Our amazing team of Veterinarians & Support Staff!

We’d love you to get to know us better! Keep reading for our individual biographies below.

Dr. Daryl Hanley

Why did you become a veterinarian?

I grew up on a dairy farm surrounded by animals and was completely captivated every time our farm veterinarian came out. From the age of 13, that is all I’ve ever wanted to do.

What is your goal with every patient visit?

To establish a connection/bond between the pet and the owner and my practice. My goal is for the client to feel that they had fantastic service and value.

Who makes up your family (pets and/or people)?

Married to my vet school classmate Sonia Kollassa and we have a son Kelton and daughter Kamryn.

Do you have a mantra or philosophy that you live by?

Strive every day to make at least one connection with a client or bonding with their pet/companion animal. Sometimes it is just a phone call. Sometimes it is sharing in the loss of their pet. Sometimes it is celebrating the addition of a new puppy/kitten.

Dr. Corin Berg

Why did you become a veterinarian?

Originally, the desire came from growing up on the farm and seeing the duties performed by the vet. This was especially true in seeing how they were required in emergencies – people needed their help and I wanted to become that person.

What is your goal with every patient visit?

My goal is always to greet the owner and patient with a smile and to either renew a bond that had already been created or to forge a new one.

Who makes up your family (pets and/or people)?

My wife, our three children, our golden retriever and our DLH cat.

Do you have a mantra or philosophy that you live by?

Be honest with everyone and do the best that you can. Mistakes are only a problem if you don’t learn from them. Try to learn something new every day.

Dr. Becky Newman

Why did you become a veterinarian?

I am one of those people who knew, at the age of 10, that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I grew up on our family farm near Kitscoty, and spent my days surrounded by creatures, great and small. My love of animals became my calling. In becoming a veterinarian, I realized the difference that I could make in the lives of animals and their people. Whether it is determining the appropriate preventive health care plan for an animal, working through a complicated medical case, answering the questions of a new puppy owner or helping an old friend pass with peace and dignity, I get to make a difference every single day.

What is your goal with every patient visit?

My goal is to educate and empower owners to help their pets and livestock live a happy, healthy, pain free life for as long as possible. I am a believer that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I hope that everyone I interact with leaves the vet clinic with new knowledge, the belief that we are in this together and knowing their pets’ wellbeing is my primary concern.

Who makes up your family (pets and/or people)?

Family is one of my core values, and comes in many forms. As an owner of the Lloydminster Animal Hospital and Southside Veterinary Clinic, I am privileged to work with an amazing team of dedicated and caring staff, and I consider them family. We work hard, we have fun and we support each other every day. Outside of veterinary medicine, my husband, Dustin, and I are hard at work raising 2 curious and adventurous children, Nora and Owen. We share our acreage with our dog, Lucy, our kitty, Gyspy, a coop of chickens and a couple sheep! We love camping, hiking, gardening and enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors together.

Do you have a mantra or philosophy that you live by?

Veterinary medicine is an amazing profession and I am thankful every day for the opportunities it has presented me with. I have a strong passion for lifelong learning, improving my skills and being the best veterinarian (and person!) that I can be, so I can continue making that difference, every day.

Dr. Joanne Heaver

Why did you become a veterinarian?

I really enjoy the challenge of veterinary medicine as every day is different. Helping animals and educating owners are the best parts of my job.

What is your goal with every patient visit?

Our patients can’t tell us what is wrong with them, so it is essential to perform a thorough evaluation. Taking time to address owner concerns and making a plan going forward is crucial to every owner visit.

Who makes up your family (pets and/or people)?

My husband and I adopted “Widget” from the SPCA four years ago and she has been such a good dog. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of dog training

Do you have a mantra or philosophy that you live by?

Be happy where you are. No one can tell you to be happy as it has to come from within.

Dr. Chloe Rollack

Why did you become a veterinarian?

What is your goal with every patient visit?

Who makes up your family (pets and/or people)?

Do you have a mantra or philosophy that you live by?

Dr. Taryn Schachtel

Why did you become a veterinarian?

My interest in veterinary medicine grew from caring for the animals on the farm as a kid. I enjoyed helping and nurturing the animals. As I got older, I became interested in the science, the medicine and working with people and animals to improve their quality of life.

What is your goal with every patient visit?

My goal is to listen carefully to the owner’s concerns and to address each of them. I really enjoy getting to know every pet and their family.

Who makes up your family (pets and/or people)?

My family includes my husband Brennan, our two kids Resch and Lyndi, our two dogs Skor and Sam, two horses, two ponies and our herd of cattle!

Do you have a mantra or philosophy that you live by?

Hakuna Matata! I strive to enjoy life and live in the moment, while learning from yesterday and working towards a better tomorrow. Respect for each and every person is a value that is very important to me.

Dr. Trent Wennekamp

Why did you become a veterinarian?

I grew up on a beef cattle farm and loved working with animals on the farm. I always admired the vets that came to do work on our farm, and thought that it looked like a great profession!

What is your goal with every patient visit?

My goal is that the client feels that their animal has been cared for in the best way possible.

Who makes up your family (pets and/or people)?

My wife Rebecca and I have four sons, a dog (Hilde), and two cats (Flash and Skittles). We have a small farm called Four Sons Livestock with 35 cows, plus various 4H heifers and steers.

Do you have a mantra or philosophy that you live by?

Not really, but we are constantly harping on the boys to stay “Humble and Kind”.

Jaime
Client Services

Hobbies/Passions

Quilting and Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Favorite Quote/Mantra

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Becky F
Client Services

Hobbies/Passions

Crocheting, crafting and being a mom.

Favorite Quote/Mantra

“Everything happens for a reason.”

Pat
Animal Health Technologist

Hobbies/Passions

Petit Point and Gardening.

Favorite Quote/Mantra

“Karma is a boomerang.”

Kelsey
Animal Health Technologist

Hobbies/Passions

Fitness, being a mom, camping.

Favorite Quote/Mantra

“You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.” – Rachel Hollis

Kara
Animal Health Technologist

Hobbies/Passions

I am still trying to find hobbies – this month it’s pottery and yoga, next month who knows, I like to live on the edge and keep myself guessing.

Favorite Quote/Mantra

“Let your weird light shine bright so the other weirdos know where to find you.”

Georgette
Practice Manager

Hobbies/Passions

Our dogs, gardening, being outdoors, being a Grandma.

Favorite Quote/Mantra

5 Lessons in life from Dr. Seuss:

  1. Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
  2. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
  3. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
  4. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
  5. Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”

Dr. Sonia Kollassa
Book keeper

Hobbies/Passions

Gardening and distance running.

Favorite Quote/Mantra

“Live kind, see beauty, find joy.”

Cita
Public Relations Officer

Cita is our Clinic Cat, and lives at Southside full time. She was dropped off at our other clinic, Lloydminster Animal Hospital one fall night back in 2013. Her full name is Mama-Cita, as she had a litter of kittens along with her. We took her and her kittens in and made sure that they were healthy. Once the kittens were old enough they were adopted out and Cita moved down to our clinic, and she’s been entertaining us ever since!

Cita has numerous full time roles around the clinic. She is our go-to when it comes to demonstrating anything from injections to pills…Cita has seen it all around here! In the mornings she helps the doctors check in patients. Any fellow cat that may be in distress, Cita lets them know she is there for them by signaling under the exam room doors with her paws. Cita is also great with our clients, especially the littlest ones. Having a dance studio upstairs, we see a lot of little boys and girls with their faces pressed against the front door. She has become quite the attraction, and has many visitors come give her lots of love and attention. She quite enjoys her belly rubs and loves to chase toys all over the clinic. We often find her curled up by the fireplace, holding down the box of coloring books.