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. Matthew Kamrath

Associate Veterinarian

Aside from his life-long love of animals, Dr. Matthew Kamrath became a veterinarian for one simple reason: so that he could make a difference. Ever since he can remember, he’s wanted to improve the lives of animals, thereby making a huge difference in the lives of people as well. Dr. Kamrath is thrilled to help the people and pets of the area as an Associate Veterinarian here at Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital!

Dr. Kamrath grew up on the east side of St. Paul with his parents and older brother. While living in San Diego, he began to consider becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Kamrath decided to start volunteering at the local animal hospital to gain experience before he knew it, he’d fallen in love with veterinary medicine! He moved back to Minnesota, completed two years’ worth of pre-requisite coursework, and was accepted to veterinary school at the University of Minnesota

As a member of the Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital team, Dr. Kamrath particularly enjoys getting to know clients and their animal companions so that he can provide the most relevant information to them. Client education and preventative care are extremely important to him; he knows he’s done his part when a pet owner has the right tools to make the best decision for their pet.

In his time away from veterinary medicine, Dr. Kamrath enjoys watching and training in combat sports and mixed martial arts, remodeling his home, traveling and experiencing other cultures, mentoring children via various organizations, and spending time with his family. He lives with his beautiful wife Christine and their wonderful young son, Leo. The family shares their home with a 165-pound Great Dane named Thor, whose shoulders are taller than a kitchen countertop, and Peanut, a 5-pound Pomeranian who has only recently come out of her shell since being rescued.

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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. 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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