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."


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 worked 13 years at a busy, small animal practice in Edmonton. I have been on the coast at Sechelt Animal Hospital since June 2015. My Nova Scotian roots brought be back to the water after 25 years in Alberta. I am an outdoor enthusiast 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 have really enjoyed my years at Sechelt Animal Hospital thus far. I work with an amazing group of people and absolutely love the relationships I have, and will continue to foster, with all of my clients and their 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 finishing my Veterinary Degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

My husband and I have loved living here on the coast with our two dogs (Roger & Pretzel), 2 cats (Penny & Dudley), and 4 rabbits (Norman, Hare-iette, Ida, & Trudy).  In my spare time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, baking, reading, and crafting. 

I love it here at the Sechelt Animal Hospital. I am lucky to be working with such an amazing team and to continue to build relationships with our clients and patients!

Dr. Laura Graveling
DVM (Veterinarian)

I was raised in Scotland and in 2006 I graduated with distinction from Edinburgh University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. I have now been immersed in the world of veterinary medicine for over twenty years and I still get a thrill from coming to work every day. 

My husband and I fell in love with the Sunshine Coast when we first visited several years ago. Our goal was then to start a family and move here and this year that dream became reality.  We brought with us our young son and our grumpy old man cat (he was born a grumpy old man!).

I am thrilled to be working at such a high quality hospital with such talented and kind colleagues.  Everyone shows such compassion and dedication to ensuring our patients and clients are well cared for, it is such a pleasure to be part of this team. 

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, reading and baking. 

Animal Health Technologists

Head Technician

I graduated from the Thompson Rivers University Animal Health Technology program in 2002.  Shortly after graduation I relocated to the Sunshine Coast to take a job at Sechelt Animal Hospital.  Working at an AAHA accredited practice with such a high standard of care is what has kept me here all these years. 

Currently l live with my husband, 2 children and menagerie of pets.  I have a shepherd mix named Gunnar, and a Chihuahua named Libby.  One senior cat named Dylan. And a trio of Rabbits (Alice, Benita, and Evelyn). I can usually be found puttering around my house and yard and hiking local trails with my dogs. 

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, spent 4 years working in emergency medicine and critical care for the Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital, and in 2017 I came back to the Sunshine Coast because I missed it (and Sechelt Animal Hospital) so much!  

I have a particular interest in veterinary emergency and critical care, as well as transfusion medicine, and I am proud to be able to put the skills I learned in a 24/7 emergency and critical care hospital to work for the pets of the Coast.

I spend most of my time hiking, reading, watching movies, and cuddling with my creatures, of which I have four: Lemon (my dog), Patience (my cat), Pted Bunny (my rabbit), and MargaRat Ratwood (my rat). I also like cooking/baking, playing games (both the board and video varieties) and sewing, as well as annoying my coworkers with “dad jokes”, and terrible puns.

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 Lucy and to visit all their friends at The Missy Manor: "A Doggie's Haven" an Animal Rescue Foundation that I am very involved with.


Veterinary Assistants

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.

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! 

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 a Jack Russell Terrorist, and a very tolerant cat.  My hobbies include photography, mixed media arts and mountain biking.

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.

Ward Nurse

I am originally from Edmonton, but relocated and made the Sunshine Coast my new home in 2015. 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 17 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!!

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 been working at Sechelt Animal Hospital since 2018. It's great to see the care and compassion given to every patient who comes in.

Ward Nurse

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

In my spare time I enjoy being at home with my husband and son. I enjoy reading, fitness, music and video games. Our household is very busy because we share our home with 8 animals! We have 2 dogs (Chico and Bean), 4 cats (Donald, Daisy, Leroy and Phoebe), and most recently added 2 rats (Takumi and Bunta).

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

I have spent most of my adult life working in various parts of the pet industry but veterinary medicine has always been my greatest interest. So here I am working with the amazing staff I am honoured to also call my friends. I feel very grateful to be learning from the Doctors, Technicians and Assistants and can honestly say that I am excited to go to work every day.


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 - 1 human named Cameron, a pitbull mix named Rocky, and two kitties, Jenny & Hoochie.


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.


I grew up in West Vancouver and moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2016 after living in Ontario for 15 years.  I cherish every moment being back on the west coast and will never take for granted the beauty and nature that surrounds us here. 

For the last 20 years I have been a full time mom and in 2020 started working again as a receptionist at the Sechelt Animal Hospital. I have always had a soft spot for animals so the fact I am now working in an environment surrounded by them is pretty special. 

Kennel Attendants


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!


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 ~