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Our Veterinarians

The veterinarians at Westgate Pet Clinic are progressive, knowledgeable and compassionate.  With 10 veterinarians, we have combined over 200 years of experience in veterinary medicine! We share these experiences and our expertise with each other daily.  From simply consulting on a case, to formal journal clubs and continuing education meetings, the doctors at Westgate Pet Clinic strive to keep abreast of the constantly changing world of veterinary medicine.  Besides being able to consult with each other, the other nice thing about having a large group of doctors for our clients to choose from is that you likely will find one or two of us that you develop a special bond with.   That relationship is what makes our jobs as veterinarians the most satisfying.  Being there for our clients and their pets through all of their life stages is the best part of our jobs.
Our Doctors
Pictured above: Back-Dr. Hageman, Dr. Mirodone, Dr. Perry, Dr. Aliano & Dr. Melin. Front-Dr. Reed & Dr. Hershey;
Not Pictured-Dr. Karlin, Dr. Downie and Dr. Norton-Bower.

Catherine Hageman, MS, DVM, CvMA

1992 – BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison

1993 – MS in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison

2002 – DVM from Colorado State University

2004 – Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, Medical Acupuncture Program, Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist (CvMA)

Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine: I truly enjoy nurturing long-term relationships and all aspects of preventative care, including weight management, as well as the diagnosis of challenging gastrointestinal and dermatologic problems. I also feel strongly that cats are an under-served part of our pet population and have a special focus on making cat visits as “low stress” as possible. Finally, I love to see the positive results of incorporating acupuncture in the management of painful or debilitating medical conditions.

Professional Affiliations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

American Association of Feline Practitioners

International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management



My husband and I currently share our home with a cantankerous elderly rescue cat Sanchi-San who delights in torturing our two rescue dogs, Gracie the German Shepherd mix and Herm, the dachshund-schnauzer mix.

News Articles
06 November 2014
Kennel Cough- Not just for dogs that go to the kennel!, 2635 views.
02 February 2016
Feline Inappropriate Elimination, 2229 views.
11 February 2017
Tips on choosing a pet food, 1002 views.
14 February 2018
Do natural and herbal always mean safe for our pets?, 6 views.
Teresa Hershey, DVM, CCRT, CvMA

Cotter High School, Winona, MN 1991

University of Minnesota- Duluth,  BS in Animal Science 1994

University of Minnesota- College of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 1998

Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) 2010

Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, Medical Acupuncture Program, Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist (CvMA) 2012


Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine:  I have a special interest in geriatric pets and using all of the tools available to veterinary medicine, including rehabilitation therapy and acupuncture, to enhance animals' overall quality of life.  I also love dermatology and allergy management. 

Hobbies:  I love to spend time with my family and friends.  My favorite thing to do is travel with my husband and 2 children, Jackson (15) and Julia (13).  I also enjoy reading, cooking, camping, hiking and  I have learned to love gardening after many years of failed attempts

Professional  Affiliations:

American Veterinary Medical Association

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association- President 2008

Minnesota Veterinary Historical Society- Board Member

University of Minnesota Alumni and Friends Society- Board Member

International Veterinary Acdademy of Pain Management

Boy scouts of America- Proud mom of an Eagle Scout

Girl scouts of the United States of America- Cookie mom more years then I can recall


I am the proud mother of an 8 year old yellow lab named "Buckey". He has the most expressive ears and the sweetest temperament.

News Articles
25 September 2005
The Facts about the Canine Flu, 5823 views.
15 June 2006
Obesity and Over Feeding, 5778 views.
26 November 2006
Hip Dysplasia and OFA Certificatioin, 13247 views.
02 May 2007
Care of Orphaned Bunnies, 11184 views.
23 September 2008
Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs, 24292 views.
01 May 2009
Help! My cat is urinating outside the box, 8472 views.
08 August 2010
The Year of the Cat at the Westgate Pet Clinic, 5290 views.
01 November 2012
The Truth about Pet Food, 7943 views.
29 September 2014
Westgate's Cat Advocates, 2708 views.
24 October 2014
Urinary Incontinence in Dogs, 2722 views.
25 November 2014
Westgate Pet Clinic has been Certified as a Cat Friendly Practice!, 2240 views.
26 March 2015
My dog's Lyme test came back positive! What does that mean? , 3602 views.
11 April 2015
Westgate Pet Clinic now recommending Canine Flu Vaccine, 3170 views.
02 February 2016
Feeding cats in a "Natural Way", 2319 views.
05 March 2016
Best Veterinarian in Edina 2016!, 2649 views.
11 February 2017
Hookworms are a problem in Southwest Minneapolis, 1706 views.
12 February 2017
Lumbosacral Disease (LS Disease), 1112 views.
12 March 2017
Lyme Disease Q&A, 963 views.
29 November 2017
Tips for Pilling Cats, 247 views.
Erik Melin, DVM

I grew up in Rochester, MN and attended John Marshall High School.  I graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in Chemistry in 1996, and from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.  I have undergone additional training in veterinary endoscopy and laparoscopy.

Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine:  I have special interests in endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery and ophthalmology.  


Hobbies:  I enjoy running, Golden Gopher Basketball, trivia, and most of all spending time outdoors with my wife and 3 sons.


Professional Affiliations:  

American  Veterinary Medical Association

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

American Animal Hospital Association


I currently enjoy living with a 15 year old diabetic Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle), Tom, a 10 year old Schnauzer, Rikki, and a 16 year old domestic shorthair cat Ollie. We also have 3 chickens.


News Articles
24 January 2006
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 7952 views.
09 January 2007
Feline House Soiling, 6840 views.
26 November 2007
Pain Management, 9254 views.
10 June 2008
Leptospirosis: My dog is vaccinated for it, but what is it?, 26770 views.
10 June 2008
Leptospirosis: My dog is vaccinated for it, but what is it?, 4869 views.
18 January 2010
Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Less Invasive and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spay, 13521 views.
18 January 2010
Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Less Invasive and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spay, 4981 views.
15 November 2010
What is polyuria/polydipsia? Aka: Why is my pet drinking and urinating so much?, 8930 views.
17 August 2012
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury in Dogs, 12158 views.
01 April 2013
Diarrhea, The other “D” Word, 5320 views.
08 January 2014
Prophylactic Gastropexy in Dogs, 5207 views.
25 February 2015
Common Eye Problems, 2552 views.
02 February 2016
Anal Gland Disease, 1863 views.
14 February 2018
Canine Pancreatitis, 8 views.
Deb Reed, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota 1982

Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine: Dr. Reed is especially interested in heart disease and treatment, internal medicine, and geriatric diseases such as kidney disease of dogs and cats. She also likes helping guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and hamsters live healthy lives, as these are often the first animals that kids have as pets.



Dr. Reed, her husband and two sons have enjoyed the company of many animals and currently have 1 dog (Mickey), 1 cat (Tweetie); a rabbit (Poppy), and 5 horses (Solas, Hannah, Billy, Howdy and King).

News Articles
14 February 2009
Salmonella Infections in Pets, 8613 views.
19 June 2011
Heart Failure in Dogs, 5235 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for Guinea Pigs, 6304 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Hamster, 4511 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Rabbit, 5752 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Rat, 4716 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for Pocket Pets, 3040 views.
04 December 2014
What are we vaccinating for again? , 4007 views.
12 March 2017
Preventative Care for Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats, 998 views.
14 February 2018
Heart Murmurs in Dogs, 8 views.
Brek Perry, DVM

1990 - BS in Bacteriology from University of Wisconsin-Madison;
1994 - DVM from University of Wisconsin-Madison;

Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine: Professionally I enjoy surgery, dentistry and ophthalmology. I truly enjoy the relationships developed with clients as we strive to maintain the best quality of life for our patients.


Hobbies:  During my free time I enjoy gardening, woodworking, a variety of sports (hockey and Alpine skiing are my favorites) and most importantly Family Time with my wife Tara, son Liam (6 yrs), my daughter Hazel (3 yrs), my son Kelton (1.5years) and looking forward to our newest additioin due in April 2015.   


Professional Affiliations:

American Animal Hospital Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

American Veterinary Dental Society

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps


Penny - 12 yr. old Black Lab; Syd 16 yr old - DSH; Tigger - 11 yr old DSH; Adams - 12 yr old Burmese. All are from a humane society or rescue group with their individual stories as to how they became a part of our family.

News Articles
13 July 2009
Doggie Breath and Kittie Calculus, 9702 views.
17 April 2011
Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets and Whole Family, 4871 views.
02 March 2013
Gastropexy for Bloat, 4759 views.
05 April 2014
What is an Oral Prophylaxis?, 4094 views.
18 February 2015
How we manage pain for our surgery patients at Westgate Pet Clinic, 2569 views.
14 February 2018
Meet Dr. Google, 9 views.
Rhonda Downie, DVM

Mankato State University B.A.

University of Minnesota, D.V.M.

Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine:  I enjoy working with clients to keep their pets healthy.  I love all aspects of veterinary medicine including surgery, dentistry, dermatology, and feline medicine. I am one of the instructors for our kitten class.


Hobbies:  I enjoy spending time and traveling with my two adult sons. I also enjoy reading and gardening.


I have two cats: Biggs is a 14 year old tuxedo cat with extra toes, and Loki is a 2 year old orange tabby.

News Articles
23 March 2005
Roundworms in Dogs and Cats and the emerging Risk from Raccoons, 13894 views.
09 March 2006
Socializing Your New Kitten, 10253 views.
30 January 2007
Are Dog Parks Safe?, 9520 views.
05 January 2008
Feline Upper Respiratory Disease, 18033 views.
13 September 2009
Hyperthyroidism in Cats, 10534 views.
02 March 2011
Diabetes Mellitus in Cats, 6114 views.
31 May 2013
Blastomycosis a Deadly Disease at the Lakes, 5878 views.
01 January 2014
Brachycephalic Syndrome, 7081 views.
28 December 2014
Feline Leukemia, 2251 views.
02 February 2016
Heartworm Disease, 1690 views.
11 February 2017
Feline Asthma, 833 views.
14 February 2018
Redirected Aggression, 10 views.
Carolyn Karlin, DVM

Rice University, BA
University of Arizona, MA, Ph.D
University of Minnesota, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Areas of Interest

I have a special interest in animal nutrition, animal behavior, dental endodontics, and feline kidney disease.


Dr. Karlin shares her tiny bungalow with her husband, Travis, and the four laziest pets in the world. Her rescue dog, Tippilina, and three formerly-homeless cats, Mookie Wilson, Peeps (Peepimeister Smith), and Tima spend their time competing for prime real estate on the couch or in front of the heaters during the winter.

News Articles
24 October 2007
Weight Loss at the Westgate Pet Clinic, 8315 views.
15 October 2009
It's Not the Flu, It's Roundworm, 5930 views.
27 May 2011
The Truth Behind Some Commonly Held Nutrition Notions, 7873 views.
01 August 2012
Kennel Cough in Dogs, 10325 views.
26 July 2013
Capnocytophaga Canimorsus: Sometimes the Bark is Way Worse than the Bite , 12275 views.
01 January 2014
Coccidia: My pet’s fecal was positive for what??, 20090 views.
01 February 2015
The Raw Truth, Part 1: The Truth Behind Purported Benefits of Raw Diets, 5544 views.
02 February 2016
The Raw Truth, Part 2: The Risky Business of Raw Diets, 3175 views.
11 February 2017
The Dog (and Cat) Days of Winter, 2755 views.
14 February 2018
Coping with Coprophagia, 7 views.
Heather Norton-Bower, DVM


Minnetonka High School, 1991  

B.A. in Biology,Carleton College, 1995.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of MN, 2002.


Areas of Interest

Special Interests in Veterinary Medicine:  I have a special interest in feline renal disease and diabetes, atopic dermatitis (a type of allergic skin disease), and animal behavior. Having done some agility training with my dogs, I always love to see other canine athletes!


Hobbies: When not at work, my husband and I are kept busy raising our three young children.   As much as I can, I enjoy being outdoors for camping or exercising.  On my Saturdays off you'll find me participating in some kind of race!


Professional Affiliations:

AmericanVeterinary Medical Association

MinnesotaVeterinary Medical Association


In the last several years, we have had to say good-bye to our two senior canine companions.  We're waiting for the human pets in the household to get a little older before starting over with hopefully both a cat and a dog!  For now,I enjoy my patients and the neighbor's dog, Hercules, a Jack Russell TerrierMix that tries to live up to his name!

News Articles
01 September 2006
My dog just tested positive for Lyme, what does this mean?, 153424 views.
26 September 2007
Twin Cities Arthritis Walk Has Westgate Connections, 7465 views.
10 February 2008
Taking a Stand on the Use of Punishment in Dog Training, 20934 views.
19 March 2010
Lily Toxicity in Cats, 10466 views.
17 April 2010
Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats, 22179 views.
12 October 2011
Pets and Vets Need Techs!, 5802 views.
02 January 2013
Canine Anaplasmosis, 21246 views.
01 February 2013
Ticks are coming soon!, 5653 views.
01 January 2014
Heartworm Disease, 4975 views.
25 January 2015
Higher than normal alkaline phosphatase levels in dogs—What to make of it?, 71710 views.
02 February 2016
Excercise in the Winter Time, 1571 views.
11 February 2017
Caring for Our Mature Adult and Senior Feline Companions: “Doctor, is this just old age?”, 926 views.
14 February 2018
The Basket Muzzle…Sometimes the Best Friend for Your Best Friend!, 6 views.
Olivia Mirodone, DVM

High school : C.D. Loga - Timisoara, Romania

Veterinary school: Timisoara 1991 and Iowa State 1997


I graduated from Veterinary School in Romania in 1991, and then I completed my accreditation studies 

at Iowa State, where I graduated in 1997. 

Areas of Interest

Special interests in Veterinary Medicine:  I love every aspect of medicine, and mostly Internal medicine, gastroenterology, and dermatology. I take great joy from seeing healthy pets for their annual exam visits, and getting to see them grow from puppies and kittens into adults, and then to help them age gracefully and comfortably.  Also I find it very rewarding to get to know my patients' human families.


Hobbies: international travel, rock climbing, stained glass, SCUBA diving, good food, most of which I share with my husband Joe. 


Professional  affiliations:

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Animal Hospital Association

Minnesota Public Radio


News Articles
21 February 2005
Famous Dogs. Part I - Balto the Sled Dog, 6594 views.
16 May 2006
Common Household Hazards, 7372 views.
01 March 2007
Common Household Hazards, Part II, 7600 views.
10 September 2007
Atopic Dermatitis (allergies) in Dogs:, 7539 views.
20 November 2008
Dogs and Wolves Share Deadly Parvovirus, 10527 views.
23 March 2009
Canine Separation Anxiety, 7427 views.
17 April 2009
An Evening With The Veterinarian, 7904 views.
09 July 2010
Preventing Heat Stroke, 9594 views.
01 August 2011
Zoonoses: What Can I Catch From My Pet?, 4687 views.
02 October 2012
What's Scary about Halloween, 5564 views.
01 October 2013
How to Interpret your Pet's Lab Work, 4418 views.
08 January 2014
The "Blocked" Cat: Urethral Obstruction of the Male Cat, 4149 views.
06 November 2014
Feline Arthritis, 2823 views.
02 February 2016
Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs, 1957 views.
11 February 2017
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis, 1023 views.
14 February 2018
A Hookworm Invasion, 8 views.
Valerie Aliano, DVM

BS 1980' DVM 1983, PennHIP Certification 1993

Areas of Interest

Soft tissue surgery, laser surgery, internal medicine - especially geriatric medicine, and emergency medicine and critical care.  

I am owned by 5 four legged individuals:

  • Kiwi, an 8 year old DSH I rescued as a kitten.  It was love at first sight!
  • Kaydence, a 6 yr old Rottweiler who was the naughtiest puppy ever!  Good thing he turned out to be such a sweet boy.
  • Kali, a 5 year old Rottweiler, very sweet girl if a little on the quirky side!
  • Kobi,  a 6 yr old Burmese.  Very petite but has a BIG voice.
  •  Kappaccino, a 4 yr old Burmese, the "scaredy cat" of the bunch but a stellar cuddler.


Kiwi, Kaydence, Kali, Kobi and Kappacino

Our Mission:

We provide the quality care our clients expect and their pets deserve, by relying on the expertise and
compassion of each team member.


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Westgate Pet Clinic
4345 France Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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(612)568-1405 Pharmacy

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