Dr. Gerald Gyorffy, BSc, DVM, CCRT, Owner
For as long as I can remember, animals have always been a part of my life. I was about 7 years old when I decided that I wanted to be a veterinarian. As a teen, growing up in the greater Toronto area, we had a pet cat that actually followed me home from school one day. Once I finished high school, I went off to the University of Guelph to pursue my goal of becoming a veterinarian. After 9 years of University, I graduated with a BSc in Zoology and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. My wife and I had a few pets through our school years ranging from fish and birds to a tabby cat that we adopted from the University. I joined Mitchell Animal Hospital right after graduating in 1995. Over the years I have been blessed with meeting thousands of people and their pets. I think the one thing that really hits home for me, is seeing the young kids that I knew back when I graduated coming in with pets and kids of their own now.
In 2011 and 2012, I decided to broaden my abilities and started attending certification courses for Canine Physical Rehabilitation. After about 125 hours in the classroom and 40 hours at an externship placement, I am now also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.
Currently, I enjoy scuba diving whenever I can get a chance to get away. My son also being a diver allows for some pretty cool family excursions. The love of animals radiates throughout my household and like most vets, we have a plethora of pets ranging from dogs and cats to lizards and rats.
Dr. Natalie Reid, BSc, MSc, DVM, Owner
I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010 after completing an Honour's Bachelor degree and then a Master's Degree. I have been with the Mitchell Animal Hospital since 2013 and became partner with Gerald in 2021.
I grew up with a family who owned many pets - most were rescues and many of whom I played on my parent’s heartstrings to bring home. I’m not sure when it was that I decided to be a veterinarian. Perhaps it was when I convinced my lifelong feline-phobic mum to fall in love with Robbie the black tabby cat who was left in a cardboard box, or maybe it was when one particularly decrepit abandoned dog who I brought home bit my father so badly that he lost the use of his hand for some time. Nevertheless, I quickly realized that the true constant throughout my life was the love and compassion I felt for animals and the need to be good at more for them than just bringing them home.
I also enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures. A Scottish lass by blood and upbringing, I also lived most of my teenage years in the Cayman Islands and have explored the Caribbean, Europe, Australia and parts of the Middle East. I have also been known to find myself in places such as South Korea with only a backpack and a smile, or traveling South Africa helping capture and rehabilitate wildlife and implement anti-poaching techniques.
Nowadays, outside of work I love anything creative from soap making to cake decorating, but mostly love spending time with my husband, little boys and dogs, traveling, adventuring and exploring.
Dr. Amber Tietz, DVM
I always knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I grew up loving all animals big and small. Growing up my family always had at least one cat and dog. I also developed a love for horses and enjoyed horseback riding throughout my elementary and high school years. After high school I received a BScH in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph, and then attended the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) where I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
I am very excited to be a part of the Mitchell Animal Hospital team. My family always brought our cats and dogs to Mitchell, and I remember going to the clinic as a young girl. My first experience working in a clinic was when I completed my high school co-op placement right here at Mitchell! I also gained experience and observed surgeries here during my undergrad degree before applying to the OVC. Following graduation I worked in Woodstock and briefly in Cambridge before joining the Mitchell Animal Hospital family.
When I am not at work I am spending time with my husband and our rescue kitty Winky, as well as my family, friends and young nieces. Some of my hobbies include going to the gym, biking, playing Slo-Pitch and baking. This summer I will be attempting my first “Try-a-Tri” triathlon with my sister.
Dr. Anna Szmidel, DVM
I grew up in a small city in Poland but spent most of my weekends and summers on my grandparents and my aunt farms. From very young age I remembered the name of every cat and dog in our neighbourhood. I loved helping my grandparents, my aunt and her husband taking care of the animals on their farms. I was always so impressed when the veterinarian came to take care of the sick animals so at 10 years old, I decided I want to be the person that cares for my grandfather’s sick animals and my journey began. Instead of high school I attended Veterinary Technical School and upon graduation I became a veterinary technician. I was going to start university to become veterinarian but life took me on a different path – my family and I immigrated to Canada. This didn’t stop my dream after few years I started University of Guelph. Graduated with honours from Ontario Agricultural College in 1998 and then from Ontario Veterinary College with honours in 2002. Since then, I have been blessed to work in several different clinics, meeting people from all walks of life and their furry companions. I joined Mitchell Animal clinic in 2016.
In my spare time I love to spend time with daughter and my husband camping in great North Ontario, go bike riding or just enjoy walks. I also enjoy a good read; mystery books are always my favorites. We are lucky to share our house with an amazing Chihuahua named Mika and our one eye crazy cat Blink the latest addition to our family.
Dr. Kaleigh Hood, DVM
I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at St. George’s University on the Caribbean island of Grenada. After completing 3 years there I island-hopped to Prince Edward Island for my final year. Though I adore the island life, I am thrilled to be back in Ontario with the amazing team at Mitchell.
I was originally inspired to pursue veterinary medicine after my puppy Dante was diagnosed with parvovirus which can be life-threatening. Dante would not have survived without the brilliant care of his veterinary team. I was in awe of their passion and skill and was inspired to become a vet myself. I haven’t looked back!
When I am not in the clinic caring for your furry family members, I love to read, take meandering walks with my two pups Dante and Bane, and listen to classical music. I can often be found making a mess in the kitchen to satisfy my relentless sweet tooth, or partially covering my eyes while taking in the latest thriller.
Brianna, RVT, CCRA
I joined Mitchell Animal Hospital in 2004 after graduating from the Seneca College Veterinary Technician Program. In 2012 I became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. I am so lucky to work alongside dogs and their parents as they work though the rehabilitation program to recover some of their most challenging times, or to maintain their mobility into their senior years. In 2021 I became the Hospital Manager and am honoured to be working with such a fantastic team. I have a passion for working with people, and the pets that they love.
Away from work, I love spending time with my daughters and husband on our dairy farm. I enjoy photography, horses, and apparently chihuahuas as our little dog Mabel, has stolen a place in our hearts.
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Christa has been with Mitchell Animal Hospital since she graduated from Ridgetown College in 1997 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. In December 2000, she became one of the first Canadian Certified Veterinary Dental Technicians.
Gillian, RVT, CCRA
Gillian has been with Mitchell Animal hospital since 2004 when she graduated from the St. Clair College Veterinary Technician Program. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and enjoys spending her time in the physical rehabilitation centre where she can support patients to improve their mobility. She has interests in skating, reading and baseball.
I started working full-time at Mitchell Animal Hospital in 2017 after graduating from Seneca College. In 2019, I started part-time to pursue my Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph majoring in Animal Biology.
I really enjoy learning new skills and techniques to keep patients happy and comfortable while in the clinic. I love emergency medicine, critical care, and anesthesia. I also love building relationships with clients and patients over the years of working here.
Outside of work, I keep busy with my dog Whitney and my cat Gracie.
I graduated from Seneca College in 2018 and have been working at Mitchell Animal Hospital ever since . Of course, I've known that I wanted to work with animals as well as their people ever since I was little, and this career was the perfect fit!
I have a strong passion for emergency and critical care, as well as generally making your fuzzy family feel as comfortable and at home as possible while in our care.
Outside of work I love creating bandage art for my patients, keeping up to date with new advances in veterinary medicine, rock climbing, playing video games, and spending time with my pet rats and my cat, Shadow.
I was welcomed to the Mitchell Animal Hospital team in 2019. I graduated from Northern College in 2016 after completing both the Veterinary Technician program and the Companion Animal Physical Rehabilitation program.
Animals have always had a special place in my heart, both big and small. Growing up we always had an assortment of critters at home, from dogs and cats to guinea pigs and lizards.
I can almost always be found with a tea and a good book, and my pets are more than happy to curl up and relax with me.
I’m from Japan and came to Canada to see Moose.
I love every kind of animal, but my most favorite furry creature is cats, especially angry cats! It is the most obvious moment where I can tell what they are thinking since we don’t share the same language. I don’t know if it is working, but I’m trying my best to understand their language everyday and hoping it makes them feel even a bit better during their visits to our hospital.
Paige became a part of the Mitchell Animal Hospital team in 2021. She graduated from Northern College in 2018 from the Veterinary Techinican program, and then completed the Wildlife Rehabilitation program in 2019.
Paige has a big heart for all animals, big or small, companion or wild. She has a special interest in emergency medicine, anesthesia, and patient care. At work, you’ll find Paige snuggling as many patients as possible. Outside of work, she’ll either be adventuring the outdoors or lounging around with her pets!
Megan started with the Mitchell Animal Hospital in 2021 and makes a fantastic edition to our technician team!
Leanne joined the Mitchell team in 2007.
She has a strong love for animals and knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals when she grew up. In 1990 she graduated from the Animal Care program at Sheridan College and has worked in small animal practice ever since.
Her fur family includes her Labradoodle, Dixie, chihuahua, Pippin and her 2 cats, Angus and Lilo.
In her spare time she enjoys sewing, crafting, gardening and training her dogs.
Ashley has been with Mitchell Animal Hospital since 2006. She is one of the friendly faces and voices you'll see and hear up front of the clinic. Her interests include going to the gym and watching a good movie.
Cassie joined Mitchell Animal Hospital in 2007. She is an excellent member of our reception team, loves learning and is a great resource for any of your nutrition needs. In her spare time, Cassie uses her artistic talent with her cookie business!
Melissa graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Professional Writing & Communications. She has also received the Royal Canin Nutritional certificate.
Melissa has worked in small animal practices since 2013, starting as an animal care attendant and working up to receptionist.
Her passion for animals extends outside of Mitchell with True North Rattery, breeding rats and even having her rats appear on CTV and in a Mervish stage play.
When she is not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her cat, dog and rats, playing video games, and gardening.
My name is Sydnie and I am a veterinary receptionist and certified crazy cat lady. I have been working at Mitchell Animal Hospital since 2018, after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Arts, majoring in Business and Legal Studies.
I like gardening, yoga, video games, and of course, hanging out with my three cats!
Nicole - currently on maternity leave! Congratulations Nicole!
Lee has a passion for animals and works with dog and cat rescues. She also runs a small business in the rescue and care of sugar gliders.
She loves to teach about proper care and well-being of all animals and their loving families.
Sara (reception/animal care)
Animal Care Attendants
Andra has always had a love for animals. When just a kid, people would ask "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and she would answer "A Dog!". After 18 years of dog grooming (15 of those at Mitchell Animal Hospital!), she decided to make a change and try her hand at animal care! She is loving it, just to be there and comfort everyone's fur babies in some of their most stressful of days.
In her time off, she can be found taking a hike with her 2 dogs Bronson and Rosie or hanging out at the barn with her horse Charlie.
I joined the Mitchell Animal Hospital team in 2021. I have always had a strong passion to work with and help animals in any way possible. From a very young age I would take pride in caring for neighbour's and family members' pets whenever I got the chance. I have owned and cared for many different types of creatures from dogs, cats and small furry critters to lizards and snakes.
Before working at Mitchell Animal Hospital, I was training and caring for police dogs as well as certified bed bug dogs. The training I did with the police dogs consisted of basic training, search and rescue, agility, personal protection and detection for various substances. I trained the bed bug dogs for detection as well, but specifically for alerting to bed bugs. I was responsible for taking the dogs into hotels, people's homes, libraries, student homes etc and have them search the whole area and they would notify me if bed bugs were detected.
In my free time I enjoy going on hikes with my dog Barricade, spending time with my other animals, reading and learning/exploring new things.