Our Team


Our Doctors

 

Dr. Amanda (Mandy) Wiltsie Thoonen

Veterinarian and clinic owner

Dr. Mandy 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.

Mandy joined the team at Imperial Road Animal Hospital in May of 2011, became a part owner of the practice in 2019, and purchased the small animal practice in Aylmer in February of 2022. 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.

Mandy lives outside Aylmer with her husband Leon, their busy 12 and 14 year old boys, Cairn Terrier Scruffty, 5 goats (Dot, Oreo, Wilson, Hitchcok & Scully) and 3 cats (Coal, Rocky & Cinnamon). Amanda is a loud and proud hockey Mom and spends most of her spare time at the rink.

 

Dr. Kathryn (Kat) Hotke

Veterinarian

Dr. Kat Hotke graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 2018 and started work in small animal emergency critical care. She has since transitioned to small animal general practice with a special interest in orthopedic surgery. Kat started working at Imperial Road Animal Hospital in September 2018 and joined the team full time in May 2020.

Kat lives outside of London with her partner Ruben with whom she spends time trail running and playing video games. During her spare time Kat likes to play soccer and cuddle with her dog Cleo.

 

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, and daughter Paige. 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), Technician Team Lead

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, anesthesia, emergency medicine, and the Farley Foundation. Lindsay is certified in RECOVER CPR for animals.

 

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 has a special love for cats as she worked 8 years in a feline specialty practice. Jade lives in Courtland with her partner Jordan and their son Connor. They have a cat named Hershey, 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.

 

Rylee, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Rylee joined our team in January 2021, she is a graduate of the Ridgetown College Veterinary Technician Program. Rylee has a passion for your pets Nutrition and would like to pursue a specialty in it one day. When not working Rylee enjoys spending time with her family, her fiancé (also named Riley), her 4 kitties and 2 dogs Phoenix and Hennessy.

 

Charlie, Veterinary Assistant

Charlie joined the team in February 2019 as a veterinary assistant, after completing her high school externship with us in 2017. She attended St Lawrence college for 2 years until the nationwide educational strike occurred. She returned home from school and began her career here with us at IRAH. Charlie can be found in clinic helping with our small animal surgeries, as well as maintaining the flow during daily appointments when extra help is needed. Charlie grew up a short distance from Aylmer in her childhood home. She has 2 cats Nacho, and Pip, and a dog, Bruno. She hopes to pursue a diploma in veterinary technology and eventually become an RVT.

 

Ally, Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

 

Jordyn, Client Service Representative

Jordyn started her journey into the animal field at a young age, if you count growing up with her own 4-legged zoo. She worked as a Veterinary Assistant at a clinic in London, then worked at a boarding kennel to expand her knowledge and experience before joining the team at IRAH in 2020. Jordyn loves to learn alongside her amazing teammates and loves to help advocate and provide care for our patients. Jordyn aspires to become a Registered Veterinary Technician and to continue to provide the best care for our patients and clients.

 

Brooke, Client Service Representative

Bio Coming Soon!

 

Kylee, Client Service Representative

Bio Coming Soon!

 

Callie, Clinic Cat

 

Chester, Clinic Cat