OUR TEAM

VETERINARIANS

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KELLY LOREE

Veterinarian | Owner

Kelly has been working at CVC since 2003. He completed his undergrad studies at University of Calgary. He has a double major in Zoology/Cellular Molecular and Microbial Biology. He then obtained a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.

 

Growing up, Kelly moved around all over Alberta. It was work that brought him to Ponoka.

 

His favorite parts of veterinary medicine include: bovine reproduction, dairy production, mastitis and small animal surgery. At home, Kelly lives with his much better half and his 2 kids. He has 3 dogs and 5 cats. In his spare time, he likes to play guitar and work on his acreage.

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LEIGHTON COMA

Veterinarian | Owner

Leighton graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Leighton received advanced dairy training from Cornell University in 2012 and was awarded the Young Veterinarian of the Year by the ABVMA in 2012.

 

Leighton comes from a ranch family in Thorhild, AB. His special interests include production medicine and surgery. In his spare time, Leighton spends as much time with his family and volunteering in the community including Boyscouts and his church group.

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TREVOR HOOK

Veterinarian | Owner

Trevor started at CVC in May 2011. He took his undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and graduated with honours  in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan. Trevor received the ABVMA Young Veterinarian of the Year award in 2015 and selected for the CVMA Emerging Leaders Program in 2018.

Trevor has special interest in equine performance horse medicine, orthopedic surgery and dairy herd management. Trevor is proud to serve the community of Ponoka and has served in the past on the Ponoka Fire Department and Ponoka Ag Society. At home Trevor and his wife Deserae have a 3 children and a number of pets including 2 horses (Tater & Troy), a mini Australian shepherd (Tux), a cat (Pumpkin) and some fish. In his spare time enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, adventure racing, and really playing any sport, especially hockey.

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KATARINA PURICH

Veterinarian

Katarina joined the CVC team in September of 2019. She graduated with a degree in Animal Science from the U of A and then went on to graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

 

Kat enjoys working in a mixed animal practice and loves the small-town atmosphere that Ponoka brings. She also enjoys volunteering with veterinarians abroad which has led her to travel to different countries.

 

When Kat is not at the clinic, you can find her fox hunting, show jumping and doing some low level eventing with her horse Eclipse. Along with Eclipse, Kat has 3 rescue cats Trick, Alpine and Princess Bubblegum. 

 

Kat has known from a young age that veterinary medicine was the career for her. Her upbringing with animals and being in a medical family steered her towards the veterinary field of work.

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JESSE PAWLAK

Veterinarian

Dr. Jesse joined the CVC team in May 2020. He grew up in Red Deer and split his undergraduate education between Red Deer College and the University of Alberta to acquire his degree in Molecular Genetics. After completing his degree, he moved to Calgary and obtained his veterinary degree at UCVM in April 2020. 


 

Jesse enjoys the challenge of the diverse caseload that comes with rural mixed practice. In the clinic, he enjoys small animal internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Out on the road, he enjoys visiting dairies and working with small ruminants. 


 

Jesse is happy to be back in Central Alberta with his wife Alyssa and their adventurous pup Maddie. Together, the Pawlak family is excited to put down roots in Ponoka and become part of the community. When he is not at the clinic, Jesse enjoys spending time in the mountains, hiking, fishing or camping.

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MORGAN WIESE

Veterinarian

Morgan joined the CVC team in June of 2020. She grew up on a hobby farm just west of Ponoka and is very excited to be back in central Alberta. She studied physiology and pharmacology at the University of Saskatchewan, before continuing onto vet school at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.

 

Even before vet school, Morgan knew she wanted to live in a small town and practice rural mixed medicine. She is grateful to get to be a part of the clinic that took such great care of her own horses, dogs and cats growing up. While cats and horses are her favourite animals, she does love her canine, bovine and other species of patients as well. Her favourite professional past times include doing equine dental floats, preg checking in the fall, and doing spays and neuters in South America with World Vets. She looks forward to the variety that mixed practice has to offer, and developing special interest areas.

 

Morgan lives in Ponoka with her better half, Keegan, and their very sassy cat Stella. She also has 2 dogs, 3 cats and 4 horses that have yet to move out of her parents house. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding and skiing in the mountains as well as spending time with family and friends.

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MELISSA WESTLING

Veterinarian

Melissa grew up on a small mixed farm with mainly beef cattle and cereal grains north of Clive, Alberta. Most of Melissa’s childhood was spent on a horse or outside working on the farm. This is where her love of animals originated.

As Melissa’s interest in agriculture grew, she began working in all parts. She has helped preserve her parent’s beef herd, has milked cows, worked as a swine meat inspector, assisted with poultry farm disease outbreaks and cereal crop research. Melissa graduated from the University of Calgary with her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2015. During her first year of practice she worked at co-owned veterinary practices in Peace River and Valleyview Alberta as a mixed animal practitioner. After that she worked for Gull Lake Veterinary Services for five years specializing in large animal dairy, beef, and small ruminant practice.

In her free time Melissa enjoys biking, hiking, hunting/fishing, camping and horseback riding. Basically, anything that is outside and gets you moving with friends and family is worth the adventure!

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AMANDA KUZYK

Veterinarian

Amanda has been a part of CVC since September of 2020 and is a graduate from the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Bonnyville, Alberta she is excited to be back in the prairies after working as a mixed animal practitioner in British Columbia.

Amanda has a great passion for veterinary medicine all stemming from her first volunteer position at the SPCA, walking dogs bigger than herself at the age of 8! As a mixed practitioner, she enjoys the unique challenges of providing high quality medicine to everything from horses to hedgehogs. Her goal with every visit is to build relationships, establish trust, and achieve health and wellness.

In her spare time, you can find Amanda enjoying one of her many hobbies, including bike riding, hiking and cross-country skiing. She and her cat Spud spend many afternoons in the garden (Spud mostly sampling the flowers along the way).

ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIANS

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MICHELE GERRARD

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Michele started at CVC October 1st 2014. She obtained a diploma in Animal Health Technology from Lakeland College in 2010.

She really enjoys the variety that rural mixed practice brings. Her favorite parts include kittens & semen testing on farm.

She grew up on a small hobby farm near Elphinstone MB and she moved to Ponoka because she was looking for a busy, rural, mixed animal practice in central Alberta. Here she lives with her boyfriend Travis, golden retriever, Buck, as well as various foster cats and kittens.

Michele’s other hobbies include camping, fishing & other outdoor activities, as well as crocheting and growing succulents. She has 1 sister who lives nearby in Leduc. She also enjoys volunteering with nearby animal rescues.

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NAVADA JESSIMAN

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Navada joined CVC on September 12, 2016. She obtained a diploma in Animal Health Technology from Lakeland College in Vermillion and did her practicum placement here with us. She grew up outside of Donalda Alberta were her family raised sport horses and spent most summers rodeoing. She currently resides in Ponoka.

Navada enjoys working with all species, but has a special interest in performance horses and cattle.

Outside of work, Navada likes to spend time outdoors. hiking, spending time with friends and family, and travelling which leads her often to the States. She has a Mini Australian Shepard named Scout who loves to go hiking in the mountains and spend time playing with his dog friends.

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EMIL JOHN AQUINO

Registered Animal Health Technologist

EJ joined CVC in February 2019. He obtained a diploma in Animal Health Technology from Olds College and completed his practicum placement here at CVC. He grew up in the Philippines and moved to Canada in 2008. He has since settled in Lacombe because it is close to Ponoka and all his friends and family.

 

He enjoys small animal surgery above all, and he very much enjoys hearing stories from clients about their pets. He has a Shih Tzu named Gellie and a Betta fish Freddie.

 

Outside of work, EJ likes to spend time fishing in the summer, working on his photography, going on nature walks and watching movies with his fiancée Emma.

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HANNAH JENSEN

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Hannah started with the CVC team in July of 2019 after completing her RVT diploma at Olds College in 2018. Hannah grew up in a large family in the Blackfalds area but also spent some time in Texas and Malaysia during her childhood.

Some of Hannah’s favorite species to work with are horses, goats and dogs but loves all aspects of a mixed practice.  In Hannah’s spare time, she enjoys competing in 3-day Eventing, reading, camping, hiking, and spending time with her dog Basil the Bouvier/Border collie cross.

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MIRANDA LITTLE

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Miranda started with the CVC team in January of 2020. She graduated from the AHT program at Olds College in 2017. Miranda's hometown is Clive and grew up on a farm with dogs, cats, chickens and horses. She now lives in Ponoka with her fiance, Sadie the rescue dog, Nugget, Kindle and Nebula that are rescue cats as well. 

 

Miranda's favorite part of veterinary medicine is small animal dentals and small animal nutrition but she is excited for the new opportunities our clinic brings  of working with large animals.

When Miranda is not in the clinic she enjoys camping, going to the dog park and spending time with family and friends.

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NAOMI CZERNIAK- REAY

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Naomi joined CVC in July 2020 after being an AHT for many years prior, graduating at Fairview College in 1994 and is the main technician at our Bashaw location.

She enjoys anything equine and small animal medical cases as it is very rewarding to see them recover and know that she had a small part in their recovery journey.

Her hometown is Bashaw and enjoys the slower paced living and loved raising her children there. Naomi has a full house with her husband full of animals a dog named Mabel, four cats, 2 horses and a mini donkey.  Her two children are her biggest and best accomplishment in life.

In Naomi’s spare time she loves to read and ride her three-year-old Appaloosa, Marco as they are training to compete in 3 Day Eventing.

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CLAIRE HOBSON

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Claire joined CVC in March of 2021. She obtained her diploma in Animal Health Technology at Lakeland College in 2014. Claire grew up in Hinton AB and is currently living in Lacombe.

Claire loves the variety she gets working in a mixed animal practice. She enjoys most working with small animal rehabilitation and exotics.

When Claire is not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Luke, her dog Jive and many of her other animals. She also enjoys dancing and is qualified to teach multiple styles of adult partner dances.

Claire is excited for all the opportunities that working at CVC will provide.

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ASHLEY GERHARDT

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Ashley joined CVC in June 2021 and graduated the AHT Program at Olds College in June. She grew up in Saskatoon, and now lives in Blackfalds.

Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is the diversity of animals we see and that there is always something new to learn.

Ashley has her own crew at home with three cats, a boa constrictor, a blue heeler cross Pitbull and a horse. Ashley used to do show jumping but now attempting to turn her thoroughbred into a cow horse to do cattle sorting with.

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RAE- ANNE MCDONAGH

Registered Animal Health Technologist

Rae- Anne started at CVC in July 2021 and graduated from Olds College in 2015. She grew up on a farm north west of Hoadley, where her family raise commercial Simmental cows and Blue Heeler Cattle Dogs. This is where her love for animals had started. 

Rae- Anne loves the variety that mixed animal practice brings, but her passion lies with dogs, beef cattle and the communication/interaction with the beef producers.  She is currently working on buying land to start her own farm and run her cow herd with her family at the main farm.

 

In her spare time you can usually find her helping her parents on the farm and spending down time with family and friends. Rae- Anne also enjoys camping, hunting and push her physical limits with the occasional 5k run.  

RECEPTION

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AYLEEN MIELKE

Receptionist

Ayleen has been a part of our central vet team since May 2014. She started her more formal education with an Equine Management program from University of Guelph, and then complete the Veterinary Reception program from Olds collage before starting at the clinic.

Growing up on a dairy farm just outside Leduc, Ayleen has been very involved with large and small animals her entire life.

When not working at the clinic, Ayleen likes to spend her time hiking trails with her energetic Husky “Jemma”, or riding her horse.

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MELISSA BOWES

Receptionist

Melissa has been with CVC for more than 15 years, starting here in 2005. She completed a Food & Nutrition Management Diploma at SAIT prior to starting at the clinic in 2005.

Melissa is originally from the Ponoka area. She enjoys the variety of calls coming into CVC and seeing all the familiar faces from the community.

She and her husband make their home on an acreage east of Ponoka with their 3 great kids; William, Sydney & Hudson. They also have 2 hound dogs, 4 cats, and the newest addition is a trio of pygmy goats.

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JACINDA PARCZEN

Receptionist

Jacinda joined CVC in July of 2018, after completing her VMR course at Olds College. She completed her 4- week practicum here, as well as volunteered for CVC for 2 years prior.

She was born and raised in the Calgary area and now resides in Ponoka as the small town lifestyle suites her much more than the city lifestyle. Having grown up with animals, Jacinda loves working with all animals that come through the clinic doors.   She has one rescue dog Hemi that runs the house and a horse named Winnie.

When not at work, Jacinda enjoys camping, hiking, down hill and cross country skiing and riding her horse.

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AMANDA CARLETON

Receptionist

Amanda joined the CVC team in December 2019. She was born and raised on the east coast where she completed her post-secondary education at Memorial University and Academy Canada in St. John’s, NL.

 

After graduation she moved out west with little more then a suitcase and a dream of living near the mountains. Even though Ponoka is no where near the mountains Amanda, her husband and their kids have called it home since 2006 and feel a deep connection to the community.

 

In 2010 she adopted her sweet dog, Chloe from Old McDonald’s Kennel and even though she was meant to be the family’s dog Chloe is most definitely Amanda’s. When Amanda isn’t chauffeuring her kids around, she spends her free time perfecting yeast dough recipes and reading dystopic fiction.

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TYLA PEACH

Receptionist

Tyla started at CVC in August 2020. She went to the University of Alberta for the Bachelor of Science in Large Animal Health and graduated in the Spring of 2019. Her hometown is Castor, Alberta and she grew up on a hobby farm with horses and cattle. Tyla was an avid member of 4-H and still has a love of cattle and pigs today.

Tyla’s favorite part of working in a vet clinic is seeing how excited the pets are to see their owners after being cared for.  At home she has 2 cats named Pumpkin and Patch. In her spare time, she loves woodworking, reading, and working with animals but most of all she loves agriculture.

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KRISTYN SCHACHER

Receptionist

Kristyn started at CVC in April 2021. Coming from over 12 years experience in customer support. Kristyn is joining our team and is looking forward to meeting and working with each of our clients, while helping arrange their beloved pet’s veterinary care.

She was born and raised in Edmonton but in 2016 her husband’s job had them relocate to Central Alberta. They chose to make Ponoka their new home and share it with a “little” Newfoundlander, Angus. Kristyn has always shared a love for animals no matter their size and cannot wait to start her own hobby farm.

In her spare time, she enjoys curling at the local rink and hitting the slopes on her board in the winter. During the warmer months you’ll find her out on her in-laws’ houseboat, working on her golf swing, or out on the football field.

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KAILA RUDE

Receptionist

Kaila joined the CVC team as a receptionist May 2021. She grew up in Tofield and now lives just outside of Ponoka with her boyfriend and her 5-year-old son Griffin on a dairy.

Kaila is always busy on her feet taking care of Griffin and her animals. Since, living on a dairy Kaila is surrounded by animals of her own, Dobbs the Saint Bernard/Bernese X and her goats. Griffin takes care of the goats and keeps him busy. He is becoming a future farmer as he loves his animals and any piece of machinery.

It was easy for Kaila to transition into the Veterinary industry as she has always been surrounded by animals even during her childhood. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is learning all sort of new and exciting things about all animals.

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KALEY ROSENTHAL

Receptionist

Kaley joined the CVC team in August 2021, she is currently working on getting her MOA diploma with CD-ED, out of Nova Scotia. Originally from British Columbia she moved to Alberta in 2006 and grew up around the Rimbey area. Kaley currently lives near Crestomere with her significant other Logan, their 3 dogs and 4 cats.

 

Kaley enjoys seeing all the different animals that come through the clinic and being able to see all the different scenarios that can play out when animals are getting treated.

Kaley likes to spend her free time camping with friends or going to the mountains to explore or working on projects around home.

 

Growing up Kaley had a wide array of pets which is why she had such a motivation to work in a vet clinic. Kaley has had animals from bugs to lizards, frogs, fish, birds, hamsters, cats, dogs, ducks, chickens, pigs, mini donkeys, pygmy goats, horses.

Support Staff

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LAURA DUCKETT

Hospital Manager

Laura has been with CVC since 2011, first working at the clinic as a receptionist. After a few years, she took on the role of office manager and has enjoyed the challenges and rewards of her role. She really enjoys organizing and fine tuning things in the office. Her door is alway open to her colleagues as well as clients.

Laura took her post-secondary education at NAIT and spent her childhood and much of her adult years in Lacombe and surrounding area. Laura and her husband moved to the Ponoka area to be closer to her work and enjoy acreage life with their many cats and 2 dogs.

In her spare time Laura enjoys sewing, scrapbooking and spending time with her growing family, which now includes a wonderful grandson.

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SHELLEY FARBRIDGE

Inventory Manager

Shelley started working for CVC many years ago! She has lived in Ponoka all her life.

She has 4 pets at home, 2 dogs, Yoda and Zoe and a cat, Chaplin.

 

In her spare time, Shelley enjoys camping, fishing and riding her horses. She is married with 2 kids and has twin grand-babies!

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KAYLA NAKONESHNY

Veterinary Technician Assistant 

Kayla joined the CVC team in May 2019. She received her Veterinary Technical Assistant Certificate from Olds College in 2016.

She was born in Whitecourt and has since moved all over Alberta. She has now settled in Ponoka where she has lived for the last dozen years.

Kayla enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but especially enjoys exotics. Reptiles are her favorite! She has 30 (and counting) of her own crested geckos that she raises, as well as 2 snakes, 2 dogs (Charlie and Cammie), 2 cats (Suki and Chimichanga), a rabbit (Bella), 3 bearded dragons, and a pair of degus.

In her spare time, Kayla is playing video games with her boyfriend or spending time outdoors fishing, gardening or going for walks and tending to her mini zoo.

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DYLAN KOHLMAN

Veterinary Technician Assistant 

Dylan joined the CVC team in July of 2021. He received his Veterinary Medical Assistant certificate from Lakeland college in Vermillion of that same year.

Dylan was born in Camrose and was raised in Bashaw on a beef farm south of town. This is where his love of animals originated and knew that he wanted to get into veterinary medicine.

The best part about his job is seeing all the animals that come in but mostly the large animals that come in.

In his spare time, you can find him at home outside working with all the his cows, curling, drawing, or hiking in the mountains.

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MADISON ROESLER

Kennel Assistant

Madie joined the CVC team in July 2021. She volunteered at the clinic weekly since 2017, after going for a tour of their new building. She loved volunteering with the amazing team and helping with the animals, and when she saw they were hiring she jumped at the opportunity.

Madie lives near Morningside with her family and her Rough Collie Flynn.

Madie’s favorite part of work is when puppies come in! She enjoys the mixed practice at CVC and loves to see all the different species that come to visit!

In her spare time, Madie enjoys being outside and biking, waterskiing, fishing, and of course, petting every dog she can.