Our Care Team

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Kayla Noel

Practice Manager and Registered Veterinary Technologist

Kayla grew up with a Sheltie named Sunny, and it was the countless hours playing with and caring for him that first inspired her to help pets. She has always felt a natural inclination to fix things that were broken, and as she got older, her interests in anatomy and physiology started to blossom. For Kayla, caring for pets professionally in the veterinary field was simply the only choice that made sense!

Kayla is originally from the Transcona area of Winnipeg and spent many hours during her teenage years volunteering with her family’s veterinarian, learning the ins and outs of the veterinary profession hands-on. She graduated from Red River College’s Animal Health Technology program in 2010, then transferred here to Sage Creek Animal Hospital from a “sister” clinic to serve as Head Technician upon the clinic’s grand opening in April of 2013. Now, Kayla serves as the hospital’s Practice Manager! She’s especially interested in neonatal care—Kayla even volunteers with rescue groups to care for orphaned puppies and kittens—and is also fond of pet nutrition and likes helping pet owners choose the right diets for their animal companions.

When she isn’t helping to ensure things run smoothly here at the hospital, Kayla enjoys horseback riding, waterskiing, and wakeboarding—she even spent two years on the Waterski Wakeboard Manitoba Board of Directors!—and spending time with her family and pets at home.

Kayla lives on a 10-acre hobby farm east of Winnipeg with her husband, Jack, and their daughters, Rose and Evelyn. Kayla and her husband share their farm with a multitude of animal companions: a pair of Quarter horses named Storm and Neptune; an Australian Shepherd, Max, who Kayla adopted during her second year of Veterinary Technician schooling; a loving Shepherd/Malamute mix who goes by Moose; four cats named Saturn, Pluto, Styx and Rupert; and occasionally a host of pigs and chickens.

Melissa Hemminger

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Both of Melissa’s parents worked in the human healthcare field, so she’s been interested in the medical sciences ever since her earliest days. Coupled with a lifelong adoration for the earth’s creatures, a career in the veterinary world simply made sense! Melissa is proud to help pets live happier, healthier lives on a daily basis as a Registered Veterinary.
 

Melissa grew up on a honey farm three hours southwest of Winnipeg, where she and her family kept everything from pigs, chickens, cats, and dogs, to hamsters, a guinea pig, and fish. She attended Red River College in Winnipeg to study in their Animal Health Technology course, even serving as Class President and graduating with honors. Shortly after her time in school, Melissa joined the Sage Creek Animal Hospital family—she’s been here ever since.

Medically, Melissa enjoys the challenges of placing IV lines and completing dental cleaning procedures. She never tires of hearing before-and-after stories of pets who have been revitalized after a thorough tooth cleaning! Melissa also likes discussing animal care techniques with pet owners.

In her time away from work, Melissa can be found crocheting, camping, baking and going for walks with her husband and son. She also enjoys spending time with her cats, Maple and Stella. 

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Lisa Simmonds

Registered Veterinary Technologist

For as long as she can remember, Lisa had been around animals. When she moved away from home and was unable to have a pet, she realized how much she missed being around animals. It was then that she discovered her career path as a veterinary technologist.

Lisa grew up on an acreage just outside of Lethbridge, Alberta. Her family raised pigs and a few llamas. She also had dogs and a lot of barn cats. She took part in the local 4-H swine club for 9 years. In 2016, Lisa graduated from the Animal Health Technology program through Olds College in Alberta. Lisa completed her required practicum for the program here at Sage Creek and officially joined the Sage Creek family in April of 2019.

Lisa finds treating in-hospital patients very rewarding. The best part is caring for them and being able to watch them get better. Lisa is passionate about making your experience the best it can be for you and your pet. Lisa has taken extra training through the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy.

Lisa and her husband, Wesley, are kept very busy with their cat, Krieger, and three dogs Dobby, Rip Riley, and Dani (aka Demon). When not at work, Lisa enjoys running, biking, hiking, camping and can often be found reading a book.

Wayne Mackey

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Starting from childhood, Wayne had a desire to care for animals as a profession. Wayne finds caring for each animal as if they were his own extremely rewarding. Wayne was born and raised in Winnipeg. He is an only child from a small family. He has had dogs since he was 4 years old. Being around dogs since a young age influenced his ultimate career choice.
Wayne began school in the Business Administration program at Red River College. After starting the program, he realized that his true calling was in animal health. He registered for the Animal Health Technology Program the same day he discontinued Business Administration program. Wayne started working at Sage Creek Animal Hospital in February 2020. His favorite part of the job is client education, pet nutrition and inventory management. Wayne has two dogs, Stewie and Megatron. Stewie is an Italian greyhound/chihuahua and Megatron is Jack Russell Terrier. When not working, Wayne enjoys camping, gardening, barbequing, and playing Softball and Hockey.
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Fatin Azman

Veterinary Assistant

As a child, Fatin had always dreamed of interacting with the natural world in one way or another, whether she was a marine biologist or a farm owner. A career in veterinary medicine simply made sense—it allows her to spend her days caring for others while satisfying her passions for nature and science at the same time! Fatin is a proud member of Sage Creek Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Originally from Singapore, Fatin studied biotechnology in college, then worked a few part-time jobs before signing on with her first veterinary clinic. She joined the Sage Creek Animal Hospital family in September of 2018, bringing with her a special interest in diagnostic work; Fatin loves putting together the puzzle pieces to form a complete picture. Her favorite part of her job, though, is getting to meet new pets and animal parents every day!

Fatin’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include crocheting, gaming, and spending time with her family and pets. Along with her husband, Chris—the pair met while completing a permaculture course in Tasmania, Australia!—she shares her home with their son, a smart and devoted Husky mix named Jack, a mischievous orange tabby cat who goes by Hobbes, as well as the sweetest little kitty Marceline.

Emma Stewart

Veterinary Assistant

Working as a veterinary assistant was something that Emma had always felt that she would excel at. She loves working with both the clients and the patients. Emma loves that she is learning new things everyday about how to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Emma was born and raised in Winnipeg. She attended the Veterinary Office Assistant program at Robertson College and graduated in 2014. She previously worked at another clinic before joining the Sage Creek family in May 2019. Emma loves the interaction with clients. If you have a concern, then she is concerned too! Her favorite part of the job is being able to help with surgical procedures, treatments and pet care. Emma recently went to Guelph, Ontario for a tour of the Royal Canin plant. She found it to be a very informative experience and is excited to share what she learned about Royal Canin with clients.
Emma lives with her two cats, Ella and Frankie. When not at work, she likes to attend gym classes, such as cycling or kickboxing, going for bike rides and cross-stitching.
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Jennifer Ritchot

Veterinary Assistant

Jenny’s love for working with animals began when she was young. Her parents would foster young kittens, sometimes as young as 1 day old, until they were old enough to be adopted and she would help wherever she could. This often-involved bottle feeding and lots of kitten cuddles!
Jenny grew up in Morden, Manitoba with her younger siblings. After graduating from high school, Jenny went to the University of Manitoba to study the pre-vet program. After finishing at University of Manitoba, she began working in childcare. In 2016, her dog, Dash, was diagnosed with epilepsy. When learning about epilepsy and what was involved with the diagnosis, Jenny became even more interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. After completing her Veterinary Office Assistant program at Robertson College, Jenny moved back to Winnipeg from Drumheller, Alberta and began working at Sage Creek Animal Hospital. Her favourite part of her job is getting to meet all the new and current patients and clients. Seeing
Jenny lives in St. Norbert with her husband, Jesse and her son, Finn. Together, they have three cats, Lieutenant Dan, Starr and Taco and a Nova Scotian Duck Toller cross named Dash. When not at work, Jenny loves to bake and try new Pinterest recipes! She will never pass up an offer for sushi or seafood and can usually be found spending time with family and friends.

Fisher Chaput

Veterinary Assistant

Starting from a young age, Fisher had always been around animals. His parents and family taught him that animals have feelings. This helped to foster a love of animals and caring for them. During a vet visit with his dog, he was able to help comfort his dog while a technician was talking blood. Seeing what the technicians do and how they care for the animals that they treat helped to reinforce his desire to a part of the veterinary medicine field.
Fisher was born and raised in Winnipeg. He has had 6 dogs and cats, a gecko and even had chickens at one point. Fisher started volunteering at Sage Creek Animal Hospital in the spring of 2018 and started working as a veterinary assistant in 2019. He has always believed that animals deserve more than we give them, and this helped him find his passion as a veterinary professional. In January 2019, Fisher went abroad for a veterinary study program in Thailand. During this program, he was part of a small group of students that were given the opportunity to participate in elephant surgeries. He learned how to treat elephant wounds and how to complete health checks.
Fisher is currently studying at University of Manitoba and is planning on going to Saskatoon to get his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He lives in Winnipeg and has a cat named Ashes. She is full of personality and enjoys stealing your warmth while cuddling. Fisher enjoys fixing cars, riding motorcycles and spending time outdoors.
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