Dr. Kristy Hiltz
Dr Kristy Hiltz graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1989, and has practiced small animal medicine in the Peterborough area for over 20 years. In 2009 she opened the Sherbrooke Heights Animal Hospital. Having the clinic is the fulfillment of a dream: Kristy is particularly concerned about making ethical decisions regarding her practice, and is passionate about pain management and stress reduction to make each visit to the hospital as pleasant as possible for your pet.
When Kristy’s children were very young, they were involved in a group of young conservationists called Kids 4 Turtles. These young children spearheaded the local movement for turtle crossing signs and turtle conservation, and were the recipients of local and national conservation awards. They inspired her and other volunteers to open the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, which continues to promote turtle conservation in Ontario. Kristy is no longer actively involved with the KTTC, but continues to support this very worthy organization.
When not at work, Kristy enjoys spending time with her husband Dave, and three teenage children. They are all avid divers, and some of their favourite family times have been under water! At home is the usual assortment of rescued animals- Raven the Great Dane and River an young Australian shepherd mix . Whenever she has spare time, she enjoys spending time in her too-large vegetable garden, and is hoping to find more time to pursue pottery.
Dr Rose Bahr
Dr. Rosemarie Bahr has practiced in the Peterborough area for many years. She has also worked in the US where she continued her studies in alternative therapies. Rose’s aim is to understand the traditional and alternative medical needs of all animals in her care. She has a keen interest in rehabilitative and palliative care and actively seeks ongoing education in new methods and treatments. At home, Rose pursues advanced equestrian training and with her husband, enjoys a herd of horses, a flock of chickens and a household of cats.
Dr. Francesca Small
Dr. Francesca Small graduated with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College. She also holds a Honours Bachelor of Science from Trent University. As a student she was very involved in community outreach, participating in spay/neuter and animal shelter projects throughout North America. Francesca knows that pets are part of the family and strives to be your “other family doctor.” She has a special interest in dentistry and dermatology. She shares her home in Peterborough with a beloved shepherd/hound mix, Clive, and loves to spent time outdoors with him camping and canoeing.
Dr. Sarah Tratch
Dr. Sarah Tratch graduated with honours from Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown P.E.I in 2018.
She has been practicing small animal since graduation.
She has a special interest in feline medicine and reducing stress, anxiety and fear in her patients.
Originally from Ottawa, Sarah now calls our area home.She would love to tell you about her three cats she shares her home with, Salty, Toast, and Shasta.
Dr. Kristen Harton
Dr. Kristen Harton graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 2016. She always wanted to be a veterinarian, and has always grown up with cats and dogs.
During her veterinary schooling she was able to combine her passions of veterinary medicine, outreach, and travelling when she took part in multiple spay/neuter clinics and rabies vaccine programs in Egypt and Sri Lanka. She also has a special interest in animal behaviour and, will make sure your fur baby feels as comfortable as possible during their visit.
Outside of the clinic Dr. Harton can either be found relaxing at home with her partner Gregor and their four cats, backcountry camping, kayaking, or travelling. They are hoping to add a Whippet or Italian Greyhound to the family soon!
Dr. Alanna White
Dr. Alanna White’s love of animals started at a young age. She thought of no other career path other than in veterinary medicine. Having graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, she always knew she wanted to come home after university abroad and has been in small animal practice since graduation. Alanna joined the Sherbrooke Heights family in February 2022 and hopes to makes you feel part of the family every time you come for a visit!
Outside of work you will often find Alanna hiking with her 2 golden retrievers Phoebe and Finley or cuddling with her ragdoll, Nessa. Alanna also loves camping and could talk for hours about canoe tripping!
Hospital Manager / Registered Veterinary Technician
Jennifer has worked at Sherbrooke Heights Animal Hospital since 2011 as a Registered Veterinary Technologist. Jennifer graduated in 2011 from the 3 year Veterinary Technologist program at Northern College specializing in wildlife rehabilitation.
Jennifer has always had a passion for helping animals and is so happy she is able to make a difference in the lives of your pets. Her specific interests lie primarily in animal nutrition, orthopedic surgeries, and exotic/wildlife medicine.
Jennifer has 4 dogs; Rummie, Tonic, Ginnie and Nellie as well as her cat; Tulip. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding and kayaking.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Andrea became part of the team at Sherbrooke Heights Animal Hospital in January 2014. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician who graduated from Ridgetown College in 2001, and brings 13 years experience from working in small animal practice. She loves that even with almost 14 years experience there is always something new to learn.
Growing up she had a passion for helping animals, and medicine, so naturally becoming a veterinary technician was an easy choice. She especially has a soft spot for cats. She shares her home with her 2 cats Rizzo and Willow.
When not at work, she loves spending her time with her 2 children who keep her busy.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Eva is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been happily employed at Sherbrooke Heights Animal Hospital since 2010. She graduated from Seneca College’s Veterinary Technician program and also completed the Advanced Wildlife Technician course. Eva met Dr. Hiltz through their common interest in the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre. Who doesn’t love helping turtles? During turtle season (spring through fall), Eva still helps out at the busy KTTC on a casual basis. Eva enjoys working with all pocket pets and has a special interest in exotic animal medicine.
Eva lives with a goofy, white mutt named “Chilly” and a Orange tabby named “Mr.Kitty.” In her spare time she enjoys outdoor adventures with Chilly, traveling, cooking, craft wine making, reading and hula hooping.
Head Registered Veterinary Technician
Stacey has been part of the Sherbrooke Heights Animal Hospital team since 2015. Starting as an veterinary assistant, Stacey found a passion in the care of animals. This passion carried her to Seneca College where she graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program in 2015. Stacey loves all aspects of her position at Sherbrooke Heights Animal Hospital. She is very excited to be able to learn and gain experience over the next years to come! Stacey is also gaining experience in emergency medicine at the local emergency clinic in Peterborough.
In her spare time Stacey enjoys going to the cottage, camping, fishing and spending time with her dogs Lemon and Megs!
Registered Veterinary Technician
Jillian has always had a love and interest in both domestic and wildlife species. Jillian has been working as a Registered Veterinary Technician in small animal general practices since graduation in 2011 and well as working part time in emergency medicine since 2017. Jillian graduated with honors from Northern College specializing in wildlife rehabilitation. Jillian believes that education is a lifelong process and in addition to work with your pets she hopes to continue striving towards her dream of becoming a licensed Wildlife Custodian Rehabilitator. Jillian is delighted to to have joined the Sherbrooke Heights team where she is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of pets and people in the area. Currently the loves of her life are feathery and furry, her budgie “Emerald” and her two cats “Renny” and “Moxie”.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Leanne’s love for animals started from a young age so becoming a registered veterinary technician was an easy decision to make. Whether it was seeing dogs in her neighborhood to watching the wildlife while camping Leanne always surrounded herself with animals.
Leanne’s goal with every patient is to help them have the best experience possible during their time at Sherbrooke Heights Animal Hospital. She understands it can be a scary place and strives to make it as stress free as she can. Leanne finds it the most rewarding when she can help a patient who can’t tell her what is wrong come back to their happy selves.
At home Leanne spends her time with her 4 year old rescue dog named Fern. She also has an orange cat named Cam which comes from Camel because he drools when he is happy.
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Registered Veterinary Technician
What can’t Alisha do? This is a question we find asking ourselves ever since she joined the SHAH family! Alisha brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the veterinary field! Alisha joined the SHAH team because of the caring, friendly atmosphere- and she fits right in! Alisha’s goal every day is to provide the best quality of patient care and compassion for every patient that passes her. While not working alongside our team you can find Alisha spending time with her husband and their 3 children. Alisha also has a pet family made up of her dog Belle, 2 cats Charlie and Ruby, chickens, rabbits and horses Halton, Lily and Penny!What can’t Alisha do? This is a question we find asking ourselves ever since she joined the SHAH family! Alisha brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the veterinary field! Alisha joined the SHAH team because of the caring, friendly atmosphere- and she fits right in! Alisha’s goal every day is to provide the best quality of patient care and compassion for every patient that passes her. While not working alongside our team you can find Alisha spending time with her husband and their 3 children. Alisha also has a pet family made up of her dog Belle, 2 cats Charlie and Ruby, chickens, rabbits and horses Halton, Lily and Penny!
Logan was in search of a supportive clinic for a newer tech like herself and we are so glad she found us! Logan loves animals and this pushed her to become a technician. We see this every day when she applies her knowledge and caring personality to make sure the clinic is as stress free as possible for all her patients. Logan has a very positive attitude and a gentle way with pets that can’t be taught! She enjoys working alongside a team that always puts the animal first. When Logan isn’t working hard at the clinic you can find her with her 2 dogs Gus and Ellie.
Carrie enjoys greeting all the wonderful furry patients that come through our door.
Her passion for all animals is what led her in to a job in the animal care field. In her spare time Carrie enjoys spending time with her rescue dog Piper. She loves to go boating and
adventuring in the country. Carrie also loves to go camping with her family.
Dana has always had a passion for animals. Dana graduated from the veterinary assistant program at St. Lawrence college in 2013. Outside of the clinic Dana can be found spending time with her partner Alex and family, she enjoys being adventurous during the summer months and travelling whenever she can. She shares her home with two rescue cats Oliver and Sam who are the best addition to her family.
Veterinary Technician (Photo to come)
Tilly cannot remember a time when she wasn’t associated with SHAH-and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Tilly is our Jack of all trades- we would often keep her in our back pocket and call her when we need her- but now we get to see her everyday! Everyday when Tilly comes to work she gives 100%. She says if she isn’t tired by the end of the day- she did something wrong! She has the most positive attitude that is contagious! Tillys favorite part about working at SHAH is that everyday is a new adventure. When she isn’t found with her SHAH family Tilly can be found with her big blended family- her mom, God mom, sisters, boyfriend dog and cat- the list goes on!
Client Care Supervisor
Merrill works in our front office and can often be seen greeting our clients and guests at reception, or talking to them on the phone. Merrill has a background in Information Technology but has always wanted to work in a veterinary office because of her love for animals.
Merrill has a shepherd mix named Bonnie, as well as three cats, Sparkie, Henry and Mr. Rico Suave. In her spare time she enjoys reading and trekking through the woods with Bonnie.
Client Care Representative
Between being a stay at home mom for many years (hats off to you!) and working in retail Denise was ready to get back into a career in an office setting. Denise has a degree in office administration and when she came across the job at Sherbrooke Heights she thought it would be a perfect way to get back into an office environment! How can you go wrong with animals and unconditional love? It is important to Denise that everyone that walks into or calls Sherbrooke Heights has a great experience. Denise is excited to come to work everyday where there is so much kindness and appreciation throughout the team. Also who can resist petting a pet? Denise has a chocolate lab named Lexie in her family. Lexie is a very special family member who loves going for car rides, snuggling on the couch and every night can be found sleeping in the bed with her parents.