Our Team

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Get to know us!

At Highlands Pet Hospital, we treat your family as if they were our own. We consider it a privilege to be entrusted with the care of your pets and are committed to providing a welcoming experience tailored to you and your pet’s specific needs and lifestyle.

DR. KRISTEN GIBSON

Owner / Veterinarian
Dr. Gibson's Bio

Why did you become a veterinarian?

I have always loved animals, but it was really two things that sparked my dream of becoming a vet when I was younger. The first was my family dog, Max. He taught me so much about compassion, unconditional love, trust, and patience. The second was a documentary by a veterinary college. Watching the veterinarians, veterinary technicians and students work together to save the lives of animals solidified that dream for me. From then on, I knew that I would spend my life caring for the health and well-being of animals.

What do you love most about your profession?

There are so many things that I love about this profession. I love being an advocate for the welfare of our pets. I love the challenge of figuring out what each patient needs to help them live the best quality of life possible. I love helping to nurture and strengthen the human-animal bond between pets and their families. And I especially love the relationships that I get to form with my patients and their families year after year.

What are your goals when you meet clients and patients?

Whether I am meeting a patient and their family for the first time, or we’ve known each other for years, I strive to create a caring and trusting relationship with both patient and client. At every visit, I aim to ensure that my patients feel safe and comfortable and that their families leave with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to care for their pet’s every need.

I know how important and loved each patient is to their families. My goal is to work together with clients to develop a health plan that fits their lifestyle and allows their pet to live the best and healthiest life possible.

Do you have any pets?

I have two four-legged family members. My dog Dexter – a basset hound mix, who is one of the laziest dogs you’ll ever meet and our newest furry family member, Frank – a border collie cross who we recently adopted from the Lethbridge Animal Shelter!

What does life look like outside of veterinary medicine?

When I’m not at the clinic, you’ll find me chasing after my two young kids, Emily and Zachary, alongside my husband, Kyle. We spend as much time as we can with friends and family and enjoy getting outside as much as possible.

DR. JUSTIN GREEP

Veterinarian

Dr. Greep's Bio

Bio coming soon!

MICHELLE COOK

Office Manager

Ms. Cook's Bio

Michelle has been working at Highlands since 2007, starting as a receptionist but moving into the role of office manager in 2015. While most of her days are now spent behind the scenes, you’ll still see her sneak up front to fill in for the reception team or to come up to chat with clients. She loves all aspects of this job, but client care is her passion and she loves getting to know people, hearing their stories, and making them feel like family. Outside of work, Michelle runs a busy household alongside her husband Shaun but loves everything about being a mom to their three sons, Seth, Eli, and Cohen, and fur kids: Daphne, the old English sheepdog, and Holly, her orange tabby rescue kitty. Michelle loves to read, bake/cook, watch movies, work out, and spend time in the beautiful Lethbridge coulees.

KATHY BOYLE

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Ms. Boyle's Bio

Kathy joined our HPH family in March of 2013.  She graduated from Olds College in 2004 and has been in small animal practice ever since. Kathy loves the surgery aspect of being an RVT the most. From admitting our patients and getting to talk to and reassure our clients about the surgical process, to drug calculations, induction, anesthesia, and monitoring during surgery, recovery, and post-surgical care – she finds the whole process a good challenge but so rewarding. Kathy is also an excellent teacher so all students and volunteers that come through our clinic are sent her way because we know they are sure to succeed under her capable and thorough training. Kathy, her husband Ryan, and their two kids, Julia and Blake, live on an acreage with their pup Willow and cats Sunny and Coal. Their family keeps busy boarding horses, camping in the summer, and running around to the kids’ ringette, hockey, and baseball practices/games!

LEANNE MAY

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Ms. May's Bio

Leanne is one of our Registered Vet Techs. She graduated from the animal health technician program at Olds College in 2011 and joined our team in November 2014. Her favourite thing about being an RVT is working with our clients and they love her too! Leanne excels at client education, with her empathetic, clear, and concise communication style, she is able to ensure that all our pet owners are well equipped with the knowledge needed to best care for their furry family members. Leanne loves the fact that in this profession, no two days are the same and each day brings its own joys and challenges. When not at work, Leanne can be found hanging out at home with her husband Cody, daughter Taya and golden retriever Milo. Together they love to spend time going for walks and bike rides, and traveling whenever they get the chance. Shopping is also a favorite pastime of Leanne’s, and in any of her free time, she’ll probably be found browsing the shelves of Home Sense!

JAYCEE COOK

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Ms. Cook's Bio

Jaycee joined our team in January 2022 and has been the perfect addition to our Highlands Pet Hospital family. Jaycee graduated from Lakeland College in 2012 and has spent the last 9 ½ years working at a mixed animal practice in Lloydminster before making the move here to Lethbridge. Jaycee’s favourite part about being an RVT is nutrition! She especially loves using proper nutrition to help our patients reach their weight loss goals! Jaycee also enjoys dentistry – the before and after transformations, both the appearance of the teeth and the pet’s quality of life post-dental procedure, make it incredibly rewarding! When she’s not working, Jaycee is home spending time with her husband and daughter and cockapoo Garry! They love to go camping together and travel as often as they can to go visit family. Jaycee also loves to spend time outdoors in her garden, or knitting in the cooler months!

DANIELLE DENMAN

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Ms. Denman's Bio

Danielle has been working with us as a registered veterinary technician student from Olds College since October 2021 and will be writing her exam in the summer of 2022 and then will officially be an RVT here with us! She was previously a kennel assistant at her hometown SPCA for four years and has also been volunteering with the Canadian Animal Task Force since 2017. She is passionate about veterinary medicine because of the ability to educate and advocate for those without a voice. She enjoys getting to know clients and patients, working to enhance the human/animal bond, and loves how diverse and evolving the field is. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her twin sister, family and friends, and her cats, Butter, and Boo. She loves spending time outside, doing outside work, camping, biking and baking, and volunteering with spay/neuter clinics.

MARIE HARA

Technician Assistant

Ms. Hara's Bio

Marie joined our Highlands Pet Hospital team as our technician assistant in the summer of 2021. She moved here from the US in 2019, having worked in veterinary hospitals for the past 10 years in both the New York City and San Francisco bay area. Marie’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is getting to spend time with a variety of animals every day! She’s amazing at holding and calming our more fractious feline patients. Marie is pet mom to a feisty feline named Archibald, who she recently rescued from the Lethbridge Animal Shelter and also has two adorable ferrets named Eris and Artemis – the three of them keep her busy!! In her downtime Marie loves PC gaming with her husband – she especially loves survival games! She’s also amazing at drawing! If you’ve been the recipient of one of our puppy/kitten packs, many of the pictures in the informational handouts are courtesy of Marie’s incredible talent!!

Jessica Strickland

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Strickland's Bio
Jessica joined our Highlands family in the Spring of 2021. She has been working within the animal industry for 7 years, with experience in boarding & shelter facilities along with some previous clinic experience. Jess can be found spending time with her 3 fur babies, Charleston, Eleanor, and Squirt watching movies, reading, and of course, cuddling! Some of her interests include cheering on her favorite CFL team, the Calgary Stampeders, attending concerts, and spending time outdoors seeing all that beautiful Alberta has to offer!

Brenna Malchow

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Malchow's Bio
Brenna joined our Highlands Pet Hospital family in September of 2021 and we so appreciate her soft spoken, calm and compassionate disposition. Brenna grew up surrounded by all types of pets and her passion for animals led her to graduate front he Veterinary Medical Receptionist program at Olds College in 2014. Since graduating she has gained many years of experience working in both small and mixed animal practices, and she always looks forward to helping pets and their people every day. When she’s not at the clinic, she can be found shopping for plants to add to her collection, out running – training for races, or spending time with her pomeranian, Penny.

KEVIN (BACON)

Clinic Mascot

Kevin's Bio

Kevin became part of our Highlands family in March 2017. He was surrendered to us as “Abby” because of reoccurring health concerns that his elderly owner could no longer manage. Initially, we had planned to get Kevin’s health issues under control and then find a new family for him. It wasn’t long, though, before Kevin worked his way into the hearts of all staff members, and parting with him was no longer an option.

Kevin once was a bit of an introvert and preferred to spend his days sleeping in the back, usually in random boxes (his favourite) and giving staff members alternating Jekyll/Hyde spells of love and attitude. He has since become much more personable and now loves to sleep in his cat tree upfront in reception and waits patiently for clients to come over to brush and love on him!

ARIANNA

Clinic Angel (1999-2017)
Arianna's Bio
This beautiful girl came to us from the Lethbridge and District Humane Society shortly after Highlands Pet Hospital opened in 1999. Sadly, Arianna passed away during the summer of 2017, but we know her sweet spirit will be a part of Highlands Pet Hospital forever.

Susie Bandstra

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Bandstra's Bio
Coming Soon!