Our Team

Dr. April Hahn

Dr. April Hahn grew up in the small town of Gananoque, Ontario.  As a second generation Veterinarian, April has learned a compassion not only for our 4 legged companions, but also a keen understanding for the deep relationship that they represent to their owners.  April, like her Father, is most genuinely thrilled when working on difficult problems or decisions, and using her skills to assist clients to a truly positive outcome

Shortly after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph (2007), April travelled to New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for work, play and growth.  During this time she interacted with many different people with an equal amount of different approaches to medicine, work and life in general.  In practice today, April draws from her journey to offer her own unique brand of care that is kind, creative, respectful and fair.  

April and her husband Brent, plan on sharing their life passions for skiing, mountain biking, music, scuba diving, travel, and the outdoors, with their 2 children Oliver and Felix.  After moving to the Kootenays, in 2010, it was an easy decision to take up roots in this special little corner of B.C.

 

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Dr. Christel Stanton

Christel grew up in Rossland, BC and always felt it was her home, even when attending schools as far away as St. Louis, Edmonton and Saskatoon. Following graduation from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, Christel started work in mixed animal practice in Cranbrook, BC. Develping her skills as a veterinarian during this time, was a wonderful experience but the West Kootenays were calling her home.  She made the move to Castlegar in 2010 and was happy to be able to work and live, closer to family and friends. She started work in Nelson, in small animal practice, working mostly with dogs and cats but also developing a special interest in pocket pets such as rabbits, small rodents, guinea pigs, reptiles and some birds.  During her years in Nelson, Christel felt priviledged to experience and enrich so many relationships between people and their animal companions. 

In the last few years Christal has started a family and has two young children, Lane and Chasey that keep her very busy at home.   When not at work she loves getting outside and into the mountains.  Together she and her family can be found enjoying one of their favorite activities together.  Camping, quading, hiking, fishing, skidooing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, snowboarding and pretty much any other activity that takes them outside and into the mountains she grew up in!

In the years since graduation, Christel has found she enjoys the challenging cases in veterinary medicine, but has also discovered she derives great satisfaction in seeing the joy and comfort animals can bring to the owners.

 

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Dr. Emma Park

Emma was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. An active city nestled right beside mountains so I suppose it's no surprise she ended up living in Trail, BC. Growing up she was surrounded by animals of all sorts but guinea pigs, cats and dogs were the first to steal her heart. Her very first pet was a guinea pig aptly named "Scruffy" and is the creature where her love of animals started. A love and a passion which has followed her through an undergraduate degree in Animal Biology and her veterinary degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine which she graduated from in 2011. After graduation she spent her first few years in a small practice in Edmonton, AB.

Life changes, as it does, and an opportunity arose to move to Fruivale, BC and in July of 2015 Emma, her partner, 8 dogs, 2 cats and 2 guinea pigs found a new home tucked away in the mountains. Here she spends her free time with family and friends enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Hiking tops the list of favourite activites however, hockey, snow boarding, motorcycling, biking and camping definitely help pass the time. Emma loves the small town living and truly enjoys being part of such a wonderful community.

Emma does her best everyday to be the veterinarian to her patients that she would want for her own pets. She aims to deliver good, honest medicine, rich in compassion. She truly believes that animals enrich our lives in so many ways to be able to enich theirs in return is truly a gift.

 

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Dr. Kellie McCallum

Dr. Kellie McCallum has deep roots in Southwest Manitoba where her parents still farm the family farm that was homesteaded in the 1870's.  She is a self-described "Mountain Loving Prairie Girl".  Rural life, many pets, and a love of science pointed Kellie in the veterinary direction.  In 2005 she received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Brandon University and in 2009 her veterinary degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Since graduating she has worked in private practice in Lethbridge, and Canmore, shelter medicine in Regina, and as a relief veterinarian all across B.C.  She enjoys the vast diversity of general practice medicine, surgery, and dentistry.

Friendly people, mountain-life, and work brought Kellie to the East Kootenays in 2016 where she met her husband who is also a veterinarian.  She enjoys traveling and has traveled extensively through North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.  She is a competitive runner and trail runner, and also likes mountain biking, skiing, and just being out in nature.  Kellie and her husband share their active lifestyle with three large dogs, and two cats.  Kellie looks forward to helping the pets of the West Kootenays live their best life!

 

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Jennifer

Jenn still holds a special place in her heart for her Alberta roots, but since 1995 has called the West Kootenay area  home.  Jenn graduated from the Olds College Office Admin. Program in 1989 and worked at a Parole office.  However, since 1997 she discovered her love of the human animal bond and has had the opportunity to provide client service as a Client Care Team Member at West Kootenay Animal Hospital.  There is nothing that makes her more enthusiastic about her job than having a client leave with a smile.

As proud as she is of her important role at work, family is the centre of Jenns world. She spends her time with her son, Josh, his wife, Hannah and with her husband and best friend of 30+ years, Greg.  Jenn enjoys camping, kayaking, travelling abroad and geo-caching (so far Australia ranks as the most distant destination for this).

Closer to home, baking, gardening, cardmaking, watching hockey or reading her favorite author , Ann Rule, are ways Jenn enjoys her down time. Jenn and her family share their home with Princess Chloe and Taser, two very spoiled Chihuahua Mixes!

 

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Brenda

Brenda joined the team at West Kootenay Animal hospital in 2004. She loves to help people, so her role as receptionist is a natural fit.

Brenda has roots that branch deep and wide in the community of Fruitvale where she was raised, and where she has raised her own family with her husband Garth. Raising her three beautiful daughters and seeing them become compassionate people is what she is most proud of in life.

When not at work Brenda gives back to her community volunteering, or spending time with friends and family. She loves to relax camping or just enjoying time by the water. Having a grown daughter studying in Kelowna to visit also gives her a great opportunity to get her fix of city life occasionally.

 

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Amy

Amy grew up in Fruitvale and lived there her whole life until moving to Kelowna in 2013 to attend school. Amy graduated from Okanagan College in 2015 with a certificate in office administration. She worked in Kelowna at the school district following college graduation but the Kootenays were calling her home.  It was then that the opportunity to work as a Client Care Specialist at West Kootenay Animal Hospital came up.

 

Amy grew up in a large family with 5 children so it was quite hectic, but they always had family pets. Amy currently has two very spoiled cats, Tom and Jack. Spring and summer are her favourite seasons to get out in the mountains to explore. Whether it be a hike with friends or a weekend camping with her family. Family and friends are most important to Amy. She also enjoys playing slo pitch, curling, reading and drawing in her spare time. 

 

Working at West Kootenay Animal Hospital has been very rewarding, and she can't wait to see what the future holds. 

 

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Courtney

Courtney grew up in a small neighbourhood in Beaver Falls. She thought about moving away after graduating high school but she didn’t have the heart to leave the Kootenay’s. She spent the last 2 years working as a receptionist and when the opportunity came up to work at West Kootenay Animal Hospital, she couldn’t turn it down.

Courtney grew up with cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. She has always dreamed of working with animals. She recently added to her family, Leo, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever whom she considers her fur baby. Spending time with her family and friends is important to her. She loves being outdoors whether it is taking Leo for walks or going camping up at Champion Lakes during the summer. In her spare time, she enjoys baking goodies such as cupcakes and cookies.

Courtney is grateful to have joined the team at West Kootenay Animal Hospital and is looking forward to what the future holds.

 

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Caitlin

Caitlin graduated from Olds College in 2013 and joined the team at West Kootenay Animal Hospital shortly afterward as a Registered Veterinary Technologist. She grew up in Krestova, and is very happy to be back in the Kootenays and near her family.

Caitlin is finding her position at West Kootenay Animal Hospital to be very rewarding. She loves being part of the process of helping animals return to health, and to be able to work in a place where puppy or kitten snuggles are part of the daily routine!

Family and friends are a top priority for Caitlin. This includes her cats Omar and Purdy, as well as the cat and three dogs she gets to see regularly at her parent’s home near-by. She enjoys being a scrap booker, golfer, baker, and cook, and loves any opportunity to joke and laugh.

Caitlin is very proud to have graduated with good grades from a demanding college program, and really values all the relationships in her life.

Cherie

Cherie grew up in Welland, Ontario and graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at the University of Guelph.  She has gained experience in her field by working in a variety of settings including humane societies, small animal practices and also an emergency clinic.  What Cherie loves most about her chosen profession, is watching the animals in her care recover from a major injury or illness and knowing she made a positive impact on that pet and owners life.  With a smile, Cherie admits that in her last position she was known as the cat or chihuahua "whisperer"!  While she is proud of her ability to work with anxious and nervous pets, she does not consider this out of the ordinary for a veterinary technician and says that some day she would love to pursue a veterinary technician specialty, in anesthesia.

While Cherie loves being a veterinary technician, she sometimes jokes that she should have been an astrophysicst or maybe a philosopher!  She loves asking the "big" questions, exploring new ideas and learning about a variety of topics.

Outside of work, Cherie recharges by spending time with her family; three cats, Milo, Noah & Buttons and her special buddy, Zero a Chihuahua/Pug mix.  Yoga and hiking are ways Cherie finds time to recharge.  She is thrilled to be living in BC together wih her partner Norm and faithful Zero.  She is looking forward to exploring the beautiful area she now calls home.

 

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Jessica
Jessica graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in 2018. She grew up in Trail, but has lived in Kelowna and Kamloops since graduating high school.
 
Prior to becoming an RVT, Jessica worked in the veterinary field for 4 years. She wore many hats in the clinics that she worked at, such as kennel assistant, receptionist and vet assistant. She has loved animals her whole life and knew that her dream career would be one where she can make a positive difference and be an advocate for animals.
 
In her free time, Jessica enjoys going on new adventures, jogging, yoga and making people laugh. She only has 1 cat named Kadabby at the moment, but plans to have a hobby farm full of animals in the future. Jessica really persevered to be where she is today, and is very proud to be a Registered Veterinary Technician at West Kootenay Animal Hospital!
 
 
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Brina

Brina grew up in Kelowna, BC.  In 2013 she completed the Veterinary Hospital Assistant Program at The Center for Arts and Technology in Kelowna.  Shortly after graduation she decided to move to Trail where her partner had relocated for work.  Since moving to the Kootenays, Brina has previously worked in several different fields including as a receptionist for a local law office and as a pharmacy assistant.  In 2019 she was excited to have the opportunity to join the team at West Kootenay Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant.  She loves her work and being able to use her training to help animals and their owners.

Brina has always had a love for animals of all types and grew up in a home surrounded by pets.  She currently has a cat, named Kink for the shape of his tail, and a very energetic Wheaten Terrier named Reilly.  She enjoys being outdoors and likes learning about local wildlife and plants.

When not at work, Brina is most often found with a good book and her cat curled up in her lap.  Brina also enjoys yoga, sewing, gardening, baking and caring for an excessive number of house plants. 

 

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Sunny

Sunny grew up in Chino Hills, California. She did gymnastics for 20 years and received a scholarship to compete for the University of Illinois Women’s Gymnastics Team becoming an All-American on the uneven bars and balance beam. Sunny loves her university and will always hail alma mater and bleed orange and blue.

Currently, Sunny is attending San Juan College, Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program. In 2019, she moved to Rossland and had the opportunity to join the team at West Kootenay Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant. Sunny has always loved animals and grew up being surrounded by them. Her family has 13 dogs, 11 chihuahuas, a pomeranian and a terrier.

During the winter months, Sunny is a ski instructor at Red Mountain. She enjoys skiing, hiking, gardening and crafts. She has traveled all over the world, even living in Tonga for a year working with the Peace Corps as an English Language Facilitator. Working at West Kootenay Animal Hospital has been very rewarding for Sunny and she couldn’t be happier to continue her journey on becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician.

 

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