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Meet Our Team

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Melissa Wallace

BScAgr, DVM, CHPV, Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa Wallace has been with Coaldale Pet Clinic since its opening in July, 2006 and in April of 2011 became an owner of the practice. Melissa grew up on a dairy farm in southern Ontario, and moved here after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in the spring of 2006. Melissa’s interests in veterinary medicine are broad, including dogs, cats and cattle, but she has a particular interest in surgery and end-of-life care. In October 2023, Melissa completed over 100 additional hours of continuing education and testing to become the first Certified Hospice and Palliative Care veterinarian in the Lethbridge region. Melissa and her husband Steve share their home with 3 large dogs as well as several indoor and outdoor cats. In her time outside of work, she enjoys camping, golf and skiing. She also likes to knit and sew, which keeps her hands nimble for surgery!

Dr. Stephanie Bodnarchuk

Veterinarian

Dr. Stephanie Bodnarchuk joined the Coaldale Pet Clinic team in June 2019. A 2010 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College and coming to us from a small animal practice in Wetaskiwin, Dr. Stephanie has once again found herself in beautiful Southern Alberta. Dr. Stephanie has a passion for working and sporting dogs, as well as a professional interest in canine rehabilitation and sports medicine. Stephanie shares her home with her fiancé Ryan, his daughter Ella, their 4 dogs and many tropical fish! In her free time, Stephanie enjoys participating in dog sports and obedience training, spending time outdoors, storm chasing and photography.

Dr. Carrie Lubrick

Veterinarian

Dr. Carrie Lubrick has been practicing at the Coaldale Pet Clinic since moving to Alberta in 2012. She currently lives in Picture Butte with her husband, daughter and their “senior citizen” cat and dog. Although she enjoys working with all of her patients, she has a particular interest in ophthalmology and internal medicine cases and has a soft spot for our fuzzy feline patients! Outside of work and family life, Dr. Carrie’s passion is for trail running and she can usually be found training or racing in the coulees or the mountains. Her longest race to date has been 50 km and she’s excited to see how far her legs can carry her in the future.

Dr. Kira Crooks

Veterinarian

Dr. Kira Crooks was born and raised near Swift Current, SK. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. The familiar prairie landscape, close proximity to the mountains, busy veterinary industry, and friendly clinic atmosphere lured Kira to Coaldale, where she joined the Coaldale Pet Clinic team in December 2020. Kira can be found at the clinic a few days a week and spends the remainder of her time working out of Livestock Veterinary Services in Picture Butte. Kira currently lives with her Great Dane (Charles) and St. Bernard (Ravi). In her free time, Kira enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her dogs.

Office Managers

Shelbi Gibson

Office Manager

Shelbi joined our team in August 2017 as our Office Manager. Shelbi started her journey in veterinary medicine in 2012 as a volunteer, and has since worked to receive formal education and clinic experience as a receptionist and assistant in both general and emergency practice. In 2017, she received her certificate as a Veterinary Practice Manager and continues to work hard toward furthering her education and experience in multiple areas within veterinary medicine to be able to provide quality care and service to clients, pets and the Coaldale Pet Clinic team. In her spare time, she can be found crafting or going for a nice long dog walk with her family. She shares her home with her husband and son, along with her dog Bruce and two cats, Norman and Olive.

*Currently on Maternity Leave*

Sabahat Nazim

Office Manager

Sabahat is our office manager who brings a unique blend of medical expertise and administrative acumen. With a background as an international medical graduate, supplemented by a recent completion of master's degree in Health Services Management from the University of Lethbridge, Sabahat is equipped with a comprehensive understanding of both the clinical and managerial aspects of healthcare delivery. Outside of her professional endeavors, she finds joy in her roles as a wife and mother of two, alongside our cherished feline companion, Jasper. In her leisure time, Saba is an avid reader, particularly drawn to literature on management and leadership, ensuring she remains abreast of the latest developments and strategies in this ever-evolving field. Sabahat is thrilled to embark on this journey with our team, contributing her diverse skill set and unwavering passion for improving healthcare outcomes.

Technicians

Marnie White

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Marnie joined our team in February 2011 and has worked in small animal practices since she graduated from Olds College in 2000 with a diploma in Animal Health Technology. She currently shares her home in Lethbridge with her cats – or should we say, they share the home with her! In her spare time Marnie enjoys reading, scrapbooking, skiing and camping.

Jaclyn Duursma

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Jaclyn joined our team in June 2017 after graduating from Olds College as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Jaclyn grew up in the Coaldale area and currently lives in Lethbridge with her 5 year old Bichon mix, Mooshi. In her spare time, Jaclyn loves to spend time outdoors running or hiking with friends and family!

Amanda Johnson

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Amanda joined us as of July 2020. She graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College in 2018. Growing up on a mixed cattle and grain farm, Amanda’s skills shine at both our clinic as well as our sister clinic in Picture Butte. She currently shares her home with her dog Ellie and her cat Tortilla. In her spare time she loves camping, hiking and traveling.

Marina Friesen

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Marina joined our team in December 2020 and has worked in small animal and emergency practices since she graduated from Olds College in 2016 with a diploma in Animal Health Technology. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out with her husband and their fur-babies (Which consist of 3 cats, a dog and a hedgehog that keep them nice and busy). She also loves creating art and having adventures in the mountains.

Alisa

Technician

Bio coming soon! Please check back again!

Reception and Technician Assistants

Melissa Drescher

Receptionist

Melissa joined our team in June 2018. She graduated from the Olds College Veterinary Medical Receptionist program in 2012. When not spending time with her husband and miniature schnauzer Barney, you will find her curled up with a good book, enjoying the sunshine, or hunting for the newest and coolest scrub tops.

Susie

Receptionist

Susie joined our reception team in December of 2021. When she is not found admiring puppies and kittens she can be found hiking with her 3 pups and spouting off endless ridiculous jokes. She loves reading and animals of all shapes and sizes.

Shyan

Receptionist/TA

Shyan joined our team in March 2022. She splits her time between here and our sister clinic in Picture Butte. Growing up, she could always be found in the passenger seat of her dad’s Semi hauling cattle, or snuggling up with any dog she could find.

In her spare time, Shyan loves camping with her stepson and husband, and hanging with her two dogs; Neechee and Mia.

Kallee

Receptionist

Kallee joined the team in August of 2022. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Neuroscience and hopes to continue her education in veterinary medicine. Kallee grew up in rural Alberta where she was always surrounded by animals. After moving to Lethbridge for school it didn't take long before she got an Australian Shepherd named Bosley. On her time off, you can find Kallee doing outdoor activities such as hiking and snowboarding.

Jenna

Receptionist

Jenna joined our team in August 2023 after completing her veterinary assisting diploma through CDI College of business and technology. Jenna grew up in a southern Alberta farming community surrounded by cattle, horses, sheep, and many different companion animals. She now calls Lethbridge home, where she lives with her partner and their three cats, snake and fish friends. In her free time you will find her hiking in the mountains or coming up with a new baking recipe.

Charlie

Receptionist

Charlie joined the clinic in September 2022, originally from the UK she moved to Canada in 2004 with her husband and then two young children and a Jack Russel named Tiggy, outside of work she enjoys walking her two dogs in the coulees, camping and crafting her heart away.

Tiana Miller

Receptionist

Tiana joined the clinic in January of 2024 as a receptionist. She grew up in rural Alberta surrounded by animals and graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Neuroscience. Tiana hopes to continue her education in Veterinary Medicine in near future. She brings great work and volunteer experience with animals - both small and large!

Apart from her educational achievements, Tiana has been a part of the Calgary Stampede Show riders and has performed in it for a couple of years! She has also been a member of the Okotoks Outriders 4H Club for 10 years and Alberta South Region Pony Club as well. To add to the list of her accomplishments, Tiana has also competed in the National Dressage in Winnipeg. During her time off, she can be found (you may have guessed it by now!) riding her horses or camping surrounded by family and friends.