Dr. Greg Stevenson | DVM
Dr. Stevenson earned his veterinary degree from the University of Guelph in 2003. After graduation, Greg practiced in Alberta and New Zealand before returning home to Eastern Ontario.
Greg is a fourth-generation veterinarian and grew up spending time at his father’s veterinary lab in Kemptville, as well as hearing stories about his grandfather and great-grandfather’s adventures in veterinary medicine.
Of all aspects of practice, Dr. Stevenson most enjoys working with pets and the people who take care of them. He feels privileged to play a role in the unique bond between humans and animals.
Outside of work, Greg enjoys the many outdoor activities offered in Lanark County, such as boating, hockey, skiing and sugar making in the spring. Greg lives near Perth with his wife Clare, two daughters, dog Bella, 2 cats Golden Ears and Whittington, and an assortment of Belgian horses that board on the property.
Dr. Tracie King | DVM
Dr. King graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2011, after an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology. While at school, she volunteered on the pet loss support hotline and developed a deep appreciation for the human-animal bond. She considers it an honour to devote her career to helping animals and their families.
She and her husband moved to Carleton Place after graduation where she worked for over 5 years before joining the team at Blueberry Creek Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. King and her husband are owned by their 3 cats and “brown dog” Reegan, who kindly permits them to share their home. Reegan enjoys hiking and camping, and Dr. King is happy to coordinate these activities. When left to her own devices, Dr. King likes games nights with friends, finding new series on Netflix, reading, and practicing yoga.
Her special veterinary interests include feline medicine, dermatology, nutrition, and parasitology.
Dr. Lianna McKirdy| DVM, MRCVS
Dr. McKirdy graduated with her DVM from St. Matthew’s University in 2015, after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, Dr. McKirdy worked at a 24-hour hospital in
Halifax, then moved to Jersey UK where she worked at a busy mixed-animal practice.
Dr. McKirdy grew up in the Perth area. After being away for many years, she decided to return home to be closer to her family and friends. She started working at Blueberry Creek in the fall of 2020. Dr. McKirdy has a special interest in emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Outside of work, Dr. McKirdy enjoys many outdoor activities, traveling with her partner Henry, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She shares her home with 2 elderly mixed-breed dogs, Skittles and Lincoln, and her cat Fred.
Dr. Meagan Pinon | DVM
Dr. Pinon graduated with honours from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014 after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. She has several years of experience as an emergency veterinarian prior to joining the wonderful team at the Blueberry Creek Veterinary Hospital in 2019. She enjoys clinical medicine and has a particular passion for surgery.
Dr. Pinon grew up in the Ottawa Valley and now lives in Lanark where she enjoys camping, fishing and swimming with her husband Tim and son Zachary.
Dr. Tara Raftis| DVM
Melissa VanAlstine| Veterinary Practice Manager, VA
Melissa began working in the animal care field upon graduating with distinction from St. Lawrence College as a Veterinary Assistant. Melissa also attended St. Clair College where she received her diploma in Business – Accounting. She is currently working towards her certification as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) with the Veterinary Hospital Manager Association.
Growing up in Perth with a large family and lots of animals, Melissa enjoys a busy environment that is often present within veterinary care. She has been working at Blueberry Creek Veterinary Hospital since the doors opened in March 2012. Over the years she has adopted a black lab cross (Sophie), a hound (Miller), and a domestic short-haired tabby (Elliott). Melissa enjoys training for Spartan Races and spending her spare time with her husband and 2 young daughters in the house they built West of Perth.
Rachel Vaillancourt | Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist, SSW
Rachel has worked within the veterinary world for over 7 years, gaining a wealth of knowledge in many areas. She especially enjoys assisting with surgeries, caring for in-patients, and has a warm and welcoming demeanour, when greeting clients.
Rachel and her 3 cats, Bubby, Cuba, Basma, and Cecelia, her dog live out in the country and love to enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible.
Rachel also enjoys traveling to as many ocean and beach destinations as possible, especially during the winter.
Colby Barker | Lead Veterinary Technician
Colby graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College in 2008. He worked in Kingston for 8 years, where he gained experience in small animal and exotic animal medicine. His favorite things to do around the clinic are assisting in surgery and dentistry.
Colby and his two children, Zoey and Lincoln are surrounded by many critters at home, including a chocolate lab named Lexi and a cat they adopted named Nelson. They have lived in the Sharbot Lake area for the past 30 years and enjoyed the country life in Parham for the past 6 years.
When Colby is not at work, he passes his time driving in demolition derbies, playing baseball, fishing and spending time with his family.
Amy McRae | RVT
Amy has always been surrounded by animals, so life in veterinary medicine was a natural fit. She grew up on a dairy and beef farm, where she continues to help her family around the farm. Amy has been working in the veterinary field since 2006 and became a RVT in 2010 after graduating from the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College. Her professional interests include client education and internal medicine.
When she is not at work, Amy enjoys spending time on the farm with the cows, her Boston Terrier (Pennie), Quarter Horse (Dunny), five fantastic felines, a flock of chickens, and of course, her husband Matt and son Andrew.
Hannah Lynn-Shea | RVT
Hannah grew up on a dairy farm in the Westport area and has always known that she wanted to turn her love for animals into a career. She graduated from St. Lawrence College in 2017 and shortly after joined the team at Blueberry Creek. She enjoys the variety of roles that a Veterinary Technician plays in a clinic setting but has a particular interest in the laboratory, including cytology, hematology, and parasitology.
Hannah currently lives in Westport with her husband, Zach, their son, Parker, and a crazy Boston Terrier named Stella. Hannah enjoys painting, spending time with family and friends, and browsing Pinterest for her latest DIY project.
Kayla Dorman | RVT
Kayla grew up in Barry’s Bay, a very small town close to Algonquin Park. She has always loved animals and had many pets growing up. She decided to move to Kingston after completing high school to start a career as a Veterinary Technician.
Kayla attended the Veterinary Technician Program at St. Lawrence College, graduating with distinction in 2012, then earned the title as Registered Veterinary Technologist shortly after. She enjoys furthering her education in Nutrition and Emergency Care.
As soon as they could, Kayla and her husband moved out of the city and back to another small country town, similar to the one they grew up in. They spend a lot of time outdoors, fishing, camping, hunting, or just going for walks with their 3 Great Danes.
Amy Borys-Lynn | RVT
Amy grew up in Kitchener and attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo where she received her Bachelor of Arts. She then decided to pursue her life-long dream of working with animals and moved to Kingston in 2014 to attend the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College. Soon after moving, she met her husband Jordan who introduced her to the small town of Westport. She has lived there ever since and loves being out in the country. In her final semester at school, Amy was fortunate enough to volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in Costa Rica where she fell in love with anteaters and sloths. Amy is passionate about “cat-friendly” medicine and strives to make her interactions with cats as stress-free as possible. She also has an anxious Boxer mix at home, which has sparked a special interest in animal behaviour and dealing with anxiety in dogs. When she’s not working she is busy chasing after her young son and spending time with her family.
Stacey Drynan | Receptionist, Kennel Assistant
Stacey joined the Blueberry Creek team in August 2020, she has worked in the veterinary field for over 8 years, where she has gained knowledge in many different areas of the field. Stacey enjoys greeting clients and their pets with a warm and welcoming demeanour, she also enjoys working in the treatment area and assisting with surgeries.
Stacey grew up on a farm in Lanark County where she enjoyed helping her dad with his highland cattle, pigs, chickens and horses. Stacey has had a love for animals, big and small, since she was very young. She also spent a lot of her time horseback riding. Stacey now lives in the country with her spouse Josh, 2 young boys Bryson and Blake and her 3 dogs Abby, Cajun and Zadie, 2 cats Mickey and Charlie and her rabbit Elsa. Stacey loves spending time with her pets and family in the great outdoors.
Molly Grocock | Receptionist, Social Media Coordinator
Molly joined the Blueberry Creek team in 2018, shortly after moving to Lanark County from Nottingham, England. As a people person, Molly enjoys greeting clients and their pets in reception. She also loves working with the team in our treatment area, managing our social media accounts and in-clinic communications.
Molly grew up living with English Mastiffs and working with racehorses in a rehabilitation facility. She has since “down-sized” to caring for her Golden Retriever, Happy and lovely cat, Jolly. She loves her busy lifestyle with her 2 young children, Bella and Finnigan. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends whilst taking advantage of the great outdoors as much as possible.
Tanya Tuck | Receptionist, Kennel Assistant
Tanya has always known she wanted a career involving animals and after working for several years at a pet store, then joining the team at Blueberry Creek as a kennel assistant in 2019, she has decided to pursue studies to become a Veterinary Technician.
Tanya and her spouse Steven are proud parents of 2 Siberian Huskies, Zoey and Blaze. When the weather is nice, they take their dogs with them hiking and camping. Tanya also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, fishing, BBQing, sitting around a bonfire, and going on local ATV club rides.
Shayla Fisher | Kennel Assistant
During Shayla’s childhood, she was constantly found bringing home animals in need: injured birds, bats, frogs, rabbits and would even bring home snakes (to her family’s horror)! Eventually she started with larger animals, such as her 150lbs Saint Bernard/Great Pyrenees, Sam.
Shayla has always had a love for animals big and small and during her grade 11 Co-op placement at Blueberry Creek Veterinary Hospital in 2014, she fell in love with the occupation and has worked here ever since.
Shayla is now in her graduate year in the Honours Biology program at Trent University, and will soon be applying to Veterinary programs in order to fulfill her dream of working as a Veterinarian, helping animals in need.