Dr. Heather Stewart
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. After moving to Ontario, she spent time working at many practices across the province as a locum. Dr. Hammond joined Guildcrest in 2016 and we couldn’t be happier. Her energy and compassion make her an excellent Veterinarian and addition to our team. Dr. Hammond lives in the beach community with her family and her two cats, Dave, and Daisy. Dave enjoys hunting for small animals, terrorizing Daisy, and escaping out the front door; While Daisy enjoys cuddling, napping and spends much of her day avoiding Dave. In her free time Dr. Hammond enjoys reading, travelling, and spending time with her family. She is also an active member of the Toronto Beach Chorale, a classical music choir.
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 cat Alison. Lorraine adopted Alison through our Buddy’s Buddies Adoption program after Ali was dropped off as a pregnant stray. Ali loves her new home with Lorraine and she could not have been luckier to have found such an excellent care giver. Lorraine also enjoys walking, bicycling, and spending time with her friends, family and great-nieces and nephews.
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 our Receptionist. She is perfectly suited for the job and loves interacting with our clients and their cat. Arima is well versed in all aspects of the clinic and can often be found in the back helping with procedures and caring for our patients as if they were her own. Arima lives in Scarborough with her family, her two dogs; Sandy and Kiwi. When Arima is not in the clinic she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and adventuring with Sandy & Kiwi.
Shannon is our manager and began working with Guildcrest Cat Hospital in 2010. She has been in the animal care field for over 9 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, Twitter, Mia and George and a dog named Storm. During her free time, she enjoys adventuring with Storm, riding her motorcycle, weekends up north and spending time with family and friends.
Simon says… you do. Simon has been with us since he was for about 5 years now. 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.
Zoe is our Kennel Attendant and is always excited to spend time with our boarding patients. She is actively learning more about the veterinary industry and is excellent at caring for our clinic cats, boarding patients, and cats we have up for adoption. When she is not at work or in school, she enjoys spending time with her family, including their cat, Lucy. She spends time with friends and is an active track athlete and writer as well.
Meghan joined Guildcrest Cat Hospital in 2013 as a kennel attendant but is now more of a jack of all trades. Her passion for animals, specifically cats, made this job a great fit for her. Meghan can be found behind the reception desk, caring for the boarding patients, assisting in the back with treatment, or lending a hand wherever needed. Meghan enjoys continually learning and providing excellent customer service and care to all of the feline patients of Guildcrest Cat Hospital. Meghan is currently attending the University of Toronto to continue her education. When not in the clinic, Meghan enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with her cat Finley, and travelling. She is thrilled to be part of the Guildcrest team!
Jess is the newest member of the Guildcrest Cat Hospital team and was hired as a Veterinary Assistant at the beginning of 2019. Previously a Personal Support Worker north of Toronto, Jess was excited to shift her knowledge from human to animal healthcare. Her love of animals makes her an excellent addition. Jess can be found assisting with treatments in the back or attending to the boarding cats staying with us, and assisting our clients with whatever they need. Jess lives in Scarborough with her boyfriend, their cat Pooey and their two dogs Atz-Lee and Chloe. In her free time, Jess enjoys spending time with family and friends, and of course walking the dogs and staying active.