Dr. Amanda Glew
Dr. Amanda Glew, DVM graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph in 1988. Dr. Glew has worked in mixed practice, was an owner of the Hudson Veterinary Hospital until 2012, she taught at Vanier College in the animal health department from 1990-2013 and gives first aid courses for the Canadian Border Service Agency dogs. Dr. Glew, also comfortable with exotic animals, is a director emeritus of le Nichoir, a bird rehabilitation center. Her interest in shelter medicine led to the development of a separate low cost sterilization clinic. She continues to practice cutting edge medicine (she was one of the first to introduce pediatric spay/neuters and discontinue yearly vaccines in Quebec), with a love of surgery, especially orthopedics. “If it makes sense, I am going to do it” she justifies to anyone who questions her strong opinions. Dr. Glew continues to write columns for the Montreal dog blog. "My passion is working with pets and their people". She currently has 2 horses, 3 cats, one dog, innumerable rescues looking for homes, and 2 cows. Yes, really, 2 pet cows. Dr Glew is seen here with Porter , a Rosie animal adoption dog from up North who is now going to be an empty nest dog.
Dr. Isabelle Côté
Dr. Isabelle Côté was born and raised in Labrador City NFLD and it is in this beautiful setting that her love of nature and animals first began. In 2001 she was able to realize a childhood dream and graduated from the University of Montreal, Faculty of Veterinary medicine. The ethical treatment of animals was always a priority in her life and while at the U of M, she became an advocate for improving the quality of life for the animal residents of the Faculty. During her studies she was able to combine her love of travel and discovery with her love of animals by journeying to the Panama Canal Rainforest to observe first hand the rehabilitation and reintroduction into the wild of abused and abandoned pet monkeys. The fair and kind treatment of animals has always been a guiding factor in Dr. Côté’s life. The day after she graduated she joined the staff of the Hudson Veterinary Hospital where she practiced for 11 years. During her time at HVH she was able to gather much experience in all facets of veterinary medicine... from on call emergency medicine to surgery, and from pain management to reproductive services. While at the clinic, Dr. Côté was also instrumental in establishing and volunteering her services for “sterilization days” for stray and abandoned cats in the community . Dr. Côté strongly believes in treating all of her feline and canine patients and their families with the kindness, caring and compassion that they deserve while ensuring that they receive the upmost in quality veterinary care. Dr. Côté shares her life with her husband and 2 children that love animals as much as she does, cool cats & loyal canine companions.
Dr. Donald Floyd
The Timberlea Veterinary Clinic is pleased to announce Dr. Floyd will be joining the team this March. Dr. Donald Floyd was an owner of the Baker Animal Hospital for the past 40 years. His name is renowned throughout the Montreal area as being one of the pioneering small animal veterinarians. Not quite ready to retire he will be doing part time work at our clinic. We look forward to welcoming him and learning from his expertise.
Dr. Maaike Hibbeln Kirby
Dr. Maaike Hibbeln-Kirby grew up in Montreal's West Island and has recognized her calling to animal care and veterinary medicine since elementary school, where in grade 3 she drew herself as a small animal veterinarian. After completing a Bachelor's degree at Mcgill University with a specialization in Animal Health and Disease, she made the move to Scotland where she completed her veterinary studies at the University of Edinburgh. Since graduating in 2017, she has moved back to her hometown and is excited to join the Timberlea Veterinary Clinic. When not at the clinic, she enjoys the company of her fiesty rescue cat as well as hiking and skiing with her energetic border collie.
Dr. Tiffany Gabriel-Bellantoni
Dr. Bellantoni’s inspiration to become a veterinarian started at the age of 10 when she owned her first dog. This dog had taught her about the beautiful bond that a human could share with an animal and the lessons that they could teach humans about life. Along her journey, Dr. Bellantoni did a lot of volunteer work and stages in various domains of the veterinarian field such as volunteering at the Montreal SPCA, going on a wild-life management internship in South Africa and working as a dairy farm assistant/tour guide at MacDonald Campus Farm. Prior to graduating from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in St Hyacinth in 2016, Dr. Bellantoni studied Animal Biology and Kinesiology at McGill University. During her studies in St Hyacinth she adopted a 12 year old rescue dog with aggression issues which permitted Dr. Bellantoni to discover her interest for geriatric, behavioural and alternative medicine. Dr. Bellantoni loves sharing her knowledge so do not be afraid to ask a question! On her spare time, you will find her playing team sports, doing yoga, exploring nature and spending time with family and friends.
Dr Danielle Fisher
Dr. Danielle H. Fisher was 6 years old when a talented veterinarian saved her much-loved guinea pig's life. From that day on she knew that working as a vet was what she wanted to do with her life. Born in Honolulu, she moved to Quebec when she was 9 years old. Soon after she was lucky to have Dr. Glew as her family’s veterinarian beginning a lifelong friendship and mentorship. In her teens she worked and volunteered at the Hudson Animal Hospital and The Spay/Neuter clinic gaining invaluable experience. In 2015 she fulfilled her childhood dream and graduated from the University of Montreal Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, Dr. Fisher spent a year working in small animal practice at The Animal Health Clinic in Montreal before she came back to her roots to work with the team she has known for 17 years. Passionate about nature, she takes every opportunity to learn about wildlife medicine and has volunteered with rehabilitation organisations, in California, Cape Cod, South Africa and most recently India. Danielle’s animal family includes 2 black cats adopted as vet school study buddies, a 29 year old thoroughbred rescue, a very naughty African pygmy goat, an alpaca and of course a loving playful rescue mutt.
Animal Health Technicians
Tina Andreatos, TSA
Tina knew early on that she would spend her life working and living with animals. She turned her passion for animals (and science) into a career and studied Animal Health Technology at Vanier College. She has been working as a vet tech since 2007 and has been part of the Timberlea Veterinary Clinic team since it opened its doors in 2013. Tina brings with her a wealth of knowledge about all kinds of creatures. She has cared for and lived with many different species, from hamsters, guinea pigs and birds, to cats, dogs, and has spent an inordinate amount of time riding and caring for horses in years past. She has always had a keen interest in purebred dogs and began competing in CKC conformation and obedience events with her Rhodesian Ridgebacks in 2000. She continues to participate in these events regularly with her ever growing K9 crew. She has bred several litters of Rhodesian Ridgebacks and more recently, has started showing and training her Shetland Sheepdogs. She also teaches our puppy classes at TVC and enjoys watching those puppies learn & grow into well-loved and well socialized companions. Her menagerie at home includes her 'pack' of dogs, a quad of furry felines, gerbils, and a pond full of Koi & Goldfish. Tina is also known to have raised quite a few wild orphans and has a love for all creatures, domestic and wild alike.
Marie-Michele Duval, TSA
Marie Michele graduated from the Lionel-Groulx Animal Health Technology program in 2002. She worked for 5 years in a clinic, tried her hands with large animals, then went into research. After having opened her eyes to so many different areas in the animal health field, she is happy to come full circle, and return to her first love- working in a clinical practice. She is passionate about her profession, and will be there to take care of your 4 legged companions!
Leah Wilson, TSA
Leah has loved animals since the day she was born. She graduated from Vanier College’s Animal Health Technology program in May of 2013 and was scooped up by the Timberlea Veterinary Clinic because of her compassion and wonderful calm disposition. Growing up she had 2 Golden Retrievers although constantly begging her parents for more. This passion led her to start work as a kennel hand in her local veterinary clinic while volunteering at the SPCA Emergency Shelter. Once her own dogs had passed, her family decided that it was too big a commitment to start over, but the house felt so empty without animals around. As fate would have it, she soon stumbled across a little white dog in desperate need of shelter. With little thought of the consequences she brought him home. Much to her amazement, her parents were not upset and were very taken by him. As a result, Leah and her family have been fostering dogs and the occasional litter of kittens for the past year and a half. This keeps her very busy! In her spare time Leah lives out her love of fitness through Crossfit and yoga. Leah also adores children having worked for many years teaching swimming lessons, lifeguarding and organizing an adaptive program for special needs children. She is hoping to one day combine her interests and provide therapy to children through the use of animal companions. Her short term goal is to travel and see as much of the world as she can.
Gabriella Volpolicella, TSA
Gabriella graduated from Vanier College as an animal health technician in the Spring of 2014. Once again, the Timberlea Veterinary team scooped her up as a new addition to their wonderful staff. Her warm demeanor and love of animals is apparent once you meet her. Growing up, she always had a strong passion for animals and she knew she would devote her future in this field. Caring for animals all day just isn’t enough, she then goes home to enjoy her three dogs and three rats of her own. Don’t be fooled, this 5 foot bundle of energy has your pet’s care underway!
Cassandra Eason, TSA
Cassandra has been part of our team for more than a year now. She was working as an assistant technician while completing her studies at Vanier College. In June she graduated as an animal health technician and we are pleased that she will be working with us full time. Her calm demeanor and easy going personality explains why our furry patients love her so much. We are thrilled to add Cassandra to our wonderful technician team.
Nelly Benabou, TSA
Nelly joined the TVC team in September of 2015. She comes to us with a varied background in animal health, and brings with her an immense love of cats and respect for their unique needs and character. As for the canines, she has a passion for dog behaviour and training; as such, spends a great portion of her spare time training and competing in various canine sports with her multitalented Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Reese. Reese has various titles in Obedience, Rally obedience, Flyball, Disc Dog, dock Diving as well as being the first Toller in Canada to achieve a Versatility Lifetime Achievement Award in Agility. Nelly and Reese share their life with three wonderful cats; Peter, Syd and Stewart.
Darrach Favretto, TSA
Darrach recently joined the TVC team in the Fall of 2016. She graduated as an animal health technician from Vanier College in the Spring 2013. She then continued her education in Nova Scotia and received a diploma in Business Management: Equine Specialty in May 2016. Her passion for animals grows each year. She keeps an active life-style through her varies sports; ball hockey, softball and ice hockey. She goes home to her chocolate Labrador, Vixen.
Kimberly MacDonald, TSA
Kim has joined Timberlea as a receptionist although she does have her degree as an Animal Health Technician and has been working in the veterinary field for quite a few years. Animals have always been her passion and having the opportunity to work with them every day has always been very rewarding and fulfilling. Kim currently shares her home with 2 feline friends, Ginny and Harley, who were both rescue cats. She strongly believes in adoption and second chances for all pets. Kim ultimately hopes that through education and creating a trusting bond between pets, owners and the Timberlea Staff, all pets can have a healthy, happy, long lasting relationship.
My connection and love of dog obedience training started with my first dog "Scoot" a terrier mix, way back when I was 12 years old! This passion continues today with my Shetland Sheepdogs and my students, with their dogs. I hope to see all of my students achieve their dreams with their treasured pets- whether it be qualifying score towards a title, or a High in Trial (best obedience dog of the day).
I am so very proud of the Shelties I have owned and bred. Along with their love and devotion, they have given me incredible wins and achievements over the decades.
Having owned so many dogs over the years, I know of the importance of pets to our lives - the thrill of the good times and I also understand and share in the bad times.
Happily working as a Receptionist at the Timberlea Veterinary Clinic, I can help you with your pet, and continue to indulge in my hobbies - shelties and obedience!
From a very early age I have had a passion for animals of any kind. I couldn’t have my own dog so I would walk the neighborhood dogs every day. As an adult, I finally got my own dog, and developed a love for obedience training . I have had 3 different dog breeds in training at 3 different levels, 3 different breeds at the same time! I really enjoy the challenge of needing to adapt the training to suit each personality. All 3 dogs achieved their obedience titles in Canada, United States and Bermuda with many high in trials. It was so much fun and we met many wonderful people and their dogs along the way. I also did some agility, flyball and every weekend during winter skijoring. Even my tiny Miniature Schnauzer participated!
I also have a passion for horses. I have an American Paint horse that I got as a 3 year old. He is now 11 and we have enjoyed going through the training process, a bit of showing and most importantly, many wonderful trail rides over the years. My career started in a medical clinic in the Laurentians and when I moved to Montreal, I transitioned over to Production planning, inventory management. When the opportunity to work with animals came up at the Timberlea Veterinary Clinic, I was ready for the change. I provide a mature experience to this young clinic, and look forward to helping you with you animal friends.
Sarah Parent has loved animals all of her life. Even as a child she was always bringing home stray cats much to her mother's frustration. She's a firm believer in adoption and even found her beloved Sophie through a friend of hers who knew someone who was giving up his dog. Her love of animals is something she hopes to pass on to her young daughter who recognizes the importance of all living beings. Sarah has been working as a veterinarian receptionist for the past couple of years and has happily joined the Timberlea Vet Clinic family.
Susi grew up in Ville St. Laurent and graduated from Concordia University with a B.A. in modern languages. After working in the hotel industry in Toronto for a few years she decided to change things up and pursue a career in the pet industry by taking dog grooming courses in Guelph and becoming a Professional Pet Groomer.
She returned to Montreal where she worked as a groomer and managed a V.I.P. boarding facility for dogs and cats. While there, she became interested in Canine behavior, taking several courses in Canine Aggression at Cornell University. Susi also became very involved in animal rescue and it is during this time that she co-founded S.O.S. Levrier de Montreal which, in 1993 introduced the first adoption program for retired racing Greyhounds in the Montreal Area.
After living and grooming in Europe for a few years, Susi returned to Canada and settled in Hudson where she had her own dog and cat grooming business for 13 years. Susi has always been passionate about animal welfare and has been an active participant in local cat and dog rescue efforts. She is also involved with wild birds and sits on the Board of Directors of Le Nichoir, a local bird rehabilitation organization.
Susi has been involved in the dog world for many years. She has shown her dogs in the confirmation ring and currently trains her standard poodle “Libby” and her Doberman Pinscher “Brando” in obedience at the OPEN level. She also shares her home with 3 cats who have ignored all efforts to train them.
Susi has a strong public service background and is looking forward to putting her love of animals and retail to good use managing Boutique Pawville.
Rachel joined Timberlea in 2013 as a part-time receptionist. She is a full time student, studying at John Abbott College. She has 3 Aussies, 1 border collie, and actively competes with Zeke in agility (her 5 year old Australian shepherd). She loves animal photography, and also makes collars/leashes that can be purchased in our Boutique. This lovely young lady is very efficient and caring when it comes to your pets.
Wendy joined the TVC team in February 2017 as a customer service representative. She has been an animal lover her entire life and grew up with both dogs and cats. Her best friend when she was very young was the family beagle named Maggie. She is an advocate in pet adoption and in rescue, as her two furry children, Charlie and Harry, are both feline rescues and have been a loving addition to her family. Wendy had the pleasure of doing a stage in grade 8 at the Hudson Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Amanda Glew where her passion for working with animals grew even stronger.
Many years later, Wendy feels blessed and thankful for the opportunity to work with the staff and animals at TVC and to get the chance to learn more about veterinary work and care, and to simply follow her dreams. She feels a home is not a home without the wonderful loyalty of a pet.
Emily Fellows has been an avid animal lover since she laid hands on her first gerbil at the age of four! Her house wouldn’t be a home without her orange tabby cat and goofy dog. Volunteering at the SPCA and other rescue organizations forged a strong desire to make a difference in animal’s lives and reconfirmed her childhood dream of working with them. Turning her dream into reality, she graduated from the Vet Assistant Program in summer 2014 at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. She is our first graduate Vet Assistant to be hired by the Timberlea Veterinary clinic. Emily cares deeply about the well-being of your furry family members and thrives on seeing the loving relationships you share with them.
Jordan is a 2nd year student in the Animal Health program at Vanier College. It is Jordan's lifelong dream to work with animals and working with the Timberlea team has allowed her to broaden her horizons and fine tune her skillsets. Jordan has been surrounded by her Labradors all her life, caring for them in the kennel and also showing them in both Canada and the USA. She also enjoys outdoor activities with her dogs doing agility and obedience.
Much like other staff members at Timberlea, Heidi has been an animal lover from a very young age, starting with her childhood companion, an Alaskan malamute. Despite always having an interest in animal oriented careers, it was only after her first year (of two) volunteering at the Timberlea clinic that she decided that she wanted to pursue a career as a Veterinary Technician. She will be applying to the animal health technology program at Vanier College.
Since childhood, Tracy has always had a tremendous passion for animals, both wild and domestic. She spent over 30 years as a college outdoor education instructor, teaching students basic animal first aid as well as tracking, identification and protection of wild animals. For decades, Tracy has volunteered at various animal hospitals, worked at low cost spay/neuter clinics and has been involved with pet therapy at various local schools and hospitals. She has also been a long time supporter and volunteer at Le Nichoir, a wild bird Rehab Center in Hudson, and also at the Ecomuseum where she completed the Docent course.
She has always embraced both allopathic and complementary health care. Tracy and her pets, have successfully explored acupuncture, osteopathy, homeopathy, herbology and chiropractic treatment. She recently retired and is now sharing her experience and expertise with the TVC Team.