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Dr. Philip Nelson was born and raised in Minnesota. He grew up in the western suburbs and has always been interested in animals. "It seems the injured ones always ended up at my house." He graduated with his DVM from the University of Minnesota in 1972. 

In December of 1976 he bought a veterinarian business, which was then located in a storefront near 25th street and Central Avenue northeast. Later, he moved his veterinary hospital to its current location on Central Avenue Northeast and it has been there for 33 years. Dr. Nelson enjoys overseeing a staff of skilled veterinarians and is highly dedicated to his clients. He believes in a practical and common sense approach to Veterinary Medicine and has never talked anyone into spending money that they should not spend. "I believe that if you take care of people, they will take care of you." 

For Dr. Nelson, The welfare of the pet has always come first. "I try to do the best that I can and treat them as I would my own." 

Dr. Nelson spends his free time with his family. Two of his seven children ski race in the winter, and he enjoys racing homing pigeons in the summer. Dr. Nelson has a cat, 6 chickens and 150 homing pigeons.

Dr. Mary Ngo is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ngo has special interest in avian and exotic medicine. She lives in the Twin Cities area with her Husband, two Daughters, and all her pets (Dogs and many parrots). Outside of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ngo loves to quilt, scrapbook, and garden.

Dr. John Dirksen grew up on a farm in Iowa where he developed a strong passion for animals.  He graduated from Iowa State University in 2001, returned to school and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 2011.

Dr. Dirksen has a special interest in preventative medicine, surgery, and dentistry.  

He lives in New Brighton with his wife, Allison, their son Theo, and their two Labrador Retrievers, “Jade” and “Ria”.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, training his dogs and doing anything outdoors including running, gardening, hunting, and visiting the family farm.

Dr. Hilary Faas grew up in Southeastern Minnesota on a small hobby farm where she developed her love of animals. Dr. Faas started working at Pet Central in 2000 as a technician prior to attending Ross University in St. Kitts in 2008. She graduated in 2012 and has come back to Pet Central as a doctor and enjoys seeing all the familiar faces.  Her interests include ophthalmology and internal medicine and loves all animals with flat faces.

Dr. Faas lives in South Minneapolis with her husband Isaac, her daughter Eleanor, 2 dogs (Nugget and Bruce) and 3 chickens. In her free time, Dr. Faas enjoys playing her oboe, reading, painting, traveling and being outdoors.

 Dr. Cally Devitt grew up in Northeast Minneapolis. Dr. Devitt graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016 and immediately began working at Pet Central. Dr. Devitt had briefly worked as a technician with us while attending school back in 2013. Her interests include preventative care, and internal medicine.

Dr. Devitt has 3 dogs, Stanley, Gracie, and Harvey; 2 cats, Lirall and Mogget; as well as a leopard gecko named Mr. Wizard.  In her free time Dr. Devitt enjoys reading, playing outside, going to concerts and theatre events, traveling, and brunch!


Michelle is the office manager and a Certified Veterinary Technician, who grew up in Roseville, MN. She graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College in 2009 and has been with Pet Central since 2011.

Michelle enjoys going up to the cabin, bowling, swimming, fishing, playing yard games, going to concerts, watching movies (especially horror) and photography.

Michelle lives in Saint Paul with her husband Nic, their pug/french bulldog mix named Khaleesi, a pug/min pin mix named Benelli, and a mini rex rabbit named Podrick.

Tina is a Veterinary Technician who grew up in Burtrum, MN.  She graduated from the Minnesota School of Business- St. Cloud in 2007 and has been with Pet Central since 2013.

Tina enjoys puzzles, watching horror movies and reading horror books, playing video games, and spending time with her pets. She has 3 cats, Dasha, Kitti, and Francisco, and 2 dogs, a black lab mix named Mr. Murphy, and a Chihuahua named Taco Burrito.

Fall is her favorite season, but she loves them all. Tina enjoys wearing fun scrub tops for all the Holidays!

Tiffany is a Certified Veterinary Technician who grew up in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from Argosy in 2011 and has been with Pet Central since May of 2013.

Tiffany enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her Husband, and 2 children.  She has a miniture pinscher named Vivienne, a pomeranian named Phoebe and 4 cats, Gray, Moose, Tigger, and Coco.

Gina is a Certified Veterinary Technician who grew up in Mounds View, MN. She graduated from Argosy in 2012 and has been with Pet Central since 2014.

She enjoys horse back riding, swimming, hanging out with friends, and playing with her Niece and Nephew.
Gina has a Papillon named Bella, a Standard Poodle named Oliver, a Bearded Dragon named Norbert, and 2 cats; Mikko, and Francine.

Breanna is a Veterinary Technician who grew up in Blaine, MN.  She graduated from the Minnesota School of Business- Blaine in 2013 and has been with Pet Central since 2015.  

In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, scrapbooking, and spending time with her son.

Breanna has a Shepherd/husky mix named Ruby, and 2 cats, Felix, and Layla.


Toni has been our receptionist here at Pet Central Animal Hospital since 2004! Toni grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and attended Hennepin Technical College where she earned a degree as a Health Unit Coordinator in 1995. 

Toni was always around animals growing up. She would always bring home stray animals that she would find. "I just knew I had to work with animals." Toni started out working at kennels more than 25 years ago.

When Toni isn't multi-tasking at Pet Central Animal Hospital she likes to play disc golf for fun with her family. She also enjoys fishing, biking and baking. She and her family consider themselves pizza connoisseurs. They will travel great distances to find the ultimate pizza. Toni and her family have two cats named Jack and Socks.

 Jessica is one of our awesome receptionists and has been with us since 2016. Jessica grew up in Fridley and Brookston, MN. She is currently going to school to obtain her Liberal Arts degree.

Her hobbies include watching eccentric movies, hoarding music, going to concerts, drawing, cooking, biking, reading, swimming, trying new food, and thrifting.  Although she doesn't currently own any pets, she has had poodles, cats, ferrets, and a bull mastiff. Her son, who is 5, wants a dog but not just any kind. He wants "a big furry one."  On her days off she likes to spend time with her enormous family, or meander around the city (when it's warm of course).  You'll probably catch her in a coffee shop, book store, music store or festival. You may even find her at a local pub trying out a new kind of brew!


Suzie is one of our groomers who has been with Pet Central since 2011. She grew up in Stillwater, MN. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Environmental Science degree.

Suzie enjoys photography, drawing, bike riding, hiking, playing with her pets, and taking nature walks with them. Suzie has a lab/golden retriever mix named Loki, and a DLH cat named Uncle Mike. Most of her extra curricular activities she enjoys allow her to include her dog. She has been studying dogs for as long as she's been able to read!

Lisa is one of our Groomers. She is from Apple Valley, MN but spent most of her adult life in Seattle, WA. She has been with Pet Central since December of 2015. Lisa has previously worked as a flight attendant, and a hairdresser. She enjoys seeing live music, and loves animals. 

Lisa has 3 cats, Spike, Moxie, and Mayhem.

 Oksanna is one of our Groomers. She is from Princeton, MN. She has been  with Pet Central since May of 2016.  Oksanna enjoys going to NHRA Drag    racing, and has been going since she was 5 years old.  She's been a PCA for  5 years and loves every part of it.

Oksanna has a dog named Nugget, and 3 cats; Binx, Ash, and Titan.

Lydia is an African grey parrot. African grey parrots are considered by experts to be one of the smartest birds. Because of their gentle nature and ability to mimic speech they have become quite popular as pets. African grey parrots may be the best talkers of all birds as they can easily learn hundreds of words and sounds. A male African grey parrot named Prudle is in the Guiness Book of World Records having a vocabulary of over one thousand words. 

African grey parrots have been kept for pets for thousands of years. The Egyptians, known for their belief that the cat was sacred, are thought to be the first to keep African grey parrots and are said to have depicted them in their hieroglyphics. The Greeks also valued the African grey parrot as did the Romans who kept them in ornate cages. Even King Henry VIII of England kept one as a pet. 

Lydia isn't actually a staff member but she adds a pleasurable ambiance to the already positive environment of Pet Central Animal Hospital. Come in to Pet Central Animal Hospital and see Lydia. She might just greet you with a surprising "hello."