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Our Team

Dr. Alan Norris

Dr. Alan Norris earned his B.Sc from the University of Toronto In 1973. He then went to the University of Guelph where is completed his DVM in 1977. This was followed by an internship

(1978) and residency in small animal internal medicine (1980) at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Dr. Norris then joined the Faculty of Small Animal Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College where he was an assistant professor in Small Animal Medicine until 1984.

Following that Dr. Norris established the Veterinary Referral Clinic of Mississauga where he remained until 2000 and then the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Toronto where he was head of the small animal medical service until 2013.

More recently Alan has been a veterinary lecturer for Boehringer Ingelheim giving a series of 40

lectures on chronic kidney disease in companion animals with an emphasis on angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). He continues to offer telemedicine consultations to veterinarians in Internal Medicine and Nutrition for Royal Canin on a part time basis. Finally, he has assumed

the role of Veterinary Medical Director at the Companion Animal Cancer and Referral Centre of Toronto where he is establishing a Veterinary Referral Centre. His main responsibilities include hiring veterinary specialists, establishing an emergency service, clinic design, collaborating with academic institutions, strategic partnerships with industry and coordinating clinical research projects.

Dr. Norris has authored many original, peer-reviewed scientific articles and lectured nationally and internationally.

Dr. Alan Norris DVM,Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)  Veterinary Medical Director

Dr. Alan Norris DVM,Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM) Veterinary Medical Director

Scott Woodrow

Bio coming soon.

Scott Woodrow, Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

Scott Woodrow, Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Barbara Bryer

 

Dr. Barbara Bryer graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and started her career in a rural mixed animal practice.  After two years there she returned to Toronto to concentrate on small animals and more specifically on emergency medicine.  She joined the first 24 hour emergency medicine and referral centre in Toronto and shortly thereafter became their first Head of Emergency Medicine.  During her tenure at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic she managed the radioactive iodine program, the feline blood donor program and was involved in the infection control committee and the intern committee.  

After almost 20 years there Dr. Bryer has joined the Companion Animal Cancer and Referral Centre as the Head of Emergency Medicine.  Recognizing this exciting opportunity and the future potential of blending knowledge between the human medical field and the veterinary field, Dr. Bryer looks forward to expanding her interest in triage, transfusion medicine, client communication and palliative care. 
In her spare time Dr. Bryer enjoys travel, cycling, cooking and cleaning fur off of her couch.  She shares her home with a dog, a cat, a turtle, two children and one very patient husband. 

Dr. Barbara Bryer, DVM      
Head of  Emergency Medicine

Dr. Barbara Bryer, DVM Head of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Judy Brown

  

Dr. Brown is a critical care specialist at Animal Health Partners. She grew up in Toronto’s west end, and decided she wanted to be a veterinarian at the age of 4. Judy obtained her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2003 and then completed a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She went on to complete her residency and master’s degree in small animal emergency and critical care medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, graduating in 2009. Judy practiced emergency and critical care medicine at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in downtown Toronto before joining Animal Health Partners. She is passionate about providing evidence-based therapy, excellent patient care and fostering open communication between all the members of care-giving team. She loves to teach, learn and collaborate.

Outside of the veterinary world, Judy spends her time with her husband, two kids and two cats. She enjoys drawing, cooking and reading, and is an avid tennis player.

Dr. Judy Brown DVM, MSc, DACVECC, Co-Head of ICU

Dr. Judy Brown DVM, MSc, DACVECC, Co-Head of ICU

Dr. Dawn Crandell

Dawn Crandell, DVM, DVSc, DACVECC, CTC. Dawn grew up in Thornhill, Ontario and

completed her veterinary degree at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). After graduation,

Dawn completed a small animal internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI and then

entered general practice in Thunder Bay for 3 years. She ran an overnight veterinary

emergency clinic in York Region for several years before returning to OVC to do a residency

and Doctor of Veterinary Science degree in small animal emergency and critical care medicine.

Dawn pioneered the critical care service at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in downtown

Toronto and now brings her experience to Animal Health Partners. Dawn has extensive training

in canine behaviour modification and applies her training knowledge to foster a hospital culture

dedicated to minimizing anxiety and stress in veterinary patients. She is committed to practicing

progressive, evidence-based medicine.

Outside of the hospital, Dawn is passionate about dog-training, environmental restoration,

cultivating native plants and cycling. She lives in Toronto with her husband, son and little dog.

Dr. Dawn Crandell DVM, DVSc, DACVECC, Co-Head of ICU

Dr. Dawn Crandell DVM, DVSc, DACVECC, Co-Head of ICU

Dr. Kevin Isakow

 Dr. Isakow graduated from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1994. He worked in private practice in Johannesburg (South Africa) and London (England) until 1996. This was followed by an Internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University, Indiana, USA (1996-1997) as well as a Surgical internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), Saskatoon, SK (1997-1998) Dr. Isakow then completed a Residency in small animal surgery at the WCVM (1998-2001) in conjunction with a Masters of Veterinary Science (MVSc 1998-2001). He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2002. Dr. Isakow worked at the Ontario Veterinary College as well as a private referral practice in Toronto till 2005 when he started his own referral clinic in Aurora which subsequently grew into what is now the VCA Canada 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital (founding partner with Dr. Joanne Fagnou) in Newmarket. Hobbies include going on safari and photography. He shares his home with his wife, a yellow lab from lab rescue and 2 cats. He has performed surgery on a hyena and otter at the Toronto Metro Zoo and has been a guest on Newstalk 1010. 

Dr. Kevin Isakow, BVSc MVSc DACVS, Surgery

Dr. Kevin Isakow, BVSc MVSc DACVS, Surgery

Dr. Jonathan Lichtenberger

  

Dr. Jonathan Lichtenberger became Diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in July 2017 and is one of the few Specialists in Veterinary Cardiology practicing in Canada. He practices both medical and interventional cardiology. He focuses on diagnosing, treating and taking care of patients experiencing congenital or acquired cardiac conditions, including asymptomatic animals or animals in congestive heart failure. Dr. Lichtenberger uses advanced diagnostic tools such as echocardiography, electrocardiography and Holter monitoring. He also performs minimally invasive surgical procedures (including patent ductus arteriosus closure, balloon dilation of pulmonic stenosis and pacemaker implantation), and can participate in screening programs for breeding animals.

Dr. Lichtenberger originates from France, where he received his Doctor in Veterinary Medicine in 2012. He then pursued his education at the Oregon State University with a Small Animal Internship, followed by a 4-year combined Residency and Master in Science program in Veterinary Cardiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College (PEI, Canada). He is passionate about the hearts of all animals and was involved in several research projects, investigating cardiac imaging modalities in dolphins, diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias in dogs, as well as the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension in dogs using specific blood tests. 

Dr. Lichtenberger is now enjoying life in Toronto with his partner, three pugs and one cat. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities and loves travelling.

Dr. Jonathan Lichtenberger, DVM, MSc, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Jonathan Lichtenberger, DVM, MSc, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Alicia Skelding

Dr. Skelding did her undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture) at the University of Guelph where she majored in animal science. After a 6-month period of working on a large dairy farm in London, she returned to the University of Guelph to complete a Master of Science degree in dairy genetics. Immediately following its completion, Dr. Skelding entered the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College and went on to pursue a rotating, small animal internship at 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital in Newmarket, Ontario. Dr. Skelding returned to the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014 to pursue a residency in Anesthesiology and the associated Doctor of Veterinary Science degree. Throughout her residency program Dr. Skelding was fortunate enough to present twice at the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care symposium; once to present her research project and the following year to present the first reported case of a malignant hyperthermia crisis in an anesthetized bull, which has been published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal. Following completion of her residency program, Dr. Skelding continues to be active in research and scientific writing, as well as assisting with anesthesia and collaborating on research projects at the Toronto Zoo. Dr. Skelding became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia directly after her residency program in June of 2018. Her interests in veterinary anesthesia are vast and across species. These include locoregional anesthetic techniques, cardiovascular support of anesthetized veterinary patients, cardiac output evaluation, balanced anesthetic techniques in inhalant-anesthetized veterinary species, equine anesthetic recovery and pain management of veterinary species 

Dr. Alicia Skelding BSc, DVM, MSc, DVSc, DACVAA  Director of Veterinary Anesthesia

Dr. Alicia Skelding BSc, DVM, MSc, DVSc, DACVAA Director of Veterinary Anesthesia

Lori Ponte

  

Lori is a results driven individual with over 15 years of office management experience; almost exclusively in the veterinary industry. She is a dedicated and technically skilled professional with a versatile administrative support skill set and excels in resolving business operational challenges with innovative solutions. Lori also provides systems and process improvements to increase efficiency, customer satisfaction and the bottom line. She is in the process of finishing her Human Resource Management Certification.

 She shares her life with her husband and their two daughters. They also have a 4 legged child Mango (Cockapoo) who is 15 years old.  Lori’s hobbies include reading, travelling, and cooking.

Lori Ponte - Office Manager

Lori Ponte - Office Manager

Emergency service

Dr. Caroline Gregg

 

Dr. Caroline Gregg studied at the University of Guelph where she attained her Bachelor of Science. She then completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. Following graduation, she started her career in a 24hr general practice. Dr. Gregg quickly realized that emergency medicine was her passion and has been working in large emergency and referral hospitals ever since. She has a keen interest in critical care, soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology.

Dr. Gregg is excited to be a part of the Animal Health Partners team where she can provide the highest standard of care to our furry family members. 

Outside of work, Dr. Gregg enjoys travelling, yoga, spending time with friends and family, and entertaining her energetic poodle, Phoebe.

Photo coming soon.

Photo coming soon.

Dr. Laura Tindal

Dr. Laura Tindal attended McGill University in Montreal for her undergraduate degree, where she earned honours degrees in English literature, international development studies, and biology. She then completed her veterinary degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, followed by a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Since that time, Dr. Tindal has worked as an emergency veterinarian in downtown Toronto. She loves emergency medicine for its wide variation in cases, fast-pace, and the opportunity to help pets and owners when they need it most. She is excited for the opportunity to continue pursuing this passion at Animal Health Partners. When she’s not working, Dr. Tindal enjoys travel - she has spent time volunteering in Central America and East Africa - as well as fostering kittens and spoiling her rescue dog, Raylan.  

Dr. Laura Tindal, DVM

Dr. Laura Tindal, DVM