Dr. Debbie Hrynkiw (currently on leave of absence) graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. Soon after graduation she moved to Acton to begin her career and has gained years of valuable experience. She loved living in Acton so much that she decided to stay locally to start a new clinic of her own.
Her husband and three children are animal lovers as well and happily share their home with their kitty Cole, their dogs, BB and Tiberius.
Outside of work she enjoys camping with her family, gardening and long strolls with her two dogs.
Dr. Kristy DesRoche graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010. She began her career in Burlington and joined our team in 2012. Kristy is an integral member of our dynamic team. Her dedication and love of animals are apparent in the care and gentleness she shows to each of her patients. Dr. Kristy recently obtained her Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification. She currently lives in Milton with her husband, a daughter and two sons, and her dog Cashus.
Dr Park attended the University of Western Ontario where she completed her Bachelor of Science before graduating with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2011. Upon graduation, she began practicing at a clinic in Toronto where she had the pleasure of working with a variety of exotic animals. She believes all species deserve high quality care.
In 2013 she switched focus and started at a small animal clinic in Mississauga where she gained valuable experience. She was is very excited to join the amazing Black Creek team in March 2019. Aspiring to be a veterinarian since childhood, Dr. Park enjoys all aspects of her profession; however, forming lasting bonds with people and their pets has always been a highlight of the job. She believes that through preventive medicine we can give our pets the best quality of life for as long as possible.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Park loves going to classes at the gym, enjoying outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends. She shares her home with her husband, her young son, their rabbit Bella and a playful Airdale named Harvey.
It is with great pleasure that Black Creek Animal Hospital welcomes Dr. Deanna Glasgow back to our team. Dr. Deanna attended the Ontario Veterinary College and first began working at the clinic in 2013. She is excited to reconnect with our clients and their pets. Dr. Deanna's special interests include animal nutrition and companion animal behaviour. Dr. Deanna is committed to providing Fear-Free and Low Stress Handling for her furry clients and is certified in both areas.
In her spare time, Dr. Deanna competes in various dog sports with her German Shorthaired Pointers, Findley and Wallace. Sports include dock diving, conformation, rally obedience and lure coursing. She has previously taught dog obedience classes for the University of Guelph College Royal Dog Show. Dr. Deanna is passionate about ethical and responsible dog breeding.
Dr. Deanna has assisted in leading the Rabbit Hopping and Go for Gold Clubs and has bred and exhibited pure bred rabbits. In addition to her cats and dogs, Dr. Deanna has always opened her home to foster pets before they find their furever homes.
Maxine is our Practice Manager and joined the clinic in 2010. Originally from England, she has lived in Acton for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in psychology. She is delighted to be part of the Black Creek Animal Hospital team. Maxine grew up with cats and has a very soft spot for poodles.
Stacy is our Senior Registered Veterinary Technicians and our Nutrition Counselor. Stacy began working at Black Creek as a co-op student in January 2011. She joined our team as a staff member in May 2011. Growing up with pets, Stacy has always wanted to work with animals and began gaining experience in the veterinary field while in high school. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2008 with a degree in Biological Science and a minor in Zoology. She went on to complete the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in spring 2011. Stacy shares her home with her dog Bentley, and her cats Mitzy and Murphy. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, knitting, and walks with Bentley. She has a very gentle approach with our clients and enjoys helping them with their pets’ health care.
Ruth is one of our full time RVTs. Ruth joined Black Creek Animal Hospital in October 2017. She came to us with a great deal of experience. In her spare time she likes to ride her horse and also enjoys hiking with her dogs. She shares her home with many cats. She also works with many shelters and her house is full of kittens and animals in need
We first met Alix when she volunteered in May 2015. We got to know her very well over the 350 hours she spent volunteering. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Zoology and a minor in Psychology. She went on to complete the Veterinary Technician program at Sheridan College in Spring 2019 and is now one of our part-time RVTs. While in school, she was introduced to small animal rehabilitation and physical therapy and decided to pursue her certification with the University of Tennessee. Alix has been working in the veterinary field for 6 years now, and thoroughly enjoys working with all of our clients and their furry family. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching and playing hockey, attending concerts, and spending time with her dog Toby.
Lj will graduate from her Veterinary Technician program and obtain her registration with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technician’s in 2021. She has spent most of her time working hard with horses. She has always owned dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters growing up and now chickens as well. She enjoys taking her time and allowing animals to feel comfortable. She has always had a high level of patience since rescuing her horse as a feral yearling, he will be 18 this year! She enjoys hiking, agility and obedience with her dog Reese, horse back riding, spending time with her chickens and learning everything she can about veterinary medicine.
Nicole graduated from the veterinary technician program at Seneca College in April 2021. She will be writing the VTNE this summer in order to be qualified as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Nicole is very excited to be starting her career as a veterinary technician at Black Creek. Her interests include animal nutrition, cytology, client education, anesthesia, and dentistry. She is looking forward to meeting and connecting with all of our wonderful clients and their pets.
Nicole, like many of our other staff, is a fear-free certified professional who strives to provide quality medicine and care while reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in pets.
When she is not at work, Nicole enjoys reading, traveling, cottaging, spending time with her cat, Lucia, and hiking with her dog, Chapter.
Kaila joined our team in July 2019. We are super excited to have her join our staff. Kaila worked with horses for ten years and is also a dog lover. Kaila has an adorable gremlin at home otherwise know as Miss Piggy the Pudgy Pug(gy). She also shares her home with Molly the bulldogge and her little rescue kitten Ellie. Ellie is a full grown cat, but is very small and looks like a kitten with her big eyes and cute face.
Michelle joined our reception team in October of 2020. She has always loved animals and is excited to be a part of your pets health care team.
Michelle lives with her boyfriend, an adorable kitten named Weasley, and a beautiful golden doodle named Gemma.
Erika joined our team in July 2020. She has aspirations to continue her education in the animal health field, but in the meantime, she is enjoying learning about veterinary medicine from our team.
For many years, Erika has loved dog walking and cat sitting for her community. She can often be found giving all of our patients lots of love and snuggling. In her free time, Erika enjoys many outdoor activities, including ice hockey and nature photography.
Captain Morgan arrived at the clinic in a cardboard box in the winter of 2011. He was in a sad and sorry state. He had a badly broken back leg, and a very damaged eye. We don't know what happened to him; however, he did come from a horse barn so he may have come by his injuries by accident. We had to remove his back leg as the fracture was so complex and he had nerve damage so would have been unable to use his leg even if we had been able to fix it. He was very scared and he chose to live behind our cat kennels in a little corner, where he felt safe. We set up a warm and comfortable bed and put his food, water and litter box in his chosen space. Gradually he became more interested in exploring his new home. We were very reluctant to remove his damaged eye as he seemed to be doing well and we didn't want to put him through another surgery when he was just beginning to feel safe. Children at the local schools and a daycare raised money for his eye surgery and some clients made some very generous donations (what a wonderful town we live in) so we went ahead and removed his eye. We were apprehensive to see how he would behave after this big surgery. He surprised us all by happily running around the clinic the very next day. We think that his eye must have been causing him significant discomfort, such that taking it out gave him immense relief. He has been happily running the clinic ever since. He loves bunnies and enjoys sitting close by their cages when they come in for any procedures. He is also fascinated with Cat Carriers and takes every opportunity to check them out. Once he sneaked into the lower part of a puppy stroller and made it all the way to the parking lot, but was discovered when the client was folding up the stroller to put it into their car!
Frou Frou came to Black Creek Animal Hospital as part of a litter of 7 kittens in 2012. Frou Frou and her litter mates were very frightened when they arrived and they would all hide whenever we went into their room. We had to put their food out and leave them alone. Slowly and carefully, one of the more brave kittens would creep out to make sure it was safe. One by one, the kittens were adopted. Frou Frou's last litter mate was adopted by one of our technicians in 2015. Since then, Frou Frou has made a very comfortable life for herself at the clinic. She loves to sit in the sink every morning, she moves to her basket in our kitchen in the early afternoon and then takes up her observation post on our little cat tree in the early evening. She is watching and waiting for her food lady to arrive. Frou Frou has struggled with her weight over the years and now is on a strict diet. Her food is weighed out every morning and twice weekly she goes in the underwater treadmill at Blue Springs Animal Rehabilitation Center. She is loosing some of her chubbiness and gaining muscle mass. We are super proud of how well she is doing.