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Henry Skutelsky (Veterinarian)

DVM OVC University of Guelph Graduate
DVM Latvian Agricultural Academy Graduate
Member of CVO, TAVM, OVMA, CVMA
Continuous education participant

Dr. Henry Skutelsky has been the sole owner of Roncesvalles Animal Hospital since 1988, and recently he decided to incorporate Dr. Schwarz into the practice as co-owner in 2020. Dr. Skutelsky has over 35 years of experience working with companion animals and is particularly interested in general surgery, client communication and education. He is always happy to help his clients understand veterinary conditions in-depth, as he believes the veterinarian-client relationship is equally as important as the veterinarian-patient relationship.

His interests are good food, reading, skiing, teaching others and spending time with his family. He enjoys starting and ending his day on a long walk with Prince his Standard Poodle.

A Toronto veterinarian at an animal hospital
A Toronto veterinarian wearing a stethoscope

Hana Schwarz (Veterinarian)

Hana graduated as DVM from UNEFM School of Veterinary Medicine in Coro-Falcón state, Venezuela in 2007. She moved to Canada in 2010, and after intense training, received accreditation by the CVMA and the CVO in 2014.

In November 2018 Dr. Schwarz joined our team as an associate, and in 2020 she became clinic co-owner. Dr. Schwarz is an advocate of continuous education in different topics of small animal veterinary medicine, like internal medicine, diagnostics, ophthalmology, dentistry and dermatology to name a few. In her spare time Dr. Schwarz enjoys being at home relaxing, watching television, going to the gym and enjoying quality time with family, friends and her two dogs Homer and Kevin.

Dr. Schwarz habla Español y consultas están disponibles previa cita.

 

 What do WE think of our Veterinarian, Hana?

Hana is our Venezuelan veterinarian with a quirky sense of humor and a passion for modern veterinary medicine. Have you ever heard her talk about IRIS? Ask anyone at the clinic if you want to know about it and we’ll book you a 2-hour time slot. Hana can be very vocal or very quiet, depending on what her brain is thinking about. Often, she will come up with a weird joke that only she understands and this is when you hear her giggle (so adorable).

If you have a camera out at RAH you will be sure to find Hana dressing up pets and herself to have a picture taken. Hana finds all the reasons to dress her patients up for different holidays and festivals: whether it’s for Halloween, with Santa for Christmas, for kisses on Valentine’s Day, or St. Patrick’s Day. If a Great Dane or another giant breed dog comes in to visit, she usually has us take pictures of her while around them, over them and even under them.  There are few things Hana loves more than big dogs. The only thing Hana can possibly do faster than take a picture is  post it to our social media.

Meaghan Worrall (Veterinarian)

Meaghan grew up in Mississauga always having a dog by her side. She completed her bachelor is biomedical science, with a minor in nutrition at the University of Guelph. She then went on to graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016.

She lives with her partner, dog and cat. Her dog’s name is Jackson, who she adopted while volunteering abroad in 2014. And Tails is their special needs kitty who was adopted from Annex Cat Rescue in 2021. Tails is paralyzed in her back legs, however still zooms around and doesn’t let it slow her down. They are both being the sweetest creatures a mother could ask for. When Meaghan’s not at work or reading about new treatments in veterinary medicine, she likes to go hiking, skating, play hockey, and go on road trips with the family.

What do WE think of our Veterinarian, Meaghan?

Meaghan, or Dr. Letters, as Hana loves to call her, is charming, caring and sweet to the tooth and bone, she is here to stay forever. Megs was with us for 3 seconds before she rapidly became the superglue that holds everything together. It is no surprise to anyone that she earned the trust and love of the staff by day 3 of her joining the clinic. Her most contagious word ever is “yeahhh.” This has gone viral with all the staff! We blame her husband for this!

 Dr. Letters has the sweetest little voice for all dogs regardless of age or gender, and the deepest voice for all felines. If ever unhappy (not often at all), we can ALL recognize this as she will grunt like Marge Simpson would.

She is an awesome cook and foodie, loves the outdoors and going for hikes. During the winter, she loves a good TV show and a glass of wine. She’s pretty much like any other regular human, even though I am not sure she is one as she is just too good to be from this earth!

Meaghan has the most adorable dog, his name is Jaxon, a rescue from Thailand, he has the softest armpits ever (Hana just loves those armpits to almost a creepy level). Meaghan also has 2 rescued cats named Dora and Tails.

Jayne (Office Manager)

Jayne joined the Roncesvalles team in 2022. She brings over 15 years of veterinary experience with her, primarily as a technician. While she enjoyed her many years hiding in the surgery room, she always preferred to be working directly with owners and their pets. Building a great relationship not only with our patients, but also their humans is the most rewarding part of Veterinary life.  She is also excited by new ideas, new projects and pretty much any chihuahua that enters the clinic.

When she’s not at work she can be found chasing her two young children, reading a book or finding another DIY project around the house that she will regret starting. She also shares her home with her original babies, two elderly chihuahuas, Mj and Waffles.

Fun fact: Jayne scrubbed into her first surgery when she was only 11 years old

What do we think of our Office Manager, Jayne?

We found out about Jayne from Michelle as they are long-time friends. We were told their adventures are very interesting and something that is not talked about 🙂 as they are rated PG -13 and up.

Jayne has red curly hair and dazzling sharp blue eyes, her underground name is Wonder Woman, she has a high pitch voice, which is just perfect to know that she is just around the corner making sure the daily to do list is being done, I hear she is in mad love with every single chihuahua and just yesterday I was able to see this, it is very real!

Laura (Administrative Assistant)

George Brown College RNA graduate
Continuous education participant

Laura has been a member of our team since 1991. She has a busy life with three teenage daughters, part time managing with us and a full-time job with Air Canada Cargo. 

Laura loves spending time with her family and volunteering with different organizations. While at the clinic or at home, she is consistently assisting with the improvements of the clinic or helping out a colleague. 

She loves coming home to be greeted by her old man Biscuit the Parson Jack Russel, Berlynn the Cane Corso and Polly her polydactyl cat.

What do WE think of our Administrative Assistant, Laura?

Once our Manager, now she is into numbers and keeping things in writing—we don’t know what we’d do without her! (actually, we do—the clinic would be a hot mess without her!) She is always making tea and steeping it for way too long, eventually forgetting about it and drinking it cold. She is consistently making sure everyone is comfortable and well-fed all of the time and also making sure every patient is seen in a timely manner. 

Laura is ALWAYS aware of everything going on in the clinic, she hears everything ALL the time, even when she isn’t here! We have no idea how she does this… (we think Michelle secretly texts her).

Michelle (Registered Veterinary Technician)

Michelle has been with us since 2013, however has been working in the veterinary field for years before. In August 2022, Michelle received her license as a Registered Veterinarian Technician. We are very proud of Michelle and all she has accomplished. She is a mother to 3 hyper dogs, Odessa the Cane Corso as well as Meatball and Una which are smaller exotic bullies. Her interests are canine reproduction and nutrition.

What do WE think of our Registered Veterinary Technician, Michelle?
Michelle is our resident comedian—she always knows how to get a laugh out of us during the worst of times. She is never afraid to speak her mind, speaks up for others, stands up for any four-legged furry that needs help, or wear Henry’s shoes and we love her for all of it! Michelle is our go-to dog whisperer and canine behavior guru. And whatever you do, DO NOT MESS WITH HER INVENTORY! She also enjoys popping the bubble wrap that comes with glass products (Laura despises her doing this). Her special skills are barbequing and air frying anything.

A Toronto Veterinarian holding a model of a dogs jaw
A Toronto Veterinarian wearing an elf hat

Greg (Veterinary Assistant and Team Leader)

Greg joined us September 2020 and has worked in the veterinary field for over 13 years in shelter, emergency, orthopedic, and general practice medicine. He finds joy in working with rescue animals from around the world and advising on the importance of diets and regular exercise to help maintain and a long and happy lifestyle. Greg loves working with big and feisty animals regardless of their attitude, he strives to show that even the sassy animals deserve the best care and the occasional bit of love and affection.

What do WE think of our Veterinary Assistant and Team Leader, Greg?
He is a quiet guy however he is getting acquainted with our sense of humor and rapidly catching up. We now know that we count on him to eat the leftovers when Disha is not around. Greg has a weird love of canned gasified beverages. For reasons unknown to us, he likes cherry vanilla coke, Arizona half-and-half iced tea, lemonade also any other product made by Cola-Cola. For the record, the management does not approve. We are happy he landed at RAH!

Julia (Veterinary Assistant)

Julia has been working in the veterinary field since 2020 after graduating as a Veterinary Assistant. Starting with us in October, she is one of the newest members of our team. Her passion is to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. After hours, she likes to spend time with chapo her super cuddly and hyperactive Azorian cattle dog and her sassy queen of the house, Maryjane. Julia also loves to travel and hike and has been to Hawaii, Italy, Ecuador and will be continuing her journeys in the future.

What do WE think of our Veterinary Assistant, Julia?

Julia is like Katie Perry; She’s a champion and you’re going to hear her MEOWWWWWW. Her war words when handling a patient are: none, she is either quiet or laughing. Julia is super loud when patients are not around, she has a lot of energy and really nothing stops her. She travels from Kipling and north far somewhere away to come here on a daily basis and she wants to become a Registered Veterinary technician one day.

She loves her dog Chapo so much that allows him to wreck her car over and over, the life of a veterinary aficionado, I guess.

Stephanie (Veterinary Assistant)

Stephanie started working with us in March 2022 and has been working in the veterinary field for several years. She possesses a strong passion for animals ever since she can remember. Originally from Windsor Ontario, Stephanie recently made the move to Toronto and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge and skills. She is very excited to be part of the Roncesvalles Animal Hospital Team! In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors, binge watching Netflix and hanging out with her favorite fur baby Gunner.

What do we think of our Veterinary Assistant, Stephanie?

Stephanie comes from the tip of Ontario, in some direction… sorry, our geography is meh! Lies! She is from Windsor and has moved to Toronto seeking a more active lifestyle, whatever that means. All we know is that she likes to go to bed by 9 PM, however was not counting on meeting Sai who knows how to parteeeee, let’s just leave it at that!
 
She says she her loves her dog; (Let’s be real and clear, she adores him, and he is darn cute! ). Sai believes that Stephanie is a fashionista, and we think Sai doesn’t know what being a fashionista means (haha). Her favorite word is “are you kidding me??” she also loves puppy breath, but I mean.. who doesn’t? It is just the yummiest!

Marcela (Client Care Specialist)

Marcela started working with us in February 2022 and is new to the veterinary field. She has spent the last few years in customer service and is ready for learning something new. Marcela has such a great passion for helping animals, and is always eager to learn new things. She loves coming into work and seeing all the furry faces that pop in.

When she’s not at work she’s at home taking care of her own mini zoo! She has a dog named Luna, cat Loki, two Senegal parrots, and a cat fish! And I think she just acquired another dog.

What do we think of our Client Care Specialist, Marcela?

Marcela or Chela is just a wonderful person, sweet, caring, pretends to be quiet… but… she is not! If quiet, it’s only because she is writing a ton of notes. Sai thinks she is a professional writer, but not the kind you think.. no señor, que va!. She has a huge heart and recently opened her home to a stranded puppy. Perhaps you have already met Raine at the clinic, she needed shelter and in no time, Marcela snatched her up and said SHE’S MINE.

A brown and white dog at the veterinarian's office

Kevin (Clinic Ambassadog)

As the younger fur-child of Dr. Schwarz, Kevin was welcomed into our clinic family shortly after his arrival in Canada from Texas in May 2020. Though timid at first, Kevin quickly developed a strong bond with his new parents and older brother, Homer. As an Anatolian Shepherd Mix, it’s no surprise that Kevin is extremely protective of his flock (aka sheeple) and very, very smart. Ask Kevin about pet insurance #emesis– see our instagram for more details on Kevin’s mouse ingestion adventure.

What do WE think of our Ambassadog Kevin?
Kevin is a sweet, introverted boy with a big personality (once you get to know him.) He has a small circle of trust and a big heart, especially when food is involved.
Kevin’s war words when handling staff are: ” Gurrrrrr” DO NOT TOUCHESSSS ME! but geeeevesss me the treaaattts.

Kevin’s likes: Puzzles, other dogs, visits to Cherry Beach, going to the trailer, walkies, snacks, playtime with moms, coffee time with moms, snuggle time with moms, sleeping on his moms, and chasing squirrels and kibble topped with chimmkens.

Kevin’s dislikes: Gridlock, trucks, surprise parties

Our veterinary diagnosis is: Social anxiety (agoraphobia) with hyper attachment AKA: velcro dog

If Kevin was a human he would likely be: The slightly awkward, shy, academic boy next door who loves his friends. Like Leonard of “Big Bang Theory”.

Berlynn (Clinic Ambassadog)

Berlynn is the youngest member of our team. A Cane Corso, born in June 2021 she loves to hang out at the clinic and enjoy the cuddles from all the staff. She was born with 2 congenital abnormalities a VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect) and the biggest of big hernia’s we have ever seen. Dr. Skutelsky repaired the hernia, but the VSD is something that will need to be monitored, however she should live a full and happy life. Now that Berlynn is old enough and her heart has been examined to allow her to, she has become a canine blood donor to be able to help other dogs in need.

What do WE think of our Ambassadog Berlynn?

Berlynn is a nosy puppy that likes to get into anything that can open and if it doesn’t open she can make it open. Recently Berlynn’s mom Laura forgot her phone on the couch, so she tried to call her. Unfortunately she couldn’t figure out the password however helped mom get a new phone case by eating the old one.

Berlynn Blood donor

Berlynn’s war words when handling staff are: Feed me treats, I’ll sit and give paw and lay down as much as you want if you love me, kiss me and give me treats.

Berlynn’s likes: Going to the clinic to hang out with Una Spud her best best friend (as seen in photo), sleeping, eating and playing with other chipper dogs at the dog park. And she LOVES her little big brother however he doesn’t feel the same.

Berlynn’s dislikes: Nail trimming, cuddling under pressure, being calm with her big brother

Our veterinary diagnosis is: Ventricular Septal defect

If Berlynn was a human she would likely : Have 2 king sized beds and many sheets as she drools a lot.

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