MEET THE DVM’S, THE TEAM & OUR SPECIALISTS
Our veterinary team is dedicated to providing the highest
quality of care to your companion animals. Meet each of our team members below!
Your ECV Veterinarians
MARK MONSON, DVM
Dr. Monson received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1983. He joined East Central Veterinarians shortly after that time. Dr. Monson works most often in our Mora location. He enjoys small animal medicine. Outside of work he likes spending time with his kids, taking his 2 dogs for a walk and reading a bookings.
AMY ANDERSON, DVM
Dr. Amy Anderson joined the staff at East Central Veterinarians in 2000. She practices general medicine, preventive care, surgery and general dentistry.
MARY OLSON, DVM
Dr. Mary Olson graduated from veterinary school at the U of M -St. Paul campus in 1976. She is one of the owners of East Central Veterinarians. Mary, along with two other veterinarians, countless FFA’ers and volunteers are responsible for bringing the Miracle of Birth Center to the MN State Fair. Mary is quite the ‘people person’ so this suits her well. She has also been the president of the MVMA (Minnesota Veterinary Medicine Association.) in 2000-2001. She really enjoys educating pet owners on how to keep their pets healthy. When she’s not working Mary enjoys working with the 4H horse kids, and entertaining foreign visitors and exchange students.
GALEN BRELIE, DVM
Dr. Galen Brelie has been a veterinarian since 1984 and has been here at ECV since 1986. He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and is one of the owners of East Central Veterinarians. His interests include all types of surgery, especially orthopedic surgery, as well as internal medicine, dentistry, and client education. Interests outside of ECV include fishing, hunting, camping, reading and tinkering with his antique Ford tractor. He and his wife Mary especially enjoy spending time with family and friends at their lake cabin.
LAURA BYERS, DVM
Dr. Laura Byers graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2006. She has been working at East Central Veterinarians since graduation. She enjoys medicine, surgery, and nutrition work. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.
SOPH NORBERG, DVM
A native of Connecticut and UCONN alumna, Dr. Norberg graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She pursued a rotating internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia where she learned to appreciate sweet tea, air conditioning, and a good bottle of roach killer. Hired by East Central Veterinarians in 1995, she returned to Minnesota, home of her favorite sport, broomball. The brutal winter of 1996 and lack of marriage prospects in a small town compelled her to return to the U of M for a residency in large animal internal medicine.
During this time she met and married a citified, softball playing engineer who gets woozy around blood or any stories from work involving blood. Since 1998, Dr. Norberg has practiced part-time with ECV while devoting the majority of her time to home educating her three children. A Labrador, corn snake, and betta fish round out their family. Her professional interests include anything related to internal medicine, ophthalmology, and client education. Although the bulk of her appointments are filled with dogs and cats, she still sees the occasional horse in the clinic driveway.
MELODY PUST, DVM
Dr. Pust joined East Central Veterinarians in 2013. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 2000, she practiced in Colorado and Kentucky before returning to Minnesota. She is an excellent addition to our team. She practices general medicine, surgery (including some orthopedic surgery), dentistry and ultrasound. Dr. Pust is our doctor who will see almost anything from cats and dogs to ferrets, snakes, pot-bellied pigs and birds.
ROLAND LEFEBVRE, DVM
Dr. Lefebvre received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2016. His interests include medicine, surgery, dentistry, and ultrasound. Dr. Lefebvre not only enjoys working with cats and dogs but also birds and other exotic pets. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as getting outdoors to mountain bike, rock climb, hike and canoe.
CHARLIE JOHNSON, DVM
Dr. Charlie Johnson graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Prior to joining East Central Veterinarians, he pursued additional training in veterinary pathology at Iowa State University. He has also spent time practicing in both small and mixed animal veterinary clinics. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active by playing basketball, tennis, going for a run, and; when winter rolls around, cross country skiing.
JENNIFER SCHURRER, PRACTICE MANAGER, DVM, MS, CCRP
Dr. Jennifer Schurrer joined East Central Veterinarians in February 2015 as the Practice Manager. Dr. Schurrer graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. The following year she obtained her Master of Science degree also from the University of Minnesota while conducting swine research. Prior to joining the East Central Veterinarians staff, Dr. Schurrer was the Resident Veterinarian for the Veterinary Technology program at Minnesota School of Business’ Elk River campus. She also worked in small animal practice, where she especially enjoy rehabilitation and ophthalmology. She has a passion for learning and frequently attends veterinary continuing education courses. Dr. Schurrer is currently the chair of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Small Animal Continuing Education Committee. This committee helps to provide an opportunity for Minnesota Veterinarians improve their knowledge and skill to care for their patients. Dr. Schurrer shares her home with her husband, daughter, and two Quarter horses. She has a soft spot for all Golden Retrievers. She likes to spend her free time with her family, gardening, cooking, and horseback riding.
DR AMY HAARSTAD
VETERINARY DERMATOLOGY SPECIALIST
Dr. Amy Haarstad graduated in 2001 from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Haarstad completed a one-year internship at Purdue University. She then returned to the Twin Cities and worked at a small animal practice for nine years. After her time in general practice, Dr. Haarstad participated in a three-year veterinary dermatology residency. She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) in 2014.
Haarstad Veterinary Dermatology (HVD) was founded in the fall of 2017. HVD is a mobile practice that brings dermatology specialty services directly to clients and patients in their primary clinic. Services include intradermal (skin) allergy testing, diagnostic food trials, ear disease management, skin biopsy, etc. Visit www.HaarstadVetDerm.com for a complete list.
Dr. Haarstad grew up in Maple Grove, MN and still lives there with her husband, Steve, their three daughters and pets. As a family, they enjoy camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), downhill skiing, and playing volleyball.
DR CAL KOBLUK
VETERINARY SURGICAL SPECIALIST
Dr. Kobluk graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1978. After completing his residency in the Twin Cities he went on to become board certified in surgery. In 1995, Dr. Kobluk and his family moved to California where he worked as a full time professor and at at Referral Center until returning to Minnesota in 2001. Dr. Kobluk has a mobile practice that brings TPLO specialty services directly to our clients and patients here at East Central Veterinarians.
The ECV Team
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (CVT) & CAMBRIDGE INVENTORY LEAD
Heidi began working at East Central Veterinarians in March of 1996. She received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1990 and spent a number of years training horses before returning to school. She received an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in 1993. She has been working as a Certified Veterinary Technician since.
Jenny grew up living in a state park on the North Shore (where her father was a park manager) which probably led to her love of the outdoors and animals. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1989 and has been with ECV since 2002 working as an assistant and receptionist. Her hobbies include breeding and raising horses, and she has, (in the past) also raised many exotic species. She also enjoys 4 wheeling, gardening, and spending time with her 3 children (including twin daughers who really keep her busy).
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (CVT)
Christine has been a certified Veterinary Technician since 1994, with a specialty in exotic wildlife medicine. She worked for 7 years at an amazing 3000 acre wild animal park in Texas. Christine moved back to home to Minnesota to be closer to family. She was hired by East Central Veterinarians in 2002, quickly learning the differences between wildife and small animal medicine. You can find Christine at the clinic 3 nights a week and a few weekends a month. Her favorite part of small animal medicine is doing lab work and diagnostic tests, as well as learning about the behavior of cats. Outside of work she enjoys in-line skating, kayaking, making things with yarn and hanging out with two precious little girls.
I am currently enrolled in the Veterinary Assistant program at Animal Behavior College and expect to graduate in December 2019. I have lived in the Cambridge area me whole life and remember coming to East Central Veterinarians with our pets since I was little. I have a love for all animals, but I will always have a special place in my heart for unique and exotic pets. I have a bearded dragon, Burmese python, bunny, leopard gecko, dogs, cats, and chickens. When I’m not spending my time with my animals I enjoy traveling around the United States to find unique beautiful new places.
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (CVT) & EDUCATIONAL LEAD
Jen joined the team at East Central Veterinarians in 2001. She graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2000. At work she has a special interest in Laboratory procedures, surgery and working with puppies, kittens, and their owners. She is a great asset when it comes to behavioral concerns for pets. When she is not at work, she enjoys horseback riding, camping, fishing and spending time with her son.
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (CVT) & INVENTORY MANAGER
Tina is a 1994 graduate of MIM (Medical Institute of Minnesota). She has been a technician at ECV since 1996 with special interests in surgery and radiology. She fills her spare time with family, raising and showing rabbits, gardening and being a 4-H leader.
Kaela is a “Minnesota transplant”. She grew up near Seattle, in Poulsbo, WA. Her and her husband moved to MN with their children to be closer to family and the family cabin. She is currently sharing her smile with the folks that come through the front door at ECV. However, she is working on her coursework to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. We are excited that Kaela joined the ECV Team!
VETERINARY ASSISTANT & RADIATION SAFETY OFFICER
Often “quiet as a church mouse”, Kayla easily transitions her role from client service representative to veterinary assistant on a regular basis. She can be found in our Mora or Cambridge location and is always willing to help out. She did her veterinary technician internship with us and has been here since 2014. She finds she has a special place in her heart for cats, but loves all creatures we see at East Central Veterinarians.
CLIENT SERVICES LEAD
Danielle joined the East Central Veterinarians team in October of 2016 as a Customer Service Representative. She enjoys her time at the front desk greeting all of our clients and patients who walk through the door! Danielle attended Anoka Hennepin College leaning towards a degree in Physical Therapy but knew that she wanted to work with animals since she was little. Danielle spends her time outside of the clinic with her Fiancé and 2 boys camping, fishing and 4 wheeling.
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Anytime you walk in our clinic and hear wild and crazy music, you can assume Tanya is working. She joined the clinic in 2014 and is a talented CVT. She can work in any area of our clinic with ease. Tanya is married and has three children. She spends many of her spring and summer days following them with their sports games.
Amy joined the East Central Veterinarian team at the end of April 2019. Amy got her love of animals from growing up on a dairy farm near Dalbo MN. She has two dogs, Domino and Freckles, and several cats, three of which she bottle fed herself. She enjoys spending time with her family that includes three children and one grandchild.
Gabrielle is a Veterinary Assistant that joined the team in August of 2019. She is a true Minnesotan, coming back home after spending a few years living and working in Wisconsin. She is currently completing her coursework to become a Certified Veterinary Technician, and also finishing her bachelors degree online through St. Cloud State University. It is rare she isn’t studying or working, but with free time she likes to spend her time with her 2 dogs, rabbit, or guinea pig, or on one of Minnesota’s many lakes!
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (CVT)
Chris became a Certified Veterinary Technician after rescuing a pregnant dog. A graduate of Argosy University in 2006, she has worked in Emergency Medicine and Small Animal Clinics. She enjoys the veterinary interests of pet nutrition management and Canine behavior and has taught Canine Good Citizen and therapy dog classes. Her pet family includes a terrier mix, a deaf Chihuahua and 3 herding dogs which she keeps busy with Agility, Canicross, bikejoring and Treiball. Her cat is a model for her homemade cat beds during craft shows. In her spare time she plays the mandolin and relaxes on two wheels, her bicycle and her Harley.
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (CVT)
Jena is a 2016 graduated from University of Minnesota Crookston in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science and from Duluth Business University in 2016 with her technology degree. Jena joined East Central Veterinarians in 2018 after moving from Grand Rapids to Milaca. She enjoys spending time on her new funny farm home with her husband, two beautiful girls, three dogs, one cat and four horses. In her spare time she loves hunting, fishing and riding her horses.
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (CVT)
Kelsey joined our ECV team in July of 2016 as a Veterinary Assistant and Client Service Representative. After completing veterinary technology classes, she completed an externship at ECV. She recently graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Argosy University and has passed her board exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
When Kelsey is not at work she is field farming and raising a herd of beef cattle. She can also be found at barrel races and rodeos every weekend running her horses with her fiancé.
CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE
Becky has worked in customer service for 17 years and has a degree in Medical Office Management from Rasmussen. She has always loved animals so this is as close to a dream job as gets. When not at work Becky enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters at home, reading anything she can get her hands on, and many other geeky pastimes. She has gathered a small army of animals at her house, 4 cats and a dog. It is due to this army that she lives under a strict rule of “If it poops, you don’t bring it home.”
CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT LEAD
Ryan has been an animal advocate all his life, regardless of species. He has a natural affinity for reptiles and amphibians with a special fondness for Tortoises and Turtles having 1 tortoise and 2 turtles himself. Ryan spent his childhood exploring the wildernesses, wading through rivers and ponds, and actively learning about animals of all types. He is a father of 2, and actively encourages his children to love and appreciate nature. Ryan works multiple jobs leaving little time for life outside of work, but regardless has found happiness in working with animals through ECV.
VETERINARY ASSISTANT & CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE
I love animals. I always have. When I was little, I would scour magazines for pictures of animals and create flashcards to quiz myself on how quickly I could remember facts about each animal. I grew up owning cats, horses, ducks, pocket pets, a flying squirrel and a wolfhound. Later in life, I managed a pet store and worked with Macaws, Cockatoos, Amazon and Conure parrots. In 2018, I moved from the cities to start our 40 acre farm, Bur Oak Heritage Farm. We are currently raising Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf goats to sell and produce milk, cheese and soap. We also have a myriad of chickens and two cats-a Chocolate Point Siamese and an Oriental Short hair. In addition to our farm and working at ECV, I home-school my two amazing sons. Life keeps me busy. I am grateful for the vast richness that each animal brings to my life: Every one having its own complex and beautiful personality.
Taylor joined the East Central Veterinarian team in August 2018. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Equine Science at North Dakota State University before returning to her hometown of Cambridge Mn. She always wanted to work with animals and was very excited to acquire a position as a veterinary assistant. Taylor enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, reading and spending time with family. She has a cat named Henri and dog named Cinder. You can find Taylor helping clients and their pets at both our Mora and Cambridge locations.
CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE
Grace is a lifelong animal-lover and partial to all things soft and cuddly. Joining the ECV team in 2018 was a dream come true for her, as she now gets to spend her workdays in a building full of animals! When she isn’t welcoming clients in the ECV lobby or helping pet owners make appointments on the phone, she enjoys taking summer walks through farm fields, studying the Greek text of the New Testament, dog-sitting, spending time with her church family, cooking, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also passes on her love of animals to the next generation by serving as a Project Leader and dog obedience trainer for the Isanti County 4-H Dog Project, where she has volunteered since 2014.
CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Cindy has worked in customer service for most of the last 20 years. She is known for her caring and concern. She has two grown children, Colin and Lynette. More recently she and her husband John rescued Phoebe Jane, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua. She enjoys being an amateur naturalist by doing things such as watching the stars, gardening, photographing wildlife, camping, hiking, birding, rock hounding, and botany.
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (CVT)
Melissa is a graduate of the MN School of Business becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2014. She spent her first 4 years in general practice, then worked for a year in a Dermatology specialty clinic before coming to East Central Veterinarians. She spends her free time outdoors with her kids, hiking and fishing.
A graduate of South Dakota State University, Kayla holds a degree in graphic design and minors in both professional writing and visual arts. Before joining the ECV team in 2019 as a Veterinary Assistant, her career included working in a wide array of environments as a social media manager, graphic designer and marketing strategist, among other roles. She realized in 2017 that animals were her true passion and decided to dedicate her life to helping them, making ECV the purrrfect place for her to be!
On top of her responsibilities at the clinic, Kayla also works at and fosters for a local animal rescue. She currently lives with her husband, two cats, and one three-legged dog on a nearby lake. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, writing, traveling, spending time on the water, and cooking.
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (CVT)
Sierra came back to Minnesota at the end of 2018 to be with her family after spending a few years down in Ohio. She currently attends St. Cloud State University where she is studying hard with the hope of getting into the veterinary medicine program at the University of Minnesota. She is a failed foster mom and a certified Crazy Cat Lady, sharing her home with six wonderful cats. Sierra has to be supervised when visiting pet supply stores because she has a propensity for buying way too many toys, snacks, and gifts, not only her own furry children, but for those furry friends that have yet to find their forever homes.
Outside of taking care of her cats, and her father at times, Sierra collects memes, tells terrible puns and top shelf Dad Jokes, practices guitar, and spends an unhealthy amount of time obsessing over Taylor Swift.
Kaisha is a new member of the ECV staff. She worked with mice and other rodents for almost 6 years and is will be starting her journey towards becoming a CVT. Her family likes to call her Snow White or “the pet whisperer” because animals befriend her everywhere she goes.
“The care and concern shown towards our dog Abby and to us by all the staff members will long be remembered at this time that we really needed you the most. Thank you to everyone.