Dr. Philipp Schott
Philipp was born in Germany in 1965 and came to Canada as a one-year-old with his family. He grew up in Saskatoon where he was fascinated with animals from a young age. Although the biggest pet he was allowed to have was a gerbil, he memorized all the dog and cat breeds. When it came time to go to university, he was trying to decide between zoology and veterinary medicine, ultimately (obviously) choosing the latter.
Philipp met his wife, Lorraine, at the veterinary college and when they graduated in 1990, they moved to Winnipeg, Lorraine’s hometown. He has been at Birchwood ever since then. Lorraine now works part-time at Academy Spay and Neuter Clinic.
Philipp and Lorraine have two children, Isabel and Alexander and two cats, Lucy and Gabi, as well as Orbit, a Shetland Sheepdog.
Philipp loves to travel, read, write, brew beer (and, yes, drink it too), cook, cycle and hike, among other things!
Dr. Andrea Robertson
Dr. Andrea Robertson grew up in Winnipeg and did her undergraduate studies at the University of Winnipeg. She worked at Birchwood the summer of 1999, before her final year of veterinary school, as a veterinary preceptor. She returned to Birchwood upon graduation from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2000. Her interests include soft tissue surgery, neurology and ophthalmology.
Away from work, Dr. Robertson spends time with her husband, three young sons, two Labrador retrievers, and three Siamese cats. She enjoys spending time at the cottage, hiking, cooking and soccer.
Dr. Jillian Preston
Dr. Jillian Preston grew up in Winnipeg and attained her 4 year B.Sc degree at the University of Winnipeg. She came to Birchwood in June 2002 directly after graduation from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. One of her joys is shelter medicine, and she works with the animals at D’Arcy’s ARC on a weekly basis. Her other interests include animal behaviour and medicine, and she especially enjoys working with students. Dr. Preston has previously sat on the interview panel for veterinary school in Saskatoon. She enjoys reading, travel, nature, and spending time with her two dogs and two cats.
Dr. Brad Safiniuk
Hello, my name is Dr. Brad Safiniuk. I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I graduated from St. Paul’s High School with the Governor Generals award in 1991. I then attended the University of Manitoba and earned an Honours degree in Zoology before backpacking through Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii with my girlfriend, whom Later I married.
When I returned to Winnipeg I began a Master’s of Science degree in Zoology specializing in American White Pelican behaviour before I was admitted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. I completed my Master’s degree during the summer following my first year of veterinary medicine. I graduated from the Veterinary College in 2003.
I have a son, and a Husky/Border Collie/Sheltie cross dog named Skye. I am an avid sports fan and enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors with my family. I have worked at Birchwood Animal Hospital since 2005.
Dr. Leanne Boyd
Leanne Boyd was born and raised in Winnipeg. She went to high school at Silver Heights Collegiate and did her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at the University of Manitoba. After a year of work and travel, she moved to Saskatoon to do her Masters in Comparative Animal Physiology. She worked concurrently on her Masters while at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and finished both degrees in 2005. While at the WCVM, she helped initiate the Global Vets program in which students travel to a developing country to practice veterinary medicine after their 2nd year. She has had the opportunity to practice vet med in both Peru (Global Vets,summer 2003) and Africa (Uganda rotation 2005).
Leanne started working part time at Birchwood in the fall of 1994 as a veterinary assistant and receptionist, and was a preceptor student at the clinic in the summer after her third year of vet school. After becoming a veterinarian, she started back at Birchwood in March of 2007. She enjoys travel, the outdoors/nature, reading and plays many sports. She and her husband very much enjoy spending time with their son and daughter, and share their home with two cats.
Dr. Stacey Hannah
Stacey was born and raised in Manitoba and attained her undergraduate Science degree at the University of Manitoba, with a major in Zoology and a minor in Environmental Science. She then moved to Saskatoon to complete her Doctorate at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Stacey has always had an interest in wildlife and exotic animal medicine. She worked at the Assiniboine Park Zoo and held a job in the wildlife rehabilitation field while in school. During her studies she also completed externships at both the Calgary Zoo and the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Stacey also spent a summer taking part in Global Vets, where she traveled to Uganda, Africa and volunteered with the Predator Cat Program and with the endangered mountain gorillas. Today she gets her wildlife fix seeing patients for the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre here at home.
Currently Stacey enjoys working with all species, including our more common furry friends. She lives happily with her husband Ryan, her dog Pepsi, and her two cats Gibson and Clifford.
If you've spent any time at all in our reception area or at our front desk, you've probably met M&M, our chief resident. He has held that position for several years now since his previous owner passed away while M&M was undergoing treatment with us. He had nowhere else to go, so.... the rest, as the saying goes, is history.
The most common question about M&M is, "what is wrong with his ear?" The answer is a cautionary tale about ear mites - he had such a severe chronic case causing so much damage that he ultimately had to have his entire left ear canal surgically removed by specialists at the veterinary college in Saskatoon. Despite some resulting nerve damage, he is doing well now and has no trouble whatsoever being able to hear a bag of treats being opened.
Veterinary Support Team
Birchwood Pet Grooming has been in operation since 1997. Cindy is a certified groomer with many professional years grooming all breeds of dogs and cats. Please see our grooming page for additional details.