Dr. Kari Wittmer
Dr. Wittmer, a Coon Rapids native, has owned and operated Andover Animal Hospital since its opening in 2007. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the University of Minnesota. In her spare time she enjoys riding, jumping and showing her horse Sofa So Good. Her furry family includes a Domestic Short Hair Whisper and a sassy Calico Kaylie. Dr. Wittmer likes to stay on the cutting edge through usage of technological advancements such as lasers for therapy and surgical procedures which decrease pain and accelerate healing. Her areas of interest include opthalmology, dermatology and dentistry.
Dr. Joanne Kamper
Dr. Kamper, originally from Saint Peter, returned to Minnesota in 2009 with her husband Dave. She has been a member of the team since her return. Dr. Kamper obtained her undergraduate degree at Gustavus Adolphus College and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the University of Minnesota where she was a classmate of Dr. Wittmer. In her spare time she enjoys nature walks and art fairs. Welcoming Dr. Kamper home are her cats "3-legged cat", Mrs. Farsnworth, Pepper and Lucille.
Dr. Craig Reiman
Dr. Reiman has been with Andover Animal Hospital full time since January 2012. He attended the University of Minnesota for his undergrad requirements and veterinary school, which he graduated from in 2004. Dr. Reiman grew up in Spring Lake Park and now lives in Ham Lake with his wife, son and 3 cats. In his spare time Dr. Reiman enjoys fishing (especially Northern Pike), video games, and home brewing beer and sodas. His favorite dog breed is Rottweiler, but he also has affinities for Boxers, Pit Bulls, Border Collies, and Cavaliers. Dr. Reiman's favorite author is Stephen King, favorite movie is "V for Vendetta", and he enjoys virtually every type of music.
Dr. Jeff Wiemann
Stacy Benincasa, Lead Client Service Represenitive
Stacy has been a team member since June 2007 and is the smiling and cheerful face that greets clients at the reception desk. Her background includes over 11 years experience working as a Veterinary Technician. Stacy is originally from Plymouth and currently resides in Anoka. Stacy has one daughter and 2 grand kids. In her free time Stacy enjoys spending time training, breeding and barrel racing AQHA horses. Stacy's furry friends include 3 pugs and 3 horses and a chicken.
Danielle Brekke, Veterinary Technician
Danielle started working as a Veterinary Technician in 2008 after graduating with a BA in Biology and joined Andover Animal Hospital in 2014. In her free time Danielle loves to do volunteer veterinary work for Leech Lake Legacy, garden, and go on road trip adventures. She is greeted each night by her 2 cats (Chesney and Paisley) and her 2 birds (Toby and Daisy).
Tia joined the team in March 2008 as a Vet Tech. She started out her career working as a Veterinary Receptionist in 1999 and her interest drove her to pursue further technician training and included a stint as a emergency technician. Tia does a fabulous job keeping our shelves stocked with all the latest prescription special diets from Royal Canin and Science Diet and is one of our Certified Laser Technicians. Tia says some of the driving influences that she likes about her position is the variety that the position offers and the fabulous team she is blessed to work with. When Tia is away from work she enjoys reading and spending time gardening. Tia is welcomed home each night by her significant other Ben, Cooper her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Blu her Boxer and her newest addition Surly who is an American Stafforshire Terrier/Boxer mix.
Jill Hansen-Taitt Lead Technician
Jill started with Andover Animal Hospital as an intern in 2008 while attending school at Argosy University. She graduated that year and moved up to full time employee status. Jill spent some time away from Andover Animal Hospital to work for the Animal Humane Society for a few years, then again rejoined the team in July 2013 and become lead technician. In her free time Jill loves to do volunteer veterinary work for Leech Lake Legacy. She is greeted each night by her husband Brandon, daughter Clara, three cats (Yeti, Penny, and Apollo), and her Basset Hound/Rottie mix Darwin.
Eva Benoit, CVT
Eva is our full time Certified Veterinary Technician and she is also a Certified Laser Therapy Technician. Prior to finding her true passion in a career as a CVT, Eva spent years in the retail and hospitality professions. Eva is very dedicated to helping improve the lives of animals and their owners. To further achieve this goal, she is an animal control officer and is also involved with multiple animal rescue organizations, among them Ruff Start, Angel of Hope and St. Francis Pet Rescue. One never knows how many fostered orphan kittens can be found at Eva's home! She works at another veterinary clinic as a CVT also. Eva is interested in animal behavior, nutrition and allergies. Her family includes her husband Dale, their young son Logan, two adopted older cats Leonard and Pepper, two foster-failure brother cats Smokey &The Bandit (Bandit is mostly deaf), and an aquarium full of fishy-friends. Eva also has two dogs, Jase and Liberty. They were both surrendered to her by their owners instead of being euthanized because of their severe allergies. They are happy and healthy now that their allergies are being treated with medications and hypoallergenic diets. In her spare time, Eva loves to cook, read, garden and tend to her indoor "jungle" of plants (as Dale puts it).
Mindi Schwandt, CVT
Mindi began her career at Andover Animal Hospital in January 2012 as an extern. Shortly thereafter she graduated from Minnesota School of Business with her Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology. Mindi loves the variety of duties that being a veterinary technician offers, and especially enjoys assisting in surgery. Mindi has a strong compassion for animals, and has dreamed of working in the field since she was a little girl. In her free time Mindi likes to travel (Duluth and Europe being her favorite locations), hiking, camping, and spending time with friends and family. Awaiting Mindi at home are her husband Phil, a deaf Australian Shepherd named Dopey, Flat Coated Retriever named Jett, and her Ragdoll cat Misty.
Don & Mary K. Wittmer
Mary K. loves spending time filling in at the reception desk and always brings a lot of cheer to the front office. Don handles the all important back-office accounting receivable and payables and keep things clean and maintained. Don and Mary K. enjoy their time at the clinic as they get to spend additional time with their daughter Dr. Wittmer and both enjoy and love animals. Mary K. and Don are welcomed home by their faithful furry friends Cookie and Peanut.