TIFFANY JASTROMSKI is the office manager at MetroPet Animal Hospital. She thrives working with the behind-the-scenes details that make our office run smoothly, and she likes that the job also comes with a bounty of adorable dogs and cats. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a degree in illustration and works as a freelance graphic designer, as well. Fun fact: She has a cat named Lucifer ("Lu" for short). She says his cuteness helps him get away with all his naughtiness.
HEATHER O'GORMAN is a veterinary technician who earned her degree from Argosy University in 2009. In addition, she fosters newborn kittens for Twin Cities Pet Rescue, which means she sometimes has to wake up in the middle of the night to bottle feed them. Heather is also mom to two young boys, two dogs, and two cats and wife to her MMA-fighter husband. Fun fact: She is a self-trained knitter of fantastic shawls and blankets.
MELISSA KEPLER is a veterinary technician at MetroPet. She received her degree from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 2002. She says her favorite part of the job is educating clients on how to keep their animals healthy. Melissa has three spoiled dogs of her own and three former farm cats, who are also quite spoiled. Fun fact: She is on a quest to visit every national park in the United States!
JAMIE LUCAS is a veterinary assistant. She also studies animal science at the University of Minnesota, where she is a junior, and plans to be a veterinarian one day. She says one of her favorite parts about her job is working with our partner organization, Twin Cities Pet Rescue, and helping rescue dogs and cats get ready for their forever homes. Fun fact: Jamie has a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, named Bailey, who is her favorite thing in the entire world. She also has adopted Oliver, MetroPet's former clinic cat.
Ryan Johnson is a veterinary assistant. He is also currently enrolled in the pre-vet program at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his studies and work, he is a foster coordinator with Twin Cities Pet Rescue, a position he's held for three years. Fun fact: Ryan has "foster failed" three out of his five animals.
JULIA GRIM is a receptionist at MetroPet Animal Hospital. She's well known among clients for her cheerful attitude that helps put them and their pets at ease. In her off time, she is a senior at Hamline University studying criminology, and she's a mom to her dog, Grady, and her three cats: Didi, Eli, and Luke. Fun fact: She would love to have her own pottery studio one day.
ERIN SERVAIS is the social media manager at MetroPet Animal Hospital. Her favorite part of the job is giving snuggles to the patients and clinic cats before she takes their photos. When she’s not at MetroPet, she’s busy running her book-editing business, Dot and Dash LLC. She lives with her husband, their two cats, and their odd-shaped dog. Fun fact: Dr. Harris has saved the lives of all three of her three animals.
OUR CLINIC CATS
PEESKA is the queen of MetroPetlandia. Because of her long reign, she feels it's her duty to sit in her bed and stare in judgment at all those who enter. However, she will tolerate your presence if you have a brush, as her royal mane does require maintenance. Fun fact: she is in love with the UPS man.
Wonky is a cat who earned his name, and you have to love him for it. He walks with his head tilted to the side and has feet one could only call...odd. His favorite thing in the universe is food, and he will go to any and all measures to get it, including knocking over the trash cans, pouncing on tins of wet cat food we use as distraction treats, and eating unattended employee lunches. Fun fact: Puppies' first experiences with cats often happen at the clinic, and Wonky occasionally has to teach them that felines don't enjoy being raucously sniffed by canines.
NOODLES was a special-needs cat who lived with us from 2017 to 2018. She was our darling, kooky, little munchkin with a meow that sounded like for a parrot’s squawk. We miss her greatly.
SOLOMON joined the MetroPet team in early 2018 as a part-time greeter and was with us until Spring 2019. He lived with our veterinary technician, Heather O'Gorman. He was kind-hearted and a good friend.
GRANDPA lived with us from January 2018 to June 2019. He was initially discovered nearly frozen to the road. He lost the tips of his ears to frostbite and was also nearly blind and deaf. He was notorious for his ridiculously loud purr and thoroughly enjoyed all of the love and attention lavished upon him since his arrival. Grandpa even became a feline celebrity and had many fans and social media followers across the world. He is missed by many.