Our Staff



Meet Karen, the owner and heart and soul of Avian Suites.  Karen got a cockatiel years ago and quickly decided that more experience with and knowledge of parrots was an absolute necessity.  She has been working with parrot species for over 20 years.  She is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, The American Federation of Aviculture and a Professional level member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.  She is weird enough to have eight parrots of her own.

Meet Bonnie our Manager.  Bonnie has been at Avian Suites since the summer of 2016 and has over 20 years’ experience caring for a variety of animals as a veterinary technician.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A & M and is currently working on a Master of Business Administration.  Bonnie has worked as a veterinary technician all over the country always returning home to Minnesota.


Meet Nyla, our Assistant Manager.  Nyla Joined Avian Suites in the fall of 2016.  Nyla is the craftsman and creative force behind Birdie Buddy where she designs and builds for healthy, recovering and special needs birds of many sizes and species.  Safe, high quality, environmental enrichment is her passion and specialty.  She has two macaws and a conure.


Meet Kaitlyn, one of our Avian Care Specialists.  Kaitlyn has been working at Avian Suites since the fall of 2014 and has been loving every moment.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota.  She has a  special interest in avian care and applied animal behavior and hopes to eventually pursue graduate school in the field of Avian/Animal Behavior and Welfare Science.

Meet Patti, the former owner of Avian Suites and part time Avian Care Specialist.  Patti is the person who built the Avian Suites business over her years as owner.  She currently is practice manager for two veterinary clinics.  In a past life, Patti was Director of Operations at a very large parrot welfare organization, which gave her a wealth of knowlage about parrots.  Patti has six parrots of her own.  We are fortunate to have her experience back at Avian Suites.


Meet Heather, one of our Avian Care Specialists. Heather joined the Avian Suites staff in the summer of 2017. She is taking classes for the pre-vet program at the University of Minnesota, and is on the Board for the Minnesota Companion Bird Association. Her goal is to one day become an exotics veterinarian. Heather has three parrots of her own.