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. In December 2010, James became the owner of Grandview. 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!
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.
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.
Lauren joined our team as our groomer in 2016 and has been a great addition! She comes to us with experience as a mobile groomer, and she has also studied veterinary terminology at Mohawk College. All throughout high school, she volunteered at our local SPCA, giving her years of experience handling and caring for animals. When she's not in the clinic, Lauren loves reading, cooking, and exploring new places with her family. Much of her time is spent with her American Eskimo, Finnian, with whom she enjoys hiking our beautiful area.
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.