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 books.
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 and has a fondness for dermatology. 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.
CRISTINA CARDETTI, DVM
Dr. Cardetti graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Her interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, behavior, and ophthalmology. She enjoys building relationships with clients and working together to provide the best care for their pets. Dr. Cardetti shares her home with her shepherd mix Frankie and two cats, Violet and Benny. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with family and friends, reading, and anything on the water.
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) & 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.
Chelsey joined the staff as Operations Manager in 2021. Her interests include Human Resources and the behind-the-scenes operations of the clinics. Her hobbies include fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and reading. Her love for animals stemmed from being raised on a farm, and showing in 4H for many years. She is an advocate for all animals, and has completed her home with a dog, two cats, and two bearded dragons.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I grew up in Great Falls, MT and spent my summers on my family’s cattle ranch near the Canadian Border running around and helping out with chores. I have always loved all kinds of animals, but am a big push over for dogs. Growing up we had pet rats, turtles, salamanders, 3 dogs, and a cat. When I was older and living on my own, I had a blind ferret that I rescued, 2 cats, a Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor, a Tokay Gecko, an Iguana, a ball python and my 2 greatly missed big dogs. I went to college at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT for journalism but decided it was not for me. I lived in Missoula until 2011 when I moved to Minnesota with my fiance to help with his family’s farm. We now have 11 cows that we raise on our farm for beef outside of Stanchfield. Some day I would like to own my kennel or doggy daycare and be surrounded by dogs all day!
CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Brittney has been an avid animal lover since a young age. Before coming to ECV she was attending MSB-Blaine to become a Certified Vet Tech, but life had other plans for her and she got pregnant with her first child. She is now a mother to three beautiful children and a fur-mama to many. When not at work, Brittney is usually tending to her dogs, cat, pigs and chickens. Brittney is exceptionally excited to be working at ECV as she feels being able to help other animals be cared for is a dream come true!
CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Danielle came to ECV with 10 years of customer service experience after deciding she was yearning for a new adventure involving animals. Danielle has always had a love of animals, with a special place in her heart for dogs. Growing up, her family had several rescue dogs. In particular, she fell in love with Babe the German Shepherd and formed a special bond. From that point forward she was determined to own a rescued dog of her own someday as they were so very special to her. She grew up and resides in Pine City in a newly built home with her husband Dan, and son Hunter. Danielle currently has 1 dog, named Maggie, and is hoping to add 1 or 2 rescue dogs to the family. Danielle dreams of opening up a center for rescue dogs someday.
VETERINARY ASSISTANT LEAD
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.
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.
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.
Rachel has had a passion for animals her whole life. Working in the veterinary field is a dream job for her. She has 2 dogs and 3 cats at home. She hopes to one day have a hobby farm full of animals. She spends most of her free time outdoors with her family hunting, fishing and four wheeling.
Amber is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Ridgewater College. She has always loved animals and growing up on a hobby farm with horses, chickens, dogs, and other critters was a dream come true. When Amber is not at work she is riding her horse, chilling with her dog Krackers, or hanging out with her family.
Caitlyn is currently attending Anoka-Ramsey Community College and then plans to attend a university for further education in veterinary medicine. She joined the ECV team in fall of 2019 as a cleaner. In 2020, she transitioned to Veterinary Assistant. She has always had a love for animals, so working in a vet clinic is the ideal job. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog GG, and is always down for any adventure that awaits.
Kylie has had a love for animals for as long as she can remember. Throughout her childhood she snuck home over 25 animals including goats, sheep, cats, dogs, and even a horse! She and her family were very involved in the local 4h community including drill team, which her family started. When Kylie graduated high school, she set off into veterinary medicine. But plans changed when she decided to start her own photography business, which is another one of her passions. Now she is so happy to have wound up working in a veterinary clinic after all this time and really enjoys getting to spend her days helping animals. In her free time, she spends her time taking photos, riding her horses at barrel races, traveling, and spending time with her family which includes her brand-new baby girl and boyfriend. They currently live on their family farm with many animals including their 2 dogs Brady and Cozmo, and a cat named Frankie Jo.
Maya has always had a love for animals. She grew up on a hobby farm raising beef cattle and could always be found at her friend’s dairy farm helping out there and riding horses. Maya now has her own farm raising show cattle, club lambs, and cattle horses. She has always enjoyed assisting the vet with her own cattle and horses, and found her job at ECV very fitting for her. Maya also has 2 dogs, and multiple barn cats. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and friends, playing games and spending time outside.
As a child, Kelsey was raised in a family that fostered many animals. She grew up with all kinds of critters including rats, mice, cats, dogs, ferrets and birds. She loved helping with all the pets and to this day is still part of many rescues. Ever since she has begun living on her own, she has surrounded herself with pets including cats, dogs, ducks, chickens, pigeons, and a huge fish tank! Kelsey’s love for animals continues to grow each and every day! Kelsey believes she has found her dream-job in working with animals daily. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys hunting, fishing and hanging out with friends and family.
Ever since Rachel was young, she has always had a love for animals. Her grandparents played a big part in fostering compassion for animals as they donated to animal shelters frequently and have rescued their fur babies from animal shelters. Rachel is very excited to be able to work at ECV and have her dream job! Rachel has two mini dachshunds (Valerie and Molly), and one ginger kitty (Mojo). Rachel hopes to work towards being a foster for animals herself and continue her education in the field of animals.
“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.