veterinarians

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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 and his 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, boarding at Mt. Sima, and getting in to the backcountry with his splitboard.

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 in 2012, and has lived in Whitehorse since Winter 2000. She plays in the All City Band, where she met her partner. They live with their sedate husky mix Missy and crazy cat Moody, whose hobbies include eating the plants and herbs that she tries to grow.

 
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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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Jessica Ross

Jessica is a Registered Veterinary Technician that graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Fairview College in 2017, where she adopted her Shepherd cross dog Django. Prior to becoming an AHT Jessica got her diploma in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation. Jessica completed her practicum here at Alpine in the spring of 2017, and was compelled to come back the following fall with her boyfriend Brett. She is a Northern Alberta girl who fell in love with every aspect of the Yukon and enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and exploring new adventures.  

 

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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customer service representatives

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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.

 

ABBY MARCHEWA

Abby is a born and raised Yukoner who lives with her cat, Bucko, and her boyfriend, Josh. In her spare time, Abby likes to go for drives with friends - no matter the weather or road conditions. With a history in customer service and a love for animals, Abby is excited to meet all the pets that come through the door at Alpine Veterinary Medical Centre.

 

KENNEL ASSISTANTS

Sydney Lockwood

Sydney was born and raised in Whitehorse. After moving to Victoria for just over a year to get a taste of the big city life, she moved back to her home in the mountains. She has worked as a line cook, a supervisor for an RV company, and for an outfitting camp, before deciding to pursue her love of animal health and becoming a kennel attendant. She has a fluffy, grey cat named Nasa, who loves to drive his mom crazy. In her free time, Sydney enjoys photography, creating art, puzzles, and fishing.