Dr. Beverly Mains, Board President and Treasurer Dr. Mains spent her youth caring for injured and orphaned creatures. She turned this calling into a career when she attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mains practiced at South Hyland Pet Hospital for most of her career. As a member of the board Dr. Mains likes being able to help animals, people, and her community all at the same time! She has served on the board for more than 10 years. She is now retired and enjoys traveling, gardening, and leisurely days spent reading. She and her husband live in Minneapolis with their Giant Schnauzer, Ciara.
Dr. Robert Gehrman, Board Vice President When Dr. Gehrman was young, he watched his father working as a veterinarian caring for pets and helping his clients and felt drawn to continue to give this care. He attended the University of Minnesota Veterinary school and began practicing as a veterinarian in 1968. Noting the importance of the bond between people and their pets, Dr. Gehrman was inspired to start the Animal Care Foundation of Minnesota with other like-minded veterinarians. Providing the care needed to the pets of low-income seniors and folks with disabilities helps ensure that these folks can benefit from this relationship. In his free time Dr. Gehrman enjoys spending time with his family, using his four-wheeler to explore natural areas, and traveling. Now that he is retired, he splits his time between Minnesota and Arizona.
Dr. Leslie Goldblatt, Board Secretary Dr. Goldblatt became a veterinarian because of her love for animals and her wish to help their owners care for them. Dr. Goldblatt is a co-owner of Golden Valley and Greenbrier Animal Hospitals where she spends most of her days. As a board member of ACF she enjoys the ability it provides for her to help pets and their owners in her community. She has served as a board member for over 20 years! In her time away from the clinic, Dr. Goldblatt is fond of spending time with her grandchildren, reading, walking, and traveling (especially if it involves scuba diving). She lives with her husband and their rescue dog, Beanie.
Dr. Joyce Tesarek, Board Member Dr. Tesarek has been intrigued with animals for as long as she can remember. It was no surprise when she took that love to a new level and attended veterinary medical school. Dr. Tesarek owns and manages Minnehaha Animal Hospital and Pet Doctors Animal Clinic. She believes that the bond between humans and animals is beneficial to both and that everyone should have the chance to share their life with a pet. However, caring for a pet can be expensive. For her, that is where ACF does its most important work. Joyce has been on the board for over 20 years helping low income seniors and folks with disabilities access veterinary care. In her free time, Dr. Tesarek is active with the Czech and Slovak Sokol Group, likes to study the Enneagram, travel, and garden. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and 2 cats, Kitty and Margo.
Diana Schpaaveld, CVT, Board Member Biography Coming Soon
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