Dr. Elva Ma
Dr. Elva Ma
Team member since 2011 - Veterinarian, Medical Director
  Hello! I’m Dr. Ma. Having had a lifelong passion for animals, my desire to become a veterinarian began at the tender age of 5. As a child, I was only allowed to have very small pets of my own, such as hamsters and goldfish. Over the years, I somehow convinced my parents to expand my care network to a variety of other small mammals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas. Needless to say, from there on I was hooked.
Dr. Maria Pilar Villanueva Caro
Dr. Maria Pilar Villanueva Caro
Team member since 2017 - Veterinarian
I'm Dr. Pilar! I was raised on a farm in Patagonia, Chile, and have always been in contact with animals. Growing up in this environment allowed me to develop a passion for science, environmentalism, medicine and animal welfare. I began my studies at the "Universidad Austral de Chile" (Southern University of Chile) in 2000, and hold a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Biology as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Jen B, RVT
Jen B, RVT
Team member since 2014 - Practice Manager, Registered Veterinary Technician
Hi! My name is Jen, but many people call me JB. I grew up on a farm a few hours away before finishing college and coming to Toronto in 2006. I then spent 4 years working at a pet supply store while running my own dog walking business.
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.
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.
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.

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.
Carissa
Carissa
Team member since 2018 - Veterinary Assistant
Hello, my name is Carissa and I am from Hong Kong! I’ve lived in Toronto since grade 9 and just graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Animal Physiology & Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I have always been interested in animal welfare and have a passion for helping 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.

Jen
Jen
Team member since 2012 - Front Office Manager

Hi! My name is Jen, but around here they also call me JF since there are two Jen’s at Wellesley!

I have loved animals all my life and I currently have two cats and a dog. (2 cats who hate being picked up are pictured!)

I have also had rats, a hedgehog, a degu, hamsters, rabbits, a budgie. fish, frogs, a crested gecko, and a veiled chameleon while growing up! I was also the little kid bringing home any critters I would find outside, my poor parents!

I have worked at a few of Dr. Barriento’s sister clinics for the last 9 years and am happy to have found my home here at Wellesley!

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!


Samantha
Samantha
Team member since 2019 - Animal Care Ambassador
Hi there I’m Samantha! I’m one of the Animal Care Ambassadors here! I just joined the Wellesley Animal Hospital family at the end of 2019 and already cannot wait to see what this new decade has in store for us! I’ve worked in the pet industry since my very first job at a petstore back in Montreal.
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.

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.
Kanae
Kanae
Team member since 2020 - Groomer
I came to Toronto in 2013 from Saitama, Japan. I’ve been working as a dog groomer for over 4 years. Dog Grooming was my dream job since childhood, and I’ve always felt a special connection with dogs—they’ve always been a part of my life. In 2015 I decided to stay in Canada because of my marriage. After that, I challenged myself to make my dreams come true for my new life in Canada.