Meet our awesome team! 

Our highly qualified staff are here to help your furry loved ones. We understand pet owners because we are pet owners! 

East Lake Animal Clinic has been serving the Longfellow neighborhood and the surrounding area in Minneapolis for over 30 years. 

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    Steven J. Olson, DVM
    Veterinarian, Co-owner

    Dr. Olson moved to the Twin Cities, from Grand Forks, ND, in 1989 to enter veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. After graduating in 1992, he has worked in small animal practice in the Twin Cities. He is enthusiastic about continuing education, gaining extensive training in diagnostic ultrasonography, and in veterinary dentistry techniques.

    He joined the ranks at East Lake in the spring of 2003 and became the owner of the practice in the spring of 2007. He was drawn to ELAC by the deep relationship the clinic has with the people in the surrounding community.

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    Travis Anderson, DVM
    Veterinarian, Co-owner

    Dr. Travis attended St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2012. After practicing in a few clinics in the Twin Cities he bought half of East Lake Animal Clinic in 2020. Dr. Travis enjoys taking a collaborative approach to practice with an emphasis on client education. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife, dog, and two cats. In his free time he enjoys hiking and playing the banjo. .

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    Cherie Igielski, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Cherie graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Her first veterinary job was in Forest Lake for approximately 7 years with a 3-year interruption from 2013 to 2016 serving overseas in Ethiopia. Since then, she has worked at clinics in the Minneapolis area. Dr. Cherie appreciates the rich history East Lake Animal Clinic shares with the neighborhood and its multi-generational clientele. When not serving the community, Dr. Cherie enjoys traveling to new places.  

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    Deana CVT
    Practice Manager

    In November 2004, Deana came to us through an internship from Argosy University, (formerly MIM). When not at work, Deana enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining friends and family.

  • Josie

    Josie graduated from the Medical Institute of MN in 2000, and  joined the ELAC team in 2012,  She has a special interest in feline and canine dentistry and in client education. When she is not at work, she takes care of her own furry gang at home.  She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, yoga, and is also a huge movie buff.

  • Nicholas

    Nicholas graduated from Minnesota School of Business in March 2013 with an Associate's in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, later receiving his certification in August of that same year. He hails from the Northern suburbs. When not at work, he enjoys disc golf, video games, and answering to the needs of his two feline masters, Dinah and Blanche.

  • Debbie
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Bio Coming soon

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    Veterinary Technician

    Shelby graduated with her AAS degree from Argosy University in October, 2013. She started with East Lake early 2021. She lives in Maplewood with her son Owen, 2 dogs Ducky and Moose and two orange tabbies Frank and Ernie. When Shelby is not working, she enjoys playing softball, adventuring with her son and dock diving with Ducky at The Dog Tank in Mendota Heights. 

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    Veterinary Assistant

    Kaylee graduated from North Dakota State University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. In 2020 she moved to the Twin Cities to be closer to home. Big dogs are her passion; she especially loves spending time with her Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Mikko, but any pup over 100# will do. She also loves her two kitties, Gnar and Trax. 

  • Aimee
    Veterinary Assistant

    Aimee, VA, CSAMP, FFCP


    A native of Detroit MI, Aimee relocated to MN just in time to experience the 1991 Halloween Blizzard (she thinks snow is awesome)! Her career at that time was in graphic design—in 2011 life threw her a curve ball, and has fate would have it, that change, brought her back to her first love, animals. Since then, she’s been obsessed with learning; building a toolbox focused on cooperative care, complementary and alternative veterinary medicine, and canine behavior. When not at the clinic, Aimee is on the road with her business Little Bear Animal Massage, working on companion animals, supporting their post-surgical recovery, mobility and aging issues, and behavioral concerns due to anxiety and fear. In her spare time, Aimee loves the outdoors, and enjoys an eclectic taste in music and food. She lives on the Westside (of Saint Paul) with her partner and a busy Husky-Shepherd, a gorgeous corn snake, a lover-boy kitty, and their judge-y female cat.


    Her favorite quote: “Do one thing every day that scares you.”    ― Eleanor Roosevelt


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    Customer Service Representative

    Kiki has been a Veterinary Customer Service Representative for the past 13 years, and joined the East Lake team in September of 2021. She lives in NE Minneapolis with her youngest daughter, a dog, a cat and a very chubby hamster! Her love for all animals drew her to the veterinary field and it has been the perfect fit for her.  She has three daughters and a lot of nieces and nephews that she absolutely loves spending time with . One of her biggest dreams came true in June of 2021, when she finally became a Gramma! A few of her favorite things are; snow storms, real wood fires, Pandora, any roof top patio in the summer, the ocean, being outside any time of the year, and anything and everything that involves animals. She has enjoyed fostering dogs in the past and definitely wants to do it again soon.  


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