Meet Our Staff

Jenny Elsner, CVT

Jenny Elsner joined City of Lakes Veterinary Surgery in 2017, already having more than eleven years’ experience working as a surgery assistant with Dr. Hammel. She is the surgery technician for the practice, assisting with surgery, scheduling cases, and maintaining equipment in prime working condition.


A Certified Veterinary Technician, Jenny graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1998. She is a Minnesota native, and worked at CLVS’ base hospital, Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital for 20 years. She is among the most experienced in the field. Jenny is a gem. Gifted technically, Jenny is great with clients, and the right hand of CLVS. Her warm personality and attention to detail complement her patient care beautifully, and bring so much to our practice and the level of care we provide.


Jenny is a busy lady. In addition to being a veterinary technician, she enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband Aric and her three boys, Matthew, Travis, and Ethan, who are heavily involved in sports and activities. She has two Labrador retrievers, Mauer and Minnie. She also somehow fits a large amount of volunteer and community service into her schedule, working with DARTS, a community-based non-profit organization, and delivering to the homebound for her church. Among her many hobbies are skiing, four-wheeling, and watching her boys play sports.


Tori Reichstadt, CVT

Tori earned her Certification as a Veterinary Technician from Argosy University in 2010. In 2020, she became a CLVS technician, after more than twelve years in the field. For Tori, assisting with small animal surgery is more than a job, it is a passion. A love for veterinary surgery is obvious if you look at the impressive experience she acquired over the prior decade. Tori’s exceptional resume includes several years assisting with specialty surgeries, a role as Surgery Coordinator at Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital, and a Team Leader of Surgery/Anesthesia at Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Oakdale, Minnesota. Specific aspects of surgery that Tori enjoys include client education and follow-up, physical therapy, and ensuring that CLVS patients have the best recovery possible.


You don’t have to look far beyond her career to see further evidence of Tori’s dedication to animals. For her, they are a way of life. In her words, she has “way too many” of her own. Currently, she has three dogs, three cats, two horses, two goats, five chickens, and a rabbit. She enjoys fostering pets, and has a special place in her heart for basset hounds.


Tori grew up in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, but now lives in Western Wisconsin with her beautiful daughter, Mya, and her partner in crime, Nick. We are so lucky to have Tori as part of our excellent team!