Our Team

Let us make your experience at Cornell exceptional from start to finish!

OFFICIAL GREETER

Tigger

As our official "Greeter", Tigger comes highly qualifed for the position with excellent animal communication skills.  He serves as our in-clinic staff therapist and will provide high-fives on request. He is also highly skilled as a reception seat warmer and a paper weight. He is a professional napper and has shown extreme prowess at riding the dolly.

In his spare time, Tigger enjoys stealing food, chasing treaties, purring, catnip, bird watching, and providing moral support to those around him. His favourite movie is Narnia.

OUR VETS

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Dr. Terra Wakeford, Associate

B.Sc. Hons (2007), University of Guelph
D.V.M (2012), University of Guelph
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We are very pleased to have Terra back at CAH following her maternity leave!  Terra will be taking on the new role as clinic owner, following the retirement of Dr. Gemmill. Terra previously worked at the clinic while completing her undergraduate and D.V.M degrees, from 2004-2010 before returning to Cornell to work alongside Dr. Gemmill. And now, he has passed the reins to her as the new head of Cornell.

In her free time, she enjoys hockey, dance, golf, travelling and spending time at the cottage. She shares her life with her husband Scott, their son Maverick, and their new baby girl Makenna. They also have a mixed breed dog named Carter.

Dr. Kharli Friske, Associate

B.Sc. (1999) M.Sc. (2001), University of Guelph
D.V.M. (2004) Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
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Dr. Kharli Friske is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College and joined the Cornell Animal Hospital in 2006.  She also brings a Masters degree in Animal Nutrition from the University of Guelph to the team.  She and her husband own and show quarter horses.

Dr. Aaron Amadio, Associate

B.Sc. (2004) Wilfred Laurier University,  B. Ed. (2009) University of Queensland
D.V.M. (2021) Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
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We are thrilled to have Dr. Amadio join the team full-time. Although Aaron is a newly graduated vet, his rich and varied background has provided him with a multitude of experiences that lend well to his veterinary career, and he brings a keen interest in animal behaviour to the role. Previously, he guided dog sled tours in Halliburton, worked with wolves, and worked at a Farm Sanctuary in New York, so he is at ease working with animals. Additionally, he has a background in outdoor education and has spent time working as vice principal and trip leader for the Boundless School in Palmer Rapids, as well as leading other outdoor adventures; experiences that have honed his communication and team building skills, as well as a love of the outdoors.

In his spare time, he enjoys white water canoeing, visiting animal sanctuaries and being outdoors. When he's not running rapids, he enjoys table top and board games, especially those involving dragons and/or dungeons! He has a rescue dog, Malkin, who provides him with great opportunity to practice animal behaviour; a subject that he loves.

 

Registered Veterinary Technicians

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Melissa Fickling

Veterinary Technician Program, Georgian College, 2007
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Mel has worked at a variety of vet clinics in the Waterloo area for many years before coming to Cornell. She brings with her many skills and experience as an RVT. As a spokesperson for the RVT profession, she volunteers as a public speaker with the Better Business Bureau. Mel and her partner Kyle share their life with their son, Parker, their dog, Theodore (pictured left) and her cat Tumble, as well as Kyle's cat, Oskar.

Quinn Moyer

Northern College Vet Tech Program 2016 with specialization in Companion Animal Physical Rehabilitation
Conestoga College 2016-17 for Small Business Ventures.
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Quinn joins the Cornell team with many years of experience working in both private practice and emergency medicine. As well as using her RVT skills at Cornell she also works at OVC HSC Primary Healthcare Centre in Animal Rehabilitation. When not working as an RVT, Quinn is a Senior Representative at Primerica Financial Services. She loves going for hikes with her 4 year old lab, Tobey. Family time is always a great time, especially when she gets to see her nephew Lochlan. In the summers she likes being by the water or out on an ATV. In the winter she enjoys skiing and snowboarding, and if she's not out and about, at the gym or on her feet, she is usually snuggled up to her dog with a good book (usually something to do with leadership or personal growth).

Melissa Kawaja

Veterinary Technician Program, Seneca College, 2018
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Prior to becoming an RVT, Melissa did many years of volunteering in small animal practices in the York Region as well as a summer in Taiwan assisting a clinic with a Trap, Neuter, Release program for the stray population. Since graduating, she has worked at a small animal practice in York Region for 2 1/2 years, where she also worked with exotic pets, including small birds and pocket pets. While at Seneca, Melissa adopted her incredibly kind family dog, Tika. Sadly, she has left Tika at her family home now that she lives in Guelph. However, she has brought her sweet guinea pig, appropriately named Honey, with her. Both Honey and Moosie (Honey's sister who unfortunately passed away last year) were adopted from one of the labs at the University of Guelph during Melissa's time there. In Melissa's spare time, she enjoys cooking, arts and crafts, and watching movies.

Katie Chabot

Veterinary Technician Program, Georgian College 2019
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Katie is currently employed full-time at MOVEH in the Neurology Department but comes to us in her spare time to work in a private practice setting. When not working, she likes spending time outdoors hiking and at the family cottage. She also has a new QH-Hanoverian x horse, Nash, and spends time at the barn, riding and training him for the hunter/jumper circuit. She has a kitten named Marcus whom she adopted while at school and a 10 yr. old cockapoo x (her first pet), Bailey, who loves to sit around the campfires at the cottage. Bailey is special because she is a parvo-survivor!

 

 

Katrina den Hollander

Veterinary Technician Program, Sheridan College 2017
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Katrina brings with her a great deal of experience from working at a variety of small animal clinics from Mississauga and Guelph area over the last 4 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and generally spending time outdoors, especially during the summer. She previously worked with a community Learn To Ride program at a small equine stable where she enjoyed working with all ages to teach them how to engage with horses and gain confidence in their abilities. She hopes to get back into some leisure horseback riding in the future.
She lives with her rambunctious cat, Koan, whom she is pictured with. He was adopted from a research facility in 2014 which definitely shows in his friendly demeanor but lack of personal space. He tends to be Katrina's shadow around the house and is often described as more of a dog-like personality, as he greets everyone at the door and loves to play with his toys. She also cares for her family dog, Olaf, who was adopted in 2018 and lives with her mom in Mississauga. She had hoped he would join her in Guelph one day but he seems to enjoy the retired life with her mom and enjoys spending his days napping, helping in the garden, and going for long walks and hikes.

 

 

 

Tech Assistants

Natalie Pagrach

BSc in Health Sciences from Queen's University - In Progress
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Natalie joins the clinic after many years working as a vet assistant or volunteering in the vet industry. She has an interest in wildlife rehabilitation and spent 4 months in an internship program. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her pets and finding new vegan restaurants to try. She is very interested in animal rights and animal welfare and continues to learn more about this to strengthen her knowledge and skills in this area and the vet industry in general. She has a 2 yr. old Border Collie which is a service dog, an 8 yr. old Golden Retriever, and a 12 yr old Domestic Longhaired cat.

Nicole Kaminiski

BSc in Zoology from University of Guelph (2021)
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Nicole has been working in the veterinary industry for 3 years and comes to us with plenty of experience in Customer Service and as a Tech Assistant.  In her spare time, Nicole enjoys camping, snowboarding and hiking with her two dogs, Jasper and Whistler.

 

 

Kirsten Riepert

Veterinary Assistant Program - Seneca College 2019.
Bachelor of Environmental Health (BEPH) Conestoga College - in progress
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Kirsten has been working at Cornell for a number of years and is now in a part-time role as she continues with her studies; she is a great addition to our TA team! She has a big fur family with two cats, Murry and Begonia, and two dogs Blue and Morgan (a new puppy), both Black Labrador Retrievers. In her spare time, Kirsten likes going on hikes with her dogs, skiing, and antiquing.

Joe Mergl

BSc (Agr) University of Guelph - in progress
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Joe comes to the clinic with plenty of TA experience, having worked in his parent's clinic in Niagara Falls. He has also volunteered and worked at The Owl Foundation, a raptor rehabilitation facility and worked with dolphins, whales and pinnipeds at Marineland of Canada. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, soccer, hockey and golf as well as going to the gym. A good day includes being on the boat, fishing or doing water activities. His pets include a British Shorthair cat named Vince and a Border Collie/Lab x named Ahsoka.

Jenny jin

BSc University of Guelph - in progress

 

Hannah Litzen

BSc University of Guelph - in progress

 

Teaghen Clarke

BSc University of Guelph - in progress

 

Customer Service Representatives

Aimee Gillis

Trios College 2014 - Diploma in Law
Toronto School of Business - 2000
Sheridan College, Certificate in Accounting 1997
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Aimee comes with many years of experience in customer service in the vet industry, having worked in small animal practices and Emergency clinics throughout the GTA. We are so pleased to have her as part of the Cornell team. Aimee loves sports so in her spare time she can be found playing ball hockey, soccer and hockey. She calls herself a crazy cat lady because she has three feline friends, Clyde, Hayden and Marshall, who all have differing personalities and are great friends and provide some good cuddles when she gets a chance to relax.

 

 

Ellie Graham

BSc Animal Biology and English Literature, U of Guelph 2019
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We are very pleased to have Ellie join the Cornell team as a part-time customer service representative while she completes her studies. She has had a lot of experience working in the Equine Vet Industry and is now downsizing the patients that she meets! She continues to be an avid equestrian, having a large Argentinian Warmblood that she trains and competes with in dressage.

Katie Martinello

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We are thrilled to welcome Katie as a new member of the Cornell Animal Hospital Team, as a full-time customer service representative!  She has many years of customer service experience, having been previously employed at a dental office.   She recently moved to Fergus, where she lives with her family and their 5 German Shepherds on their hobby farm.  Her family started their hobby farm about 6 years ago, starting with chickens and ducks. They then added 3 goats - Wallace, Ruby and Piper. Following that, they added their miniature horses - Tim and Moose, a Standard donkey - Riley, two sweet piggies - Kenny and Poppy, and their newest additions - Darla and Fergus, two miniature donkeys.  Katie is new to the veterinary field but she is very excited to learn about the industry and to meet all of Cornell's amazing clients and pets! Please welcome her to the clinic the next time you are in!

Practice Manager

Amanda Ioannou, RVT

Veterinary Technician Program, Seneca College 2007

Cornell is very excited to have Amanda join us as the new Practice Manager for the clinic. Amanda's love off animals started at a very young age, having grown up on her grandparents beef farm and making friends with the cows, pigs, chickens, barn cats and the farm dog, Beaver. These life experiences and her passion for animal well-being led Amanda to attend Seneca college and graduate in 2007 from the Veterinary Technician Program. She was registered the same year. She brings with her over 14 years of experience in the veterinary industry as an RVT and Practice manager.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son - fishing, boating, reading books, baking and relaxing on the beach with her family. All of Amanda's pets has been rescue animals that she has picked up along the way. A senior pug named Eggs, a young very energetic chocolate Lab named Fisher, a sweet budgie named Billie and Snugs the Dachshund.