Our Careteam

Office Manager
Sherry has been a friend to animals for as long as she can remember, from rescuing injured turtles during her childhood years to helping rehabilitate rescue dogs later in life. She knows just how important our pets truly are, and wants to do everything in her power to help nurture those bonds! Sherry feels fortunate and proud to do just that as a member of the Companions Animal Hospital family.

Sherry graduated from the University of Iowa and has a background in media, marketing, and communications; she even launched her own successful communications business in 2009. Still, Sherry couldn’t shake her desire to work directly with animals—she decided to join forces with a local animal rescue, and she hasn’t looked back since.

After working closely with Companions Animal Hospital through her position at Grey Face Rescue, a senior-dog rescue based in Central Minnesota, Sherry joined the hospital team in March of 2017 as a Client Care Representative. Her favorite part of the job is getting to dote on all of the pets who visit the hospital on a daily basis, and she loves to swap fun pet stories with clients.

In her spare time, Sherry enjoys working on home-improvement projects, taking day trips, and cooking with her husband, Scott. They share their lives with four loveable pets: Franki the Husky, a beagle named Billy, and two cats, Denali and Oliver.
Certified Veterinary Technician
After spending her early years in Wyoming with her parents and two brothers, Mendi and her family relocated to Minnesota. Between time spent visiting the horses on her grandfather’s property and watching her father nurse an eagle back to health on the family’s porch, Mendi knew one thing very early on: she would love to help animals every day as a veterinary professional. Now, she’s been doing just that for nearly twenty years!

After high school, Mendi secured a job as a Kennel Assistant at what was then Clearwater Road Pet Hospital. Dr. Nancy Cowardin bought the clinic two years later, and Mendi has been here ever since! In fact she has been with us for 20 years! She’s found that her true passion lies in teaching and training—for Mendi, being able to pass her knowledge on to a fellow staff member or one of the area’s pet owners is the ultimate reward.

In her spare time, Mendi enjoys dabbling in yardwork and curling up with a good romance novel. She and her husband have one son—he’s currently juggling a full load of college courses and a demanding work schedule—and also share their home with Fig, an elderly cat, as well as a frisky dog named Tank.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Amanda can’t remember a time when she wasn’t passionate about animals. By the time she got pets of her own, her mind was made up: Amanda wanted to be a part of providing the greatest care not only for her own companions, but others’ as well! She feels proud to do that every day as a Veterinary Technician.

A Minnesota native, Amanda attended Argosy University to study veterinary technology and began her internship right here at Companions Animal Hospital in the spring of 2017. She was hired on as a Veterinary Technician immediately afterward and has been helping the area’s pets and animal owners ever since!

In her free time, Amanda loves to relax outdoors, spend time with her family and friends, and dote on her own pets at home. She and her fiancé, Luke, have two dogs—Demetri, a Pomeranian mix who loves to play ball, and a cuddle-loving Chihuahua mix named Kiarra—as well as a lovebird named Rosie who thinks she runs the house and a shy Green-cheeked Conure, Kiwi.
Certified Veterinary Technician
In the 5th grade, Hailey and her classmates were told to dress up as what they wanted to be when they got older. Hailey borrowed her mother’s work scrubs, made a bone-shaped nametag with the words “veterinary technician” on it, and proudly marched into school. She’s wanted to better the lives of pets through the power of medicine ever since she was a little girl! Hailey’s dream has come full circle: she’s one of Companions Animal Hospital’s Certified Veterinary Technicians.

Hailey grew up on a small hobby farm in Milaca, Minnesota, where she spent time around everything from dogs and cats to horses, cows, ducks, and guinea pigs. She attended Ridgewater College in Wilmar to earn her Associate’s degree in veterinary technology, passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam afterward to gain her state certification. Hailey then relocated to Florida—gaining an additional state certification there—and worked at a cats-only animal hospital before returning to Minnesota to continue her journey in veterinary medicine. She was happy to join the Companions Animal Hospital family in March of 2018, and she’s been serving the pets and animal parents of this area ever since.

Hailey’s favorite part of her job is the variety if offers—on any given day, she might help a pet as a dental hygienist, an X-ray technician, a surgical tech, and much more! She loves learning new things on a daily basis, and enjoys getting to work with everything from dogs and cats to reptiles and exotic pets.

When she isn’t helping pets live healthier lives here at the hospital, Hailey enjoys swimming, listening to music, dancing, and spending time with her own pet at home. She shares her life with Jasper, a feisty Dachshund who loves to play fetch with his tennis balls.
Client Care Representative
Sydnee has always had love and passion for animals. She loves to gain knowledge on animal health care and enjoys being a part of a team that works towards providing the best healthcare.

Sydnee was born in Northern California where her mother worked for Yosemite National Park. After relocating to North Dakota to be closer to family, Sydnee now resides in Sartell, Minnesota. Her family consists of her mother Constance who enjoys traveling, nature and motherhood; her sister Skyler who loves to sleep, social media and going the mall; her partner Zach who is a musician, activist, and organizer; and her dog Wesley, and 2 cats Klans and Sheba.

Sydnee is vegan and her interests include feminism, and environmental science. She currently is in school for Criminal Justice.

Client Care Representative
Annie’s own pets have always been there for her in times of need—she knows firsthand the true importance of the relationships we share with our pets! Being able to give something back to others’ animal friends is a dream come true for Annie. She’s the Overnight Animal Caretaker at Companions Animal Hospital.

Annie grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota; where she always gravitated toward animals, nature, and the great outdoors. Although she’d harbored a passion for pets since she was a little girl, she found herself in other career fields as an adult. It wasn’t long, though, before she decided to make a change. Annie began volunteering with her local Humane Society at the age of 37, and that sparked something that hasn’t let up since. That same year, she enrolled in courses at the Minnesota School of Business to study veterinary technology—Annie joined the Companions Animal Hospital team in April of 2014 to supplement her studies, and she’s been here ever since!

Around the clinic, Annie enjoys doting on visiting pets to help make them feel as comfortable as possible. Her absolute favorite part of the job is working in the laboratory, and she never tires of satisfying her scientific curiosities by studying slides under the microscope.

At home, Annie and her family keep several pets. They have Josie, who is a Brittany Spaniel/German short-hair mixed and the best aging canine companion Annie has ever known; Socrates, a rescued pooch Papillion who loves to sleep on Annie’s head; a feisty Siamese mixed cat named Lighting, a domestic short-haired cat named Amelia, and an orange Tabby named Penelope. When she isn’t enjoying the company of her family and pets or tending to the area’s animal companions here at the clinic, Annie loves fishing, hunting, camping, playing hockey, and relaxing in the great outdoors.
Client Care Representative
Faith has always loved interacting directly with customers, and she’s a lifelong animal lover. Working as a veterinary professional, she’s able to experience the best of both worlds! Faith cares for the pets of St. Cloud daily as one of Companion Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Nurse Assistants.

Faith is a St. Cloud native. After spending a year living in Tennessee, she returned to this area and signed up for a position in reception at a local large-and-small animal practice, where she learned the ropes of the profession. When she came across the opportunity for an overnight caretaker position at Companions Animal Hospital, Faith jumped at the chance! She first started with the hospital in 2009, and moved into a Client Care Position within the year. Now, Faith serves the area’s pets as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant.

Away from work, Faith enjoys reading, scrapbooking, trying her hand at photography, and spending time with her elderly Beagle, Katie.
Veterinary Assistant, Massage Therapist
Jesse grew up right here in St. Cloud, where pets were a natural part of life from day one. She grew up watching Steve Irwin on television and immediately recognized that his raw passion for animals was something that she felt herself! For Jesse, working with animals professionally was the only choice that made sense.

Jesse began volunteering at the local Humane Society as soon as she was old enough—it didn’t take long for her to know that the veterinary field was perfect for her. She joined the team at Companions Animal Hospital in 2005, and has been serving the pets and animal parents of the area ever since. Jesse has a particular passion for surgical work, and she also likes to utilize her skills in massage therapy to reduce pain and make pets more comfortable.

Outside of work, Jesse loves traveling, hiking, camping, listening to music, catching up on her favorite television shows, and spending time with her own pets at home. She has four quirky cats: Toolakia, who takes care of the house when Jesse isn’t home; Maresha, the youngest of the bunch; Cosmo, who likes to think of himself as the household’s court jester; and Athena, who prefers to watch the commotion from afar.
Veterinary Assistant
Jovan has had a love affair with animals that stretches back to his earliest days. Ever since he can remember, he’s wanted to put his time toward bettering the lives of the earth’s creatures—as a member of Companions Animal Hospital’s care team, Jovan gets to live his dream on a daily basis!

Jovan was born in Florida but grew up in Salem, New York. He relocated to Minnesota with his fiancé in 2016, where he’s currently enrolled in school to study veterinary technology. One night after staying up late to finish school work, he happened upon an advertisement for an open position here at the hospital—Jovan jumped at the chance, and was thrilled to join the Companions Animal Hospital family in late summer of 2017.

Aside from his interests in the world of veterinary medicine, Jovan enjoys biking, running, camping, watching documentaries, and spending time with his family and pets at home. He and his fiancé, Jillana, have three wonderful pets: Tyson, a Beagle; a Labrador/Terrier mix who goes by Brittany Annabeth; and Percy the kitten.
Veterinary Assistant
Jonathan has always had a soft spot for animals, and has been fascinated by the veterinary field ever since he was a young boy. For him, transitioning into the world of professional pet care simply makes sense. Jonathan is thrilled to launch his veterinary journey right here at Companions Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant!

Jonathan joined the hospital team in late 2019 and couldn’t be happier to help the area’s pets live happier, healthier lives. He loves soaking up all the knowledge that he can from the clinic’s talented doctors and support staff, and he loves to meet new animal and human personalities on a daily basis. At the end of every shift, Jonathan feels a great sense of accomplishment and pride that he’s able to make a lasting difference in the lives of the area’s families.

Away from work, Jonathan enjoys playing video games and spending time with his roommate, Travis. Together, they have one pet: the sassy and incredibly spoiled Luna.
Animal Caretaker/Groomer
For as long as she can remember, Lacy has enjoyed indulging her artistic side. She’s also harbored a passion for pets ever since her childhood years growing up here in St. Cloud. For Lacy, grooming pets professionally allows her to use her intuition to make a lasting difference while working hands-on with the animals that she loves!

Lacy was only 14 years old when she began volunteering at the local Humane Society. Her fate was sealed ever since—she knew that she wouldn’t be satisfied in any other career path! Lacy began her grooming journey at a local pet store and salon before the opportunity arose to groom pets in a veterinary clinic. That’s when Lacy joined the team here at Companions Animal Hospital.

Most of Lacy’s time away from the clinic is spent caring for her young son at home. He’s two years old, and is shaping up to be the most incredibly sweet, curious, and friendly child around!
Animal Caretaker
Rowan grew up with an English Mastiff named Hagrid, and those early experiences caring for her beloved family dog made a lasting impression. Rowan always knew that she wanted to help keep others’ animal companions happy and healthy in any way that she could! Now, she’s able to do just that on a daily basis—she’s a proud member of the Companions Animal Hospital Animal Caretaker team.

Rowan is a St. Cloud native and first started shadowing in a veterinary clinic during her final year of high school. She attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth for two years, and then St. Cloud State University for another two, to earn her college degree. Then, she decided to jump headfirst into veterinary medicine—Rowan signed on as an Animal Caretaker here at Companions Animal Hospital and hasn’t looked back since!

When she’s not at work, Rowan enjoys spending quality time with her own dogs at home and visiting extended family in Florida and Georgia.