Alcona Animal Hospital, Innisfil, ON L9S4B2 - Our Doctors

Alcona Animal Hospital

1231 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, ON L9S 4B2

(705)431-5570

www.alconaanimalhospital.com

 

Meet our Team

 

We are a dedicated and passionate team of animal lovers who will provide the best care for your animals.

  

Dr. Anne Paquette

Veterinarian

 

Dr. Anne Paquette graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2002.

Just after graduation she began working at a local veterinary hospital where she stayed for 10 years. In May of 2012 she along with Dr. Neilan decided to open a veterinary hospital in Alcona.

It has been a very exciting time. Now that the hospital is open, she is happy that she is finally back to doing what she loves; helping pets live a happy and healthy life and promoting the human-animal bond.

During her time away from the clinic Dr. Paquette can be found spending time with her husband Rob and their two children Parker and Grace as well as her three dogs Crosby, Charlotte and Owen. The family has also recently welcomed a new Scottish Fold cat named Olive!

Dr. Paul Neilan

Veterinarian

 

Dr. Paul Neilan graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1996.

He had worked since then at a local small animal hospital until deciding along with Dr. Paquette to open their brand new clinic in Alcona. It has been a wonderful adventure and he is enjoying meeting all the new clients as well as seeing some familiar faces.

He lives locally with his wife Diane and their 2 daughters. The house is shared with an Australian Shepherd named Bindi, a new rescued lab mix named Carlton and their cat Diego.

His interests include golf, soccer, hearing a good joke and living life to the fullest. 

Dr. Kyla Mayrhofer

Veterinarian

 

Kyla is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.

Kyla's love for animals began at a young age with her family's miniature poodles and lead her to explore many aspects of veterinary medicine, including work with milking sheep, horses, exotic and companion animals.

She has a passion for volunteering overseas in disadvantaged communities and has been involved in spay-neuter initiatives in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Bahamas. Closer to home her interests include dentistry and senior pet care.

Dr. Sarah Divito

Veterinarian

 

Dr. Sarah Divito is a graduate of the Ontario veterinary College. Her love for animals big and small is what drew her to a career in veterinary medicine.

Her special interests includes preventative care, pain management, and building relationships with pets and clients. She is excited to meet all your furry companions but extra cuddles will be always be given to golden retrievers!!

In her free time Sarah enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and all the other outdoor activities this area has to offer. She is almost always accompanied by her fur-baby Winston.

Dr. Leah Parlow

Veterinarian

 

Leah completed her undergraduate degree and veterinary medicine degree at the University of Guelph.

After graduation, she moved back to her hometown to work at a small animal general practise in Kingston. She has recently moved to Barrie with her boyfriend, Cam and can’t wait to see you all! 

Leah’s special interests include geriatric care, rehabilitation, and low stress handling.

In her free time, Leah enjoys spending time outdoors hiking with her dogs, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She is looking forward to being part of the team and providing the best care possible to ensure your fur babies live long and healthy lives!

 

Lori

Practice Manager

 

Lori joined our staff in 2013. She attained her Honours BSc. degree from the University of Guelph in 1994. She is also a veterinary technician, having graduated with high honours and gained her registration status in 1997 from Seneca College.

Lori enjoys meeting and assisting all of our patients and clients. Lori is thrilled to be part of such an amazing staff and health care team. She looks forward to making sure every visit you and your pet has at our hospital is a great experience!

When not working at the clinic, you can find Lori watching the Raptors, reading a good book, skiing, working out or spending quality time with her family. Her family likes to hike with their Labrador Retriever's Maverick and Kiki, and their newest addition Callie, a 6 year old Cockapoo. The family also has two cat's Simon and Soleil.

Sarah

Customer Service Representative

 

Bio coming soon!

Michelle

Customer Service Representative

 

My heart has always belonged to the fur babies in my life. After working in tourism for 20 years, I knew it was time to follow my heart. I love my position as a Client Service Representative at Alcona Animal Hospital, greeting and assisting both furry patients and pet parents and making sure their time with us is as positive as can be.

Graham

Treatment Supervisor

 

Graham has been with Alcona Animal Hospital since June of 2021. He started in the Veterinary Field over 15 years ago as a Registered Veterinary Technician. During his career he has been involved in many aspects of the veterinary field including general practice, mixed animal practice, research and training.

Outside of work you can find Graham spending time with his wife, two sons and his 3 dogs (Lennon, Prudence and Rupert). 

Diane

Veterinary Assistant

 

Diane has been working for many years in the animal care field and is a valued part of the Alcona Animal Hospital team.

You will meet her up front at reception greeting clients or helping out with the pets in the treatment area.

Diane lives with her husband and two beautiful daughters locally. They have a Mini Australian Shepherd named Bindi and most recently added a lab mix named Carl to the mix!

Amber

Veterinary Assistant

 

Amber was a Co-op student at Alcona Animal Hospital in 2013 and is now working as one of our Veterinary Assistants. She is thrilled to be back working with us!

You can find Amber at reception or helping out with patients in the treatment area. Her favourite part of her job is preparing patients for surgery and monitoring them while they recover from anesthesia.

Amber and her family share their home with two dogs; Malakai and Gizmo. They also have three cats; Charlie, Theo, and her most recent rescue, Oliver. In her spare time she loves to be outside with her dogs and watching her boyfriend Sean play hockey.

Amber feels very honoured to be starting her career along such caring and passionate individuals and we are lucky to have her!

Veronica

Veterinary Assistant

 

Bio coming soon! 

Jenna

Veterinary Assistant

 

Bio coming soon!


Jami

Exam Room Assistant

 

Bio coming soon! 

Kristi

Exam Room Assistant

 

Kristi began working with animals in 2009, and joined our team in 2020 as an Exam Room Assistant. 

She has experience in canine handling and training, small and exotic animal care, and a special place in her heart for all cats.

Outside of work she spends most of her time at home with her rescue cat, Betty. She aspires to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in the future.

Michele

Exam Room Assistant

 

Michele has always had a love for animals big or small. She has grown up with pets her whole life and has cared for a variety of different animals over the years.

Michele also has an ever growing interest in the sciences, biology being one of her favourite subjects to study. She recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree. Michele loves to help animals in need and see them get the love and care they deserve.

Outside of work, Michele enjoys hiking, camping, spending time at the beach and hanging out with her dog Maci.

Bree

Exam Room Assistant

 

Bree has worked in the animal care field for almost 10 years! She enjoys nothing more than being a part of the team looking after your fur babies. Her mission is to ensure that your pets get the best possible care every time they visit us.

Outside of work you can find Bree spending time with her children and her fur babies. Bree can’t wait to see everyone in the clinic!

Agnes

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Agnes joined the team in November of 2020. She has experience mainly in companion animal medicine but has also volunteered her time with wildlife rescue and large animal rescue organizations.

Agnes grew up in Poland, where her love for animals began. As a child, she was always around cats, dogs and horses.

After working an office job for a few years as a young adult, she decided to finally pursue her dream of working with animals. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in 2012 and shortly after became registered with The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.

Outside of work, Agnes enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their two daughters. She also loves horseback riding, gardening and hiking.

Melissa

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Melissa has been an RVT for almost 10 years now and has always loved animals and knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with and help animals.  

She loves being able to comfort animals when they are in hospital and watch them heal when they are ill. It is a very challenging and rewarding career and everyday brings new knowledge.

Nicole

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Nicole joined the team at Alcona Animal Hospital as a part-time Registered Veterinary Technician in June of 2017. She comes to us with 20 years of experience having starting working in clinics at the age of 16.

Nicole graduated with honours from the Northern College Veterinary Technician program in 2002. She then passed her registration exam with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians that same year. Nicole has worked in clinics in the Muskoka area and in Barrie during her career.

When not working, Nicole enjoys being a mom to her son Max and her daughter Claire.

Nicole is also a proud mom to her Border Collie Mix Peca and her large black and white cat named Stiffler, both of whom she adopted from the Muskoka OSPCA.

Stephanie

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

My career in animal health began at the early age of 15, by volunteering at an animal shelter where I was then hired as a kennel attendant. In fact, I have only ever worked with animals and I can’t imagine doing anything else! My career has spanned 28 years in various sectors: veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, teaching, and pet nutrition. I am passionate about supporting & strengthening the human-animal bond. Pets are family!

Outside of work I am the proud mom of a 12 year old spoiled pug mix named Phoebe, adopted from a shelter of course. My other life’s passion is travelling the world with my husband, 33 countries and counting…

Mackenzie

Registered Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Andrea

Andrea

Registered Veterinary Technician

Andrea's love for animals led her to a career change later in life & she can't believe she ever thought to do anything else! She graduated from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus in 2017 & moved to Barrie, where she lives with her partner & their dogs Jett & Arkham. Andrea is extremely passionate about helping animals & their people live their best lives together.

In her spare time, she enjoys riding her motorcycle, hiking with her dogs and swimming in the many beautiful lakes surrounding her.

Cassidy

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Jack

Chief Staff Relaxation Officer

 

Jack joined our team in 2021, he came to us by chance and we all fell in love. Jack enjoys roaming the clinic, checking in on our patients. You can often find him relaxing or sleeping in the doctor's or managers office walking across their keyboards (helping right Jack?!).
He loves when you come to visit and give him some love!

 


Simon

Alcona Animal Hospital Retired Catbassador!

 

Simon, our handsome clinic cat for the last 6.5 years, has retired to a staff members home. He will be missed around the hospital but we know he will enjoy lazing around in his new home and will make frequent visits!

Louie

Alcona Animal Hospital Catbassador!

 

Louie found us when he showed up in our parking lot soon after our  new facility opened! You could usually find Louie sunning himself in the middle of the floor or walking across your computer as you work!

Unfortunately Louie became very ill due to a nasal tumour and combined with his pre-existing kidney disease his quality of life took a drastic turn for the worse.  Louie peacefully crossed the rainbow bridge surrounded by our team on September 3rd 2021.  We will all miss him dearly and we know our clients do too.