Team

The health and wellbeing of animals is our lifework

We love animals–though our team is truly kind to humans too. We promise. We saw a need in Whistler for after hours and weekend veterinary care. Whistler is chock full of well-loved dogs and cats who play just as hard as their owners. And who deserve quality, professional, positive, and compassionate care no matter the time of day or night. We work alongside local veterinarians so our work is always collaborative. We’re a team working to make animals’ lives better.

Our team has hands-on emergency training and experience that enables us to recognize and diagnose disease and trauma before the damage is irreparable. We work fast and effectively to save animal lives (and save human bank accounts, too).

Our team is not only filled with animal lovers but also with healthy living enthusiasts. We support them in their active lifestyles and continuing education – the happier, healthier, and more bal-anced they are in life, the better, more compassionate service they can provide to local animals in need.

Veterinary medicine is our work; giving back to society and the beautiful animals in it is the core of our clinic. Through education, leadership, and outreach, we protect animal health and welfare, prevent suffering, promote health, and encourage conservation of animal resources. If the animals are healthy and happy, we are doing our jobs. That is the measure of our success.

Say hello to your Whistler support team

It can take a small village to manage an animal’s health in an emergency. Please drop by at anytime to our Whistler Veterinary Clinic and say hello to the two faces you will likely see the most. We work in parallel and will oversee your pet’s situation with great care.

Dr. Melinda Lopez

Emergency Veterinarian

In pursuit of her lifelong calling to become a veterinarian, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University in 2005, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2009 from Colorado State University with Phi Zeta honors (a distinction reserved for the top 10% of the class). Following three years of general and emergency practice in the Southern Rockies, she completed a specialty internship in Emergency and Critical Care at Canada West Veterinary Specialists, one of the leading veterinary referral hospitals in Canada. She subsequently remained on staff in the Emergency and Critical Care department at Canada West until she finally moved to Whistler full-time to establish Twin Trees Veterinary Clinic.

Erin Hooper

Veterinary Nurse

Erin recently moved to Whistler from the East Coast of Australia to pursue her passion in snowboarding and veterinary care. She is a qualified Veterinary Nurse in Australia, with many years of experience in companion animal and wildlife veterinary practices. Her interest in wildlife has taken her to Borneo to volunteer with Orangutans and to Switzerland to work with Spanish Mustangs. Now she starts her new journey in Whistler, leaving her best buddies Lenny the Staffy and Chip & Lily the Whippets at home in Australia.

Mallory

Patient and Client Care Advocate

Growing up between British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Vancouver was home for most of it. Six years ago Mallory moved to Whistler on a whim, and hasn’t found a good enough reason to leave since. Volunteering at the local animal shelter WAG Mallory found a love of helping animals, she is now employed at WAG, the place that sparked the fire. Mallory is excited to explore all avenues of animal welfare, she is pet first aid certified and currently enrolled in Karen Pryor clicker training course. In her free time she enjoys being outside, though you won’t find her hitting the slopes in the winter, she lives for the mountain summers. Swimming, hiking, gardening, biking, fishing, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful natural scenery.

Dr. Julia Whitfield

Wildlife Veterinarian

Dr. Julia Whitfield BVM&S MCRVS, received her veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, in Scotland. During this time she directed her training towards Wildlife and Conservation Medicine. She has traveled the world, becoming a guardian and an advocate for some of the worlds most endangered and heavily poached creatures. While she spends her time between projects honing her emergency skills in the Twin Trees ER, her heart and passion lies deep within the rainforests of Belize guarding Scarlet Macaws chicks or in the savannahs of Africa helping to save the world's true unicorn- the Rhinoceros.

Chef Stephen

Epicurian Virtuoso and Bakery Chief

Chef Stephen is a culinary artist. He uses only the purest and healthiest ingredients in his creations, choosing local and organic whenever possible. Through his partnership with Twin Trees, Chef Stephen is bringing sustainable, local and ethical food options to our pets. Outside of work, Chef Stephen is an avid cyclist and lover of reptiles and music.

Rob Ferguson

Boutique Specialist

Rob relocated to Whistler permanently in 2014 after leaving a successful 28 year career in luxury retail to fulfill his dream of a mountain life. His passion for the ski slopes is only matched by his love of animals. His beloved pooch Gracie is definitely a snow widow on powder days. Animal care, skiing and retail combined fulfill his mountain dream.

Myrtle The Turtle

Health Resources & Community Outreach Coordinator

Myrtle hopes to aid the development of mindful global community.

Ella

Furry Team

Ella is the best dog in the world! She has spent her life adventuring in the mountains with with her best bud. Her stoke is unrivaled when the first snow falls, and sleeping bags (strangely) and jerky are two of her favorite things.

Fletcher

Furry Team

Meet Fetcher! Emily adopted this fur baby from WAG. Fletchers passions are cheese, playing hide and seek and cuddling. He also thinks he has a beautiful singing voice and will not stop meowing until he gets breakfast…he normally starts serenading his parents at 5am.

Gracie

Furry Team

Rob met Gracie in 2012 as a 4 1/2 year old shelter dog. She had spent half of her life in shelters so it takes her some time to trust people, but she is thriving in Whistler. Once she knows you, she will let you rub her ears until your hand cramps!

Kitty

Furry Team

Kitty is a four year old domestic shorthair cat from an SPCA in Saskatchewan. She was a stray from the city streets and has the short and kinked tail to prove it! Even though she had a tough start to life she is very affectionate, smart, and wants to be with you always; even in the snow! Since living in her loving home, she gets spoiled and has learned new tricks; like high fives! She gets along well with her fuzzy brother Tofino and loves to cuddle.

Stardust

Furry Team

Stardust was surrendered to WAG (the Whistler animal shelter) in the 2015. She didn't have the easiest past and desperately wanted human affection. Mallory says: "I didn't bring her home with the intention of adopting but this girl brightens my day. I love coming home to her. She had my heart the second I looked into her big blue eyes. She can be a bit of a chatty girl especially around breakfast and dinner which is never left untouched. She is playful and spunky but is most happy when she is cuddling with you, on your lap, in your arms or under the sheets. She has an awesome brother named Cheeto. They are both learning how to walk on the leash, in hopes of one day being adventure cats She is understanding that her forever home is with me, where she'll always be safe, and we'll be able to grow up together."

Tofino

Furry Team

Tofino is an adult husky, a retired sled dog who never pulled. He was born into some difficult circumstances, but was thankfully rescued by a compassionate animal lover who brought him to the local animal shelter, Whistler Animals Galore. He was adopted by a shelter volunteer at the time, Katie Campbell, who quickly realized that he was not developing as he should. Tofino was put on daily anti inflammatory pain medication, because he couldn't get out of bed without being in intense pain. Once he was eligible for surgery his parents tried for total hip replacement. Since he's such a severe case, it was unsuccessful. A Femoral Head Ostectomy was done in place; this procedure removes the top of the femur and bottom of the pelvis. Scar tissue forms in between the empty space to form a floating joint; which is not as stable as a total hip replacement, but means that he can live without pain. Since recovering from his surgery he can run, jump, and play with abandon.