Mark grew up on a dairy farm near Almonte, ON where his family still crops and raise sheep. Mark received his BSc in Agriculture from the University of Guelph in 1994 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After graduation, Mark practiced mixed animal medicine and surgery first in Eastern Ontario, then in the rural north island of New Zealand. After returning to Canada in 2003, Mark practiced both farm and small animal medicine and surgery as a locum veterinarian. In 2005 Mark established West Carleton Animal Hospital in the village of Carp. Mark lives in Kanata with his young family, and still periodically pines for bovines. In his down time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, reading, sailing, hiking, camping, canoeing, gaming, and trolling the world wide web for random nuggets of knowlege.
“I love coming to work everyday. I am blessed to work with caring and entertaining co-workers and clients. I take great satisfaction in using my skills to make life better for both our patients and their human guardians.”
Andrea was born in Venezuela and spent most of her school years in Montreal. Andrea graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1984 and first practiced mixed animal medicine and surgery before moving into solely small animal practice. Andrea was an active volunteer in the public school system, both in the classroom and on parent council, and is the proud mother of 4 young adult children and a Labrador Retriever, named Surf. Andrea enjoys alpine skiing, scuba diving, photography, cottaging, biking, and hiking.
“I have always owned and enjoyed a variety of animals. I love being local and being able to work with the pets in my home community.”
Suzanne was born and raised in Manotick, where she (mis)spent her youth riding hunter/jumpers and pumping gas for the family business. Suzanne earned a B.Sc (Agr) at University of Guelph in 2000. After graduating Suzanne moved to Calgary to work with Grand Prix jumpers, and ended up collecting semen from bulls (feel free to ask her about either of these!). Suzanne moved back to Ontario and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at OVC in 2007. During her years at OVC Suzanne had an opportunity to travel to East Africa with the Global Vets program, visiting many veterinary related projects throughout Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Following graduation Suzanne completed an internship in equine medicine in Rochester, NY at Ledgewood Equine Veterinary Clinic. After all of these adventures Suzanne realized there is no place like home, she moved back to Manotick with her husband and their two young kids, collecting an old dog named Wilo, an adventurous cat named Griswold, and a horse named Frugal along the way. Suzanne no longer has time for hobbies, but may someday again enjoy spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, riding, hang-gliding and canoeing. Suzanne is currently a board member of the Canadian Central Veterinary Association.
“Working at WCAH feels like coming home to me. This family extends beyond the staff to our clients and their furry family members too (yes, we understand!). Every day I’m here I get to combine my interest and compassion for people with my love for all animals.”
Dr. Regina White
Dr. Regina Valle White was born in Mexico City where she was driven by her love and passion for animals and medicine to study Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry at UNAM University in 2001.
In 2004 she came to Canada to study at Mc Gill University in St. Anne de Bellevue and in 2007 she permanently moved back to Canada where she has happily worked and volunteered in wonderful veterinary practices such as Poirier-O’Brien Veterinary Clinic in Montreal, Alta Vista Animal Hospital, Dundas Veterinary Services and now at West Carleton Animal Hospital since 2014.
Regina is a proud mother of two lovely daughters and they live with their sweet dog Scout and their cat Tati in Ottawa. Enjoying time them is what Regina looks forward to, on her days off. She also has some experience on marine mammal training, working with zoo animals and a passion for wildlife and marine mammals rescue and rehabilitation.
“Our pets enrich our lives in many levels and through loving them and caring for them we learn to be better humans.
I feel very fortunate and grateful to be able to work at WCAH with such an amazing team of people and help animals and their owners to enjoy that amazing bond with their pets”
Dr. Dorothy Kitchen
Dr. Michelle Lem
Michelle is a 2001 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). After graduating, Michelle practiced in New Zealand before returning to Ottawa, where she has practiced companion animal medicine and surgery as an associate veterinarian, companion animal mobile service and locum. From 2003 to 2009, Michelle provided behavioural consultations for companion animals on a referral basis; was the contract veterinarian for Department of National Defence’s military working dogs from 2009 till 2011; and taught in the Veterinary Assistant and Technician programs at Algonquin College from 2004 to 2014. In 2009, Michelle pursued graduate research, studying the effects of pet ownership on street-involved youth, receiving her MSc in 2012. Michelle is an active member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) as a trained member of the Canadian Veterinary Reserve and serves on the CVMA’s Animal Welfare Committee. Michelle is also the founder and director of Community Veterinary Outreach, a registered charity that has provided pro bono preventive veterinary care for animals of the homeless and marginally housed in Ottawa since 2003. This program is demonstrating how veterinary care can be leveraged to engage marginalized pet owners in social services and health care for themselves. Community Veterinary Outreach programs also operate in Hamilton, Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo, and Guelph, Ontario. www.vetoutreach.org
Office Manager & Client Service
JoAnne has worked with research animals, and various vet clinics including, small and large animal hospitals. She was the District Commissioner of Balitimore Hills Pony Club, President of Arnprior Little League, and has recently started her own business called HaySmart making and selling slow feeding haynets. JoAnne is originally from Arnprior and now calls Almonte home. She is the proud mother of 2 great kids, Rebecca and Matthew and now 2 grand-daughters, Ella and Abby. JoAnne currently has a German Short-haired Pointer named Drake, 2 cats named Bigs and Cutie, a horse named Pipilongstocking (Pip) and a pony named Polly. Joanne enjoys horseback riding, working on the farm, and spending time with family.
“I have a deep abiding love and respect for animals and feel privileged to be able to help and protect them. I love that in my position at WCAH, I connect with families and their pets. It’s not just about, walking in the door, being seen by the vet, paying and leaving. We truly care about our clients and their families.”
Colleen is a small town girl who grew up nearby in Dunrobin. Colleen graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College in 2012 and completed her student work placement at the Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic, returning to Bowmanville to work at the Bowmanville Zoo upon graduation. Colleen worked with a variety of animals, big and small, and researched, wrote and delivered educational presentations at various venues. Colleen’s passion is animal conservation; especially the conservation of elephants. She had the delight of working with the elephant Limba while at the Bowmanville Zoo, and gained affection for these beautiful animals. She hopes to further the ongoing conservation of their species, and bring awareness to their needs. Before coming here to work at the WCAH, Colleen travelled to Tanzania on a medical mission trip. During her time there, she was also able to visit a National Park and see wild animals in their natural habitat. Colleen also enjoys singing and participating in local theatre productions. She has 3 siblings whom she is very close with, and is constantly getting new little foster brothers and sisters to spoil!
“I love working here at WCAH! There is such a family atmosphere between colleagues and with our wonderful clients. I love being able to contribute my skills to such a delightful clinic. I look forward to meeting you all and spending time with the furry members of your family!”
Practice Manager & Registered Veterinary Technician
After completing her BAH from Queens University, Stephanie returned to Kingston to attend St. Lawrence College for the Veterinary Technology Program. She has worked in a variety of small animal and mixed animal practices for over 12 years. Stephanie currently lives in Carleton Place with her husband Doug and their two daughters Hailey and Kinley. They share their home with one dog (Rascal) and two cats (Leo, and Tinker). Her interests include reading, and spending time with family and friends. Stephanie joined the WCAH team in 2007.
“From a very young age I knew I would have a career working with animals. My love of animals and compassion for their welfare keep me working part time in the field.”
Registered Veterinary Technician
Katy grew up in Constance bay in a family of 7 inlcuding 4 brothers. Katy graduated All Saints Catholic Highschool, and has worked with animals most of her life grooming animals with her mom at Groomingdale’s in Kanata and Stittsville and with her own family pets including Brandy (Labrador mix), Princess (Terrier Mix), Lily (silky terrier) and two orange tabbies named Simba and Tigger. Katy also enjoys spending time with my family and friends, reading, video games, sports, nail art, and cinema.
“I love working with animals and enjoy being around them every day. I enjoy being able to see the love and care that one has for one’s pet. I love my job at the clinic because the staff is great and I enjoy working with them and the animals everyday.”
Chelsea grew up in the country just outside of Ottawa with 4 sisters and a dog. She graduated from Algonquin as a Vet Assistant in 2013 and has worked in a boarding kennel for cats and dogs for the last 8 years. Chelsea’s hobbies include reading good books and going to the cinemas.
“I chose this field because I like animals and want to keep learning about them throughout my life. I love working at WCAH because I get to help those in need and meet the animals that just love life with their families.”
Jennifer grew up in Almonte and attended the University of Guelph receiving her C.G.A. designation. Jennifer lives in Carleton Place with her family that includes their dog, Brandi and their cat, Pepper Jack. In her spare time, Jennifer is kept busy with her 3 boys and their extracurricular activities. Jen also enjoys reading and being active, and ran the 5k Deifenbunker run together with other WCAH employees. Jen is closely connected to the community with many friends in the area and regularly attends of the Carp fair and Fitzroy Harbour days.
“Working at WCAH allows me to combine my love of animals with my love of numbers! At WCAH our employees and clientele make it a wonderful a environment to work in.”