Meet Our Care Team

Jim Nelson Jim Nelson, DVM

Known for his kindness, generosity and down-to earth manner, "Dr Jim" has owned the clinic since 2005. Passionate about providing superior client service, Dr. Nelson continually invests in cutting-edge imaging, monitoring and surgical technologies. Prior to acquiring the clinic, he worked with Dr. Skinner, the original founder of the clinic, for 15 years. Since the change in ownership he has added Urgent Care, House Calls/Home Euthanasia and Emergency Pet Transport to an already established Surgical, Dental and Medical venue. Dr. Nelson received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with Honors from Kansas State University in 1989. In addition to serving on local boards, Dr. Jim is a frequent speaker at high school and other community events. He has dedicated much of his time and support to the Minnesota Boxer Rescue, Leech Lake Legacy Rescue and BART (Basic Animal Rescue Training).

When he's not working, Dr. Jim enjoys downhill skiing, bicycling, yoga and gardening. He also loves traveling with his two children, Peter, a first year-law student, and India, a freshman in college. Dr. Jim's dog Suzy, a lovable, high spirited Shih Tzu-West Highland-Bichon mix, is a frequent visitor at the clinic.

PVPH Dr. Patia Hargreaves Patia Hargreaves , DVM

Dr. Patia Hargreaves, DVM joined PVPH in 2015. She grew up in the Midwest showing dogs and horses and has resided in Minnetriska since 2004 with her husband and four children.

Dr. Hargreaves received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in 1993 while her husband on active duty in Army Aviation. She attended Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine where she was awarded her Doctorate Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. Hargreaves' professional interests include soft tissue surgery, dermatology, geriatric medicine and preventative medicine.

Dr. Hargreaves is a member of numerous professional and community organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and the Westonka PTA. She volunteers often in the community and regularly with Helping Paws.

In her free time, Dr. Hargreaves enjoys traveling, watching her kids play numerous different sports, and spending time on the lake. She shares her home with Cowboy, a Rough Coated Collie, Titan, a Chocolate Labrador, and Babes, a Chinchilla.

PVPH Mary Mary L., Lead Receptionist

She's the friendly face at the front desk. Loved by clients and their pets, Mary has been our information specialist since 1994. When she's not working, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband Tom, their boxer Brock, and her cat, Prince. Mary and Tom also foster boxers at their home for Minnesota Boxer Rescue (

PVPH Jamila Jamila, Certified Veterinary Technician

She's our efficient, soft spoken, multitasking, cat lover since 2005. Jamila manages the pharmacy, staff scheduling and is a certified ultrasonographer. She also provides pet sitting services for many of our clients. She and her husband Josh have two children, Lily and Ryan, and two cats Tre and Momma. Jamila graduated from Argosy University in 2003

PVPH Mary B Mary B., Certified Veterinary Technician

Caring, focused and communicative, Mary has provided a wealth of knowledge and perspective when it comes to pet care. She left a more rural Wisconsin practice and joined us in 2016. Her diverse education and passion to educate clients has made her a great addition to our team. Mary and her husband Nathan have a shepherd mix, Joker and two cats, Edith and Kate. She has a Bachelors degree in Biology from Bethany Lutheran College and graduated as a veterinary technician from Globe University in 2014.

PVPH Kelley Kelley, Veterinary Technician

She's our unique conversationalist and "go to" veterinary technician, especially when it comes to surgery and dental procedures. She has been with us since 2006 and is also certified in ultrasonography. Kelley and her husband Michael have four pets - a trio of Papillons named Lexus, Bentley and Gucci and a cat named Harry Potter. Kelley is a 2005 graduate of Argosy University.

PVPH Molly Molly, Veterinary Technician

Since 2005, her big heart has provided love and compassion for you and your pets. She has a special interest in laser therapy, laboratory diagnostics and computer problems. If there's a "bug", she'll find it! After work, she enjoys time with her husband Tom, their daughters, Cora and Mara and Mandy, the Border Collie mix. Molly graduated from Argosy University in 2003.

PVPH Alyssa Alyssa , Veterinary Assistant

She is strong for her size and hardworking, Alyssa started as a kennel assistant in 2014 while pursuing her veterinary technician degree from Minnesota school of Business and graduated in 2015. She continued her career here as one of our more dedicated and reliable animal caretakers. After hours she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes Venus, a Pit bull and her two cats Buddha and Snowball.

PVPH Beth Beth, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Compassionate, kind and friendly, Beth is a veterinary technician in training. In addition to working at the clinic, she is enrolled at the veterinary technician program at Argosy University. She has a passion for sweets and is currently on probation for embezzling chocolates. We hope to provide the necessary therapy to make her a permanent team member after she graduates. She and her boyfriend Trey share a cat named Clove.