Friendly and Positive
The team at Central Vet Services prides itself in being friendly and positive towards each other, the animals, and people who we see every day. By working together in an encouraging environment, we are able to focus our energy on our clients and patients.
Dr. David Snell
Dr. Snell's Bio
In his spare time, he likes to spend with family. Dr. Snell has three wonderful kids named Samantha, Rachel, and Nicolas. He enjoys playing competitive sports such as hockey in the winter and adventure racing in the summer. At home, Dave has a yellow lab named Eva and a cat named Sarah.
Dr. Stephanie Van Deynze-Snell
Dr. Van Deynze-Snell's Bio
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, Samantha, Rachel, and Nicolas, and in her garden. Dr. Van Deynze grew up near Holland, Manitoba, and after living in Saskatchewan and Alberta, she is happy to be back in friendly Manitoba.
Dr. Samyra Stuart-Altman
Dr. Stuart-Altman's Bio
Dr. Stuart-Altman enjoys all aspects of practice, especially the areas of internal medicine, wellness, surgery, and diagnostic imaging. She has extensive experience in the realm of ultrasonography and thoroughly enjoys exercising her skills for both in-house and referral abdominal ultrasound exams. Dr. Stuart-Altman is also a member of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA) and has volunteered as a trail veterinarian for many distance races. Her work with sled dogs has taken her as far north as Churchill, Manitoba, and the wilderness of Montana.
Dr. Stuart-Altman is also passionate about animal welfare and the human-animal bond. As such, she volunteers for remote spay/neuter clinics with Save A Dog Network and Isla Animals. She has participated in multiple feline spay/neuter clinics locally with C.A.R.E and One Health centred clinics with Community Veterinary Outreach. She is a board member of the Winnipeg Humane Society and the MVMA’s representative to Winnipeg Animal Services.
Other than veterinary medicine, Dr. Stuart-Altman’s interests include creating custom pet portraits with her modest local business “Ink Naturally,” travelling and enjoying live music. She also finds time to spend with her husband and her two cats: a troublemaker named Tucker and her three-legged cat named Pearl. Dr. Stuart-Altman was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dr. Stuart-Altman is a Feline Friendly Ambassador.
Dr. Jennifer White
Dr. White's Bio
Dr. White has professional interests in preventative medicine and dermatology. Overall, she is happiest tending to the small animals that come through our doors, extending her compassion and care to every patient she sees.
In her time away from work, she enjoys cooking for her little girl, Natalie, going for walks with her German Shepherd named Larry, as well as dabbling in photography. Dr. White was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dr. Ken Johnson
Dr. Johnson's Bio
Dr. Johnson is a mixed animal veterinarian. He graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1978 and has worked as a full-time veterinarian in the Winnipeg area ever since.
Dr. Johnson and his wife, Elaine, founded Central Veterinary Services in 1981. In 1999, Dr. Johnson was honoured as the recipient of a Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association. He is past president of the Western Canadian Equine Association, a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (having completed a three-year term on the dentistry committee), American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Endurance Riders Conference, and veterinarian for the Morris Stampede.
Over the years, Dr. Johnson has also found time to take an active role in mentoring hundreds of students in their pursuit of careers in veterinary medicine. When Dr. Johnson is not working, he likes visiting with his friends and family and enjoying time at the lake. Dr. Johnson was born and raised near Domain, Manitoba.
Dr. Mackenzie Marks
Dr. Marks' Bio
When he is not working, Dr. Marks enjoys making music, doing leatherwork, and spending time outdoors with his wife, Sheena (often on horseback). He also finds time to spend with his dogs, Remington, Benelli & Tortilla, and a feline friend named Ella. Dr. Marks grew up in Arnes, Manitoba.
Dr. Kristen Wilson
Dr. Wilson's Bio
Dr. Wilson joined our team again during Spring 2018, and we are happy to have her here with us once again! Dr. Wilson enjoys all aspects of mixed animal practice but has additional training in ultrasonography. She completed her Small Animal Abdominal & Cardiac Ultrasound Certification in 2011 and truly enjoys using her skills for our patients and referrals from other veterinary clinics. Dr. Wilson pursued a career in veterinary medicine because she loves working with various animals and improving their health/performance.
When not working, Dr. Wilson enjoys getting outside to go horseback riding, tend to her chickens and work around her beautiful acreage. She also finds time to spend with her cats, 2 dogs, 2 horses, chickens, ducks, guineas, and bees! Dr. Wilson was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dr. Heidi Bjornson
Dr. Bjornson's Bio
Dr. Bjornson started as a veterinarian with us in May 2019, and we sure are happy to have her back! Her favourite aspect of being a veterinarian is helping sick or injured animals that walk through our doors. Dr. Bjornson pursued this career to do her best to ensure patients leave the clinic better than when they entered. In 2020, Dr. Bjornson began studying acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Florida. She has really enjoyed this alternative method of treating animals to add to our efforts to help animals heal and feel better.
In her time away from work, she enjoys horseback riding, playing baseball, and spending time with her two young nieces. Dr. Bjornson was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba but now resides near Anola, Manitoba.
Dr. Rylee Rentz
Dr. Rentz's Bio
In her time away from work, Dr. Rentz enjoys cabin activities with her pets and family. She also loves volunteering with Community Veterinary Outreach (CVO) and rescue organizations. In the winter months, Dr. Rentz also enjoys playing ringette and hockey. She also finds time to spend with her three dogs (Buster, Isis, and Bill) and her cat (Hercules). Dr. Rentz was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dr. Jenna Noordenbos
Dr. Noordenbos' Bio
Currently, she is enjoying all aspects of being a veterinarian because it’s all so new and exciting. She enjoys helping clients keep their pets healthy and working with pets when they are not at their best. Her interests include equine medicine and rehabilitation, along with companion animal (dog and cat) surgery.
Dr. Noordenbos enjoys hiking, camping, biking, baking/cooking, playing musical instruments, and crafting when she is not working. She truly enjoys being creative and spending time with her Husky cross named Nala. Dr. Noordenbos was born and raised in Ashern, Manitoba, but now resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dr. Carly Duncan
Dr. Duncan's Bio
When she is not working, Dr. Duncan likes to spend time with friends/family and being outdoors or at her cabin as much as she can. She has three dogs, Border Collie X Lahela, Macy, and Ricky. All three of her dogs were are from Manitoba Underdogs Rescue. Dr. Duncan is from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Registered Veterinary Technologists
When not at work, you can find Shai fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, canoeing, hiking, or doing any outdoor activities with her herd of dogs at home. Shai has a mischievous Mastiff named Scarlett, a high-energy Rottweiler named Kilo, and an antisocial Siamese named Arlo. Shai was born and raised in Headingley, Manitoba, and has since moved to St. Francois Xavier, Manitoba.
Shai is a Feline Friendly Ambassador.
Amanda enjoys ensuring our veterinary practice is always portrayed positively. That is part of what makes her our director of public contact. Amanda will most times be the face you see at our community events, and since she’s such a great planner, she also plans and executes our annual open house event and staff holiday parties.
When not at work, Amanda likes spending time outdoors tending to her yard/garden. She also enjoys spending time with her red Labrador Retriever named Dex and her Golden Retriever named Dawson. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but now resides in Sainte Genevieve, Manitoba.
Currently on maternity leave.
When not at work, you can find Callie at the barn riding her horse, Carmen, or competing competitively in show jumping. Along with riding, Callie spends a lot of time staying active, like running & baseball. She has another horse named Pandora and two cats named Ozzy & Connie (AKA Princess Consuela). Callie was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In her spare time, you can find Courtney going kayaking. She also loves going to the archery range and staying active! Courtney has a few pets of her own. Currently, she has a border collie cross named Willow. Courtney is originally from Rorketon, Manitoba.
When not at work, you can find her camping, going for walks, and being outdoors. Sarah has three cats named Leesha, Callie & Phoenix, and a dog named Ellie. Sarah was born and raised in Steinbach, Manitoba.
In her spare time, you can find Carly spending as much time outdoors as she can. She enjoys gardening, horseback riding, and getting her dog out for a bike ride. Carly has a cat named Belinda, who runs her life. She also has a Pyrenees mix named Pearl, a flock of chickens, and a Percheron named Lucky-Lou. Carly was born and raised in South St. Vital but recently moved away from the city and onto some land in Woodlands, Manitoba.
Carly is a Feline Friendly Ambassador.
You can find Nikki enjoying escape rooms, video games, horseback riding (trail), creating paracord collars, leashes, halters, and more for her business, Knotsense, and fostering animals in her spare time. Nikki has a dog named Lucy, two cats named Morty and Odin, and a horse named Zariyah. Nikki was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Nikki is a Feline Friendly Ambassador.
When not at work, Brandy can also be found bicycling, hiking, riding motorbikes, horseback riding, kayaking, and playing the piano or ukulele. While she does not currently have a pet, she would love to have an outdoorsy cat to take along on adventures one day! Brandy was born and raised in Altona, Manitoba.
When not at work, Carla enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering with Manitoba Underdogs, and spending time outdoors! At home, Carla has a German Shorthaired Pointer/Labrador Retriever Mix named Hunter, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Harper, and three cats named Truffles, Ruby & Martin. Carla was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Carla is a Feline Friendly Ambassador.
In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband and son, go to the dog park, and be outdoors in the summer. Amy has two rescue dogs (Molly and Letti) and two rescue cats (Charlie and Tucker). She grew up in Snow Lake, Manitoba, and now lives in Lorette, Manitoba.
Nadine spends her time at the park with her dog and studying for school when not at work. At home, Nadine has a Mastiff Mix named Mayo. Nadine was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Erynne spends her spare time playing hockey, fishing, running, and reading a good mystery novel. At home, she is kept company by her Boxer cross, Rocco, who is her best buddy! Erynne is originally from Riverton, MB and now resides in Beausejour, MB.
When Stephanie is not at work, she likes to spend time outdoors, hiking with her dogs, camping, fishing, and enjoying the sunshine. She has a beautiful mix-breed mutt named Mya and a handsome Golden Retriever named Nixon. Stephanie was born in Winnipeg but was raised and has since lived in Lorette, MB.
When not at work, Courtney enjoys spending time horseback riding. Courtney lives with her Shih Tzu named Pepper and doodle named Buck. One of her goals is to own a property where she can have her own horses! She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and now lives in Ste. Anne, MB
Breanne (better know as Bre) works behind the scenes in our treatment area with the rest of the veterinary team. She joined our team in September 2018. Before starting with us, Bre completed her high school diploma. Her favourite aspect of the job is large animal medicine and surgeries.
When she’s away from the clinic, she completes ranch work and volunteers at large animal rescues. Bre enjoys horseback riding, fishing, quadding and hiking. She is kept company by her fur baby named Meekah. Bre grew up in Hazelridge, Manitoba and now resides near Richer, Manitoba.
Bre is a Feline Friendly Ambassador.
Alexa is a hospital assistant here at Central Veterinary Services. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in environmental science. Alexa joined our team here in November 2020. Her favourite aspect of working in veterinary medicine is contributing to animal rehabilitation.
When she is not working, you can find Alexa horseback riding, hiking, and camping. She has a dog named Sawyer (Shepard mix) and a horse named Nexus (thoroughbred). Alexa is from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Allison works behind the scenes in our treatment area with the rest of the veterinary team. She became a hospital assistant at Central Veterinary Services in June 2019. Her favourite aspect of being a hospital assistant is interacting with the animals and learning as much as possible.
In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and show jumping. At home, Allison has four horses, two cats and three dogs. Allison was born and raised in La Salle, Manitoba.
Tessa has been a hospital assistant with us since September 2019. From a young age, Tessa was always surrounded by animals and growing up with horses. Before joining us, Tessa obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology. While at work, Tessa enjoys interacting with the variety of animals that we see through the clinic, big and small. She is often seen snapping pictures of our patients for our social media pages, which along with her background in event work, is what drew her to taking over as the head of our public relations and marketing (while Amanda Hebert is on maternity leave). Tessa also has a passion for holistic care, which has led her to work with Dr. Heidi Bjornson through Natural Healing Vet Clinic out of Central Veterinary Services.
When not at work, Tessa spends her time riding her horse Frank and coaching equestrian lessons. At home, she has an Italian Greyhound named Joey and a Yorkie named Oliver. She enjoys spending time travelling, camping and being outdoors. Tessa was born in Howden, Manitoba.
Jonathon works behind the scenes in our treatment area with the rest of the veterinary team. He was a long-term volunteer here at Central Veterinary Services since October 2019 and became an official hospital assistant in October 2020. His favourite aspect of the job is learning different treatment options for numerous ailments from the veterinarians.
In his spare time, he enjoys watching films and television shows. He is also a great cook and loves to bake. At home, Jonathon has a Shepherd/Husky named Zoie. Jonathon was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Majenta is a hospital assistant on our team at Central Veterinary Services. She joined our team in November 2020. Before becoming a team member, Majenta attended Robertson College to gain more knowledge to become a veterinary office assistant. Her favourite aspect of veterinary medicine is all the hands-on work she gets to do with the animals.
When she is not working, Majenta enjoys snowmobiling and horseback riding. She has three dogs and two cats at home. Majenta is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In her spare time, Helen can be found participating in half-marathons & cross-country. She is also currently training to get her PPL-private pilot’s license! At home, she has a Shih-Tzu x Bichon Frise named Bandit and a dwarf hamster named Cheeks that keep her company. Helen is originally from La Salle, MB.
Office Staff & Receptionists
Laurena Van De Velde
Laurena is our director of administration. She brings over 15 years of experience in agricultural-based product marketing, communications, market research, strategic planning, and management of people and processes in organizations.
Laurena attended the University of Manitoba, where she received her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in marketing and international Business. She joined the Central Veterinary Services team in September 2020 and looks forward to ensuring our people and processes are organized in a way that ensures the highest quality of veterinary medicine is delivered to our clients.
In her leisure time, Laurena enjoys spending time at the lake with her husband, two children and their puppy, Charlie. Laurena was raised on a purebred cattle and grain farm in Mariapolis, Manitoba, but now resides in Sanford, Manitoba.
Sally is our director of finance. She joined the Central Veterinary Services team in March 2013, bringing with her over 20 years of experience in finance, operations and customer service.
Sally is found behind the scenes overseeing payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory and IT. She ensures things are running as smoothly as possible!
In her spare time, Sally enjoys spending time with her two cats and her family/friends.
Jennifer joined our team in August 2017 after spending 34 years teaching in the public education system. Beginning as a receptionist, she now works behind the scenes in the finance department–accounts payable.
Her favourite things about working at Central Veterinary Services are meeting new people and their pets, working with the lively, enthusiastic group of people who deliver the utmost in veterinary care and learning the “behind the scenes” runnings of the clinic. She has been a great addition to our finance department.
In Jennifer’s spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and do volunteer work with her local rescue. She has a Yorkshire Terrier named Daisy Mae and a Pomeranian named Emma Leigh. Jennifer resides nearby in Sanford, Manitoba, with her husband and son.
Ana is one of the friendly faces you will see first when coming in for a visit or the cheerful voice when making a call. Ana started joined our team at Central Veterinary Services in May 2013 as a hospital assistant, splitting her time between reception and helping around the clinic. Her favourite part of the job is meeting our great clients and their pets, working with the rest of our staff, trips out to the farm, and, of course, puppy cuddles! Ana enjoys learning new things and being active.
When not at work Ana enjoys hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. Ana owns a thoroughbred named Hesitate and a German Shorthaired Pointer Mix named Russell. Ana was born in Ukraine and is multilingual.
Lindsey joined our team in September 2017 after completing her veterinary office assistant diploma program at Robertson College. She is one of the friendly faces or voices you will first encounter upon visiting or calling Central Veterinary Services. When at work, Lindsey enjoys meeting all of the amazing clients and animals that come into the clinic.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and dog, Kona, and attending local concerts and sporting events. Lindsey grew up in Kenora, Ontario and still visits there often. She now resides with her family in La Salle, Manitoba.
As a receptionist, Amanda is one of the friendly faces or voices you will first encounter upon visiting or calling Central Veterinary Services. She joined the team in 2008 as a receptionist. After a short leave after the birth of her son and now her daughter, she has returned. Amanda excels at multitasking and has obtained certificates from both MediCal and Hill’s, expanding her knowledge to better assist our clients. Since arriving at Central Veterinary Services, Amanda has enjoyed learning about large animal medicine, which she knew very little about before.
When not at work, Amanda stays very busy with her kids, involving them in many activities. She enjoys downtime with her kids/husband and going for walks. Amanda has a male orange tabby cat named Duece and a golden retriever named Gus. Amanda is originally from Calgary, Alberta.
Tiffany joined our team in December 2018 after completing her practicum placement for the Veterinary Office Assistant Diploma program at Robertson College. Tiffany’s favourite aspect of her job as one of our full-time receptionists is meeting all of our wonderful clients and being a part of the team that supports their pet’s care.
In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys supporting her daughter and her cheer club. Along with that, she grew up showing horses (hunters/jumpers), and although she does not ride anymore, this is still one of her passions. Tiffany is kept company by her young standard Poodle named Maui. Tiffany is originally from Winnipeg but has since made her hometown La Salle, Manitoba.
Kayla joined our team in November 2019 after completing her Veterinary Office Assistant Diploma program at Robertson College. Kayla’s favourite aspect of her job as one of our full-time receptionists is meeting all of our wonderful patients.
In her spare time, Kayla enjoys camping and fishing. When home, she’s kept company by her cat named Sonny. Kayla is originally from Winnipeg but has since made her hometown Stonewall, Manitoba.
When she’s away from the clinic, Taylor enjoys going to the gym and watching movies. She has a Boxer named Floyd. Taylor was born and raised in Steinbach, Manitoba.
Currently on maternity leave.
Gracie is a veterinary receptionist here at Central Veterinary Services. You can find her attending to and greeting our clients at the front desk. Gracie is a recent high school graduate that started on our team in November 2020. Her favourite aspect of her job is working with clients as well as their beloved pets.
In her free time, Gracie loves showing and riding reining horses. At home, she has three dogs, a kitten, and a horse. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.