Dr. Teri Kibblewhite was raised in Stony Plain, AB, but spent lots of time in Okotoks where her grandparents lived. After earning her DVM in 1993 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Saskatoon, SK) she completed a one year small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College (Charlottetown, PEI). In 1994 she returned to the Edmonton area to work in small animal practice. In 1998 Teri opened Westside Animal Clinic. She sold the practice and moved to Calgary in 2002 in order to start a family, doing locum work in and around the area. In 2006 she joined the Bow River Veterinary Centre in Canmore. In 2013 Teri moved to Okotoks working at the Foothills Animal Hospital. Dr. Kibblewhite actively continues her veterinary education by attending numerous continuing education seminars, lectures and conventions. Her professional interests include orthopedic surgeries, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Her family consists of Ryan, her son, 2 pugs, Annabelle and Calen and 5 cats, Merlin, Jack, Franklin, Charlie and Chester.
Registered Reiki Practitioner
Ronda has been practicing Reiki since 2004 and became a registered practitioner with the Canadian Reiki Association in 2012. Her passion is to help transition people and animals into a vibrant and balanced way of life. Reiki is a great way to balance the body through a non-invasive technique allowing your pet to reset and recharge. It is a great modality that can assist people and animals of all ages. Reiki can help animals cope with stress, anxiety and assist with pain management. Ronda helps create a space that allows the energy fields to realign and achieve the balance to maintain overall wellness.
Jaclyn grew up in High River with two wonderful dogs. Following high school, she lived in Edmonton for several years where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology. A few years ago she returned to High River working in the financial industry and began volunteering regularly at the local animal shelter. Volunteering helped her realize her lifelong love of animals should guide a new career direction. In 2018, Jaclyn graduated at the top of her class from the Veterinary Office and Technical Assistant program at Robertson College. As she begins her career in the veterinary field, Jaclyn is excited to bridge a passion for animals and a desire to help people. At home, Jaclyn loves to spend time with her cats Hugo, Daphne, Sebastian, and Bryn, who all love to model their large collection of bow ties. She also enjoys spending time skiing in the mountains and experiencing food and travel with her partner Stephen.
Kristina grew up with a life full of animals; dogs, cats, rats, snakes, goats, alpacas and horses. Her first job was at the age of 12 at a kennel, where she took care of the animals and assisted with dog grooming. At age 18, Kristina started volunteering at shelters and fostering dogs in her home. Throughout her career she has worked in animal shelters, dog daycares and in home pet sitting. She has worked with animal behaviourists and loves to learn. Her innate understanding and love for animals has fostered her dedication to continuing education about and for animals, completing the Veterinary Office & Technical Assistant program. In Kristina's spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, hiking and spending time with her family. Kristina has two rescues, her cat, Duchess and her dog, Kola.
Melissa grew up in Calgary surrounded by various family pets that ranged from dogs, rabbits, hamsters, and fish to horses. Her passion for all animals large and small started at a young age with her first dog, a Sheltie named Laddie, which her parents assured her was just as good as Lassie. Melissa has been involved in the local veterinary industry since her parents retired to the area over ten years ago. After recently graduating from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Arts, where she majored in Anthropology and double minored in Sociology and Business, Melissa intends to work and travel before pursuing a Master’s degree. In her free time Melissa enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and horseback riding with friends. At home, you can find her spending time with her two dogs Ludo and Timmy (a HCW foster fail).
Renee is originally from British Columbia and joined RVC in the fall of 2018 as a receptionist. Renee’s love of animals has kept her involved in the veterinary field for the past 20 years although mostly in the large animal field.
Renee and her son reside south of High River with their assorted feathered and furry family.
Trish grew up in West Bragg Creek, AB until moving to the prairies in the late 80’s. She attended Mount Royal College after graduation, studying in the Secretarial Arts program. Animals have always been a big part of her life growing up - from horses and cattle to dogs, cats and other small animals. Trish’s love of animals and people have promoted her career in the veterinary world in and around the area for the greater part of 20 plus years. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horses, her acreage, family, friends, travelling, searching out new memories and always working on her bucket list.
“Believe you can and you are halfway there - never give up - every day is a gift”
Registered Veterinary Technician
Alma began her career with animals at a young age, providing pet sitting services to her extended family, while taking care of her own budgies and pet rabbits. Throughout high school, Alma volunteered at a Veterinary hospital in Calgary, AB where she was later employed as a receptionist. In 2001, Alma was accepted into the Animal Health Technologist program at Olds College. She graduated in 2003 with Honours and her first rescued animal. Throughout her lengthy career, she has worked in a variety of settings including general practice, specialty medicine (ICU and Internal Medicine units), shelter medicine, and emergency medicine. Alma now resides in High River with her husband, two children and their rescued German Shepherd cross “Peyton”. Her hobbies include crocheting, camping, yoga and travelling.
I grew up on a cattle farm near small town Minto, Manitoba with my German shepherd, horse and lots of barn cats. I have always had a deep passion for animals growing up from helping with calvings to bottle feeding orphaned kittens. Out of high school I moved to Fernie, BC to work at the ski hill and after a few years I realized I wanted to work with animals. I went to school for animal health technology at Lakeland College in Vermilion and graduated in 2018. From there I moved home and worked at a mixed animal practice for 2 years before returning back to Alberta. In my spare time I enjoy skiing, hiking, kayaking and spending time with family and friends.
Stephanie worked in the veterinary industry for several years then took a break after the birth of her daughter. It was not long before she got the itch to come back so in September 2020, she joined the family here at the Riverwood Veterinary Clinic. In addition to her two-legged family, Stephanie lives with her two cats, Gus and Jo and her dog, Rumi. In her off time, you can just assume Stephanie is hiking in the foothills, out riding horses or submersed in her new hobby, KNITTING!
Brianna Blake grew up on her family’s ranch just outside of Stavely Alberta surrounded by many animals ranging from cattle to chickens to your regular dogs and cats. Her passion for animals started at a young age as she helped her parents with many different chores on the ranch. Spending time with her animals and assisting her parents on the family ranch brought Bri to the realization that she wanted to pursue a career involving animals. Following high school, Bri took some time to discover herself before attending Old College for the Veterinary Technician Assistant program. Bris hobbies include athletics such as riding, curling, playing basketball and volleyball. In her spare time you can find Bri playing with her dog Mo or spending time with her family and friends.