veterinarians

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. 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 two cats. 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.

 

Dr. Amanda Breuer, BSc., DVM

Amanda was raised in Grand Bend, a small tourist town in rural southwestern Ontario. She 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. She loves working on all species and particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery. She has an interest in international travel and has visited many countries in Europe and South East Asia, as well as Kenya and Australia. She hopes her next adventure will be in South America. Amanda enjoys anything involving the outdoors, but especially loves biking, hiking and back country camping. Recently she has become interested in Adventure Racing and has participated in several races. In the past year Amanda has started making pottery, and has just purchased her first wheel. She is also completely in love with her two cats and chocolate lab (and husband of course!).

 

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 in Dawson Creek, B.C. He has spent time backpacking through Europe and Southeast Asia and has been involved in international veterinary medicine while working in Cambodia. Matt enjoys fishing, hunting and camping when he is not working. Matt married Amanda in 2012 and they have 2 tabby cats and a chocolate lab named Nova. Matt is very excited to be living in Whitehorse and experiencing all the adventures it has to offer.

 
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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 drive 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 and his partner, Freija, alongside their new dog, Cohen, enjoy the many outdoor opportunities that are offered in the Yukon. During summer weekends, they can be found hiking and camped out on the side of one of the Yukon’s many mountains. Graham feels fortunate to have traveled as much as he has including long-stints in Germany, New Zealand, and helping out with a Veterinarians without Borders project in Chile’s Patagonia. 

Technicians

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 graduated from the Grande Prairie Regional College's Animal Health Technology Program, where she adopted her crazy cat Moody and her Husky-Lab-Greyhound Missy. She's lived in Whitehorse since the winter of 2000 and enjoys indoor activities such as knitting and reading. She also plays in the All-City Senior Concert Band.

 
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Melissa Maxwell 

Melissa graduated from the Animal Health Technology Program at Olds College in 2012. Prior to becoming an AHT, Melissa groomed show-jumper horses for ten years. She moved to Whitehorse in October 2012 with her Jack Russell Terrier, Nelly. In her spare time Melissa enjoys exploring the area with her dog and is also an avid hockey fan. Go Flames!

 

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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customer service representatives

 

Carol Marks 

Carol has been with Alpine Veterinary Medical Centre since the very beginning. You will recognize her by her contagious smile and warm greetings. She is also the person to talk to about any food concerns or special orders. She has two horses, Mascara and Gracie and a cat named Kayah. She enjoys spending time with her family, riding, camping and painting.

 

Tanis carter

Tanis has always been drawn to the health and care of all animals. She grew up in Vancouver, BC, where she volunteered and worked at a veterinary clinic for over five years. After nine years of horseback riding, Tanis went to farrier (horse shoeing) school for a year. Tanis moved to the Yukon in August 2013, and began studying online veterinary assistant courses and volunteering at the local animal shelter. When she is not caring for her cat Kizzie, she practices the martial art of Ninjutsu and exercising with Zumba.