Our Team

Every member of the Mission team is dedicated to maintaining the human-pet bond, giving them a special sensitivity to financial challenges some families face in caring for their pets.  These professionals understand that our pets are important to us and deserve to be treated like cherished members of our family. 

Dr. Susan Miller

Founder/Executive Director

Dr. Susan purchased Mission Animal Hospital in 2014 and changed it from a for-profit to a nonprofit organization. She is committed to carrying on the founding promise of quality veterinary care for all who seek it. Dr. Susan came to Mission after a number of years in private practice. During her time in private practice, she was profoundly impacted by the number of people and families struggling to care for their beloved pets. Susan believes client education and sound medical care along with patience and respect are cornerstones to providing a good veterinary experience. To that end, Susan is passionate about providing compassionate, reasonable and quality care for all pets. Dr. Susan's specific areas of interest are surgery, dermatology, preventative and geriatric care. She is a University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. Dr. Susan highly values continuing education and places a high priority on staying current with new therapies, medications, and procedures. Dr. Susan Volunteers with Worldvets, helping with surgical clinics in countries with limited veterinary care. She volunteers and teaches with the University of Minnesota student spay and neuter clinics (SIRVS) that offers Veterinary care to underserved communities in Northern Minnesota. She is also actively involved in the University of Minnesota travel grant selections and enjoys mentoring veterinary students. When she has some spare time, Dr. Susan loves to travel, cook, walk the lakes, visit the dog park and binge watch TV series. She is a mom to twin boys and pack leader to 4 dogs.

Veterinary Staff

Dr. Kelsey

Hospital Director

Dr. Sonja


Dr. Hadley

Board-Certified Surgeon

Dr. Heatheranne


Dr. Sara

Board-Certified Surgeon

Dr. Illaina


Dr. Katherine


Dr. Alaina


Dr. Ashley


Dr. Rachel


Dr. Tara


Dr. Maura


Dr. Charlotte

Veterinarian, Toxicologist

Dr. Katy


Leadership Team

Dr. Susan Miller

Founder/Executive Director

Christine Durand

Director of Development

Dr. Kelsey

Hospital Director

Kellie Lager

Human Resources Director

Management Team

Jennifer Gomez

Client Service Specialist Manager

Ashley Tradewell

Veterinary Technician Manager

Crystal Richmond

Operations Manager

Tina Davenport

Advanced Surgery Practice Manager

Stephanie Steinke

Veterinary Assistant Manager

Board of Directors

Taylor Bennett

David Boyce

Jordan Britt

Jocelyn Hale

PJ Halverson

Todd Lifson

Jennifer Melin Miller

Susan Miller, DVM

Lesley Newhouse

Tom Paulson

Kate Pexa

Anne Paape, PA

Dr. Rajiv Shah

Beth Rausch, DVM

William Sternberg

David Stillman