Welcome to our

Cat Care Team!


Our Doctors, Certified Veterinary Technicians and Receptionists
are all dedicated to giving your cat the special care it deserves.

Dr. Anne Sassen

Dr. Anne Sassen is a 1990 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced Feline Exclusive and Emergency Medicine in the suburbs of Detroit, MI for 5 years before returning to Minnesota. Dr. Sassen opened Cats Preferred in April 1999.

She is a member of American Association of Feline Practitioners, Cornell feline Health Center, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and Past President of the Metropolitan Animal Hospital Association.

She and her husband Kevin, also a veterinarian, share their home with their 2 cats-Linus and Danny.

Dr. Lori Boettcher

Dr. Lori Boettcher graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She worked in a cat exclusive clinic in North Central Florida for 4 years. After returning to Minnesota, Dr. Boettcher worked in a small animal practice before joining the Cats Preferred staff in 2001.

She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Cornell Feline Health Center and American Veterinary Medical Association.

She lives with her husband, two daughters, their 5 cats-Coconut, Scooter, Pumpkin, Simon & Mr Grey and two labs named Georgia & Maui.

Dr. Ellen Buckley

Dr. Ellen Buckley graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She completed her undergraduate training in animal science at the University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Buckley has worked at feline only practices since 1994 and joined Cats Preferred in 2001. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the Cornell Feline Health Center.

Her husband, Robert, owns a floor covering/furniture business in Northfield, MN.

They live in Apple Valley with their two kids, two cats-Marion and Ginger, and one dog-Mya.

Dr. Robert Schmitt

Dr. Robert Schmitt graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music. After working in the music business in New York, he moved to the Twin Cities where he obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota. Since graduating, he has worked exclusively with cats in the Twin Cities and most recently in the Boston area. He first became familiar with Cats Preferred while doing a two week externship during his clinical year in school and then later doing relief work for our vacationing veterinarians.

He was happy to return to the Twin Cities and join our staff as an associate veterinarian when the opportunity presented itself.  Dr. Schmitt is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and has contributed to their online educational materials. He lives with his wife and their 2 kitties – Bijou and Bonkers.


Susan – Certified Veterinary Technician
Susan graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 2000 and has always had a passion for working with animals. She has worked in private mixed practices, emergency hospitals and the ICU department at the university of MN. She shares her home in Brooklyn Park with her husband, daughter, son and fur son Fargo who is a fabulous orange tabby!
Annie – Certified Veterinary Technician
Annie graduated from Argosy University in 2008. She interned at Cats Preferred and then started full time in June 2008. She now works part-time and lives in Maple Grove with her husband, son, daughter, 2 black cats – Ruby and Polly – and Bucky, a Terrier Mix.
Jennifer – Certified Veterinary Technician
Jen began working at Cats Preferred immediately after graduating from Argosy University in April 2008. Jen is now our lead technician. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, daughter, 4 cats – Prince Erik, Chef Ramsey, Potato Cat & Professor.
Terri – Certified Veterinary Technician
Terri graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1990 and has been dedicated to caring for all animals for 24 years. She has always been extremely passionate about cats and is thriving in a feline exclusive setting. She shares her home with her husband and her cat Manfred.
Trisha – Certified Veterinary Technician
Trisha graduated from Globe College in December 2003. She has worked as a veterinary technician since that time and joined Cats Preferred in December 2009. She lives with her husband, cat-Nala and dogs-Harper and Jade.
Kelsey – Veterinary Assistant
Kelsey joined Cats Preferred in September 2015 as an intern. She graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology in December 2015. After completing her internship, she accepted a position at Cats Preferred as a veterinary assistant. She lives with her boyfriend and cat Edgar.
Jess – Veterinary Receptionist
Jess graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2011. Since then she has volunteered/interned for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, interned at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo rehabilitating manatees, and volunteered at the Minnesota Zoo connecting the public to wildlife. Following her passion to work with animals, she has worked in the pet care and veterinary fields as a Boarding Facility Supervisor and Veterinary Receptionist since 2013. Jess joined Cats Preferred in May of 2015 and loves contributing to the focus on high quality feline care and being part of our team! She has no pets of her own for now, but loves her spunky four-legged sister Sophie, a Choodle (Chihuahua Poodle mix).