202 N Chestnut St.
Chaska, MN 55318
Dr. Phil Thoreson
Owner / Veterinarian
Dr. Phil Thoreson has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 10 years. He attended South Dakota State University where he graduated with honors with a major in Animal Science. The state of South Dakota offers tuition assistance to the top 6 South Dakota students accepted into Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Thoreson had the honor of being among those six. After graduating with his DVM in May of 2006, Dr. Thoreson returned to South Dakota where he practiced at a mixed animal clinic serving not only cats and dogs, but horses, cattle, pigs, sheep and goats for four years. Dr. Thoreson loves the low cost veterinary model and truly enjoys helping people and their pets get the care they deserve. ValueCare Veterinary Clinic opened its doors in May 2013 and is based on rendering high quality, basic medical care at a price that more people can afford. He currently lives in Shakopee with his wife and business partner Sarah, his sons Henry and Pierce, and their four cats: Sherry (pictured here!), Fritz, Tom, and Kenneth. Three of their kitties were adopted from our Adoption Center!
Dr. Erika Mueller
Dr. Erika Mueller is a 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Chaska High School grad who is excited to have returned to her hometown after 8 years of small animal practice within the twin cities metro area. Providing high quality veterinary service at an affordable price along with working with an awesome team (she previously worked with Dr. Phil and Kim) are what attracted her to Valuecare. Dr. Mueller has a true passion for Rescue and ensures that all of our Adoption Center kitties get the TLC that they deserve! She lives in Prior Lake with her husband and 2 young sons. Her furry kids include a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Oliver, a Rat Terrier named Penelope and 3 cats (Ozzy, Charles and Lucy).
Dr. Jen Herzog
Dr. Jen Herzog has over 10 years of experience practicing veterinary medicine! She's incredibly passionate about animal care and loves to get to know our furry friends! She attended Iowa State University and completed a study abroad program in Beijing, China for veterinary acupuncture. She lived in Minneapolis with her husband, their two adorable boys, Kermit the Dog, and Charlie the Cat!
Dr. Natalie Rykhus
Dr. Natalie Rykhus is a Kansas State University graduate and has experience practicing veterinary medicine with both large and small animals! She enjoys meeting both clients and their furry family members!
Office Manager/Front Desk Manager
Kayla has worn many hats at ValueCare! She was our Groomer and Receptionist before becoming our Office Manager! She's passionate about animal care and does a fantastic job of managing our inventory, keeping us organized, and making sure our daily operations are running smoothly! Her and her husband John have two beautiful girls, Chloe and Elsa, that keep her busy outside of the Office! They share their home with Buddy and Eugenie (both cats) and Delta (pictured with her!), a Border Collie that loves to join in at Puppy Play Time!
Senior Veterinary Technician - Lead
I have been working in the Veterinary field for over 20 years and I love it as much now as I did the first day I started. I have worked in all areas of a clinic: customer service, technician duties, surgery and now management! Interacting with and caring for the clients and their furry family members is not only a passion but a very rewarding career as well. 5 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Dr. Thoreson at another location. After working in several clinics through the years, I was very impressed with his compassion for clients and their pets and his expertise in veterinary medicine. So when he started ValueCare Veterinary Clinic, that offered excellent medical care at an affordable price, I was more than happy to have the opportunity to work with him again. We are all like family at ValueCare, having fun and loving what we do! I currently live in Savage with my husband Ken, our 2 sons Corey & Jarid, our dogs Scout and Vader, and our cat Rex.
Veterinary Technician - Lead
Brandy has worked in the veterinary profession for over 10 years and has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to explore many different aspects of the field. She thoroughly enjoys applying her years of experience to the well being of the patients here at ValueCare! Brandy is especially interested in and intrigued with the surgical aspect of veterinary medicine, most of her hours at the clinic are spent assisting our doctors in the surgery room! She also very much enjoys and takes a lot of pride in preforming animal dental cleanings. In the future, she hopes to receive specialized education in pain management of companion animals! Her desire to return the unconditional love and endless joy that animals so freely give to us as humans, continues to inspire her and seeing the patients leave our veterinary clinic with a new lease on life, is something that truly motivates her each and every day! Brandy occasionally likes to take a break from the fast-paced world of a vet tech by spending quality time with her family and friends. She shares a home with her husband Todd, their two boys Jayden and Brayson, and their canine fur baby Gizmo!
Jenna is currently attending MN School of Business for Veterinary Technology. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and cuddling with her cats. Her feline family includes: Jack and Tobias!
Hannah is currently attending Argosy University and will graduate in 2016! She has a passion for Rescue and helps out in our Adoption Center any chance she gets! She lives with her fiance in Belle Plaine!
Kory is a recent Graduate of Ridgewater Tech's Veterinary Technician program! Kory was on the Dean's list and has previous experience in the US Air Force.
Certified Veterinary Technician & Rescue Manager
Xenia's passion for animals shows every day. She diligently cares for each of our Rescue Cats and loves working with them so much that we frequently see her on her day off! Many of our Adoption Center cats have spent time at her home in recovery. Xenia owns her own Pet Sitting business, fluently speaks Spanish, and instructs our Puppy Socialization classes! Her and her husband Diego share their home with Jose and Nigel.
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Owner of Shari's Grooming & Lead Groomer
Angie enjoys greeting all of the friendly faces that come through our doors! She has been on our Team for over a year and has a lifelong love of animals! Angie enjoys traveling with her family and cheering on her kids' sports teams! Angie shares her home with her husband, Roger, their two children, Georgia and Charlie, and their two dogs, Lambeau and Bella.
Bailey enjoys getting to know our clients and their furry family! She loves the Adoption Center and spends time with our Rescue Cats whenever she has time! She enjoys shopping, taking her furry family on outings, fostering, and catching up with the latest TV shows. She loves her dog Delilah and her cats Kallipoe and Kiara.
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Lead Office Kitty
Gracie has been our Lead Office Kitty since May 2014! She was originally adopted from Happy Tails Rescue. She does an amazing job of greeting everyone and checking on patients! Gracie attempts to make phone calls and run the credit card machine all of the time! She is much loved by our Team and Clients!