Mahogany Veterinary Clinic is an independently run vet clinic that believes in quality pet care with options for your furry family members. At Mahogany Vet, we understand that not all treatment plans may fit with your personal vision for pet health care. We will work closely with you to come up with a plan for your pet’s health care that suits you, works for your family and stays within your budget. Mahogany Veterinary Clinic employs an amazing group of people that are dedicated to keeping pets healthy and happy. We are excited to be able to offer top quality diagnostic and treatment options as well as to provide advice and support needed to our pet families.
Sara E. Wick BSc. MSc. DVM
Dr. Wick was born and raised in small town Ontario. She attended the University of Guelph where she completed a Bachelors and then a Master’s degree in Zoology. After completing her Master’s degree, she jumped right into a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). Following completion of her veterinary degree, Dr. Wick stayed at the OVC for a rotating internship in emergency medicine, internal medicine and surgery to further advance her knowledge in these areas. She then moved out west to Calgary to follow one of her passions and work in a 24-hour emergency practice for the following 6 years. Dr. Wick then made the move to general practice for two years in the Calgary area before deciding to open her own practice in her home community of Mahogany. Dr. Wick is very excited to bring her love of animals and knowledge to the community’s pet owners.
Terrilynn Hughes BSc.DVM
While Dr. Hughes was born in Calgary, AB, she was fortunate to be raised in many towns and cities in Alberta and the United States. Back in Calgary, she completed her Bachelors degree in Zoology at the University of Calgary. Shortly thereafter, she attended the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) where she completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Following the completion of this degree, she furthered her training by completing a rotating internship at a 24-hour referral and emergency practice in Calgary. While the focus of this internship was emergency medicine, she also gained valuable knowledge and experience in specialty fields, such as internal medicine, dermatology, neurology and surgery. She continued on at this practice as an emergency veterinarian for two years before deciding to make the transition to general practice. In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors - running, hiking, climbing and finding fresh, powdery snow. Dr. Hughes truly values her client and patient relationships, and is excited bring her knowledge and compassion to the team at Mahogany Veterinary Clinic.
Bronwyn Atkinson BSc.DVM
Dr. Bronwyn Atkinson grew up in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. On completion of her degrees in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and psychology, she decided to travel to Canada. After moving to Calgary, she worked as a research technician at the University of Calgary before finally deciding to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Atkinson graduated in 2016 and spent three years working in a mixed animal practice before becoming part of the amazing team at Mahogany Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Atkinson loves all aspects of veterinary medicine. She strongly feels that combining the highest quality medicine with complete client understanding enables patients and their owners to receive the best veterinary care. When not practicing, Dr. Atkinson can be found with her family and large menagerie of dogs and horses.
A graduate of the University of Calgary with a combined BA/BSc, Kristin has been working in customer service and management since 2001. In 2009, she joined the veterinary community in an customer service role for a busy 24 hour emergency and referral practice in Calgary, and over that time has worked in a variety of managerial positions: allowing her to learn the ins and outs of the veterinary field, as well as develop an extensive network of veterinary contacts across North America. A consistent comment that is made of her is that she constantly goes over and above to make sure that clients and patients are treated with the utmost care and compassion, whether the family friend is coming in for a nail trim, a spay, or for something unexpected. She is a full time “mom” to three rescue cats named Crush, Loki, and Stetson, as well as one Labrador cross named Rogue. Starting in June 2017, Kristin is looking forward to bringing her commitment, passion, and love of animals to families even more directly as she begins work with the Mahogany Veterinary Clinic.
After spending ten years working for agencies that supported individuals with disabilities, April decided on a career change which led her into the field of veterinary medicine. She joined the team at a busy 24 hour emergency and referral hospital in Calgary as a Client Care Coordinator where she was taught the ins and outs of the veterinary field. She remained there for two years at which time she moved to a primary care practice in Okotoks. April accepted a position with Mahogany Vet Clinic in 2018 as a Client Care Specialist. She shares her home with a Biewer Terrier named Chloe and a poly dactyl cat named Digit. April is compassionate, professional and customer care is extremely important to her as she strives to provide exceptional service to all of our clients and pets alike that come through the doors of Mahogany Vet Clinic.
Shayleene Joined the Mahogany Vet Clinic Team in August of 2019. Her love and dedication to the health and well-being of animals led her to take the Veterinary Technical Assistant Course at Olds College. Graduating in 2014 with a 4.0 GPA. From there she joined the staff at Groomingtails Pet Spa where she remained for 4 years, before entering the Veterinary industry. She is always looking for opportunities to better herself as a person. Her passion is animals, she enjoys spending her free time with her 3 cats Peanut, Jelly and Brooke as well as her Shepherd Heeler cross named Pepper and her Husky mix Eros. She looks forward to greeting you and your furbaby every morning with a friendly smile on her face.
Melissa Aspenlieder RVT
Melissa hails from Saskatchewan and joined the staff at Mahogany Veterinary Clinic for its grand opening in June of 2017. An accomplished veterinary technician, Melissa graduated from the University of Alberta in 2008 with a Bachelors of Biological Science with a specialization in Animal Biology. Subsequently, in 2011, she graduated from NAIT with Honours from their Animal Health Technician Program.
Melissa has a natural affinity for emergency veterinary care and she perfected her skills while working as a Triage and ICU technician at the CARE Centre in Calgary for two years before joining the team at Signal Hill Animal Clinic where she remained for 3 years.
Despite her calm and professional manner in any veterinary emergency situation, Melissa is also known for her wonderful sense of humor and her infectious laugh brightens every working day.
Kaylee Dales RVT
Kaylee is a born and raised Calgarian with a love for dogs, especially golden retrievers. Kaylee graduated from the Olds College Veterinary Technician program in 2010 and quickly fell in love with Emergency Medicine. After years of working mainly overnights in a fast paced ER practice she decided to slow things down and make the switch to general practice, all while starting a family. Shortly after returning from maternity leave Kaylee joined the Mahogany Veterinary Clinic and couldn't be more thrilled to reunite with the people she most enjoyed working with in emergency medicine years ago. Kaylee is well known as the clinic's "Golden Retriever lover" and is often found swooning over and giving belly rubs to any Golden that walks through the door. Kaylee and her family are proud to call the community of Mahogany home and when she isn't working or spending time with family, Kaylee can often be found running around the wetlands or swimming at the lake. Kaylee is an avid runner/triathlete and has completed multiple Ironman triathlons and marathons and is currently working towards qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Kaylee is owned and loved by a beautiful golden retriever named Taia and two rescue kitties named Tigs & Tito.
Rachelle Lavoie RVT
Rachelle was born and raised in Calgary. She gained her diploma from the Animal Health Technologist program at Olds College in 2013. After completing her schooling, she did her practicum at the Emergency Care Centre in Calgary. A job opportunity arose for her at Marda Loop Veterinary Clinic, where she worked for 5.5 years. Over the years working in this fast paced general practice, she gained experience becoming the Lead Technician. Rachelle also learned about rehabilitation, alternative medicine and how to deal with some exotics. Her love and compassion of animals are her life's devotion. Rachelle owns a dog named Milo and a rabbit named Edward who are both full of personality! On Rachelle's day's off you can either find her going for a run, boxing, hiking, attending a bootcamp class, or exploring in nature. Health and fitness are a huge part of her life.
Emily Cook RVT
Emily grew up in Okotoks, Alberta. From a young age, she was passionate about animals, and despite being the only member of her family who was not allergic to them, she found ways to forge special bonds with the animals around her. From the neighbourhood cat who followed her to and from school each day, to the domestic lovebird she caught wandering around her backyard, animals were drawn to her, and she to them. In 2015, she was hired as a receptionist at Big Rock Animal Clinic. After a few years in the industry, Emily decided to take steps to further a career in veterinary medicine and attended Olds College where she received her Animal Health Technology Diploma with Distinction. During her time at Olds College she took a special interest in animal behaviour and pursued her Low Stress Handling Silver Certification. She completed her practicum at Mahogany Veterinary Clinic and was honoured to join their team as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She is especially passionate about animal behaviour and the power of the human animal bond. She lives in Calgary with her wonderful husband, two dogs, and two cats.