Meet Our Staff
Dr. Kaaren Howe, DVM, MBA, President/CEO
I have worked in Minnetonka veterinary clinics since ninth grade. I received my DVM from the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and my MBA in 2009 from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. I have been the primary care provider and Medical Director at Minnetonka Animal Hospital since 1994. Dr. Leilani and I have owned the practice since 1998. I am committed to the values of the American Animal Hospital Association – providing excellence in companion animal care. I love taking care of dogs and cats from the time they are puppies and kittens until their senior most years. It has been exciting seeing more rabbits and other small mammal patients as they become important family members.
Outside of work, I enjoy hiking in the woods, photography, swimming, participating in a local CSA, and native landscaping to attract butterflies and other pollinators. It has been rewarding to provide a feeding ground and have dozens of monarchs in our clinic gardens. The interaction between the butterflies themselves and competition with bees is fascinating to me.
Dr. Leilani Hotaling, DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRP
I own Minnetonka Animal Hospital along with Dr. Kaaren. I have returned on a part time basis after an extended sabbatical. I received my DVM from the University Of Minnesota in 1991. I am certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (1999), Veterinary Chiropractic, (2000) and in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy (2006).
I enjoy hiking, biking, and long distance running. I train with my dog Huck, and both of us wish he could participate in more races with me. I participate in numerous 5k runs, trail races as long as a 50k ultra marathon, and am a proud finisher of several marathons, including Grandma’s marathon (2011, 2016 & 2018). During my sabbatical, I delved further into my interest and studies with bats and white-nose disease. I also remodeled a 1950s era house.
Dr. Julie Boero, DVM
I grew up near Scranton, Pennsylvania, where I first developed a love and respect for animals. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, with the goal of pursuing a job in laboratory science, but soon realized I missed the daily interaction with people and pets. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School where I developed a special love for felines and became a certified “cat lady.” (Although I love all furry critters!) My veterinary interests include dentistry, geriatric care/pain management and feline medicine.
I currently reside in Minneapolis with my four cats - Mr. Pants, Gary, Gabby, and Seymour, as well as my ever growing plant collection. In my free time I enjoy gardening, reading, painting, and planning my next adventure.
Dr. Jenn Gander, DVM, CVA
I went to undergraduate school at the University of Minnesota and then obtained my DVM from the University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine. During my time in veterinary school I found a love for alternative medicine and also earned my certification in acupuncture from CHI University. Since then, I have also studied Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy. I hope to continue to expand my integrative medicine knowledge. My favorite part of being a veterinarian is the relationships I am able to create with clients and their animals.
I currently live in Delano with my husband and two young daughters who keep us very busy! We enjoy spending time outdoors doing things like camping, fishing, and hiking!
Angie F., Lead Certified Veterinary Technician
I have been a CVT in the Twin Cities metro area for over 16 years. I have always had a passion for caring for animals and I still love what I do each and every day. I came to MAH in August of 2019 and am so happy to be part of such a caring team. I have special interest and training in veterinary dentistry and behavior. I am a lifelong resident of Minnesota and enjoy spending my free time exploring it with my husband. I also enjoy camping, reading, and gardening. We have 3 cats-2 rescued Persians Georgie and Fifi, and 1 old man, Misery. I look forward to continuing to learn new things each day, and to do my part to support such a dedicated team of professionals.
Todd N., Certified Veterinary Technician
I graduated in May 2018 from Ridgewater College with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology and Liberal Arts. I originally came to Minnetonka Animal Hospital as an intern shortly after graduating and was offered a job as a full time technician toward the end of my internship. A few months later, I became a certified veterinary technician. I especially like helping with the surgery, dentistry, diagnostic imaging and small mammal cases.
I have 2 rats named Krysa and Nezumi and 3 domestic medium hair cats named Stelle, Elmer and Ernie. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, kayaking, cooking, art, gaming and watching movies.
Ann N., CVT, CCRA, Client Service Specialist
I have been working for Minnetonka Animal Hospital since 2005.
I live with Marion, a rescued Cairn Terrier who lost her vision when she was 7 years old. When I'm not working or hiding treats for Marion to find with her nose, I like reading mysteries, watching science fiction, studying new topics, writing, cooking, or working in my yard where neighborhood cats frequently come by to visit. If I find a spider in the clinic I will gently take it outside, but this compassion does not extend to mosquitos or ticks. My favorite part of the job is finding solutions to clients' problems. My least favorite - mystery computer errors.
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.
Kellie L., Veterinary Technician
McKenna L., Veterinary Assistant
I recently returned to the MAH team after leaving to work in animal rescue for a couple years. I have started school to be come a Certified Veterinary Technician while working full time at MAH.
I currently live in Eden Prairie with my boyfriend and our senior Shar Pei mix, Maggie. I recently lost my senior pit bull, Haula, but am already bugging my boyfriend to let us get another! After years of working in the animal rescue world, I found my true passion is working with bully breeds and fighting the unfair breed specific legislation surrounding them. I enjoy driving to Texas at least once a year to transport dogs up to Minnesota for the rescue to find them adoptive families. Seeing the overpopulation of animals in Texas makes it all the more rewarding getting them out of the shelter and to Minnesota. I still volunteer with the rescue when I have spare time to help.
When I am not working with animals, I love spending time up at our family cabin in Hackensack, MN. Any time I can get out on the lake during the summer I am there! We are also avid Wild Hockey fans and enjoy going to home games. I have always been fascinated with true crime and like to wind down with documentaries or podcasts. Indoor plants have also become a hobby of mine and I am enjoying finding new plants to add to my collection.
Jane B., Practice Manager
I have returned to MN, having attended high school in Wayzata. It is great to be back near my family and some dear friends. With stops along the way in NY, IL, CO, MA, WY, ID, OR, WI, and MT, I've covered the contiguous time zones - a few times. I have a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University, with an emphasis in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication Studies. My past job experiences are as varied as the places I have lived with work in public television, sailing, micro-breweries, editing, libraries, and several non-profits. I have two sons - 19 and 21 - whom I am enjoying watching spread their wings
I grew up a cat person but am now completely enamored of my second dog, Lily, a Bernese. I am a big-dog convert. Animals have always been a part of my life and I am enjoying welcoming and assisting our clients, furry and otherwise, here at MAH. When not at work, I enjoy travel, cooking, reading, films, and trivia. Outdoors skiing and snowshoeing in winter - beaches, lakes, and hikes to waterfalls in summer.
Laura F., Business 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.