Dr. Suzanne Wood's vision of serving the greater Burnsville area was realized when she purchased Burnhaven Veterinary Hospital in December of 2015. The clinic was originally built in 1976 by Dr. Roger Larson. Dr. Wood is excited to offer high quality medicine and care to the existing generations served here as well as the new faces we are seeing on a daily basis. As part of her purchase of the practice, Dr. Wood is transitioning the name of the hospital to Peace of Mind Veterinary Care to reflect what she believes matters most. Offering compassionate, high quality, individualized care for all patients puts pet caregivers at ease.
Dr. Suzanne Wood
Dr. Wood received her DVM degree in 1995 from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. After graduation, she moved to the Twin Cities area where she has provided small animal veterinary services in a high traffic, busy practice in the south metro for over 20 years. She loves surgery, wellness care, educating owners and facilitating the human animal bond. She also has experience at a high volume spay and neuter clinic and worked at MN pets where she performed at home euthanasia and hospice care. Dr. Wood is very excited to continue caring for the existing clients as well as welcoming new ones. She lives in Lakeville with her husband, 2 daughters, 5 dogs, and 2 cats.
Dr. Emmy Hartman
Dr. Emmy Hartman has been serving the metro area since graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She is thrilled to be joining Peace of Mind Veterinary Care and looks forward to continuing to enhance the bond between pets and their people by helping them achieve a healthier, happier life together. Having recently said goodbye to two cherished family companions, Dr. Hartman knows how deeply the love of a pet reaches. She enjoys general practice and especially appreciates geriatric care, dermatology and surgery. Outside of work, Dr. Hartman enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and their crazy boxer dog and extremely loved cat.
Dr. Leesa Schaefer
Dr. Leesa Schaefer is a Minnesota native that joined the Peace of Mind Veterinary Care family in July 2016. She is a new graduate from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2016. When the chance to study abroad in Scotland for vet school presented itself, she didn’t hesitate to accept the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Dr. Schaefer has been active in the veterinary field for the past ten years as a veterinary technician with Dr. Wood before and when on breaks from vet school. She is extremely excited to begin her career as a veterinarian with Peace of Mind and has interests in surgery, new pet education, dentistry, and internal medicine. Dr. Schaefer looks forward to meeting new clients while optimizing the health of their animal family members. Outside of work, she enjoys going to concerts, kayaking, seeing new movies, and spending time with her family, including her miniature bulldog, Peanut, and two domestic short haired cats, Bennee and Georgee.
Ann, Veterinary Technician
Ann began working in the veterinary field while earning her B.S. in Biology at Northern Michigan University and now has over 20 years of experience as a veterinary technician. Most of her experience has been in general practice but has spent the past 3 years working for a high volume spay and neuter program before joining Peace of Mind. Ann currently lives in Cottage Grove with her 2 dogs George and Vinny. She enjoys gardening, backpacking in the western U.S., and camping and hiking in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with her dogs. She is very passionate about Siberian Husky rescue and is rarely without a foster dog or 2...or 3!
Shahyla, Veterinary Technician and Practice Manager
Shahyla (aka Shy) is a Veterinary Technician, and our Practice Manager who graduated from Argosy University in 2014 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been working in the veterinary field for 6 years in both large and small animal. Shy has a boyfriend of 5 years and together they share two horses name Zip and Tucker, and their Australian cattle dog named Hank. They enjoy outdoor activities including horseback riding, hiking and traveling.
Lauren, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Lauren started as a Veterinary Assistant in March of 2016. She has always had a passion for animals, so naturally when her mother bought Peace of Mind, she seized the opportunity to jump in. She is currently going to school full time at Normandale Community College and pursuing a Major in Biology in hopes of going to veterinary school. She lives at home with her family pets, and her crazy cat, Loki. In her spare time, Lauren likes to create music, take pictures of Loki, and spend time with her friends and family.
Justine, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Justine lived most of her life in Arizona and moved to Minnesota 3 years ago, to follow her parents recent move, after her husband had finished serving in the U.S. Air Force. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 6 years and has enjoyed every minute of it. She is currently a student at St. Kate's pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy. In her free time, she loves outdoor activities with her husband, hanging out with family and friends, and to work on projects around her home. She currently lives on a small hobby farm in Jordan with her husband, 3 German Shepherds, and a Bengal kitty.
Anna, Veterinary Assistant
Anna is a 2nd year veterinary student at the University of Edinburgh. She has grown up in the Twin Cities her whole life is helping out as a veterinary assistant/receptionist when she is home during her breaks. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, and playing softball.
Kira, Veterinary Assistant
Kira has been passionate about animal care her entire life. She has a BA in Biology, was a ZooKeeper in Phoenix for 5 years, and is currently in school at Argosy University for Veterinary Technology. In her free time, Kira enjoys fibers arts like quilting, spinning yarn, and knitting, as well as taking weekend trips to the North Shore to explore the water falls. Kira is excited to begin her veterinary career here at Peace of Mind!
Judy joined the Peace of Mind Veterinary Care family in 2017 after she became an empty nester. Blessed to still have one cat (Ginger) and two dogs (Aine and Pax) in her life after having said goodbye to two dear animal friends, Judy knows that pets are part of the family. Judy enjoys greeting customers each day and providing them and their pets with care that she would want for her own family. Outside of work, Judy enjoys spending time with her first granddaughter and both of her kids who still live nearby. Judy lives in Apple Valley with her husband Joel of 29 years. Together they enjoy spending time hiking and traveling throughout the U.S. They are hoping to visit Alaska soon in order to complete their tour of the 50 states.
Shannon started helping out behind the scenes of Peace of Mind with boarding in early 2016. She has since become a full time receptionist who loves greeting both human and animal guests. A born animal lover, she has experience volunteering at the Minnesota Zoo, working at a doggy daycare and boarding facility, as well as taking care of the many pets of her own. She spends her time reading, writing, and keeping track of her three cats Aria, Cthulhu, and Tintin, as well as her white-capped pionus parrot, Nikita.