Together, these veterinarians, technicians, and staff members bring enthusiasm to our Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Patricia Lechten, a graduate from the Veterinary College of Missouri, moved to Canada to practice veterinary medicine in the 1980’s. She has always had a keen interest in canine reproduction, and is a member of the Society of Veterinary Theriogenologists.Dr. Lechten keeps her plate full sitting on numerous boards, committees, and volunteering to help others in need- like becoming one of Barrie’s “12 Ladies in a Tent”. She has traveled to Ocho Rios Jamaica to help the stray dogs with care and ventured to Todo Santos, Guatemala (previously “Vets without Borders”) to help control pet population and rabies many times, and is has a new avdneture set for Roatan , Honduras in spring of 2019.
You can catch Dr. Lechten on CP24’s “Animal House Calls” as a guest speaker from time to time. Believe it or not – she still makes time to read and bake, and brings her baked goods in for the staff! Mmmm love her banana chip muffins!
Dr. Elyse Hauer received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, and also holds a degree in Biology from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. Prior to joining the team at Allandale Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Hauer participated in the Human Alliance spay and neuter program aimed at reducing per overpopulation. She has also been involved in summer camps designed to help children develop respect and compassion for animals. While she enjoys all aspects of this field, she has taken a keen interest in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging, In her free time Dr. Hauer enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her husband and two dogs. She looks forwards to meeting you and your pets.
Dr. Alan Poon was born in Toronto and joins our team after having a uniquely British-influenced education. He attended Queen`s University where he obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Life Sciences in 2008 before obtaining his veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, U.K. in 2012. He is also a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
During his veterinary education, Dr. Poon developed a strong interest in small animal surgery and exotics and is looking forward to furthering his experiences with creatures big, small and even smaller!Away from veterinary medicine, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, watching movies and is an avid volleyball player and skier.
Dr. Stephanie Pierre knew since she was a young girl that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her dream came true this spring when she graduated with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, ON. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at the University of Guelph before applying to vet school. Her special interests include surgery, emergency medicine, behavior and building relationships with pets and clients.
Dr. Pierre has recently moved to Barrie with her boyfriend and their corgi, Lizzy. They enjoy spending their time working on projects around their new home and exploring what the city has to offer. Her hobbies outside of work include softball, volleyball and travel. She has volunteered at a variety of shelters and rescues around the world, and looks forward to continuing that passion with the Allandale team.
Dr. Elaine Murphy was born and raised in Cork in the south of Ireland and can be heard before she’s seen with her characteristic Irish accent. She received her veterinary degree from UCD, Dublin in June 2015 and was on a plane to Canada shortly after! She has an interest in Small Animal Behaviour but wants to explore all aspects of general practice before specialising in any particular area. Dr. Murphy volunteered on her first trip with AVH and the GAAP, the Global Alliance for Animals and People, in 2018 to Todos Santos in Guatemala and is looking forward to going next year to Roatan, Honduras.
She has lived in Barrie since starting at AVH in 2015 with her husband, dog and cat. In her spare time, she likes to go for walks, hiking and to the movies
Growing up New Jersey, Dr. Manesis knew that all he ever wanted to do was to help animals. He started his journey going to La Salle University in Philadelphia where he majored in Integrated Science, Business & Technology, and minored in Biology. His studies then took him overseas to the Emerald Isle of Ireland where he graduated from the University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Manesis then followed his passion for surgery and emergency medicine by completing an Internal Medicine and Surgery Internship at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn, NY.
Aside from veterinary medicine Dr. Manesis enjoys boxing, as well as other sports, cooking, and spending time with his furry family, a 3-legged cat “Jackie” and Shih-Tzu mix “Ray”. Having always been a devout Yankees fan, he is still (reluctantly) getting used to switching his alliances to the Toronto Blue Jays! Dr. Manesis is looking forward to meeting your furry companions.
Dr. Rebecca Keeffe is a graduate of University College Dublin’s School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she moved to Canada to pursue a Small Animal Rotating Internship and for the last three years has been working as an emergency veterinarian in the GTA.
When she’s not at the clinic she can be found baking, hiking with her fiancé and Golden Retriever, Fionn or relaxing with a good book and her three legged cat, Freya. She also likes to think of herself as an amateur photographer, and spends lots of time exploring the Great White North with her trusty Canon!
Dr. Keeffe is really looking forward to getting to know you and your four legged family members!
Dr. Alecia Forsyth was raised in a small town just outside of Barrie. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College with distinction. Following graduation she worked at a 24 hour emergency hospital.
During her time in Guelph, Dr. Forsyth worked at the Humane Society. Her passion for giving back to those in need has led her around the world, volunteering with rescued animals in Nicaragua, Thailand, and North Carolina. In her spare time she can u
Dr. Angie Castelo joins the Allandale team fresh off her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine training from Ontario Veterinary College. Don’t let that fool you, however, as she comes with a well-rounded experience in different facets of veterinary medicine including research in pathology and infectious diseases, wildlife rehabilitation, dog behavior and grooming, regulatory and large animal medicine. Additionally, she holds a BSc. Honors degree in Microbiology from University of Guelph. Dr. Angie juggled several leadership roles as well as volunteered for numerous charities both local and abroad while she was in veterinary school. Her most unforgettable experience was when she spent 3 months in Tanzania with Veterinarians Without Borders working with small-scale poultry and cattle farmers, most of whom are caretakers of Most Vulnerable Children. She looks forward to joining the Allandale Hospital team in their international volunteer work and fundraise for community development.
Her clinical interest includes dentistry, pain management, nutrition, integrative medicine specifically acupuncture, and geriatric care. She is excited to meet all your furry companions but extra cuddles will be given to pugs as she is a self-proclaimed pug lady!
Dr. Angie now calls Barrie home with her Pomeranian Casper and cat Theo. When she is not busy running around in scrubs, she enjoys practicing yoga, trying out different cuisines, and hiking with her boyfriend and their Australian cattle dog puppy Teddy.