Chaska Veterinarians Serving Surrounding Communities
Dr. Gail Gieseke lives in rural Waconia with her husband Mike and their menagerie of pets: dogs Penny and Bella; cats Bob and Thor. They also have 2 adult sons.
Dr. Gieseke attended the U of MN Duluth and Twin Cities for her undergraduate work and went on to attend the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1991. She purchased Chaska Valley Veterinary Clinic in 1997, growing and expanding the clinic and staff in 2000 with the addition of a classmate and partner, Dr. Jody Elsen.
Her areas of interest include preventative medicine, general surgery and geriatric medicine. Her hobbies include gardening (Dr. Gieseke is a Master Gardener with the U of MN Extension for Carver/Scott counties), travel, canoeing in The BWCA, Gopher Football, scuba diving and spending time with her pets.
Dr. Jody Elsen has an undergraduate B.S. from the College of St. Thomas and received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and became a co-owner of Chaska Valley Vet Clinic in 2000. She says: “I made the decision in first grade that veterinary medicine was for me. I grew up in a rural country town and was always surrounded by animals and pets. Initially it was the animals that attracted me – but with time it became clear that the owners and the relationships that I formed with them were equally important and rewarding. The wonderful relationships and bonding that are formed between the pets, their owners, and myself are the most rewarding part my job!”
Dr. Jody’s areas of interest include preventative, internal and geriatric medicine, and especially dentistry.
Dr. Jody grew up in the Hamel/Wayzata area and has been a resident of Chaska since 1993. Dr. Jody’s family includes her husband, Jeff Gladfelter (a retired Minnesota State Patrol trooper) and two daughters, Madison (University of Wisconsin/La Crosse) and Rachel (Chaska High School). The household also includes a Golden Retriever, Norman; a Bernese Mountain Dog, Stanley; one cat, Jedy; and Bugs the dwarf, lop-eared rabbit. Dr. Jody’s hobbies include gardening, scrap booking, making jewelry and spending time with her family.
Dr. Weinberger received her undergraduate degree in Biology from St. Cloud State University. She received her DVM degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 2001. Dr. Weinberger has been with Chaska Valley Veterinary Clinic since February 2002. She enjoys dermatology, preventative medicine and education, and getting new puppies and kitties started on the right paw!
Dr. Weinberger’s family includes her husband, son and daughter. Dr. Weinberger’s non-human family members include her dog Bentley (a Shih-Tzu/Poodle), and her cats Carl and Buddy. During her free time Dr. Weinberger enjoys spending time with her family, camping, swimming, going on walks, and taking trips to the North Shore.
Dr. Amy O’Brien received her undergraduate B.S. in animal science from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and started her dual Master’s in Public Health while in veterinary school with an anticipated graduation in 2016. Dr. Amy has been at Chaska Valley Veterinary Clinic since May 2015. She has a special interest in ophthalmology, anesthesia/pain management and preventative medicine, but also enjoys surgery and dentistry.
Dr. Amy grew up in Eden Prairie, MN. She has been a resident of Chaska since 2012 with her Husband, Collin, and their group of senior pets including two Siberian huskies (Nikita and Keesha), one pug (Otis), and one domestic short hair (Chasey). Her hobbies include golfing, fishing, camping, traveling, downhill skiing, gardening, watching professional football, home improvement projects, wood-crafting and spending time with family and friends. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering at local humane societies, teaching veterinary students through SIRVS, and at the State Fair. She is an active member of the Eden Prairie Fire Department Auxiliary.
Dr. Alyssa Rudolf
Dr. Alyssa Rudloff graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 and became a member of our team in May. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota majoring in Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology and minoring in Animal Science. While Alyssa finds all aspects of veterinary medicine interesting, her specific interests include preventative medicine, dermatology, nutrition and rehabilitation. In the future, Dr. Alyssa would like to pursue certification in animal rehabilitation.
Dr. Alyssa is from Chaska, MN and is excited to be able to practice in her home town. Currently, she has two family dogs: Brody (Cocker Spaniel, Cavalier King Charles mix) and Cooper (Labrador, Rottweiler mix). In her free time, Alyssa enjoys long distance running, working out, watching football (she is a huge Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings fan), baking, traveling and playing with her dogs.