Dr. Jina Andrews-Neiderer
Dr. Andrews-Neiderer grew up in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota. She pursued her passion for animals at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Animal Science. She graduated from the University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Since then she has practiced in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, taking special interest in Small Animal, Avian and Exotic medicine and surgery. She highly values education and keeps up to date on all the latest medical and surgical practices by attending annual conferences, as well as many Small Animal medical and surgical seminars.
Dr. Andrews-Neiderer soon found that conventional medicine did not have all the solutions. That is when her interests in alternative therapies developed. She educated herself in many different modalities, including herbs, flower remedies, homeopathic therapies, essential oils
and whole food supplements. During this period of enlightenment she discovered Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. She decided to cultivate this interest further by attending and graduating from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2008. She now enjoys offering these services to the community.
Dr. Andrews Neiderer shares her life with husband Tom, 6 horses, 3 dogs (Stella the Dane, Claire the Frenchie, and Tucker the Border Collie/Lab),
7 house cats, and 3 clinic cats.
Hospital Team Members
Dr. Cassie Murphy
Dr Cassie is the owner of River Ridge Animal Chiropractic Inc. She graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a doctorate in Chiropractic. She also attended Options for Animals Chiropractic College and is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA). Dr Cassie holds active licenses in people and animals for the state of MN. She has a passion for animals of all kind and wants to pursue that love at Animal and Exotic Wellness Center. Dr Cassie is dedicated to making her patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their adjustments. She spends her free time with her horses riding competitively in ranch rodeos and team penning.
Mikaela graduated with her Associate degree in Veterinary Technology in 2017. She started at the clinic in August of 2016. She lives with two dogs, a cat, five foster cats (4 of which are kittens), a corn snake, a ball python, and a western hognose snake. She enjoys watching movies, playing video games, reading, and playing DnD in her free time. Mikaela has a heavy interest in continuing working with reptiles.
Colleen is our Practice Manager here at Animal and Exotic, and you may see her at the reception desk or in the rooms as a technician. She has worked within the field of veterinary medicine for about 20 years. She is happily married and has 3 grown children. She now shares her home with a dog and two cats. In her free time Colleen enjoys reading and gardening.
Nicole graduated in March of 2010 with her Veterinary Technology degree. She's been working in the field since and joined our staff in December of 2017. She lives with her husband, three children, two cats, two dogs, and a ball python. She does foster work through Ruff Start Rescue. When not at work she enjoys chasing her kids around, fishing, outdoor activities, and date night.
Cindy works as a receptionist. She lives here in Elk River with her husband. They are currently between pets but have had cats and a horse in the past. When she gets some spare time Cindy loves to travel. She also enjoys reading, sewing, taking long walks, and riding horses.
Spud came to the clinic when it first opened in 2009. He loves to spend warm days in the woods behind the clinic. In winter he stays in the back. Spud is a manx cat, so he has no tail. However, he makes up for it by being polydactl, meaning he has extra toes.
Sid was found behind the clinic when he was only a kitten a few months after Spud arrived. He enjoys laying on the front desk to get attention from anyone willing to give it. He does get overstimulated and may bite. Like Spud, Sid has extra toes!
Boco joined the clinic cats as a kitten in 2010. He can usually be found lounging on one of the chairs up front or tucked away in his cat house in back.