Our vets.

Marissa Blomstrand

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Off Duty

Dr. Blomstrand enjoys weightlifting, kayaking, fishing, reading and participating in canine rally.

Melissa Frank

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations

On The Job

Dr. Melissa Frank loves surgery and managing complex cases that require frequent monitoring and adjustment of therapy.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science & Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Off Duty

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.

Jonathan Hart

DVM

Emergency Medicine
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On The Job

Dr. Jonathan Hart finds trauma cases, endocrine emergencies and toxicity cases particularly rewarding.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Off Duty

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.

Laura Kiehnbaum

DVM, MS

Emergency Medicine
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On The Job

Dr. Laura Kiehnbaum has worked in both mixed and small animal practices and as a shelter veterinarian.

Education
  • Master of Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
Off Duty

Dr. Kiehnbaum volunteers her veterinary services with Leech Lake Legacy, a nonprofit organization that provides veterinary care to pets on an Indian reservation.

Katherine Peterson

DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

Emergency Medicine
On The Job

Dr. Katherine Peterson is particularly interested in toxicology, emergency stabilization and post-operative care.

Education
  • 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
Off Duty

Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, along with their many pets, including a dog, cats and chickens.

Jona Taber

DVM

Emergency Medicine
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On The Job

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.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, Murray State University, KY
Off Duty

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.