A Niagara native, James grew up with many family pets, so his love for animals developed at a young age. Trained at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, he worked as a vet in the Flamborough area before joining the team at Grandview Animal Hospital. In December 2010, James became the owner of Grandview Animal Hospital. He enjoys building relationships with clients and their pets and has a special interest in internal medicine and animal nutrition. One of his favourite opportunities as a veterinarian was to travel to Tanzania with Christian Veterinary Missions to provide volunteer veterinary education, training and services. When he isn’t working, James enjoys hiking, boating, and spending time with family and friends. He lives in Niagara with his wife, Michelle, their four children and their many pets, including a dog, cat, rabbit and rat. He’s also an active board member of Hamilton Regional Emergency Veterinary Clinic.
Ashley grew up on a hobby farm in Niagara, where her passion for animals began. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, she pursued her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian at St. George’s University in Grenada, completing her final year at the University of Georgia. For the first three years of her career, Ashley worked at a busy, small animal hospital in Rome, NY. In 2014, she started working at Grandview Animal Hospital. She has a special interest in soft tissue surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, staying active and spending time with her family — including her pets!
Dr. Elena Azad is Grandview's small animal veterinarian. She brings extensive experience and an impressive background (DVM degree from the University of Tehran and mixed animal surgery Ph.D.). Dr. Elena spent the last decade immersed in research and study. First, as a research assistant at the University of Queensland in Australia. In 2013, Dr. Elena moved to Canada, where she worked towards her Ph.D. in gastrointestinal health and microbiome at the University of Manitoba. In her spare time, Dr. Elena enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, playing the violin and baking. She is the pet mom of two little fish with huge personalities!
Born and raised in St. Catharines, Dr. Andrew is grateful to have the opportunity to return to the Niagara Region to do what he loves, meeting great people and caring for their pets. Pursuing his passions for medicine and teaching, Dr. Andrew earned his B.ScH and B.Ed at Queen's University in their Concurrent Education program, teaching both grade 5 and kindergarten students. Ultimately, he decided that coughing kindergarteners were not quite gross enough for him, and a year later began his journey at the Ontario Veterinary College. Dr. Andrew believes every animal should enjoy their trip to the vet, and proudly uses fear-free practices and plenty of treats to ensure every tail is wagging both on their way in and out of the clinic doors. He lives in Niagara with his partner-in-crime and fellow veterinarian, Emily, and their handsome Dalmatian, Dexter. When Dr. Andrew is not travelling to new places around the world, he enjoys playing hockey and volleyball, and somewhat enjoys cheering for the Buffalo Sabres (during the regular season, of course). Dr. Andrew looks forward to the privilege of taking care of your furry friends and meeting the wonderful people of Winona and beyond.
Growing up with many pets and the love of animals motivated Romana to join our team in April 2020. She comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in management and customer service and has been thoroughly enjoying interacting with our clients and their pets. In her time away from the office, Romana enjoys hiking through the beautiful local trails, reading and baking for her family.
Tara grew up on the Stoney Creek mountain and always knew she was going to work in veterinary medicine. She graduated with an honours degree in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph, a Vet Office Management certificate from Mohawk College and a Veterinary Technician diploma with honours from Northern College. Tara is a self-described nerd, bookworm and sports addict. She enjoys spending time with her big family, which includes her rescue dog, Mopsy, and her three cats, Ace, Edison and Emma.
Shayna was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has always had a passion for animals, which prompted her to begin her career in veterinary medicine. Shayna graduated with a Veterinary Technician diploma with honours from Red River College. Shortly after graduation, she moved east to Smithville, Ontario and before long began to work at Grandview. Shayna enjoys staying active as well as spending time with friends and — of course — her cat Jackson.
Having grown up with a variety of pets, Cindy knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. Her passion for the health and wellbeing of animals made her decision to pursue veterinary technology at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph an easy one. She graduated with honours in 2011 and joined the Grandview team shortly after that. In the clinic, she especially enjoys surgery, diagnostics and connecting with clients over the love of their pets. Cindy is busy as she works part-time and is raising a young family but loves spending time camping, taking road trips, and playing soccer. She has a soft spot for senior pets that need adopting and hopes to take home a rescue dog in the near future.
Olivia obtained her diploma from University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus in May of 2018. Right out of college she started her experience at a local 24 hour emergency clinic. She recently became apart of the Grandview team in April of 2021 and is loving meeting our wonderful clients and caring for their amazing fur babies. At home it’s never a dull moment with her energetic golden doodle named Piper & domestic long hair tabby named Mando. In her spare time Olivia enjoys helping her fiancé with renovations in their new house, taking pictures of nature and attending car shows & rock concerts.
Brooke has lived in the town of Smithville her entire life and her love for animals started from a very young age. She grew up caring for her many pets including miniature horses, goats, chickens, a guinea pig as well as dogs and cats. Pursuing her love she graduated from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus in October 2020. She worked at a few other clinics but recently joined our team at Grandview Animal Hospital in April 2021 and immediately felt like part of the staff family. She enjoys being a dog mom to her little chihuahua mix rescue named Rascal, who has taught her that little dogs are just as great as the big dogs. She enjoys being outside in the warmer months when she isn’t working and spending time with friends and her many family members on the weekends.
Nikki grew up with a love of any living creature she could find and had a special interest in horseback riding as a child. This fuelled her education at Ridgetown College, where she graduated in 2009. Immediately after school, she worked with exotic animals, including elephants and big cats, but returned to a small animal clinic in 2014. Nikki joined our Grandview team in the spring of 2015 as an experienced technician but also a bubbly personality! She has a passion for animal behaviour and training and puts that into practice on her hobby farm, which includes Diesel, her Border Collie, Theo, her Lab mix, Gus, her cat, as well as goats and horses. You can be sure Nikki is lovingly treating your pet as her own when they come into Grandview Animal Hospital.
Growing up along 20 mile creek, Maggie has always had an interest for all sorts of different animals. She started working at animal rescues from a young age and has been on the path to working with animals ever since. With years of experience of customer service Maggie started working as a veterinary receptionist at a small animal clinic before joining our team in Feb. 2021 as an assistant. In her spare time Maggie enjoys reading, hiking and playing video games with her three siblings. And of course spending time with her rescue cat Minnie and her two snakes Pugsley and Tonks.
Angela was new to the Veterinary field when she joined Grandview as a Receptionist in November 2018. A lifelong resident of the Hamilton/Stoney Creek area, she brings several years of experience in a variety of customer service roles and is one of the friendly voices you’ll hear when you call our office. Angela spends her spare time reading, renovating her century-old home and spending time with her family and her cat, Jack.
Josephine joined our health care team in the fall of 2016 and has been a great addition to our front office staff. She grew up in nearby Hamilton and has an administrative background. Whether you speak with Josephine on the phone or in-person at the front desk, her genuine love for animals shines through, and she would be happy to assist you and your pet in any way she can! In her downtime, Josephine loves spending time outdoors, on the beach, or with her beloved cats Oreo, Luna and Sammi.