Melissa was raised in rural southern Manitoba. Her passion for animals was prevalent at a very young age and she knew she wanted to be a vet before she was 5 years old. After completing her BSc in a Genetics Honors program at the University of Manitoba, she moved to Saskatoon and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She moved to Sherwood Park where she practiced in a small animal and exotics practice for 12.5 years, while also doing locum work at an emergency facility in Edmonton. After realizing her passion for helping sick patients, she transitioned to Pulse to work emergency full time. Melissa enjoys surgical cases but is willing to see any of your critter, dur, feathers, or scales. She is a huge advocate for the well being and best interest of your pet.
Melissa is a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady and wears the title with pride. She lives with her husband and two large dogs in Sherwood Park; they “rent” their house from their five cats who own it.
In her spare time, she keeps busy with her pets and multiple fish tanks but really enjoys getting outside for camping, hiking, white water rafting, snowboarding, etc. Travel is also a huge component of her life, and she enjoys volunteering for organizations such as Canadian Animal Task Force as well as Caribbean Spay Neuter to be able to help spay/neuter animals in the Caribbean and South America.