DR. HEATHER MCGOWAN
DR. HEATHER MCGOWANVeterinarian/Owner
Education
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH,
ONTARIO VETERINARY COLLEGE

Dr. McGowan has always had a soft spot for animals and keen interest in science and medicine, so putting them together for her profession just seemed logical! She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph before graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in June 2006.

She has done some equine medicine in the past, but is now devoting her career to small animal medicine. Heather has a special interest in ultrasound.

Heather currently lives in Caledonia with her husband Dave, and her twins…Will and Lucy! They are five years old! She also has two furry children, her dogs Beeker and Mia. Needless to say, Heather is a very busy lady!! When she isn’t spending time with her family, Heather enjoys playing hockey and ultimate frisbee, and spending time outdoors!

Heather absolutely loves her job, and the constant challenge it provides her. Each day is filled with new adventures, and she always goes home feeling fulfilled!

DR. JULIA KIM
DR. JULIA KIMAssociate Veterinarian
Education
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
ONTARIO VETERINARY COLLEGE

Dr. Julia graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in June 2017. Her focus in school was mixed animal veterinary medicine, and she has an interest in all species—large and small!

She is so excited to be able to practice small animal medicine while continuing on with graduate studies at the University of Guelph. She is currently in a PhD program studying aspects of the dairy goat industry in Ontario.

Julia splits her time between Hamilton and Guelph. In her spare time, Julia is often hiking with her dog Roy or playing sports. She is excited to learn and start her veterinary career here at Glanbrook and is looking forward to meeting you and your furry family members at the clinic soon.

DR. MARISSA WEAVER
DR. MARISSA WEAVER Associate Veterinarian
Education
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

Dr. Marissa Weaver is very excited to have joined the excellent team at Glanbrook Veterinary Services! She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College with distinction in June of 2016 after completing a Bachelor of Science degree with honors at the University of Guelph in 2011.

She has spent the last three years practicing mostly small animal general practice and emergency medicine in the Hamilton and Haldimand regions.

If you can’t find Dr. Marissa at GVS, then she is most likely spending time at the emergency veterinary clinic in downtown Hamilton looking after pets that need care out of regular clinic hours. She has a special interest in ultrasound/diagnostic imaging, cytology (especially with dermatology cases), and is hoping to pursue further experience with emergency surgical procedures in the coming year.

Dr. Marissa lives just outside of Caledonia with her husband, Kaleb; their two daughters, Rayna and Naomi; two dogs, Ruby and Floyd; their cat, Finnigan; and their newest addition, a Muscovy duck named Robot Mobile J.  In her spare time, Dr. Marissa loves to spend time with her family, as well as to play indoor volleyball in the winter and softball in the summer.

She is looking forward to growing alongside the team at GVS as we continue to strive to provide the top level of care for our patients and clients!

CHRIS SANDER
CHRIS SANDERRegistered Veterinary Technician, RVT
Education
CENTRALIA COLLEGE

Chris graduated from Centralia College in April 1992. She joined the Glanbrook team in September 1999 and has been a valuable member since that time. She has over 20 years of experience in Veterinary medicine and is a wealth of knowledge for new technicians entering the field.

She resides in Cambridge with her 5 dogs (4 poodles & Scottish Deerhound) several cats, horses, and birds. In her spare time Chris enjoys training and showing her dogs as well as showing her love for the sport of soccer. Chris has a special interest and passion in marine mammals and ocean conservation.

KAREN BOUWMEESTER
KAREN BOUWMEESTERVeterinary Assistant
Education
GEORGIAN COLLEGE

Karen has been working at Glanbrook Veterinary Services since June 2016 as a Veterinary Assistant. She recently graduated from Georgian College in Orillia with her Veterinary Assistant diploma in October 2014.

Karen enjoys many aspects in the veterinary field such as, surgery, pet wellness and emergencies. Karen always has a smile on her face and is ready to answer any questions you may have about your furry family member!

She only has one pet so far, a Canadian horse named Crystal who she takes trail riding and shows in hunter/jumper shows every chance she gets.

On her spare time you can find her at the barn, playing soccer and baseball, working on demolition cars and relaxing with her friends and family.

CRYSTAL DMYTRYSHYN
CRYSTAL DMYTRYSHYNReceptionist
Crystal joined the Glanbrook Vet family March of 2012. Since a young age, she has always been drawn to animals of all kinds. She is happily married, with 3 fur babies; Baby-Girl (senior tabby cat), Nelson (Kramer’s brother), and Molly (Coton De Tulear).

She has been working in the Veterinary field since 2007, and finds it extremely rewarding. Crystal hopes to one day, foster dogs in need and care for them, while waiting for their forever home. She has learned a lot since starting at Glanbrook Veterinary Services, and hopes to continue.

REBECCA SANDS
REBECCA SANDSRegistered Veterinary Technician, RVT
Education
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, RIDGETOWN CAMPUS

Rebecca joined the Glanbrook Veterinary Services Team in May 2016, and is the youngest member. She graduated from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus in April 2016 from the Veterinary Technology program.

At home in Hamilton, she has two energetic cats, Sophie and Simon. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, playing volleyball, and doing anything competitive.

HAILEY ROBERTSON
HAILEY ROBERTSONVeterinary Assistant
Education
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

Hailey joined the Glanbrook team May 2018 with her quick whitt and compassion for animals she has made herself a part of the family, Hailey also manages the amazing kennel Gonzo’s Guest House.

Hailey went to Guelph University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  Though she enjoyed reading and writing in her courses she felt like something was missing.

In second year Hailey adopted a beautiful Collie mix and named him Jackson Triggs. Jackson Triggs helped her get through some difficult times in life and school, which inspired her to want to do more. The kindness, compassion, dedication and resilience that this amazing creature showed Hailey made it a goal in her life to reciprocate that to other animals.  The need to help show these innocent beings their best life has become a goal.

Hailey enjoys long walks on the beach, sports and food.

Hailey finds herself to be a very passionate and committed person in every aspect of her life, so rest assured folks your animals are in good hands!

ANDREA CONTE
ANDREA CONTEVeterinary Technician
Education
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, RIDGETOWN CAMPUS

Andrea started at Glanbrook Veterinary Services in September 2018. She started her career in veterinary medicine with a highschool co-op at the age of 16, fell in love with working with animals and has been working in veterinary clinics ever since.

Andrea graduated from University of Guelph, Ridgetown College in 2003 and spent most of her technician career in a busy small animal practice in London Ontario before moving back closer to Hamilton to be near her family.
When Andrea isn’t in the clinic she spends her days with her 3 young kids, her husband, their dog Finn, and their two rats Oreo and Cucumber. She can usually be found hiking a trail, playing at a park, building with wood or hanging out at a hockey rink at one of the kids many games and practices.