Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Gateway Pet Hospital in Kitchener, ON! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (519) 653-1003 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Nina Lepp

Veterinarian

Dr. Nina lives in Kitchener with her husband Jason, daughter Audrey, and son Henrik. Her fur-babies were all adopted as rescues from Gateway Pet Hospital. They included a senior brown tabby named Delilah, an orange tabby named Monty, a Shepherd/Husky cross named Trixie, and a Sheltie named Scarlett.

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2002.

Dr. Nina loves coming to work and can often be seen researching information to help give the best care to her animal patients and their families. Her interests include veterinary cardiology and ophthalmology.

In her spare time, Nina enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, and traveling.

Dr. Stephanie Thompson

Veterinarian

Dr. Stephanie graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 2004. Later that year, she moved to British Columbia with her husband, Chad. Dr. Stephanie practiced mixed animal medicine on a remote island for a year, before settling down to work in a busy small animal practice in North Vancouver. In 2009, she and her husband traveled around the world for a year, volunteering her veterinary services in several of the 24 countries she visited.

Stephanie and Chad moved "home” to the Kitchener/Waterloo area in 2011 to be closer to family while they raise their two young children, Colton and Penelope. Their 90lb mixed breed dog, Nala, has been along for the ride since Vancouver. The whole family loves her…except when she "wags” the kids in the face!

Dr. Stephanie is passionate about preventative medicine, pain management, and quality-of-life management. She also loves a good day in the surgery suite, whether with elective surgery, dentistry, or an emergency surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys running, skiing, hockey, camping, and traveling.

Dr. Barb Burland

Veterinarian

Dr. Barb lives in Mannheim with her two sons, Will and Matt. Her furry family used to be full of poodles and doodles but now consists of an extremely friendly small mixed spaniel/terrier rescue named “Maggie”. Due to family allergies, she has to get her fix of felines when at work. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1997.

Barb loves ultrasound and surgery and enjoys diagnosing challenging cases. She will do the best she can to help your pet while taking into consideration your individual circumstances. Barb loves keeping the team at Gateway positive and energized.

In her spare time, Barb enjoys spending time with her family, which includes spectating at baseball but mostly lots of hockey. She also enjoys running, biking, horseback riding, gardening, cottage life, and traveling.

Dr. Rebecca

Veterinarian

Dr. Rebecca lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her 2 rescued pets. Sadie is a 13 year old beagle/coonhoud mix and Ron is a 9 year old domestic shorthair cat (you guessed it, he's an orange tabby named after Ron Weasley from Harry Potter!).

Dr. Rebecca completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2013.

Dr. Rebecca absolutely loves being a veterinarian and helping to improve the quality of life for her canine and feline patients. She has a particular passion for behavioural medicine and her favourite days are when she can help a stressed patient feel more at ease coming into the hospital. She loves animals and wants them to love her right back!

In her spare time she enjoys running with Sadie (still running long distances at 13 years old!), hiking, gardening or relaxing at the cottage or campsite!

Melissa

RVT

Melissa graduated from Ridgetown College in 2002 as an RVT. Melissa is an outstanding part of our Technician team, working hard on a daily basis to make sure that the animals are well cared for while under her attention. Follow-through is one of the strengths that we feel she contributes, helping to make Gateway Pet Hospital clients feel comfortable bringing their pets to us.

To keep her busy at home, she has a mastiff puppy named Bob, and a cat named Beau. Melissa and her husband Steve are raising two beautiful children, named Lily and Titan.

Meghan

RVT

Meghan completed the Veterinary Technology program at Ridgetown College in the spring of 2009. She worked exclusively with cats for a year before joining the team at Gateway Pet Hospital in July 2010. She grew up surrounded by dogs, cats, and horses.
When not at work, Meghan enjoys spending time with her husband, Matt, son, Rowan, two mixed-breed dogs, Matti Mae and Kelvin, and cat, Dante.

Meghan is part of the creative force in designing many of the information flyers posted at Gateway Pet Hospital, and also helping to keep our website up to date. We can count on Meghan to help with organizing our various community and fundraising events throughout the year.

Krissie

RVT

Krissie graduated from Seneca College in 2006 and became an RVT the same year. Krissie enjoys her role as a Registered Veterinary Technician looking after the pets in our hospital. One of the best qualities we see in her is a display of compassion for people and their pets.

She actively participates in the clinic & community events at Gateway Pet Hospital throughout the year. Krissie keeps busy looking after her kids Boston and Sadie and her two cats named Nyla and Jose.

Rosie

RVT

Rosie graduated from the veterinary technology program at St. Clair College in 2007 and quickly became registered. She is one of the smiling faces you will meet when you come to visit us at Gateway Pet Hospital. One of her strengths is that she is very detail-oriented and works hard to communicate the information needed to our veterinarians to assist with patient care.

Rosie enjoys meeting new people and helping to advise our clients with any questions they have. She lives with her husband, Jordan, and their beautiful little girl Aliana. She also keeps busy taking care of their dogs Pookie and Benny, and their cat, Claire.

Vanessa

RVT

Vanessa graduated from Sheridan College in 2014 and became an RVT shortly after. She began her career at a small animal hospital before joining us in March 2015. As a child, Vanessa always found herself drawn to animals, so it was inevitable that she chose a career surrounded by them. She loves coming to work every day and can’t help but smile at all the furry faces that walk through our doors.

When not at work, Vanessa is kept busy with her husband and baby boy, Lincoln. They also share their home with a large furry family! With two Rottweilers named Cruiser and Turtle and two cats named Sam and Munchie, it's amazing, they have any time left in the day! She also enjoys working with a rescue group to foster cats until they can find them a forever home.

She has been dancing since she was three years old and even received a Diploma in Dance from George Brown College. She enjoys teaching dance as well whenever she can.

Angel

RVT

Angel graduated in 2012 from St. Lawrence College and became an RVT the same year. Angel started working at Gateway Pet Hospital in February 2019. Previously Angel worked in other small animal clinics and an emergency veterinary clinic. Angel enjoys the many different aspects of being a Registered Veterinary Technician, but her favorite areas are dentistry and nutrition. Angel has two cats, Indigo and Trevor.

In Angel’s spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Heather

RVT

Coming Soon

Alexandra Gill

Hospital Manager

Alex joined our team in 2018. Her journey to find us started at a feline-only practice in Hamilton in 2006 as a receptionist. Before coming to Gateway, Alex managed a small animal practice in Mississauga.

She is passionate about low-stress handling of both feline and canine patients. She enjoys getting to know the clients one-on-one and helping the entire team be their best.

Alex lives with her husband, Ryan, and their two fur-babies, Bogey (an orange tabby) and Roxy (an American bulldog, seen in the picture) in Stoney Creek. She deeply misses her bulldog Maggie, who she lost in 2018. She enjoys exploring the local wineries with family and spending as much time as she can by the lake! She and her husband are always finding new adventurous things to do, like boating, sea-doing, and motorbiking! Pop by the clinic anytime if you want to meet Alex as she loves to get to know all of our clients and their family members personally.

Stephanie E

RVT, CSR

Stephanie graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician from Ridgetown College in 2007. She started her career as a registered veterinary technician in a small animal practice. She also had an opportunity to try out Emergency work at Waterloo Region Emergency Veterinary Hospital on Maple Grove Road and worked there for almost six years. Stephanie really enjoys communicating with clients and interacting with their pets. She joined our team in August 2017 as a Customer Service Representative.

When not at work, Stephanie values precious family time with her husband Grant and her daughters, Molly and Sloan. Her fun-filled household also comes with 3 cats, Kricket, George and Pepperoni, a dog named Dharma and some fish.

Emily

CSR

Emily was born in Virginia and moved to Cambridge with her family in 2000. She joined the Gateway staff as a part-time Animal Care Attendant in 2016 before moving to her current position as a Customer Service Representative. Emily hopes to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guelph next year which will allow her to work closely with animals throughout her career.
In Emily's spare time, she enjoys reading, painting and spending time with friends and family.

Alicia

CSR

Coming Soon

Dana

Groomer

Dana is the Gateway Pet Hospital dog groomer. Come and visit her at the Gateway Paw Spa! She has been grooming dogs for more than ten years. She specializes in Goldendoodles but has lots of experience with all breeds, shapes, and sizes.

Dana has wanted to be a dog groomer since she was a child. She always loved to be a part of bringing her family dogs to the groomer and telling the groomer what kind of haircut she wanted for them.

Dana lives with her husband, Jayson. In their spare time, they enjoy camping, fishing, and spending time by the pool. She has owned dogs her entire life. Presently, she has a Shih Tzu-Cocker mix named Oreo, a German Shepherd named Chevy and two cats named Buddy and Garfield. She loves going to work every day, playing with puppies, and making them look their best!

Sophia

ACA

Sophia comes to us from Caledon after graduating in 2018 at Sheridan’s Animal Care course and then moving to Kitchener. Gateway is her first clinic as an ACA, having started with us in February 2019. She’s eager to learn new things, always willing to lend a hand to help the team and shows compassion, love, and care to every animal we see. At home, she cares for her husky Nova, enjoys watching films, baking, and making everyone smile.

Sasha

CSR

Sasha has worked with animals her whole life, from pet rescues to pet-sitting. She studied Animal & Food Science at the University of Guelph and worked in food safety before starting at Gateway Pet Hospital in 2010. After working for a cemetery, helping families make arrangements, she came back to Gateway because she missed the staff, pets & clients.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, outdoor activities, church, and spending time with family & friends. Her busy home life consists of her husband, daughter, and two affectionate senior pets, a longhaired cat named Neo & a rescued Great Dane named Titus.

Samantha

CSR

Samantha was born and raised in Kitchener but has spent the last 11 years out west and obtained all her veterinary skills while in Alberta. She recently moved home so she can be closer to the family and friends she was lucky enough to grow up with.

Sam has been in the veterinary industry for over eight years in an array of positions from Client Care Specialist, Animal Care Attendant, and even Practice Manager. Sam loves all animals but has a unique interest in cats; she was the very first Cat Program Manager for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS). Samantah things there is nothing more rewarding than working with once feral cats who do stand a chance in a loving home.

Sam is patient, kind, and compassionate. She’s played an active role in giving back to her community through various volunteer organizations, including animal rescue, reading to young children at the library, and looking after elderly patients with Alzheimer’s. She currently has three dogs; Marbles, Beans and Rusty and two cats; Benny and Khaleesi that are forever keeping her on her toes 🙂

Isabelle

ACA

Bella was born and raised in Kitchener-Cambridge. She is currently attending the University of Guelph in the Arts and Science program with plans of going into veterinary studies. Since childhood Bella has had a passion for taking care of animals and is excited to learn through working with us as an ACA.

In her spare time, Bella enjoys spending time with her friends, reading, dancing, and listening to music.

Lea

ACA

Originally from Germany, Lea moved to Guelph in 2019 to study Animal Biology at the University of Guelph. Previously, she has worked as a Customer Service Representative at a veterinary practice in Austin, Texas. While she lived in Austin, she also volunteered as a veterinary assistant at the medical clinic of a local shelter and rescue organization. Here at Gateway Pet Hospital, Lea loves getting to know all the patients and what makes them the most comfortable - whether that’s an extra cozy kennel, some more TLC, or tasty treats.

When not studying or working, Lea likes to take her two mixed-breed dogs Bishop and Emma on adventures to explore Southern Ontario with her husband, Matt. If there is any time left in her day, Lea also enjoys gardening, playing board-games, and reading.

Courtney

CSR

Courtney joined our team in early 2020. She graduated from Durham College for Animal Care in 2018 and worked in the animal care industry since. She is passionate about animal nutrition and has completed secondary education programs through Royal Canin. She has dedicated most of her life to loving and caring for animals. She spends her days with her many pets, Ollie her cocker spaniel, her cats Odin, Larry Garry, Kisses, and Ezra, Winnie and Spice the guinea pigs, and her Lizard Ben.