Nursing Staff

Vanessa Miller, MA

Vanessa is a graduate of St. Catherine’s University. She enjoys working with young children and their families, particularly families with twins as she has twins herself!  Vanessa lives in Inver Grove Heights with her husband and 3 children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, coaching soccer, and going to her kids’ sporting events.

Margaret Edwards, RN

Margaret lives on Cathedral Hill, loves traveling and drinking coffee in new places.  She graduated from Saint Kate’s and enjoys working as a pediatric nurse, especially because she’s one of the oldest of seven kids herself!

Elizabeth Ellis, RN

Originally from Pennsylvania, Elizabeth moved to Minnesota to pursue her love for pediatrics. Coming from a big family herself, she loves to be around kids. Before she was employed at Mendakota Pediatrics, she enjoyed a year of travel missionary work in 2021. Elizabeth graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2020.

Gavin Wier, CNA

Gavin is a CNA working on finishing up his BSN at Rasmussen University. Gavin is passionate about pediatrics and a strong believer in providing patient- and family-centered care. Outside of work, he enjoys fishing, skiing, tennis, the Minnesota Wild, and spending time with his cat Ernie. Gavin and Ernie watch every Wild game together! Gavin is a former patient of Mendakota Pediatrics and is excited to be a member of your child’s health care team!

Front Desk Staff

Annette Cunningham

Annette lives in Mendota Heights, is married, and has 3 grown daughters. She attended Winona State university and received a degree in Social Work.  She previously worked at Health Partners and Darts as a care coordinator with the elderly. She has also managed a small coffee shop in Mendota Heights (Fischerville) before starting at Mendakota Pediatrics. Outside of work Annette loves playing tennis and belongs to a couple women’s leagues. She also enjoys camping, hiking and concerts.

Melissa Hoffman

Melissa lives in St. Paul and worked in the wealth management industry prior to joining Mendakota Pediatrics. She loves her job here and says it’s a treat to see children every day.  In her free time, Melissa enjoys time with her three grown boys. She also loves spending time outdoors – and she tries to workout every day.