Founder of Innisfil Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Saini acquired his Veterinary Degree in 1990 and is registered with American as well as Canadian licensing colleges. He is an alumnus of Iowa State University and started his veterinary career as a Director of Veterinary Services for the OSPCA. He is also a founding member of the Huronia Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Apart from his professional interests, which include surgery, dentistry, and practice management, he enjoys traveling and spending time with family. Apart from his wife, Parvin and son, Bilawal, he shares his home with his parents and their four-legged adopted baby, Rambo.
Dr. Joni Hamilton
Dr. Hamilton graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2007 after completing her Honors Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology. She has been part of the team at Innisfil Veterinary Hospital since her graduation. Since returning from her second maternity leave, Dr. Hamilton has been practicing part time. Dr. Hamilton enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine however, currently has a special interest in practice management. She lives in Barrie with her husband Tyson, son Logan, daughter Layla and 2 black labs, Athena and Apollo. In her spare time Dr. Hamilton enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball and curling up with a good book.
Dr. Suresh Basavaraj
Dr. Suresh graduated as a Veterinarian in 1991. After obtaining his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, he practiced in Pennsylvania, USA for more than 3 years and gained valuable experience as an Associate Veterinarian. Dr. Suresh is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Ontario Veterinary medical Association, and College of Veterinarians of Ontario. His professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Suresh spends most of his spare time with his wife and son, but enjoys going to the gym regularly. His favorite sports are tennis and volleyball and he is a strong believer in the philosophy of ‘Work is Worship’.
Dr. Kasia Sulima
Dr. Sulima is a 2012 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College and was lucky enough to become a team member at Innisfil Veterinary Hospital shortly thereafter. Dr. Sulima grew up in Bradford and fondly remembers her weekly beach trips to Innisfil as a child. She now makes her home locally with her husband, Chris, and fur babies, Delilah (a Black and Tan Coonhound) and new addition Annabelle (a Siamese kitten with special care requirements). Dr. Sulima was honored to receive the 2016 OVMA Rising Star award and remains passionate about animal welfare and behavior. She strives for a fear-free experience for all of her patients but has a special place in her heart for nervous pets.
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), Lead RVT
Michelle studied Animal Health Technology at Centralia College and graduated with honors in 1986. She became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 1991 and started working at the Innisfil Veterinary Hospital in March 2000. Michelle has over 30 years of veterinary clinic experience. She is passionate about animal nursing and her first priority is keeping her patients comfortable. Michelle really enjoys sharing her knowledge with new pet owners and those that have questions about senior pet care. When not taking care of her patients, Michelle enjoys gardening (and is a member of the Innisfil Garden Club), doing yoga, running, and relaxing with her partner Stephen, her son William, and their 2 cats Scampers and Cinnamon.
Breanna graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College in 2013. She completed her summer co-op at the Innisfil Veterinary Hospital and was offered the chance to stay on as a team member shortly after her graduation. Breanna passed all of her licensing exams soon afterwards to become a fully registered veterinary technician. Breanna lives with her partner Brent, their Shiloh Shepherd Fred and cat Gizmo. Breanna and Fred are proud members of the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog Program and together regularly visit with residents of local nursing homes. When not working, Breanna enjoys spending time at her cottage in the Haliburton area.
Ashley has been part of our hospital team since graduating from Georgian College in 2015. Originally Ashley came to the Innisfil Veterinary Hospital as a technician co-op student and fit in wonderfully from the start. She loves spending time with her favorite Dachshund, Bentley, and her fiancé Thomas. Ashley is a long-time Barrie resident, and is happy to be working so close to where she grew up.
Christina Van Rooyen
Christina has lived in the town of Innisfil her whole life and has always known that she wanted to work with and help animals. She is happy to be working at the same clinic that took such good care of her childhood pets. Christina attended the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College and graduated with Honors in 2011. She has been working at Innisfil Veterinary Hospital since her graduation, recently returning from her maternity leave. Christina is a proud mother of a wonderful son and a proud companion of her two cats and loyal dog. Christina enjoys spending time outdoors and camping with her family, including her very special dog Lexus, who has inspired her love for animals even more. She feels lucky to work with such a great team of intelligent and compassionate people and promises to provide you and your beloved pet with a positive experience here. Christina loves working in her home town and always looks forward to seeing some familiar faces, and paws!
Rachel is the newest member of our team at IVH, graduating from the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College in 2017. Rachel first started with us as a co-op student in 2016 and upon graduation was offered a position with our team. Rachel recently relocated to Muskoka from Toronto and enjoys spending time outside with her two Cane Corso’s, Stella and Bruno, and two cats Cheyenne and Midget.
Animal Care Assistant, Client Services
Trish has worked in the animal industry for 10 years and started her career working with animals as a Certified Dog Trainer at a local boarding facility. Trish has been part of the team at Innisfil Veterinary Hospital since 2008. She is a big believer in creating a fear-free environment, whether during appointments or for hospitalized patients, and always has extra time, patience, massages, and maybe even treats for nervous, scared, or sick pets. She lives locally with her husband, son and their family dog Ghost, and enjoys long walks on the local trails.
Client Service Representative
Jean has worked in the customer service industry for over 20 years and has always had a love and passion for animals. When circumstances arose for her to pursue a career in the veterinary field over 10 years ago she jumped at the chance. Jean has been working at Innisfil Veterinary Hospital for 8 years and has a welcoming rapport with both new and existing clients. Jean is married with 2 grown children. She also has two cats, Charlie and Chow Mein. Jean keeps busy, spending time with her two grandchildren and taking her German Shepherd, Phoenix, to training and agility classes. Jean recently raised money for the World Wildlife Foundation and completed their CN Tower climb in less than 35 minutes. We are all very proud of her! Working at Innisfil Veterinary Hospital is like being with her second family, where everyone works together as a team to give the best possible service to our clients.
HRH (Her Royal Highness) and Office Supervisor
Gypsy started off as a cold and hungry kitten covered in fleas and ticks, but was lucky to find herself at the back door of the hospital one day. After being nursed back to health by the staff, Gypsy decided it was her mission to keep everyone, two or four footed, under a watchful eye. Gypsy’s hobbies include: sitting on the front window checking for any nonsense, trying to help Jean check patients in, cuddling with Dr. Suresh in the back office, or, in the winter, taking a well-deserved break on top of the warm fax machine. Gypsy has a strange addiction to diluted bleach which she has yet to explain to us.
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