The Staff at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic
Meet the veterinarians and team of Acadia Drive Animal Clinic!!
We are a hard working and dedicated group that puts our patients health and comfort first. We are also easy-going and love to laugh and have fun. Don’t be surprised to arrive at the clinic to one of us making fun of Dr. Blomfield!
Some profiles still to come!
Dr. Peter Blomfield was raised on a sheep farm near the southern end of New Zealand. He graduated from Massey University’s Veterinary program and spent 2 years working in a mixed practice in New Zealand before heading overseas. He spent 2 years working at various veterinary clinics throughout the UK and touring the UK and Europe in between his work assignments. He arrived in Calgary in 1989 and worked at Edgemont and Varsity veterinary clinics before settling in at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic in 1995.
Dr Blomfield met his wife and business partner Susan (a Calgarian) while working in the UK and with her has raised 3 kids and various pets. They love to spend time traveling, snow skiing and enjoying water sports together and with their family whenever possible. Dr. Blomfield loves to play basketball and soccer and occasionally crosses paths with clients and colleagues on the basketball court and soccer field.
Dr. Blomfield is always keen to take on new challenges and learn through continuing education. Over his career he has developed many new skills in surgery, and continues to broaden his medical knowledge. He encourages a collaborative environment amongst the clinic’s staff and regularly consults with local specialists.
Dr. Laurie Weber…
Dr. Mike Phillips…
Dr. Gerry Olynyk was born in Edmonton in 1946, and decided to become a veterinarian in 1950. He obtained his BSc from the University of Alberta in 1968 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1972. The first 9 years of practice were spent in a very busy multi-veterinarian practice in Calgary. In 1981 Dr. Olynyk established Edgemont Veterinary Clinic which he owned and operated for 31 years. The practice was sold in February, 2012. Since that time he has maintained steady part-time employment at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic. His special interests include dermatology, behaviour and internal medicine .
Dr. Olynyk is married to a very patient and devoted wife Wendy, and has two wonderful young adult children – Carlin and Cayla. Away from work life, Dr. Olynyk amuses himself dreaming about becoming and excellent runner, golfer, curler, piano and tabla (indian drum) player.
Over the years Dr. Olynyk has shared his home with a great variety of inherited misfit dogs, cats, birds, fish and gerbils. In his old age, he is grateful to finally be enjoying 3 middle aged, under-achieving miscreant cats and some tropical fish.
Amanda Layton is the Office Manager at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic. She was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales. With a passion for animals evident at an early age, she knew she was destined for a career in animal health. Amanda has now worked in the Veterinary field for over 30 years. After graduation, she spent her first five years working at a mixed animal practice in Cardiff where she had fun helping out on house calls and meeting the variety of patients she worked with.
In 1993, Amanda met a young Canadian lad who persuaded her to move to Canada. She arrived in Vancouver and was lucky enough to get the chance to volunteer at the B.C.S.P.C.A. Six months later, she was hired and worked there for eleven years. In 2004 Amanda moved her family to Calgary and began working at a four-practice Veterinary Group, where she worked for nine years.
Amanda has three teenage boys who constantly keep her on her toes with all of their school activities and sports. As if that isn’t enough, she also has six furbabies – Rio and Mac, the crazy Border Collies, Ash and Ginny, the cats, and two budgies, Kiwi and Skye.
Christine Hooper was born in Masset, B.C., and grew up on the West Coast. She went to school in Kamloops at the University College of the Caribou and graduated in 1998. She came to Calgary in 2001, and has been working in Calgary as a technician since then. Christine came to Acadia Drive Animal Clinic in 2008 from 17th Avenue Animal Clinic. She has also worked in a veterinary laboratory, and at Acadia enjoys dentistry and lab work.
Outside of work, you will find Christine in her garden, on her bike or on her horse. She has a Quarter horse named Lacey, who she rides frequently along 22x. She also has a Papillon named Moxie, and 2 cats – Oscar and Alice. Christine and her husband Dan have raised two daughters in B.C. and mostly Alberta, and recently packed up and moved their lives out to the country to raise all their critters on the farm. Good thing its only five minutes away from her old house, we’d hate to lose her to the country!
Lorah McCorriston was born and raised in small-town Kindersley, Saskatchewan. She went to school at Lakeland College in Vermillion, Alberta and graduated from the Animal Health Technologist program in 2011. Her search for a place a little more exciting led her to Calgary shortly after she graduated. She has been working in the small animal industry for 4 years, her first two years spent working with dental specialist, and then started at Acadia in December 2012.
Away from the clinic, Lorah can be found hula-hooping with her class at Hoop-Di-Doo. She also frequents the dog park with her senior and beautiful labrador Mitsy, who luckily found her way into Lorah’s life at the ripe old age of 10 years old. Lorah also has 2 cats named Jackson Marshall and Neyteri who both enjoy keeping Lorah entertained and always a little bit amazed. She has also fostered cats for the MEOW foundation and dogs for Pawsitive Match. She also has a little sister through the Big Brother Big Sister foundation, with whom she enjoys doing any outdoor activities with.
Some of Lorah’s future plans include being able to fire-hoop, which involves hula-hoops on fire. She would also love to climb Castle Mountain to wear the crown. As much as Lorah loves the veterinary industry, her dream job is to one day be a nurse and work with children at the Children’s Hospital. She also one day hopes to start her own family here in Calgary.
Elissa Swennumson was born in Alberta, but grew up in Peachland, British Columbia. From a young age she knew she wanted to work with animals. She dragged home many pets including chickens, ducks, rabbits and many stray cats. As soon as she got her license at 16 she was volunteering in veterinary clinics. Elissa graduated from the Animal Health Technologist program in 2000 at Fairview College. Since graduating, she has worked at various clinics around south Calgary, with breaks in between to have and raise her three kids with her husband Scott.
Elissa worked full time at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic previously, from 2002-2004, but gave up her position when she had her kids. She felt very lucky to be able to come back to her position here at Acadia in 2014. She says it was like coming home. Elissa most recently worked at a dental speciality practice where she discovered her love of anesthesia and the importance of dental care in pets.
When not at work Elissa enjoys hanging out with her three kids and husband. They frequently do a variety of activities from sports to painting to hiking. The much loved critters in her life include her 8 year old rescued cat Leo and the newest family member Jessie, a Shepherd cross from AARCS. Elissa and Jessie can often be found running off leash at the various parks around Calgary.
Julie Meier was born in London, Ontario and graduated from Georgian College in Orillia in 2008. Previously she has worked in small animal and exotic clinics in Ontario and British Columbia. She has also spent a lot of time doing locum shifts at emergency clinics. Julie was the head technician and manager at Bay City Animal Hospital in North Bay before she moved to Calgary in October of 2014. Upon her arrival in Calgary, she applied at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic and has been working here ever since.
Julie has a German Shepherd named Twiggy and 2 cats named Hino and Sika, who are named after cement and a really loud truck. In her spare time Julie loves camping and hiking with her husband Dan and son Jake.
Miranda Ladouceur was born and raised in Pincher Creek, Alberta, moved to Calgary 12 years ago, and has been here ever since. She has worked in the veterinary industry for eight years, with six of those being spent at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic. Miranda is a veterinary and technician assistant – she is the clinic rock and keeps everything behind the scenes running smoothly. Miranda is planning on attending the Animal Health Technician program to become an AHT, hopefully here at Acadia.
Miranda has 2 Siamese cats named Keiko and Tika. Away from work you can find Miranda snowboarding, camping, travelling and hiking. She also enjoys going to movies and concerts. She recently has been to both Costa Rica and Peurto Rico. In Costa Rica she went to wildlife reserves and learned about the conservation of Howler monkeys, and the other wildlife of the Caribbean. Miranda hopes to one day run a non-for-profit spay/neuter and general health organization that works to help animals in need. She would like to base her organization out of the Caribbean, and hopes to help animals anywhere there is a need.
Larissa Hummel is our newest addition to the team as receptionist. Originally from Guatemalan descent, Larissa was born in Calgary and raised in Los Angeles. After high school she decided to come back into town and start gaining experience in the animal industry. She started off at a dog daycare where she gained experience in dog behaviour/ training and grooming. Larissa later decided to take it a step further and start working in the medical side of things, gaining experience in primary care and emergency care as a veterinary assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys dog sitting/ walking and taking her big fur baby, Appa the Great Pyrenees Border Collie mix, out and about. In the near future, Larissa hopes to be attending tech school out in Olds College to further expand her knowledge.
Stella Roe started at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic in May of 2014. She was born here in Calgary and went to high school at Henry Wise Wood, graduating in 2013. She has a Shepherd cross named Chance as well as a fish named Reef. In her spare time Stella loves to hang out with her friends and her nieces and nephews.
Because Stella loves kids, in her future she plans to become an elementary school teacher. Her favorite thing about Acadia Drive Animal Clinic is how awesome and hilarious her coworkers are.