BSc, DVM, CCRP
I graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College (PEI) in 2003 with special interests in neurology and surgery and I have been practicing in the Niagara region since 2005. Thanks to the high energy rescue Boston Terrier, Molson, that came into my life in 2002, I developed a great passion for dog sports and have been competing in flyball with my dogs since 2004.
In 2010, I discovered that Molson had a completely collapsed disc space, an injury which could have been severely debilitating had he been unfit and overweight. Instead, he continued to race another 4 years before taking his well-earned retirement at the age of 13. For this reason, I have always been a strong advocate for keeping pets active and healthy.
This led to a keen interest in canine rehabilitation and sports medicine, a discipline which also relies heavily on knowledge of neurology and surgery. It was the perfect fit, enabling me to combine all of my interests for the advancement of my professional life. In 2014, I completed my certification in canine rehab through the University of Tennessee and am now a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP).
I love going to work every day to see what challenges may greet me with my patients. When not there or taking courses to further my knowledge in the field, I am either camping with my husband Joel and our pups, Bacardi Breezer and Coca Cola, or at some sort of dog sport competition whether that be flyball, dock diving or any other sport that Breeze and I think we should try out. Although dogs tend to be my focus, I love cats, too. We currently share our home with Lentil, an orange tabby, and Quill, a Bengal mix.
Client Care Specialist
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have animals in my life. I grew up with dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, birds, fish, a hamster and even a turtle, at one point. I attended Niagara College for Travel and Tourism and have spent over 20 years working in Hospitality in various positions throughout the Niagara Region, including a local museum, an inn and several wineries.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my three rescued Chihuahuas. My oldest, Penny, was in need of a home and I just couldn’t resist. My bonded boys, Wendell and Duncan, were found wandering the streets of Los Angeles. I love taking them for long walks and going to the dog park with them. I also enjoy spending time with my family, reading and travelling as much as I can.
Always being passionate about animals led me to apply for the position of Client Care Specialist at the Centre in 2016. I enjoy interacting with clients and their pets and making your visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. I look forward to seeing you all and your fur babies!!
My love for helping animals started before I moved to Canada in 2009, when I was volunteering at a shelter in the Mayan Riviera in Mexico.
With a background in Dog Socialization and Training, getting certified in June 2018 as a Vet Assistant and taking extra courses in Dog Food Nutrition, I was given the opportunity to work for the Niagara SPCA as an Animal Care Technician in April 2019. A couple of months later, I had the chance to become a part of their Spay/Neuter Clinic as a Vet Assistant. More recently, I also started my journey with the Canine Conditioning Centre as an Animal Care Assistant. I’m proud to work for organizations that share the same visions and goals as I do and that has immensely helped me grow professionally.
I am currently living in Port Colborne with my husband, a.k.a. partner in crime, Rick and when I’m not helping animals, you can find me outdoors, ready for an adventure… You name it! Rollerblading, hiking, canoeing, etc., with my 2 rescue dogs, Chula, an Akita X, and Balám, an Elkhound X.
I graduated with honours in 2016 with my 3000 Hour Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma along with my Canine Massage Therapy Certification. Having been raised around dogs my entire life, I wanted to combine my love for animals and manual therapy into one. I hold additional certifications in Advanced Canine Nutrition, Animal Reiki, Acute Canine Herbalism, and Canine Essential Oils Specialist, to name a few.
A forever student, I am also working towards my diploma to become an internationally recognized Canine Osteopath.
I have also been able to combine my love for athletics and canine bodywork by being selected as the AAC IFCS Agility Canada Team’s Healthcare Practitioner in 2022, as well as the Healthcare Team working on Human and Canine athletes for the 2023 WAO UKI Canadian Agility Team.
When not working or completing schoolwork, I spend most of my time with my son Talon, and our rescue dogs Tucker (Bassador) and Caoimhe (Doberman).
I graduated from Manchester Royal Infirmary and worked for over forty years as a physiotherapist in acute medicine, surgery and ICU in the UK and Canada. My lifelong love of animals led me to take many courses with the Animal Rehabilitation Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).
This opened the door for me to provide physiotherapy services for seven years to canine patients of the orthopedic surgeons and neurologists at the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital. In 2013, I achieved certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in the U.S. after which, I provided home visits to canine patients in the GTA.
I also recently completed two years of voluntary work in the rehabilitation department of the Toronto Wildlife Centre, which admits over 270 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles annually. I live in north St. Catharines with my family, which includes Artie and Sally, two puppy mill rescues.