MEET OUR TEAM
At Breslau Animal Hospital you will always be greeted with a warm and friendly smile! We take pride in treating you and your furry family member the way you wish to be treated.
Dr. Leanna Duckworth, Veterinarian
“Approach every situation with kindness, compassion and understanding. The ability to be this way is what is so wonderful about being human and it is our responsibility to use our abilities with great care.”
As a child, I felt sad and helpless whenever I came across a sick or injured animal because I didn’t know how to help them. I vowed, when I grew up, I would learn to help animals. It was a passion that grew in me as I got older and that is why I ended up becoming a vet. Whether it is through preventative health care, aiding an emergency, or comfortably helping an old friend over the Rainbow Bridge with peace and dignity, I know I am making a difference every day. I want each and every client and patient that comes through our door to be happy to see us and know we understand it can be stressful when our companions are sick. We all have pets too and we treat each pet as if they were our own.
From the age of 12, Leanna worked in veterinary hospitals; first as a volunteer, then as an assistant, and she proceeded to work every position a hospital had to offer for a non-veterinarian. Throughout university she continued to work in clinics and graduated with her B.Sc. (Hons) in 1997. In 2002, she graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and earned a Masters in Leadership at the University of Guelph in 2017. She continually seeks further training and education in all aspects of her career so that she may provide the excellence in care she feels all veterinary professionals should strive to achieve. Her passions, aside from the above include: staff management, geriatric medicine, ultrasound and more natural approaches to health where appropriate. She shares her life with her incredible husband, two amazing boys and a spunky cat she adopted from the humane society named Blackberry.
Dr. Maegan Melillo, Veterinarian
"Dare to be different."
Veterinary medicine is, simply put, the coolest profession. I have always loved animals and enjoy the critical thinking and problem-solving aspect of practicing medicine. As a practice owner I am able to create a hospital environment that I am proud of, with a team that shares my passion for facilitating and fortifying the human-animal bond. With every client and patient that comes through our door I hope comes a sense of comfort and trust. I want all pet parents to feel informed in the recommendations I present and confident with the decisions they make for their pet. We want everyone to feel like they are as much a part of our BAH family as my team is.
Although Maegan grew up in Toronto, she has always preferred the atmosphere of a small community which is what drew her to set up practice in Breslau. She has worked in a veterinary clinic since she was 16 years old - starting as a kennel attendant, becoming a receptionist and then working as a veterinary technician through university. Maegan focused on applying and getting into vet school while completing a Bachelor of Animal Science at the University of Guelph. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and began working in small animal practice as an associate veterinarian in the Hamilton area. Her areas of interest lie in internal medicine, emergency medicine and surgery. When Maegan isn’t practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott and fur-babies – dog Juno, three cats Kiya, Jett and Mick, and her horse Maggie.
Dr. Alim Nazarali, Veterinarian
When someone asks me why I became a veterinarian, of course I give the typical answer, “because I love animals!” But you can work with animals in other professions as well, so why did I choose Veterinarian? The veterinary profession is always growing and evolving, which allows me to continually learn for my entire career. I also enjoy the challenge that practicing medicine brings, it helps keep my mind sharp. My goal with every patient is to help improve their life. Preventative medicine allows me to help keep pets, and their humans, safe from many dangerous diseases through vaccination and parasite prevention. Nutrition and exercise plans can help prolong a pet’s life. Treating chronic conditions such as Addison’s disease or diabetes help ensure the pet is well managed and thus, comfortable. Those are just a few of the many reasons being a veterinarian is so rewarding.
Dr. Nazarali graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2018. While he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, he is very interested in orthopedics and all types surgery. Alim shares his life with his partner, Rachel, four cats (Binx, MJ, Eva & Ika) and our newly adopted dog from BAH, Chloe.
Stephanie, Hospital Manager
“Love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of mankind.” - Charles Darwin
Growing up, I was surrounded by animals – wild and domestic. My family worked with the St. Thomas Wildlife Rehabilitation Program for many years, an experience that taught me discipline, patience and respect. I remember going with my parents to the veterinary hospital with my own pets and thinking, I am going to be that girl behind the desk someday! I knew I wanted to be an advocate for those that cannot speak for themselves, and what better way to do that than in the veterinary industry. Being a part of the BAH family is a dream come true. I hope every client and patient can see and feel the pride we all have in what we do, and the atmosphere we have created at BAH.
Stephanie started her career as practice manager at Breslau Animal Hospital in October 2013, although she has worked in the veterinary field since 2010. She received her Veterinary Office Management Certificate from Mohawk College in 2012. Stephanie believes in the importance of continuing education and that there is always room for improvement. She shares her life with husband, Shane, and a zoo of their own; Brewster (Whoodle), Ramses (Boxer), Tacoma (DSH), Spike (DSH), Scotia (Bengal), Rupert (ferret) and Hermione (ferret).
Since I was a small child, I have had a profound love for animals. My mom bred Bouvier de Flandres and was a groomer so I was always surrounded by dogs. I am sure that is where my dream of working with animals came from. I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to help animals, so I started volunteering at BAH in 2007. I have been here ever since! I am so proud of the relationships, with clients and patients, that I have built over the last 10 years. I have watched so many pets grow, from puppies/kittens to seniors, being a part of every step of their journey is something I truly cherish. I hope that every single person/pet that comes through the doors has a pleasant experience, including have all of their concerns addressed and resolved.
Lauren has been a receptionist/veterinary assistant at BAH since 2008. She began her time here as a volunteer while she was in school. Lauren graduated from CDI College as a Medical Laboratory Technician in 2007 and in 2017 became a certified nail technician. In her spare time Lauren enjoys sewing custom dog collars (which we sell here at BAH). She graciously donates a percentage of the proceeds from the collars to dog rescues! Lauren and Spud (Spencer) share their home with Gemma (Boxer), Kane (American Bulldog) and her rescue cat Freeway.
I love animals. It’s that simple for me, so being able to work with them e very day is a dream come true. When I rescued my English Bulldog, Rocky, it showed me that a lot of love goes a long way. Working as a dog walker for many years , I realized how much I love to build relationships with each pet, they are all different in their own way, with individual personalities. I love to watch puppy and kittens grow and discover who they are. I’m look forward to building these lasting relationships with our clients and patients here at BAH.
Jenn joined our team in September 2018.
Kayla, Registered Veterinary Technician
“Live in the moment and remember that the future comes one day at a time.”
I was always interested in science and had a passion for animals. I wanted a career that would combine the two and Veterinary Technician was just that! I love that every day is different and presents new challenges. My goal is to ease patient fears and ensure they are comfortable at all times. I am very interested in pet nutrition because I know the importance of a great diet and the difference it can make in pet’s overall health. Because of this I have become the Nutritional Consultant here at BAH. Educating clients is a very big part of what I do. I enjoy giving the tools they need to enhance their pet’s quality of life and longevity.
Kayla has been working in the veterinary industry since 2007. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College in 2014 and received her Registered Veterinary Technician status that summer. Kayla is known for her nail trimming skills and is frequently asked to do the difficult ones. Kayla and her partner, Jon, have two dogs and two cats – Geordie (Boston Terrier), Dingo (Blue Heeler), Watson & Bones (DSH) – that she could not live without. When not at BAH you can find her hiking with her dogs or skiing in the winter.
Magda, Registered Veterinary Technician
I have always loved animals, so working in a field that allows me to help them on a daily basis is very rewarding. I want all pets to be happy to see us when they come through our door. I give all patients – whether here for surgery, hospitalization, routine appointment or even just a weigh-in – the best care possible! Patient comfort is my top priority. While I enjoy all animals, senior pets hold a special place in my heart.
Magda has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2011. She comes to BAH having gained experience working in various small animal clinics as well as in emergency medicine. Magda is a self-professed cat lover, having opened her home to several felines and fostered numerous kittens over the years. She lives at home with seven spoiled pets including a dog, five cats and a Conure.
Maddy, Veterinary Assistant
I love working in the veterinary field! Every day is a new experience and with each experience comes new knowledge. I love learning new things, so having a career in a field that is constantly changing and growing is the perfect place for me. I treat every pet that comes through the door as if they were my own, ensuring they feel safe and are as comfortable as possible. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a patient leave happier and healthier than when they came in!
Maddy starting working at Breslau Animal Hospital in September of 2015 taking on the role of veterinary assistant. Currently Maddy has a high school diploma and has just been accepted to the Veterinary Technician program. In her free time, you can catch her on the trail with her dog, taking pictures for her photography portfolio or volunteering at the KW Humane Society! At home her pets keep her busy – Ace, a 3-year-old cat, Diesel, a 10-year-old Black Lab and Coconut, the fun-loving Guinea Pig.
Victoria, Veterinary Assistant
As long as I can remember I have loved animals, so working in the veterinary industry was always a goal for me. I have worked with horses for many years, but am very excited to step into the small animal world. Working with animals gives me the opportunity continuously learn about the great world of veterinary medicine while helping animals at the same time…It’s the best of both worlds! I want every patient that comes through our doors to be as comfortable as possible and their pet parents to be confident in the care we are providing. I strive to maintain a positive and stress-free environment for people and pets!
When not working at BAH, I spend my time with my boyfriend Nic, our cats (Bandit & Cali), dogs (Dibby & Timber) and horses (Mystro & Mischief).
Michelle, Veterinary Assistant
“In a world full of people that couldn’t care less, be a person that couldn’t care more.”
I always knew I would end up working in the animal healthcare industry. My role at BAH allows me to work closely with our furry community, a passion that started with my love of Dobermans when I was small. To me, the most important part of my job is making sure every single patient is happy and comfy!
Michelle has been a veterinary assistant at BAH. since 2014. Michelle recently graduated from the Medical Lab Technician program, which makes the healthcare portion of her role at BAH even more interesting and significant to her. Michelle is known for her bubbly personality and outgoing nature. She is sure to put a smile on your face. Michelle loves spending time knitting while in the company of her Sphynx, Meow and Ball Python.
Charles, Veterinary Assistant
"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore
I have always wanted to pursue scientific study, and in recent years my passion for working with animals has grown significantly. My experiences in many different sectors of animal care such as working with pet rescues, rehabilitating wildlife, and aiding in enforcing ethical animal research has all instilled in me a natural calling to care for the vast array of creatures that inhabit the world. I aim to combine my love of science and medicine with my desire to create the best quality of life possible for every animal I care for. I believe it is our duty as humans to help advocate for the rights and needs of animals who cannot speak for themselves. I hope to offer knowledge and answers to family members with concerns, and a calm, reassuring presence for any scared and confused animal. It is my goal to grow as a future practitioner of veterinary medicine by learning from every patient encounter and developing the skills necessary to becoming a critically reflective doctor of veterinary medicine.
Charles joined us as a volunteer in August 2018 and in a very short period of time he showed us what an asset he would be to our team, so we offered him a part-time veterinary assistant role while he is in school. Thankfully, he accepted. When not working at the clinic or studying for exams, Charles spends his free time with significant other Megan and their two Labrador Retrievers, Jax and Willow.
Alex, Veterinary Assistant
Medicine and animals…Two things I have been interested in since I was a little girl. As soon as I was old enough, I leapt at every opportunity to volunteer on farms or at veterinary clinics. I have learned so much from these experiences and am always eager to learn more. The veterinary industry is ‘purr’fect because it allows me to work with animals while learning new things. In turn I get to instill my knowledge on pet owners, helping them give their pets the best possible life. I hope every client leaves BAH having had a positive experience and all of their questions and concerns answered. Taking the time to educate owners so that they may better understand their pet, thus helping them live a longer, healthier life is of the utmost importance. Communication is key!
Alex has been a part of the BAH team since 2017. She has proven to be an asset to our clinic. Alex is in her fourth year at the University of Guelph studying Biomedical Sciences. She hopes to attend the Ontario Veterinary College after graduation and obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, ultimately becoming an equine/large animal veterinarian. Alex lives with her boyfriend and cat, Cali.
Sarah, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
There is no greater reward than helping people and their pets. The challenges that each day brings is exciting for me. I love puzzles and that is what medicine is all about, solving puzzles. Building bonds with patients and their parents, while being such an integral part of a pet’s health and well-being, is so fulfilling. Ensuring each client and patient has my undivided attention and that I have communicated effectively are essential with every visit. I want them to leave feeling they have had the best care possible. While in hospital, I will do everything I can to make sure pets are kept happy and comfortable.
Sarah volunteered in veterinary clinics throughout high school and University. She began working for Breslau Animal Hospital in 2015. Sarah is currently attending the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, and aspires to be a wildlife veterinarian. She received her Bachelor of Science in 2015, with an emphasis on biochemistry and physiology. Sarah dreams of traveling the world through veterinary experience programs. Outside of work and school, Sarah and her partner, Jay, enjoy life with their two cats – Fireball (adopted from BAH) & Pip (aka Pipsqueak).
“Treat every pet as if they are your own.”
I have always loved animals and have a passion for knowledge. I knew that bettering animals lives in one way or another was the right path for me. I started working at a veterinary clinic in 2007, which I loved, but decided to go out on my own and take on pet grooming. I want to make every grooming experience, dog or cat, as relaxing as possible, while building a trusting relationship with the pet. Connecting with pet parents and educating them about the importance of caring for their pet’s skin, coat and nails is my way helping every pet I meet have a happy and healthy life.
Alicia joined BAH in early 2017 and has proven to be a wonderful addition to our team. She and her husband, Devin, enjoy traveling and spending time at home with their menagerie of dogs and cats.
Beep, Clinic Cat/Official Meet-n-Greeter
I am Beep! I was adopted by Breslau Animal Hospital when it first opened its doors! I charmed my way in to the staffs’ hearts with my good looks, extra toes, and wonderful personality. I’m definitely the mascot around here and have become the official welcome wagon for newcomers to BAH. You can typically find me sleeping in my basket up at reception, eating, or trying to get my friends’ attention by yowling as I run around the clinic with my favourite toy in tow. I have also been known to give great massages and love, love, love snuggles! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @beepthecliniccat!