Meet Our Staff
Dr. Kaaren Howe , DVM, MBA, President/CEO
Dr. Kaaren Howe, Medical Director, has worked in Minnetonka veterinary clinics since ninth grade. She received her D.V.M. from the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She has been the primary care provider at Minnetonka Animal Hospital since 1994. Her passion is well-pet care, western medicine and ensuring that the care clients and patients receive exceeds their expectations. She received her MBA in 2009 from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and her Certification for Veterinary Practice Administration from Purdue University Krannert Graduate School of Management. She enjoys hiking in the woods, photography, swimming, participating in a local CSA, and applying native landscaping to attract butterflies and other pollinators.
Dr. Leilani Hotaling, DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRP
Dr. Leilani Hotaling owns Minnetonka Animal Hospital with Dr. Kaaren. She has returned on a part time basis after an extended sabbatical. She received her DVM from the University Of Minnesota in 1991. She is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (1999), Veterinary Chiropractic, (2000) and in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy (2006). She enjoys hiking, biking, and long distance running. She trains with her dog Huck, and both wish he could participate in more races with her. She has participating in numerous 5k runs, trail races as long as a 50k ultra marathon, and is a proud finisher of several marathons, including Grandma’s marathon (2011 & 2016). During her sabbatical, she did extensive studies on bats and white-nose disease. She also remodeled a 1950s era house.
Dr. Michelle Donald
We are excited to welcome Dr. Michelle Donald to Minnetonka Animal Hospital! She recently passed her final test in veterinary acupuncture and will be working on her case report for certification completion. Dr. Michelle worked for ten years in the corporate world, spending time on both coasts, before deciding she wanted a job with more meaning and purpose. Veterinary medicine allows her to blend science, compassion and medicine to help pets and their people. Dr. Michelle earned her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota, worked with a local clinic for a number of years, and provided care for reservation animals while volunteering with the Minnesota Native community. This past year she worked for a practice in San Diego and realized that Minnesota is home. Senior pets are a special interest with Dr. Michelle, and she is passionate about helping them maintain a high quality of life.
Dr Michelle enjoys traveling, yoga, eating adventurous foods, reading, and the beach. She shares her home with her dog Roger, a young Italian Spinone, who always needs a walk and a good time.
Ann N, Client Service Specialist, CVT, CCRA
I have a Bachelor’s degree and am a Certified Veterinary Technician as well as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. I live with Marion a Cairn terrier. When I am not working, I enjoy science fiction, sewing, bicycling, writing and miscellaneous projects as the mood strikes
Laurie N, Veterinary Technician
I have been a veterinary technician for a long time, I have worked on most domesticated animals from cows to hamsters. I have 3 daughters and 1 grandson. I have 2 dogs and 1 cat all inherited from my children. My girls also have horses and pygmy goats that live at their father’s house. I enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, and of course playing with the animals.
Erinn K, Certified Veterinary Technician
I live with my husband Dave, my two dogs and five cats, and two human children, too. Our packed household keeps me quite busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way! After starting in the veterinary technician program in 2003, I wanted to get experience with animals in every way I could. From cleaning kennels, bathed dogs, and starting as a veterinary assistant. I graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in 2005 and became certified after taking the exams in January 2006. I started at Minnetonka Animal Hospital in December of 2009 and I have to say that I am proud to be a member of this team! I enjoy cooking, hosting fun parties, and zombie movies.
Emily J, Certified Veterinary Technician
Emily is one of our newest technicians at MAH. She graduated from Minnesota School of Business in March 2014 and received her certification shortly thereafter. She has been a technician at other small animal clinics. She joined MAH in October 2016. Her professional interests include nutrition, dentistry, and client education. She lives in St. Louis Park with her two cats, Doug and Rick, and her two Boston terriers, Hazel and Gus. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and singing, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
Anne D, Veterinary Assistant
Anne is senior at the College of Saint Benedict studying biology/ pre-veterinary medicine. She has a dog named Missy who is a little blonde terrier. She works as a veterinary assistant at MAH during school breaks and over the summer. She plans to attend veterinary school and someday practice as a small animal veterinarian.
Laura F, Business Manager, Accounts Manager
I have been working at MAH part-time for more than 7 years. I have two kids, and three cats. I come from a chemistry background and own a plumbing and heating company. I am enjoying learning about the ins and outs of the veterinary industry. I enjoy geocaching, travel, and reading.
Laura B, Client Service Specialist
I started at MAH in September 2016. I have worked at dog daycares and a grooming shop in the past, but am loving being the receptionist at MAH. I love getting to know our clients and patients! I live with the two best dogs in the world and one big cat. When I am not at work, I love taking vacations to the mountains, looking at tiny houses, hiking with my dogs, and baking.