Laurie – Receptionist
Laurie is the friendly voice on the phone and the smiling face at the desk. She has a gift for connecting with people and never forgets a face or a name. She is a native Minnesotan and takes “Minnesota Nice” very seriously. Laurie has worked in the veterinary field for more than a decade. She contemplated pursuing a career as a veterinary technician, but decided that she preferred working in the office forming relationships with people and their pets. This is Laurie’s true love and her passion for people shows through in every conversation.
Laurie lives in Golden Valley and has two teenage children. Her daughter is in college and her son is a senior in high school. Most of her time outside of work is spent supporting her talented children in musical activities and events. Her house is in constant motion. After losing her 14-year-old Border Collie Cosmo, Laurie and her family adopted an outgoing little blondie named Maizy. Maisy is a sweet little mixed breed dog with absolutely crazy hair. Despite her frequent bad hair days, Maizy is fitting in well at Laurie’s house. When Laurie does find time to relax, she likes to travel to her family lake cabin and water ski or fish. She packs up the car and goes up north all year round, spending time with her family and friends any time she can.
Molly – Certified Veterinary Technician, Practice Manager
Molly is a Certified Veterinary Technician but she wears many hats at Northwest Animal Hospital. She is also the Practice Manager and the resident computer whiz. Molly is behind all of the technology that the hospital uses to communicate with clients.
Molly is a native Minnesotan and loves it here. She grew up in the metro area with lots of pets. She has always had an interest in caring for and diagnosing her family pets. It was her love of animals and science that led her to the veterinary profession. Initially, she studied accounting and computers before starting school for Veterinary Technology. She attended MSB in Plymouth, just a few blocks from Northwest Animal Hospital, where she graduated with high honors in 2005 with an AAS degree.
At Northwest Animal Hospital, Molly is able to put all of her skills to good use. In addition to managing many of the business aspects, she is an expert technician, as all of her colleagues and interns can attest to. Molly has a warm, welcoming smile that instantly puts pets and people at ease. In addition to her talents working with animals, Molly is also great with kids. She coordinates all of Northwest Animal Hospitals visits with schools, Boy and Girl Scout tours and she has even planned birthday parties at the clinic as donations for community groups.
Molly also answers to the title “Mom”. She has a very active teenage boy at home. He keeps her busy playing several different sports and chasing the dogs around the house. Her house is also home to a couple of crazy pups named Charlie and Olive. When Molly isn’t chasing her son or the dogs around, she enjoys spending time with her family up north. She hopes to be able to travel more someday when her life slows down and she is able to catch her breath.
April – Certified Veterinary Technician
April has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for more than a decade. She grew up in rural Minnesota and attended Ridgewater College. In 2000, she graduated with an A.A.S degree in Veterinary Technology. April completed an internship at the University of Minnesota and stayed in the twin cities metro area to continue working in a busy small animal hospital. A few years later, April met and married an airline pilot.
April’s furry family members include 4 spoiled cats, Oliver, Sherman, Mel and Baba. All of April’s feline family members were foster cats that found their way into April’s heart and home. In her free time, April enjoys creative projects like scrapbooking and quilting. She has amazing artistic ability and is considered our resident clinic artist. April is not only artistically talented but also incredibly smart, caring and helpful. If you have a question about your pet, April is always more than willing to answer it! She has an enormous amount of knowledge and experience in the veterinary field.
Mariah- Veterinary Assistant