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Meet Our Vet Behavior Professionals

Margaret M. Duxbury DVM, DACVB

Dr. Duxbury completed her behavior residency and became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) in 2005. She served as an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she ran a successful behavior practice that was recognized as one of the ‘Best Places to Fix’ by Minneapolis /St. Paul Magazine. She left the University in 2015 in order to focus exclusively on helping clients and their pets.

In addition to being a Board Certified Diplomate of the ACVB, Dr. Duxbury has twice served on its Board of Regents. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).  Her research has been published in national, peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Genome Biology.  She is a frequent speaker at regional and national veterinary conferences.   

Deborah Bryant, DVM, ACVB Resident  

Dr. Bryant is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).    

She has sought intensive continuing education in behavioral medicine, and strives to expand her working knowledge in the field.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Overall, Dr. Bryant is currently in a residency program with the goal of attaining board certification through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. You may know her through Greater Minnesota Veterinary Behavior Services, her previous practice, started in 2009. She served as a clinician in the Behavior Service at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center in 2012.
Together with Dr. Duxbury, Dr. Bryant is passionate about caring for canine and feline patients, and their humans, through Veterinary Behavior Specialties of Minnesota! 

Nancy Vitalis

Nancy Vitalis has been in the veterinary business since 1985. She started her career at a very progressive and busy private practice in Detroit Michigan as a licensed technician and office manager. After four years there, she moved back to her home state of Wisconsin where she worked in a mixed animal practice in the northwest part of the state. Nancy has been with VBSMN almost since its inception. She was brought on board to assist in the day-to-day operations of Veterinary Behavior Specialties of Minnesota because of her years of experience in veterinary medicine and her excellent office management skills. Nancy and her husband are also owners of a behaviorally challenged dog and she understands the stress and emotions that go along with owning a “special needs” pet.

Sarah Lindeman, CVT

Sarah Lindeman is our certified veterinary technician. She grew up in Montana, where she began working in the veterinary field in high school. She moved to Minnesota in 2005 to further her education, earning her Bachelor's degree from the College of St. Benedict in 2009 and her Associate's degree from Minnesota School of Business in 2011. She worked as a CVT in general practice settings until joining our team in May 2016.

A life-long desire to help animals led Sarah to pursue a career as a veterinary technician, and she discovered that behavior is her true passion because of the meaningful way it impacts her patients' daily lives. She is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior. Sarah assists in daily appointments, does private training sessions and is spearheading our ‘Love Your Vet’ training series.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys camping, running, gardening, making art, and exploring local neighborhoods. She resides in Northeast Minneapolis with her husband Matt and their 2 cats, George and Olaf.

Pam Shafer CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed)

Pam has had a love for animals her entire life – and it shows every day at work! She has a broad background including having worked for many years as a veterinary assistant, and having managed a doggie daycare and pet hotel. Pam’s training classes are fun for both dog and owners, and she brings the same enthusiasm to private sessions. Positive reinforcement training and canine behavior is her passion. She loves watching dogs and their owners learn new skills and bond through training. When Pam is not working, she enjoys making memories with her family and friends, going for walks, and reading.