Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Melanie moved to Vancouver to complete her degree in Fine Arts at Emily Carr University. She then discovered her passion for veterinary medicine and attended UBC to complete her Bachelor of Sciences. At the time, she also worked for the BCSPCA. She then went to Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon to pursue her studies in veterinary medicine. She moved to Squamish in 2003 and started Eagleview Veterinary Hospital in 2006. Melanie loves living in Brackendale with her husband Adrian, 2 kids, Emalyn and Rylan, 2 dogs, Kimmey and Macy, and 2 sweet kitties, Maggie and Scratchy. Outside of work you will find her out with her family biking, skiing, hiking and enjoying all that Sea to Sky has to offer.
Dr. Julie Mountifield, DVM – Veterinarian
Originally from Toronto Ontario, Julie attended the University of British Columbia School of Human Kinetics. She fell in love with west coast and knew that this is where she would call home following her studies at the Ontario Veterinary College and receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. On days off, you may see her biking or running in the trails with her husband, Mike, and their dogs, Ted and Bernie; on the soccer pitch playing with the women’s Sea to Sky soccer league; or on the ice competing with Whistler’s Physio Flyer’s hockey team. Julie’s genial disposition is a welcome attribute to our team dynamic.
Dr. Briony Sturgess, DVM – Veterinarian
Born and raised in Vancouver, Briony completed her conservation biology degree at the University of British Columbia before finding her love for veterinary medicine. It was her first dog, a husky cross with challenging fear and aggression issues, who inspired her to become a veterinarian. Upon receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Saskatchewan she made her way back out west for the ocean and mountains of Squamish, BC. When not at work, you might find her trail running or mountain biking with a few dogs in tow, playing in the Squamish women’s soccer league or rock climbing on sunny days.
Dr. Pilar Peterson, DVM – Veterinarian
Pilar grew up in Invermere, British Columbia, with her parents and older brother. She moved to Whistler as a young adult to pursue her love of snowboarding. Still restless, she uprooted and became a seasonal wild land fire fighter and traveled all over British Columbia. With her father acting as a role model veterinarian, Pilar went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Saskatchewan. She has a special touch with all of the feline friends who come through our door. Our resident cat, Celine, can’t seem to get enough of her. Now happily nestled in Squamish, in her spare time, you can find Pilar scaling the rock walls of the Stawamus Chief and playing in the band, Marble Canyon.
Robyn grew up in Squamish and graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program at the University College of the Cariboo in 2003. She always knew she wanted a career in the veterinary world. She has worked alongside Dr Armstrong since Eagleview Veterinary Hospital opened in 2006. Robyn has two cats, Dexter and Leia, along with 2 extremely spoiled dogs, Axl and Fiona. She enjoys exploring all the trails around town with her dogs or on her mountain bike. You can also see her playing roller derby with the Sea to Sky Sirens as “Throbyn Heart”.
Holly has lived in Squamish for most of her life and never wants to live anywhere else! She enjoys mountain biking, road biking and running in our amazing trails year round (even at night with a head lamp!). In the winter, Holly spends as much time as she can cross country skiing in the Callaghan Valley. When she’s not out enjoying the great outdoors, she is at Eagleview Veterinary Hospital doing a job she loves!
Shay was born and raised in Squamish, BC. She recently graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. In her spare time, Shay likes to read, spend time with family and friends and explore the outdoors. You may also see her working at the local SPCA shelter. Shay has 2 ginger tabby cats, Simba and Bongo, who are always at the door to greet her when she gets home.
Originally from the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, Tracy moved to Squamish in the late 2000s. After the loss of her dog, Cody, Tracy decided to make a career change to focus her career on animals. She graduated from the Thompson Rivers University Animal Health Technology Distance Education program in 2011. She joined the Eagleview team in February 2016. Tracy is also the owner of Stony Mountain Farm, a small farm in Upper Squamish. She raises laying hens for eggs, holiday turkeys, broiler chickens, pigs and goats. One of her goats, named Puddin’, was bottle raised after rejection by her mother. Tracy lives on her farm with her partner, Dan, their 2 dogs, Jake and Raisin, and three cats, Waffles, Lilo and Polar. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys gardening, cooking, baking and spending time with her numerous animals. She feels very fortunate to have two careers she absolutely loves!
Stephanie was born and raised in Squamish. She has always had a love for animals. After completing her high school work experience program at a local veterinary hospital, she went on to compete the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University and graduated in 2006. She has been an active member of the BCVTA ever since. Stephanie has a dog named Sheldon, whom she adopted from Whistler Animals Galore (WAG). She also has two cats, Maddie and Pips, adopted from the BC SPCA Sea to Sky Branch.
Kaylyn grew up in a rural town in southern Ontario and spent her adolescence riding and training horses. University life introduced her to rock climbing and the allure of the mountains brought her to Squamish. In 2012 she began summertime volunteering here and upon graduation, she decided to make the move to B.C. and call Squamish home. In her spare time, you can find Kaylyn roaming the plentiful trails with her dog Diesel, a Siberian Husky Cross.
Jayme Ellis – Veterinary Assistant
Jayme was born and raised in Squamish. She has always had a love for creatures big and small. She has a horse named Zack and a cat named Miss Havisham, who she recently adopted from the BC SPCA Sea to Sky Branch. Miss Havisham officially knows how to sit for a treat and is fully toilet trained (yes, toilet trained!). Jayme has obtained her Animal Health and Welfare certificate through Thompson Rivers University. Outside of work, she is an avid movie buff and also enjoys spending time painting and hiking.
Lauren was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and has lived in British Coumbia for 10 years. She loves our area so much and moved to Squamish 2 years ago. Lauren lives with her boyfriend and two dogs, a Mexican rescue named Luna and a Great Dane/English Mastiff mix named Bundy. Her love for animals brought her into the veterinary medicine field and she can’t get enough of the continuous learning curve. Outside of work, you can find Lauren hiking with her dogs, travelling, cooking, wine tasting or watching scary movies.
Kaela Laktin – Veterinary Assistant
Kaela joined our team in July 2016 after completing her work experience with us through the Howe Sound Secondary School careers program. She is currently away completing the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University. You will hopefully get to see her back at work with the team during her summer break!
Sean joined our team in October 2016 after completing her work experience with us through the Howe Sound Secondary School careers program. She is currently away completing the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University. You will hopefully get to see her back at work with the team during her summer break!
Calli Horth – Receptionist
Calli was born and raised in Squamish, BC. She started working at Eagleview Veterinary Hospital in the summer of 2013. Calli has always loved having pets and currently has a 1 year old yellow lab named Charlie. She also has a 1 year old daughter. If Calli is not out playing with her daughter and Charlie, she can be found playing slo-pitch or learning how to golf. Calli loves working with such great staff and clients.
Karen Hillary – Receptionist
Karen was originally from England and moved to Whistler in 2012 to have fun in the snow. After meeting her husband in Whistler, they decided to move to Squamish in 2014. Prior to coming to Canada, Karen worked as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in South London. She has completed a BSc Hons degree in Psychology, a CertHE in Counselling and a DipHE in Mental Health Nursing. Karen joined the Eagleview team in October, 2015. She was a keen long distance road runner before coming to Canada and has since loved branching out into trail running in all the beautiful trails Squamish has to offer (when she is able to push her fear of being eaten by wildlife aside). Karen has a crazy and loving Australian Shepherd named Brodie and an ultra friendly cat named Cali.
Christy was born and raised in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. She currently resides in Britannia Beach with her husband, two daughters and two dogs, Lulu and Clifford. Christy has worked in the veterinary field for over 7 years. She has always opened her home to animals in need and has had a variety of horses, dogs and cats make their way into her life. In her spare time, you can find Christy skiing, gardening, hiking and exploring beautiful Squamish, B.C.
Michelle was born and raised in Squamish and knew from a young age that her love for animals would land her a career in the veterinary field. She completed the Veterinary Office Assistant program at Granville Business College in 2012 and has since been working in a veterinary hospital setting. Outside of work, you can find Michelle out hiking with her dog, Shug, or cuddling with her cat, Simon. Michelle is our newest team member and is excited to get to know all of our wonderful clients and their furry family members!