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About Us


Dr. Jeremy Smith

Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Iowa State University. Away from the clinic, he balances a busy household of kids and pets with time for his hobbies: fishing, barbecuing and reading.

Dr. Tracy Earl

Dr. Earl earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College and her Doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Earl has taken particular interest in laser surgery and performs surgery at the state fair every year. She currently owns two cats named ‘Dublin” and “Paisley” and enjoys outdoor activities, gardening and home decorating in her spare time.

Dr. Becky Josephs

Dr. Josephs is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and received her DVM degree from the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the staff at Oak Knoll, she practiced in Richfield, MN for 13 years. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her husband, son and daughter, read, and exercise. She shares her home with three cats: “Miso”, “Shrimpton” and "Gingersnap".

Becky enjoys working at Oak Knoll because we have an enthusiastic and hard-working team and great clients and pets. I enjoy being able to help pet owners take the best possible care of their furry family members.

Dr. Samantha Gardner

Dr. Samantha Gardner went to undergrad at North Dakota State University studying zoology and biochemistry. She then received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gardner is excited to meet new clients and getting to know the pets here at Oak Knoll! In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors hiking, fishing, playing volleyball and softball, and watching Minnesota sports teams. She has a cat named “Marlin” and two black labs, “Bo” and “Aero”.



Kari has been a part of the Oak Knoll Animal Hospital team since 2007. She has a strong background in customer service and office management. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Crookston with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and Management. She enjoys working at Oak Knoll because each day brings different challenges and at the end of the day it can be so rewarding. She has 3 cats which are all rescues, “Silk”, “Clooney” and “Lily”.


Vicki graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in 1995 as a Veterinary Assistant. She started working at Oak Knoll Animal Hospital soon after her externship and has been here ever since. She has three cats that share her home, “Jimmy”, “Vinny”, and “Spike”. Since working at Oak Knoll she has become very fond of the clients, patients and employees of the facility. “I truly enjoy getting up in the morning and coming to my place of business. Not everyone can say that about their job so I am blessed with that.”


After 20+ years in Healthcare, Kendra decided to turn her love of animals into a career. She has worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Oak Knoll Animal Hospital since graduating from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1999. One of her favorite things about working here is seeing the clients and their animals return year after year. She currently has two cats, “Izze” and “Louie” and one dog, "Hector".


Robyn worked in restaurant management for eight years before embarking on a career helping animals. After graduating from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 2001, Robyn began her internship right here at Oak Knoll Animal Hospital. The internship developed into a full time position and she has been working here ever since. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, reading, shopping and playing with her cats. Robyn enjoys working at Oak Knoll for many reasons, including her love of animals and getting to work with them every day brings joy to her life, and also the work is very interesting and never boring.

Robyn recently won a VHA competition about the reasons she loves being a vet tech. Read her winning article here!


Heidi is a 2013 graduate of Argosy University in Eagan, MN and has been a member of our team since November 2012. She did her internship here before being hired on as a full time technician. While in school, she worked at another local clinic to gain experience and insight into the industry. Heidi has three dogs, “Eva”, “Ralphie” and "Lily" and two cats “Peanut” and "Wall-E" who she enjoys spending time with. I like working at Oak Knoll because everyone is very caring and compassionate. I feel my career as a vet tech is very rewarding. At Oak Knoll, we are one big family so it makes working together a lot of fun.


Kayla is the newest member of our Oak Knoll team. She graduated in May 2018 from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN. She did her internship at an Emergency Clinic in Oakdale and started with us in October. We are excited to have her on board and allow her to learn and grow using the knowledge she gained through her education and the experience at the Emergency Clinic. If you see Kayla at your next visit, please introduce yourself and say hello! Kayla is looking forward to the fast-paced environment and all of the new experiences Oak Knoll has in store for her! Kayla has one dog "Nike".


I’d like to welcome our newest team member, Jessica. She joined our team in June 2019. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician, graduating from the Minnesota School of Business in March 2007. She comes with loads of experience and knowledge from working at various clinics in the Twins Cities metro area. Some of you may have already had the opportunity to meet Jessica, but if not, please introduce yourself and say hello the next time you are here. Jessica has 4 Chihuahuas named “Bunni”, “Buttercup”, “Domino”, and “Nicky” and lives with her partner, Andy, in Crystal. Jessica says “I enjoy working at Oak Knoll because of the very nice people I work with, the clean and state of the art clinic and I’m close to home. Oak Knoll keeps me busy and well utilized.”


Please welcome the newest member of our team, Thea. She is a 2006 graduate from the Minnesota School of Business Veterinary Technician program. She joined our team in March 2020. Thea has such a wide range of experience working from small clinics to emergency care. We are so happy she is part of our team. By being in emergency care previous to joining Oak Knoll, she has brought in a new dynamic and a different set of skills than what we are used to.

Thea likes being a technician because she likes being able to assist the team in finding answers. And being able to constantly learn, grow and teach! In her spare time she likes spending time with her nieces, being outside enjoying nature, reading & puzzles. Thea likes working at Oak Knoll because she is able to share her knowledge and skills as well as learn from others. Thea has 2 cats, “Xander” and “Baby”.

We are now offering ProHeart12, an injectable Heartworm Preventative.  Please call us for more information. 

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Gnat Bites


Many dog owners are noticing small (less than 1 inch diameter), bullseye patterned marks on the underside of their dog. These marks are often caused by a species of gnat that emerges from the grass and bites the dog. The bites cause a bullseye mark that many confuse with a bullseye rash caused by the Lyme disease bacteria. It is important to note that dogs do not develop a bullseye rash with Lyme disease exposure, only people do. 


Cold Weather Pet Safety


Most of us know about warm-weather related health hazards when it comes to our pets, but colder weather comes with its own set of potential problems. To insure your furry friends can enjoy our Minnesota winter, here are some tips to keep them safe and healthy this season.


The Realities of Heartworm Disease


Heartworm disease is found in many areas of the world, including the United States. It is a serious disease that can be fatal, even with treatment. It is caused by worms that can grow up to a foot long, and live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of affected animals.