Meet Our Team

We are staffed with a team of highly skilled veterinary professionals who are passionate about improving the lives of animals and truly enjoy working together.

Collectively, our vets have over 75 years of experience and range from seasoned veterans to recent graduates. Most of our veterinary support team have been with us for over a decade each.

Most importantly, all of us are dedicated pet owners. It is the love we have for our own animal companions that drives each of us to do our very best for you and your pets, every single day.

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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Gillian Egli

Owner/Veterinarian

Growing up, Dr Egli was always intrigued by medicine and how bodies work. This, combined with a deep love for all animals, showed her at an early age that the veterinary world was the only future for her!

After graduating from high school in Stratford, Ontario, Gillian headed to the University of Guelph. After two years of undergraduate studies is Biomedical Sciences, she was accepted into the Ontario Veterinary College, graduating in 2004. Her career started in mixed animal practice, eventually migrating to emergency medicine. Although she found emergency care thrilling, Dr Egli wanted to spend more time with her growing family, so she came to Oakridge in 2010. In 2012 she came on full time, and couldn’t be happier working with the wonderful staff and adorable pets. In 2015 Dr Egli and. Dr Moffatt became the proud owners of Oakridge Animal Clinic. Three short years later in 2018 they opened a second location in the Riverbend area of town- Oak West Animal Clinic. Time is shared between these clinics, and Dr Egli loves every second she spends in each one!
Dr Egli lives on a farm North of London. Her husband Dan is a swine producer. Their daughter Julia loves animals, running, broom ball and baseball. Their son Adrian is an avid hockey fan and also likes to spend time in the barn and fields with his Dad. Daughter Nicola adores animals, hockey and Veterinary Medicine, and is completely confident that she’ll be working side-by-side with her Mother at the clinic one day.

Dr Egli has a senior Saint Bernard named Heidi, a young Springer Spaniel named Tristan, a young Golden Retriever named Robbie Burns, and a cat named Andy. She also has three horses: Blondie, a beautiful Quarter Horse; Bella the Shire/Canadian cross; and a lovely pony named Jasper.
In addition to spending quality time with her family, friends and pets, Gillian also loves running, horseback riding, biking, cross country skiing and hockey. She’ll also take any excuse to travel!

Dr. Shannon Moffatt

Owner/Veterinarian

Growing up in the London area, Dr. Moffatt was always surrounded by many different kinds of animals and always cherished her connection with them. Many years later when she decided to become a veterinarian, she thought back on those times and knew it was the right career path for her!

After completing her Honours BSc in Physiology at Mount Allison University in 1999, Shannon returned to Ontario to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps at Ontario Veterinary College. With a special interest in critical care, Dr. Moffatt came home to London and spent many years honing her diagnostic and surgical skills at the London Veterinary Emergency Clinic. In 2012, she joined the Oakridge team.

As a vet, Dr. Moffatt enjoys the challenge of diagnostic medicine, the necessary skills of surgery, and continually working with family members to provide the best possible wellness for their furry family members. She’s also recently developed an interest in dentistry and plans to continue her education in acupuncture and other alternative medicine techniques.

Shannon shares her home with her husband Mark, who is her biggest supporter. They have two children: Matt, six, and Claire, four, who both share their mother’s love of animals. The family has two cats, Jelly and Peach, and a new rescue poodle mix named Pepper. Pepper was adopted as a stray and has fit well into her family. Pepper is adored by her children.

Dr. Moffatt says her greatest joy comes from spending time with her family, but she also enjoys reading and hiking. She also considers herself a novice fitness enthusiast with lofty goals of completing a Tough Mudder challenge in the near future.

Dr. Jennifer Gray

Veterinarian

Jenn grew up in Oakridge and went to Clara Brenton Public School and Oakridge Highschool. She didn’t always know she was going to be a veterinarian, in fact she didn’t even own a pet until she was 22 years old!

In her past life she completed a sports and recreation degree and worked in aquatics management, running swim schools and aquatic centres in Australia! Her first ever pet “Maddie the shih tzu” inspired her to start volunteering with the RSPCA in Sydney and quickly realized that the key to happiness was working with animals. She applied to vet school at the University of Sydney and the rest is history.

After graduating from the University of Sydney in 2016, she moved to a remote mining town in Northwest Western Australia with her husband. Being 1,600kms from any veterinary specialist centre, she had the unique experience of needing to manage complex medical and surgical cases within a general practice and working 24 hours on-call service. Some of the after hours calls she received included treating sick kangaroos, and anesthesia to examine one of Australia’s most deadly snakes, the Western Brown Snake.

Jenn and her husband Jake decided to move back to Canada with their two children Henry and Heidi to be closer to Jenn’s family and further from the deadly snakes and spiders. Jenn started her career in Canada at Oakridge and Oak West just one month after arriving in February 2021. She knew when she met Shannon, Gillian and the team, that their love of companion animals and passion for gold standard medicine made this the place to be!

Jenn has an interest in soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging and behaviour medicine. Outside of work she enjoys training her Blue Heeler Digger, working out on her Peloton and looks forward to winter in Canada, so she can ski, toboggan, and play in the snow with her kids.

Dr. Amanda Li

Veterinarian

Amanda knew exactly what she was going to do when she grew up: she was going to bring back the dinosaurs. However, time went on and it became clear that this was not going to happen any time soon. When it was determined that she wouldn't be able to make a career of reciting every line from The Little Mermaid from memory, fate changed when she asked for an encyclopedia of dog breeds for her birthday. She memorized it from cover to cover, borrowed every book from the library with "dog" in the title, and then it was decided - she was going to become a veterinarian!

She left her home of Vancouver, BC to attend the University of Guelph, then graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2017. As a veterinarian, Amanda thoroughly enjoys getting to know people and their pets, and coming up with ways to keep her patients at their healthiest. Her passions are soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and medicine. She prioritizes professional development, and strives to attend at least one continuing education event annually to keep up with the ever-changing art that is veterinary medicine.

She joined the Oakridge team in December 2021 and can't envision herself anywhere else. When she is not in the clinic, you can find her traveling, dining (preferably on a patio), reading, or riding dressage. She shares her time with her husband, Ryan, and their two Portuguese Water Dogs, Wilshire and Halifax. She still hopes that dinosaurs will make a comeback at some point in her lifetime.

Dr. Sarah Wells

Veterinarian

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Our Careteam

Miranda

Hospital Administrator/ Registered Veterinary Technician

bio coming soon...

Mandy

Registered Veterinary Technician

Growing up near Oakridge Animal Clinic, Mandy would often drive by and see all of the dogs playing in the backyard and wish she could be right in there with them! Soon after that she was volunteering at the clinic, and then hired on as a Veterinary Assistant.

Working here she fell in love with all of the responsibilities of the Technicians, so she went to St. Lawrence College and graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2005.
After graduation she came right back to the clients and their pets that felt like home, making it more than 20 years here now! She loves the team and patients at Oakridge and Oak West Animal Clinics.

Mandy has developed a keen interest in anesthesia, dentistry and educating clients- whether that's about their pets illness or how to put eye drops in their hyperactive animal while it crocodile rolls and bucks like a bronco!
In 2011 she married her high-school sweetheart and they welcomed a son & daughter a few years later. As far as 4-legged children Mandy has a golden retriever 'Bozley' who is very simple, sweet and mostly is called Boo-Boo nugget! She has two cats as well that she calls Dash & Poppy but if you ask the kids they are "Dasher-figgy pudding" and "Poppers-Betty White".

Dani

Registered Veterinary Technician

Dani grew up on a hobby farm near Lucan, Ontario, where she enjoyed the company of goats, chickens, pigs, ducks, pocket pets, and a sheep who went by Fred. It wasn’t hard for her to fall in love with animal care early on in life. After Dani helped to nurse a baby pig back to health on her family farm, she made the decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine!

Dani completed a two-year cooperative career placement program at a local vet clinic during high school, and continued to work as a Kennel Attendant throughout high school and college. She attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus and graduated in 2007 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Dani first met Dr. Egli while working at another local hospital, and was happy to join forces with her again here at Oakridge Animal Clinic. She first joined the team in the fall of 2014, left for a short time in 2016 to pursue other opportunities, and then rejoined the clinic family halfway through 2017.

Around the clinic, Dani enjoys caring for senior pets, working on dentistry cases, and monitoring pets under anesthesia. Most of all, she loves that she gets to learn something new on a daily basis and that she’s constantly kept on her toes!

When she’s not at work, Dani likes hiking, playing on a floor hockey team in the winters, hiking and horseback riding, fostering dogs, and spending time with her own pets at home. She has four cats—Gus, Franklin, Harvey, and Ezra—. Dani also shares her life with Edgar the crested gecko and a horse, Atlas, whose favorite pastimes include going for trail rides and getting snacks. Dani has a special place in her heart for Dobermans.

Heather

Registered Veterinary Technician

Heather grew up on a dairy farm outside of Stratford. There, she loved to spend time in the barn as a child, bonding with creatures large and small. It wasn’t hard for her to fall in love with animal care early on! By the time Heather was participating in the 4-H veterinary club a few years later, she knew that she had found her calling. Now, she’s been enjoying her work in the animal-care profession for almost two decades!

After a series of co-operative career placements and animal-related summer jobs, Heather attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus to study veterinary technology. She graduated with honours in 2001, and quickly completed the necessary testing to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Having previously worked with Dr. Egli shortly after graduating from college, Heather jumped at the chance to join forces with her once again here at Oakridge Animal Clinic. She moved back to this area and joined the hospital family as a Veterinary Technician, and she’s been helping the area’s pets and animal owners ever since. Heather especially likes being able to strengthen the bond between pets and owners by encouraging proper health and overall well-being.

In her free time, Heather likes to hike, snowshoe, or rollerblade depending on the season. Most recently, she’s started making her own Kefir milk, cheese, and fermented foods. She has two energetic boys who love soccer, barrel racing, and anything related to dirt and the outdoors, and she also shares her life with a loveable orange tabby cat named James Bond.

Christina

Registered Veterinary Technician

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Kaela

Registered Veterinary Technician

Kaela is a small town girl born and raised in Dorchester, Ontario. Animals have always been a passion of hers; ever since she was in diapers with her toy stethoscope, checking on her childhood dog, she knew she wanted to help animals! There is nothing more she has ever wanted than to become a Veterinary Technician.

Working in the veterinary field since she was just 15 years old, her passion continues to grow. Her career started with volunteering, kennel attending and veterinary assisting. This helped prepare her to go off to college to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. During her college years, Kaela honed her skills by working in a mix of small animal clinics and emergency clinics. She Graduated in June 2019 from St. Clair College and became registered in July 2019. This was a dream come true.

Kaela joined the Oakridge/Oak West team in September 2020 and absolutely loves it. She especially appreciates the atmosphere and the friends she has gained along the way. She feels that she has learned a lot about herself, personally and as a RVT, since joining the team, and is grateful for everyone she works with. We truly are a family!

Two of Kaela's biggest passions are emergency medicine and in-hospital critical care. Caring for patients in need and making sure they are pain free and comfortable bring her the most joy. Watching them heal and reuniting them with their loved ones is the best part of the job. Kaela hopes to practice more urgent care and anesthetic skills as she gets further into her career and is always excited to learn new things.

Kaela is currently living with her partner, Conor, in Port Stanley with their rescue dog beagle, Babs! Babs was adopted by Kaela from her program at St. Clair College and adopting her was the best decision they have ever made! When Kaela is not working she loves going to the beach with her family and friends to enjoy fun in the sun. Although Sundays are always dedicated to Netflix and Babs snuggles.

Shania

Registered Veterinary Technician

Shania was born and raised in St. Thomas with her two brothers, one of them being her twin, and an array of pets! Growing up, she frequently convinced her parents to let her take in stray animals and at the age of 12, she decided to become a vegetarian. She enjoyed visiting her local animal shelter to socialize with the cats, and found their presence comforting.

After high school, Shania completed 1 year of a nursing program at Trent University in Peterborough. During her summer break, she worked as a PSW at a long-term care facility but soon realized the field wasn’t her true passion. She decided to take a year off to work and explore other career paths. In 2019, she attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus to complete their Veterinary Technology program. Her time on campus got cut short during her second semester, when her residence building closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. She was able to return to Ridgetown to complete her final year, and graduated with honors in 2021.

Shortly after graduation, she joined the Oakridge/Oak West team! Shania enjoys the thrill that each day brings and that no two appointments are the same. She aims to make each patient feel comfortable while they’re in her care and looks forward to further developing her skills. Shania has a special interest in preventative medicine and helping senior pets live long, happy lives.

At home, Shania has a senior cat named Tila who she adopted from a shelter. She intends to help Tila live out her golden years! In her spare time, Shania enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, reading books and watching reality TV.

Danika

Registered Veterinary Technician

Raised in the country, Danika grew up riding horses and surrounded by a variety of different pets. She had a natural interest in animals, nature and the cycle of life. These passions grew into a genuine interest in the human-animal bond and medicine as she grew older. After high school, she decided to pursue a career in the veterinary profession.

Danika graduated from the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus as a veterinary technician in 2009 and passed examination to become registered with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians in the same year. Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to grow her skills working with both large and small animals. She has even been able to cross off a bucket list item by working as a zookeeper at the Toronto Zoo. Danika joined our team in 2014 as a Registered Veterinary Technician and hasn’t looked back since!

Danika has a special interest and skillset in animal nutrition and disease management which has developed into a specific role at the clinic, the Wellness and Nutrition Advisor. She provides in depth consultations and support for clients who have pets with complicated or chronic medical conditions. One of her favourite parts of the job is that she never stops learning! When not at work, Danika can be found speaking at veterinary conferences, practicing Reiki, or adventuring to a new ethnic restaurant with her partner Katrina. She has three cats at home, Sophie, Chiyo and Yoshi, and a lab x named Reika, also affectionally known as the Goober Doob.

Melissa

Receptionist

Melissa grew up on a farm in the small town of Shedden. She has always had a strong passion for animals. Growing up she had a variety of family pets such as cats, dogs, bunnies and hamsters. She was involved with 4-H as a girl, including the rabbit club, beef club and the dairy club. Between helping stray animals and pet sitting for friends and family, she raised and bottled-fed over 50 deer at a White-tailed Deer genetics farm.

Melissa moved to Ottawa to attend Algonquin College in 2004 and has been working in veterinary industry for over 10 years. While in Ottawa she was involved with helping a fundraising for the Wild Bird Care Center and the Ottawa Rabbit Rescue. She fostered many rabbits, providing them the love and care they needed until they found heir forever home. She has recently moved back to St Thomas to be closer to family and joined the Oakridge/Oak West team in 2022. Melissa has a special talent for working with small pets.

Melissa lives with her husband and together they have a whippet and 2 rescued chihuahuas. She still stays involved with the Ottawa Rabbit Rescue doing what she can from a distance.

Katie

Registered Veterinary Technician

Katie always knew from a young age that she had a passion for helping animals. As early as the age of 8 years old, Katie was befriending the neighbourhood cats, rescuing baby birds that had fallen from their nest and she even attempted to start up her very own dog walking service in the St. Thomas neighbourhood she grew up in. When her dog walking service did not
exactly work out as she hoped, Katie knew that she may need to wait until she was much older to do her best work helping animals.

When Katie was much older, she attended the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus and graduated with honours from the Veterinary Technology Program in 2010. Soon after
graduating, Katie completed the requirements to become a Registered Veterinary Technician with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. Since graduating, Katie has had the opportunity to grow her skills working at both small animal practices and cat exclusive practices.

Katie is the newest member of the Oakridge/Oak West team, joining the team in the Spring of 2022. Katie has become known as the cat enthusiast of the clinic and she has a special
passion and interest in feline medicine. Katie is a member of the American Association of
Feline Practitioners and has completed the Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional Certificate
Program. While Katie was working in cat exclusive practices, she learned the importance of
providing cats with a quiet cat friendly environment and she hopes to continue to learn more about feline medicine to help our feline family members to live their best lives.

Katie shares her London home with three very special senior rescue cats: Oliver, Felix and Mini Me. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her cats, family and friends and
mastering gluten free and vegan baking. Katie also has finally achieved her childhood dream and keeps busy with her very own cat sitting side business.

Caitlin

Front Office Manager

During her high school’s co-operative career placement program, Caitlin decided to try a placement in a veterinary clinic, thinking it would be a joy to play with the puppies and kittens. Little did she know that she would learn to love the veterinary industry so much that she wanted to work in it for a living!

Caitlin grew up in London and attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown location to complete the Veterinary Medical Office Administration program, graduating with honors. She got a job at a London clinic while simultaneously working part-time at the London Humane Society. She applied at Oakridge in October of 2005, working in the kennel area and as a Veterinary Assistant before moving to full-time reception work in the summer of 2006.

Caitlin truly enjoys connecting with clients, getting to know them on a professional and personal level. The feeling of knowing she’s helped someone and their pet is incredible for her. Of course, she also loves being around the animals!

Caitlin lives with her husband Dan and their newborn daughter, Avery. Their furry family member Lo is an athletic mixed-breed. Caitlin can’t wait to start agility training with Lo again soon.

Outside of work, Caitlin has been kept busy with the arrival of baby Avery. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

Jamie

Receptionist

Jamie enjoys seeing pet owners forming lasting bonds with their furry friends, and even finds working with pets quite therapeutic. For her, working in the veterinary profession was the only career choice that made sense!

In high school, Jamie got involved the co-operative career program. She was originally hired at Oakridge as a veterinary assistant, and transitioned to reception in 2008. She especially loves seeing new puppies, meeting clients, and showing off the pets to the rest of the staff.

Jamie lives in Strathroy with her three-year-old daughter Cassidy and several dogs: Fly, the Yorkie; Rex, a Jack Russell; and Que, a White German shepherd. In her spare time, Jamie likes being outdoors, especially gardening in her yard. She also likes baking and traveling whenever possible.

Madeleine

Veterinary Assistant

Stephanie

Receptionist

Stephanie grew up in a small town outside of London, and loved living the country life. She always knew that she wanted to work with animals in some way! She worked in an animal shelter for several years before branching out to animal clinics.

As an accomplished receptionist and veterinary assistant, Stephanie honed her skill at the veterinary emergency clinic before finding her home at Oakridge. She especially loves working at Oakridge because of the staff, who feel like a big extended family.

When away from work, Stephanie is passionate about staying active! She loves to adventure, travel, and is planning on hiking all of the Bruce Trail. In 2021 she was able to check off one of her bucket list items by traveling to Costa Rica. Steph had also played roller derby for about 10 years! Due to the pandemic, she decided to retire from derby, but thinks about that time in her life fondly.

At home, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and 3 pets! She has Thomas, a beautiful orange kitty, Carly, an adorable lab cross, and Maxx, a handsome labradoodle!

Nicole D.

Veterinary Assistant/Facility Manager

Nicole grew up in Dorchester on a hobby farm with horses, cows, pigs, goats, dogs, cats, chickens, and geese. She was always passionate about helping the animals feel better, and it only made sense to pursue a career in the veterinary world.

Nicole took veterinary assistant courses at Durham College. Once she graduated, she applied to several clinics and came to work at Oakridge in October of 2008. Now she’s a certified Veterinary Assistant, and enjoys looking after boarding animals and helping owners understand how to read their pets and care for them when they’re sick.

At home, Nicole has several pets of her own. Jasper is a Retriever mix and is Nicole’s traveling buddy. Riggins is a St. Bernard who loves to be with people, Ace is a short-hair cat with a penchant for chattering, and Daytona is a rescue cat from the clinic.

When she’s not working or taking her dogs on walks and hikes, Nicole enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors.

Amanda

Veterinary Assistant

Amanda spent a lot of time romping around in the yard with the family dogs during her childhood, and she even found herself working in a few different horse farms when she was a bit older. These early experiences with animals made a permanent impression—she knew that she wanted to do everything in her power to help pets live happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives. What better way to do that, Amanda thought, than by working in the world of veterinary medicine?

Amanda grew up just outside of Lucan, Ontario and attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus for her veterinary schooling. She worked and volunteered in a number of vet clinics over the years before deciding to take a short hiatus. When Amanda decided to re-enter the veterinary profession, she came across an opening here at Oakridge Animal Clinic and thought it seemed like a great place to jump back in—Amanda was right! Now, she’s a proud member of the hospital’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Amanda lives in the countryside with her significant other and a variety of pets. She has two dogs, two cats, a pair of rats, an African Dwarf frog, nine chickens, and a pair of rabbits. When she isn’t doting on her own animal companions, Amanda enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors, reading great books, and practicing her photography skills. She’s participated in a variety of photography competitions and recently won a local library photo contest!

Sarah

Receptionist

Sarah grew up on a farm in the London area and has always enjoyed being with animals, large and small. After completing a kinesiology degree at McMaster University, she moved to British Columbia for the outdoor sports lifestyle and ended up working at animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and learning about canine behaviour. After enjoying many years out west she made the difficult decision to move back to Ontario, and we are so glad she did!

Sarah joined the team in blue as a receptionist (care coordinator) in 2016. Sarah loves working with everyone at Oakridge and Oak West, as well as getting to know all of the pets and their families. She is amazing at finding solutions on busy days for both clients and the team.

Outside of work, Sarah competes in protection sports with her dog, Mulder. She also volunteers with Bullies in Need, the Ontario pit bull rescue. In the off chance that she is not with dogs, Sarah enjoys running. She is also an avid reader, with her favourite genre being horror. She has a special affinity for Stephen King, and has several of his signed books!

Maddie

Veterinary Assistant

In 2016, Maddie joined the Oakridge/Oak West team through her high school’s cooperative education program. She quickly started volunteering on evenings and weekends, and was eventually offered a job! Maddie has been a member of the Veterinary Assistant team ever since.

With an honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in human health & aging, it is very important to Maddie that your aging pets get the best care possible. Maddie’s favourite part of her job is getting to see your pets grow over the years — in her opinion, there is nothing better than building lifelong relationships with your senior furry family members.

At home, Maddie shares her life with her golden retriever, Link — her first dog! In her free time Maddie likes to read, spend time outdoors, and of course, hangout with her pup!

Megg

Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon...

Lynda

Receptionist

Lynda is a new face to Oakridge Animal Clinic and is excited to be a part of the team! Lynda has a veterinary receptionist background of ten years and is looking forward to meeting and helping every client and fur-baby that comes by for a visit!

Growing up, Lynda has been surrounded by animals either having them as pets or volunteering at animal shelters and horse stables. She has always kept her eye out for any little (or big!) creature that needs help and does her best to make sure they are cared for. You can only imagine the animals that were brought home! Lynda currently has two cats, three year old Bowie who was a rescue and her partners’ 5 year old cat Tyke who she’s adopted under her wing.

When Lynda is not at work, she loves painting, sculpting, photography, visiting antique stores and hiking. She also loves spending as much time as she can outdoors and can’t wait to explore more of London as she is new to the city!

Sydney

Veterinary Assistant

Sydney grew up just outside of London in the Komoka area experiencing growing up in the country. She began working with animals at barns, shelters, and animal care provider jobs for several years before stepping into the animal clinic life.

Sydney began her journey in vet clinics over 4 years ago working at a country veterinary clinic, experiencing time with both small and large animal patients as a veterinary assistant before finding her home at Oakridge Animal Clinic.

When Sydney isn’t at the clinic she enjoys spending time with her two dogs Marley and Maple; taking them on outdoor adventures and trails in the surrounding area. Sydney’s favourite pastime is spending time with her family and animals as well as photography!