Dr. Wittmer's Bio
Dr. Kari 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 2001. Her areas of interest include wellness care, developing lasting relationships with her clients, ophthalmology, and dentistry. Dr. Wittmer and her husband have two children, Dominic and Gabriella. She spends most of her free time chasing after her busy toddlers! With any spare time, she loves to spend time at her lake cabin, fishing, swimming, reading a book, or taking a putt-putt pontoon ride around the lake. Dr. Wittmer’s furry family includes three cats, two dogs, and one horse.
Dr. Kamper's Bio
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. Each day, welcoming Dr. Kamper home are her cats named Mrs. Farsnworth, Pepper, and Mr. Pickles.
Dr. Reiman's Bio
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 three cats. Dr. Reiman enjoys fishing (especially Northern Pike), video games, and home brewing beer and sodas in his spare time. His favorite dog breed is Rottweiler, but he also has affinities for Boxers, Pit Bulls, Border Collies, and Cavaliers.
Dr. Wiemann's Bio
Dr. Wiemann started out doing scientific research but was not fulfilled. The research world was just too far from everyday things in life that mattered to him. He states that “practicing medicine is very real and definitely what I should be doing with my life. I strive to become a better veterinarian and person every day. I really like cats, but dogs are my favorite animal by far. I am fascinated by the fact that humans and dogs have been living and working together for over 100,000 years. The bond between dogs and people is unlike that between us and any other animal. I can’t imagine living without dogs.”
CHRISTINA (TINA) FROEMMING
Dr. Froemming's Bio
Dr. Froemming joined the team at Andover Animal Hospital in October 2017. She is a lifelong Minnesota resident, growing up in a small town in northern Minnesota. Dr. Froemming completed her Bachelor’s Degree in biology at Gustavus Adolphus College and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Minnesota in 2006.
She was very excited when presented with the opportunity to rejoin Dr. Wittmer and her staff at Andover Animal Hospital after having trained under Dr. Wittmer as a new graduate.
Her professional interests include preventative medicine, senior pet wellness, dentistry, and dermatology.
Dr. Froemming, along with her husband Shawn, has three children, son Evan and daughters Avery and Ellie. Dr. Froemming spends most of her time with her family when not working, and the kids keep them very busy. In any spare time, she enjoys following the local sports teams, baking, crafting. They also share their home with a mixed-breed dog (Jersey) and two cats (Latte and Stormy).
ANGELA BLADEN SHARMA
Dr. Sharma's Bio
Dr. Angela grew up in Maryland and attended Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) for her undergraduate degrees in dairy science and Spanish. She graduated from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2020.
Some of Dr. Sharma’s veterinary interests include emergency, surgery, and internal medicine. She feels honored to get to work with animals and their families for a living, and she strives to provide the best quality-of-life possible for our wonderful companions. Angela and her husband have two adorable cats named Archie and Rooney. In her free time, she loves hiking, skiing, kayaking, traveling, baking, and riding her horse of 14 years, Iroquois. She can’t wait to explore more of the beautiful state of Minnesota.
Dr. Howes' Bio
Born in Canada and raised in New England, Dr. Howes completed his undergraduate degree in biology at Northeastern University in 2001 in Boston. He worked in academia for the better part of a decade, most notably researching Lou Gehrig’s disease at Massachusetts General Hospital. While he loved the work, the solitude of research weighed on him, and he missed being around and working with people. Then in 2004, Dr. Howes fractured his neck in a snowboarding accident. During his many months of recovery, he decided he wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Howes moved to the Twin Cities and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012. It is rumored that he liked it so much here, he stayed! Dr. Howes is dedicated to offering professional and compassionate care. A true animal lover, he is interested in all facets of his profession and enjoys keeping up-to-date on the ever-changing world of veterinary medicine. Dr. Howes’ areas of focus include internal medicine, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. When not in the clinic, Dr. Howes enjoys playing board games with his wife, bird watching, fly fishing, mountain biking, and spending time with his family, which include four rambunctious cats and a spoiled dog.
Dr. Kuan's Bio
Born in Hong Kong, raised in Saudi Arabia, and educated all over the world, Dr. Richard Kuan received an undergraduate degree in animal science from Fresno State University in California. He worked as a veterinary technician for four years. Dr. Kuan did the majority of his veterinary education with Ross University based on St. Kitts and Nevis, a Caribbean Island. Afterward, he moved to Ireland, where he received additional hands-on veterinary training at the University College of Dublin. Professionally, Richard enjoys soft tissue surgery, radiology, ultrasonography, and dentistry. He also loves getting to know his clients and their furry kids. Richard’s furry family consists of Zazzle, a lovely but a bit sassy black cat that is 100% that cat.
Dr. Trautmiller's Bio
Dr. Trautmiller knew she wanted to work with animals from a young age. Her best friend growing up was a border collie named Max. The 14 years she spent with Max taught her that our pets are cherished family members, and she strives to treat all her patients as such. Her own furry (and not so furry) family includes her cat, Sable, her border collie, Finn, and Cas the corn snake.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and spending weekends at the cabin.
Sharon is a Certified Veterinary Technician that started with Andover Animal Hospital in June 2015 as a hospital manager. She received her veterinary technician certification in 1999 and worked as a lead CVT of several veterinary hospitals. She has enjoyed a 25-year career working in the veterinary field. Her experiences include working in emergency veterinary medicine, both as a technician and in management, and working in research as a surgical technician. She had also received schooling in dental hygiene but working in the veterinary field is her true passion. Sharon has an adult son and a daughter, as well as a Malti/Shih-Tzu rescue named Penelope Rose affectionately referred to as “P-Woes.” Sharon enjoys traveling, walking, and spending time with her boyfriend, friends, family, and of course, P-Woes.
Mindi began her career at Andover Animal Hospital in January 2012 as an extern. Shortly after that, she graduated with her Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in veterinary technology and passed her certification exam. Mindi loves the variety of duties that being a veterinary technician offers. She also loves being able to form relationships with the animals and their owners. 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, hike, camp, and spend time with friends and family. Awaiting Mindi at home is her husband Phil, daughter Aurora, deaf Australian Shepherd “Dopey” and Ragdoll cat “Misty.” Mindi is also expecting a second child due in May 2021.
Kayla joined the Andover Animal Hospital family as a receptionist in May 2017. She is one of the happy faces you will see upon walking in the door. Prior to finding her love of working at an animal clinic, Kayla received her Bachelor’s Degree in child development and family science from North Dakota State University. After working in childcare for multiple years, she found herself looking for a change. A friend stated that she talked so much about her cat that she should look at doing something with animals. Before working at Andover Animal Hospital, Kayla enjoyed five years of experience working as a veterinary receptionist. In her downtime, Kayla enjoys spending time at the cabin with her family, watching movies, reading, and painting. Kayla resides with her four cats and fosters kittens when she can, officially claiming the title as a crazy cat lady!
Don has been with Andover Animal Hospital since the opening of the hospital. Don (Dr. Wittmer’s father) works in the office, balancing the books and doing payroll. Don loves spending time with Mary K. and his family. Together with Mary K., he is welcomed home by Peanut and Cookie.
Nicole began her career as an intern at Andover Animal Hospital in 2015. After that, she graduated from the Minnesota School of Business as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Nicole enjoys assisting with surgeries and monitoring pets while under anesthesia. In her free time, she frequently goes fishing, camping, and hiking with friends and family. She spends time with her furry family members at home, including two cats (Peach and Tuna) and her Doberman Pinscher (Raven), who loves to go on hiking trips to Taylors Falls and Duluth.
LEAD VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Amanda got her Associate of Applied Science degree in veterinary technology from Globe University in March 2014. She then passed her certification exam in July of that year. Amanda joined our team in April 2015. She enjoys all aspects of being a veterinary technician but takes a particular interest in nutrition and nursing sick/injured patients. Amanda is our OSHA Officer and makes sure that the hospital is always in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations for our staff’s health and safety. In her spare time, she enjoys crochet, cross-stitch, sewing, and reading. Amanda is greeted at home every night by her fiancé Aaron, sons Kayden and Seth, stepdaughter Lily, her bulldog mix (Yoshi), her cat (Leonard), and her plecostomus fish (Paul).
LEAD VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Tia joined the team Andover Animal Hospital team in March 2008 as Veterinary Technician. She started her career working as a Veterinary Receptionist in 1999, and her interest drove her to pursue further technician training and included a stint as an emergency technician. Tia does a fabulous job keeping our shelves stocked with all the latest prescription diets and is one of our Certified Laser Technicians. She really enjoys the variety of the job and that every day brings something new. When Tia is away from work, she enjoys reading and spending time gardening. Tia is welcomed home each night by her significant other (Ben) and their four dogs: Cooper, Blu, Surly, and Porter.
LEAD VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Riley started her career as a kennel attendant at the age of 15. She became kennel manager and then gained on-the-job training as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. Riley became certified as a veterinary technician and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in 2005. She loves working in veterinary medicine and especially enjoys working as a surgical technician. She is also Low-Stress Handling certified! Her favorite part of working in a general practice is developing a relationship with both clients and their pets. Outside of work, she has an energetic little boy (Oliver) that keeps her on her toes, Oliver’s kitten (Andy Pants), her cat (Izzy), and their goldfish named Boy.
Krista graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in science. She also attended Argosy University, received her Associate in Applied Science degree in veterinary technology, and has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2014. Krista joined our team in December 2018. Krista has a strong compassion for animals and loves the variety that the career provides. Krista is welcomed home by her husband Scotty and her two pugs (Charley and Pixie), three cats (Onyx, Whipple, and Della), and a Dutch rabbit named Cookie. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and family, participate in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.
Sophie has been in the veterinary field for 13 years. She started as an assistant with Andover Animal Hospital in August 2017. She did take a short break in 2019 to work for Animal Control, but she missed her Andover family so much that she came back to work as a technician after just a few months. Sophie enjoys the variety that the veterinary field offers but takes a particular interest in caring for senior pets and developing relationships with clients. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys reading and spending time with her daughter Riley. They love to do puzzles, play dolls, fish, and go out to eat!
Jenny graduated in 2006 from Argosy University with an Associate of Applied Science degree in veterinary technology. Her love for animals started young like most of us, but she has continued to love being a voice for those that cannot speak. She loves the variety of day-to-day work in the field: from routine wellness care and education to surgery/dentistry and critical care. Minnesota homegrown, Jenny has also lived and worked in Columbus, Georgia, and Sierra Vista, Arizona, before returning home again. Jenny has two dogs (Chloe and Ares), one cat (Heria), and a wonderful husband. In her free time, Jenny loves hiking/camping with her husband and dogs or sitting on the couch with a good book and her cat on her lap.
Tracy joined the Andover Animal Hospital family in June 2019 and has always known she wanted to work with animals since she was a little girl. She specifically enjoys lab work and client education in the veterinary field. If Tracy happens to be your tech and you have a new puppy or kitten, expect her to take them throughout the hospital, showing them off. When she is not at work, she enjoys watching Marvel movies, swimming, playing video games, and she is greeted home by her pitbull (Love) and her one-eyed pirate cat (Jersey).
Erin graduated from Argosy University’s Veterinary Technician program in 2003. She also has her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and nutrition from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 15 years. Erin lives in Blaine with her daughter and son and their three cats, Shurley, Cheeto, and Biggie. Her son also has three fish and a snail named Turbo. Outside of work, Erin enjoys spending time with her children, family, and friends. During warm months, she spends as much time as possible outdoors, on the lake, and in the sunshine. She also enjoys reading, gardening, and staying as active as possible, though a good Netflix series isn’t out of the question!
Dani graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in biology. She started working in the veterinary field in 2008 and joined our team in April 2014 as a veterinary technician. Dani enjoys the variety the area offers and especially enjoys assisting with surgery/dentistry and client education. She enjoys crafting, baking, volunteering with animal rescue organizations, and gardening in her spare time. She shares her home with her three cats (Paisley, Chesney, and Caico) and her two birds (Toby and Daisy).
Rachel started her career as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2000 at Banfield Pet Hospital in Fridley, MN. This is where she (eventually) met Dr. Wittmer & Dr. Kamper in 2002. They have worked together through the years, caring for many cats & dogs. They stayed together, moving from Fridley Banfield to Coon Rapids Banfield and then to Andover Animal Hospital, where they remain good colleagues and friends. In 2014, Rachel obtained a second job at a mixed pet practice working with many species, including swine, goats, birds, rodents, horses, cats, and dogs. She can also spend time with a few exotic species like a Lemur, Serval, and a Water Monitor. “It is the love for animals, and the awesome team that I work with that brings me to work every day,” she said.
Becca has been a resident of Minnesota her entire life. In her off time, she enjoys watching Netflix and spending time with her family and friends. Becca attended Upper Iowa University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She loves her career as a veterinarian technician because she is an animal lover. Being a veterinary technician allows her to work with pets and help sick pets heal while keeping healthy pets healthy. Rebecca is welcomed home by her lab mix, Hunter, and her black lab, Nova.
Growing up with dogs, cats, rodents, and various reptiles and insects, Sarah has always been surrounded by animals. She decided to further her handling experience when taking a manager position at a local pet boarding facility. Sarah started her medical career shortly after as a veterinarian assistant, which developed into a technician position. Sarah is currently enrolled in Penn Foster College to complete her Certified Veterinarian Technician degree. During her free time, she enjoys traveling the states, going abroad, yoga, attending live shows, and day trips to the Northshore with her dog named Eevee.
Nick has been a Veterinary Technician since September 2014 and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business with her Associate of Applied Science degree that same year. She joined Andover Animal Hospital in July 2019. Nick is fond of assisting in anesthesia and dentistry and applying her skills daily, like running lab work for her patients. Nick lives in Blaine with her husband, Tyler, daughter (Toni), and their domestic shorthair named Sarabi. In her free time, Nick enjoys a wide variety of hobbies including, video gaming, photography, motion picture editing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Lori joined Andover Animal Hospital in July 2017 as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Lori earned her Associate’s Degree from Pima Medical Institute in 2013 and became a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) that same year. Lori also earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from San Diego State University, graduating summa cum laude, but decided to change career paths shortly after that. Lori became a CVT in 2016 after relocating to Minnesota. Lori greatly enjoys working with cats, assisting with surgery, and performing many diverse tasks as part of being a technician. In her free time, she loves to travel, read, snuggle with her cats, and watch movies. Lori is greeted each night by her husband of almost 14 years and their four cats; Tubby, Draco Meowfoy, Bellatrix LeMeow, and Chloe.
Kendra grew up with a deep affection for animals and has worked professionally since 2016 as both a grooming assistant and lead at a boarding facility. In 2019, she joined the Andover Animal Hospital team as a Vet Tech Assistant and fell in love with the field. Kendra enjoys nothing more than getting to know and care for the hospitalized patients who spend their day at our clinic and is always there to comfort those who may need a little extra tender loving care. She has a Mini Poodle mix, Esme-Rae, who makes returning home each night that much sweeter. Kendra is a huge fan of board games, traveling, and the occasional hike but is most often found curled up on the couch with Esme as well as a good book in one hand and coffee in the other.
Jacqui is a Veterinary Assistant here at Andover Animal Hospital. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in animal science. Jacqui has always been passionate about caring for pets and helping others with caring for their pets! In her free time, she enjoys seeing friends and family, staying home to watch Netflix, and finding new hobbies to take up any spare time left. Eventually, she would like to get her own fur baby, but until then, she would love to help care for all of our client’s furry children!
Faith is a Veterinary Assistant here at Andover Animal Hospital. She is majoring in biology with a Bachelor of Science degree. Faith is pursuing her veterinary medicine career and hopes to become a vet technician or veterinarian one day. She loves taking care of animals and helping out her fellow ‘animal lover’ community. Ultimately, she hopes to own an animal rescue. Currently, she has a ‘mini zoo’ at home that occupies four dogs, three chinchillas, and three birds. Faith definitely hopes to have more! The only one stopping her is her husband, Leo, who also helps her tend to their pets. She spends most of her time caring for her pets and ending her days watching a movie with her husband. When she can, she likes to scrapbook, doodle, and hang out with her friends and family.
Becky is one of the faces you’ll see at the front desk. She has always had a soft spot for animals, and when she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in healthcare management, she decided to use her degree to work with animals (no one ever said that it had to be used for human healthcare, did they?). Becky can be found at home reading or spending time with her husband, two daughters, and small mob of animals when she is not at work. When she began working at a vet office, her husband gave her a strict rule of “If it poops, you don’t bring it home.” It is Becky’s constant mission to find a way around that rule.
Erica has always had a passion for working with animals since she was a little girl. She started her career working at a pet lodge, training dogs. Erica went to school at Animal Behavior College to become a Certified Dog Trainer. After a few years of training dogs, she decided it was time for a change. She joined the Andover Animal Hospital team in September 2020 as a receptionist. In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time with her husband and family, reading, fishing, and taking care of her animals. She has two dogs (Toby and Daisy), one cat (Oreo), and some chickens.
Mary K's Bio
Mary K. loves spending time filling in at the reception desk and always brings a lot of cheer to the front office. She enjoys her time at the clinic as she spends any additional time with her daughter. Mary K. is welcomed home by their faithful furry friends named Cookie and Peanut.
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 of experience working as a veterinary technician. Stacy is originally from Plymouth and currently resides in Anoka. Stacy has one daughter and two grandkids. In her free time, Stacy enjoys spending time training, breeding, and barrel racing AQHA horses. Stacy’s furry friends include her two pugs (Carmen and Katy) and her two Aussies (Red and U TOO). She also has three horses and a chicken.