Team

The Team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital

Our dedicated, and highly trained staff will give your pets the best possible treatment.  We have assembled a team of professionals that truly care for the health of your animal. Get to know every staff member at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital so you can be sure your pets will be in great hands!

Dr. Leah Montgomery, DVM

Dr. Leah attended the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, then suffered four harsh winters in Saskatoon at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She managed not to get frost bitten (although her car did freeze completely for three days!) and moved back to the beautiful West Coast in 1995.

Dr. Leah began practice at the Granville Island Veterinary Hospital but after five years she decided it was time for a change. She moved to Coquitlam and began practice at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital. In April 2001 she purchased the Hospital from Dr. Kassam and is enjoying both the practice and the management side of veterinary medicine.

Between spaying cats and vaccinating dogs, Dr. Leah manages to find time to ski and snowboard in the winter and rip up the trails on her mountain bike year-round.

And she is the mother of 3 fur-babies, her cats named Chinela, Sunny and Simon (pictured). "I love dogs!" she protests. "But with my crazy schedule, cats are easier to care for. I am "Auntie" to all the dogs that come through the hospital doors. The best part is I get to give them back!", she says with a grin!  

Dr. Ashley Milner, DVM

Ashley graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and immediately joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital team. Ashley got her start in veterinary medicine in 1994, at the tender age of ten, by attending a day camp for kids at the Burnaby SPCA. For the next decade there after, she worked every summer as an SPCA camp counselor as well as a humane educator.

During university and vet school, Ashley worked at Mosquito Creek Veterinary Hospital in North Vancouver, Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital in Surrey, the Vancouver Animal Shelter, and the Winnipeg Humane Society. She also participated in free spay/neuter clinics in remote areas of California and North Dakota and continues to volunteer for local rescues. Ashley currently offers acupuncture and chiropractic treatments for her patients as well!

Ashley is the resident "bully breed" expert at Shaughnessy Vet, and the proud owner of two bully rescues, Tiki-Granger, and Jake. You can follow the adventures of Ashley and her bully crew at www.ashleythevet.com

Dr. Jocelyn Chan, B.VSc

Jocelyn was born and raised in Vancouver and, thanks to her parents, has grown up with cats in the household for as long as she can remember. After spending an illuminating week of work-study at a local veterinary hospital, she became interested in a career in veterinary science and started working as a vet assistant while studying Animal Biology at UBC. Jocelyn then packed her bags for the big move "down under" to Australia - among the koalas, kangaroos, and her personal favourite: the platypus - to pursue her veterinary degree at the University of Melbourne. During her four years in the veterinary program, she spent a lot of time doing practicum work at many small and large veterinary practices as well as spending four weeks at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. Jocelyn was thrilled to join the Shaughnessy team in 2014 and is looking forward to meeting everyone and their four-legged, furry friends!


In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys downhill skiing, rock climbing, and plays in a flag football league. She tries to flex her musical skills once in awhile by playing the piano and is also an avid board game enthusiast, organizing frequent game nights with her friends. Jocelyn has recently adopted a 6 year-old cat named Kira who likes to take up half the bed and demands to be pet by all who meet her!

Dr. Amanda Sefcik, DVM

Amanda is a recent transplant to British Columbia from the states. She studied computer science at Dartmouth College and spent a few years as a video game programmer before deciding to change careers to pursue her passion for veterinary medicine. Amanda graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and joined the Shaughnessy team in April 2016. During vet school she spent time with a local shelter and feral cat trap-neuter-return clinic. She also dedicated time to the field of aquatic animal medicine, achieving a certificate of study, and spent time at the New Orleans Audubon Aquarium and Zoo. Amanda also enjoys practicing veterinary acupuncture, which she studied at the Chi Institute in Florida. 

Amanda lives in Langley with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats and two rabbits. Clearly good things come in twos! In her time off she enjoys reading, sewing, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family. 

Dr. Lorea Nevin, MVB

Our Irish import as of September 2016, Lorea studied at the School of Veterinary Medicine in the University College of Dublin where she took a special interest in small animal medicine. Lorea grew up with many pet dogs and from a young age, she knew she wanted to be a vet. Between owning guinea pigs, gerbils, chickens, ducks and canaries, she never stopped campaigning for a cat. At age 7, she went to such lengths as to manually transcribe a whole book on caring for cats from the library in an effort to convince her parents to allow her to have one...it didn’t work!

    During her studies in UCD, Lorea spent a lot of time in vet hospitals, both general practice and specialty practice around Ireland, Britain and Europe. She gained many practical skills and learned from more experienced vets throughout the years. A highlight for her was getting kicked in the bum by a vulture in Greece during a feud over a watering can, which he wanted to keep. In her spare time, Lorea loves exploring the parks, trails and mountains of beautiful British Columbia. From time to time, she gets to skype her beloved family dogs Yogi, Lily and Charlie back in Ireland, but she has to admit, the conversation isn’t great.

Dr. Christie Lauzon, B.VSc

Christie obtained her veterinary degree in 2007 from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She loved the warm weather, exotic animals and beautiful landscapes so much she stayed and worked for another year but the call of home eventually made her pack her bags and come home to BC. She then battled freezing cold weather, being on call 24/7 and no shopping to work up in Fort St John and Dawson Creek. While there she was heavily involved with the local SPCA and volunteered in a Mexico spay and neuter clinic. Finally, she decided to come home and is now happily settled in the lower mainland. Christie joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital team in October 2016 and is looking forward to her new adventures with the hospital.

In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors and go hiking or snowshoeing. She is a novice knitter, but is learning, and loves to play board games and bake for her hubby and son. 

Laura Crichton, VOA
Office Manager

Laura joined the team at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in August 2008 after graduating from the Veterinary Office and Animal Care program at Douglas College.
A Port Coquitlam hometown girl, she spends her time taking care of her Jack Russell Terrier Mollie, her tuxedo cat Cohen, and her sister's English Bulldog Rocky. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and baking, swimming and staying active. Laura would love to add more furry creatures to her life, but needs to wait until she has more space! Until then, she will just have to cuddle all the ones that come through the hospital doors. 

Jennifer Yochim, RVT

Jenn is a long time resident of Port Coquitlam who has recently set up roots in Maple Ridge with her husband Jeremy and their new baby girl Kiana. After a couple of years of College she travelled to Australia for a year where she toured the country like many other backpackers from all over the world. Jenn has always had a lifelong love of animals so when she returned from Australia she went back to school where she completed the Animal Health Technology program at Douglas College and has been part of our team since April 2007.


Jenn has added a new fur baby to her family, a Chocolate Lab x Pointer named Ryker who is full of energy and very eager to learn; he definitely keeps them busy and on their feet at all times!


In Jenn's free time you can find her playing in the bush on her rzr, lifting weights at the gym or walking her dog on the dyke.

Jan Werger, RVT

Jan hails from the wilds of Whonnock where she spends her off-time tending her garden and trying to convince her canine helper that burying a milk bone will NOT grow a milk bone tree, no matter how well-fertilized!


Jan graduated from the University College of the Cariboo's Animal Health Technology program in 1996. After graduation she worked with Dr. Dennis Jackson at the Granville Island Veterinary Hospital. In 1998 she expanded her horizons to Port Coquitlam, joining the team at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital. A few years ago, Jan discovered a flair for teaching, and is an instructor at the VOAC program at Douglas College. The experience allows Jan to share her enthusiasm for this amazing industry with both her co-workers at the clinic and the great students at Douglas College.


Jan has a passion for all things furred and four-legged; her own family includes her canine gardening companion named Deeks, her kitties and her guinea pigs.

Lauren Boettcher, RVT

Lauren joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary team in June 2008 after deciding that a career with animals is where she belonged. She started off with being an assistant and then decided that she loved it so much that she wanted to go back to school to become a technician and graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Technician program in June 2015. Lauren is very interested in the field of animal nutrition,  so she is the go-to person for any of your nutritional questions!

Lauren grew up in Port Coquitlam and now lives in Maple Ridge with her husband Brad and her 3 furry kids; 2 Alaskian Klee Klai's named Loxley and Rogue and their Abyssinian mix named Bastian. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys cooking, being outdoors and training dogs.

Kristie McDermott, RVT

Kristie started her education with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of British Columbia with a major in English Literature. After graduation, she spent time living in Australia and traveled the country extensively.
While she still loves to read and write, Kristie’s love for all things furry with four legs and a tail pulled her towards veterinary medicine.
This led Kristie to working as a Veterinary Assistant in some of the leading clinics in the lower mainland gaining valuable experience. With a thirst for more, Kristie joined the Veterinary Technology program at Douglas College. After graduating with honours in 2014, Kristie joined the Shaughnessy team and has never looked back.
Currently, Kristie lives in Port Coquitlam with her husband  and two kitties, Bob and Helen. Who knows, there may be a bridge of all things arts and science when she writes her first book about all of her experiences.

Kelly Bradley, RVT 

Kelly was born in New Westminster,  grew up in Port Coquitlam, and still lives there today. Working with animals has always been Kelly's passion; she graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Office Assistant program in 2011 and has been a part of the Shaughnessy team ever since. She graduated from the Douglas College Veterinary Technician program in June 2015 and is continuing to make a difference in the lives of our furry friends.

As a teenager, Kelly spent her time around horses but currently her life surrounds around her two dogs. Goose, a Beagle cross with a mind of his own and Opie, a pit bull rescue who is scared of the world but is your best friend once he gets to know you; both just happen to be the best cuddlers . When Kelly's not at Shaughnessy, she enjoys spending her time with her 3 loves: her fiancé Ryan and their two four legged children Opie and Goose.

Leanne Bejenstorf, VOA 
Head Receptionist

After 20 years in the home improvement retail/customer service field, Leanne decided to make a career change.  She combined her love of helping people and her love of all creatures big and small and went to school to become a Veterinary Office Assistant.  She graduated from Douglas College in September of 2012 and became a member of the Shaughnessy Veterinary team in April 2013.

Leanne currently lives in Coquitlam with her ginger cat Kenya and her newest addition, a rescued three-legged tuxedo cat named Brandon Manitoba. 

Nicole Barclay, VOA

Nicole joined the team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in January 2011, after a year of maternity leave. She graduated from West Coast College in 2005 from the Veterinary Assistant Program and has been working in Veterinary Hospitals ever since.
Nicole has a true true heart for animals!  She was born and raised on her family's dairy farm in Pitt Meadows. She has experience with all different animals. You name it, she has rescued or owned it!  From Buffalo, to Deer, Goats, Cows, Horses, Chickens, Geese, Peacocks, Dogs and Cats, and the list goes on. 
When Nicole is not working at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family, boating, hiking, camping, gardening and working on the family dairy farm.

Emry Gilchrist, VOA

Emry graduated from the West Coast College Veterinary Assistant program in 2009. After graduation she gained valuable experience at leading vet clinics throughout the Fraser Valley before joining our team in June 2013. She has always had a great love for all things furry and is thrilled that she gets to work with animals every day.


Emry grew up in Port Coquitlam and now lives in Pitt Meadows with her husband and two dogs Piglet and Moo Cow. In her spare time she can be found hiking with her dogs on Burke Mountain or baking delights in her kitchen. She also enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with her family.

Ewa Nawrocki, VOA

Ewa was born in England and moved to her current hometown of Port Coquitlam in 1996.  Her love for animals inspired her to take the Veterinary Office and Animal Care program at Douglas College.  She joined the team at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in March 2014.  Soon after being hired she adopted three guinea pigs named Olive, Sweetpea and Marley.  Growing up Ewa had a black Lab cross named Rocky and two bunnies named Avocado & Bunny Boy, who sparked her interest to pursue a career working with animals. In her spare time she loves playing video games, going for long walks in the forest, and watching her favorite show "Hope for Wildlife".  In the future she hopes to adopt more animals to add to her family.

Kelsey McAuley, Receptionist

Kelsey fulfilled a passion by entering the veterinary field with the team at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in 2015. She was very familiar with the practice as her family dog, Bailey, had been taken care of by them for many years. 

She grew up all over the world; London, Michigan and Port Coquitlam to name a few places. But always felt that the lower mainland here in British Columbia was "home". After moving back in 2008 she now plans to stay in the lower mainland, with her boyfriend Shawn, and fulfill her career in the veterinary field here in Port Coquitlam. 

Kelsey graduated from the Paul Mitchell School of Hair Design but could not ignore her love of animals. She decided to make a career change and follow her heart. She is a dog mom to two beautiful pit bulls, Molly and Brock, and continues to foster other rescues in her home. Brock is the newest member of their family rescued from a high kill shelter. He was twenty minutes away from being euthanized when the organization stepped in and rescued Brock. Kelsey and Shawn quickly fell in love as soon as they saw him and Molly loves her new brother. These two fur children take up the majority of her time but she wouldn't have it any other way. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, cooking and watching her favourite shows with Molly and Brock (and Shawn) by her side.


Andrea Scekic, Receptionist

Andrea was born in Port Coquitlam and has lived there her entire life. She has always been passionate about animals and knew she wanted to work with them from a young age. She is currently finishing her bachelor of science degree at S.F.U. and is planning to apply to the vet technician program this winter. Andrea has worked with animals in various jobs for the last 6 years including volunteering at the SPCA , working at a veterinary clinic, and working at a dog kennel. She was very familiar with the practice as she first volunteered there for a year and brought her pets in regularly. She is now the newest member of the Shaughnessy team and is excited to learn new things and cuddle with all of the furry friends she meets at the clinic.

Andrea has two fur babies at home; Ava is her two year old German Shepherd and is her first dog who will always have a special place in her heart. She also has a young rescue cat named Emmett, who is a major escape artist and also the biggest cuddler. Andrea and her boyfriend, Matt, are hoping to soon expand her home and add a second dog when the time is right and when they have more space. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, hanging out with friends, snowboarding and camping. 

Nick Arduini, VOA

Nick has always had a love for animals. He has fond memories of playing with all sorts of creatures at his family farm in Rosa, Manitoba. He has an affinity towards Airedale Terriers as this was his family dog growing up. He graduated from the Veterinary Office and Animal Care program at Douglas College in the summer of 2015 and since then, he has worked in an Animal Emergency clinic. Nick joined the Shaughnessy Veterinary team in July 2016 and automatically felt like he has been there for years.


In his spare time, Nick enjoys hiking, playing sports and teaching his son to love animals as much as he does. He hopes to have a house full of furry friends in the near future, complete with an Airedale or two!

Lt. Dan - Clinic Ambassador
Lord of the Realm

Lieutenant Dan joined the team of the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in June 2014. He was shuffled around between several rescue homes before a lucky series of events connected him to us. Everyone was instantly in love and the decision for him to come live with us was unanimous.

Dan (aka Louie or LT) has some malformed bones in his spine which is causing some compression of the spinal cord causing his back legs to be a little different. He also was born with contracted tendons in the rear limbs, adding to his issues. We are happy to report that with physiotherapy and love, the rear limbs are straightening out. While he will never walk like a "normal" cat, he is very happy and is getting stronger every day.


Lt. Dan - Clinic Ambassador Lord of the Realm

Caring for your pets with heart and integrity

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