Dr. Krista Steffenhagen
Dr. Krista is from Red Wing, MN and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in May of 2008. She is the owner and lead veterinarian at Blaine Family Veterinary Hospital. She purchased the hospital in August of 2015 and continues to grow and build relationships with the families of Blaine and surrounding communities by caring for their pets and ensuring that each owner is involved in the care of their furry family members. She shares her world with her husband Steve, 2 sons and daughter. They share their lives with Benny the cat, Vera the German Short Haired Pointer and Baxter the Quarter Horse. She spends her time riding their horse, training horses, spending time with family and friends, gardening, being active outside; but her most favorite thing is being a Mom!
Dr. Molly Galler
Dr. Molly Galler grew up on a hobby farm in Farmington, Minnesota. She fulfilled her lifelong dream of being a veterinarian when she graduated from the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Her interests include dentistry, ophthalmology, and surgery. Outside of work, Dr. Molly loves to spend time with her family: husband Jon, sons Nathan and Hudson, and their English Setter Lexi. As a family, they enjoy outdoor activities like camping, 4-wheeling, hunting, fishing, and canoeing.
Dr. Katherine Hanson
Katie’s love for veterinary medicine began when she was in diapers, playing with her family cats. As she grew up, her fascination and desire to care for animals continued to develop. She fell in love with science, especially biology and medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Gustavus Adolphus College with a major in Biology Science and minor in Religion Studies. She then attended the University of Minnesota where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout her education, she remained committed to extracurricular activities such as Pre-Vet Club, Susan G. Komen Philanthropy, Church Youth Group, Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA), and Alpha Psi Vet Club – always striving to help her community while gaining invaluable veterinary experience.
During her time at the Veterinary Medical Center, she developed a passion for dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and preventative medicine. She expanded her knowledge and experience by working side by side with multiple board-certified specialists in each field.
During her time away from the clinic she enjoys many outdoor activities such as camping, especially in the Boundary Waters, and swimming. In the winter she enjoys speed skating, and when it’s just too cold to go outside, crafting. She additionally loves to travel. She has visited Thailand, Costa Rica, London, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Canada.
She currently has one cat, Elphie, who is a spunky little thing. Elphie was Katie’s first independent spay in vet school – it was love at first sight. She also has the sweetest pittbull mix dog, Ted, who was rescued by her husband through Rotta Love Rescue many years ago.
Dawn is from Northfield, MN and joined BFVH in June 2020 as our Practice Manager. She graduated from Argosy University’s veterinary technology program in 2005 and has been in the animal field ever since. Dawn’s favorite part of being a practice manager is helping staff to develop professionally and achieve their goals. She feels fortunate to be able to combine that with her love of veterinary medicine and the investigative process involved in challenging cases–she considers herself a bit of a science nerd and if she hadn’t gone into veterinary medicine she would have likely ended up in forensics! She shares her life with her husband Andy, their young son and two cats, Izzie and Crackers. In her free time, Dawn can be found spending time with her family, quilting, gardening, camping, fishing or practicing archery.
Deanna is from Blaine, MN and is a Veterinary Technician. She earned her degree in 2012 from the MN School of Business. She has been with Blaine Family Veterinary Hospital since September 2019 but has been in the veterinary field for 8 years. She shares her world with her boyfriend and their 3 dachshunds; Maebelle, Archer, and Barlea along with their 2 cats Booda and Lilly. There is not one thing that Deanna doesn’t love about her career in the animal field. When not working, you can find her spending time with her family, relaxing at home with her fur babies, and doing puzzles.
Liz joined Blaine Family Veterinary Hospital in August 2020 as our Lead Technician, however, her rescue’s partnership with the clinic began in 2016. Liz runs Rescued Pets Are Wonderful, a rescue which focuses their efforts on those homeless animals which are in need of intensive medical care. She attended Metropolitan State University where she majored in Humane Education and Shelter Management, and she has been in the veterinary field for about 10 years. She shares her home with her long-term boyfriend, her stepdaughter, and 5 rescue dogs, all with medical issues–Peevee the pitbull, Boomer the golden retriever, Timmy the 2-legged chihuahua, Cricket the Yorkie, and Dixi the lab/shepherd mix. Liz is fortunate to be able to combine her love of science & innovation in veterinary medicine with her passion for animal rescue.
Ashley started at Blaine Family Veterinary Hospital in August 2020 and is one of our Veterinary Technicians. She was born in International Falls and started her veterinary career in the US Army where she obtained her Animal Care Specialist diploma from the Academy of Health Sciences. She went on to serve in the Army for 12 years as a veterinary technician, caring for military dogs as well as service members’ pets. She then moved to emergency medicine before coming to join our team. She is passionate about helping our fur babies stay happy and healthy, and when she isn’t at work she can be found cuddling with her dachshund, Snickerdoodle, and her cat, Inquizzitive while watching scary movies and playing World of Warcraft!
Yvonne graduated from the Minnesota School of Business Veterinary Technology program in 2015 and has been in and out of the veterinary field before joining our team in August of 2020. She doesn’t have any pets of her own at the moment, but hopes to add a furry family member soon! She enjoys lots of different activities in her spare time–biking, hiking, photography, reading, attending concerts, bonfires, taco nights, going to the zoo, and most of all, spending time with her son who will be turning 7 in December!
Christina joined Blaine Family Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary technician in September 2020. Prior to relocating to Minnesota in 2019, Christina worked at clinics in Alabama and Florida and even worked at a Florida zoo for a time, caring for caimans, alligators, crocodiles, snakes, arachnids, insects and parrots! She also worked with two rescue groups in the south that cared for exotic animals that had been kept as pets or confiscated from zoos that were below standard of care. There she worked with big cats, reptiles, and primates, and did a lot of work with public education and conservation outreach. She has spent a total of 12 years in the animal health field, and her favorite part is helping pets with behavior challenges to be better family members. She shares her home with a variety of pets: Valhalla the German shepherd; her 3 cats DooDoo, Ahnyoung and Artemis; Yoda the bearded dragon and Mr. Wiggles the leopard gecko. When Christina isn’t at work she’s bound to be found doing yoga or outside somewhere swimming, hiking or enjoying a bonfire.
Erin joined us in January 2021 as a veterinary technician. She graduated from Argosy University with her veterinary technician degree and has spent the last 8 years in the veterinary field. Her favorite part about being a vet tech is assisting in surgery, especially the odd surgical cases and orthopedic surgeries. She also really enjoys educating clients on the best care for their furry friends! Erin shares her life with 3 German shepherds named Henry, Clark, and Willa. She loves hiking, being outdoors and spending time with her family.
Cliff graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Biochemistry in 2020 before moving back to Minnesota and joining BFVH in February of 2021. While he was in Florida, he worked as a veterinary technician for 3 years at a practice that saw all species of animals. His favorite patients there were the goats, but his favorite thing about veterinary medicine is actually the people that he gets to interact with on a daily basis! He is continuing his studies at the University of Minnesota and plans to pursue veterinary school in the future.
When he isn’t studying or working, Cliff loves hanging out with his dog, Arlo and his axolotl named Gale. He also enjoys gardening, running/Orange Theory, rugby and baking.
Bridget has been with Blaine Family Veterinary Hospital since August 2020 as one of our Customer Service Representatives. She loves the unpredictability of each day in veterinary medicine and is in the process of completing her Animal Science degree at the University of Minnesota. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her large extended family, hunting, hiking, and any other activity in the great outdoors! She shares her life with her 4-year-old golden retriever, Argo.
Madison has been with Blaine Family since January 2021 as one of our receptionists. She has a certificate in Veterinary Assistance from Animal Behavior College and has been in the veterinary field for 3 years. Her favorite thing about veterinary medicine is being able to provide quality care to pets to keep them and their owners happy and healthy…and getting to see all the cute animals is a plus! Madison shares her home with her fiance and their young daughter, as well as a rambunctious mini Australian shepherd and a very laid back tortie cat. In her spare time, she enjoys painting with her daughter, skateboarding, and playing the ukulele.
Kathryn is from Maple Grove, MN and is a current Veterinary Student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine with a graduation date in May 2022. She has been in the Veterinary field since high school and started at Blaine Family Veterinary as a Veterinary Assistant in the Spring of 2019. Her favorite parts of animal medicine are radiology, oncology, and internal medicine. She loves the constant change in animal medicine and applying what she has learned to care for many different animals. Kathryn shares her home with her beloved miniature dachshund Roxie and other vet students. When not working or studying hard, she enjoys spending time at her cabin with family and friends, traveling and visiting places such as Belize, Guatemala, and Italy.
Lauren started in the Veterinary field about 4 years ago as a kennel/vet assistant and since then has been cross-trained in all the different functions in animal medicine. She has been with Blaine Family Veterinary Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant since April 2019. She is originally from Illinois but currently resides in Minnesota because she is a Veterinary student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She is scheduled to graduate from the program in 2022. She currently holds a B.S. in Biology from Illinois University. Her favorite thing in animal medicine is always changing as she continues to learn and grow; however, right now she is really interested in dentistry and clinical pathology. Lauren shares her life in Minnesota with her dog Elway who is a Rottweiler/Great Pyrenees mix. Her family resides in Illinois and tries to see them as much as school will allow. When she can pull herself away from school (and is not visiting her family), Lauren enjoys hikes with Elway, live music, breweries with friends and going to the beach to relax or go boating.
Jesslynn is from Virginia, MN and is a Veterinary Student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine with an expected graduation date in May 2022. She has been in the animal field for the last 6 years as a vet assistant, animal shelter attendant, and veterinary technician. She started with Blaine Family Veterinary Hospital in May 2019 as a Veterinary Assistant. Her favorite thing in animal medicine is mastering her technical skills and interacting with clients. She loves taking what she has learned in school and applying it to making owners and their fur baby’s visits more comfortable. Jesslynn lives with her husband and their adorable cat Charlie. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband, seeing her family in Virginia, MN and traveling.
Karina is from Lino Lakes, MN and has been with Blaine Family Veterinary Hospital since the summer of 2019. She is a lifelong animal lover and board member with Rescued Pets are Wonderful. She and her husband, along with their daughter, share their hobby farm with 2 German Shorthair Pointers; Ainsley and Mavrick along with 10 chickens. Karina loves growing and learning all the different aspects of the veterinary field as she fills her roll as a Veterinary Assistant. When not working you can find Karina hanging out with her tiny human, fostering puppies, hiking through the woods, and being at the cabin.
Kendra joined Blaine Family in March 2021 as a Veterinary Assistant. She is a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine with an anticipated graduation date in May 2024. While obtaining her BS in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from NDSU, she did multiple internships at both large and small animal veterinary clinics, the Red River Zoo, and in veterinary sales. Her greatest passion in veterinary medicine is surgery & internal medicine, and she loves that the field is constantly changing and providing new learning opportunities. When she isn’t working or studying, Kendra enjoys spending time with her family & friends at the cabin, hunting, and fishing.