Our Veterinarians

Dr. Matt Kruse

Owner, Veterinarian

Growing up on a small hobby farm in southwestern Iowa, Dr. Matt Kruse couldn’t help being pulled in by the veterinary world. He participated in the 4H program and was always around veterinarians, and by the time he started college, a career in the industry seemed like the perfect fit! Dr. Kruse’s passion has led him all the way to his current position as a full-time veterinarian and the owner of Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital.

Dr. Kruse attended Iowa State University to study biology before signing up for veterinary school. One of his best friends from college lived in Minneapolis, and Dr. Kruse and his wife decided to move there to start their professional careers. After working at clinics in Apple Valley and Eden Prairie, he purchased the practice in August of 2003.

Client education is Dr. Kruse’s favorite part of veterinary medicine. Helping pet owners to prevent disease, strengthening the bond between animals and humans, and allowing pets to live longer, happier lives makes every day worthwhile!

Dr. Kruse and his wife, Heather, live in Edina with their three young children: Drew, Nina, and Alexa. The family shares their home with a longhaired Dachshund named Lucy. Outside of his duties at the practice, Dr. Kruse enjoys golfing, coaching his kids’ sports teams, and traveling.

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Dr. Amy Everly

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Amy Everly grew up in a rural Iowa town, where her family always kept a dog or two around the house. She recalls constantly trying to help all of the wild critters or stray pets around her neighborhood—Dr. Everly has wanted to better the lives of animals in need ever since she was a little girl! Her enthusiasm hasn’t wavered. Now, Dr. Everly gets to exercise her passion on a daily basis as one of Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital’s Associate Veterinarians.

Dr. Everly started her educational journey by studying animal ecology at Iowa State University, working as a veterinary assistant at a nearby animal hospital in her spare time. After graduation, she worked as a zookeeper for a time before returning to a veterinary assistant role, eventually working her way up into a Veterinary Technician position. Next, Dr. Everly decided to return to school to pursue her ultimate goal of becoming a veterinarian; she went back to Iowa State and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

Dr. Everly is certified in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute, and has also undergone extensive training in herbal therapy. She has completed training in veterinary chiropractic techniques at the nation’s original veterinary chiropractic school, Options for Animals, and completed the certification process with the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Most recently, Dr. Everly received training in Myofascial Trigger Point Release Therapy. She’s able to use her advanced training to develop individualized treatment plans that aren’t limited to conventional medical or surgical treatments!

Aside from her interests in alternative medicine, Dr. Everly is passionate about dentistry and loves alleviating oral pain. She’s also partial to senior pets and enjoys making older animals comfortable through their golden years.

At home, Dr. Everly keeps several pets of her own. She lives with Magnet, a Border collie; an Australian Cattle Dog named Latch; Snap the orange tabby; and a cat named Harvey. When she isn’t enjoying the company of her own pets or caring for others’ here at the hospital, Dr. Everly loves to travel. She makes a point to go on a trip with her father every year—they’ve been white-water rafting through the Grand Canyon, whale-watching in Alaska, and have even camped out in the Serengeti plains of Africa!

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Dr. Ashley Hall

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ashley Hall has been a nurturing soul ever since she was a young girl, and she finds herself most at peace when she’s helping someone else. At a very young age, Dr. Hall recognized the importance of the human-animal bond and the lasting impact that this bond can have on individual and community health. Veterinary medicine provided the perfect path—she’s able to satisfy her lifelong passion for animals while working to facilitate this bond and make a difference in the lives of others on a daily basis!

A native of Kennesaw, Georgia, Dr. Hall’s animal-care journey started at the age of 19 when she began volunteering at a small-animal emergency clinic in her college town of Statesboro, Georgia. It only took two minutes of staring through the surgery-suite window for Dr. Hall to know that it was exactly where she wanted to be! She worked her way up to a kennel position before becoming a Veterinary Assistant, then began as a Veterinary Technician after several more years of hands-on experience.

In 2011, Dr. Hall moved to Minnesota for veterinary school. Now, she’s an Associate Veterinarian with the Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital team and couldn’t be happier to help the pets and animal parents of this area—she brings with her special interests in cardiology work, surgery and emergency medicine, and pathology. Most of all, Dr. Hall loves chatting directly with pet owners to achieve her ultimate goal: making a lasting impact on the lives of others.

Dr. Hall’s interests outside of animal care include photography, traveling, enjoying the great outdoors, and staying active in advocacy efforts to influence public policy. (She worked diligently during her veterinary school years to raise awareness about student debt, and plans on continuing to work with the National and American Veterinary Medical Associations to improve student experiences and advocate for the veterinary community!) Dr. Hall shares her life with her partner, Mike, her wonderful son Devin, and several pets. She has RJ, a Shepherd mix whose life revolves around eating and sleeping; Fred the friendly Boxer; a rescued Lab named Jersey; and a pair of loveable cats who go by Lucifer and Donnie.

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Dr. Lisa Willmert

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Lisa Willmert was only seven years old when she decided to become a veterinarian. Her choice was inspired largely by her mother, who always took in any stray who needed help. Now Dr. Willmert gets to help pets every day as a veterinarian!

Dr. Willmert grew up in Peoria, Illinois and completed her undergraduate studies in animal science at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. After moving to the Twin Cities and working in various veterinary clinics to gain experience, she began veterinary school at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 2001. She joined the team here at Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital in April of 2005.

As a vet, Dr. Willmert particularly enjoys internal medicine and feline behavior cases. For her, both are challenging yet rewarding. She’s also passionate about education and teaches at a veterinary technician school in Eagan, Minnesota when not attending to her duties around the clinic.

Dr. Willmert lives in Chaska with her husband, Roger, and their three cats: Kayla, Max, and Marley. When she has time, she enjoys traveling to places she’s never been. Her most memorable trip was visiting Sydney, Australia, and getting to see kangaroos, koala bears, and cockatoos in the wild!

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