Dr. Krissia Menjivar
(DVM) (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine)
Dr. Krissia began her career by completing a bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Alberta. Following this degree, she attended and graduated (in 2013) as a DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Since then, she returned home to Edmonton and has been practicing in several clinics located in the surrounding areas. Currently, her work week is split between Summerside Vet Hospital and the Edmonton Humane Society. When it comes to veterinary medicine, Dr. Menjivar is particularly interested in shelter medicine, dentistry, endocrinology, and orthopedics (an interest that she plans to further herself in). Outside of work, she enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, hiking, running, and bodybuilding. Her home is shared with 2 cats (Tiki and Mini Egg), and an American Staffordshire/German Shepherd cross (named Timbit).
Dr. Pim Wongsrikeao
(DVM) (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine)
Growing up with a veterinarian as a father, Dr. Pim was granted a special insight into the world of animal health. This insight is one that quickly grew into a passion. In 1999, she followed her father’s career path and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Khonkaen University (located in Thailand). Following this doctorate degree, Dr. Pim moved to Japan to complete a PhD in Theriogenology and Biotechnology of Reproduction. Her career then took her to the United States – to gain more experience and knowledge, Dr. Pim participated in a post-doctoral research practicum at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Here she worked in transgenics and the prevention of certain diseases in cats. She continued this type of work for six years.
Upon marrying her husband, Dr. Pim moved to Edmonton and gave birth to her son. While trying to get her veterinary accreditation from the CVMA and the ABVMA, Dr. Pim worked as a veterinary technologist at Tudor Glen Veterinary Hospital and as a Veterinarian under Supervision at the Edmonton Humane Society. In 2015, Dr. Pim passed her accreditation exams allowing her to practice as a Veterinarian in Canada. Her experience since then includes working at a clinic in St. Albert. Dr. Pim is eager to bring her experiences and knowledge in animal diagnostics to Summerside Vet Hospital.
During her free time, Dr. Pim enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends/family, and swimming.
Dr. Azhar Ali
(DVM) (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine)
Dr. Azhar Ali, has been a member of both the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) since she began practicing back in 2010. This is when she first fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian; this dream was generated as a response to the passion she received from the pets that have surrounded her since she was a child.
Over the last five years, Dr. Ali, not only successfully achieved the North American National Board but, has gained excellent experience in small animal medicine and soft tissue surgeries. This experience was gained in a number of different Edmonton-area clinics including, but not limited to, the Edmonton Humane Society and Prevent another Litter Subsidy (PALS) program. As her ultimate goal is to see all animals healthy and happy, Dr. Ali is more than happy to discuss with an owner about their pet’s health issues and advise them professionally with the right treatment.
Beyond the practice, Dr. Ali is married with two boys and has three beautiful cats; in her time off, she enjoys relaxing, playing video games with her oldest son, Uruk, and spending time with her youngest, Adam.
Joelleen has been with Summerside Vet Hospital since our opening back in 2015. Her passion for this field began at a young age – through the multitude of pets growing up (including the three she has now), Joelleen always knew she wanted a job related to the health and well-being of animals. Thus, Joelleen attended the University of Alberta and earned herself a BSc in Animal Health, with a major in Companion and Performance Animals. With this degree, and her experience as a veterinarian assistant, Joelleen plans to continue with school and, one day, become a DVM (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine). Her favourite past times include heading down to Commonwealth Stadium and cheering on the Edmonton Eskimos.
Shea graduated with honours from NAIT’s Animal Health Technology Program in 2011. She entered this program as a response to the love she has had for animals from an early age. This love was enriched by the dogs, cats, horses, and beef cattle that surrounded her growing up. Since graduating, Shea has taken an interest in laboratory diagnostics, ticks, and client education. In her free time, Shea enjoys spending time with her friends/family (husband, two children, dog, and two cats), gardening, camping, and reading.
RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)
Ever since a young age, Shai -Anne knew that she wanted to work with animals. This passion led her to, over the years, fostering several batches of orphan kittens and eventually graduating from NAIT (Fairview Campus) in 2008. Her specific areas of interest are animal behaviour and low stress handling. In Shai-Anne’s free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors (whether it be snowboarding in the winter or quading in the summer) with her husband, and cuddling up with her cat (Fritzy).
Cyntia Kayo Kashivakura
Animal Health Specialist
Cyntia, a Veterinarian from Brazil, is working at Summerside Vet Hospital while she endeavors to get fully accredited by the AVMA and the CVMA. She started her Veterinarian career by working with jaguars for a non-governmental organization. After 5 years there, Cyntia decided that it was time for her to increase her knowledge of other furry creatures. She began by volunteering at the Wildlife Rehab Centre in Virginia (USA) and at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Not too long after that, she decided to come to Canada (University of Calgary) in order to pursue her Master degree in Veterinary Sciences with the focus of Parasitology. In 2013, Cyntia completed her graduate schooling and moved to Edmonton with her husband and their three-legged dog, Behdzi. Since the move, Cyntia has had almost 2 years of experience as a vet assistant in an emergency/specialty practice. With a change of heart from wildlife research/rehab to small animal practice, Cyntia is glad to be working with such a great team to provide the best care possible for pets. When she is not working, she loves spending time outdoors and explore new things with her husband, daughter, and Behdzi.
Janelle has been involved in the animal field for several years. During the 5 years prior to coming to Summerside Vet Hospital, Janelle worked as a veterinary assistant for a small veterinary clinic in Newfoundland. Upon her move to Edmonton, she had the hope of finding a vet clinic to call home, and this is what lead her to us. Janelle has a love for all animals (including those of the non-furry variety). This love developed while she was employed at a pet store; here, she spent time with lizards, snakes, and so many other little rodents. Janelle looks forward to meeting you and your “pet” family.
Jessie, an animal enthusiast, has been around animals her whole life. Whether this be fostering for the humane society, volunteering with different organizations or working at a grooming salon, she cannot seem to stay away from our furry companions. Jessie is currently working towards a degree in recreation and sport tourism at the University of Alberta.
Kelsey is currently a full-time student working towards a BSc in Animal Health and an executive member of the Pre-Vet/Animal Health Club (at the University of Alberta). Moving forward, Kelsey has recently received acceptance into vet school and will be starting Fall 2017. She was driven to this career choice as she has always had an interest in caring for animals; before getting her own pets, Kelsey was often pet-sitting for her neighbors. Presently, Kelsey has a cat named Cali, who she adopted from her cousin as a kitten. In Kelsey’s spare time, she enjoys watching TV or hanging out with friends.