OUR CARING AND COMPASSIONATE VETERINARY CARE TEAM!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Dundas West Animal Hospital near the neighbourhoods of High Park, Roncesvalles Village, Bloor West, Swansea and The Junction. We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 416 535 8387 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

 

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Alex Folosea

Veterinarian

Dr. Alex Folosea received an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto with a double major in Biology and Zoology and a minor in Art History. He then received an Honours Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College. His veterinary interests include surgery, dentistry and feline internal medicine.
Alex lives in the neighborhood with his beautiful wife, Alison and their young daughter Frances. Away from work, Alex enjoys playing basketball, reading and travelling. As a co-owner, Alex is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful team at the Dundas West Animal Hospital.

Dr. Scott Bainbridge

Veterinarian

Dr. Scott Bainbridge has lived in the High Park/Roncesvalles Village area since 1999 with his wife and son. His pets include Kia; a recent Lab/Husky rescue from Quebec and their cat Stilton, adopted in 2014 and affectionately referred to as 'the disgruntled hotel guest'. Scott has an honors B.Sc from the University of Toronto in Animal Behaviour. He spent a year in the pre-veterinary course at Colorado State University and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1999. Scott made the Dean’s Honour Role each year at the O.V.C. and was the recipient of both the Merck Veterinary Award and the American Animal Hospital Senior Student Award.

Dr. Lizete Valdmanis

Veterinarian

Dr. Lizete Valdmanis graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto with a double major in Human Biology and Zoology. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College, and in 2015 she completed a veterinary internship at the Mississauga-Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital. Lizete recently moved to the Roncesvalles neighbourhood is happy to join the team at Dundas West Animal Hospital! Outside of work, Lizete is involved with volunteering for numerous animal shelter and rescue groups, as well as for a program that provides care to animals whose owners are homeless. Lizete also enjoys running, ultimate frisbee, playing guitar, and anything in the outdoors.

Dr. Andrea Thomas

Veterinarian

Dr. Andrea Thomas earned an Honours Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Guelph, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2004. She is extremely happy to call Dundas West Animal Hospital her ‘home’ clinic. Andrea lives in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood with her husband Marc, son Owen and mischievous cat Zora. She also holds a Masters of Science in Epidemiology and is working towards a PhD in the same field of study. Her clinical interests include dentistry, pain management, internal medicine and senior pet care. When Andrea finds any extra time outside of family life, clinical practice and PhD studies, she enjoys spending it with friends, practicing yoga, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Dr. Debbie Kilburn

Veterinarian

Dr. Debbie Kilburn started at the University of Guelph in a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences program under the Board of Governor's and J.D. MacLachlan scholarships. She was then accepted into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College the following year, and graduated in 2003. Debbie then headed to the east coast and completed a rotating small animal internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College. She then spent 3 years working in Nevada at a busy 24 hour small animal hospital while her veterinarian husband completed his neurosurgery residency. Together they moved to Toronto in 2007 to be back in Canada, and close to family and cottage country. Debbie lives in Etobicoke with her husband Greg, kids Ryann and Bryson, and four legged kids Chewy, Marcus and Peekay. She is delighted to join Dundas West and is excited to share her interests in surgery, dentistry, and ultrasound. Debbie loves cooking, hiking, biking, skiing, surfing, horseback riding and running with and after her family!

Dr. Laura Merola

Veterinarian

Dr. Laura Merola received an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph with a major in Animal Biology. She then graduated from the University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine in Ireland. In 2016 she completed a veterinary internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey. Her veterinary interests include surgery, ophthalmology, and diagnostic imaging. Laura grew up in the Toronto area and has recently moved back to the local neighborhood and is excited to be a part of our team here at Dundas West Animal Hospital! Outside of work, Laura enjoys travelling, reading, salsa dancing, and spending time with friends.
Laura is also quite the cat whisperer!

Dr. Kim Buchanan

Veterinarian

Dr. Kim Buchanan received her Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Science both with Honours Specialization in Biology at Western University in London, ON. From there she went on an adventure to Australia where she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Kim took advantage of the amazing wildlife in Australia and worked with various animals such as Tasmanian devils, wallabies, wombats, koalas, kangaroos, parrots, and the four-legged furry friends we’re more accustomed to in Canada. Kim grew up in Oakville and is excited to once again call Toronto her home. She lives in the neighbourhood with her partner Brad and her long-haired kitty, Missy. When Kim isn’t working, she loves to cook, garden, run outside (weather permitting) and hang out with friends.

Our Dedicated Support Staff

Jessica

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Jessica graduated from St. Lawrence College in 2011, and worked in research before working full time as a Veterinary Technician in Peterborough at a 24 hour/emergency clinic for 3 years. While there she developed her technical skills and passion for nursing sick animals. This July she made the big jump and moved to Toronto and couldn't be more excited to join the Dundas West team. She currently has 3 dogs (Maddie, Oliver and Bentley) and 3 cats (Kaddie, Beans and Bella), which take up most of her spare time. When she finds a spare moment to herself , she enjoys drawing and painting, and relaxing with a book.

Nadia

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Nadia got her start in the animal field working as an Animal Care Assistant at an emergency animal hospital. After a few years she decided to continue her education to become a Veterinary Technician. After graduating from Seneca College in 2012, she had been commuting to Brampton but couldn’t be more excited to finally be joining the Dundas West team close to home! She currently lives with her boyfriend Evan, as well as a scaredy but snuggly cat named Walter. When not at work you can find her at concerts, by a beach or taking in the sun on her balcony.

Stephanie

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Stephanie graduated from Seneca College in 2011, she worked part time as a Veterinary Technician in Uxbridge while in school and after graduating. She worked full time at 24 hour/emergency clinic for a year after moving to Toronto in 2013. She is happy to now be a part of the Dundas West team!

Jillian

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, Jillian graduated from the NSAC in 2011 with high honours. Her and her partner Curtis moved to Toronto in late 2014 and live happily with their three cats Jerry, Gertie and Huron.

Melissa

Registered Veterinary Technician

Melissa is very happy to return to Dundas West after taking a few years off to grow her family. She lives in the East End with her husband, Brian, and their 2 daughters, Ciara and Maeve. In her spare time, she likes to run and spend time at the beach with her family.

Karen

Registered Veterinary Technician

Karen has always had a soft spot for animals, but officially made it her career in 2010, when she graduated from Seneca’s Veterinary Technician program. After a few years in general practice, her path took her to an Emergency/Referral Hospital, where she spent five years as an Internal Medicine Technician. She has now joined the team and looks forward to seeing the patients of DWAH!
Karen is an activist at heart, and through her involvement with various community groups, she works to try to make the city more livable for dogs and their people. When she’s not in the hospital, she can usually be found at the dog park with her dogs, Frankie & Beans.

Natalie

Veterinary Assistant

Natalie joined our team in 2014 and not a day goes by that she doesn't come away smiling after a shift. She is currently in school and hoping to pursue a future in the animal health industry. While at work you can always find her cuddling with patients post-op. When at home you will frequently find her drawing, plying the piano or biking through high park.

Justin

Veterinary Assistant

After working as a landscape architect, Justin decided to make a change and focus more on animal care. He has a strong passion for animals, and has been an avid hobbyist since childhood. When not at work, Justin likes to be active playing soccer, basketball and crossfit on a weekly basis. When not playing sports, he spends time with his Shiba Inu, Hana, or at local fish stores looking to add to his fish tank.

Adam

Veterinary Assistant

Originally from Kingston, Adam has spent the last 4 years completing his BMSc undergraduate degree at Western University. Upon graduation, he pursued a wildlife internship in which he helped rehabilitate foxes. squirrels, raccoons, turtles and many avian species native to Ontario. As an aspiring veterinarian, Adam was very keen to join the Dundas West team. His favourite hobbies include kicking around the soccer ball, eating, going to concerts, and playing with his rambunctious cat, Louie.

Bridgette

Veterinary Assistant

Bridgette has been working in the animal care field for several years now - from veterinary assistant to animal control officer, and even a short stint in dog grooming. It was her interest in veterinary medicine and pet care which has brought her back to be an assistant at DWAH.
In her spare time, Bridgette enjoys hanging out with her Pug/Jack Russel mix Koko. They both love to explore new areas in the city as well as visit the countryside where Bridgette is from. When she is not on an adventure, lazy days on the couch while ordering food and watching documentaries is another favorite past time.

Keisha

Keisha

Veterinary Assistant

Born and raised in Ontario, Keisha graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2017 and is happy to be home. Outside of the clinic she loves to spend her weekends in the park with her partner Kyle and their elderly pal, Malcolm the Schnoodle!

Joseph

Joseph

Veterinary Assistant

Joseph is from Ireland, he graduated with a bachelor science Degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2012. He has since been working in the animal care field and has experience working in veterinary practices as a Veterinary Nurse in Ireland. He has a strong passion for helping and caring for animals.
In his spare time he enjoys visiting new places, going to concerts and walking through High Park. Joseph is really happy to be part of the Dundas West Animal Hospital team.

Shevon

Shevon

Veterinary Assistant

Shevon was born and raised Kingston Jamaica. He has always had a passion for animals ever since he was young. He never grew up with pets but now has 3 lovely cats (Athena, Olaf and Elsa). Shevon has worked in both veterinary emergency and regular practice. He has a passion for Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Cases, Anesthesia, Pain Management and Nutrition
He plans on continuing his education in the veterinary field, eventually becoming a VTS in anesthesia (Veterinary Technician Specialist).

Charlotte

Veterinary Assistant

Charlotte has been working in the veterinary field for several years and has possessed a strong passion for animals ever since she can remember. She is dedicated to expanding her knowledge and skills and is very excited to be a new member of the Dundas West team! In her spare time she enjoys doing special effects make up, watching horror movies and hanging out with her favourite feline freeloaders: Lizzy, Fender and Gibson.

Steve

Hospital Coordinator

Steve emigrated from the UK. He joins Dundas West after working at various wildlife conservation projects around the world. His interests outside of work include cooking, reading, local wildlife and snowboarding.
He enjoys camping in Algonquin Park and is hopeful one day he will see the elusive Moose!

Lisa

Practice Manager

Lisa is our Practice Manager, she has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Having started as a fledgling animal care attendant in high school she worked her way into every role a veterinary clinic has to offer, from client service to veterinary technician and eventually finding her passion in managing veterinary healthcare teams. Lisa aims to provide the highest quality care to our patients and the people who love them. She has a passion for continuing education to stay current on new methods in preventive medicine, nutrition and nursing care that will help pets live longer, happier lives. Lisa lives in Grimsby with her two young children and loves spending time outdoors. Her four-legged family consists of her two kitties, Arrow and Ally-G, and her Cocker Spaniel Echo. Lisa clearly has a love of pet names that start with vowels!

Zoë

Office Manager

Zoe started as a receptionist with the clinic in 2008 and became the Office Manager in 2012. She has always loved spending time with animals; growing up in the country she often had a menagerie of pets including various rodents, birds, reptiles, cats and dogs. In her spare time she enjoys going to concerts, collecting records, travelling and spending time with her three mischievous felines, Lemmy Kilmister (pictured), Lucille Bluth and Lewis Black.

Carly

Receptionist

Carly worked at Dundas West back in the “old days”, and is excited to be back, getting to know our amazing clients and cuddling all the puppies and kittens. When not at the clinic, Carly is a theatre director and producer. She recently returned to Toronto after living in Montreal for two years attending the National Theatre School of Canada. As an artist and a bit of a nomad, Carly doesn’t own any pets of her own, but she hopes to one day take in approximately 100 senior pugs.

Joanne

Receptionist

Joanne is delighted to be a part of the Dundas West team and enthusiastically shares our compassion and love for animals! With 5 years of working experience in the veterinary field, her passion for animals only grows daily by greeting our lovely patients and clients alike! On her down time Joanne can be found spending quality time with her dog named Sammy and her bearded dragon named Puff!

Krystal

Receptionist

Krystal moved to Toronto from Orillia in late 2010 and is so thrilled to have begun her new adventure with us here at Dundas West! She previously worked as a spa manager in luxurious Yorkville but became serious about changing her career choices after rescuing her two loveable, but excitable, chihuahua-terrier mixes, Daisy and Bo. Krystal has a big heart and a full home with two mature cats, Booterz and Baby Boy, in addition to her rescue pups. Outside of work Krystal loves socializing outside at High Park with other animal lovers and flitting back to cottage country to visit family and friends. As you can imagine her fur-babes keep her pretty occupied, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jennifer

Jennifer

Receptionist

Bio coming soon!

Bonnie (aka Bon Bon aka Bonners)

Chief Executive Officer of Mischief

After walking the mean streets of Toronto, Bonnie came to Dundas Street West Animal Hospital heavily pregnant in May 2014. Since having her babies and adopting them out to loving homes, Bonnie has settled in well to her new role as CEO, boosting morale and begging for food regularly from all the staff. When not sampling the delicious varieties of snacks in clinic, she can be found playing with her toys, demanding cuddles (on her terms), and welcoming our furry patients to the treatment room.