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Dr. Lana Delaney, DVM
Lana grew up on a farm just outside of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Her family has always been active in thoroughbred horse racing. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005 and stayed on one more year to complete a Large Animal Surgery Internship. Lana started Delaney Veterinary Services in 2008 where she enjoys her equine patients, large and small, practicing with an emphasis on acupuncture, performance, dentistry, and reproduction. Dr. Delaney has recently been certified as a Spinal Manipulator to add to her variety of treatment options.
Dr. Ryan Shoemaker, MVetSc., Diplomate ACVS (Surgery)
Ryan is one of the surgical and lameness specialist at Delaney Veterinary Services. He brings over a decade of surgical expertise to the practice. Following Veterinary school (WCVM), he continued his specialist training (Surgery and Lameness) at both Kansas University and the University of Saskatchewan. He obtained specialty recognition by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005. After teaching surgery and lameness at the WCVM for 2 years, he moved to private practice in Alberta.
Dr. Melanie Tuplin, DVM
Melanie grew up on a mixed cattle and grain farm in northern Alberta. She graduated from the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) in 2017. She then completed an internship at Virginia Equine Imaging where she had the opportunity to develop skills in performance horses, lameness and diagnostic imaging. She joined the DVS team in July 2018. Her specialty is everything horse and looks forward to meeting you!
Dr. Andres Sanchez, DVM, MS, MSc
Dr. Andres Sanchez is originally from Ecuador and has practiced in Alberta since 2015. He completed his surgical residency at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2015 and his veterinary degree at the National University of Central Buenos Aires in Argentina in 2009. His vast experience also includes an internship at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, working in renamed thoroughbred breeding farms in Argentina, private general practice in his hometown, and several externships in California, Texas and Tennessee. He enjoys lameness exams and performing a broad variety of procedures from basic soft tissue surgeries as cryptorchidectomies, hernioplasties and upper airway surgeries, to more complex procedures as abdominal surgery on the colicky horse and orthopedic surgeries like arthroscopy, pastern arthrodesis and fracture repairs. Dr. Sanchez has researched on joint infections and synovial biomarkers as well as presented in renamed international conferences.
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Dr. Jodie Santarossa, DVM
Dr. Jodie Santarossa is a 2002 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Before veterinary college, Jodie attended the University of Saskatchewan and received a BSc in Biology, graduating with great distinction. During her time as an undergraduate in a combined genetics, evolution and cell biology focused degree, Jodie founded the Pre-Veterinary Club, which still exists today. As a veterinary student, Jodie received the Back Row Boys Award for school leadership and spirit, the Hills Canada Outstanding Student Award, the Pfizer Clinical Student Award and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Large Animal Surgery Award.
Upon graduation, Jodie started a large animal surgical internship at a private referral practice in Alberta. Jodie furthered her interest in equine sports medicine while working at Northlands Park, a race track in Edmonton. During this time, Jodie also co-hosted Pet Talk, a call-in radio show which was awarded the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Hills Public Relations Award. Jodie subsequently earned the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association communications award in 2011 for interviews advocating for animal health and welfare.
In 2007-08, Jodie attended lectures through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and it was there she first experienced energy medicine. Though slightly skeptical and resistant at first, Jodie saw first-hand the power of executing therapy at an electrical/vibrational level. While continuing to further her knowledge in the realms of subtle energy therapies and vibrational medicine, her passion for building better equine athletes intensified.
In 2011, recognizing the important of physical therapy for elite equine athletes, Jodie pursued studies in the fields of Animal Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy at the Animal Rehabilitation Institute in Florida. Jodie’s continuing education interests focused on the science of howvibrational and functional medicine, preventative strategies and rehabilitation practices improve health and welfare for horses. Dr. Santarossa also attended courses in Equine Cranial Sacral Therapy, a manual energy-based modality like osteopathy to maintain elite athletes, prevent injury and promote wellness. She also studied how kinesiology tape can be used in animal health to prevent injury or facilitate recovery and most interestingly, she has delved into the realm of animal communication.
Jodie’s previous practice, BrightSide Vet, was an equine sports medicine practice serving theEdmonton area and beyond. Jodie adopted a vibrational/holistic/functional approach to veterinary medicine integrating elements of Eastern and Western medicine to build better equine athletes, maintain health and promote wellness through science-based prevention and maintenance. She considers herself to be part of a team of highly trained professionals working towards a common goal.
Jodie also served as the resident equine show vet and consultant to the Northlands Agriculture Society, provided consulting services to industry leaders in the realm of therapeutic textiles, kinesiology tape companies and most recently has advised industrial hemp companies providing guidance on the use of hemp derived nutritional supplements and CBD extracts for animal health and wellness.
At the core of all of Jodie’s professional endeavours is the old saying that an ounce ofprevention is worth a pound of cure and she loves to quote her hero, Hippocrates, “let food bethy medicine and medicine be thy food”.
Jodie is a keen ambassador for the veterinary profession and strongly believes that veterinarians play an integral role in public education on animal health and welfare.
In addition to her busy professional career, Jodie is the grateful mother of a precious and precocious daughter, Adeline. Jodie is also passionate about growing and processing most of the food they consume. She appreciates nature and being off the grid!
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Gandhi
Dr. Elizabeth Okruhlik, DVM
Liz grew up riding on the hunter/jumper circuit in southern Ontario. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016. Following graduation she worked in mixed-animal practice in northern Alberta. She is excited to now be able to devote all her time to equine medicine.
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Dr. Kim Hawkes, Cardiology DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Kim Hawkes graduated with her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. After graduation she spent four years in private general and emergency practice in Edmonton. She then went on to complete a small animal rotating surgical and medical internship at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Hawkes then completed a three year cardiology residency at the Ontario Veterinary College, at the University of Guelph. After completion of the residency Dr. Hawkes obtained her cardiology Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Cardiology subspecialty. Dr. Hawkes is looking forward to continuing to build the cardiology service at Guardian. Dr. Hawkes’ research has focused on advanced echocardiographic methods of assessing cardiac function. Her areas of special interest include interventional catheterization procedures, advanced echocardiographic assessment of systolic and diastolic function, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, and canine dilated cardiomyopathy.
Dr. Hawkes especially enjoys spending her time away from work with her husband, their four children, Golden Retriever, Foster and cat, Emmet.
Dr. Rory Weins, Ophthalmology
Dr. Wiens completed 3 years of a Bachelor of Science in Genetics before being accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 2004). After graduating, he worked at a busy 24-hour emergency hospital in Calgary and then completed an internship in medicine and surgery.
His fascination with ocular surgery and medicine took him to Las Vegas, where he attained an internship in ophthalmology. He grew homesick though, so returned to Alberta in June of 2007 and has lived in St. Albert ever since. He purchased Sturgeon Animal Hospital in March of 2012. In 2018 Dr. Wiens became board certified in Canine and Feline Practice, making Sturgeon Animal Hospital one of the few small animal practices in Alberta at which board certified specialists perform general veterinary medicine. Dr. Wiens is very happy to be practicing in the community that he loves and lives with his wife Lorna and two daughters.