Dr. Scott Stevenson originally joined the TIVS team as an Externship Student and that evolved into him becoming one of our veterinarians and eventually he took over ownership of the clinic from Dr. Willows. Scott is originally from Barrie, Ontario, but fell in love with the Gananoque area while investigating blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease in the Thousand Islands during veterinary school. He carries this passion with him today, regularly speaking to veterinarians and clinic staff across Ontario about expanding tick populations and the increasing threat of tick-borne illnesses to both pets and humans. Scott’s goal is to be the person that all current and new clients of TIVS seek out to answer all questions related to ticks in eastern Ontario!
Scott was first inspired to pursue veterinary medicine when his family dog, Katie, a cocker spaniel, experienced a gall bladder rupture and spent time at the Ontario Veterinary College’s teaching hospital. He was fascinated by how the veterinary team was able to improve Katie’s health while also strengthening the bond his family had with both Katie and the veterinary team.
He has a special interest in emerging technologies, particularly in how new technology can help build a stronger relationship between the veterinary team and the patient’s family. He considers himself incredibly lucky to have spent time working with LifeLearn in Guelph, Ontario, training Sofie - the first cognitive computing solution in veterinary medicine, powered by IBM Watson.
Scott lives with his wife, Lisa, their sons James, Everett and Tyler and their cat, Raven. In his spare time, Scott enjoys playing golf, and is looking forward to once again competing in provincial amateur championships and local invitational tournaments. He also enjoys back country camping and canoeing, hiking, playing hockey and snowboarding.
Dr. Monika Janssen joined us in November of 2020 and is a 2013 graduate from Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College. She was actually classmates and surgery partners with Dr. Stevenson in school! She and her husband have a 2 year old daughter named Evelyn and a 7 year old Akita named Kuma. Monika loves all pets and aspects of being a Veterinarian, but she has particular interest in dermatology, ultrasonography and small mammal medicine (bunnies, and pocket pets).
In her spare time Monika loves hiking, beach volleyball, camping, cuddling puppies and kittens and collecting books that she may or may not find the time to read!
You’ll often find Monika on the floor giving love to her patients before and after their exams. Her enthusiasm, sense of humour and her genuine care and compassion for all animals have made her popular with our patients, clients and staff alike!
Dr. Brian Willows graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1979. His 40 year career has been spent almost entirely in mixed animal practice in Gananoque. Raised on a nearby dairy farm, he has had a keen interest in both domestic animals and family pets. He considers himself to be very lucky to have been able to spend his career in Gananoque. He loves this area and feels so blessed to have been able to be a part of the farming community for so long, while also getting to provide quality medicine and care to this area's pets and the people who count them as family, throughout the majority of his career.
Over the years he has always challenged himself with the latest techniques and procedures of the day and continues to do so now that he can focus entirely on the small animal only side of practice. In recent years he has taken additional courses and training in otology, dermatology, dentistry, surgery, radiology and ultrasonography to name a few. He most recently has completed the course and has been performing the “Tightrope” technique for surgical repair of Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) ruptures, with great success! Dr. Willows values continuing education as a top priority. He has had a long and diverse career and his goal has always been to strive to learn more and to be able to provide up to date and quality medicine for his patients.
Dr. Willows has mainly retired after reaching 40 official years in practice, but we are still very lucky to have him at the clinic once in awhile.
He and his wife Judy currently reside on the north shore of lower Beverly Lake, near Delta, Ontario with their golden retriever, Karma. They are certain that their cat, Sally Anne considers them to be her slaves and she does a fine job of keeping them in their places. In their free time they enjoy nearly every outdoor activity one can do from the front door of their home. Together they enjoy canoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or simply relaxing on their front porch. They also enjoy a day of golf or downhill skiing with friends. They like their good ole country music! Their favourite pastime though, whether sitting around a campfire or their dining room table is entertaining family and friends! They have worked together in the veterinary field since shortly after they were married in 1976. They have raised two beautiful and talented children, Andrew and Kimberley. Andrew has 2 little girls; Adele and Evelyn. Brian and Judy have fully embraced their roles as grandparents, taking every opportunity to spend time with their grandchildren and they spoil them like grandparents should!
TracyRegistered Veterinary Technologist & Hospital Manager
Tracy graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College in 1998 and has worked as a Registered Veterinary Technologist at TIVS ever since. Tracy also taught part-time in the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston for more than 10 years.
At TIVS, Tracy’s special interests are anesthesia, pain control, reproduction, behaviour and the human-animal bond. Tracy is a member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. She also recently became certified as a Pet Bereavement Specialist. Tracy has been a long time employee of Thousand Islands Veterinary Services and she attributes that to feeling like the staff is a big family that works together to provide the best care and veterinary experience to our patients and their families. Customer service and client relations are very important to Tracy. She is very happy to be the clinic Hospital Manager to be able to work with our staff and clients to make your experience at TIVS, the best it can be!
Tracy grew up on a dairy farm and her family had beef cattle and horses as well. Tracy and her husband Shawn live on a hobby farm in Elgin. They have a small flock of Katahdin sheep. Tracy also breeds Border Collies and she jokes that she got the sheep to keep the dogs happy and employed! Tracy lives with her Border Collies: Freya, Ember, Cara, Luna, and Picard. She is well aware that she is on the verge of becoming a ‘Crazy Dog Lady’! Tracy’s cats Giles, Bizzaro, Solo & Yoda are perhaps the most spoiled barn cats ever!
Outside of work Tracy enjoys spending time with her dogs outside, reading, spending time with her awesome nephews and helping out on the family dairy farm.
EmmaRegistered Veterinary Technologist
Emma's enthusiasm, compassion and sense of humour have made her key member of our team. Emma grew up in Kingston. She completed her BA at Dalhousie University with a double major in Environmental Science and Sustainability in Society. She found herself missing home and wanting to switch career paths and she found her way to the Veterinary Technology program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. She graduated in 2020 and came to work with us as a Registered Veterinary Technologist in the Fall of the same year.
Emma’s special veterinary interests are emergency medicine and laboratory work. She says that she could look through a microscope all day long! Emma also loves working with senior pets.
In 2016 Emma adopted her cats Sushi and Tallulah. Emma also has a Border Collie named Kit who keeps their family active!
Her hobbies include cooking (but she says that she loves eating even more), playing video games and picking out stylish attire for her cats!
TessaVeterinary Assistant / Receptionist
Tessa is the smiling face on our front desk who keeps us all on track! Her compassion, empathy and her work ethic make her a rock star at client relations. She started with TIVS in the fall of 2022. She graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at St. Lawrence College earlier that year.
Tessa has always had a love for animals and she has a strong passion for animal welfare. Her favourite parts of her job are being able to help clients and their pets when they need us, and assisting to provide a low stress clinic experience for all of our patients. She is particularly interested in behavioural medicine and physiology.
Outside of work Tessa loves horseback riding, hiking and reading. You may even see her walking around town with one of her cats who enjoys going out on his leash!
Tessa shares her home with two brown tabby domestic shorthaired kitties. Hunter is a spayed female who showed up as a stray one day and has been a part of Tessa’s life since Tessa was 8 years old. Bandit is a more recent addition to Tessa’s family and he is a neutered male who Tessa, and her partner, adopted from the Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project.
Mandy graduated from Ashworth College and spent many years working in the US in Emergency and Critical Care. She says that she chose veterinary medicine because she loves animals and truly enjoys helping them. She has a strong passion for the medical field as well.
Mandy’s favourite areas of vet med are: emergency and critical care, wound management and bandaging/splinting care, lab work, behavior, hospitalized patient care and client education. If you see Mandy interacting with our patients, you can’t help but to see how much she cares about them. She has a particular love for senior pets.
Outside of work Mandy loves to do what she calls ‘Granny Crafts’ like crocheting and quilting. She also enjoys acrylic paint pouring and paint nights. She also loves camping and hiking with her dogs.
The joke at work is that Mandy especially loves the ‘squishy faced’ critters. This is evidenced by her two dogs. Their names are: Lady Emelia (aka Emmie Em), the American Bulldog cross; and Fraulein Gertrude (aka Gertie or Officer Nubs), the Boxer. She also lives with her 2 (much loved) domestic shorthaired kitties named Poppie and Little Em.
TanyaVeterinary Technician / Receptionist
Tanya joined our team in late 2022. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College in 2011 and worked in the Durham Region before starting her family. In 2022 she and her family moved to our area and we are lucky enough to have her as a Veterinary Technician/Customer Service Representative. Her compassion and efficiency make her a great addition to our front desk team!
Like all of us, Tanya’s love of animals brought her to this profession. Tanya enjoys getting to know our clients and helping them to know what options are available to provide the best care for their pet’s needs. She really likes learning more about pet nutrition as well as supplements and nutraceuticals that are available to help to support the health and comfort of our patients.
When not at work Tanya enjoys hiking with her Husky/Shepherd Cross named Easton and her family. She also enjoys all kinds of crafting and is finding herself falling victim to ‘Chicken Math’ with an ever increasing flock of laying hens. Tanya also shares her home with her husband, Doug, their 2 sons, Cameron and Hunter and 2 domestic short haired kitties named Poncho and Boomhauer.
JasmineRegistered Veterinary Technologist
Jasmine is the newest addition to our team, starting with us in the winter of 2023. She is a Registered Veterinary Technologist who graduated from St. Lawrence College in Kingston in 2018. Prior to joining our team, Jasmine worked in both general and emergency medicine. Jasmine’s genuine care and compassion will be obvious to anyone who gets to meet her. Her sense of humour has made her a great addition to our team!
When we asked Jasmine why she chose this profession, she said that since she was little, she knew that she wanted to work with animals and provide them with as much love as possible. She says that her favourite part of her job is how she can form bonds with our patients and watch them grow. Jasmine particularly loves anesthesia and surgeries and the care of pets that need to be hospitalized with us.
Outside of work, Jasmine loves taking her dog for hikes on the many trails in the Thousand Islands area, painting and sports of all kinds.
Jasmine, and her boyfriend Aaron, share their home with Mocha- a 5 yr old spayed female Chocolate Lab, and Minnie- a 9 yr old spayed female calico Domestic Medium-Haired kitty.
JeanieRegistered Veterinary Technologist
Jeanie started with TIVS in April 2019. She graduated from St. Lawrence College's Veterinary Technology program in 2000.
Around the clinic you will often see Jeanie in appointment rooms helping out the doctors and getting histories from you about your pets. She also helps out at the front desk and keeping the day to day stuff done so that we can give the best service that we can. She says that her favourite part of her job is talking with people who have a great relationship with their pet. She loves really getting to know our clients and our patients. Her bubbly personality makes her great at this!
Outside of work you will find Jeanie spending time with her 4 boys: Brandon, Sam, Adam & Dylan and her husband Jesse. She seems to spend most of her time ferrying the boys back and forth between activities! Sitting down with them at night to hear them share their stories of what they were up to that day, is the highlight of her day. She also has 3 beloved Border Collies: Ziggy, Marley, and Zephyr as well as 3 cats: Leo, Gord & Lucyfur. She also loves gardening and each year her flower and vegetable gardens get bigger and bigger! And if she ever has time, she likes to draw too.