Minneapolis MN Certified Veterinarians

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Animal Clinic Staff

Lake Animal Clinic, P.A. has been serving Minneapolis, Longfellow and Hiawatha, MN as a trusted animal hospital for over 30 years. Call 612-729-2374 to schedule an appointment!

Steven J. Olson, DVM

Dr. Steven J. OlsonDr. 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.

Sally B. Dale DVMSally B. Dale, DVM

Dr. Sally Dale first came to ELAC in the mid-1970s, knowing she wanted to spend her life working with animals.  After graduation from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985, she returned to ELAC as an associate veterinarian in 1989. She enjoys the long-term relationships she has with her clients and this community.

Dr. Dale provides quality general medicine with a special interest in senior pets and those living with chronic health conditions.  With years of experience and a passion for continuing education, she strives to offer the best mix of support for every animal under her care.

Dr. Dale lives in South Minneapolis with her husband Rex, and their two cats, Toby and Squidge.  They have a grown daughter. When not in the office, Dr. Dale spends much of her free time volunteering at a local grade school library.  She enjoys kayaking and biking in the summer, cross-country skiing in the winter, and reading great children’s literature at any time (on the sofa with her cats, of course)

Dr. Stephanie Athavale DVMDr. Stephanie

Originally from Michigan, Dr. Athavale attended the University of Michigan, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She continued to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian and attended the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2017 and moved to Minnesota with her husband, where she joined the East Lake Animal Clinic team. Dr. Athavale has special interests in both ultrasound and internal medicine but likes all aspects of veterinary medicine.

When not at work, Dr. Athavale enjoys spending time with her husband, and their two pets. Jasper is their mixed breed dog, and Winston is their cat. She also enjoys spending time outside and is an avid reader.

Photo Courtesy of Denny Warner PhotographyVeterinarian Assistant Cindy

Cindy, CVT

Cindy has three dogs that she bids farewell to before taking the four-block stroll to East Lake Animal Clinic. In 2000, she graduated from Minnesota Institute of Medicine (MIM) and has been on staff here since 2003. Her pets consist of dogs Humphrey, Zsa Zsa, and Dinky.

Deana, CVTVeterinarian Assistant Deana

In November 2004, Deana came to us through an internship from Argosy University, (formerly MIM). She lives in the neighborhood and serves as a full-time CVT.



Josie, CVTJosie, Certified Veterinarian

Josie graduated from the Medical Institute of MN in 2000. She joined the ELAC team in 2012, after working in several other Twin Cities practices. 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—two rescue dogs, Paco and Daisy, and 5 adopted/rescued cats, Sassy, Percy, Ivy, Lucius, and Leonard (the naughty one). She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and is also a huge movie buff.

Nick, Certified VeterinarianNicholas, CVT

Nicholas graduated from Minnesota School of Business in March 2013 with an Associates 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.


Veterinarian Assistant KathyKathy, CVT

Kathy is a veteran technician serving ELAC since 1988. When asked what initially brought her here, she says that it was during an internship at another local clinic when "Dr. McDougall stole me." Practically a permanent fixture around here, we appreciate Kathy’s commitment to her work. Claiming her dog "Jiggle" looks more like a Holstein Cow than the pitbull mix she is, she loves her despite her insane ways.

Casey, Customer Service RepCasey, Customer Service

Casey grew up in a small town in Alabama. After graduating from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in English, he moved with his husband and 2 fur-kids, Benji, a Yorkie mix, and Aphrodite, a ragdoll cat, to Minneapolis on a whim one spring. Casey has a background in customer service and loves meeting new people and their animal companions. When not working at ELAC, Casey writes for his website, Two City Vegans, plays video games, and loves experimenting in the kitchen

Call East Lake Animal Clinic, P.A. in Minneapolis MN at 612-729-2374.

Service Areas Include: Minneapolis MN, Longfellow MN, Hiawatha MN