Meet Our Team at Becker

We’re proud to have such a knowledgeable and experienced team of professionals working together to improve the lives of pets. See below to learn more about our veterinarians, technicians, and support staff in Becker! When you're ready to meet them in person, give us a call at (763) 262-5595.

Veterinarians

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Dr. Steve Kivisto

Dr. Steve Kivisto grew up in the Babbitt, MN.  He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and then attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1997.   Dr. Kivisto has particular interest in preventative medicine, surgery and client education.

Dr. Kivisto has two children (a teenage son and daughter), two cats (Keswick and Noodle) and a guinea pig (Tribbles).  When he is not in the clinic, he enjoys outdoor activities, working out, reading and spending time with his children.

Dr. Tim Roghair

Tim Roghair, DVM is a small animal veterinarian at the Becker and Foley Clinics. Originally from Mt. Lake, MN, Dr. Roghair graduated from the Univerisity of Minnesota and first came to work for MLVC in 1997. He became a clinic owner in 2007. Dr. Roghair especially enjoys small animal internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. 

Dr. Jane Jasan

Dr. Jane Jasan is a small animal veterinarian who works primarily out of our Becker clinic but helps the team in Milaca when needed. Dr. Jasan received her B.S. in Veterinary Biology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and her DVM from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1999.  In her free time she enjoys biking, rock climbing and spending time with her family.

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Dr. Sarah Crawford

Dr. Sarah Crawford is a small animal veterinarian who joined Mille Lacs Veterinary Group in 2005 and became a co-owner in 2015.   Although she was hired for their Becker location she has enjoyed working extensively at all of the Mille Lacs Veterinary Group locations. Dr. Crawford received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Morris, an M.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 2005.  Before starting veterinary school in 2001 she worked for several years as a biology instructor at Gustavus Adolphus College.  Dr. Crawford has a special interest in internal medicine, preventative care and geriatric medicine. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time outside.  She lives with her husband, two Labradors (Buster and Rosie), a cat (Claire) and two guinea pigs (Bill and Ted).

Dr. Amanda Polipnick

Dr. Amanda Polipnick joined the Mille Lacs Veterinary Group in 2022. She grew up in Milaca and she received her Bachelors in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota. She then graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. Amanda is a mixed animal doctor whose professional interests include surgery, behavior, preventative medicine and equine lameness. In her free time, she enjoys reading and exploring the outdoors with her husband, her three standard poodles, and her horses.

Practice Manager

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Sheena

Sheena joined our team in October 2018.  She is a CVT who received her degree in Veterinary Technology with honors from MN School of Business in 2008.  Her professional experiences are in emergency veterinary care, veterinary higher education, and retail pet store management.  Sheena resides in Sartell with her husband, two sons, and cat.  When she’s not at work, she enjoys golfing, crocheting, collecting agates, and watching hockey.

Inventory Manager and Purchasing Agent

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Heidi

Heidi Jo is originally from Dalbo, MN and graduated from Ogilvie High School.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree from NDSU with an emphasis in equine science and completed an equine reproduction internship in Fort Collins, CO.  She joined the Milaca clinic in 2018 and currently lives in Cambridge with her husband Jimmy, young son Quinten, 3 cats (Wiggles, Cali, Tipsy), 1 dog (Eli), and 3 horses (Silky, Annie, and Misty).  Her hobbies include showing horses, hunting, camping and softball but her favorite pastime is spending time with her family.

Certified Veterinary Technicians

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Emily

Emily graduated with her Veterinary Technology degree from the Minnesota School of Business in 2009.  She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine.  She lived with her husband and 2 children (Kendall and Ian), Two labs (Denver and Ginny), a Border Collie (Harlow) and 2 cats (Weasley and Joey).  She enjoys camping, boating, photography, spending time with her family and riding motorcycles with her husband.

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Holly

Holly Egerer, CVT is a small animal veterinary technician at the Becker Clinic. Holly has worked since 1990 as a vet tech graduating from the Medical Institute of MN and has a special interest in animal rescue, breeding dogs and puppy training. In addition to caring for her clients’ pets, she also has her own menagerie! Holly breeds and raises rat terriers. She currently has 11 rat terriers, 1 jack russell terrier, 1 Australian shepherd, 1 treeing walker coonhound, 2 Alaskan huskies, 10 barn cats, and 6 horses (2 Spanish mustangs and 4 half Arabians). In her spare time, Holly enjoys endurance riding, camping, motorcycling, volunteering on the veterinary support teams for sled dog races and recreational snowmobiling.

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Krista

Krista Barrett, CVT is a small animal veterinary technician at the Becker Clinic. She has worked as a technician ever since graduating from Ridgewater College in 2003. She enjoys all aspects of her work with the Becker Clinic. At home, Krista has three cats; Skittles, Janie, and Black Jack.

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Alexis

Alexis is originally from St. Cloud and graduated with her veterinary technology degree from Ridgewater College in 2019. She enjoys all aspect of small animal medicine.  She has three dogs (Berlin, Bixby and Benny). She enjoys snowboarding but her favorite pastime is being with her sweet little “Berlin”.

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Cassie

Cassie hails from Clear Lake, MN. In 2011, she graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar as a CVT, and joined MLVC the following year. Cassie’s specific areas of interest include surgery and dentistry. She married her husband, Brandon Kozak, in February 2016; they share their home with three furry family members: Hank, a black Lab/Retriever; Glen, a buff-colored domestic shorthair; and Evelyn, a Lynx point domestic shorthair. Cassie’s hobbies include being outside, hunting, fishing, camping, and snowmobiling.

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Erin

Erin graduated from Ridgewater Community College as a CVT in 2006 and joined the Becker team in 2021. Erin lives with her husband, two daughters (Elsie and Rayna) and their dog (Darla). She enjoys camping, hiking, golfing and spending time with her family.

Customer Service Representatives

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Brenda

Brenda Schuldt is a receptionist at the Becker Veterinary Clinic. Though Brenda’s background is in Early Child Care, she is very much at home in the veterinary clinic setting. She loves being involved with animals on a daily basis and loves to see the compassion Becker’s vets and techs have when helping an animal and client through a difficult time. Brenda has two dogs, Brody and Koko, a cat named Tazz, and 4 Foxtrotters.

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Julie

Julie grew up in Melrose, MN but has lived in Becker, MN for the last 12 years.  She joined the Becker team in June, 2021 and has enjoyed seeing the relationships between owners and their pets as well as the relationships that develop between our staff and clients.  She and her husband Brent have two (young) adult daughters and an 18 year old cat (who is NOT a fan of her workplace).  She enjoys spending time with her family (particularly when it is spent at the lake), as well as gardening and cooking.