Meet Our Team

  • Dr. John Canfield Lillie Jr., DVM
    Founder (Retired)

    Practicing Veterinary Medicine Since 1973

    Education: University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Colorado State University

    Dr. John C. Lillie, Jr. is the Medical Director of Keller Lake Animal Hospital. He started the clinic in 1990 to fulfill his desire to spend more time one-on-one with each of his patients. Previously, he was a partner and co-owner of another small animal hospital in the Twin Cities.

    Dr. Lillie received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, his Doctorate degree of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, and completed his Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His special Veterinary interests are in Surgery and Advanced Dentistry, in which he continues to further his studies.

    Dr. Lillie has enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors of the Animal Emergency Clinic in St. Paul, and on the Board of Directors and as President of Animal Emergency Veterinary Services in Minneapolis. Dr. Lillie has also served on the Board of Directors for the Ramsey County Humane Society, and he is currently on the Board of Directors of the Veterinary Hospital Association and has served as its President for the past 12 years. Dr Lillie is also on a committee of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation which raises money for student scholarships in veterinary medicine.

    Dr. Lillie is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Dental Society, the Cornell Feline Medicine Society, and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, of which he is also a committee member and sponsor. Dr. Lillie is on the Deans Advisory Committee to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He volunteers his time and veterinary expertise to the French Bulldog Rescue Network, which his daughter is actively involved in.

    Dr. Lillie lives with his wife Jan. He loves to spend time with his three children, four grandchildren, and three grand-dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors by canoeing, biking, fishing and playing golf. He also loves to read and travel.

  • Dr. Melissa DeWoskin


    Practicing Veterinary Medicine Since 1998

    Education: Loyola University of New Orleans, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Melissa DeWoskin joined the Keller Lake team in 2001. She took a one-year hiatus in 2017 from veterinary medicine, but has since returned to Keller Lake.

    Dr. Melissa graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1994, with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1998 with her degree in veterinary medicine.

    Dr. Melissa is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, and AAHA. She has a strong interest in animal behavior and behavior medicine. In 2017, she attended and graduated from the Victoria Stilwell’s Dog Training Academy. She enjoys using what she has learned to make each veterinary experience for her patients as great as it can be.

    Dr. Melissa lives in Stillwater with her human family, three dogs, and two cats. She is the president and medical director of Minnesota PAWS, a foster-based dog rescue. In her spare time, Dr. Melissa enjoys reading, playing with her children, hiking, and working in the yard.

  • Dr. Amy Krauss Mead, DVM


    Practicing Veterinary Medicine Since 1999

    Joined the Keller Lake Team in 2013

    Education: Indiana University, Purdue University

    Dr. Amy Krauss Mead received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Policy degree from Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana and her DVM from Purdue University.  She practiced in Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana before moving to the Twin Cities, where she worked at another practice before joining Keller Lake Animal Hospital.  Her special interests include Internal and Feline Medicine.  She is also interested in Animal Welfare issues.

    Dr. Mead is a member of the AVMA, the MVMA, AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners), and the AAHA.  She has served on the AVMA's Committee on Environmental Issues in Veterinary Medicine, AAHA's Leadership Council, and the MVMA's Small Animal Welfare Committee.  She has also volunteered with the Humane Society of the United States.

    Dr. Mead is married to her husband Tim, who is a professor at the University of St. Thomas.  They share their home with their dog Merlin and cat Ocho.  In her spare time, Dr. Mead likes to travel, hike (especially with Merlin), compete in open water swimming races, bicycle, and cook.

  • Dr. Alyssa Ziche, DVM


    Practicing Veterinary Medicine Since 2014

    Joined the Keller Lake Team in 2017

    Education: University of Wisconsin River Falls, University of Minnesota

    Dr. Alyssa Ziche received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and received her Doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced at another Twin Cities small animal clinic prior to joining the team at Keller Lake Animal Hospital in 2017. Her special veterinary interests are in preventative care, dentistry, and nutrition.

    Dr. Ziche is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. In 2011 she conducted research at the University of Minnesota studying dental disease in dogs in partnership with Morris Animal Foundation and the University of Minnesota Dentistry Service. She has also volunteered with the Humane Society here in the Twin Cities.

    Dr. Ziche is married to her husband, Ryan, and they have a daughter together. They share their home with their golden retriever, Mia. Dr. Ziche also has an appendix quarter horse named Kate. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, baking, and watching movies. 

  • Dr. Bernadette Rivet, DVM


    Practicing Veterinary Medicine Since 2015

    Joined the Keller Lake Team in 2019

    Education: University of Minnesota, University of Edinburgh the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

    Dr. Bernadette Rivet received her Bachelor of Science degree from the  University of Minnesota and received her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Edinburgh at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. From Scotland, she moved back to her native France and practiced veterinary medicine near Dijon for four years before moving back to the Twin Cities and joining the Keller Lake Animal Hospital.

    Dr. Rivet is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. Her interests lie in veterinary surgery & animal welfare, so she enjoys volunteering her time for various spay/neuter clinics.

    Dr. Rivet lives in Minneapolis and has three cats: Atlas, Nyx, and Gaia. In her free time, she enjoys biking around the Minneapolis trails, drawing, cooking, and gardening.

  • Victoria Brunskill, Patient Coordinator


    Joined the Keller Lake Team in 2000

    Vickie began her career in the veterinary field in 1990, after working for a small animal practice in St. Paul for 11 years she came to Keller Lake. Vickie is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and has received a Hills Pet Nutrition Specialist Award. Vickie is often the first person you will see when you come into the clinic, and her friendly attitude on the phone sets the standard for the Keller Lake team. Vickie prides herself in client service and education, as well as her relationships with her co-workers and clients. She has always had a great love for animals and is grateful for the opportunity to work with them on a daily basis.

    Vickie shares her home with her dogs, Mia Marie, Dugger Dog, Miss Vivian, Tripp and her cats Jerry and Steve. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, fishing, boating, and watching live music. She also enjoys dog sitting out of her home. 

  • Angela Tima, Veterinary Technician/Hospital Administrator


    Joined the Keller Lake Team in 2000

    Angie began her career in Veterinary medicine in 1994 and became a member of the Keller Lake Animal Hospital team in 2000. She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians, The Pet Professional Guild (an association for force-free dog training) and is also a member of The Deaf Dog Education Fund. Her special veterinary interests are in dentistry, surgery, canine behavior, dog training, and in strengthening the human-animal bond. Angie continues to further her education and training in these areas.

    Angie's role at Keller Lake Animal Hospital is Hospital Administrator. She loves working and building relationships with clients and patients, as well as helping new puppy owners with basic training tips.  Angie is always happy to help assist you with any questions you may have!

    Angie shares her home with her husband Don, and their dogs Larry, Dahlia, Angeline, Duke, and Daisy. She enjoys hiking along the Gunflint Trail, gardening, reading, and cooking. She founded Minnesota PAWS; a non-profit rescue for shelter dogs with her coworkers Dr. DeWoskin and Stephanie Burgess in 2011. Angie is a passionate advocate for eliminating pet overpopulation. Please spay, neuter and adopt!  

  • Kim Borden
    Veterinary Technician


    Joined the Keller Lake Team in 2002

    Education: University of Minnesota

    Kim received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota. She has been part of the Keller Lake Animal Hospital team since 2002.  Her special Veterinary interests include client education in which she is very thorough. She is also a great resource on pet weight loss, and she is known at Keller Lake for her expertise in this area. If you have an overweight pet, Kim will help you guide your pet to a healthy weight! Kim also enjoys working in the lab and assisting with surgeries.  Kim is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians.

    Since Kim was a young girl she has had a passion for taking care of animals. She enjoys the outdoors and spends most of her spare time with her pets. She lives with her husband Derek, and her furry family. Her dog named River and five cats Blue, Dodge, Viper, Siren and Isis.  

  • Stephanie Burgess
    Veterinary Technician


    Joined the Keller Lake Team in 2006

    Education: University of Minnesota

    Stephanie graduated from the University of Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. Prior to joining the Keller Lake team, Stephanie volunteered at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in the mammal nursery and worked in the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Minnesota. Stephanie is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, and of the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians. She founded Minnesota PAWS; a non-profit rescue for shelter dogs with her coworkers Dr. DeWoskin and Angela Tima. 

    Stephanie lives with her husband John, her dog Chilly and cats Bella and Harry. She likes to play soccer and do anything outdoors in her spare time.    

  • Leah M. Mott-Deanes
    Veterinary Assistant

    Joined the Keller Lake Team in 2019

    I graduated tech school in December 2017 from Argosy and have been working as a tech for about 2 years and have been a research tech for a couple months. My goals in vet med is to specialize in surgery or dentistry and if not that, then to help animals that were displaced by natural disasters like wild fires, hurricanes, or earthquakes. Outside of work like to knit, shop, and watch investigative T.V. shows or Comedies. You will hear me say' it's okay' and/ or 'everything will be okay', I say this because it's a reminder that everything in life (not just vet med) will work okay fine and you have to move passed it to grow/ learn. Being kind to people is also very important to me, a little bit of kindness can go a long way.

  • Cassey Samuelson
    Veterinary Assistant

    Joined the Keller Lake Team in 2020

    I have previously worked as a veterinary assistant at a clinic in Oklahoma while in high school and fell in love with the veterinary field. Shortly after graduating high school, I went into the Army as an intelligence analyst, however as life tends to throw curveballs I was injured during a training incident and discharged. A few short years after I found myself longing to be back in my home state, so here I am! Coming back into the veterinary field has fueled my passion of pursuing a degree in veterinary technology. I would like to specialize in animal behavior. Outside of work, I love spending time with my son, Oliver, my family, and my big fluffy cat, Smooch. Hiking, fishing, canoeing are a favorite when I am able to make the time. At home, I love to cook, work on vehicles, garden, and watch history and crime documentaries!

  • Chase Adelsman
    Veterinary Assistant

    Joined the Keller Lake Team in 2020

    Chase has always been an animal enthusiast! From the young age of 5 Chase would lead family and strangers around the zoo giving impromptu “tours.” Growing up, the Adelsman household was at times more like a menagerie - Chase has had pets of all kinds including cats, dogs, toads, frogs, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, chickens, salamanders, turtles, snakes, and so on! Chase has a hungry curiosity for animal behavior and a passion for wildlife conservation. When not in the clinic Chase is active in the Twin Cities theater community, works as a professional balloon twister, enjoys exploring local restaurants and breweries, and loves road trips and beating escape rooms with his girlfriend, Laura. And whenever he can, he heads back to his parents’ house to get some quality couch-time in with the family dog, Soldier

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Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed