About

Our Team

Our team is proud to partner with your family veterinarian in providing a medically current, advanced, high standard of care in a compassionate manner. Our focus is on a team approach to patient care that emphasizes the importance of communication between our patient’s families, their family veterinarian, and our staff team to provide seamless continuity of care

Emergency

Dr. Lisa Aurini

Dr. Aurini grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) in 2007. Dr. Aurini attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2011. Dr. Aurini practiced as an equine and small animal veterinarian in Calgary and rural Ontario before joining the team at the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital.

Dr. Johanna Johnston

Dr. Johnston grew up in Chatham-Kent, where she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She began volunteering at veterinary clinics in grade 8 which confirmed that this was the career for her! Dr. Johnston did her undergraduate education at the University of Guelph, where she then continued on to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Through veterinary school, she developed a special interest in emergency medicine, so she was thrilled to join the LRVERH team after graduation.

Dr. Johnston loves to travel, and has had many opportunities to combine this hobby with her love of veterinary medicine through externship opportunities in the UK and practicing veterinary medicine in Bermuda, as well as several other clinics closer to home. When not travelling or working, Dr. Johnston enjoys spending time with her pets – A quirky feline named Toast and a rambunctious Old English Sheepdog named Mortimer.

Dr. Shayna Kaschak

Dr. Kaschak graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science, Honours degree. She then went on to graduate from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Dr. Kaschak has always had a passion for emergency medicine, so after obtaining her DVM degree, she completed a one year small animal emergency and critical care internship at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center. She then joined our hospital’s Emergency Department team as an Emergency Veterinarian.

Dr. Jennifer Lillywhite

Dr. Lillywhite graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree (Chemistry and Biochemistry) in 2002. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Lillywhite attended the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. She graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine in 2006. Dr. Lillywhite worked as a small animal veterinarian in rural south western Ontario before joining the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital in 2007 as an emergency veterinarian.

Dr. Katherine MacKenzie

Dr. Katherine MacKenzie graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honors degree in Biological Science. After completing her undergraduate degree, Dr. MacKenzie graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. Before joining the team at the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital as a Veterinarian in our Emergency Department in 2015, Dr. MacKenzie was a Small Animal Emergency Veterinarian in South Western Ontario.

Dr. Elissa Steinbock

Dr. Steinbock obtained her Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University in 2011, and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Upon completion of her veterinary degree, Dr. Steinbock completed a 1 year rotating internship in Syracuse, NY.

Dr. Steinbock grew up with a passion for dogs. She always had dogs in the house, and began showing and training dogs at a young age. Originally growing up with Terriers (and after the dog trainer advised her parents to get her a more obedient dog!), Dr. Steinbock now shows, breeds and spoils her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

Dr. Steinbock is excited to move to London, ON with her boyfriend, who is also a veterinarian, and their very versatile pooch, Forbes.

Dr. Jennifer Whitehead

Dr. Whitehead graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2000 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology. She then attended the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, where, in 2004, she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduating, Dr. Whitehead has gained several years of experience in small animal medicine/surgery, feline specialty practice and emergency and critical care. She is very happy to be a member of the team at the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital.

Internal Medicine

Dr. Katharine Woods

Dr. Woods obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) in 2008. She then practiced companion animal general medicine in Ottawa for 2 years before returning to the Ontario Veterinary College to complete a Doctor of Veterinary Science degree and clinical residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Woods became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine) in 2013. She has since worked as a Term Assistant Professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (University of Saskatchewan) and as a small animal internist in Montréal. Dr. Woods has a keen interest in immune mediated and respiratory diseases. In her spare time, she also loves running, soccer, and hockey.

 

Neurology

Dr. Isabelle Ducharme

Dr. Ducharme graduated from the University of Montreal in 1990 and then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. After her internship, she worked at the University of Montreal as a clinician in internal medicine where she developed her interest in veterinary neurology. She pursued a residency in neurology at the University of Guelph and attained her ACVIM, Neurology. For the last 15 years she has been working for a Specialty/Referral Hospital in Michigan. Dr. Ducharme has a keen interest in seizures, diagnostic imaging, electrodiagnostics and neuromuscular disease. Dr. Ducharme shares her London home with her husband, their two daughters, Sylva, their 5 year old lab and their older Jack Russell, Abby.

 

Surgery

Dr. Gary Bouck

Dr. Bouck graduated from the University of Guelph in 1991. In 1992, he completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Darien Animal Hospital in Connecticut. He then returned to Guelph for a Residency in Small Animal Surgery which he completed along with his graduate degree (Doctor of Veterinary Science) in 1995. During his graduate studies, Dr. Bouck pursued research in canine elbow conditions. In 1996, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and established the veterinary surgery referral practice in London. His focus since then has been on earning the confidence of referral veterinarians through good communications and excellent patient care. Dr. Bouck has special interest in orthopedic surgery including fracture repair and joint procedures, but enjoys the challenges in all aspects of canine and feline surgery. Personally, Dr. Bouck leads a busy family life with his wife and two daughters. He is an accomplished sea kayaker and also enjoys cycling, snowboarding and photography. His extended pet family includes his dogs Max and Karma.

Dr. Adam Ogilvie

Dr. Ogilvie grew up in Prince Edward Island. He graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2006, and obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2010. Following graduation, Dr. Ogilvie completed a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine, Surgery, and Emergency at the Ontario Veterinary College, and was subsequently accepted to a three year small animal surgery residency at the OVC. Dr. Ogilvie completed his surgical residency in 2014, along with his Doctorate in Veterinary Science. Dr. Ogilvie attained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015.

Dr. Ogilvie has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair), traumatology, and orthopedic surgery. He currently lives in London with his wife.

Diane Storey, BA, CPA, CMA

Diane graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo in 1999. Two years later, she obtained her designation as a Certified Management Accountant. After working in the manufacturing industry and human healthcare for many years, she managed a small animal Veterinary Hospital in St. Thomas, ON for 7 years before joining the team at the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital as the Hospital Business Administrator.

As Hospital Administrator and Practice Manager she is confident your pet will receive excellent medical and preventive health care. She is proud of our hospital and of being a part of an educated team that is dedicated to the care of our patients.

In her spare time, Diane enjoys gardening, reading and cuddling up on the couch with one, or more, of her pets.

Claudia Valencia O’Reilly, RVT

Claudia graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program (3 year) at St. Lawrence College Saint- Laurent in 1995 and received her RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) designation in the same year. In 2002 she completed the Veterinary Hospital Managers Program at St. Lawrence College Saint-Laurent. Claudia has been with the practice since 1996 and managed the surgical department, in 2014 she began her new role as an Associate Manager of the Referral Department and Client Service.

During her time, away from work she enjoys interior camping, hiking, biking and water sports with her husband and three children. Her extended pet family includes her cat Winnie and her dog Polly.

Cathy Cavanagh RVT, VTS (ECC)

Cathy graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Centralia College of Agricultural Technology in 1992, and became a Registered Veterinary Technician the same year. She has worked in several general practices and research facilities in the area, including the London Veterinary Emergency Clinic. In 2000, Cathy started more specialized training while working in the Intensive Care Unit at the Ontario Veterinary College. She successfully completed the requirements for her Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care (VTS, ECC) in 2006. Cathy returned to London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital in 2013 and is the Associate Manager of the Emergency Department and Technical Services. She is proud to be part of the amazing team that allows us to provide a medically advanced high standard of care for patients, in an emergency and referral environment.  Cathy enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking with her 2 mutts, Meka and Jazz.

 

Judith Emery, BA, MLS, RVT, CCRP

Judith completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Library Science at the University of Toronto and worked for the Provincial Government for a few years before realizing that Veterinary Medicine was her true calling. She returned to school and graduated from Ridgetown College, University of Guelph in 2002 and obtained her RVT designation soon after. In 2012, after working in both private and emergency practices in Ontario and Nova Scotia, she joined the staff of the Emergency Department at the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. After qualifying as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2013, she joined the Surgery and Rehabilitation Department. Judith is now a Rehabilitation Therapist at London Regional where she strives to give post-surgical, injured, geriatric and palliative patients the best care possible. When not at work, you can find her gardening, playing the Celtic harp, hiking, cycling, knitting or just hanging out with her four-footed companions.

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The Hospital is dedicated to providing a medically current, advanced, high standard of care in a compassionate manner. We practice a team approach to patient care, emphasizing the importance of communications between our patients’ families, their referring veterinary teams, and our staff in a supportive, respectful, and honest professional relationship to provide seamless continuity of care.

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The greatness of a nation can be judged by the
way its animals are treated

Mahatma Gandhi