Dr. Mey Nevo, Owner and Veterinarian
Dr. Mey Nevo graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary medicine in May 2007. She has had the opportunity to practice veterinary medicine in Illinois, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Minnesota while following her husband through his Small Animal Internal Medicine internship and residency. They finally settled down here in Minnesota to be closer to family.
Dr. Nevo shares her life with her wonderful husband Dr. Steven Shadwick, her 8-year-old daughter Sophie, her 6-year-old son, Robert and her 3-year-old baby girl, Lucy. “These three little ones offer new and exciting challenges on a daily basis”. Her household also includes Scout, a 13-year-old Blue Healer mix. The Nevo-Shadwicks are also privileged enough to be allowed to share a home with a 19-year-old cat Dublin who manages to keep the entire family in line. As you can guess it is very busy these days at the Nevo-Shadwick household!!
Dr. Nevo is passionate about bringing a personal touch to her patient care. She has attended additional training in veterinary ultrasonography and has been integrating this imaging modality to her diagnostic repertoire on a daily basis since 2008. Dr. Nevo’s extensive ultrasound training has allowed her to bring advanced diagnostics to her clients at an affordable rate. In addition to advanced imaging techniques, Dr. Nevo’s interests include soft-tissue surgery and internal medicine.
Dr. Jen Blum, Owner and Veterinarian
Dr. Jennifer Blum graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2006. After graduation, Dr. Blum and her husband, Charles, moved to the Mile-High City to experience the majestic Rockies first hand. One of Dr. Blum’s favorite quote: “Home is where your story begins” became a constant reminder of the distance from her family, and after a year they realized they needed to move back home.
Dr. Blum currently lives with her loving husband, Charles and her adorable 10-year-old twin girls, Ava and Allison. Her family also consists of a few furry friends including, a free-willed Labrador retriever, Eddy, and tabby cat named Tigey.
Dr. Blum truly cares about finding a balance between eastern and western medicine to offer a well-rounded treatment plan and a wide range of care options for her patients. Her professional interests include dentistry, internal medicine, and integrative medicine.
Dr. Kelly Griffin, Associate Veterinarian
Dr.Griffin joined Carver Lake’s team of veterinarians after earning her degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Prior to that she worked in retail management, insurance claims, and in research at Fort Dodge Animal Health. Her undergraduate degree is in Biology/Environmental Studies from Concordia in Moorhead MN. Go Cobbers!
During Vet. School Dr. Griffin was active in many student organizations and frequently received awards and scholarships for her hard work and dedication to the field.
When Dr. Kelly Griffin is not at Carver Lake she can be found spending time with her husband, their five children. They enjoy camping, playing soccer, or taking in a drive-in movie. When she is lucky she can be found enjoying a Twins game or watching Gopher vs. Iowa Football.
Dr. Chris Ed, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Chris Ed graduated from the University of Illinois in 2009 and joined Carver Lake’s team shortly after that. He has a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Biomechanics from the University of Illinois as well. His prior experience was in the Information Technology Field.
When he isn’t caring for animals at the clinic he enjoys spending time relaxing with his wife, their children, and of course their pets, an English Spaniel Mix, Faith, and a silly cat, Cici. He enjoys spending time outdoors jogging, hiking, fishing, and skiing.
Dr. Christine Maddox, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Maddox is originally from Atlanta, Ga. and joined the veterinarians at Carver Lake in 2015. After receiving her undergraduate degree in zoology, she took a break from school, working extensively as a veterinary technician, attending art school for photography and drawing, became a video editor, and volunteered frequently with local wildlife facilities. In 2009, she applied and was accepted into the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2013.
Since then, she has worked in small animal practice and particularly enjoys rabbits and other small exotic pets. She continues to volunteer frequently, spending time with the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as a veterinarian and in various other capacities. She has an interest in animal behavior as well and enjoys helping families discover ways to train and improve the bond with their furry family member.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Maddox enjoys a number of creative pursuits: ceramics, drawing, sewing and other crafts, camping, hiking and spending time with her husband and their son, Parker. Their small menagerie consists of 2 dogs: Bentley, the Saint Bernard and Winston, a rescued bull mastiff cross, 2 rabbits: Elliott, the Flemish Giant, and Angus the English Lop, with a few fish thrown in for good measure!
Dr. Christine Kassekert, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Kassekert is thrilled to be joining the veterinarians at Carver Lake in 2020. You may remember her from years ago when she was a client care coordinator and veterinary assistant at Carver Lake between her undergraduate and veterinary studies. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2007. Dr. Kassekert graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She has been a small animal practitioner in Northwestern Wisconsin for the last 6 years.
Dr. K enjoys working with clients as part of a team to offer the best care for their furry family members. She has a special interest in behavior, dentistry, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and preventative care.
When she is not at Carver Lake caring for patients, she is busy keeping up with her husband, two kids, their black lab/shepherd mix Risa, and two orange tabby cats Toby and Foster. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, gardening, and doing home improvement projects with her family.
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIANS
Jessica, Lead Certified Veterinary Technician
Jessica received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Argosy University in 2002. Shortly after graduation she started at Carver Lake.
Jessica has always had a passion for rehabilitating animals and enjoys educating the public on proper pet care. Another favorite part of her job is helping owners of senior pets navigate the day to day challenges they face.
When Jessica isn’t at the clinic she spends her time “Up North” hanging out in the great outdoors with her family, and spoiling her two sweet kittens; Nibbler and Go.T.
Niki, Certified Veterinary Technician
Niki joined our team in 2016, but has been a Veterinary Technician for many years. She loves every aspect of veterinary medicine, but has a special interest in canine behavior.
One of her favorite parts of her job is helping clients through challenging behavioral issues. She finds it very rewarding to know that she has helped strengthen the bond between an owner and their pet.
Niki’s love of pets and canine behavior is certainly evident in her life outside of Carver Lake Veterinary Center as well! She is extremely active with her seven (yes seven!) Australian Shepherds, participating in obedience, agility, and herding classes & competitions. She even teaches many of these classes! We should mention that Niki also has a cat that rules all the dogs.
Ashley, Certified Veterinary Technician
Ashley joined our team in 2016 after receiving her Bachelors in sociology from Bethel University in 2007 and her Associates in Veterinary Technology from Argosy 2010.
In addition to working with companion animals, Ashley has also worked with zoo animals at a tiger sanctuary and also a zoo in Tyler Texas. Through these jobs, she learned to love using positive based training. In fact, she used clicker training with many of the tigers and African serval cats!
Ashley has a papillon named Jasper and a working police german shepherd named Kilo, who serves with Ashley’s husband on the police force! Kilo is the second police dog Ashley and her husband have raised and trained together! They also have a son named Connor, who keeps them very busy!
In her spare time, Ashley likes to spend time with family, read, go to amusement parks, hike, shop, travel, and watch cooking shows.
Paula, Certified Veterinary Technician
Paula joined our team in 2017 shortly after completing her degree in veterinary technology. Having spent some of her training working in labs, Paula was thrilled to get a chance to work directly with pet owners and states that one of her favorite things about her career choice is helping pets by helping their owners through client education.
When not at the clinic, Paula enjoys spending time with her own crew of creatures; Kira the Lab, Buttons the Papillion, Ferdinand the cat, and Gearge Clooney the rat.
PaChoua Vang-Yang, Lead Client Care Coordinator and Social Media Coordinator
PaChoua, more often called Pa, has quite a history with Carver Lake. From 2017-2019 she was a Kennel Attendant and then a Client Care Coordinator. After some time away from the veterinary field, she decided to rejoin our team in August of 2021. If you follow any of our social media accounts, odds are Pa is the one writing them.
Pa enjoys getting to know owners and their pets, wanting to know everyone by name. Her special veterinary interests are caring for chronically ill patients and end-of-life care.
When she’s not working, Pa is at home with her partner CJ and two dogs, Nova and Kepler.
Lindsey, Client Care Coordinator
Lindsey has been a Client Care Coordinator for Carver Lake since May 2021. Animal care has always been an important and therapeutic part of her life. She grew up in northern Minnesota on a farm raising rabbits in 4-H. Lindsey currently lives in South Saint Paul with her fiancé. They have three cats, one rabbit, and a very spoiled senior Shih Tzu. After buying a house, Lindsey’s goal is to start fostering senior animals through a local rescue. In her free time, you’ll find her working on house projects and her beautiful garden.
I started simply, washing dogs for a local grooming salon and then moving on to an apprenticeship. Under the guidance of an amazing Master groomer I found my niche. With my God-given artistic strengths and love of all things furry, grooming was it! Work really doesn’t seem like “work” when you are passionate about it. For the last 18 years I’ve challenged myself to improve- not only in technical skills, but to also give the best care to each pet that I have the pleasure of working with. They are all such unique individuals, and I love figuring out their personality traits and quirks. I value having a trusting relationship with both pet and pet parent. It hands-down just makes my day if I can put a smile on someone’s face when they get to see their freshly groomed family member. I am glad to be part of the staff here at Carver Lake!