Meet Our Team

Click on each of our highly qualified professional to read his / her profile.

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Doctors on Staff

Dr. Michele Dawe

Dr. Michele Dawe

BSc, DVM

Dr. Michele Dawe

Dr. Michele Dawe

BSc, DVM

Dr. Dawe was born in St. John’s and also lived in Codroy Valley for a few years. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1993 and then went to work in Ontario. She moved back to St. John’s in 2012 to practice Veterinary Medicine at home.

Dr. Dawe enjoys the variety of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery with both cats and dogs. When she isn’t working she enjoys knitting, baking, gardening and spending time with her daughter and her furry companion Casey.

Dr. Colleen Simms

Dr. Colleen Simms

DVM

Dr. Colleen Simms

Dr. Colleen Simms

DVM

Dr. Simms was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and in 1991 was part of the second ever class to graduate from the Atlantic Veterinary College. She came to St. John’s right after graduating, planning on staying for only a couple of years – but she fell in love with Newfoundland and has never left! Dr. Simms became co-owner of St. John’s Veterinary Hospital, with Dr. Martin, in 1994.

Dr. Simms shares her home with a happy family of three kids, two dogs, and six cats. At work her interests include internal medicine, with an emphasis on critical care, reproduction and the human-pet bond. Along with cats and dogs, Dr. Simms also enjoys treating smaller mammals such as rabbits and ferrets. Dr. Simms believes in the importance of a good work-life balance, and outside of her veterinary career she has a passion for fitness and is an instructor at GoodLife for a variety of their group exercise classes.

Dr. Jens Martin

Dr. Jens Martin

BSc, DVM

Dr. Jens Martin

Dr. Jens Martin

BSc, DVM

Dr. Martin was born in Enfield, England and grew up in Zambia, Africa before immigrating to Canada in 1976. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Memorial University before attending the Atlantic Veterinary College, getting his DVM in 1993. Upon graduation he began work at St. John's Veterinary Hospital, and in 1994 he and Dr. Simms took over ownership. He has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery, dentistry and internal medicine.

Dr. Martin’s family includes his wife Shirley, a beautiful daughter, two cats, a much pampered dog, and a couple of guinea pigs. Away from the hospital he enjoys travelling, and being active with golfing and skiing.




Nursing
Team

The Nursing Team



Front Desk
Team

The Front Desk Team



Management
& Support Staff

Karen Domino

Karen Domino

Practice Manager

Karen Domino

Karen Domino

Practice Manager

Karen was born in Gander, NL and was raised in St. John’s. Karen joined St. Johns Veterinary Hospital in 1998 as a part-time receptionist and graduated to inventory manager shortly after. Karen returned to school to pursue a business diploma with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) while working part-time and then returned in 2008 full-time as our practice manager.

Karen wears many hats at the hospital and is very proud of the work that is done at the hospital by the talented team of doctors and support staff.

Karen’s family includes her husband Pat, step-daughter, a dog and a cat. When she isn’t working she enjoys walking with her dog and spending time with her family.

Michelle Gosse

Michelle Gosse

Hospital Administrative Assistant

Michelle Gosse

Michelle Gosse

Hospital Administrative Assistant

Michelle originates from St John’s, and has been working with us since 1998. She has recently made the shift from veterinary assistant working directly in patient care, to helping out more behind the scenes with Karen as an administrative assistant.

A devoted pet-mum to a number of cats and dogs, Michelle was drawn to the veterinary industry because of her love of animals. When not at work making sure your pets are getting the best care possible, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Dana Tracey

Dana Tracey

Front Desk Supervisor

Dana Tracey

Dana Tracey

Front Desk Supervisor

Dana is from St John’s, and loves working with animals and the people that care for them. She’s been with St John’s Veterinary Hospital since 2007, and outside of work she spends much of her time looking after strays in her neighbourhood.

Dana’s big heart has opened her home to several cats and rats – and we’re sure she’d take in every stray she met if only she had the room!

Paula Kirkham

Paula Kirkham

Inventory Manager

Paula Kirkham

Paula Kirkham

Inventory Manager

Paula was born and raised in Grand Falls- Windsor, NL. Because of her love of animals she went to the University of Guelph and obtained a Bachelor of Science Honours Zoology degree, and then stayed in Ontario working in the veterinary field for the next 12 years. In 2002 she returned home and came to work at St. John's Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary assistant. In 2004 she was promoted to Inventory Manager and has been working in that position ever since. Paula enjoys the many aspects of her job from making sure the hospital is fully stocked with drugs, supplies and pet food to researching drugs for the doctors and meeting with drug reps to learn about new products for the patients. Besides that, giving pre and post cuddles to the surgery cases is an important part of her day! Paula's family includes her daughter Danielle, son Chris, a dog and 3 cats. As she is also a devoted hockey mom, when not working she can usually be found at the rink!

Simon

Simon

Clinic Cat

Simon

Simon

Clinic Cat

Simon joined the St John’s Veterinary Hospital family in 2014, after several unsuccessful attempts to find a home through a local rescue group. Simon is our staff lounge monitor, our doctor’s office chair warmer, and Karen’s direct supervisor. He likes spinning chairs and Box Mountains, and must sit in on all meetings.

Simon’s client relation skills are lacking (he is downright rude to patients!), so he is rarely seen downstairs – but he is an important part of the team, and not much gets done upstairs without him! (Otherwise he complains, loudly).




Woodpath
Cat & Dog Hospital Team

Linda Kane

Linda Kane

Woodpath Cat & Dog Hospital

Linda Kane

Linda Kane

Woodpath Cat & Dog Hospital

Linda has spent all her life in Topsail, Newfoundland. After 10 years working in the insurance industry, Linda followed her heart to St John’s Veterinary Hospital in 1998, and her love of working with animals has kept her with us ever since. Linda manages our satellite clinic, the Woodpath Cat & Dog Hospital, and many of our clients miss her when she’s not there!

Linda and her husband enjoy the company of two dogs and two cats, and spend much of their free time enjoying long walks with whichever furry companion is up for the journey.

Joanne Mesh

Joanne Mesh

Woodpath Cat & Dog Hospital

Joanne Mesh

Joanne Mesh

Woodpath Cat & Dog Hospital

Joanne (or, Jo, as most of us call her!) was born and raised in Gander, Newfoundland. She came to work at St John’ Vet Hospital in 1995, drawn to the veterinary industry because of her love of animals, and her passion for a job that still surprises her with new things. Jo is an avid movie watcher, and shares this hobby with her cat and dog.