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Dr. Michelle Nelson, BSc, DVM
Dr. Michelle Nelson graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, in 2000. After graduation she returned to her home province of British Columbia and began practicing at a companion animal hospital in Maple Ridge. She joined the staff of Sunshine Hills in 2004 and has been a valuable member of our team ever since. Dr. Nelson shares her Langley home with her husband Jake and their two cats, Havoc and Mayhem. When not at work Michelle spends her time at the barn with her horse Taran as she is an avid horseback rider.
John Gillott, BSc, DVM, (Practice Owner)
Dr. John Gillott moved back to Nova Scotia with his family, but still owns the practice. He is entrusting that his staff will take great care of his practice while he is working on his current clinic.
Claudine Hennessey, Animal Health Technician
Claudine joined our staff in February of 2011 and is quite proud (and happy) to say she absolutely loves her job as Animal Health Technician. She has been working in the small animal veterinary field since 1992. Claudine's canine 'fur family' includes Albert (a Labrador mix) and Rory (a Papillon). Rory definitely runs the house even though he is only 10lb. She also has three amazing kitties: Bartholomew (a long-furred pale orange fellow), Gilbert (a short-furred dark orange dude) and Edgar Kermit (a short-haired grey and white man with incredibly green eyes). Claudine enjoys hiking with her family and also spends time fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society-specifically for Camp Goodtimes.
Kirsten Scheelar, Veterinary Technician
Kirsten joined our team in 2008 shortly after completing the Douglas College Veterinary Office and Animal Care Program. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Douglas College in 2013 as well. She has become a valuable member of our health care team both in the capacity of veterinary technician and her role as our pet nutritional consultant. If you have an overweight pet, she is the one to speak to regarding different veterinary diets that could help your pet lead a longer, healthier life. Kirsten also has a little kitty named Cinnamon who enjoys basking in the backyard on her harness. Kirsten's after work passions are shoe shopping and camping.
Sonya Takhar, Veterinary Assistant
Bio coming soon...
Nikki Abbey, Receptionist
Nikki joined our team in September 2002 after completing the Veterinary Assistant/Reception program at West Coast College. Among all the duties of a full time receptionist, Nikki particularly enjoys the interacting with the clients and their pets and getting to know them over the years. Nikki spends her spare time with her husband Jon and 2 young sons Brody & Riley. Her fur babies include a bulldog named Donkey Kong and 2 cats Oskar & Diego. She also likes to read and do crafts (crocheting, sewing, painting, drawing etc.)
Valerie Marinescu, Receptionist
Valerie joined our team in July 2003 as a full time receptionist. Valerie moved to BC from Nova Scotia with a brief stay in Ontario (20 years) and now resides in Delta. When not at work Valerie enjoys going to movies, hanging out with her Mom and spending numerous hours with her German Shepherd Apollo.