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. MARISSA WEAVER
DR. MARISSA WEAVER Associate Veterinarian
Education
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
ONTARIO VETERINARY COLLEGE

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.

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

Rebecca graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus in 2016. Shortly after graduation she joined the Glanbrook family that year.
Rebecca has a keen interest in Radiology and Ultrasound. She plans to continue her education to be able to perform Ultrasound at the clinic.

Rebecca and her husband Kyle live in Brantford along with all of their fur children. This includes their three dogs, four cats, rabbit and four ducks. Outside of the clinic Rebecca enjoys spending her time painting, playing volleyball and antiquing.

CRYSTAL DMYTRYSHYN
CRYSTAL DMYTRYSHYNClient Care Specialist
Education
MOHAWK COLLEGE

Crystal joined the Glanbrook team March of 2012. For several years she has enjoyed learning many things from the Veterinary field, and experiencing extremely rewarding work. Always a softy for cats, small scruffy dogs and all things fluffy and soft, she’s had a tender spot for animals since she was a young child.

She has attended Mohawk College for Office Administration, Veterinary Terminology, Husbandry and Biology. She loves to sew doggy pyjamas in her spare time, and loves to travel anywhere that’s warm.
ANNIKA REGNERUSVeterinary Assistant
Education
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

Annika began volunteering at Glanbrook in 2016. She now splits her time at the clinic between reception and assistant work. Annika lives in Hamilton with her family and her dogs Gilly and Otis.

She studies Biology and Geography at the University of Guelph, with the goal of eventually attending the Ontario Veterinary College. In her spare time, Annika enjoys spending time in nature and doing art.

SAM BANKS
SAM BANKSVeterinary Assistant
EDUCATION
Algonquin College

Sam is our most recent addition, and joined the Glanbrook family in September 2021. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2014, and has experience working with small animals and equine.

At home, Sam enjoys riding her horses, playing with her dogs Rylee and Delta, and snuggling with her 3 cats.
GRACE BURNIP
GRACE BURNIPVeterinary Assistant
Education
Thompson Rivers University

Grace joined the team in early 2019 as a high school volunteer, and eventually became part of the GVS staff. Grace is on her way to be starting university in 2022 for Veterinary Technology at Thompson Rivers University. It is a distance learning program where she will be continuing to work at Glanbrook throughout her online education.

In her down time, Grace loves to spend time riding her horse, Millie and playing with her three dogs.

ALAYNA STEVENSON
ALAYNA STEVENSONClient Care Specialist
Alayna joined the Glanbrook team early 2021, as one of the voices on the phone and over your email. Alayna has spent the majority of her life working with animals of all shapes and sizes, and has found her place here at Glanbrook, where she greatly enjoys the focus on rescue work.
At home, Alayna is surrounded by her ever growing reptile family and her family’s Bernese Mountain Dog. Alayna also fosters cats for a local rescue, whenever she has the space available! Outside of animals, Alayna enjoys expanding her education around vehicle
mechanics, and watching old movies.
KELI HALFORD
KELI HALFORDClient Care Specialist
EDUCATION
Algonquin College

Keli joined Glanbrook in April 2021. Since a young age, Keli has loved working with animals. She currently lives in Stoney Creek, where she splits her time with her 6 year old rescued Rottweiler, Kayta, and her quarter horse, Aura.

In her spare time, Keli trains with Aura for pole-bending and barrel racing, and enjoys hiking and camping whenever she is able to get outside.