Alcona Animal Hospital, Innisfil, ON L9S4B2 - Our Doctors

Alcona Animal Hospital

1231 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, ON L9S 4B2

(705)431-5570

alconaanimalhospital.com

Meet Our Veterinarians & Staff

We are a dedicated and passionate team of animal lovers who will provide the best care for your animals.

Dr. Anne Paquette

Veterinarian

 

Dr. Anne Paquette graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2002.

Just after graduation she began working at a local veterinary hospital where she stayed for 10 years. In May of 2012 she along with Dr. Neilan decided to open a veterinary hospital in Alcona.

It has been a very exciting time. Now that the hospital is open, she is happy that she is finally back to doing what she loves; helping pets live a happy and healthy life and promoting the human-animal bond.

During her time away from the clinic Dr. Paquette can be found spending time with her husband Rob and their two children Parker and Grace as well as her three dogs Crosby, Charlotte and Owen. The family has also recently welcomed a new Scottish Fold cat named Olive!

Dr. Paul Neilan

Veterinarian

 

Dr. Paul Neilan graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1996.

He had worked since then at a local small animal hospital until deciding along with Dr. Paquette to open their brand new clinic in Alcona. It has been a wonderful adventure and he is enjoying meeting all the new clients as well as seeing some familiar faces.

He lives locally with his wife Diane and their 2 daughters. The house is shared with an Australian Shepherd named Bindi, a new rescued lab mix named Carlton and their cat Diego.

His interests include golf, soccer, hearing a good joke and living life to the fullest. 

Dr. Kyla Mayrhofer

Veterinarian

 

Kyla is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.

Kyla's love for animals began at a young age with her family's miniature poodles and lead her to explore many aspects of veterinary medicine, including work with milking sheep, horses, exotic and companion animals.

She has a passion for volunteering overseas in disadvantaged communities and has been involved in spay-neuter initiatives in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Bahamas. Closer to home her interests include dentistry and senior pet care.

Dr. Sarah Divito

Veterinarian

 

Dr. Sarah Divito is a graduate of the Ontario veterinary College. Her love for animals big and small is what drew her to a career in veterinary medicine.

Her special interests includes preventative care, pain management, and building relationships with pets and clients. She is excited to meet all your furry companions but extra cuddles will be always be given to golden retrievers!!

In her free time Sarah enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and all the other outdoor activities this area has to offer. She is almost always accompanied by her fur-baby Winston.

Dr. Jen Woods

Veterinarian

 

Dr. Jen Woods graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002.  She practiced  small animal medicine in Toronto for 19 years.  She is very happy to join the team of veterinarians at Alcona Animal Hospital.

When not at work or spending time with her husband and two teenage boys, Dr. Woods enjoys hiking, cooking and gardening.  She currently has just one furry friend at home, a 15 year old pug named Eloise.

 

Lori

Practice Manager

 

Lori joined our staff in 2013. She attained her Honours BSc. degree from the University of Guelph in 1994. She is also a veterinary technician, having graduated with high honours and gained her registration status in 1997 from Seneca College.

Lori enjoys meeting and assisting all of our patients and clients. Lori is thrilled to be part of such an amazing staff and health care team. She looks forward to making sure every visit you and your pet has at our hospital is a great experience!

When not working at the clinic, you can find Lori watching the Raptors, reading a good book, skiing, working out or spending quality time with her family. Her family likes to hike with their Labrador Retriever's Maverick and Kiki, and their newest addition Callie, a 6 year old Cockapoo. The family also has two cat's Simon and Soleil.

Autumn

Lead Customer Service Representative

 

Autumn loves taking care of you and your furry family members and we love having her as part of our team! 

Elizabeth

Customer Service Representative

 

Elizabeth has always had a love for animals as a kid.  Graduating from her Animal Care Program at Durham College in 2015 she has been luck to have only worked with animals since.

Elizabeth speaks Portuguese fluently and always has a smile on her face!   She has 3 cats of her own Bella, Theo and Stark and a Pomeranian named Hazel. 

Elizabeth loves taking care of you and your furry family members and we love having her as part of our team!

Michelle

Customer Service Representative

Bio coming soon! 

Graham

Treatment Supervisor

 

Bio coming soon!

Diane

Veterinary Assistant

 

Diane has been working for many years in the animal care field and is a valued part of the Alcona Animal Hospital team.

You will meet her up front at reception greeting clients or helping out with the pets in the treatment area.

Diane lives with her husband and two beautiful daughters locally. They have a Mini Australian Shepherd named Bindi and most recently added a lab mix named Carl to the mix!

Amber

Veterinary Assistant

 

Amber was a Co-op student at Alcona Animal Hospital in 2013 and is now working as one of our Veterinary Assistants. She is thrilled to be back working with us!

You can find Amber at reception or helping out with patients in the treatment area. Her favourite part of her job is preparing patients for surgery and monitoring them while they recover from anesthesia.

Amber and her family share their home with two dogs; Malakai and Gizmo. They also have three cats; Charlie, Theo, and her most recent rescue, Oliver. In her spare time she loves to be outside with her dogs and watching her boyfriend Sean play hockey.

Amber feels very honoured to be starting her career along such caring and passionate individuals and we are lucky to have her!

Amber is currently on maternity leave.

Taylor

Veterinary Assistant

 

Bio coming soon!

Kimmie

Veterinary Assistant

 

Kimmie graduated from the vet assistant program at St. Lawrence college in 2013. Since then she has gained experience working in boarding facilities, emergency clinics, and wildlife sanctuaries.

Outside of work she has a 6 year old Hungarian vizsla named Hunter whom she loves to go hiking with and explore new places.

Michele

Exam Room Assistant

 

Michele has always had a love for animals big or small. She has grown up with pets her whole life and has cared for a variety of different animals over the years.

Michele also has an ever growing interest in the sciences, biology being one of her favourite subjects to study. She recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree. Michele loves to help animals in need and see them get the love and care they deserve.

Outside of work, Michele enjoys hiking, camping, spending time at the beach and hanging out with her dog Maci.

Jami

Exam Room Assistant

 

Bio coming soon! 

Kristi

Exam Room Assistant

 

Kristi began working with animals in 2009, and joined our team in 2020 as an Exam Room Assistant. 

She has experience in canine handling and training, small and exotic animal care, and a special place in her heart for all cats.

Outside of work she spends most of her time at home with her rescue cat, Betty. She aspires to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in the future.

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Veronica

Exam Room Assistant

 

Bio coming soon! 

Bree

Exam Room Assistant

 

Bio coming soon!

Agnes

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Agnes joined the team in November of 2020. She has experience mainly in companion animal medicine but has also volunteered her time with wildlife rescue and large animal rescue organizations.

Agnes grew up in Poland, where her love for animals began. As a child, she was always around cats, dogs and horses.

After working an office job for a few years as a young adult, she decided to finally pursue her dream of working with animals. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in 2012 and shortly after became registered with The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.

Outside of work, Agnes enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their two daughters. She also loves horseback riding, gardening and hiking.

Melissa

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Melissa has been an RVT for almost 10 years now and has always loved animals and knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with and help animals.  

She loves being able to comfort animals when they are in hospital and watch them heal when they are ill. It is a very challenging and rewarding career and everyday brings new knowledge.

Nicole

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

Nicole joined the team at Alcona Animal Hospital as a part-time Registered Veterinary Technician in June of 2017. She comes to us with 20 years of experience having starting working in clinics at the age of 16.

Nicole graduated with honours from the Northern College Veterinary Technician program in 2002. She then passed her registration exam with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians that same year. Nicole has worked in clinics in the Muskoka area and in Barrie during her career.

When not working, Nicole enjoys being a mom to her son Max and her daughter Claire.

Nicole is also a proud mom to her Border Collie Mix Peca and her large black and white cat named Stiffler, both of whom she adopted from the Muskoka OSPCA.

Carly

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

The love of an animal companion is like nothing else in this world. In my darkest times, I was lucky enough to have two; Lucy and Diablo. They don’t know it, but my journey to becoming an RVT started with them! I have a soft spot for cats; feral cats, overwhelmed cats, sickly or orphaned kittens (especially neonates!), protective mama cats, big tomcats with their grizzled faces and chubby cheeks… you get the idea. Naturally, my family has grown to seven wonderfully different cats, all with their unique challenges, hilarious behaviours, and all with a piece of my heart.

I’m grateful to be a part of this community where compassion is a superpower and the will to learn and better yourself will change the lives of those who cannot speak.

My dream is that one day we will have the techniques and the science widely available in every clinic to help those populations of animals that have been historically underserved.

Stephanie

Registered Veterinary Technician

 

My career in animal health began at the early age of 15, by volunteering at an animal shelter where I was then hired as a kennel attendant. In fact, I have only ever worked with animals and I can’t imagine doing anything else! My career has spanned 28 years in various sectors: veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, teaching, and pet nutrition. I am passionate about supporting & strengthening the human-animal bond. Pets are family!

Outside of work I am the proud mom of a 12 year old spoiled pug mix named Phoebe, adopted from a shelter of course. My other life’s passion is travelling the world with my husband, 33 countries and counting…


Louie

Alcona Animal Hospital Catbassador!

 

Louie found us when he showed up in our parking lot soon after our  new facility opened!  You could usually find Louie sunning himself in the middle of the floor or walking across your computer as you work!

Unfortunately Louie became very ill due to a nasal tumour and combined with his pre-existing kidney disease his quality of life took a drastic turn for the worse.  Louie peacefully crossed the rainbow bridge surrounded by our team on September 3rd 2021.  We will all miss him dearly and we know our clients do too. 


Simon

Alcona Animal Hospital Retired Catbassador!

 

Simon, our handsome clinic cat for the last 6.5 years, has retired to a staff members home. He will be missed around the hospital but we know he will enjoy lazing around in his new home and will make frequent visits!