Dr. Melissa Mottonen
Featured pet: Fiona, an 8-year-old female German Shepherd Dog
Favorite part of the job: developing long-lasting client relationships and constantly improving patient care
Areas of interest: preventative medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology
Hobbies: hiking with my three dogs and reading thrillers
Dr. Nicki Ciura
Position: Associate Veterinarian
Pet featured: Daisy the Bagel (beagle/basset hound mix). She is a 7-year-old female.
Favorite part of the job: I enjoy seeing and helping such a variety of patients, from our Chihuahuas to our Mastiffs and everyone in between:) No day is ever the same at our hospital!
Fun fact/favorite hobby: While I love to be active outdoors, be it walking the dogs or wrangling my kids at the park, my favorite hobby is reading, particularly mystery novels.
Dr. Mary Hernandez
Pet featured: Tinkerbell
Favorite part of the job: advocating for the pet and educating clients
Areas of interest: dentistry, completed extensive advanced training
Fun fact/favorite hobby: traveling, photography, Disney pin trading and scrapbooking.
Position: Lead veterinary technician
Pet featured: Turbo, Terrier Mix
Favorite part of the job: love to help pets, comfort pets and their owners, be there for our furry babies and being able to learn something new every day
Fun fact/favorite hobby: fishing, hiking, car meets, hanging out with friends, walking my doggies, cleaning ahah, and relaxing while watching movies
Pet featured: Mayble, 4.5 yo, FS (Female Spayed), Pit/Lab Mix
Favorite part of the job: I love developing a team and growing team members! I am excited to provide support to our team at Arlington Park so they can continue to deliver exceptional patient and client care!
Fun fact/favorite hobby: I studied African Elephant stress hormones in South Africa for 2 years near Kruger National Park.
Position: Vet Tech
Pet featured: Morty, 1.5yo MN Siamese Mix & Percy, 6mo MN Siamese Mix
Favorite part of the job: I love being able to get to know all our patients and try to make their visits as comfortable and easy as possible!
Fun fact/favorite hobby: I love to crochet, bake, and go on road trips when I have the time!
Position: Vet Tech (Part-time)
Pet featured: Baker, 8-year-old, male, Black and Tan Coonhound
Favorite part of the job: I have really enjoyed expanding my knowledge of animal husbandry further into the medical realm, building upon my previous experience as a zookeeper.
Fun fact/favorite hobby: I’m married with three children, and a flock of animals at home (including chickens)
Pet featured: Mikey, 11-year-old Male and DSH
Favorite part of the job: Help with holding cats and Dogs.
Fun fact/favorite hobby: Spending time with families and putting puzzles together.
Position: Front Desk
Favorite thing: Meeting new Clients and Patients, and getting to know them.
Fun Fact: I’m an artist/Animator!