MEET THE TEAM
Meet the Riverwood Vet Clinic Team
Dr. Leah Montgomery
Dr. Leah attended the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, then suffered four harsh winters in Saskatoon at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She managed not to get frost bitten (although her car did freeze completely for three days!) and moved back to the beautiful West Coast in 1995.
Dr. Leah began practice at the Granville Island Veterinary Hospital but after five years she decided it was time for a change. She moved to Coquitlam and joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital. In April 2001 she purchased the Hospital from Dr. Kassam and is enjoying both the practice and the management side of veterinary medicine. In 2016 she opened the Meadow Brook Cat clinic and then brought the team back together in 2021 by combining the 2 facilities into the Riverwood Veterinary Clinic.
When she’s not at the clinic, Dr. Leah manages to find time to ski and snowboard in the winter and rip up the trails on her mountain bike year-round.
She is the mother of 2 fur-babies, her cats named Sunny and Simon (pictured). “I love dogs!” she protests. “But with my crazy schedule, cats are easier to care for. I am “Auntie” to all the dogs that come through the hospital doors. The best part is I get to give them back!”, she says with a grin!
Dr. Ashley Milner
Dr. Ashley Milner graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and immediately joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital team. Ashley got her start in veterinary medicine in 1994, at the tender age of eleven, by attending a day camp for kids at the Burnaby SPCA. For the next decade thereafter, she worked every summer as an SPCA camp counselor as well as a humane educator.
During university and vet school, she worked at Mosquito Creek Veterinary Hospital in North Vancouver, Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital in Surrey, the Vancouver Animal Shelter, and the Winnipeg Humane Society. She also participated in free spay/neuter clinics in remote areas of California and North Dakota and continues to volunteer for local rescues. She is the resident “bully breed” expert at Shaughnessy Vet, and is mom to two human children and her 4th bully breed rescue dog, Kaslo.
Dr. Milner is proud to offer acupuncture and chiropractic treatments to her canine and feline patients. These can be combined with laser and massage, in what we call “CALM” appointments.
Dr. Sylvia Huang
Dr. Sylvia graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia in 2004. She moved back to Canada and worked in mixed animal practice in Drumheller for 2 years. After having too many sleep deprived nights from doing caesarean sections on beef cows and stitching up horses, she decided to return home in search for better quality sleep. She worked at Eagle Ridge Animal and Bird Hospital in Coquitlam for 10 years and joined Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in 2017.
Sylvia loves senior patients and works with their pet parents to provide the best quality of life that all geriatrics need. She is also very fond of pocket pets such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, amongst others and has had a lot of experiences working with them. Her other love is surgery and she is the happiest when she is all gowned up, hands deep in an animal removing all sorts of nasties so they can get better! Sylvia is our resident retriever lover, and you can frequently hear her squeal when she sees a gorgeous, fluffy face in the form of a golden retriever.
Sylvia enjoys travelling and indoor and outdoor rock climbing. She is an avid reader and usually has at least a couple of books on the go. She enjoys making food from scratch and will bake a lot when she is stressed. She lives in Port Moody with her husband and their young son alongside Dexter, a senior Golden Retriever, and Zack and Zoe, her two very geriatric cats.
Dr. Amanda Sefcik
Amanda graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and joined the Shaughnessy team in April 2016. During vet school she spent time with a local shelter and feral cat trap-neuter-return clinic. She also dedicated time to the field of aquatic animal medicine, achieving a certificate of study, and spent time at the New Orleans Audubon Aquarium and Zoo. Amanda also enjoys practicing veterinary acupuncture, which she studied at the Chi Institute in Florida.
Amanda lives in Langley with her husband, four children, two dogs, two cats and two rabbits.
In her time off she enjoys reading, sewing, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family.
Dr. Jacelyn Tu
Dr Jacelyn studied abroad in Scotland for 5 years where she received her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery from the University of Edinburgh in 2015.
She enjoys the surgical aspects of her career and has worked on spay and neuter missions in Nepal, Peru, and Nicaragua. She holds special interests in soft tissue surgery, cardiology and exotic/wildlife medicine.
She was raised in Toronto, Ontario and lived on Vancouver Island for 2 years before deciding to make the move to the mainland. She enjoys the outdoors: hiking, bouldering, backpacking and canoeing. Her other hobbies include drawing and traveling to new countries.
Dr. Caitlin Shaw
Dr. Caitlin graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 and was thrilled to join the Riverwood Veterinary team (formally Shaughnessy Vet Hospital and its sister clinic Meadow Brook Cat clinic). She grew up in North Delta and earned a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology, from the University of the Fraser Valley, before moving to Saskatoon for veterinary school. She is happy to be back in B.C and surrounded by the mountains and ocean once again.
Caitlin is an avid traveller and has been to every continent (except Antarctica). She also enjoys kayaking, contemporary dance, and terrible reality television in her spare time.
Caitlin has always loved animals and science, so being a veterinarian was a lifelong dream. She has developed a passion for being a “crazy cat lady” and loves all cat related things. Caitlin is also the proud mom of two cats, Roman and Rosie.
Dr. Tiarra Friskie
Dr. Tiarra grew up in the frigid prairies of Peace River, Alberta. She completed a BSc in Animal Health at the University of Alberta before traveling further east to obtain her DVM at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2020. Following graduation she moved to the West Coast and started with the team here.
Tiarra loves cats and completed a feline medicine externship in Edmonton, Alberta. She is Fear Free certified and believes in low-stress visits for all of her patients. She also has a special interest in geriatric cats and dogs, dentistry and nutrition.
In her spare time, Tiarra enjoys spending time in the forest, baking (and eating) cookies and watching movies with her cat, Butter.
RVT (Technician Manager)
Jan hails from the wilds of Whonnock where she spends her off-time tending her garden and trying to convince her canine helper that burying a milk bone will NOT grow a milk bone tree, no matter how well-fertilized!
Jan graduated from the University College of the Cariboo’s Animal Health Technology program in 1996. After graduation she worked with Dr. Dennis Jackson at the Granville Island Veterinary Hospital. In 1998 she expanded her horizons to Port Coquitlam, joining the team at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital. A few years ago, Jan discovered a flair for teaching, and is an instructor at the VOAC program at Douglas College. The experience allows Jan to share her enthusiasm for this amazing industry with both her co-workers at the clinic and the great students at Douglas College.
Jennifer has completed a canine massage course and offers massage therapy in addition to our current holistic services.
In Jennifer’s free time you can find her adventuring in the bush on her quad, lifting weights at the gym or exploring new trails with her daughter.
Lauren grew up in Port Coquitlam and now lives in Maple Ridge with her husband Brad, their 2 daughters Scarlett and Sawyer; along with their 2 dogs Loxley and Rogue. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys cooking, being outdoors.
As a teenager, Kelly spent her time around horses but currently her life surrounds around her two dogs. Goose, a Beagle cross with a mind of his own and Opie, a pit bull rescue who is scared of the world but is your best friend once he gets to know you; both just happen to be the best cuddlers.
When Kelly’s not at the clinic, she enjoys spending her time with her 4 loves: her husband, Ryan, their beautiful daughter, Sloane and their two four legged children, Opie and Goose.
Lana is the proud parent of two fur babies, her Bull Terrier named Pingu and of course, Dango the Chihuahua.
After completing her program, she decided to explore her field more by completing an internship at Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital. She also volunteered at Marine mammal rescue centre as an animal care attendant to care for seals. After exploring, she decided to mainly work with dogs, cats and some small pets in regular clinics, and joined Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in 2020.
Her other passion is volunteering. She is with Canadian Animal Assistance Team and went on two volunteer trips such as to Penelakut island in BC and Pang in Nunavut. She is also a longtime volunteer at SPCA. She has taken various volunteer positions at SPCA and currently she gives SPCA presentations to elementary kids by visiting their schools when requested.
In her spare time, she likes to cuddle and spend time at home with her two cats, Pika and Happie who are both rescues, Sapsali mix dog named Sanchez, who came from South Korea and a family dog named Coco. She is also an avid traveller and has been to most of Asian countries. She hopes to go backpacking to Europe and walk Camino de Santiago pilgrims one day.
I went to Peru in high school for a research practicum and learned many things about wildlife and observed different animals that I thought I would never have been able to see, such as fishing for piranhas on the Amazon River; catching caimans and measuring their sizes; recording the number of pink dolphins per hour; and identifying various birds, sloths, frogs and bats. I can speak both English and Mandarin fluently, I enjoy snowboarding during Winter and bouldering as well as hiking during the Summer.
VOA (Head Receptionist)
She joined the team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in March 2014. Soon after being hired she adopted two guinea pigs named Olive and Sweetpea. Growing up, Ewa had a black Lab cross named Rocky and two bunnies named Avocado & Bunny Boy, who sparked her interest to pursue a career working with animals. She currently resides in Maple Ridge with her fiance and her cat named Kirby. She has also given a home to many rescue guinea pigs and a special tripod bunny Bugsy over the years.
In her spare time she loves playing video games, hiking and cooking.
Emry grew up in Port Coquitlam and now lives in Pitt Meadows with her husband and their dog, Piglet. In her spare time she can be found hiking with her dog on Burke Mountain or baking delights in her kitchen. She also enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her family.
Andie received her Bachelor of Science degree from SFU and is planning to become a veterinary technician. She loves science and medicine. Her passion for your pet’s well-being, helping pets when they are sick or hurt and love for assisting in surgical procedures are a few of the reasons she has a desire to become a veterinary technician.
When Andie is not working, you will find her enjoying the outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, and camping. She enjoys these things with her husband Matt, German Shepherd Ava, and her cat Emmett.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys experimenting with new food recipes, painting and spending quality time with her Ragdoll cat, Miso.
Edith lives in Langley with her husband Stanley, their two daughters, and their cat, Simba Two Toes.
Nicole was born and raised on her family’s dairy farm in Pitt Meadows. She has experience with all different animals. You name it, she has rescued it and trained it (Buffalo, Deer, Goats, Cows, Horses, Rabbits, Chickens, Geese, Pigs, Dogs, Donkeys and Cats, and the list goes on). Nicole enjoys sharing her knowledge and teaching others about training and socializing their pets.
When Nicole is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses, boating, hiking, camping, gardening and working on the family dairy farm.
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