OUR VETERINARIANS - GENERAL PRACTICE
Dr. Chris Collis
Dr. Collis graduated in 1989 from the Ontario Veterinary College and took his first veterinary job on Vancouver Island. After working in a variety of positions, he established Glenview Animal Hospital in 1995 and Eagle Rise Animal Hospital in 2009. He has enjoyed the day-to-day challenges of companion animal medicine, though these days he focuses mostly on practice management and supporting the veterinarians and staff to enhance their knowledge & skills. When not engaged with the practices, Chris spends his time with his wife, their two dogs, two teenagers and traveling as a family internationally whenever time allows.
Dr. Michele Martin
Dr. Martin graduated in 2000 from the Ontario Veterinary College after an earlier life in the financial field. Her passion for the pursuit of excellence in veterinary practice, as well as applying her multitude of academic skills, now sees her working toward her Ph.D. in human breast cancer research through the Deeley Research Centre and the University of Victoria. When not engaged in research curing cancer, she can be found practicing veterinary medicine at Glenview Animal Hospital & Eagle Rise Animal Hospital. As busy as she is, she always makes time for her husband, her two best friends, Jack - a bouncy Border Collie and Stella, her companion kitty.
Dr. Bryanne Leuenberger
Dr. Bryanne Leuenberger is originally from Nakina, a small town in North-western Ontario, where she grew up helping her family run their fly-in fishing business before leaving home to attend the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario to achieve her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. Bryanne then attended the University of Guelph and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2008. Following graduation she moved to Australia and worked as an associate in a small animal practice for one year prior to moving back to Southern Ontario to work as a locum veterinarian. She then decided to leave the winters of Ontario behind her and made the move west to join Eagle Rise and Glenview Animal Hospitals.
Dr. Leuenberger takes a keen interest in the day to day challenges of companion animal medicine and promoting the health and wellness of her patients. She enjoys interacting with clients and members of her veterinary health care team to provide the best possible diagnostic and treatment options for each and every patient.
Outside of work she enjoys various outdoor activities in ‘Beautiful British Columbia’ as well as participating in a variety of sports. Travel abroad is also a must and she has travelled to several countries as well as exploring much of Canada. She especially enjoys spending time with family and friends and her domestic short hair cat, Brady.
Dr. Ann Signorella
Originally from the Boston area (Go Bruins!), Dr. Signorella grew up on the Atlantic coast eating lobster and clam ‘chowda.’ She is from a large Italian family and the ‘gn’ in her last name is pronounced like that in ‘gnocchi.’ Despite the common mispronunciation of her last name, there is no glass slipper and her mode of transportation will not turn into a pumpkin. Before leaving Boston, Dr. Signorella obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stonehill College.
A graduate from the Royal (Dick) College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Signorella is trained in all species, much like James Herriot. She has a keen interest in public health and believes in preventative medicine to keep all of your family members healthy. With an international education and a love for travel, she has used her veterinary skills in the United States, United Kingdom, Carribean Islands, China, and Africa.
An avid snowboarder, long-distance runner, rock climber, and mountaineer, Dr. Signorella moved to British Columbia for the mountains. Her highest ascent to date is Island Peak (6189m) in the Khumbu region of the Himalaya. She does not hold a desire to summit Mt. Everest, though she has seen the infamous peak from its base camp at 5,364 meters. When she is not busy working, she can be found either in the mountains or on our beautiful coast training for her next marathon.
Dr. Signorella was raised with dogs, rabbits, lizards, and a ferret, but she is currently in a love affair with her handsome ginger tom, Louis.
Dr. Christie MacIntyre
Dr. MacIntyre grew up on her family farm in Sooke, where spent years pursuing her love of horseback riding and developing her passion for animal care. As an undergraduate, Dr. MacIntyre completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology at the University of Victoria. She later graduated with Great Distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, where she was awarded numerous scholarships. Most recently (June 2012), she was recognized with the Pfizer Highest General Proficiency Award in Veterinary Medicine, the Canadian Animal Blood Bank Award for excellence in emergency and critical care, and the Dr. Bernard Boisvert scholarship for clinical excellence and promoting client-patient communication.
In her spare time, Dr. MacIntyre is an avid runner and enjoys spending time at the beach with her three dogs - two Golden Retrievers and a Puggle. She also enjoys travelling and volunteering her skills, as she has done extensively across Canada and in Honduras. Dr. MacIntyre’s first experience at Glenview Animal Hospital was as a volunteer and then as a summer veterinary student. She is excited to work between both Glenview Animal Hospital and Eagle Rise Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting your furry family members.
OUR ADMININSTRATIVE STAFF
Melissa – Specialist Coordinator
Melissa came to us in 2008 with nine years of customer service and two years of managerial experience. She proved herself so valuable that she was given the challenge of providing all of the logistical administrative support to our team of specialists. She is the very cheerful voice you are likely to hear when booking appointment with any of our specialists. Her organizational skills and "I can do that" approach have made her a wonderful asset to our Eagle Rise team.
She has three furry, four-legged family members at home: Emma, a furry feline that absolutely LOVES to cuddle and drool all over you if you let her!, Ashlee, a Miniature Long-hair Dachshund who is FULL of fun loving energy and has no problem letting you know that she is a little princess, and Holly, a very active Mastador.
When Melissa has free time, she enjoys living life to the fullest with her fiance in their new home!
Sara - Veterinary Assistant & Receptionist
Sara joined Eagle Rise Animal Hospital in October 2010 after spending the previous four years working at a neighbouring clinic. Sara completed the Veterinary Office Management program in Abbottsford BC, in 2006, graduating at the top of her class.
When she isn’t busy working, Sara enjoys various activities such as hiking, dancing, working out, and reading. She has also been an active member of Toastmasters International since May 2011.
Although she doesn’t have any pets of her own, Sara spends a good portion of time with her sister's terrier, Milo, and house sitting for other pets in the Eagle Rise family.
Vanessa joined the Eagle Rise Animal Hospital family in October 2011. In her former life, she worked as a dental technician and ran her own business on the side. Vanessa brings a smile and laughter to the workplace. She is the pleasant voice that greets you on the phone and when you come in.
In between running her children to baseball, musical theatre and piano, she loves to travel and be outdoors. She enjoys cooking with her son and singing & dancing with her daughter.
Vanessa has two family pets: “Jax," a Bichon / Shih Tzu who clearly is the boss and “Brodie,” a Scottish Terrier / Griffon who loves to hide and pounce on Jax. With busy schedules and a chaotic house, Vanessa would not change a thing!
Cheryl - Receptionist
Cheryl joined the practice at its very start in 1995 after working for almost a decade in an environmental laboratory. She continues to enjoy the change from her previous position and finds the challenges in a veterinary office very rewarding. She hopes to be the smiling face behind the reception desk for many decades to come!
Cheryl's enthusiastic approach to veterinary reception and her enjoyment of keeping pets and people happy have contributed greatly to the education and feeling of ease for both our patients and their people. If ever a concern arises about any aspect of our client service, Cheryl is quick to do what is necessary to meet our client’s expectations.
Being outdoors and active, spending time with family and friends, and her love of being a Mum of two children are Cheryl's passions when she is not hard at work.
OUR ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNOLOGISTS
Natalie – Head Technician
Natalie was raised on a small hobby farm in Nova Scotia and has always been around and cared for animals.
She has always had a passion for science and biology and originally wanted to be in the forensics field. However, she discovered the AHT program and found her perfect job.
Natalie completed the AHT program at Thompson Rivers University. After finishing her practicum at Glenview in 2006, she knew where she wanted to work. The rest is history.
Natalie has a Blue Tongue skink named Wedgie. When she is not working, you can find Natalie in the great outdoors doing her other passion – photography.
Kristin – Animal Health Technician
Kristin graduated in 1999 from the Animal Health Technology Program at the University College of the Caribou (now Thompson Rivers University) and has been working as a technician ever since.
She is happily married with two beautiful daughters, one great husband, and two ever-so-demanding cats.
When Kristin is not working, she loves hiking, yoga, soccer, reading, movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Lori – Animal Health Technician
As a 2008 NAIT Animal Health Technology graduate, Lori spent the first 3 years of her career practicing at a mixed animal practice in Edmonton where she honed her skills of working with animals of all shapes and sizes. However, Lori recently moved to Vancouver Island to get away from the long and frozen winters. Now that she calls the Island her home, she spends her spare time out on the trails either hiking or running. She also enjoys ice climbing, mountaineering, and triathlon training. Lori’s true passion is international travel and has been to such destinations as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and a recent trip to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
She has two chocolate Labrador Retrievers named Cleveland and Murphy, collectively known as "The Browns."