Dr. Edison Barrientos
Dr. Edison Barrientos
Team member since 2012 - Veterinarian
I am the founder of Wellesley Animal Hospital. I came to Canada as a young child with my family from Chile. Since I was a small boy I had a fascination with animals. I was always trying to convince my parents to accept a new pet that I had taken in or somebody was trying to give away. My collection of pets ranged from a chicken to a budgie, to a turtle, and of course a cat and a dog.
29 years
Dr. Melissa Weir
Dr. Melissa Weir
Team member since 2020 - Veterinarian
Hello, I’m Dr. Weir! I was born and raised in Calgary, AB. I always wanted cats and dogs but had to wait until I was an adult due to my parent’s allergies (and I wasn’t allowed a snake)! Initially wanting to go into human medicine, I completed my B.Sc. in Exercise and Health Physiology (Kinesiology) at the University of Calgary.
RECOVER CPR Certified
Dr. Tara Pawliwec
Dr. Tara Pawliwec
Team member since 2020 - Veterinarian
Hi, I’m Dr. Pawliwec! I grew up in Brantford, Ontario in a family full of health care practitioners. With the combined love of animals and medicine, I knew becoming a veterinarian was the perfect path for me. I first attended The University of Western Ontario where I received an Honours Specialization in Biology.
RECOVER CPR Certified
Dr. Emily Yu
Dr. Emily Yu
Team member since 2020 - Veterinarian
Hi! I’m Dr. Yu. I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 12 (fortunately or unfortunately, it surpassed the desire to be a magician). I did my BSc in Biology and Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and then completed my veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. My clinical interests include geriatric care, pain management, and fear-free practice.
RECOVER CPR Certified
Dr. Ismail Hirji
Dr. Ismail Hirji
Team member since 2017 - Veterinarian (part-time)
Dr. Izzy Hirji is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with an honours B.Sc. in Zoology. He has a background in both domestic and wildlife medicine, pathology and conservation, and has trained at several zoos and sanctuaries in this capacity both in North America and abroad.
Dr. Malika Ladak
Dr. Malika Ladak
Team member since 2021 - Veterinarian
Hello, I'm Dr. Ladak! I completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in the spring of 2020. Prior to this, I completed my Honours B.Sc. in Zoology at the University of Guelph. I'm originally from Thornhill, Ontario, and have always had an interest in animals and science.
Dr. Fiona Emdin
Dr. Fiona Emdin
Team member since 2021 - Veterinarian
Bio coming soon!

Kristen, RVT
Kristen, RVT
Team member since 2017 - Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
Hello! My name is Kristen, but everyone calls me Kris. I grew up in a large family of seven kids, and even more pets consisting of birds, snakes, cats, dogs, hamsters, fish, ferrets, and even a scorpion!
Selene, RVT
Selene, RVT
Team member since 2017 - Registered Veterinary Technician
Hello, I’m Selene! I started at Wellesley as a placement student in 2017 before signing on and working with this awesome team, who supported me into becoming a RVT. Like many others in this field, I was surrounded with love from all sorts of animals as a child.
RECOVER CPR Certified
Kimberly, RVT
Kimberly, RVT
Team member since 2020 - Registered Veterinary Technicians
Hey, there! My name is Kimberly, but everyone calls me Kim.
I grew up in Toronto and, uncommon to the others, didn’t exactly know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I realized I was passionate about animal care when I got my very first cat in grade 10 and soon became interested in the veterinary industry.
RECOVER CPR Certified
Kara, RVT
Kara, RVT
Team member since 2021 - Registered Veterinary Technicians
Hello, I’m Kara! I grew up in Toronto and am a graduate of the Veterinary Technician Program at Sheridan College. I have always had a love for animals and started horse back riding every weekend at the age of 7. I enjoyed show jumping and competed in many shows at the barn.
RECOVER CPR Certified
Karyna, VT
Karyna, VT
Team member since 2021 - Veterinary Technician
Hello there, I’m Karyna! I joined the Wellesley team as a Sheridan student in 2020. I graduated in 2021 and have started my career as a technician!
Catherine, RVT
Catherine, RVT
Team member since 2021 - Registered Veterinary Technician
Hi, I'm Catherine!  While I entered the veterinary world a bit later than others, after getting a degree in Anthropology and teaching English in Hong Kong for a year, I knew I had to return to my first passion in life - caring for animals.

Solara
Solara
Team member since 2019 - Veterinary Assistant
Hello, my name is Solara! I started at Wellesley back in 2017 as a co-op student and am now one of the Animal Care Ambassadors. I grew up all across Canada, mainly on farms, so I’ve known since I was around 4 years old that I wanted to work with animals.
Emily
Emily
Team member since 2019 - Veterinary Assistant
Hello! My name is Emily. I grew up in Sydney, Australia, and have always had animals in my life, spending most weekends at horse stables and dog walking for neighbours. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to become a veterinarian.
Nidhi
Nidhi
Team member since 2021 - Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!


Kat
Kat
Team member since 2019 - Client Services Representative
Hello, my name is Kat!! I’m the newest CSR at Wellesley, joining the team in February 2019, and I have a lot of customer service experience. I started my working journey at Tim Hortons for 4 years, moved on to Home Depot for 2 years, then a Rogers Call Center for 2 years, and I have now been in the veterinary field since leaving Rogers (almost 5 years now). I love what I do.
Heather
Heather
Team member since 2020 - Client Services Representative
Hi, I'm Heather! I grew up just outside London England, until moving to Canada in 2018 I'd never lived more than 15 minutes from my Mum.
I grew up with more furry friends than human friends, my grandparents had a farm and I've had horses, cows, goats, chickens, cats and dogs as friends while growing up.
Harper
Harper
Team member since 2020 - Client Services Representative
Hello! My name is Harper and I’m a customer service representative here at Wellesley.
I grew up surrounded by animals and currently have two cats who are my whole world. In my spare time, I love to read about music history, explore the city and tend to my houseplants.
Ricardo
Ricardo
Team member since 2021 - Client Services Representative

Hello, my name is Ricardo! I graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce. I have been in and around veterinary hospitals my entire life. I am a dog lover and have a standard poodle at home named Dali. I love meeting all the furry friends that come through the doors here at Wellesley Animal Hospital.

Teal
Teal
Team member since 2021 - Client Services Representative

Hello! My name is Teal and I’m originally from Victoria, BC. I grew up with cats and various small animals, but I would love to have a dog one day! After moving to Toronto in 2019, I worked as a math tutor and started studying Latin dance in my spare time. Recently I decided to pursue my lifelong love of animals, which landed me here at Wellesley, and I’m excited to be part of this amazing team!

Alan
Alan
Team member since 2021 - Client Services Representative

Bio coming soon!

Katy
Katy
Team member since 2021 - Client Services Representative

Bio coming soon!


Johnathan
Johnathan
Team member since 2019 - Animal Care Ambassador
Hello, my name is Johnathan, and I am an Animal Care Ambassador here at Wellesley Animal Hospital. I have spent most of my life having both dogs and cats and I have had a love for animals since I was a young boy. I would be the one socializing with the animal at a party!
Olivia
Olivia
Team member since 2020 - Animal Care Ambassador
Hello, cool cats and dogs!
My name is Olivia and I currently work at Wellesley Animal Hospital as an Animal Care Attendant. I have only just started my work relationship with Wellesley, but it already is starting to feel like a second home. This is the second animal hospital that I have worked at but is by far my favourite one.
Daria
Daria
Team member since 2020 - Animal Care Ambassador
Hello, my name is Daria!
I am one of the Animal Care Ambassadors here at Wellesley. I recently graduated from the Animal Care program with honours at Sheridan College.
I have always had a lifelong passion for animals. Growing up with a golden retriever named Kimi from the age of four and a cat named Kicza from the Humane Society, who stayed by my side for eighteen years.
Jason
Jason
Team member since 2021 - Animal Care Ambassador
Bio coming soon!
Yusra
Yusra
Team member since 2021 - Animal Care Ambassador

Bio coming soon!

Patrik
Patrik
Team member since 2021 - Animal Care Ambassador

Bio coming soon!


Mari
Mari
Team member since 2019 - Boutique & Grooming Manager, Senior Groomer
Hello! My name is Mari and I am the grooming and boutique manager at Wellesley Animal Hospital. I have 12 years of experience as a professional dog groomer as well as a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from York University. My mother is also a dog groomer and she’s taught me everything from dog behaviour to nailing the perfect Schnauzer cut from a young age.
Risa
Risa
Team member since 2021 - Groomer

Bio coming soon!