeking literacy change in Minnesota.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling.

Katie Cartledge, DVM

Dr. Katie Cartledge received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2009.  She joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in September 2012.

Katie’s professional interests include preventative care, internal medicine, avian medicine and general surgery.  She is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV).

Katie also regularly volunteers her time with Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue and their spay/neuter and wellness clinics.

Katie and her fiancé, Colby, share their home with 4 cats, Ed, Louise, Marlow, and Chad; and their 2 dogs, Marta and Goose.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching live music, traveling, camping, and occasionally brewing a batch of tasty beer.

Charlie Cosimini, DVM

Dr. Charlie Cosimini received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2015.  After completing a one-month externship, he officially joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in June 2015.

His professional interests include dentistry, dermatology and avian/exotic medicine.  He is also very passionate about educating clients about their animals’ well-being, and has been creating a series of illustrations for the St Francis Hospice & Palliative Care program.

Charlie is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), and Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV).

Charlie lives with his wife, Amy, and their rambunctious cat, Cimorene.  In his spare time, he enjoys writing, painting, gardening and cross-country skiing.

Annie Seefeldt, DC, CVSMT

Annie Seefeldt is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a degree in human chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. She graduated magna cum laude in April of 2008.

Dr. Annie is Minnesota’s first board registered animal chiropractor. She received her certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy through the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant, WI, where she also completed their Advanced Veterinary Neurology program. Dr. Annie is certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA), the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA), and the College of Animal Chiropractors (COAC). She also serves on the COAC Board of Directors. She provides chiropractic care at St. Francis twice monthly in addition to several other locations throughout the Twin Cities. You may learn more about Dr. Annie Seefeldt’s services at www.chiropracticforeverybody.com.