Meet Our Team

We are staffed with a team of highly skilled veterinary professionals who are passionate about improving the lives of animals and truly enjoy working together.

Collectively, our vets have over 75 years of experience and range from seasoned veterans to recent graduates. Most of our veterinary support team have been with us for over a decade each.

Most importantly, all of us are dedicated pet owners. It is the love we have for our own animal companions that drives each of us to do our very best for you and your pets, every single day.

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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Gillian Egli

Owner/Veterinarian

Growing up, Gillian was always intrigued by medicine and how bodies work. This, combined with a deep love for all animals, showed her at an early age that the veterinary world was the only future for her!

After graduating high school in Stratford, Ontario, Gillian headed to the University of Guelph. After two years of undergraduate studies in Biomedical sciences, she was accepted to Ontario Veterinary College, graduating in 2004. Her career started in mixed animal practice, eventually migrating to emergency medicine. Although she found emergency care thrilling, Dr. Egli wanted to spend more time with her growing family, so she came to Oakridge in 2010. In 2012 she came on full time, and couldn’t be happier working with the wonderful staff and adorable pets!

Dr. Egli lives on a farm north of London. Her husband Dan is a swine producer. Their daughter Julia loves animals, running, and traveling, and their son Adrian is an avid hockey fan and also likes to spend time in the barn and fields with his dad. Daughter Nicola adores animals and veterinary medicine, and is completely confident that she’ll be working side-by-side with her mother at the clinic one day.

Dr. Egli has a senior Golden Retriever named Oliver, a Saint Bernard named Heidi, and a cat named Andy. She also has three horses: Blondie, a beautiful Quarter Horse; Bella the Shire/Canadian cross; and a lovely pony named Jasper.

In addition to spending quality time with her family and pets, Gillian also loves running and horseback riding. She’ll also take any excuse to travel!

Dr. Shannon Moffatt

Owner/Veterinarian

Growing up in the London area, Dr. Moffatt was always surrounded by many different kinds of animals and always cherished her connection with them. Many years later when she decided to become a veterinarian, she thought back on those times and knew it was the right career path for her!

After completing her Honours BSc in Physiology at Mount Allison University in 1999, Shannon returned to Ontario to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps at Ontario Veterinary College. With a special interest in critical care, Dr. Moffatt came home to London and spent many years honing her diagnostic and surgical skills at the London Veterinary Emergency Clinic. In 2012, she joined the Oakridge team.

As a vet, Dr. Moffatt enjoys the challenge of diagnostic medicine, the necessary skills of surgery, and continually working with family members to provide the best possible wellness for their furry family members. She’s also recently developed an interest in dentistry and plans to continue her education in acupuncture and other alternative medicine techniques.

Shannon shares her home with her husband Mark, who is her biggest supporter. They have two children: Matt, six, and Claire, four, who both share their mother’s love of animals. The family has two cats, Jelly and Peach, and a new rescue poodle mix named Pepper. Pepper was adopted as a stray and has fit well into her family. Pepper is adored by her children.

Dr. Moffatt says her greatest joy comes from spending time with her family, but she also enjoys reading and hiking. She also considers herself a novice fitness enthusiast with lofty goals of completing a Tough Mudder challenge in the near future.

Dr. Jennifer Gray

Veterinarian

bio coming soon...

Dr. Amanda Li

Veterinarian

Amanda knew exactly what she was going to do when she grew up: she was going to bring back the dinosaurs. However, time went on and it became clear that this was not going to happen any time soon. When it was determined that she wouldn't be able to make a career of reciting every line from The Little Mermaid from memory, fate changed when she asked for an encyclopedia of dog breeds for her birthday. She memorized it from cover to cover, borrowed every book from the library with "dog" in the title, and then it was decided - she was going to become a veterinarian!

She left her home of Vancouver, BC to attend the University of Guelph, then graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2017. As a veterinarian, Amanda thoroughly enjoys getting to know people and their pets, and coming up with ways to keep her patients at their healthiest. Her passions are soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and medicine. She prioritizes professional development, and strives to attend at least one continuing education event annually to keep up with the ever-changing art that is veterinary medicine.

She joined the Oak West team in December 2021 and can't envision herself anywhere else. When she is not in the clinic, you can find her traveling, dining (preferably on a patio), reading, or riding dressage. She shares her time with her husband, Ryan, and their two Portuguese Water Dogs, Wilshire and Halifax. She still hopes that dinosaurs will make a comeback at some point in her lifetime.

Dr. Caitlin Evered

Veterinarian

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Dr. Graham Dingwell

Associate Veterinarian & Chiropractor

Bio coming soon.

Our Care Team

Miranda

Hospital Administrator/ Registered Veterinary Technician

bio coming soon...

Mandy

Registered Veterinary Technician

As a teenager, Mandy would drive by Oakridge Animal Clinic and see people playing with their dogs behind the building. Soon after that, she was volunteering here. She’s now a Registered Veterinary Technician and has worked at the clinic for 14 years!

Mandy was born and raised in London with her two sisters. After volunteering at the clinic, she was hired on as a Veterinary Assistant while she was in Vet Tech school. After her graduation in 2005, she moved to the Registered Veterinary Technician position. Mandy has a special interest in dentistry, and particularly loves seeing a patient come in with a dirty mouth and leave with fresh breath and white teeth. She also enjoys treating infected wounds, hearing pet stories from clients, and playing with the clinic cat.

In 2011, Mandy married her high school sweetheart, and quickly introduced him to a life with pets! She has two cats, Oliver and Sullivan, as well as a Golden retriever/lab cross named Boone who likes sitting on laps even though he weighs 70 pounds!

In her spare time, Mandy enjoys running and hiking with her dog. She’s even ran a half marathon, clocking in under her goal time. Her family also does a canoe trip into the Algonquin interior every summer, which is Boone’s favorite part of the year.

Dani

Registered Veterinary Technician

Dani grew up on a hobby farm near Lucan, Ontario, where she enjoyed the company of goats, chickens, pigs, ducks, pocket pets, and a sheep who went by Fred. It wasn’t hard for her to fall in love with animal care early on in life. After Dani helped to nurse a baby pig back to health on her family farm, she made the decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine!

Dani completed a two-year cooperative career placement program at a local vet clinic during high school, and continued to work as a Kennel Attendant throughout high school and college. She attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus and graduated in 2007 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Dani first met Dr. Egli while working at another local hospital, and was happy to join forces with her again here at Oakridge Animal Clinic. She first joined the team in the fall of 2014, left for a short time in 2016 to pursue other opportunities, and then rejoined the clinic family halfway through 2017.

Around the clinic, Dani enjoys caring for senior pets, working on dentistry cases, and monitoring pets under anesthesia. Most of all, she loves that she gets to learn something new on a daily basis and that she’s constantly kept on her toes!

When she’s not at work, Dani likes hiking, playing on a floor hockey team in the winters, hiking and horseback riding, fostering dogs, and spending time with her own pets at home. She has four cats—Gus, Franklin, Harvey, and Ezra—. Dani also shares her life with Edgar the crested gecko and a horse, Atlas, whose favorite pastimes include going for trail rides and getting snacks. Dani has a special place in her heart for Dobermans.

Heather

Registered Veterinary Technician

Heather grew up on a dairy farm outside of Stratford. There, she loved to spend time in the barn as a child, bonding with creatures large and small. It wasn’t hard for her to fall in love with animal care early on! By the time Heather was participating in the 4-H veterinary club a few years later, she knew that she had found her calling. Now, she’s been enjoying her work in the animal-care profession for almost two decades!

After a series of co-operative career placements and animal-related summer jobs, Heather attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus to study veterinary technology. She graduated with honours in 2001, and quickly completed the necessary testing to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Having previously worked with Dr. Egli shortly after graduating from college, Heather jumped at the chance to join forces with her once again here at Oakridge Animal Clinic. She moved back to this area and joined the hospital family as a Veterinary Technician, and she’s been helping the area’s pets and animal owners ever since. Heather especially likes being able to strengthen the bond between pets and owners by encouraging proper health and overall well-being.

In her free time, Heather likes to hike, snowshoe, or rollerblade depending on the season. Most recently, she’s started making her own Kefir milk, cheese, and fermented foods. She has two energetic boys who love soccer, barrel racing, and anything related to dirt and the outdoors, and she also shares her life with a loveable orange tabby cat named James Bond.

Christina

Registered Veterinary Technician

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Kaela

Registered Veterinary Technician

Kaela is a small town girl born and raised in Dorchester, Ontario. Animals have always been a passion of hers; ever since she was in diapers with her toy stethoscope, checking on her childhood dog, she knew she wanted to help animals! There is nothing more she has ever wanted than to become a Veterinary Technician.

Working in the veterinary field since she was just 15 years old, her passion continues to grow. Her career started with volunteering, kennel attending and veterinary assisting. This helped prepare her to go off to college to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. During her college years, Kaela honed her skills by working in a mix of small animal clinics and emergency clinics. She Graduated in June 2019 from St. Clair College and became registered in July 2019. This was a dream come true.

Kaela joined the Oakridge/Oak West team in September 2020 and absolutely loves it. She especially appreciates the atmosphere and the friends she has gained along the way. She feels that she has learned a lot about herself, personally and as a RVT, since joining the team, and is grateful for everyone she works with. We truly are a family!

Two of Kaela's biggest passions are emergency medicine and in-hospital critical care. Caring for patients in need and making sure they are pain free and comfortable bring her the most joy. Watching them heal and reuniting them with their loved ones is the best part of the job. Kaela hopes to practice more urgent care and anesthetic skills as she gets further into her career and is always excited to learn new things.

Kaela is currently living with her partner, Conor, in Port Stanley with their rescue dog beagle, Babs! Babs was adopted by Kaela from her program at St. Clair College and adopting her was the best decision they have ever made! When Kaela is not working she loves going to the beach with her family and friends to enjoy fun in the sun. Although Sundays are always dedicated to Netflix and Babs snuggles.

Shania

Registered Veterinary Technician

Shania was born and raised in St. Thomas with her two brothers, one of them being her twin, and an array of pets! Growing up, she frequently convinced her parents to let her take in stray animals and at the age of 12, she decided to become a vegetarian. She enjoyed visiting her local animal shelter to socialize with the cats, and found their presence comforting.

After high school, Shania completed 1 year of a nursing program at Trent University in Peterborough. During her summer break, she worked as a PSW at a long-term care facility but soon realized the field wasn’t her true passion. She decided to take a year off to work and explore other career paths. In 2019, she attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus to complete their Veterinary Technology program. Her time on campus got cut short during her second semester, when her residence building closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. She was able to return to Ridgetown to complete her final year, and graduated with honors in 2021.

Shortly after graduation, she joined the Oakridge/Oak West team! Shania enjoys the thrill that each day brings and that no two appointments are the same. She aims to make each patient feel comfortable while they’re in her care and looks forward to further developing her skills. Shania has a special interest in preventative medicine and helping senior pets live long, happy lives.

At home, Shania has a senior cat named Tila who she adopted from a shelter. She intends to help Tila live out her golden years! In her spare time, Shania enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, reading books and watching reality TV.

Danika

Registered Veterinary Technician

Raised in the country, Danika grew up riding horses and surrounded by a variety of different pets. She had a natural interest in animals, nature and the cycle of life. These passions grew into a genuine interest in the human-animal bond and medicine as she grew older. After high school, she decided to pursue a career in the veterinary profession.

Danika graduated from the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus as a veterinary technician in 2009 and passed examination to become registered with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians in the same year. Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to grow her skills working with both large and small animals. She has even been able to cross off a bucket list item by working as a zookeeper at the Toronto Zoo. Danika joined our team in 2014 as a Registered Veterinary Technician and hasn’t looked back since!

Danika has a special interest and skillset in animal nutrition and disease management which has developed into a specific role at the clinic, the Wellness and Nutrition Advisor. She provides in depth consultations and support for clients who have pets with complicated or chronic medical conditions. One of her favourite parts of the job is that she never stops learning! When not at work, Danika can be found speaking at veterinary conferences, practicing Reiki, or adventuring to a new ethnic restaurant with her partner Katrina. She has three cats at home, Sophie, Chiyo and Yoshi, and a lab x named Reika, also affectionally known as the Goober Doob.

Katie

Registered Veterinary Technician

Bio to Come

Caitlin

Front Office Manager

During her high school’s co-operative career placement program, Caitlin decided to try a placement in a veterinary clinic, thinking it would be a joy to play with the puppies and kittens. Little did she know that she would learn to love the veterinary industry so much that she wanted to work in it for a living!

Caitlin grew up in London and attended the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown location to complete the Veterinary Medical Office Administration program, graduating with honors. She got a job at a London clinic while simultaneously working part-time at the London Humane Society. She applied at Oakridge in October of 2005, working in the kennel area and as a Veterinary Assistant before moving to full-time reception work in the summer of 2006.

Caitlin truly enjoys connecting with clients, getting to know them on a professional and personal level. The feeling of knowing she’s helped someone and their pet is incredible for her. Of course, she also loves being around the animals!

Caitlin lives with her husband Dan and their newborn daughter, Avery. Their furry family member Lo is an athletic mixed-breed. Caitlin can’t wait to start agility training with Lo again soon.

Outside of work, Caitlin has been kept busy with the arrival of baby Avery. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

Jamie

Receptionist

Jamie enjoys seeing pet owners forming lasting bonds with their furry friends, and even finds working with pets quite therapeutic. For her, working in the veterinary profession was the only career choice that made sense!

In high school, Jamie got involved the co-operative career program. She was originally hired at Oakridge as a veterinary assistant, and transitioned to reception in 2008. She especially loves seeing new puppies, meeting clients, and showing off the pets to the rest of the staff.

Jamie lives in Strathroy with her three-year-old daughter Cassidy and several dogs: Fly, the Yorkie; Rex, a Jack Russell; and Que, a White German shepherd. In her spare time, Jamie likes being outdoors, especially gardening in her yard. She also likes baking and traveling whenever possible.

Sarah

Receptionist

Sarah grew up on a farm in the London area and has always enjoyed being with animals, large and small. After completing a kinesiology degree at McMaster University, she moved to British Columbia for the outdoor sports lifestyle and ended up working at animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and learning about canine behaviour. After enjoying many years out west she made the difficult decision to move back to Ontario, and we are so glad she did!

Sarah joined the team in blue as a receptionist (care coordinator) in 2016. Sarah loves working with everyone at Oakridge and Oak West, as well as getting to know all of the pets and their families. She is amazing at finding solutions on busy days for both clients and the team.

Outside of work, Sarah competes in protection sports with her dog, Mulder. She also volunteers with Bullies in Need, the Ontario pit bull rescue. In the off chance that she is not with dogs, Sarah enjoys running. She is also an avid reader, with her favourite genre being horror. She has a special affinity for Stephen King, and has several of his signed books!

Stephanie

Receptionist

Stephanie grew up in a small town outside of London, and loved living the country life. She always knew that she wanted to work with animals in some way! She worked in an animal shelter for several years before branching out to animal clinics.

As an accomplished receptionist and veterinary assistant, Stephanie honed her skill at the veterinary emergency clinic before finding her home at Oakridge. She especially loves working at Oakridge because of the staff, who feel like a big extended family.

When away from work, Stephanie is passionate about staying active! She loves to adventure, travel, and is planning on hiking all of the Bruce Trail. In 2021 she was able to check off one of her bucket list items by traveling to Costa Rica. Steph had also played roller derby for about 10 years! Due to the pandemic, she decided to retire from derby, but thinks about that time in her life fondly.

At home, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and 3 pets! She has Thomas, a beautiful orange kitty, Carly, an adorable lab cross, and Maxx, a handsome labradoodle!

Melissa

Receptionist

Bio to Come

Nicole D.

Veterinary Assistant/Facility Manager

Nicole grew up in Dorchester on a hobby farm with horses, cows, pigs, goats, dogs, cats, chickens, and geese. She was always passionate about helping the animals feel better, and it only made sense to pursue a career in the veterinary world.

Nicole took veterinary assistant courses at Durham College. Once she graduated, she applied to several clinics and came to work at Oakridge in October of 2008. Now she’s a certified Veterinary Assistant, and enjoys looking after boarding animals and helping owners understand how to read their pets and care for them when they’re sick.

At home, Nicole has several pets of her own. Jasper is a Retriever mix and is Nicole’s traveling buddy. Riggins is a St. Bernard who loves to be with people, Ace is a short-hair cat with a penchant for chattering, and Daytona is a rescue cat from the clinic.

When she’s not working or taking her dogs on walks and hikes, Nicole enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors.

Maddie

Veterinary Assistant

Maddie grew up in London with her parents and three brothers, right around the corner from Oakridge Animal Clinic. She’s always recognized the inherent value that our pets provide—years of unconditional love, loyalty, and happiness. For her, being able to help the families of her hometown spend as much time as possible with their beloved animal companions is a dream come true! Maddie is a proud member of the clinic’s Veterinary Assistant team.

It was 2016 when Maddie joined the hospital team through her high school’s cooperative career placement program. She quickly started volunteering on Saturdays, and was eventually offered a job! Maddie has been a member of the Oakridge Animal Clinic Veterinary Assistant team ever since—she works full-time in the summers, and part-time during the school year while attending Western University to study healthcare, aging, and genetics.

Maddie finds that one of her favourite parts of the job is helping the clinic’s boarding pets feel as comfortable as possible during their time here. She loves to play with the visiting dogs in the yard and snuggle feline companions in the cat room—for her, nothing beats seeing a happy pet reunited with their owner after a stay here at the clinic!

When time permits between her busy school schedule and shifts here at the hospital, Maddie enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking with friends and family, and working out at the gym. She’s also a lifeguard and has a special interest in human first-aid. At home, Maddie shares her life with the family cat, Honey.

Megan

Veterinary Assistant

Bio to Come...

Amanda

Veterinary Assistant

Amanda has worked as a veterinary assistant at Oakridge since 2017 and loves to snuggle all the pets that come through our doors! She takes pride in making connections and establishing relationships with clients when they visit by finding common interests to chat about. Amanda attended University of Guelph: Ridgetown campus for her veterinary education, graduated in 2014, and continues her education with various courses and webinars in her spare time to keep her knowledge fresh and up to date. She also enjoys taking various courses to learn new skills such as recently acquiring her Pleasure Craft Operator card!

Amanda grew up in a small town just outside Lucan, Ontario and has worked at several horse farms, veterinary clinics, and other locations over the years. She loved working with horses so much she ended up taking lessons for a few years and participated in some shows at the barn. Fun fact: Amanda actually rode a camel before ever hopping on the back of a horse! Exotics have also always been a part of Amanda’s life from having little hamsters and betta fish growing up all the way to rats and rabbits when she moved out and could finally get all the animals her parents had said “no” to. Disclaimer, she was the child that always wanted to visit pet stores and want to take all the little critters home.

Amanda loves the friendly atmosphere at Oakridge and having fun with her coworkers inside and outside of the clinic. Working with such an amazing and diverse group of people has inspired her to gain confidence to do new and exciting things knowing that there are so many supportive ladies standing behind her and cheering her on to shoot for the stars!

Currently, Amanda lives on a small hobby farm with her long time boyfriend and has 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a small flock of chickens. When she isn’t hanging out with her fur critters at home, Amanda enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors, reading, photography, and crafting of all kinds! She also loves to travel and hopes to get out and about into the world in the future, Japan being at the top of the list.