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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 Row) Dr. Hageman, Dr. Mirodone, Dr. Melin, and Dr Hershey. (Front row) Dr. Aliano, Dr. Bury, and Dr. Norton-Bower. Not pictured above, Dr. Perry, Dr. Karlin, Dr. Downie, ad Dr. Reed

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



I currently share my home with a cantankerous elderly rescue cat Sanchi-San who delights in torturing the rescue dogs (Franklin, a German Shepherd mix and Herm, a dachshund-schnauzer mix).

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

Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) 2020


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 (19) and Julia (17).  I also enjoy reading, cooking, camping and hiking.  I am currently section hiking the Superior Hiking Trail. 

Professional  Affiliations:

American Veterinary Medical Association- Delegate

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association- President 2008

Fear Free Certified Practitioner- 2018

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)


I am the proud mother of a 12 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, 10261 views.
15 June 2006
Obesity and Over Feeding, 9468 views.
02 May 2007
Care of Orphaned Bunnies, 97904 views.
23 September 2008
Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs, 41959 views.
01 May 2009
Help! My cat is urinating outside the box, 15624 views.
08 August 2010
The Year of the Cat at the Westgate Pet Clinic, 8677 views.
01 November 2012
The Truth about Pet Food, 12469 views.
29 September 2014
Westgate's Cat Advocates, 6020 views.
24 October 2014
Urinary Incontinence in Dogs, 6673 views.
25 November 2014
Westgate Pet Clinic has been Certified as a Cat Friendly Practice!, 5188 views.
26 March 2015
My dog's Lyme test came back positive! What does that mean? , 8255 views.
11 April 2015
Westgate Pet Clinic now recommending Canine Flu Vaccine, 6212 views.
02 February 2016
Feeding cats in a "Natural Way", 6076 views.
05 March 2016
Best Veterinarian in Edina 2018!, 6119 views.
11 February 2017
Hookworms are a problem in Southwest Minneapolis, 9921 views.
12 February 2017
Lumbosacral Disease (LS Disease), 4989 views.
12 March 2017
Lyme Disease Q&A, 5335 views.
29 November 2017
Tips for Pilling Cats, 4342 views.
01 April 2018
Medical Acupuncture, 3128 views.
29 May 2018
Grass Gnat Bites, 18670 views.
11 August 2018
Link Between Grain-Free Diets and Heart Disease being Investigated., 3318 views.
11 December 2018
Normal Scratching Behavior, 2282 views.
24 March 2020
Telemedicine Consults, 5529 views.
01 March 2021
Activities for dogs with poor mobility or on exercise restriction. , 611 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, 11552 views.
09 January 2007
Feline House Soiling, 10181 views.
26 November 2007
Pain Management, 12705 views.
10 June 2008
Leptospirosis: My dog is vaccinated for it, but what is it?, 31295 views.
10 June 2008
Leptospirosis: My dog is vaccinated for it, but what is it?, 8832 views.
18 January 2010
Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Less Invasive and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spay, 21329 views.
18 January 2010
Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Less Invasive and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spay, 7779 views.
15 November 2010
What is polyuria/polydipsia? Aka: Why is my pet drinking and urinating so much?, 18292 views.
17 August 2012
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury in Dogs, 17902 views.
01 April 2013
Diarrhea, The other “D” Word, 8760 views.
08 January 2014
Prophylactic Gastropexy in Dogs, 12771 views.
25 February 2015
Common Eye Problems, 5403 views.
02 February 2016
Anal Gland Disease, 5777 views.
14 February 2018
Canine Pancreatitis, 2617 views.
23 April 2019
'Tis the Season of Torn Toe Nails, 1818 views.
08 February 2020
Alopecia, 1344 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, 11708 views.
19 June 2011
Heart Failure in Dogs, 8316 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for Guinea Pigs, 13594 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Hamster, 8145 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Rabbit, 10028 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for your Rat, 8154 views.
08 September 2013
How to Care for Pocket Pets, 6564 views.
04 December 2014
What are we vaccinating for again? , 8449 views.
12 March 2017
Preventative Care for Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats, 5687 views.
14 February 2018
Heart Murmurs in Dogs, 3418 views.
23 April 2019
GI Stasis in Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, 1682 views.
08 February 2020
Bladder Stones in Rabbits, 1147 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, 13245 views.
17 April 2011
Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets and Whole Family, 7957 views.
02 March 2013
Gastropexy for Bloat, 9684 views.
05 April 2014
What is an Oral Prophylaxis?, 7322 views.
18 February 2015
How we manage pain for our surgery patients at Westgate Pet Clinic, 5622 views.
14 February 2018
Meet Dr. Google, 3032 views.
23 April 2019
USDA Accredited Veterinarian Services , 1492 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, 19978 views.
09 March 2006
Socializing Your New Kitten, 16000 views.
30 January 2007
Are Dog Parks Safe?, 16418 views.
05 January 2008
Feline Upper Respiratory Disease, 31011 views.
13 September 2009
Hyperthyroidism in Cats, 14335 views.
02 March 2011
Diabetes Mellitus in Cats, 9165 views.
31 May 2013
Blastomycosis a Deadly Disease at the Lakes, 10859 views.
01 January 2014
Brachycephalic Syndrome, 12997 views.
28 December 2014
Feline Leukemia, 4751 views.
02 February 2016
Heartworm Disease, 4432 views.
11 February 2017
Feline Asthma, 3885 views.
14 February 2018
Redirected Aggression, 2288 views.
23 April 2019
Rabies, why we vaccinate, 1073 views.
10 February 2020
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, 11232 views.
15 October 2009
It's Not the Flu, It's Roundworm, 10004 views.
27 May 2011
The Truth Behind Some Commonly Held Nutrition Notions, 11650 views.
01 August 2012
Kennel Cough in Dogs, 18629 views.
26 July 2013
Capnocytophaga Canimorsus: Sometimes the Bark is Way Worse than the Bite , 35411 views.
01 January 2014
Coccidia: My pet’s fecal was positive for what??, 51148 views.
01 February 2015
The Raw Truth, Part 1: The Truth Behind Purported Benefits of Raw Diets, 9080 views.
02 February 2016
The Raw Truth, Part 2: The Risky Business of Raw Diets, 6092 views.
11 February 2017
The Dog (and Cat) Days of Winter, 11614 views.
14 February 2018
Coping with Coprophagia, 3227 views.
23 April 2019
The Toxic Sago Palm, 1695 views.
10 February 2020
Introducing a New Cat or Kitten to the Resident Cat in Your Home: Part 1, 1050 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, 10530 views.
16 May 2006
Common Household Hazards, 10568 views.
01 March 2007
Common Household Hazards, Part II, 11056 views.
10 September 2007
Atopic Dermatitis (allergies) in Dogs:, 11288 views.
20 November 2008
Dogs and Wolves Share Deadly Parvovirus, 14743 views.
23 March 2009
Canine Separation Anxiety, 10912 views.
17 April 2009
An Evening With The Veterinarian, 11475 views.
09 July 2010
Preventing Heat Stroke, 12566 views.
01 August 2011
Zoonoses: What Can I Catch From My Pet?, 7384 views.
02 October 2012
What's Scary about Halloween, 9526 views.
01 October 2013
How to Interpret your Pet's Lab Work, 15538 views.
08 January 2014
The "Blocked" Cat: Urethral Obstruction of the Male Cat, 7861 views.
06 November 2014
Feline Arthritis, 5943 views.
02 February 2016
Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs, 5167 views.
11 February 2017
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis, 4026 views.
14 February 2018
A Hookworm Invasion, 2851 views.
23 April 2019
You've heard about Giardia, but what are they? , 2715 views.
10 February 2020
How to safely love our dogs with food, 1183 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 6 four legged individuals: Saige, Puck and Rogue (dogs) and Kobi, Fig and Goose for the cats.


Saige, Puck and Rogue (dogs) and Kobi, Fig and Goose (cats)

News Articles
05 March 2016
Knowing when it's time to say goodbye..., 4741 views.
11 February 2017
14 February 2018
Brachycephalic Breeds: They are awfully cute but boy do they have a lot of problems! , 4687 views.
23 April 2019
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), 1980 views.
Dr. Mary Matzek

Emory University, Anthropology, BA 1993

University of Minnesota, Veterinary Medicine, DVM 2003

Areas of Interest

Professional Areas of interest: Feline medicine, dentistry/oral pathology 
Personal Areas of interest: Gardening, yoga, oil painting 


We share our home with one very lazy Lab-mix, one sweet & sassy brown tabby and one very naughty & noisy orange tabby

Lauren Bury, DVM CVA

Winona State University, BS

University of Minnesota, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Areas of Interest

I have a special interest in complicated internal medicine, including liver disease and gastroenterology.

I enjoy preventative medicine, and love building collaborative relationships with owners to help keep their pets happy and healthy.

I have also delighted in using traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture to better understand and manage a variety of orthopedic and internal medicine conditions.



I spend my free time hiking, birding, seeing live music, reading and perfecting vegetarian home cooking.


Patrick, a sweet domestic longhaired senior cat. Fizzy, a Chihuahua that excels in snuggling and napping. Surly, an exuberant and goofy young English Springer Spaniel. Hubert, a precocious orange tabby from the mean street of Hasting.

News Articles
01 April 2018
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, 2797 views.
23 April 2019
What Pet Owners Should Know about CBD, 2741 views.
08 February 2020
Get Your Cat To Love His Carrier, 1090 views.
Dr. Seth Cohen

Council Rock High School, Newtown, PA, 1996

B.S. Biology, Tulane University, 2000

DVM, University of Minnesota, 2006

Michigan Veterinary Specialists, rotating small animal internship, 2007



I have a strong love of all Philly sports (and happy to support Minnesota teams secondly!). I am also an avid fantasy football “player”, and a supporter of Tottenham Hotspurs soccer. I enjoy reading and movie watching when at home, and love eating great food together with my wife.

Areas of Interest

I have special interests in internal medicine. I truly enjoy diagnosing and managing challenging cases, with particular focus on GI and renal disease. I have advanced training in ultrasonography and GI endoscopy. Currently, I am directing more attention to my geriatric patients’ pain management and cognitive abilities.  I feel strongly that education and communication, and early interventions are the cornerstone of keeping pets heathy and happy.


Dr. Cohen and his wife sadly lost their 2 geriatric feline sons (Gus and Eli) in the fall of 2018. They now constantly dote on their senior fur baby, Ruby (11), the cutest Boston Terrier you’ll meet.

News Articles
08 February 2020
Pet Supplements, 1374 views.

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)925-6297 Fax
(612)568-1405 Pharmacy

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