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Our Veterinarians

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Jeffrey Banwart
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jeffrey Banwart
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jeffrey Banwart has a particular interest in emergency surgical procedures and treating complex medical cases that require frequent re-evaluation and assessment, such as diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Wartburg College, Waverly IA
Dr. Banwart loves the outdoors and enjoys activities like downhill skiing, landscaping, fishing and hiking. He and his wife are empty nesters.
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Melissa Frank
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Melissa Frank
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Melissa Frank loves surgery and managing complex cases that require frequent monitoring and adjustment of therapy.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science & Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Married with three daughters, Dr. Frank enjoys spending time outside, hiking, camping and gardening. She also likes photography and reading. The family pets are on the smaller side – two parakeets, a betta fish and a snail.
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Jonathan Hart
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jonathan Hart
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jonathan Hart finds trauma cases, endocrine emergencies and toxicity cases particularly rewarding.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Dr. Hart loves all things outdoor: back country hiking, winter camping in the Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, paddling and four-wheeling with his family.
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Laura Kiehnbaum
DVM, MS
Emergency Medicine
Laura Kiehnbaum
DVM, MS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Laura Kiehnbaum has worked in both mixed and small animal practices and as a shelter veterinarian.
  • Master of Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
Dr. Kiehnbaum volunteers her veterinary services with Leech Lake Legacy, a nonprofit organization that provides veterinary care to pets on an Indian reservation.
Dr. Katie Peterson is Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Katherine Peterson
DVM, DACVECC
Emergency Medicine
Katherine Peterson
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Katherine Peterson is particularly interested in toxicology, emergency stabilization and post-operative care.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Internship, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Internship, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, Animal Emergency Center, Glendale, WI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, along with their many pets, including a dog, cats and chickens.
Dr. Jona Taber is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Jona Taber
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jona Taber
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jona Taber is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She is certified in Fear Free and Recover CPR techniques. After nine years as a general practitioner, Dr. Taber made the switch to emergency medicine. She loves being able to help families and pets during critical times when they need comfort and guidance. She is also passionate about canine and feline rehabilitation after going through physical therapy herself while training for half-marathons.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, Murray State University, KY
Dr. Taber and her husband love calling Duluth their new hometown. Dr. Taber's passions include running, gardening, downhill skiing, traveling, and walking with her dogs: Chloe, an energetic, outgoing Goldendoodle and Daisy Kate, a mischievous, sweet beagle.

Technicians (VTS)

Anastasia Bamford is a certified veterinary technician and board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. She is outside on a bridge, which her dog is looking over.
Anastasia Bamford
CVT, VTS (ECC)
Emergency Medicine
Anastasia Bamford
CVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
A love of learning and the wide-ranging cases drives Anastasia, with a passion for trauma and shock cases and stabilizing critical patients. For many years she has been a DJ for a local folk music radio show, and enjoys bird-watching, photography and camping. Anastasia has a son and daughter and two grandsons, as well as her cat Katrina and Staffordshire terrier mix Amelia.
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Elizabeth Hanson
CVT, VTS (ECC)
Emergency Medicine
Elizabeth Hanson
CVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Helping families and the unpredictable nature of emergency medicine excites Elizabeth, who expresses a particular love for C-sections and helping to bring new life into the world. She volunteers in surgery with the Animal Allies Humane Society and enjoys painting and hiking. Elizabeth loves time with her significant other and son, and her mastiff/lab/Rottweiler mix, Gemma Bean.
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Emily Regier
CVT, VTS (ECC)
Emergency Medicine
Emily Regier
CVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Emily strives to give pets and their families the best care possible to ease a stressful, and usually unexpected, situation, and one of her favorite things to do is pull porcupine quills. She likes hiking, fishing and snowboarding. Her pets include two cats, Chewy and Markeeta, and dog Tree.