Our Careteam

Krystle

Practice Manager

Krystle grew up on multiple acres in Bathurst, New Brunswick, where she developed a fascination with nature and wildlife early on. She can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a pet around her childhood home. For Krystle, coupling her innate customer service skills with her lifelong love for animals makes perfect sense—she gets to help both pets and those who care for them as Main West Animal Hospital’s Practice Manager!

After many years spent managing a private boating club, Krystle decided to look for work that felt more fulfilling and rewarding. That’s when she discovered an open position here at Main West Animal Hospital—she’s been a member of the clinic team since 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. Krystle loves to learn new things every day within the world of animal medicine, and she especially likes putting a smile on visitors’ faces on a daily basis. For her, the hospital’s staff and clientele are truly members of the family!

Krystle’s interests outside of work include hiking, staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle (she’s even certified as a personal trainer!), writing and journaling, and spending time with her family. She lives with her two young sons, Hunter and Preston, as well as a one-eyed cat named Silly who was adopted from right here at Main West Animal Hospital.

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Evelyn

Accountant

Evelyn has always enjoyed working with numbers, and she’s a pet owner herself. When the opportunity came about for her to couple her passion for arithmetic with her love for the earth’s creatures, the choice was simple!

Originally from Toronto, Evelyn moved to St. Catharines several years ago, where she began working at a computer school. Shortly after the school closed, she joined the team here at Main West Animal Hospital and Heartland Niagara Animal Hospital. Evelyn has been here ever since!

Away from work, Evelyn can be found reading, listening to music, playing pool, or spending quality time with her family and pets. She has three sons and four grandsons, and shares her home with two dogs—Sierra, who knows all sorts of tricks, and Stella, who can jump six feet into the air from a sitting position—as well as two loveable cats named Boots and Nikita.

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Joanne

Animal Health Technician

When she was 14 years old, Joanne saw a man on the side of the road beside a cow that was lying on the ground. As she went over to see what was going on, she realized the cow was birthing a calf! The man asked Joanne to comfort the mother cow, and minutes later the calf was born. From that moment on, Joanne knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.

Joanne grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She graduated from St. Clair College in 1987 with a diploma in in Animal Health Technology. She started at Main West in 1988, covering for a fellow employee on maternity leave. When she returned after six months, Joanne was kept on as a full-time employee.

Taking radiographs is Joanne’s specialty, and one of her favourite parts of her job. She also likes seeing the same patients over many years and being able to develop a close relationship with those pets and their families.

Joanne still lives in Niagara Falls, sharing her home with her husband Mike, their son Chase, their daughter Kendra, and the family pet, Jackson. Joanne says her greatest achievements are her family, career, and putting her kids through college.

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Amanda

Registered Veterinary Technician

Amanda cannot remember a time when she didn’t want to work with animals—it’s been her dream since she was very young, growing up in Sarnia, Ontario. She’s thrilled to work alongside her skilled and compassionate fellow team members to better the lives of pets here at Main West Animal Hospital!

Amanda joined the clinic family in November of 2014. As a Registered Veterinary Technician, she particularly enjoys placing catheters, drawing blood, assisting in surgery, and educating pet parents on their animal companions’ complex behavior patterns and dietary needs.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys camping with her family and working out at the gym—she’s also a personal trainer! She lives with her husband, their son, and four cats. Mojo and Coors are sisters and enjoy cuddling whenever the opportunity presents itself; Yoda is a hairless Sphinx cat who acts more like a human than a cat; and Kenya serves as the mother figure of the bunch.

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Jenn

Registered Veterinary Technician

Jenn is from the Niagara Region, growing up right here in Welland. Jenn always liked being able to make a difference in the lives of animals. She knew early on that she wanted to what nurses do for people, but for pets—what better way to do that than as a Registered Veterinary Technician!

Jenn’s veterinary journey started in 2001, when she began working at Main West Animal Hospital part-time. She continued working there over summers and on breaks from school while she attended St. Clair College in Windsor. After graduating in 2002 with her Veterinary Technician’s degree, she came on full-time at the clinic. As a tech, she enjoys laboratory work and laser therapy appointments. Most recently, she’s been doing rehabilitation appointments and is enjoying helping pets recover after orthopedic surgeries.

Jenn lives in Welland with her husband of 10 years and their six-year-old daughter. When Jenn has the occasional spare moment in her schedule, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. They also recently added a new four-legged member to the family, a five-year-old black Lab named Birdie.

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Katie

Registered Veterinary Technician

Katie has always felt happy and confident around animals. Why not advocate every day for their health and wellness, she thought, by working hands-on with pets as a veterinary professional? Katie never looked back—she’s now a Registered Veterinary Technician!

Katie grew up on a seven-acre hobby farm in Dunnville, Ontario, where she spent time around all sorts of animals ever since her earliest days. After completing a high-school cooperative career placement course at a veterinary clinic in Port Colborne, she headed to Ridgetown College in 2015. Katie graduated in April of 2017, joined the Main West Animal Hospital family that May, and passed her registering examination in August of 2017 to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Medically, Katie enjoys assisting by taking X-rays, drawing blood samples and studying them in the lab, and helping to keep nervous animals still. She’s also been learning a lot about animal rehabilitation, and loves to work with pets who have undergone orthopedic surgery. Most of all, Katie loves to meet a wide variety of pets and animal owners every single day!

Aside from her interests in the world of veterinary care, Katie likes horseback riding, archery, road trips, hiking, and playing baseball and volleyball. At home, she and her family live with two dogs, Lily and Whiskey; a cat named Daisy; and a pair of horses who go by Chex and Cookie.

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Denise

Registered Veterinary Technician

Denise constantly sought the companionship of animals while growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She’s been an advocate for their health and well-being for as long as she can remember. When Denise started to feel that something was missing from her previous career in the business world, she decided to make a change—that’s when she jumped headfirst into veterinary medicine!

After deciding to change her career path, Denise returned to school and obtained her degree in veterinary technology from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. After passing the national exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in the state, she started working at a specialty and emergency hospital outside of Philadelphia. Denise would help pets there for the next 16 years, working her way up to a supervisory position in charge of the entire nursing staff, until relocating to Canada in order to be closer to her parents after they retired to this area. She joined the Main West Animal Hospital and Heartland Niagara Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2017, and has been a valued member of the clinic family ever since.
Medically, Denise has particular passions for internal medicine cases—she’s always fascinated by the unique challenges that each and every patient presents—and animal behaviour work. For her, being able to share her knowledge with the area’s pet owners is the most rewarding part of her day!

In her free time away from the hospital, Denise can be found gardening, reading great books, and enjoying the company of her own pets at home. She lives with multiple rescued animals, including four dogs—Tristan, Kieran, Miki, and Emi—as well as a playful cat named Willow, two rabbits who go by Juniper and Hyacinth, and numerous tropical fish.

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Jessica

Veterinary Assistant

Jessica grew up on a Rockton, Ontario farm, where she cared for horses, cows, chickens, and even the occasional rabbit, guinea pig, or pigeon. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to advocate for the health of all animals—ever since she was a little girl, Jessica has been dedicated to bettering the lives of the earth’s creatures! Now, she helps pets daily as a Veterinary Assistant.

Jessica was only 14 years old when she started her animal-care career by signing on as a Kennel Attendant. Next, she took a job at a companion animal and equine hospital, furthering her hands-on experience in the veterinary world, before moving to Peterborough for school and diving into the world of emergency veterinary care.

In 2016, Jessica moved away from Peterborough to be closer to her family and boyfriend, and joined the team here at Main West Animal Hospital shortly afterward as a Veterinary Assistant. She’s especially fond of helping during surgical procedures, but her favourite part of the work is interacting one-on-one with her clients and patients.

When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic, Jessica enjoys gardening, horseback riding, hiking and rock climbing, kayaking, dabbling in art, cycling, and running. She’s successfully trained for a half-marathon, and plans on running a full marathon in the near future! At home, Jessica lives with two cats—Samson, known affectionately as “Frat Cat” since he went through university alongside Jessica; and Fern, who got her name after she was found hiding in Jessica’s garden during her time in Peterborough—and also owns a horse, Lighting, who has been with Jessica for 17 wonderful years.

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Lauren

Veterinary Assistant, Client Care Advocate

Before Lauren was an employee here at Main West Animal Hospital, she was a client, and often brought her own family pets to be examined. She’s happy to be able to now give something back by working as a member of the clinic team!

Born and raised in Niagara, Lauren joined Main West Animal Hospital’s talented care team in the spring of 2015, and works as a Veterinary Assistant and Client Care Advocate. On the medical side of things, her favourite part of the work is assisting with X-rays and ultrasounds. Most of all, though, she loves getting to know pet owners personally and hearing clients’ fun stories about their furry friends.

At home, Lauren has two pets of her own. She lives with Spike, an adopted Labrador/Dalmatian mix who loves howling along to music, as well as a playful Bernese mountain dog and German shepherd mix named Bella.

When time permits away from the clinic, Lauren can be found hiking with her dogs, playing soccer, or spending time with family and friends.

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Nikki

Veterinary Assistant

Nikki has had a passion for animal care ever since she can remember, and always played “veterinarian” instead of “doctor” while growing up. She shadowed at her local veterinary clinic while still in grade school, where she got to watch surgeries and assist with actual patients. It didn’t take long for Nikki to realize she was hooked! Now, she’s feels fortunate and proud to care for pets daily as a member of the Main West Animal Hospital family.

Originally from Trenton, Ontario, Nikki worked in various customer service jobs before moving to this area and applying to several veterinary clinics. She adopted a puppy shortly thereafter, and taking her new addition to his first veterinary office visit sealed her fate—she knew it was time to put her passion for animal care to good use. Nikki is now a Veterinary Assistant, and gets to better the lives of pet owners and their animal companions on a regular basis.

Nikki lives with her boyfriend and their Golden retriever, Murphy, who knows every trick in the book and can always get into some sort of trouble if he sets his mind to it. When she isn’t at work or spending time with her family at home, Nikki is an avid horseback rider. She’s been riding ever since she was young, and bought her first horse when she was only 16 years old—now, her horse teaches young children how to ride!

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Shannon

Veterinary Assistant

Ever since she can remember, Shannon has had a passion for animals, helping others, and the medical world. What better way for her to combine all three than by working as a veterinary professional? Shannon is thrilled to continue her journey in animal care as a member of Main West Animal Hospital and Heartland Niagara Animal Hospital’s care teams!

Shannon is originally from Fenwick, Ontario and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in animal biology from Queens University, graduating with honors. By the end of her undergraduate career, she knew that she wanted to work with animals full-time. Shannon began volunteering with a number of veterinary clinics, and it wasn’t long before she fell in love with the field of veterinary care. She became a member of the Main West Animal Hospital and Heartland Niagara Animal Hospital’s team in March of 2018, and is excited to serve the pets and animal owners of Welland as a Veterinary Assistant.

Outside of the office, Shannon likes painting, hiking, drawing, and participating in species- and environment-conservation efforts. She’s also an avid traveler and loves to come across new kinds of animals—Shannon has gotten to see everything from elephant seals in California and pronghorn antelopes in Utah to kangaroos and koala bears in Australia!

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Andi

Laboratory Technician

After graduating from school trained as a human laboratory technician, Andi found out that one of her classmates was working for a veterinarian. She hadn’t known this was an option, but quickly realized it would be the perfect career choice for her!

Born in Buffalo, New York as the oldest of three sisters, Andi was originally hired at Main West Animal Hospital in 1984 as a receptionist and kennel assistant. Eventually, she was trained through a correspondence course with a lab. She even attended the University of Guelph for a short period, trained as a technician in their labs. Now she performs almost all of Main West Animal Hospital’s lab work in-house!

Cytology—the study of cells—is Andi’s chief professional interest, as it is a challenge for her and very helpful for the practice. She also enjoys being active in diagnosing, and seeing a pet through the healing process until they’re cured.

Andi has been married to her husband Bill for 46 years. They have two sons and six grandchildren, and live with two pets of their own, a dog and a cat. Outside of work, Andi enjoys Zumba, Tai Chi, and gardening.

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Alexandria

Client Care Advocate

Alexandria owns pets herself—a cat and a dog—and doesn’t take for granted the unconditional love they provide her every day. When the opportunity arose for Alexandria to combine her background in customer service with her passion for animal care, she didn’t hesitate! She’s a proud member of Main West Animal Hospital’s client care team.

Alexandria is from Niagara Falls and joined the hospital family in January of 2018 as a Client Care Advocate. She continues to learn something new every day, and loves to soak up knowledge from her skilled fellow coworkers. For Alexandria, the fast-paced nature of the clinic and the way it keeps her on her toes is her favourite part of the job.
In her time away from the office, Alexandria enjoys traveling and exploring different parts of the world. At home, she loves to spend time with Zoe, her Golden Retriever who understands commands in both English and French; and her cuddly cat named Minou.

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Alysha

Client Care Advocate

Alysha grew up in Welland as an only child, so her household dog, Cooper, quickly became her most loyal friend. She’s never taken for granted the true value of our animal companions—ever since she can remember, Alysha has wanted to give something back. She gets to do just that as one of Main West Animal Hospital’s Client Care Advocates!

Alysha attended Niagara College, where she earned her diploma as a Social Service Worker. She began her professional career by working at a homeless shelter and as a receptionist for an advocacy center. When her contract with the agency ended, Alysha happened to come across an opening here at Main West Animal Hospital. She knew it was too good of an opportunity to pass up—now, she gets to use her nurturing instincts to help the pets she loves so much! Alysha particularly likes learning new things on a regular basis and getting to hear fun stories from pet owners just like herself.

Along with her fiancé, Christopher, Alysha recently bought her own home in Welland. The couple lives with two dogs—Scout, an Australian cattle dog, and a Husky mix named Skylar—and two rescued cats: Pandora is a social and outgoing Maine Coon who never stops talking, and Marvin the Tuxedo cat is much more reserved.

In her time away from the hospital, Alysha can be found spending time with her family, taking her dogs for long walks, reading, or gardening.

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Caitlyn

Client Care Advocate

Caitlyn has always been a “people person” and excelled at customer service throughout her time in the working world. When the opportunity arose for her to combine her skillset with her love for animals—at the very same clinic that she has been bringing her own pets to for more than 20 years—she didn’t hesitate! Caitlyn is proud to serve as a member of Main West Animal Hospital’s Client Care Advocate team.

A Welland native, Caitlyn joined the hospital family in February of 2017, and has been tending to the needs of the area’s pets and animal owners ever since. She loves to meet a wide variety of personalities—both pet and human!—every day, and she particularly likes watching a clumsy newborn companion grow into a strong, healthy adult pet as the years go on.

Away from the office, Caitlyn is an avid painter, and even had several of her paintings bid on a few years ago when she submitted her work to an auction in Toronto. She also loves doting on her own animal companions at home. Caitlyn has one dog, a Silver Labrador puppy by the name of Captain James Tiberius Kirk, and also shares her life with four cats: Harley and Chubbs were raised by Caitlyn since the time they were first found as feral kittens; Prince Charming is a sweet and affectionate orange tabby; and Pita the black cat never fails to provide a healthy helping of attitude.

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Christina

Client Care Advocate

Christina has always been a people person, and her inclination toward pets comes naturally. What better way to pair her love of animals with her nurturing instinct, she thought, than by helping pet owners in a veterinary clinic? Christina serves as one of Main West Animal Hospital’s Client Care Advocates.

Christina is from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and moved to Ontario in 2000. She previously worked as an Educational Assistant in the human healthcare field, caring for special-needs patients. In 2015, she made the decision to switch careers; that’s when she started looking for jobs in the veterinary world. Christina was thrilled to join the Main West Animal Hospital family in January of 2016, and is particularly fond of the fast-paced clinic environment. Ultimately, she loves working alongside her talented coworkers to bring the highest-quality brand of veterinary medicine possible to the area’s pet owners.

Outside of work, Christina loves getting lost in a good book and spending quality time with her family at home. She and her husband have two wonderful children and also share their lives with a spunky dog named Molly.

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Phill

Client Care Advocate

Phill grew up in Fonthill, Ontario, where animal care was a natural part of life. He tended to everything from dogs and cats to chickens, horses, ferrets, goats, and even peacocks! By working in the veterinary world, Phill gets to spend time around the creatures who bring him joy while using his skills to ultimately better the lives of others.

Phill was first approached by a member of the Main West Animal Hospital team at his previous job, and couldn’t be happier to begin his veterinary journey here. He’s been a part of the clinic family since early 2016, and serves as a Client Care Advocate. Around the hospital, Phill especially likes learning new things from his skilled coworkers, seeing a wide variety of animal personalities, and getting to know pet owners on a personal level.

Outside of his interests in the animal-care field, Phill enjoys working out at the gym and training in taekwondo. He’s been participating in taekwondo for 13 years, and is now a second-degree black belt! He also likes spending quality time with his own pets at home. Phill and his family live with Zoey, a laid-back Pomeranian/Shih Tzu mix, as well as an elderly cat named Lily who prefers to spend most of her time out on the patio.

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