Our Team

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Krissia Menjivar

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. Azhar Ali

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.


Maitham Nima

Maitham Nima

General Manager


Joelleen Wheatley

Joelleen Wheatley

Office Manager

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 Hallman

Shea Hallman

RVT

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.



Janelle

Janelle Keeping

Vet Assistant

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 Bell

Jessie Bell

Vet Assistant

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.


Paige Smylie

Paige Smylie

Vet Assistant

Paige was born and raised in Edmonton. She has always had a passion/love for animals and dreamed of a career where she would be able to work with them everyday. This dream became a reality when she graduation from NAIT’S VMA (Veterinary Medical Assistant) Program in May 2017. In Paige’s spare time, she loves spending time with her family (including her two dogs), going camping, and attending country music concerts.


Cassidie Sponagle

Cassidie Sponagle

Vet Assistant

Cassidie is an animal lover and has known that she wanted to work with them from a very young age. Whether it be while caring for her own pets or when she volunteers at a friend’s farm, Cassidie enjoys every moment she spends with animals. Furthermore, Cassidie has an unwavering compassion which prohibits her from walking away from any animal in need. Over the years, she has found homes for several strays which were homeless in her neighborhood. In terms of education, Cassidie is starting at NAIT in September 2018 with the goal of becoming a Veterinary Technician. Presently, Cassidie has a cat named Ginger and a cat named Yoda. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and snuggling up with her cats.