The Sechelt Animal Hospital Staff have come together to form a dynamic team of sincerely caring individuals. They are dedicated to maintaining and continually upgrading their skills and training in order to restore, improve, and maintain your pet's health.
"Our goal and policy is to treat our clients as we would treat our families, and to treat our clients' pets as though they were our own. 
Being of service to our clients and patients, is the definition of our purpose and mission of our practice.We pledge and guarantee that we will always do our very best to serve you and to provide your pet with the care they deserve."

Veterinarians


Dr. Lorne Carroll
BSc, DVM (Veterinarian)

I was born and raised here on the coast with a lifelong goal of becoming a vet. I realized that goal when I graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. It was always my plan to return to the coast and start my own cutting-edge practice. This hospital is part of that dream. When I'm not taking care of animals you can usually find me exploring the Sunshine Coast by scuba diving, mountain biking, hiking or hanging out with my wife and three children.

Dr. Rachael Spence
DVM (Veterinarian)

I graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and have been working the last 13 years at a busy, small animal practice in Edmonton. I was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and found myself pining for the ocean after spending 25 years on the prairies. I made a decision to move to the coast because I am an outdoor enthusiast and look forward to hiking the many beautiful trails with my dogs. So, when I am not at Sechelt Animal Hospital, you may find me running or hiking my way around the coast. I also have a real love for Africa and I travel to Kenya and Rwanda every year with my sister. I have an agriculture project in Rwanda called “The Udder Project” that helps the local people improve the health of their livestock through education and training in the hopes that they can secure a self-sustaining future. I am excited to be a part of the Sechelt Animal Hospital Team and I look forward to meeting all of you and your fur babies.

Dr. Leah Quanstrom
DVM (Veterinarian)

I moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2016 but was born and raised in Hope BC.  After completing my undergraduate degree, I moved to Edmonton where I worked in a busy small animal practice before completing my Veterinary degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.  I am very excited to be back on the west coast with my husband, 2 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 bunnies!

I have always loved the great outdoors, so when I'm not at Sechelt Animal Hospital you may see me out exploring the many hiking trails along the coast! I am very excited to be a part of the Sechelt Animal Hospital team and look forward to getting to know you and your fur-babies!

Dr. Bergin Tam
DVM (Veterinarian)

I graduated from veterinary school at UC Davis in 2009 and from UC Berkeley in 2001 studying biology.  I am originally from California and moved to Canada in this last year to experience beautiful B.C. and so far have enjoyed living in the Sunshine Coast.  

My partner and I own a Persian mix cat named Obie and she is delightful and weird at the same time.  In my free time, I enjoy exploring all the nature the coast has to offer and especially enjoy fly fishing the creeks for trout and salmon; truly a fisherman's paradise.  Transitioning from living in San Francisco to the Sunshine coast has been a little bit of an adjustment but so far it has been well worth it.

Animal Health Technologists


Meghan
Head Technician

I graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University (formerly UCC) in June of 2002.  After a short time working in Kamloops I moved to the Sunshine Coast in October of 2002 and I have been working at the Sechelt Animal Hospital ever since. 

I live in Sechelt with my husband, daughter, son, and our menagerie of animals.  I have two cats (Dylan, and Jesse), four rabbits (Alice, Benita, Carter, and Evelyn), and two dogs (Gunner and Winnie). Ever since I was little I wanted to work with animals and I now have a job where I get to realize my dream.  I never thought it was possible to enjoy coming to work everyday! 

Lisa
Head Technician

Back when I first graduated Tech school in 2011, I found my very first RVT job at Sechelt Animal Hospital.  After a couple of years, I moved to Victoria and spent 4 years working in emergency medicine and critical care for the Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital, and now I’m happy to find myself back on the Sunshine Coast, and back at Sechelt Animal Hospital!  

I have a particular interest in veterinary transfusion medicine and in emergency and critical care; I helped run the Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital Animal Blood Bank, and I’m currently in the middle of pursuing veterinary technician speciality (VTS) in emergency and critical care.  I plan on putting my skills to good work for the pets of the Coast.

I spend most of my time hiking, reading, watching movies, and cuddling with my creatures: my dog, Lemon, my cat, Patience, and my rat, Pvt. Alexandrat Johnson (I know, it’s weird, it’s an inside joke). I also like cooking/baking, playing games, both the board and video varieties, sewing, telling “dad jokes”, and making terrible puns (as you can tell from my rat’s name.)

Sharon
Animal Health Technologist

I graduated from Central Luzon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. My husband and I co-own a small animal vet practice in the Philippines (United Doctors Animal Clinic - which we visit every year) and moved to Canada in 2003.

I worked as an Animal Health Technologist on Bowen Island for three years before moving to the coast in 2006, and have worked here at the Sechelt Animal Hospital since then. Living in such a close-knit Island community inspired my husband and I to search the coast and find a similar environment; Sechelt is definitely that place!

I spend most of my days off going over to Bowen Island, spending time with friends, and also for our dog Lupe and to visit all their friends at The Missy Manor: "A Doggie's Haven" an Animal Rescue Foundation that I am very involved with.

 

Shae Kitchen
Veterinary Technician

Ever since I was little I’ve had a huge passion for animals and helping them! I did 2 years in university and then went and did 2 years in college to graduate  Veterinary Technician. I come from Ontario growing up on a 12 acre farms with cats, dogs, a pig and 3 horses. We farmed peaches nectarines and plums! I worked at an owl rescue and rehab for 5 years and I've worked in small animal and large animal veterinary practice. I recently moved to the coast after falling in love with it last year on vacation. I knew this is where I wanted to end up living forever. I live with my super fat cat Verlander who is the most cuddliest and talkative cat! In my spare time I go hiking and have joined soccer and softball!

Veterinary Assistants


Keri
Head Veterinary Assistant

I have been with the Sechelt Animal Hospital since October of 2004. I love my job and always ensure there is comfort and happiness with the patients during their stay here. 

I have been working with animals since I was 12 years old, starting at a pet store in Yellowknife NWT (where I grew up), and more recently at Gibson’s Wildlife Rehab Centre.

These experiences have made me especially fond of birds and exotics. At home I have a menagerie of snakes, lizards, rodents, tropical fish, poultry, cats and dogs, and an amazingly tolerant husband! 

Virginia
Veterinary Assistant

I grew up here on the coast spending my summers on the beach with my grandmother enjoying all the beauty the coast has to offer.

I have always loved animals, especially dogs. I first started working here at the Sechelt Animal Hospital from 2003 to 2006 as a receptionist/ward nurse, and then took some time off for myself.  I came back on board in September 2009.

I think that working with animals is both challenging and rewarding. I joined this amazing team because of my love for animals, and to learn more about animal health and become an advocate for better care for all pets.

I live with two Jack Russell Terrorists, and a very tolerant cat.  My hobbies include photography, mixed media arts and mountain biking.

Kyran
Veterinary Assistant

I started volunteering at the Sechelt Animal Hospital in 2015 because of my love for animals.

This led to a part time position until I graduated high-school in 2016 and then I joined the team full time.

I have learned so much and it has been amazing working with such a respectful group of people that share my passion for animals.

Lyndsay
Ward Nurse

I am originally from Edmonton, but recently relocated and made the Sunshine Coast my new home. To say that I'm an animal lover would be an understatement, so the first thing I did after graduating was get a job in a veterinary clinic.

From there I branched out into grooming and have been doing both grooming and working at a veterinary hospital for the last 12 years.

One of my favourite things to do, besides meet all of the dogs on the coast, is trimming nails!  So please feel free to stop in, even just to say hi!!

Sofia
Ward Nurse

I have lived on the Sunshine Coast for my whole life. I am in grade 11 at  Elphinstone Secondary in Gibsons. I am planning to graduate in 2018 and I have high hopes to move on to UBC to study dentistry and become an orthodontist.

I love animals, and have a dog and four cats at home!

In my spare time I play soccer and piano. 

Hailey
Ward Nurse

I was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast. I love animals and have wanted to work with them since before I could say veterinarian.

I have just started at Sechelt Animal Hospital and love it so far! It's great to see the care and compassion given to every patient who comes in.

Emily
Ward Nurse

I was born and raised in Vancouver but spent many of my childhood summer vacations on the Sunshine Coast. It has always been a special place to me which is why my husband and I decided to make Sechelt our home in 2014.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time at home with my husband, son and animals. We share our home with two dogs, two cats and one bird. I also love reading, crafting, fitness and exploring the outdoors with our dogs.

From a very young age, animals have owned a large piece of my heart. The unconditional love that they give to us humans has always amazed me and I can't imagine my life without some sort of furry or feathery creature in my life.

I have spent most of my adult years working in pet stores and dog walking but in my heart I have always wanted to work in the healthcare side of the pet industry.

I am extremely excited to be a part of the team at Sechelt Animal Hospital. I look forward to learning all that I can from the talented group of Veterinarians, technicians and assistants that I get to work with.

Reception


Christy
Practice Manager

I was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast and I don't have any intentions on ever leaving. My love for animals started at the youngest age that I can remember, and to ever pursue a career with animals was only a dream. Now here I am! My partner and I have four children (the fur baby kind) two pitbulls, Abbi and Rocky, and two kitties, Jenny & Tyee.

Jennifer
Receptionist

I grew up in North Vancouver and have always spent time on the Sunshine Coast visiting family.  I  moved to the Coast in 2010 with my husband, our two children, and our twelve year old cat. After losing our cat to an illness shortly after moving here, it was not long before we adopted a kitten and a young adult cat from the Sunshine Coast SPCA. Steely and Oreo are a perfect match for our family and we are lucky to have found them. After being at home with my kids for a few years and spending time doing volunteer work, I joined the team at Sechelt Animal Hospital as a receptionist. Since starting at Sechelt Animal Hospital, I have adopted two more family members from the SPCA: Hoth (kitten) and Ripley (puppy) I love working with our talented, fun staff and getting to know our furry clients and their people.

Emily
Receptionist

I have been coming to visit family on the Sunshine Coast since I was a little girl and in 2015, I decided to move here. I have worked with animals for years and years, but since discontinuing my pet sitting business due to adopting one of my clients pets (who is now the love of my life), I have been so eager to start working with animals again. I became a part of the Sechelt Animal Hospital team at the end of 2017 and it has been nothing short of amazing. It is so wonderful to be back in a career where I not only get to be surrounded by animals, but I also get to work with such a talented group of people.

Mikaela
Receptionist

I was raised in Burnaby BC, but for the past 8 years had been living in Calgary before moving to the Coast in the summer of 2018. I’ve been traveling here with my family for years and am so happy I made the move! I have always loved animals and my dream was always to work with them every day. I worked in a veterinary clinic in Calgary for 7 years and knew when I moved to Sechelt, that Sechelt Animal Hospital was the place I wanted to be. I have two flame point Siamese cats names Frankie and Casper, and hope to have a dog one day soon!

Kayla
Receptionist

I was born and raised here on the beautiful Sunshine Coast; It’s a hard place to leave! I had the pleasure of growing up with a multi animal household (the “Zogas Zoo”) that really shaped me into who I am today. I’ve always had a passion for spending my time with animals, you can find me up at the barn with my horses or cuddling my cats and dogs at home. Graduating with my Vet Assistant certificate was rewarding and I’m beyond happy to have animal care be my job! I enjoy spending my time hiking, horseback riding, boating/fishing with my family and friends, or working with the amazing SAH team :)

Kennel Attendants


Marshall

Marshall joined our team in October 2016.  

He is a friendly hooded rat that was rescued from the duck marsh in Sechelt. 

He lived at the clinic with us for almost 2 years. Sadly, Marshall passed away September 12th 2018. We miss him dearly!

 

Tank
Director of Feline Affairs

March 9 2016 It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce that our beloved Tank passed over the Rainbow Bridge surrounded by the people he loved. We are so grateful for the many years we spent with Tank and the happy memories we have of him. ~ We love you Tank ~