Our Team

The Woodlake Veterinary Hospital team

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.

Kay Harkema - Hospital Manager

I have worked at Woodlake Veterinary Hospital since 1985. I started while I was attending school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. I have worked in many roles in the clinic and now serve as the office manager. I love working with the animals and getting to know them and their owners. I live in the area with my husband and three boys.

I have many pets of my own; four cats named, "Oriole", "Cinco", "Sapphire" and "Diamond". My other hobbies include gardening, knitting, and crocheting.

Jess Green - CVT

I graduated from Argosy in the fall of 2013. I did my internship at Woodlake Veterinary Hospital and then was hired as a full time technician.

I currently have 4 dogs; "Harley" (Jack Russell Terrier), "Lucy" (puggle), "Gilly" (Plott Hound), and "Junior" (Treeing Walker/Redbone Coonhound). I enjoy fishing, riding dirt bikes, and photography in my spare time. I am looking forward to our first 2-legged human baby adventure coming this winter!

Angie Schuch - CVT

I grew up in St. Paul, MN and earned a certified veterinary technician degree from MSB Globe University. I have 25 years experience in customer service, 15 years experience working at a busy animal shelter and 10 years experience as a full time veterinary technician. I am a mom to twins, Joshua and Sophia, and pet parent to 4 cats, 1 dog, 1 dwarf rabbit, 1 ferret, and lots of fish. I am also involved in fostering kittens through Angel of Hope Animal Rescue.

Alex Sikorski - CVT

I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2015. I enjoy working with the caring and competent team at Woodlake to help keep your pets happy and healthy. I have three cats; "Calcifer," "Little Mama," and "Martha." I also have two Russian tortoises and one fish.

Rachel Ampe, CVT

I earned an Associates in Veterinary Technology Science degree in 2016 from Ridgewater College. I passed my certification test later that year and have worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician ever since. I grew up on a farm near a small town in central Minnesota, so I've always loved, and been around, animals of all shapes and sizes. Currently, I have two pets. Dolce, a husky/border collie mix, who loves to go on walks even when its freezing cold! And Gabanna, a tortoiseshell cat, who thinks everything in the house is a toy that needs to be played with.

Rachel Nicolai - Veterinary Technician Assistant

I graduated from Argosy University in 2018 and have been with Woodlake since I started school. I love it here and am excited for the future! I have two, very needy, cats at home.

Jack Schmidgall - Veterinary Technician Assistant

I’m a current Argosy University vet tech student who is slated to graduate in late summer of 2018. I love working at Woodlake! All my coworkers are fun to work with and dedicated to the care of animals. At home, I have a cat and a pet rat that get along surprisingly well. In my free time I enjoy to watch old b-movies or hang out with my animals.

Jamie Fagely - Student

I am currently attending the University of Minnesota for a degree in Animal Science, and hope to attend veterinary school at the UMN when I graduate. I have two cats named Winston and Louis. I love working at Woodlake and getting to know all the clients and pets!

Merilee Ruotsinoja - Client Service Representative

I graduated with a B.A. in biology from Bethel University in 2006 and came to work at Woodlake the following fall. I grew up with numerous types of pets, but currently do not have any of my own. I reside in Richfield with my husband. My favorite part of clinic life is the relationships that are built with clients and pets. It is always nice to see familiar faces!

Ashley Rank - Client Service Representative

Hello! I started working at Woodlake Veterinary Hospital in March of 2017. I went to school at the University of Minnesota, and received my bachelor's degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in pre-veterinary medicine. I have 4 cats at home. One of my kitties, Shea, is a Maine Coon mix that my husband and I adopted from the Humane Society in Saint Paul. My other kitty, Reily, is a Cymric (long haired Manx) who we adopted from the Golden Valley humane society. We also have two domestic short hair "surprise" kitties. We call them surprise kitties because we took them in as strays from our backyard. Stilletti is a tuxedo and his brother Garrity is a brown ticked tabby. They are named after the TV show Rescue me, as my husband is a firefighter.

I grew up with many different types of animals including dogs, turtles, a rabbit, a bird, hermit crabs, a guinea pig, multiple fish, hamsters and gerbils. I love sports and enjoy many hobbies including, running, knitting and drinking tea, to name a few. I also like to spend my spare time with my family and friends, I currently have 6 nieces! My husband and I are expecting our first little one in December 2017.

As a receptionist here at Woodlake Veterinary Hospital I'm here if you ever need a hug when you lose your best friend. I have experienced those days many times. Last year I lost my best friend Candy; a 16 year old husky/yellow lab/chow chow mix. Please don't be scared to ever ask questions. I am here to help and will do my best to find you the answer. I hope you have a wonderful day and I can't wait to meet you or chat with you on the phone!

Gus the Clinic Cat

I am the best greeter at Woodlake Veterinary Hospital that you have ever seen! I have been here since March 2012, I came in as a stray and decided to stay for life. If you haven't met me you should know that I am the boss at this clinic, everyone is wrapped around my little paw, I even get my own Facebook page. If you stop in I'm always here to say Hello.

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