Mon–Fri: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Dr. Jim Winsor opened Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital in 1987. A native of St. Paul, Dr. Winsor previously practiced veterinary medicine at Cutler Animal Hospital in 1985, Foley Blvd. Animal Hospital in 1986 and the Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Service from 1986 to 1988.
An alumnus of Colorado State University, Dr. Winsor received a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He went on to attend the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Dr. Winsor’s professional interests include reproduction medicine and surgery. In February 2010 Dr. Jim Winsor was honored with the prestigious Veterinarian of the Year Award by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association during the annual MVMA State Convention.
Dr. Winsor is active in the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), serving previously as president, program chairman for the MVMA State Convention and as a board member. He has served as chairman of the board of the River Heights Chamber of Commerce, the Progress Plus Board of Directors and the board of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation (MVMF). His professional interests include small animal reproduction; Dr. Winsor and his wife, fellow co-owner Dr. Ann Winsor, have special fondness for the Bulldog and French Bulldog breeds and are members of several local and national breed clubs.
Dr. Winsor and his wife have two children named Stephanie and Laurel. Their family also includes three dogs, Stewart, Richard, and Owen, and three cats, L.C., Ellie, and Russel. When he’s not working at the hospital, Dr. Winsor enjoys golf, skiing, and sailing.
Before her arrival at Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital, Dr. Ann Winsor practiced veterinary medicine at Pomeroy Animal Hospital, Murray Animal Hospital, and Woodbury Animal Hospital.
A native of Detroit, Dr. Winsor attended the University of Minnesota and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 1979. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. Her professional interests include veterinary reproduction, pediatrics, and nutrition.
Dr. Winsor has a fondness for Bulldogs and French Bulldogs and has written two books – Healthier Frenchies and Celebrating Frenchies – about caring for the breed. Her two Frenchies, Stewart, and Richard can frequently be found in shows and agility competitions.
Dr. Winsor is an active member of many animal-related organizations, including the Dodge Nature Center, the Veterinary Hospital Association, the Metropolitan Animal Hospital Association, and The Aliveness Project. She is also a contributing writer for two internationally distributed dog breed magazines and a member of the advisory board for the magazine Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Winsor and her husband have two children named Laurel and Stephanie. Her hobbies include riding, golfing, cooking, skiing, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Heidi Mittelsteadt has been practicing medicine at Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital since June 2003. A native of Burnsville, she attended St. Olaf College and received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry and German in 1997. After completing her undergraduate education, she went on to attend the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.
Dr. Mittelsteadt’s professional interests include dentistry, dermatology, and behavior. She is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Middlesteadt’s interest in veterinary medicine began in junior high. ‘Throughout junior high and high school I spent Saturdays with Dr. Camille McArdle, who was the head veterinarian at Canterbury Downs at the time,’ says Dr. Mittelsteadt. ‘I helped her with horsework and caring for her own personal animals. She taught me a great deal about handling animals and let me experience such things as vaccinating her own dogs for her, driving to Chicago to pick out a new puppy with her, and watching her euthanize a horse at the track after a bad fracture. All of these experiences helped inspire my passion and drive to become a veterinarian.’
When not busy with her duties at the hospital, Dr. Mittelsteadt can be found traveling, golfing, spending time with family and friends, attending theater productions and checking out new restaurants. At home, she enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Derek, their children, Griffin, Connor and Beckett, and their Labradoodle, Banjo.
A native of the city, Dr. Lukas Wallerich has been working at Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital since his senior year in high school. His first dog, Chester, initially sparked his interest in caring for animals. It was under the guidance of Dr. Jen Quast and the rest of the Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital staff that he realized his passion for the profession.
Dr. Wallerich completed his undergraduate studies magna cum laude in Biology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2011. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.
Dr. Wallerich is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. His professional interests include dentistry, ophthalmology, nutrition, and surgery. He most enjoys the challenges and unpredictability that comes with being a general practitioner, as cases can range from ear infections to broken legs.
At home, Dr. Wallerich has a Pit Bull mix named Boss. In his free time, he enjoys playing broomball and baseball, home brewing, kayaking, riding his moped, and cooking.
Dr. Jordan Butler first joined Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital as a student on a preceptorship in 2013 and came on as an associate veterinarian in July of 2014. Dr. Butler grew up in Sioux City, Iowa where she worked at a small animal practice before becoming a veterinarian. ‘I had a yellow Labrador diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy at nine weeks of age,’ says Dr. Butler. ‘He motivated me to pursue this career.’
Dr. Butler attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Butler is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and her professional interests include dermatology, emergency medicine, and reproductive medicine.
‘Enriching people’s lives through their relationship with their pets, fostering the human/animal bond and witnessing it on a daily basis, and being able to watch a pet progress throughout their life are some of the most satisfying things about being a veterinarian,’ says Dr. Butler.
At home, Dr. Butler and her spouse, Chris, have two dogs: Wyatt Earp, a yellow lab and Doc Holliday, a black lab. They also have a quarter horse named Grayson. Dr. Butler enjoys horseback riding, hiking, boating, Oklahoma University football, dance, country music and traveling in her free time.
Dr. Arden Miller-Zeman joined the Inver Grove Heights team in June 2018. She is a Wisconsin native, but went to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for her undergraduate degree. From there she returned to her home state to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 2018.
Dr. Miller-Zeman’s professional interests include reproductive care and internal medicine. She has always had a love of animals and finds it particularly rewarding when she is able to help a shy dog feel comfortable at the vet. Dr. Miller-Zeman is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medicine Association.
She and her husband, Auston, live in Minneapolis with two cats, Yggdrasil and Arthur, as well as their hound mix, Logan. Together they enjoy cooking elaborate meals and home-brewing. In her free time Dr. Miller-Zeman can be found baking, watching too much tv, and reading fantasy novels.
Dr. Hailey Erickson joined the Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital in 2019. Dr. Erickson is originally from Bemidji, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota where she earned her Bachelors in Animal Science.
After completing her undergraduate degree, she stayed at the University of Minnesota to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Erickson’s interest in veterinary medicine began through the Minnesota 4-H program where she raised rabbits, swine and poultry. Her professional interests include preventative medicine, surgery, dentistry, and internal medicine.
Outside of work, you can find Dr. Erickson volunteering with 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair, attending local concerts, and spending time with her sassy cat, Oatmeal.
Dr. Jackie Ellis joined Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital in July of 2019. Dr. Ellis grew up in Central Wisconsin but has called the Twin Cities home for 20 years. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. After graduation, she worked at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory working in both virology with a focus on swine influenza and bacteriology with a focus on Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (an infection that affects cattle). Although she enjoyed her work at the Diagnostic Laboratory, she could not shake the calling she had, since she was a small child, to become a Veterinarian. She was accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota and graduated with her degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.
Dr. Ellis’ professional interests include dentistry, reproductive medicine, and behavior. In particular, Dr. Ellis feels dentistry is rewarding due to the immediate improvement that can be made in a pet’s quality of life. Dr. Ellis takes great pleasure in creating a relationship based on trust with her patients and their humans. She believes trust and compassion are the foundation to creating a lasting veterinary relationship from the first puppy/kitten visit to senior care.
Dr. Ellis has been active in various aspects of dog training and competition for many years. She has shown Weimaraners in AKC Conformation and has also achieved multiple titles in AKC Hunt Tests and WCA Ratings Tests with her Weims. Dr. Ellis was an active board member of the Northstar Weimaraner Club and is a current member of both the Weimaraner Club of America and the Northstar Weimaraner Club. Dr. Ellis is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.
Outside of work, Dr. Ellis enjoys spending time with her son Alek and their Weims, Nico and Leo. They also share their home with a Chihuahua named Cheep, a Crested Gecko called Artemis, and a large aquarium with African Cichlids. Dr. Ellis also relaxes by spending time at the lake, hiking, exploring state parks, visiting local breweries, and painting.
Dr. Keri Wasmoen grew up in Woodbury, Minnesota; however, she spent many summers on her aunt’s farm in rural Nebraska. It was in this farm setting where she fostered her love for animals, went on ride-along farm calls with the local veterinarian, and developed a passion for the health and welfare of all beloved pets.
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree and her Veterinary Medicine Degree both from the University of Minnesota. While Dr. Wasmoen enjoys all facets of veterinary medicine, she has a particular interest in small animal dentistry, dermatology, surgery, and nutrition. Dr. Wasmoen is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.
Married to another veterinarian, Dr. Wasmoen and her husband Steven have two incredibly spoiled cats named Darjeeling and Balor. In her free time, Dr. Wasmoen enjoys tabletop games, hiking, sightseeing, and camping in Northern Minnesota. The most recent addition to her hobbies has been taking horseback riding lessons, and she has hopes of learning about gardening in the near future!
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Dr. Carmen Chavez originally joined the team at IGH in 2011 and again in 2020 after a brief leave of absence. She grew up in Denver, Colorado, and received her bachelor’s degree in biology at Colorado State University in 2003. She moved to Minnesota to attend veterinary school at the U of M and graduated with her doctor of veterinary medicine in 2009. After graduating from the U of M, Dr. Chavez completed a small animal rotating internship at Alameda East in Denver, CO.
Dr. Chavez’s interests include feline medicine, internal medicine, and reproduction. She lives in Woodbury with her husband, two active boys, her dog Doug and cat Olivia.
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