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. Haley Sundstrom, DVM
I am originally from Hermantown, Minnesota, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2014. I attended Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and received my DVM in 2019. Since starting my path to becoming a veterinarian, I have pursued many different opportunities to learn more about this amazing profession; from working as a veterinary assistant in multiple clinics, to taking care of musk ox in Alaska, to volunteering at sled dog races in northern Minnesota. I’m very interested in working alongside pet owners to help ensure that the animals they love can live long, happy lives. The exceptional integrative veterinary care that Minnetonka Animal Hospital provides is what drew me to the practice, and I’m so happy to be a part of the clinic’s incredible team of veterinary doctors, technicians, and staff. I enjoy going on road trips, camping with my family, having game nights with friends, and catching up on my favorite tv shows. I have one cat, Lily, and am looking forward to expanding my furry family!
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.
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.
Kara S., Certified Veterinary Technician
I graduated from NDSU in 2017 with a B.S. in Veterinary Technology and minors in Large Animal Vet Tech and Range Science. I started at Minnetonka Animal Hospital in September of 2017 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in November of 2017. I have one pet, a tuxedo cat named Ritz, who keeps me on my toes. In my free time, I travel the country as a professional wrestler.
Jocelyn F., Certified Veterinary Technician
I graduated in 2006 from the Veterinary Technology program at Ridgewater College. From there I found a job at a small pet clinic in Woodbury, MN. I decided I wanted to learn more. I worked in specialty medicine/emergency medicine for 4 years. During that time I married the love of my life and had a little boy named Carter. Spending time with my family is very important to me and I decided working in emergency medicine was not for me any more. I spend my time hanging out with my family of two cats (Sharkbait & June bug), Carter and my husband Brian. I also enjoy reading about various subjects, watching movies, binge watching Netflix and eating at new restaurants with my family. Minnetonka Animal Hospital has welcomed me with such open arms and I've learned so much about eastern medicine and rabbits.
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. Then, after many months of studying, I became a CVT after passing my board exam in November 2018.
I have a standard capped rat named Jefferson (Jeff) and 2 domestic medium hair cats named Stelle and Elmer. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, kayaking, fishing, cooking, art, gaming, and watching movies.
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.
Lorianne N., Veterinary Technician Student
I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2016, I graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in Equine Science and Animal Science. Currently I am enrolled in a veterinary technician degree and licensing program. My background is in horses and I am the proud owner of one Missouri Foxtrotter named Starbuck who is spoiled rotten, and a kitty named Stiles. I also enjoy cooking, kayaking, and playing the trumpet. I moved back from Texas and joined Minnetonka Animal Hospital in May 2018 and have loved every minute of it!
Jane B., Client Services Specialist
I have recently 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 two boys (17 & 18) and since I am facing an empty-nest in the next few years, I've stepped back into the workforce. 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 grew up a cat person but am now completely enamored of my second dog, Lily, a 6 year old Bernese. Animals have always been a part of my life and I am enjoying welcoming and assisting our clients, furry and otherwise, here at MAH.
Lauren H, Vet Assistant
I spent the first eighteen years of my life growing up on a maple sugar farm in northern Vermont. Besides making maple products, my family also bred and trained hunting dogs. The joy and responsibility of taking care of so many animals helped spark my interest in veterinary medicine. For the past few years, I have been studying Biology and Norwegian Language at St. Olaf College. I am taking a gap year between my junior and senior year to work as a vet assistant here at the Minnetonka Animal Hospital.
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.