Meet the friendly staff at Excelsior Animal Hospital!


The Doctors

  • Heather Ballard, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Ballard joined the Excelsior Animal Hospital team on 2019 after moving to Minnesota from Arizona with her family in 2018. They are definitely enjoying all of the seasons in Minnesota, rather than just hot, really hot, and warm. She graduated from the University of Arizona a long time ago with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. After undergrad, she went to Kansas-and in keeping with the Wildcat tradition, she received her DVM from Kansas State University in 2004. After veterinary school, she returned to Arizona and started working with primarily cats and dogs in daytime and emergency practice. She is interested in internal medicine and emergency medicine. When she isn’t working, she is busy with her family: 10 year old twins, a middle schooler and high schooler, plus 2 dogs, 2 cats, a rabbit, gecko, and fish! Her favorite past times include: reading the daily paper, anything outdoors (running, biking, hiking) and keeping up on all of the scary HBO and Netflix shows. 

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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.

  • Jaime Shriver, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Bio to come soon!

MANAGEMENT

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    Stephanie Ray, CVT
    Hospital Administrator

    Bio to come.

TECHNICIANS AND ASSISTANTS

  • Jessica H., CVT
    Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

    Bio to come soon!

  • Joanna W., CVT
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Joanna is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She joined the team in January 2022. She graduated from Globe University/Minnesota School of Business in 2010. Prior to joining the team she worked in a feline-exclusive practice for 11 years.

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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

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    Marge L.
    Customer Service Representative

    Marge graduated from Hennepin Technical College with an associate degree in Sales Management. She grew up in Southern Minnesota on a Holstein Dairy Farm. Working and caring for animals has always been in her blood. In her spare time, she likes to gather with family and friends, and play with her dog, Piper. 

  • Stephanie R.
    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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