Our Team


Our Doctors


Dr. Amanda Wiltsie Thoonen


Dr. Amanda Wiltsie Thoonen grew up in rural Elgin County and enjoyed caring for her family’s dogs, cats, horses, and chickens. Upon graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006, she returned to her hometown to begin her veterinary career.

Amanda joined the team at Imperial Road Animal Hospital in May of 2011 and works exclusively with small animals. Although she enjoys most facets of small animal medicine and surgery, she is passionate about dental care as well as nutrition and loves the challenges that dermatology and endocrine diseases pose.

Amanda lives outside Aylmer with her husband Leon, their busy 11 and 13 year old boys, cairn terrier “Scruffty”, 5 goats and 3 cats. Amanda is a loud and proud hockey Mom and spends most of her spare time at the rink.


Dr. Katherine (Kat) Hotke

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Maria, Animal Laboratory Technician, Hospital Manager


A lifelong resident of Aylmer, Maria raised, trained and showed Arabian horses for 35 years. She began working for Dr. Robertshaw after graduation with honours from the animal laboratory technician program at Ridgetown College in 1986.

Over the years, Maria’s job at the clinic has evolved into an administrative role, but Maria can still be found behind gown, mask, cap and gloves as a surgical assistant and most frequently behind the microscope where she cannot hide her passion for cytology.

Maria has 2 beautiful daughters. One is currently attending the University of Calgary obtaining a PHD in psychology oncology and one is hoping to enter law enforcement. Her furry family members include a dog, and 2 cats, but she has a special place in her heart for horses.

The thing Maria most enjoys about her job is keeping all animals healthy and happy, including squirrels!


Melanie, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Melanie grew up on a hobby farm just outside of Alymer and cared for an array of pets, including cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, pigs, horses, and even a skunk. Mel graduated from Sheridan College in 2010 and came to work at Imperial Road shortly thereafter. Mel enjoys connecting with pets and their people.

Mel lives locally with her husband Justin, son Griffin, daughter Paige, and their dog Berkley. When she is not busy enjoying her family, Mel likes to read, work on home projects, and spend time outdoors.


Lindsay, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Lindsay joined the team in March 2017. She graduated from Georgian College’s veterinary technician program in Orillia, ON in 2009. Over the years, she has worked at several small animal practices in Ontario and Alberta, in emergency medicine, and in the area of dental referral.

She has a passion for dentistry, emergency medicine, and the Farley Foundation. Lindsay is certified in RECOVER CPR for animals.

She lives in St. Thomas with her son William, a beagle named Penny, a basset hound named Nora, a three-legged cat, Hat Trick, and a cockatiel, Cuthbert.


Jade, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Jade grew up in Norfolk County on a small hobby farm with dogs, cats, and horses. She graduated from Seneca College in 2010. Jade always knew growing up she wanted to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She enjoys every part of the job but has a special love for cats as she worked for 8 years in a feline specialty practice. Jade lives in Courtland with her Fiance Jordan, a cat Edwin, a lab named Athena and a Goldendoodle named Byron. In her spare time, she enjoys trail riding, camping with her horse Sugar and spending time with her family. Jade and Jordan are expecting a baby boy in June 2020.

Rylee, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

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Charlie, Veterinary Assistant

Charlie joined the team in February 2019 as a veterinary assistant, after completing her high school externship with us in 2017.

Charlie can be found in clinic helping with our small animal surgeries and appointments or on the road with our large animal veterinarians.

Charlie grew up a short distance from Aylmer in her childhood home. She has 3 cats Nacho, Trouble, and Scooter, and a dog, Hank.

She hopes to pursue a degree as a veterinary technician and eventually gain her registration status.


Ally, Veterinary Assistant

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Jordyn, Client Service Representative

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Brooke, Client Service Representative

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Kylee, Client Service Representative

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Callie, Clinic Cat


Chester, Clinic Cat