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
Dr. Patrick Boelsterli
Dr. Patrick Boelsterli grew up in the London region before moving to Guelph for his post-secondary education. He continued his studies at the Ontario Veterinary College where he obtained his DVM in 2017. After his studies he completed a rotating internship at the 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital in Newmarket Ontario. He then joined the Emergency team at the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. Outside of work, Dr. Boelsterli enjoys beekeeping and spending time with his cat, Wreck-It Ralph.
Dr. Sabrina Iliopoulos
Dr. Iliopoulos graduated from the University of Guelph with her veterinary degree in 2015 and began her career working in a mixed animal practice in southwestern Ontario. She joined the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital in 2017. When not in the clinic, Sabrina likes to spend her time outdoors enjoying all that the seasons have to offer from snowboarding to canoeing. She shares her home with her many animals - Tiny, Jeff, Mylo, Gus, Allistar and fiance, who practices veterinary medicine in London as well.
Dr. Johanna Johnston
Dr. Johnston joined the Emergency Department team at the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2013. Through her university years, she worked and volunteered at several veterinary practices in Canada, and abroad, and found that emergency medicine is what interested her most.
Outside of work, Dr. Johnston can usually be found on her hobby farm with her boyfriend and their sheepdog named Mortimer, two cats named Gobbles and Hedwig and pet chickens Paget, Somerset, Gimpy and Henrietta.
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. Jacob Keitel
Dr. Keitel was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario and from a young age had a a sense of appreciation for all animals. He has a wide range of experience with animals big and small from horses and cows to reptiles and birds. Dr. Keitel completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph and continued on to obtain his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College.
Over the course of his university career, Dr. Keitel spent time volunteering and working with a number of veterinary practices, community outreach programs, international veterinary initiatives and spay/neuter campaigns as well as the intensive care unit of the Ontario Veterinary College, which would be the foundation for his interest in emergency medicine.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Keitel enjoys travelling and likes just about anything sports-related and outdoors. He also has two dogs and a cat of his own.
Dr. Jennifer Lillywhite
After graduating from Western University in 2002 with an Honours Bachelor degree in chemistry and biochemistry, Dr. Lillywhite continued her studies at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and graduated with honours in 2006. Following graduation, Dr. Lillywhite gained experience in general practice before joining the Emergency Department team at London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital in 2007.
Dr. Sabrina Martens
Dr. Martens is a lifelong animal lover who decided she wanted to be a veterinarian at the age of 5. She completed a B.Sc. in Honours Biochemistry and an M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, before graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic (VEC) South Toronto and subsequently a neurology specialty internship with the Ontario Veterinary College Neurology Service. She then joined the Emergency team at the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. Outside of work she likes to travel, collect antiques, and spend time with family and friends. She currently has two grey cats at home (Mouse and Worf), one is deaf and one is blind.
Dr. Sapna Shell
Dr. Sapna Shell was born and raised in Montréal, QC. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at St. Lawrence University and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation, she went on to complete a one year internship in small animal emergency medicine at North Carolina State University before moving to British Columbia to work full time at an emergency hospital. She moved back to the east coast 8 years ago to be closer to her family. In her spare time, she loves to travel the world and is fluent in 4 languages. She currently lives in London with her husband Eric and mischievous cat, Pickles.
Dr. Elissa Steinbock
Dr. Elissa 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 lives just outside of London with her husband, who is also a veterinarian, and their dog 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.
Dr. Katharine Woods
Dr. Katharine Woods graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) in 2008 and practiced companion animal general medicine in Ottawa for two years before returning to the Ontario Veterinary College to complete a 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 Montreal. Dr. Woods has an interest in immune-mediated and respiratory diseases. In her free time, Dr. Woods enjoys hiking, soccer, and hockey.
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. Dr. Ducharme divides her time working for a Specialty/Referral Hospital in Michigan and with us here at London Regional Vet. Dr. Ducharme has a keen interest in seizures, diagnostic imaging, electrodiagnostics and neuromuscular disease. Dr. Ducharme shares her London home with her husband and two daughters. Her extended pet family includes her dogs Sylva and Abby.
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. Griselda Lam
Dr. Lam graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) in 2015 with her veterinary degree. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Centre in Toronto, Ontario, in 2016. Following completion of her internship, Dr. Lam pursued a residency in small animal surgery at Michigan State University. Dr. Lam enjoys all aspects of surgery but has a special interest in surgical oncology and soft tissue procedures. In her spare time, Dr. Lam enjoys hiking, ice skating, travelling, and reading.
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.
Kayla graduated from the Veterinary Medical Office Administration program from the University of Guelph-Ridgetown Campus in 2008, and then went on to complete their Veterinary Technician program. After 6.5 years in a general/mixed animal practice, she worked as a technician in Cambridge, where she eventually became a senior technician. After being a part of the technician team for many years, she then moved into a more administrative and management role. Her passion for people, their pets, and this industry made a management role a great fit for her. After 9 years at the same veterinary hospital in Cambridge, Kayla joined our team in February of 2019 and brought a wealth of veterinary-related experience, both clinical and management, to not only our hospital, but specifically our client service team, with whom she works closely in her role as Office Manager. In addition to her full-time position, Kayla is also an industry member on the Advisory Panel for the Veterinary Office Administration Program at the University of Guelph-Ridgetown Campus.
In Kayla’s spare time, she spends time with her Weimaraner, Prue, her family and friends, and can commonly be found at a country music concert. Fun fact – Kayla also has a pet goat named Cookie.
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.