Zumbrota Veterinary Clinic - Zumbrota, MN - Our Staff

Zumbrota Veterinary Clinic

1901 Roscoe Avenue
Zumbrota, MN 55992



Technician & Support Staff

Dawn Braaten, CVT: Office Manager

Dawn received her Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca in 1991.  She became a technician because of her love of working with people and their pets.  Dawn lives in Pine Island with her 2 dogs, Mia and Benelli.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sewing, outdoor activities, and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Angela Frederick: Lead Veterinary Technician

Angela grew up in Goodhue and is currently living there with her family: husband, Niles, and their four children, Nora, Brynn, Lucas, and Emily.  Their family also includes dogs, Xena and Flash, and cats, Jewels, Frankie, and Snickers.   Angela received her Veterinary Technician degree from Rochester Community and Technical College in 2005, and says her favorite part of being a Vet Tech is witnessing the joy and fun pets bring our lives.  In her free time, she enjoys camping, boating, reading, and bonfires. 

Kelsey Scrodin: Veterinary Technician

Kelsey was born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis and moved to Rochester in 2010.  She then graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Rochester Community and Technical College in 2012.  Kelsey now resides in Pine Island with her husband Evan, and two children, Jackson and Jace.  She has two dogs, Apollo and Opie, and a cat, Bandit.  Her favorite part of her job is educating clients on all the care their furry babies need.  In her free time, Kelsey enjoys summer activities like swimming or playing sports and games with her kids, and just being outside to enjoy the sun.

Pete Billings, CVT: Veterinary Technician

From a welder to a Veterinary Technician, Pete made a "second career" move.  After both graduating from the Minnesota School of Business Veterinary Technician program and becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in 2016, Pete began his new career in the small animal side of veterinary medicine.  He and his wife, Stacy, made the move to southeastern Minnesota to renovate an old church into their home. When not busy with house projects, Pete and Stacy are artists. Pete in works in metal (his years as a welder come in handy!), and Stacy in glass, metals, silver-smithing, and more.  Biking, running, fishing, camping, and of course, animals, round out Pete's off duty interests.

Cindy Partello, CVT: Veterinary Technician

Growing up as a farm girl, Cindy has always had a passion for all living things.  Starting a career in computers and insurance, she moved onto homeschooling her kids, growing organic vegetables, and raising chickens to produce eggs to sell at local farmers markets.  When homeschooling came to an end, she decided to go back to school herself to learn a new career.  Graduating from Dakota County Technical College Veterinary Technician program and becoming a CVT in 2020, she is enjoying nursing veterinary patients.  Cindy and her husband, Kirk, live on a hobby farm in Cannon Falls, have 3 grown children, 2 horses, 4 cats, 40+ laying hens, 5 ducks, a gecko, and a cockatiel.  In her spare time, Cindy loves to travel, garden, cross-stitch, hike, and babysit her grandchildren.  She is also an Education Committee member of the MN Association of Veterinary Technicians (MAVT) and an active participant of the Christian Veterinary Missions organization (CVM).

Elissa Burgstaler

Elissa Burgstaler, CVT: Veterinary Technician

Graduating from the Ridgewater College Veterinary Technician program in Willmar, MN in 2005, and receiving her CVT shortly after, Elissa started on the road to fulfilling her lifelong passion for helping animals.  As a child growing up in rural Byron, Elissa brought home every kind of creature that was sick or broken, hoping to mend them. Just ask her about her pet squirrel, Roxy (she'll tell you it's a long story!). Elissa's other "crazy crew of pets" vie for her love at home: dogs Beef and Chuck; cats Jed and Cleo; sheep Tulip; and rabbits Arya, Wee Fergus, Luna and Merida.  
In her free time, Elissa likes to travel to visit family and abroad (Ireland and Scotland are favorites), to hunt, fish, and go 4-wheeling, and she also enjoys reading and painting.

Kyli Moore: Junior Veterinary Technician

Kyli, a native of Zumbrota, is our Junior Veterinary Technician.  Ever since she was little, Kyli knew she wanted to work with animals.  Currently a student in the Veterinary Technician program at Dakota County Technical College, she is excited to be a part of the ZVC team, and to be able to immediately put into practice what she is learning in college.
In her free time, you'll find Kyli spending time with her family or out at the farm playing with the animals.    

Kaitlyn Newcome:  Veterinary Assistant

Kaitlyn is currently finishing her studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.  After graduating with her bachelor's degree in Animal Science, she will apply to medical school to pursue her dream of becoming a Veterinarian.  Her favorite part of the job is assisting the doctors with procedures and meeting new furry friends every day.  Kaitlyn lives in rural Mazeppa with her parents, 8 chickens, and 2 dogs named Snickers and Willow.  In her free time, she enjoys baking and spending time with her family.

Denise White: Receptionist

Being a receptionist for Zumbrota Veterinary Clinic adds to Denise's weekly enjoyment of working with people.  Living in rural Pine Island, Denise and her husband ran a dairy farm for 40 years.  She has two grown children and is the proud grandma of two.  Never one to be without a furry companion, Denise dotes on her current dog, Sam.  Denise loves to garden, camp, and quilt, and can be seen volunteering with 4-H and FFA youth.  On the days Denise isn't answering our phones, she is helping clients at our affiliated business, Zumbro Vet Supply