Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Shady Oak Veterinary Clinic in Minnetonka! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (952) 938-1926 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!


Barb Leppke

Barb is the owner and veterinarian at Shady Oak. She comes from Wisconsin and went to school at the University of Minnesota. In her spare time she enjoys running and participating in triathlons/marathons.

Chris Siefferman

Chris comes from Georgia and has been with us since 2003. She is a member of AVMA, MVA, Feline Practitioners and Dental Society. In her spare time she enjoys wood work and taking her dog for long walks.

Michelle Vaughn

Michelle helps us part-time and comes from St. Louis Park. She’s been with us since 2009 and is a member of the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, yoga and attending her children’s many activities.

Molly Kubeczko

Molly is a Minnesota native. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and joined the Shady Oak team in 2017. She enjoys dentistry, surgery and internal medicine. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, fishing and camping.

Jennifer Hanson

Jennifer is a Minnesota native and graduate of the University of Minnesota. In her spare time, she and her husband Matt enjoy exploring Twin Cities restaurants, theatrical performances, and concerts. They share their home with their cat, Juniper.

Veterinary Technicians

Chelsea Lee, CVT

Angie Ramm

Tyler Shannon

Melanie Wieman, CVT

Marlo Karp, CVT

Taylor Bratland

Mandy Haider, CVT

Alex Morris, CVT

Cheyanna Heuckendorf

Ashley Liddell, CVT

Lucy Whitlock

Veterinary Support Staff

Maggi Nickelson

Practice Manager/ Veterinary Assistant

Genell Laabs


Kaylee Nickelson

Receptionist/ Veterinary Assistant

Summer Johnson


Katie Varecka


Olivia Andrews


Mike Swartz


Jody Waldemar


Arnette Cavazos


Meg Johnston

Office Staff Assistant