Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Lakewood Animal Hospital in Regina! We are pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (306) 545-6487 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Don Powers, B.Ed., DVM
Veterinarian

I graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and am a partner at Lakewood Animal Hospital. I was born and raised in Regina and live with my wife Lori, two girls, and many pets! I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice and marvel at how medicine and complementary medicine have changed. I strive to provide the best care to my clients and their loyal companions. I like to travel, paint, go to movies and spend time with my family.

Dr. Jenny Skific, B.Sc.
Veterinarian

Dr. Jenny Skific achieved a Bachelor of Science at the Augustana University College in Camrose Alberta. While there she decided to become a veterinarian and then attended The Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. She graduated in the spring of 2005.

While obtaining her veterinary degree, she went on many adventures around the world. In 2003 she spent 3 months in the North West Territories wilderness doing research on Doll Sheep Lung Parasites. During that time she survived with only one other person and no electricity or running water. In the winter of 2005 she spent a month in Uganda doing wildlife veterinary care. There she had the opportunity to work with the chimpanzees, lions, kob (a deer-like species), water buffalo, hyenas and native cattle with horns as long as she is tall.

Dr. Skific shares her life with her wonderful husband Morrie, their beautiful daughter Tana, adorable son Ryker, 3 cats “Anakin”, ‘Fluffy” and ‘George” and 3 overgrown puppies “Nina”, “Maggie” and “Rosie”. She has plenty of room in her heart for more.

Dr. Meredith Cross, B.Sc., DVM, CVA
Veterinarian

Dr. Meredith Cross joined the team at Lakewood Animal Hospital in December 2014. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 after completing a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Regina.

Meredith’s personal commitment is to provide high-quality and compassionate care to her patients and clients. Her professional interests include internal medicine, oncology (cancer), and pain management.

Meredith shares her home with three much-loved and spoiled cats – Frank, Sherlock, and Merlin. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the Saskatchewan Roughriders, relaxing at Lake Diefenbaker, playing beach volleyball, and curling.

Dr, Cross won the BEST VETERINARIAN” in the 2018 Prairie Dog Magazine Best of Regina Award!  She would like to thank everyone who voted.  She really appreciates your support.

Dr. Marilyn Sthamann, DVM, CVH
Veterinarian

Hi all, my name is Marilyn Sthamann. I have more than 30 years of practical experience in conventional and holistic veterinary medicine and my big passions are natural healing, supporting my patients and families, and living a healthy lifestyle. I love my work and strive to empower my clients to take an active role in the healing process. I focus on non-chemical and non-invasive natural treatment methods whenever possible.

In my treatment approach, I combine my knowledge of conventional veterinary medicine with natural nutrition, homeopathy, and refer to my colleagues in our practice who offer chiropractic, acupuncture, and physiotherapy.

Outside of work life, I love to spend time with my family, including our dogs Emma and Rue. As I grew up in this area, I have extended family and friends close by. I love reading, and enjoy being active walking, going to the gym, and even skiing! Practicing yoga helps keep me grounded to get through the challenges that life brings.

I understand how much your animal friend means to you. I promise I will do my best to help you keep him or her healthy and happy!

Dr. Sthamann won the Best of Regina Veterinarian award for 9 years in a row! She would like to thank everyone who voted and she really appreciates all the support.

Dr. Fran Walker
Veterinarian

Dr. Fran Walker grew up in Pense, Saskatchewan, and actually started out working at the Lakewood Animal Hospital as a kennel assistant in 1994. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2002. After graduation, she worked at a small animal clinic in Edmonton for 3 ½ years. She then worked at a small animal clinic in Calgary for 6 years before moving back to Regina. Fran has been “back home” at the Lakewood Animal Hospital since 2012.

Fran has a soft spot for kitties and a passion for feline behavior. Don’t worry though, she still loves her canine patients! Fran is also interested in preventive wellness and hospice care. Fran’s primary goal is to find ways to enhance the quality of life of her patients and to keep them happy and healthy for as long as possible.

In her free time, Fran enjoys yoga, hiking, biking, camping, scrapbooking, painting, and all kinds of other crafty things. Fran also keeps herself busy with fostering cats and kittens for the Regina Humane Society. Fran lives in Regina with her husband, their daughter, and a black cat named Shadow.

Dr. Jen Johnston, DVM
Veterinarian

Dr. Jen Johnston joined the Lakewood Animal Hospital team in October 2016. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and spent her first few years of practice at a mixed animal practice in rural Saskatchewan.

Jen’s veterinary interests include emergency medicine and surgery as well as integrative medicine. She loves a challenge and has a personal commitment to finding the best care methods for each of her individual patients.

Jen volunteers her time to help local dog rescue groups and shares her home with 3 dogs. In her personal time she can be found outside staying active, at the gym or in the yoga studio.

Dr. Emily Horan, B.Sc., DVM
Veterinarian

Dr. Emily Horan graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 with an Animal Biosciences degree, then from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Her interests include integrative medicine and animal behaviour. Emily is fear-free certified and loves incorporating these techniques into her patient handling.

She shares her home with many dogs and several pocket pets.

Outside of work Emily enjoys hiking and jogging. She also competes with her dogs in agility and teaches seminars and agility handling workshops.

Dr. Chanpreet Bath, BVSc, AH
Veterinarian
After attending Simon Fraser University in his hometown of Vancouver British Columbia, Dr. Chanpreet Bath graduated from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in the summer of 2020.
He enjoys hands-on work which has helped fuel his passion for performing surgery and dentistry procedures. He strives to become better every day in order to provide the best possible care to his patients.
Outside of work, Chanpreet enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his 2 pet dogs, Magic and Rosie.
Renée
Practice Manager / RVT

I grew up in Regina and graduated in 2006 from the Veterinary Technologist program at SIAST in Saskatoon.  I worked at one other practice before joining Lakewood Animal Hospital in 2011 and I love it here so much I’m sure I will never leave!  I have acquired the position of office manager and I strive to ensure that Lakewood Animal Hospital is providing the best customer service and patient care for your animals.  My husband and I have two children, a cat named Mitzy, and an English mastiff, Madeline.

Sandra
Registered Veterinary Technologist

Sandra was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan.  She graduated from Fairview College with a diploma in Animal Health Technology.  She joined Lakewood in the spring of 2000.  Sandra shares her love of animals through client education and patient care.  She works in all areas of the clinic and looks after our pharmacy.  Sandra is married and has two children.  They share their home with Ester, the boxer, Hazel the french bulldog, and Stanley, the ragdoll.  Never a dull moment! The family enjoys hockey and dance in the winter and camping in the summer.

Ashley
Registered Veterinary Technologist

Ashley was born and raised in Regina, SK. After high school, she attended the University of Regina for a couple of years but her love of animals took her to the Veterinary Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon, SK. After graduating in June of 2015 she joined the Lakewood Animal team and has loved every minute since. She currently is enjoying life with her three dogs Oreo, Nixon, and Jasper.

Lyndsey
Registered Veterinary Technologist

Lyndsey graduated in 2013 from the Veterinary Technology Program at SIAST Kelsey Campus.

In the middle of her schooling, Lyndsey worked for Lakewood as a kennel assistant and couldn’t resist coming back for her technologist career. She currently resides in Regina with her husband, Owen, and their adorable little dachshunds, Peanut, Daisy and Theo along with her rambunctious cat, Jazzy.

Shelby
Registered Veterinary Technologist

Shelby grew up in Regina and attended the Veterinary Technology program in Saskatoon at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Shelby started at Lakewood Animal Hospital as a receptionist in 2014, where her love for veterinary medicine grew and influenced her to become a technologist. At home, she has a black Labrador named Lux, and two cats named Miss Pickles & Basil. In her spare time, you can find her at the lake, reading a book, with friends, and very occasionally at the gym.

Janae
Registered Veterinary Technologist

Janae was born and raised in Regina. She has always had an interest in veterinary medicine ever since she was little. Janae started out as a kennel technician in 2009 and then she took a course at Olds College where she graduated as an Animal Health Technician in 2012.

Janae lives in Regina with her husband and an adorable cat named Lincoln (named after the president).

Crystal
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Ashley
Registered Veterinary Technologist

Ashley did her practicum here at Lakewood in March of 2018 and came back to join our team when she graduated the Veterinary Technology program at the Saskatoon Sask Polytechnic campus that same spring.

She loves all types of animals but has a special place in her heart for Shih Tzu’s. She has always aspired to be a veterinary technologist.

Outside of work, Ashley enjoys playing and watching baseball, and reading a good thriller novel with a cup of coffee in hand!

Lauren
Registered Veterinary Technologist

Lauren was born and raised in Saskatoon where she completed her Veterinary Technology diploma at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in 2017. Shortly after graduating she made the move to Regina to work at a rural mixed animal practice before making her way to Lakewood in the spring of 2019.

Lauren has been working in veterinary medicine since she was 17 years old and has always enjoyed that two days are never the same.

Lauren shares her home with four cats; Ophelia, Rocket, Greygory, and Walter, a CCRezQ mixed breed dog named Bea, and a leopard gecko, Flaxen. When she’s not at work she enjoys spending time with family, reading, working out, and running.

Kendall
Registered Veterinary Technologist

Kendall grew up on a grain farm near Ituna Sk. She knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career with animals.

Kendall attended Lakeland College where she obtained her Animal Health Technology Diploma in 2016. During the beginning of her career, she achieved well-rounded experience with urgent and emergent animal care.

Kendall joined our team in September 2020. She enjoys the practical aspect of her day, such as performing dental prophys and patient treatments.

Kendall finds joy in getting to be apart of her patients care and seeing their medical journey over time.

In her free time, Kendall enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outside, playing sports, and helping out at the family farm. Kendall currently has 5 furbabies. Her three cats Susie, Gus, and Chloe, and two rescue dogs Otto and Grizzly- who happen to be tripods!

Avery
Registered Veterinary Technologist

Avery was born and raised in Regina. They have always had an interest in Veterinary Medicine and graduated form Veterinary Technology in 2005. They are currently certified as a Fear Free Elite member.

Avery lives with their partner, their 3 children, 4 cats (Izzy, Blanche, Frank and Henry) and their leopard gecko Hunter.

Naiomi
Veterinary Technologist

Naiomi started working as a receptionist at Lakewood Animal Hospital in July 2015. She has always loved animals, and as a child, she always wanted to grow up to work in a veterinary clinic. Instead, she worked everywhere else. Naiomi decided after working at the clinic for awhile that she was interested in pursuing further education in veterinary medicine. In 2019, she enrolled ion the Animal Health Technology Distance Education program through Thompson Rivers University, completing the program in December 2021. Her next step will be tp write and pass the VTNE to become a fully registered Veterinary Technologist, finally realizing her dream to build a career on helping animals.

Chantal
Receptionist

Chantal’s positive attitude, smiling face, and exceptional communication skills help make both our clients and animal patients feel welcomed. You can count on her to follow through with your requests and make sure your needs are looked after.

She originally worked as a part of the Reception Team at LAH in June 2008.  In February 2010, she decided to take a break to pursue her interests in Optometry.  She then started working as an Optometric Assistant and got her Canadian Certification in October 2010. Chantal missed her furry friends so much that she returned to LAH in September 2013 and has enjoyed every minute since.  She absolutely loves meeting everyone’s fur babies, young and old!

She and her spouse, Dion, welcomed their son into the world in November 2015.  They also share their home with two Yorkshire terriers. Oliver and Molly, and their cat, Chase.  Chantal enjoys spending her free time spoiling her babies, furry ones included of course!

Cori. ACMT
Receptionist

Cori has worked in the animal industry for approximately 20 years.  She was the receptionist at another veterinary clinic for 10 years prior to joining us at Lakewood Animal Hospital.  She has 3 Shelties, “Wicca” and “Spell”, and “Magic”.

She loves Agility, Herding, and Scenting training and has attended numerous seminars as far away as B.C.  She trains with her dogs 2-3 times a week and competes in weekend trials around the province.

Taylor
Receptionist

Taylor was born and raised in Regina, Sk. She is currently working on a degree in Biology with hopes of pursuing a career in Veterinary Medicine. She spent two years working as an assistant/receptionist in a rural, mixed animal practice and is balancing out her knowledge as Lakewood Animal Hospital is providing her with a glimpse into the homeopathic side of veterinary medicine.

She loves to spend time with her two furry family members, Mya, the golden retriever, and her mischievous cat, Bella. In her spare time, Taylor can be found teaching yoga, spending time with her family and friends, or planning her next travel adventure.

Melanie
Receptionist

Melanie was born and raised in Esterhazy, Sk. and has lived in Regina since her late teens. After running a daycare out of her home for 7 years she decided it was time to get back out into the working world. Completing both an Administrative Assistant and Medical Terminology course paid off as she was hired in March of 2018 as a receptionist at the clinic. On her days off, she and her husband keep busy with their 2 children and their dog, Bear.

Kristin
Receptionist
Michelle
Receptionist
Paige
Receptionist

Paige lived in Vancouver before moving to Regina at the age of 10.  Even after many years on the prairies, she still thinks of the West Coast as home and goes back to visit friends as often as she can.  Paige has loved animals her entire life and has yet to meet one she did not like.  Over the years she has shared her home with hedgehogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, leopard geckos and hamsters just to name a few.

Brianne
Receptionist
Miranda
Receptionist
Hannah
Veterinary Assistant

Hannah was born and raised in Regina, Sask. Hannah has always had a love for animals & grew up having dogs and cats. She started out working as an assistant in a rural mixed animal practice for one year where her love for veterinary medicine grew before finding her way to Lakewood Animal Hospital in September of 2019. She is currently living with her fiancé Wyatt, their two dogs Atlas, the Labrador Retriever & Apollo, the Shepherd Husky cross, and their two kitties Mango & Ginger. She hopes to one day be able to further her education by going to school to be a Veterinary Technologist. When not at work, you can find Hannah at the lake, the gym, or taking her dogs for a play!

Neysa
Veterinary Assistant
Siobhan
Veterinary Assistant
Kendal
Veterinary Assistant
Jodi
Veterinary Assistant

Jodi has been involved with training dogs for almost ten years.  Her current dogs are Grover, an 8-year old Australian Shepherd, Odie, a 10-year old GSD/Border Collie Mix, and Katie, a 2 year-old Australian Shepherd.

After taking many types of classes with my dogs over the years, Jodi decided to branch out, and take some formal training. Her formal education is through the Jean Donaldson Dog Training Academy. She is currently very involved with her studies with the program, which has very rigorous high standards.

Jodi’s current dog, Odie, was the catalyst for her wanting to learn more about dog behaviour. Odie is quite reactive towards most other dogs, both on and off-leash.  She chose to follow a positive, force-free philosophy when training dogs and believes that every dog needs to be treated fairly and humanely.

Jodi has extensive experience working privately with clients who have dogs who are reactive/aggressive towards other animals. She has also assisted many clients over the years who have dogs with anxiety/fear issues and Separation Anxiety.

Leash Reactivity classes are Jodi’s teaching specialty. She also has experience teaching many types of dog classes, including Loose Leash Walking Skills, Recall Work, Jumping Up, Basic Manners/Obedience, and Puppy Life Skills classes.

Jodi currently competes with Grover, her talented Aussie, in Barnhunt. Grover recently achieved his Open Title in the sport, and also took 1st place and a High in Class in his category. They also train regularly in Rally-O and have dabbled in Agility and Herding.

Jodi’s most recent dog, Katie, actually happens to be deaf. However, this does not stop her from being yet another talented Aussie of Jodi’s. Katie currently competes in Barnhunt, and Agility, and most recently started to try her “paw” in Rally-O training as well!

Danika
Veterinary Assistant

Danika is a high school student who joined our team in 2021. After high school she would like to pursue a career in the medical field. She enjoys seeing the behind the scenes of veterinary medicine. When she is not at work or school, she enjoys hanging out with her family’s French Bulldogs Hazel and Purrell!

Kim
Veterinary Assistant