Dr. Edison Barrientos – Veterinarian
For many pets going to the vet can be a stressful experience. I try to make this experience as stress free as possible. I especially try to minimize pain by the use of appropriate anesthetics and analgesics as needed.
I believe that open communications with clients is an essential part of the veterinary relationship. My approach with clients is to be as clear as possible with respect to treatments and treat clients in a respectful, friendly, and non-judgmental fashion.
I am the proud owner of 2 pets a mischievous orange cat named Oro and my faithful sidekick, a beautiful female standard Poodle named Tula. She usually comes with me to work and takes me for walks in my downtown neighborhood.
I hope to see you at our new clinic soon.
Dr. Olenka Batruch – Veterinarian
I am Dr. Olenka Batruch and I have been a full time veterinarian at Front Street Animal Hospital since graduating veterinary school in 2012. I have wanted to be a veterinarian my entire life and am thrilled to be practicing good quality veterinary medicine with an exceptionally talented staff team in the heart of beautiful Toronto.
I graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science, Psychology Neuroscience Specialization in 2007. After a year as a research assistant at a feline visual neuroscience lab I began my studies at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph where I graduated with Honors in 2012. I am constantly reading about and trying out the newest approaches available as I believe in continuous reassessment and improvement in the field of veterinary medicine.
In 2015 I adopted a large handsome orange cat named Dave who was a former blood donor from one of our favorite specialist referral clinics Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic.
In my spare time I love to cook, camp, cycle and take part in various events in the Ukrainian and general Toronto community with some good company. Я також розмовляю по Украінськи. The bond between a pet owner and their pet is something I find inspiration in and I feel very lucky to view this on a daily basis. I am very excited to meet you and your pet and to hear your stories!
Dr. Sarah Wright – Veterinarian
My name is Dr. Sarah Wright. I grew up in Unionville, Ontario, and I’ve always had a lifelong interest in working with animals and becoming a veterinarian. I graduated with Honours from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016, after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Guelph.
I have been working in the veterinary field since high-school, where I have gained a wide variety of experience working with dogs, cats, and large animals. Some of my most memorable experiences include working for 2 years in the small animal ICU at the Ontario Veterinary College, and treating sick and injured elephants for a summer at two different wildlife rescues in Thailand.
I believe in practicing the highest standard of veterinary medicine, and I am excited to do so alongside a skilled and supportive team at Front Street Animal Hospital.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing sports, and travelling. I am a proud pet parent of a senior (yet spunky!) orange and white cat named Oliver. I am excited to meet you and your beloved furry family member!
Krista – Practice Manager/Registered Veterinary Technician
My name is Krista, I am a Registered Veterinary Technician here at Front Street Animal hospital. I graduated from Seneca College with honours in 2007 and have been practicing as a technician for 5 years now.
I moved to Toronto from a small town called Keswick and joined the Front Street team in February of 2012. I have enjoyed getting to know all the clients and their furry family members who visit and look forward to many more years with them.
I currently share my home with a very saucy 5 year old feline appropriately named “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” whom I call Leroy for short. He adopted me when I was in school for the Veterinary Technician program and has been helping me understand the feline psyche ever since. Leroy enjoys the simple things in life like waking me up at 5am, and chasing shadows on the wall.
While most of my experience lies with small companion animals I have also worked with exotics and wildlife. I am a Nutritional Advocate for Hills/Science Diet and have a strong interest in pet nutrition, and dentistry. Feel free to call Front Street Animal hospital to arrange for a complimentary dental assessment or nutritional consultation with me anytime.
Anagha – Registered Veterinary Technician
My name is Anagha. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician at Front Street Animal Hospital. I graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, Denver, Colorado in 2014.
Academically, my extensive course at Bel-Rea has given me a base to excel and a chance to gain an understanding and appreciation for animals. Post-graduation I worked at Banfield Pet Hospital, in Colorado. I have also studied broader elements of equine care, riding and stable management with British Horse Society Maidstome, England in 2003. This rewarding experience sharpened my desire to continue in this field and helped me develop the tools I need to be an effective technician.
I am originally from Bombay, Indian. I worked at Royal Western India Turf Club Bombay, India for about 3 years and then at a mixed practice for 1 year before I moved to Denver for schooling. And while I am very new to this team, I think I finally found a place I can call home. My favourite time of the day is when I get to interact with you and getting to know your furry family members.
While I was in school, I had to spend some time volunteering at shelters and clinics. In 2013, I heard of a 5 month old Border collie – Australian shepherd mix, deaf dog. He was very energetic and difficult to adopt. He adopted me and I named him Brass.
I spend most of my free time trying to keep up with Brass and him away from squirrels.
Meghan – Registered Veterinary Technician
My name is Meghan and I’m a Registered Veterinary Technician at Front Street Animal Hospital. I graduated from Sheridan college with honours in 2014 and have been working as a technician for about 2 years now. I’ve loved animals ever since I was little, and have always wanted to pursue a career working with them. I’ve worked for a few small animal practices and even had some experience working at an exotic animal clinic.
I have quite the menagerie at home, starting with the family cat, a black domestic medium hair named Salem. He’s 17 years old but he hasn’t realized that yet judging by how he acts. I also share my room with Calcifer, a 1 year old Spotted Python, 8-Bit, a 1 year old Ball python, and Brienne (or Brie) a 3 year old crested gecko.
When I’m not at work I am either taking care of my animals, drawing, going for a walk or playing video games.
I look forward to meeting you and your pets!
Louise – Receptionist
My name is Louise Keizer and I am one of the receptionists here at Front Street Animal Hospital. I was born and raised in the small town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia and I am the youngest of 5 siblings.
I have been living in Toronto for 8 years and have been working with animals for 5 of those years. I love working with animals and since being at Front Street Animal Hospital it has opened my eyes to a whole new world of love and dedication for our furry friends.
I am the owner of a beautiful makeral tabby, Bronson, who is now 7 years old and is my little shadow. On my days off I am an ambassador at Moksha Yoga downtown and love the practice of hot yoga. If I’m not at the clinic, I’m at the studio practicing.
I love the whole Front Street team and feel like part of the family. I’m excited to grow here at the clinic and look forward to meeting those I haven’t met yet.
Rohanna – Receptionist
Hi, I’m Rohanna. I’ve been a Veterinary Receptionist at Front Street Animal Hospital for 5 years. I have an Honours Bachelor Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto. All this “sciency” stuff fascinates me. I definitely enjoy learning about all the interesting medical cases we get. I could work in a lab but then there wouldn’t be the added perk of playing with puppies and kitties at work.
I have 3 cats of my own: Dexter, Wee Lad and Li’l Mrs. I have volunteered with Annex Cat Rescue and also at the Toronto Humane Society’s feral cat spay/neuter clinic. I am the resident “Cat Whisperer” here at Front Street Animal Hospital.
When I’m not at work, or at home vacuuming cat hair, I like to do outdoor sports like cycling, mountain biking and snowboarding. I am also a certified yoga instructor and an avid gym goer.
I look forward to meeting you and your furry family member.
Stephanie – Receptionist
My name is Stephanie and I’m a veterinary receptionist here at Front Street Animal Hospital. Before my time here, I volunteered at the Etobicoke Humane Society for six years, and it was through that experience that I developed a desire to work closely with animals.
Outside the hospital, I love having conversations with my floofy cats Phoebe and Callie, who are both very chatty and are the only friends I sing for. Apart from rescuing cats, I also love to rescue clothing and jewellery from second hand shops and thrift stores and give them a new life, preferably items that are colourful and/or sparkly. I also like to cycle, practice yoga, go on nature walks, and go to buffets.
What makes my job so great is interacting with the clients and patients here, and getting to meet all the newcomers. I’m very fortunate to be part of a team that genuinely cares about the health and well-being of the animals they see. Everyone here is so rich with knowledge, so I learn something new every day.
I can’t wait to spend time with your feline and canine kids!
Amie – Receptionist/Animal Care Assistant
My name is Amie and I’m one of the receptionists here at Front Street. I started in July of 2016, and although I’m fresh, I’m learning more and more every day due to the exceptionally skilled team here. You can usually find me in the front singing along to a song or answering phones, and I also dabble in the back as an animal care assistant.
I was enrolled in nursing for two years until I changed my career path to animals, my absolute passion since I was little. I graduated from Durham College from the Animal Care program in mid-2016, and found the lovely people at Front Street a short time later. Everybody here has been so great and I couldn’t be where I am now without the team.
In my free time I like to play video games and watch cartoons just like any other preteen boy (just kidding). I have two adorable holland lops named Bentley and Lala known colloquially as “the buns”, and an adopted brown spotted tabby cat son named Conrad.
I look forward to meeting you and your furry family member, even if it’s just to stop by to say hi!
Jessica – Animal Care Assistant
Hi there! My name is Jessica and I am an Animal Care Assistant here at the clinic. You can usually find me running around helping anyone who needs it, making the clinic look clean and tidy, or answering any questions you may have about our web store! I started working at Front Street Animal Hospital in 2014 and couldn’t be happier with my job!
Growing up I dabbled with different ideas of what I wanted to do as a career but ended up deciding on what I have always wanted to do since I was a child, work with animals. I graduated from Durham College in June of 2014 with a certificate in Animal Care and took everything I learned and have put it to good use here, helping your furry children!
I had many cats and dogs while growing up and any animal that was brought in to the home had a tendency to gravitate towards me. Currently I share my life with a diluted calico cat named Diva who certainly lives up to her name and truly believes the world revolves around her… Shhh, no one will convince her otherwise. She also has a younger sister of the canine variety named Lola, a Basset Hound/Shar Pei mix, who likes to keep everyone on their toes with her curious and excited nature.
I understand how important pets are to us and I can’t wait to meet you and your pet to help you with whatever you may need!
Mario – Groomer
My name is Mario and I’m the groomer at Front Street Animal Hospital.
I’ve been a professional groomer for close to 10 years. I am originally from Mexico which is where I had most of my training. In Mexico, I groomed show dogs and have a specific interest in terrier cuts. I also do hand stripping. I’ve learned through my career that a good balance between knowledge of dogs and cats aesthetics and their behavior are essential to make pets and owners happy. I believe that it’s really important for future and current owners to understand their pet’s behavior in order to offer them a better life.
Grooming is an essential necessity for most of our pet’s health and they have to be exposed to it as soon as possible. I encourage owners to start brushing their puppies and bringing them for a quick clean up at a young age.
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music; painting; and reading while sipping a coffee. I always had several pets back in Mexico and I hope to get one of my own soon.