Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital

Meet Your Dedicated Ham Lake Veterinary Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Get to know our veterinary team!
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Dr. Paul Gauer

Veterinarian

Dr. Gauer's Bio
I have always loved animals and pets so working with them all day and learning how their bodies work fascinates me. Every day, I feel like I am making a difference in the lives of not only my pet patients but also their human families as well.

Dr. Paul Gauer grew up by the Mississippi River in Ramsey, Minnesota, and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Minnesota in 1993. He founded the Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital in 2005, and in 2014 his wife Dr. Amy Green Gauer started the Isanti Pet Clinic. When away from the office Dr. Gauer enjoys spending time with Amy, whether it’s golfing, canoeing the BWCAW, or spending time with Amy’s grown triplet sons. He also likes getting out in the woods with Rei, a Brittney Spaniel, who also comes to the office with him daily.

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Dr. Laura E. Gerbec

Veterinarian

Dr. Gerbec's Bio
Dr. Laura E. Gerbec, a proud alumna of Harvard University, holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota, class of 1997. With a profound dedication to feline medicine, Dr. Gerbec combines her deep knowledge and passion to advance the well-being of cats.

After over two decades of practicing veterinary medicine in South Carolina, Dr. Gerbec has returned to her roots in Minnesota. Her diverse background includes competing in the jumper divisions of horse shows, adding a unique dimension to her professional expertise.

Beyond her veterinary pursuits, Dr. Gerbec is an avid reader with a particular fondness for 19th-century novels and contemporary Young Adult fiction. Her rich blend of professional focus and personal interests makes her a compassionate and knowledgeable advocate for animal health.

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Amber

Manager/Veterinary Technician

Amber's Bio

My name is Amber. I have been a Veterinary Technician for eight years at Ham Lake Vet; I got hired while in college and have been here since. I attended Argosy University; I graduated in 2016. Now I’m the Hospital Manager here. I have two young kids, two dogs (Butters, Gator) and a cat (Wicket), and I can’t forget my betta fish (goldy). During my free time, which with two kids a year apart, it’s hard to have, I enjoy yoga, reading, traveling, and knitting.

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Hannah

Assistant Manager/Veterinary Technician

Hannah's Bio

My name is Hannah, and I have been at Ham Lake Vet since 2019. I have always loved animals and knew since I was little that I’d have a career working with them one day. I couldn’t picture myself doing anything different! When I’m not at work, I spend time with my daughter, fiancé, and four fur babies, Callie, Winston, Sox, and Achilles!

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Natalie

Certified Veterinary Technician

Natalie's Bio
I graduated with an AAS in Veterinary Technology from Minnesota School of Business in 2014, and have been working at Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital since 2019. Veterinary medicine is my passion and I would not be happy doing anything else. I have a teenage son, 2 dogs, and 4 cats it is a full house but it is never a dull moment.
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Alicia

Certified Veterinary Technician

Alicia's Bio
Hello my name is Alicia Zigan. I graduated from Minnesota school of Business with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology followed by passing my VTNE in 2010 to become a fully credentialed Veterinary technician. I have been rocking the veterinary tech world since 2011. I started here at Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital in February 2024 and plan on continuing my career for years to come within the home I have found here . Throughout the years I have explored many other ventures in Veterinary medicine including: oncology, adverse event reporting, and also have taken some time off to start a family. My passions in veterinary medicine include clinical practice, client education, and the bond between animals and humans.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband (Zach), our two daughters (Aurora and Luna) as well as Voltron (our three legged dog), Zara (cat) and The Count aka Drac (Cat). As a family we enjoy camping, agate picking and fishing just to name a few.

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Kayla

Veterinary Technician

Kayla's Bio

Hi! I’m Kayla; I’ve been a tech since 2010. I started my career as an emergency tech and still have a passion for helping with complicated cases. I spend most of my time with my “kids” at home when not working. I have a small herd of horses, a pack of dogs, a few cats, a flock of chickens & ducks, a handful of pocket pets, and a trio of peafowl. I enjoy showing my horses when not cleaning the barn or fixing the fence.

Emily

Veterinarian Technician

Emily's Bio

My name is Emily! I have been a veterinary technician at Ham Lake Vet since 2022! I am currently working on my degree for Veterinary Technology. In my freetime, I like to ride horses, read books, and spend time with my fur babies; Rain and Cinderblock!

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Stephanie

Veterinary Assistant

Stephanie's Bio

Hi, I’m Stephanie. I’ve been a part of the Ham Lake team since January 2021. I work part-time as a vet assistant while also attending vet school at the University of Minnesota. I love to spend a little bit of free time with friends, family, and my dog Lucy!

Mel

Veterinary Assistant

Mel's Bio

Hello, my name is Mel. I was at Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary assistant. I have worked in the small animal field for the last couple years and I love it! In my free time, I like spending time with my Husband, two boys, and all of our animals. We have 2 horses, 2 goats, 6 dogs, 1 cat, and way too many chickens.

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Kennedy

Receptionist

Kennedy's Bio

Hello! My name is Kennedy. I currently work as a receptionist at Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital. Some of my hobbies and interests include camping, video games, ecology, true crime documentaries/podcasts, and hanging out with my tuxedo cat, Louise. I can’t wait to meet you and your four-legged friends!

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Olivia

Kennel Assistant

Olivia's Bio

Hi there! My name is Olivia, and I work as a kennel assistant at Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital. I have always loved animals and I have two dogs, Kodiak and Nani. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing video games and spending time with my friends and family!

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Alyssa

Receptionist

Alyssa's Bio

Meet Alyssa, One of our receptionists! She has been with Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital since 2022 and has always had a deep passion for helping animals. Alyssa looks forward to starting Pennfoster to get her degree in veterinary technology, and is hoping to be a veterinary technician very soon! In her free time Alyssa loves spending time with her fiancé, listening to music, and spending time outside.

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Faith

Receptionist

Faith's Bio
Meet Faith, one of our receptionists! Faith has been with Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital since May 2023. She has been dedicated and known to love animals since she was just a kid. As an animal lover, she loves being able to help pets and give them all the care they need. Faith has two dogs, Ace and Duke, a cat named Jinx that she rescued during her time at Ham Lake Vet, and two ferrets, Daisy and Oliver. Outside of work you will most likely find her taking nature walks and hikes with her dogs, watching disney movies or documentaries, coloring, and spending time with loved ones. For her future career she wants to continue to help animals in need and learn more about them.
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Kaitlyn

Receptionist

Kaitlyn's Bio
Kaitlyn has been with Ham Lake Veterinary Hospital since May 2023, and has always enjoyed working with animals! Kaitlyn has two pets, Oakley a 5yr old Australian Shepherd, and Belle a 2 year old cat! Kaitlyn enjoys spending her free time reading, training Oakley, photography, and being outdoors!