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Dr. Rick Brown, BSc., DVM 

Rick hails from the prairie town of Brandon, MB where he graduated with a combined Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and Brandon University. He attended veterinary school in Saskatoon and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Rick has called the Yukon home and has been practicing in the north since 1999. Rick and Kim opened Alpine Veterinary Medical Centre together in February of 2005 and the practice has been growing steadily ever since. Rick moved to the Yukon to take advantage of the vast outdoors and enjoys all it has to offer with his wife Sandy, and children Alex, Lydia, and Selene.


Dr. Kim Friedenberg, BSc., DVM

Kim did his undergraduate degree in Kelowna at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and then completed his Veterinary degree in Saskatoon at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. He has lived most of his life up in the Yukon including attending grade school in Whitehorse for nine years and then practicing veterinary medicine for over sixteen years. His interests include photography, concert band, carpentry, mechanics, fishing and biking.


Dr. Matt Allen, BSc. Hon., DVM

Matt grew up across Canada, living in Ontario, Yukon and Nova Scotia. He completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2011. Matt spent his first 3 years in practice working with Amanda in Dawson Creek, B.C before moving to Whitehorse with their chocolate lab, Nova and two tabby cats, Sophie and Stanley. Matt enjoys spending as much time as possible in the outdoors with Amanda, James and Elliott. Matt is very excited to be able to raise a family in Whitehorse and is happy to welcome the latest addition, Elliott, born this April. 


Dr. Amanda Breuer, BSc., DVM

Amanda was raised in Grand Bend, a small tourist town in rural Southwestern Ontario. She finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in 2007, and then graduated with Matt from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2011. Amanda worked as a mixed animal veterinarian in Dawson Creek, B.C. with Matt for 3 years following graduation, after which they moved to the Yukon with their chocolate lab, Nova and two tabby cats, Sophie and Stanley. She loves working on all species of animals, and particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery. Amanda loves anything involving the outdoors, but especially biking, hiking and back country camping. She spends the winter months knitting, making pottery and cross country skiing. She is proud to call the Yukon home, and thinks it is a wonderful place to work and raise a family with Matt and their sons James and Elliott.  


Dr. Jessica Heath, DVM 

Jessica studied Biology at the University of Victoria and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, and has been practicing at Alpine Veterinary Medical Centre ever since. She has two dogs, one of which is the fastest three-legged dog in the Yukon, and one cat. She enjoys mountain biking and all forms of skiing, some of which she is better at than others. Sometimes she builds things out of wood and so far has not catastrophically injured herself with power tools.


Dr. Helen Eddy, BSc., DVM

Helen is a proud Maritimer who grew up in New Brunswick.  She graduated from Acadia University with a BSc in Biology in 2001 and from Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI in 2007. She moved to the Yukon to start her career at Alpine in June of 2007. She and her husband, Ryan, are loving the outdoor lifestyle of the Yukon. They spend winters skiing and enjoying wood fires and summers hiking, camping, and gardening. Their log house in Crestview is a bit of a zoo, filled with two husky mixes, two cats, and two young children (Bela and Ruby). She loves work at Alpine and the exciting mix of people and animals that make up our clientele.

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Dr. Graham Ellingsen, Bsc., DVM

Graham grew up in the prairie setting of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Biology degree before completing his Veterinary degree at Saskatoon’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. His motivation to be near hills larger than a few meters led him to the Yukon. After visiting for numerous summers, he decided to make the move and call Whitehorse home. Graham, his wife Amanda, and their dog Cohen, enjoy the many outdoor activities and opportunities that are offered in the Yukon. During the summer months, they can be found hiking, biking, paddling, and camping. Winters are filled with cross-country skiing, snowboarding at Mt. Sima, and getting in to the backcountry with his splitboard.


Janilyn Kooy

Janilyn is an Animal Health Technologist who graduated from the Animal Health Technology program from The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2003. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Alberta. Janilyn moved to the Yukon in 2003 and has a love for the outdoors. The scenery is perfect here for her to use and develop her photography skills. Janilyn is an equine enthusiast and owns two horses. She spends most of her free time riding and showing horses. When not riding she spends her time hiking, swimming, and camping where her camera goes wherever she does.


Kristina Smith 

Kristina has lived in Whitehorse since she was nine. She met her partner in the All City Band, where she plays clarinet and he plays tuba. She brought a dog named Missy and a cat named Moody into the relationship, and they have together added another cat called Gaia. Unlike most of the people on this page, Kristina prefers indoor activities, such as reading, music, and cross-stich, as opposed to the outdoors.

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Amanda Farrell

Amanda grew up in New Brunswick and Tennessee. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Horizon College in Fredericton, N.B. in 2005. A need for adventure and a love for the mountains brought her to the Yukon after graduation, and since then she's called Yukon home. When she's not working, she's spending time with her husband Malcolm and son Tegan along with their zoo of pets. Currently they have four cats, one dog, two rats, a mouse, and usually a foster of some sort.

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Chloe Nielsen

Chloe graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program from Thompson Rivers University in 2017 as a Registered Veterinary Technologist. She grew up on Vancouver Island and after several years of moving around British Columbia, she has settled in Whitehorse with her boyfriend Mitch and her cat Kitters. When she's not busy at work, she can be found exploring her new homeland. She's looking forward to all the hiking, camping, and new adventures that the Yukon has to offer.

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Mandy Crawford

Mandy graduated from Animal Health Technology at NAIT in 2002. She has spent her career in research, private practice, animal sheltering, and management. She has lived and worked in Edmonton since her graduation. Her love of the outdoors has led her to the Yukon. She looks forward to learning everything she can about this beautiful Territory.

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Amie Wiebe

When not working Amie loves spending time with her husband Ryan, their kids Teagan and Brayden and their menagerie of animals which consist of their YARN rescue pup Loki, rabbit Skittles and chinchilla named Chinko. She enjoys soaking up the sun on her SUP board, walking her pup on their “Urban Hikes” to Starbucks, travelling and working on her She-Shed, a 1973 Volkswagen van.

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CHad Egli

Chad is a business enthusiast who loves animals. He grew up on the shores of Kathleen Lake outside of Haines Junction. He has pursued many lines of work involving sales, research, marketing, and emergency services. Chad has his first year business administration certificate and EMR training. "I like to analyze business operations and innovate new ways to operate." In Chad's spare time you will see him roller blading the Millenium Trial or running along the Hidden Lakes.


Brenna Symanski

Brenna was born and raised in Winterpeg Manisnowba. She traveled to the Yukon on a year-long excursion… ten years ago. She has a deep passion for helping animals and people alike. Over the past five years she has seasonally worked and volunteered at the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter. In her spare time you will find her with her furry girl named Blue, hiking in the woods or snuggled up with a good book. Music is a big part of Brenna’s life - no-doubt due to her extraordinarily musical family. Brenna enjoys connecting with people and making them smile!

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Monika Marshall

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Joyalea Carson-Austin

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