Meet the friendly staff at Excelsior Animal Hospital!


The Doctors

  • Ellie Ferezy, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Ferezy grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate
    studies at Iowa State University, and returned to the University of Minnesota
    for veterinary school. Her professional interests include working with senior
    pets, helping with pet behavior/training tools, and performing surgery. Dr.
    Ferezy enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and pets (2 dogs, 2
    cats). She loves being outdoors and spends summers boating on nearby lakes as
    much as possible.

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    Tara Herold, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Herold grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. She first moved to Minnesota for her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead and later attended the University of Minnesota to complete her veterinary education. Immediately after graduating in 2015, she moved to Boston to attend an emergency/critical care internship at Angell Animal Medical Center. After completing her internship, she worked at a general practice clinic in Massachusetts.
    In the summer of 2018, she moved back to Minnesota with her husband and two cats (Albus and Ezio). Her professional interests include dentistry and feline medicine. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and playing video games with a sleepy cat by her side.

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    Jaime Shriver, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Jaime Shriver grew up in Minneapolis and dreamed of being a veterinarian since she was 11 years old!  Her childhood dog Kirby was adorable but sickly so she spent a lot of time with  animal doctors when she was a kid.  She went to the University of Minnesota for undergraduate and veterinary school, graduating in 2010.  She worked in private practice for 5 years after graduation and then spent 7 years working for the Pet Poison Helpline, becoming board certified in toxicology.  She is so happy to be back in private practice working daily with patients and their people.  Her professional interests include cardiology, anesthesia, toxicology, emergency medicine and preventative care.  She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, daughter, Cavalier Spaniel Mix Theodore and spicy cat Jack.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family and attempting to play tennis. 

MANAGEMENT

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    Stephanie Ray, CVT
    Hospital Administrator

    Stephanie graduated from Argosy University in 2009, she started her career in emergency medicine but always dreamed of having daylight working hours; she has gone from emergency to urgent care and landing happily in general practice. Stephanie enjoys all things summer weather approved, and reading in the winter months snuggled up with her double enucleated Chihuahua named Peaky, her Pit Bull named Lulu and her two cats Papaya and Tahini. Stephanie joined our team in December 2020 working on building the team and friendly faces of the clinic, her passion nowadays are team satisfaction, patient care and client care; you can often find her with a desk buddy recovering or just bouncing around the clinic from her morning coffee. 

TECHNICIANS AND ASSISTANTS

  • Jessica H., CVT
    Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

    Bio to come soon!

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    Jessica O.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jessica joined the team in March of 2020 and has an eager mind to learn and further her career in the veterinary field while working here. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending quality time with her family and friends. Jessica is originally from Waconia but now resides in Shakopee with her husband, their 2 cats, Stanley and Betty, and their yellow lab Lucy. Jessica is also expecting her first child this September and is excited to begin the next chapter in the life of raising a family.

  • Ainsley C.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Ainsley joined the team in April of 2021 as a customer service representative but has since trained as a veterinary assistant. She is currently finishing a degree in communications but would love to explore further education in veterinary medicine in the future. In her free time, Ainsley enjoys spending time with her two dogs, two cats, and two leopard geckoes. 

  • Alannah S.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Alannah joined the team in January of 2022 after graduating from South Dakota State
    University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She is excited to learn more about
    veterinary medicine and further her knowledge about small animal practice. In her spare time,
    she enjoys hiking, traveling, riding horses, and playing with her dogs Nikita and Millie!

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    Emily S.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Emily became a part of our team in May of 2020 after 2 years of working as a veterinary assistant. She is also a  professional dog groomer part-time. She is previously from Washington but quickly fell in love with Minnesota and resides in Mound with her one-year-old twin girls and 2 dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys being out on the lake, going out with friends, and of course, doing all of the mom things. She has a true passion for competing with her dogs and horse. 

  • Mary S.
    Veterinary Assistant

    When Mary isn’t working she’d most often be found smirking over a drawing for herself or for a friend. Other times she’s romping on nearby trails, happily stomping in the sun, sleet, or rain. All weather is swell. Her coworkers delight her, which makes cleaning the clinic lighter. As she mops she giggles thinking of the staff. They’re all easy to admire, especially in times that seem so dire. They help her learn, help her grow, and help her laugh.
    She’s got a cat named Schooby- the boy’s a great big gooby. He’s the only cat to never land on his feet. He finds Mary equally ungainly, for her dancing, mainly. But it’s better than living on the street. 

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES

  • Stephanie R.
    Customer Service Representative

    Bio to come soon!

  • Laura P.
    Customer Service Representative

    Bio to come soon!

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

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

Closed

Sunday

Closed

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
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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