Meet Our Team

Dr. Ann Spanish

Dr. Ann Spanish was awarded her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 2006. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. Dr. Spanish lives in Prior Lake with her two children, Ellie and Liam. The family pets include their cats Wally and Bubba, Jeffey their guinea pig, and adorable dog, Lucy. During her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling, and gardening.

Dr. Elizabeth O’Brien

Dr. O’Brien was awarded her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Her special interests include dentistry and preventative medicine. Dr. O’Brien lives in Prior Lake with her husband, Josh, and two sons, Reed and Elliot. The family pets include their cat “Barb” and dog “Brown Brown.” Yes, her young sons named the puppy. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, the outdoors, camping, and celebrating the holiday seasons.

Dr. Tyler Jaynes

Dr. Tyler Jaynes grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where she decided at age 3 that she was going to be a veterinarian. She was also planning on learning to play the accordion to help the sick animals feel better, but alas, that goal did not stand the test of time. Dr. Jaynes is a 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine for both her undergraduate and DVM degrees. She is a Badger through and through. Professionally, Dr. Jaynes is interested in ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery. She is also a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady. Dr. Jaynes shares her home with her husband, their two children, a dog named Minnie, and cats named Lily, James, and Nearly Headless Nick. She enjoys reading, hiking, watching hockey, and traveling.

Dr. Rachel Barnes

Dr. Rachel Barnes is a 2014 graduate of The Royal Veterinary College in London, but most of her family hails from the Midwest. Growing up in a military family meant that the horizon changed every few years—living internationally in countries like India and the Bahamas, but also domestically on both coasts and in the Midwest. Thanks to this lifestyle, travel remains one of her biggest hobbies, and it also helped prepare her for the task of living in London for four years while earning her veterinary degree. After graduation, Dr. Barnes worked in a mixed animal practice in Northwest Iowa for a few years (seeing all manner of patients both large and small) before she and her husband packed up their belongings and, serenaded by their newborn son James and two noisy cats, moved back to the Twin Cities in a frigid January in 2017.

Since then, they have bought a home, welcomed their second son, Malcolm, in 2019, and enjoyed their time growing as a family. They have one cat at home, a slightly naughty 2-year-old named Chip. In her free time (if there is such as thing right now), she enjoys cooking, gardening, yoga, and ambitiously working on her own DIY house projects at home. Dr. Barnes has worked in small animal medicine since returning to the Cities and joined the team at the Shakopee Veterinary Clinic in January 2021. While she loves the variety of general practice, she also pursues her own particular interests including ultrasonography, feline medicine, and surgery. She is passionate about helping clients keep their pets healthier and happier, and always has a soft spot for her friendly—and even feisty—feline patient.


Danielle was hired in January 2014. Her favorite part of the job is being a part of such a great team! She also loves meeting clients and the pets they love. Danielle is also a Certified Veterinary Technician and enjoys jumping in with the team to help when needed. Danielle has 3 cats (Angus, Cash, and Mama) and a dog (Lulu). In her free time, Danielle enjoys reading, and spending time at the cabin with her family and two kiddos (Cole & Kinley)!


Abby has worked at Shakopee Vet Clinic since March 2013. Her favorite part of the job is client education and parasites! She has two dogs named Mazie & Kai, and a new baby boy (Logan), who she adores and always keeps her on her toes. Her hobbies include findings new places to hike with her boyfriend and dogs and she is always looking for new ways to redecorate their home.


Stasia’s favorite part of the job is getting to comfort stressed out patients, and the RARE few moments of puppy/kitten snuggles. Stasia is owned by a Doberman named Diesel, and two cats – Mars and Roman. When she’s not at work, Stasia enjoys hiking or running with Diesel, catching up with friends, and spending lazy days with her husband and the cats.


Katie swipes right to all our squished faced bulldogs and likes getting to know our clients. Katie goes home to Bernice & Louise, her two pups. In her free time, she enjoys camping with family, goat yoga and going to WWE events. Stop in and say hi to Katie!


Diane has worked at SVC since 2012. Diane’s favorite part of the job is helping clients and meeting new furry friends! Diane has a dog named Louie and 4 cats. She enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, bird watching and spending time with her family.


Has been working at Shakopee Veterinary Clinic since June, 2014. Bethany’s favorite part of work is bonding with all of the clients and their pets. She has one Chihuahua at home, Zeke. Her hobbies outside of work include spending time with family and friends as well as reading a good book!