Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarian & Team of Shannondale Pet Hospital in Callander! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at (705)-752-4777 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Teresa Wasilewicz
Veterinarian

Dr. Teresa Wasilewicz, or Dr. Teresa, as she is known to many of her clients, has been practising veterinary medicine for over 20 years.

Growing up on a small dairy farm in the northern Ontario community of New Liskeard played a pivotal role in influencing her chosen career path as a veterinarian. Whether it was milking cows, cleaning the barn kittens goopy eyes, or trying to train the farm dog to herd cattle (properly), she appreciated how animals contribute to our well-being, and wanted to contribute to theirs.

Combining this outlook with an interest and attitude in science and medicine led her to study veterinary medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College of the University of Guelph where she graduated with distinction in 1991.

After working as an associate vet in Penetanguishene for 2 years and then in Callander for 12 years, she started her own small animal practice in 2006 by building the Shannondale Pet Hospital, on the site of the locally-historic “Shannondale” family farm.

She is a member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Information Network. She is a two-time recipient of Pets Magazine Veterinary Appreciation Certificate which acknowledges special recognition from patient’s owners of outstanding service and skills in veterinary science.

Working as a small animal veterinarian in a small town has immensely reinforced her love and respect for our fellow creatures and the people that love them.

She is fortunate to share her home with her husband Gerry and her two almost full-grown step-kids, and the housecat, the grey domestic short-haired creation known as Roswell.

Ashley
Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Ashley graduated from northern college in 2008 as a veterinary assistant, and joined our Shannondale Pet Hospital team in 2009. She strives to make our four-legged-friends visit to Shannondale Pet Hospital enjoyable and stress free. She loves coming to work to help give the best care to the animal patients and their families. When not engaged in helping to better our furry loved ones, she enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with her dog Lenny and her cat Abby. Ashley is actively taking continuing education courses, as she strives to keep up with the new and incorporate as many new learnings the she can to maintain the loving, caring, passionate atmosphere of Shannondale Pet Hospital.

Rhonda
Customer Service Representative

Rhonda is our receptionist extraordinaire! She moved to Powassan from her hometown of Niagara on the Lake back in 2015 with her partner Scott. She joined the Shannondale Pet Hospital family in 2016 and has been held hostage ever since by Sargent the infamous clinic cat! When not being subjected to scorns from Sargent, she loves to greet and see all the clients and their pets! If she is not at her desk, you can catch her spending time with Scott and their lovable Chesapeake Bay Retriever “Trapper”. She loves to travel, have bonfires, and go on boat rides. But her favourite activity is to take trips back home to visit her friends and family

Shauna
Registered Veterinary Technician

Shauna graduated from Georgian College in 2008 and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2009. She joined the Shannondale Pet Hospital Team in September 2014. She enjoys discussing all aspects of pet care with pet owners and being able to establish that great relationship between pets, their owners, and their veterinary team! Her favourite aspects of her job include performing dental procedures, caring for hospitalized patients and providing nutritional counselling. She is always keen to learn about advancements in veterinary medicine and how they could be helpful for our patients. She is also the biggest advocate of pet insurance! Since BOTH of her dogs developed rare autoimmune disorders, having pet insurance has literally saved their lives! Shauna shares her home with 2 Miniature American Eskimo Dogs “Khoti” and “Chiara”, two kitties “Dolli” and “Murphy” and her African Pigmy Hedgehog named “Rick”. When not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with “Khoti” and “Chiara”. She can be seen spending her time camping, atving, boating and in the winter, snowmobiling! Her favourite activity is to go ice fishing with her dogs.

Dana
Registered Veterinary Technician

Dana was born and raised in Kitchener – Waterloo. She graduated from Ridgetown College and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 1998. She worked at a busy small animal hospital in Waterloo for 21 years. In the spring of 2020, Dana and her husband Chris purchased a boat in Callander planning to make the 4-hour drive with their young son Cooper on the weekends. After the first long weekend spent floating in the middle of Callander Bay Dana decided this was the place her family needed to live. Friends of the family happened to be selling their house which the family quickly fell in love with. Things happened very quickly after that and by August they had sold their home in Kitchener and Dana joined our team here at Shannondale. Dana is very passionate about improving the health and happiness of pets by equipping their family with the tools they need to make the best decisions possible. She has a special interest in allergic pets, nutrition and creating stress and fear-free visits to the vet for your pet. She is a proud mom to a very spoiled Rhodesian Ridgeback named Teagan and if you get the chance, ask her to tell you the story of how her 13-year-old brown tabby Ozzy got his nickname “The miracle kitty” Her interests include yoga, family time, being on the water and now embracing Northern winters with ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Kristin
Office Manager

Kristin graduated from the veterinary technology program at Northern College in 2005. She took the additional course in wildlife rehabilitation as she has a keen interest in wildlife animals. She worked a year at a wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center before moving to Callander from Mississauga to join our team in 2006. Kristin is valued for her compassion and dedication to helping and caring for pets and their owners. In her spare time she enjoys fishing, gardening, atving, and spending time with her husband and 2 cats, Sammie and Nimzo.

Sargent
Clinic Cat

Sargent aka “Sarge” is the incredibly good-looking but somewhat demanding clinic cat. He is often found snoozing on his bed at the front desk, or more likely greeting our human friends by demanding treats!

He came to us in 2010 when he was just about 12 weeks old. Sargent was adopted from the North Bay Humane Society and we just knew he would be the purrfect fit for Shannondale Pet Hospital.

He hasn’t told us of his early kitten hood, but just at 12 weeks old he came to us with only three legs! The story on the street is that he lost it in the war … the war of being born!
— He is “Sargent” after all!
That is the “tail” we tell, but we have a feeling this is how he was born. Sargent has always got around so well with his three legs it is like he has never missed his fourth leg.

Sargent is just full of licks and “love bites” and the little secret is that he lives up to his name by keeping all the staff in line, well-trained and disciplined.