Meet Algonquin Animal Hospital’s Comforting Team
At Algonquin Animal Hospital, our staff members treat all of our pet patients like members of the family, taking the time to remember their names, likes, and dislikes. If you and your pet are a new addition to our extended family in Ottawa, we encourage you to take a few moments and familiarize yourself with the members of our comforting team. We look forward to welcoming you and your furry friends into our fold – please contact us today to schedule your pet’s next appointment at our friendly animal hospital!
Dr. Kevin McIntosh
Medical Director ,Veterinarian
Dr. McIntosh graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010 and began practice with Prince of Wales Animal Hospital and Algonquin Animal Hospital in May 2010. He also graduated with his B.Sc. (Honours) in biology from Queen's University in Kingston and is no stranger to Eastern Ontario.
Born in Ottawa, Dr. McIntosh moved at an early age to a midsized town north of Toronto, where both of his parents and older sister would swear he had veterinary aspirations since childhood. He worked as an assistant in veterinary clinics throughout high school before attending Queen's and then Ontario Veterinary College, also working at several practices throughout York Region and the Kingston area as a veterinary student.
He has an interest in internal and emergency medicine and is always willing to learn from his coworkers’ experiences and skills. He also has extensive experience in advanced imaging techniques, including infrared cameras, and has presented research on using thermal cameras to detect diseases in pigs at the Centralia Swine Research Update.
After the sad and unexpected passing of Dr. Barrie Stewart in 2014, Dr. McIntosh was pleased to buy the practices in 2015. He looks forward to continuing to provide and expand the decades of compassionate care and pet education combined with his and his fellow colleagues’ high standards of veterinary medicine.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. McIntosh loves spending time with his wife Elena, his daughter Alyssa and son Max, and being taken for walks by his Great Dane Athena. He also plays hockey recreationally, as well as inner-tube water polo.
Dr. Diane Walker
Dr. Walker grew up in Brantford Ont, she moved to the Ottawa area in 1989 just after graduation. Dr. Walker obtained her Bsc (Agr) in 1985 and graduated from Guelph in 1989. She was in a mixed practice for 2 1/2 years then started at Algonquin Animal Hospital Oct 7 1991.
Married to Steve Walker, she has had an exciting time helping him professional motorcycle race for the past 20 years, now we just ride dirt bikes, bicycle and hike. Her love of travel includes areas with lots of nature and outdoor activities Dr. Walker is an avid knitter and weaver. Dr. Walker is a fitness enthusiast and teaches spin and kettlebell classes in her hometown of Carleton Place.
She has 3 cats and 3 dogs...2 cats are related, Opey and Orange Cat and Marvin is the newest addition.
She owns 3 dogs Beemer, an accidental Aussie Doodle, Gemma a Husky mix from the North and little Remington Steal My Heart a chihuahua from North Carolina. All of Dr. Walker's pets are rescues.
Dr. Jennifer Smallwood
Dr. Jennifer Smallwood grew up in Iroquois, south of Ottawa, and likes to say that she was raised by a series of yellow labs. She graduated from OVC in 1988, having first completed a BSc. (Agr.) with a major in Animal Science. She began her veterinary career as a mixed animal practitioner in largely dairy-based practices in Eastern Ontario. She married her husband Lorne in 2002, followed him to Thunder Bay, and has focussed her attention on companion animal medicine and surgery ever since. She spent 10 years as a locum veterinarian serving Northern and Central Ontario, which allowed her to experience veterinary medicine in over 20 different practices. She and her husband relocated to the Ottawa area in 2012, and she joined the Algonquin and Prince of Wales team in 2017. Dr. Smallwood loves the constant change and lifelong learning in veterinary medicine, and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, having developed a particular fondness for cats. Her veterinary hero is Dr. Sophia Yin, who pioneered low-stress handling in our profession. Dr. Smallwood became Fear Free Certified in early 2019, and is dedicated to preserving the emotional as well as the physical well-being of her patients. Outside of practice, she enjoys camping, gardening, Tweeting and reading. She and her husband are in service to 2 demanding felines, HRH Francesca Kitten Emeritus (Frankie), and Jonesy, the pride of rural North Augusta.
Dr. Dainius (Dennis) Verbickas
Dr. Dennis Verbickas graduated in 2004 from Ontario Veterinary College. After graduation, he worked in a small animal practice in the greater Toronto area for 14 years before moving to Ottawa in 2018. He has special interests in preventative, internal and emergency medicine as well as veterinary, ophthalmology, and dentistry.
Dr. Verbickas regularly attends veterinary conferences to keep up to date on the most current advances in veterinary medicine and has taken several surgical wet labs to enhance his surgical skills. He is a member of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) where the latest veterinary information is available.
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking. He lives with his wife Gita and two cats - Mama and Tuxedo. Dr Verbickas gets a great deal of satisfaction from making a difference every day in the lives of both his patients and their owners.
Dr. David Sparks
Dr. David Sparks graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in May 2019 and joined the team here at the Algonquin Animal Hospital in June 2019. As a new veterinarian, his interests in small animal medicine include anesthesia, internal medicine, and surgery. He is looking forward to meeting the clientele here at Algonquin Animal Hospital in the coming years.
Dr. Sparks is originally from Sarnia, ON, and attended the University of Ottawa for his undergraduate where he studied Biochemistry. After moving to Guelph for veterinary school, Dr. Sparks moved back up to the Ottawa Valley where he lives with his wife, Olivia, daughter, Lyla, and 7 dogs in the Ottawa Valley.
Outside of work Dr. Sparks enjoys playing and watching hockey, working outdoors, boating, and going to the dog park!
Dr. Mahjoob Aghamohammadi
Dr. Mahjoob Aghamohammadi graduated from faculty of veterinary medicine, University of Tehran in Iran in 2009. She was working with her husband in a pet clinic in Tehran for 5 years. In 2014, she moved to Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec with her family & their two cats to start a master’s program in veterinary epidemiology at Université de Montréal where she joined a research network studying dairy cow health. Shortly after, She adopted her dog, Sunny, from SPCA Montérégie.
She returned to the field of small animal practice in 2020 and joined Algonquin Animal Hospital team in May 2021.
Dr. Michelle Herman
Dr. Michelle Herman grew up in Cold Lake Alta, Comox BC, Summerside PEI, with the final move to Ottawa in Grade 12. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in 1990, DVM in 1994, and Certification in Animal Rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee in 2008. Upon graduation, she decided to settle in Ottawa and started in a small animal practice in the east end in ’94, a small animal practice in the west end from 1995-June 2021, and now has been at Algonquin Animal Hospital since July 2021. She is looking forward to continuing with long term clients and their pets and establishing new relationships with Algonquin/Prince of Wales clients and pets.
She is married to Dan who has been at Nokia since 1989. Their son is starting at the University of Waterloo fall 2021 and their daughter is a grade 11 student. The home is officially run by their 3 cats - Stryder (the boss), Holly (the pacifist) and the teenager Charlie (sweet, but crazy!).
Since the kids first day of kindergarten, Dr Herman, has been heavily involved in volunteering for their various schools, Ottawa City soccer teams, West End hockey teams, and the Nepean Synchro Swim club. All this ended the past year so now spending free time for herself, walking the Conquerer Challenges, with a goal of doing the Camino de Santiago in person. She loves travelling with outdoors or hiking involved. Some favourites include Auyuittuq National Park (Baffin Island), Tanzania/Kenya safari, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park (California), any park in BC, Bruce Trail (Ont), Adirondack’s (NY) and the family trek across Newfoundland for Canada’s150th. She also loves reading, badminton, watching sports and movies, music, and has been a supporter of the Orpheus Musical Theatre since 1994.
Tama joined the Algonquin Animal Hospital in 1984 as a high school co-op student. She became a part-time employee of the practice after her co-op while she attended Algonquin College to obtain a degree in business. After graduation, she became a full-time employee. Tama is now the practice manager, of the Algonquin and Prince of Wales Animal Hospitals.
Tama is a true cat lover, especially black cats, making her home with two furry felines, Coraline and Possum. She also has a Golden Retriever, Berkley. She loves to travel, her favourite destination being Roatan, Honduras. In her free time, Tama enjoys spending weekends at the cottage with her husband and daughter. Her favourite pastime is drinking wine and online shopping …. A dangerous combination!
A 1990 graduate of the Animal Health Technician program at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Stephanie joined the Prince of Wales Animal Hospital team in February 1994. Initially going back and forth between Algonquin and Prince of Wales, Stephanie now spends 2 days a month at Algonquin Animal Hospital and the majority of her time at Prince of Wales Animal Hospital. As a senior technician at Prince of Wales Animal Hospital, Stephanie enjoys complete control of her work environment.
After losing her mother to breast cancer in 2004, Stephanie and her team The Titty Cats have participated in CIBC run for the cure and have now stepped it up a notch and have participated in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers for the past 2 years. The Titty Cats fundraise throughout the year and are proud to have raised almost $20,000 for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre. Stephanie usually has to take the week off after the 2-day event to recuperate.
Outside of work, Stephanie and her husband Andrew share their lives with Luci, domestic shorthair, and an adorable Corgi named Angus. Stephanie enjoys reading and can be seen with her Kobo® reader whenever she has a break.
Heather graduated from the Veterinary Technology program in 1998 and has worked at Algonquin Animal Hospital for most of that time. She is married with 2 teen daughters. She has a soft spot for older dogs and is considered our small dog whisperer. When she is not working, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Andrea was born in Lahr, Germany. She moved to Canada at the age of 11 and learned English and French in Montreal. Andrea was always partial to animals and earned spending money training the area dogs, while others her age babysat. After college, Andrea went to train at different horse facilities such as Bromont to become a coach and trainer. In 1999 she opened Maplewood Equestrian Center with her family. In 2009 she went back to school at Algonquin College to become a Veterinary Technician. Graduating in 2011, she has started work at Algonquin Animal Hospital since May 2018.
Shelby was born in Ottawa, Ontario and moved just outside the city in 2016. Shelby adopted Shadow, her best friend, from the Ottawa Humane Society in 2010. Shadow is a 10 year old cocker spaniel mix who is the sweetest boy in town. She recently rescued two incredibly handsome long-haired cats, Dill and Pickles. In 2015, Shelby attended Algonquin College and graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program with honours. She then applied to the Veterinary Technician program. After graduating with honours, Shelby received RVT status from the OAVT in the summer of 2018. Shelby began working at the Algonquin Animal Hospital after a placement in June of 2018. Some of her hobbies include petting dogs, snuggling cats, attending concerts and traveling.
Alex was born in Ottawa, Ontario and graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Afterwards she volunteered in different countries and frequently travelled between Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario. There she volunteered at a wildlife center and finally attended Sheridan College in 2017. After graduating she move back to Ottawa and obtained her RVT status in 2019. She has a border collie mix named Meisha.
Sabrina was born in Ottawa and has lived there most of her life. She grew up always wanting to be involved with animals and started in the field by working at a kennel in high school. She took the Veterinary Assistant program in 2016 and started with Algonquin Animal Hospital soon after. She applied to the Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College and is currently completing her schooling there. After she graduates, she hopes to receive her registered status and work at a small animal clinic. Sabrina lives with her fiancé and two cats Archer and Rowan. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends.
Annika was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but has lived in Ottawa for most of her life. She graduated with honours from the Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College in 2020 and obtained her RVT status within a few months of the program’s end. She has been working as a technician ever since and joined the Algonquin Animal Hospital team in March of 2021.
Annika has a soft spot for curly-haired dogs and Siamese cats, and her special interests at work include cytology and client education. She has two cats of her own, a Siamese named Meadow and a domestic shorthair named Bramble. She also has two pet snails, Orpheus and Jupiter. In her free time, Annika can be found enjoying a hot cup of tea and playing video games on her PC.
Customer Service Representative Supervisor
Devyn was born in a small town outside of Toronto, but grew up north of Barrie, surrounded by Lake Simcoe. She moved to Ottawa in September 2012 with her partner, John, and started at Algonquin Animal Hospital in January of 2016 following multiple years in retail management.
Devyn is currently completing her degree online through Athabasca University specializing in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. Devyn is our resident artist responsible for our new “Fur Your Information” board and has recently taken on the position of Customer Service Supervisor.
Devyn and John married in the summer of 2020. In her spare time, you can find her with her beagle, Silas. She also enjoys reading, calligraphy, traveling, and swimming. She hopes to join a Masters Swimming team in the near future.
Customer Service Representative
Meredith was born and raised in Ottawa. She is one of our most recent additions, starting with the Algonquin Animal Hospital in June of 2019. Prior to working at our clinics, Meredith attended Marvel Beauty School and worked as a hairstylist and retail supervisor for many years.
Meredith has two young children and an American Bully who keep her very active. In her spare time, you can find her at the gym, listening to music, outdoors, or doing activities with her kids. In the future, Meredith hopes to travel the world.
Customer Service Representative
Zoe grew up in Hamilton Ontario and moved to the Ottawa area for university. She is currently completing her fourth year at University of Ottawa with a Bachelors of Social Science, majoring in Psychology. Zoe began working at Algonquin in the spring of 2021 as a customer service representative. After completing her degree, she hopes to continue working in the veterinary field. Zoe loves to go hiking and biking with her dog Blue.
Customer Service Representative
Jess grew up north of Toronto, where after she graduated high school, she moved to Ottawa to attend University. She studied English for a short period of time at Carleton University, before moving back to Toronto, and transferring to a private college for visual arts. After she received her diploma in Illustration she moved to Ottawa. In her free time, she enjoys illustrating, reading and writing.
Customer Service Representative
Jennifer was born and raised in Montreal and moved to Ottawa in 2009 to start a job in healthcare. She is a recent addition to the Algonquin/Prince of Wales Animal Hospital team starting in March of 2021 as she has always wanted to work with animals. While having no animals of her own, her partner has a beabull named Maple who she spends her free time with. When she isn’t working she enjoys travelling (hoping to go to Croatia one day) , hiking, comedy shows, and spending time with family and friends.
Veterinary Assistant Supervisor
Mandy started working at Algonquin Animal Hospital in 2017 after completing the Veterinary Assistant program at Algonquin College. Since joining our team, Mandy has worked both as a receptionist and vet assistant. She currently lives in Ottawa with her partner, Tyler, their two cats Allan and Tilly, and have recently adopted a Shepherd mix named Harper.
During her spare time, she enjoys going to the movies, camping, and going on hikes. Mandy has recently taken on the role of Veterinary Assistant Supervisor.
“Jessica is originally from the U.K. born in a little town called Folkestone. She moved to Ottawa with her partner Nick in March 2020. Jessica studied animal care and management back home and completed the course in 2016. Jessica and Nick have both adopted two kittens called Hope + Brave. They also recently adopted an Alaskan Malamute mix in April 2021 who’s all the way from Nunavut, she is called Tiggy.”
Natalya joined our team in September 2021 and is currently in her last year studying Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Natalya was born and raised in Ottawa but has spent a considerable amount of time in the UK and Ireland. She is the UK and Irish citizen!
Natalya has wanted to become a veterinarian for as long as she can remember, after working with cows and donkeys on her family's dairy farm in Ireland. She began shadowing large animal veterinarians when she was only 12 years old and is very excited to have the opportunity to work with smaller animals now. Natalya hopes to apply for veterinary school in the upcoming year.
At home, Natalya has a dog called Skipper who is a gorgeous Goldendoodle that loves treats, walks, and cuddles! In her spare time, she volunteers with horses at the Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa-Carleton, enjoys hiking with her sister, and traveling.