Originally from Montreal, Dr. Stewart earned her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology with Honours from McGill University. She was one of six Anglophones out of a class of seventy to attend the University of Montreal in Veterinary Medicine, a program given entirely in French. She finished second in her class and worked at the University every summer. She applied and was accepted as an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. She spent a year in the Small Animal Program where she supervised students, worked on cases and learned new skills and techniques in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. She worked for eight years in small animal practice and surgery; it was during this time that she realized her true love for cats. She saw how different cats were from dogs and realized they needed a specialized level of care. She started her feline-only practice in 1988 so that should could provide felines with the individual care they need. Dr. Stewart says “I find that feline medicine is individual to each cat, and is part science, part detective work and part art”. She also attends over thirty hours of Feline Continuing Education Lectures annually to stay on top of the latest treatments for her patients. When she’s not at the clinic Dr. Stewart shares her loft with two cats, Jack Sparrow and Mable, both of which she acquired through Guildcrest Cat Hospital’s Buddy’s Buddies program. They both take their job of making Dr. Stewart happy very seriously. When she’s not at home, Dr. Stewart enjoys golfing, skiing and travel and stays fit through pilates.
Dr. Julia Hammond
Dr. Julia Hammond is a 1991 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She has two cats, Dave and Daisy to keep her busy, and she is an active member of the Toronto Beach Chorale, a classical music choir.
Elia joined the Guildcrest Cat Hospital team in January of 2013. With no prior experience in the veterinary field she has surpassed our expectations and has had the opportunity to learn more than she had expected to. As our lead receptionist she does an amazing job with a smile on her face and excellent customer service skills, keeping client and patient needs the highest priority. Elia was born in Toronto and raised in Scarborough and grew up an animal lover, hoping to find a position where she could work with them. She found Guildcrest, and is excited that she can come in every day to work with her favorite animal, cats! When Elia is outside the clinic she lives in Scarborough with her boyfriend and their two cats, 9 year old Angel and 1 year old Atum. Angel was a rescue cat that she adopted as a young girl and Atum was a cute little orange kitten that was to be left on the street. Elia enjoys gardening, bike riding, and spending time with her family.
Lorraine’s love for animals brought her to Guildcrest Cat Hospital in 2004. She has a special sense when dealing with cats, especially sick and aggressive patients and is always attentive to their needs. As a skilled technician, Lorraine spends most of her time in the background of Guildcrest, preparing for surgery, collecting samples, caring for our patients and educating clients. When she’s not at the clinic, Lorraine spends her time with her husband Grant and her senior cat Bootsy. Bootsy was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2011 and could not have a better care-taker. Boosty will always be dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease but is remaining stable due to Lorraine’s hard work and attentive nature. In her free time, she enjoys, walking, bicycling, and spending weekends at their trailer with her husband, Bootsy and her family.
Arima joined Guildcrest Cat Hospital in 2011 and is addicted to cats, she’s often posing for photos with her favorite feline clients, showing off her bright and beautiful smile. As a kennel attendant she is perfectly suited for the job and loves spending time with our boarding patients. She cares about each cat as she would her own and develops a special attachment to each one, she’s even upset when they have to go home! Arima is well versed in all aspects of the clinic and is often seen behind the front desk helping with reception and addressing client needs. Arima lives in Scarborough with her boyfriend and two friends. They share their home with two cats, Myth and Migo. On her free time she enjoys adventuring with Sandy, taking photos of cats, and spending time with family and friends.
Shannon is our manager and began working with Guildcrest Cat Hospital in 2010. She has been in the animal care field for over 7 years and is excited to continue her journey. Shannon can be found all over the clinic; from technician to reception, and never stays in one place for too long. Shannon lives in Scarborough and has 3 cats and a dog. During her free time she enjoys going for walks with her dog, riding her motorcycle, weekends up north and spending time with family and friends.
Jasper came to Guildcrest Cat Hospital when her owner surrendered her due to a new baby in the family. Jasper was definitely not a friendly cat. It took some time, and some treats, and a lot of reassuring gestures to get Jasper to where she is today. Jasper has become the face of Guildcrest Cat Hospital. Often looking for a client’s lap to sit on; or an ear lobe to lick, Jasper can be very sweet but still has some cat-itude every now and then! At 12years old, Jasper likes to spend her days lounging on the cat trees or bathing in the sun. Although she’s supposed to be on a diet, she loves her Temptations and her Greenies and is often referred to as the “big fluffy black cat”.
Simon says… you do. Simon is full of energy, just as any 2 year old cat should be. A client had brought Simon in with urinary tract issues and crystals. After along hospital stay including surgery the owners opted to surrender him to us due to his ongoing medical issues. Simon has since recovered from his illness, although is still quite prone to infections. Simon’s life must be managed very carefully due to his condition; therefore we have decided to keep him as a clinic cat. Simon is adorable, super friendly and loves to cuddle. He greets each client as they come in while sitting on top of the reception desk, demanding attention and making it difficult to process transactions, because petting him is much more important. When Simon (finally) decides to take a break he’s found a human shoulder to nap on, or he’s rolling around on the floor in the sun.