Staff

Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Kelly Burgess, BSc MSc DVM

A 1987 graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Burgess has additional training in rehabilitation medicine and acupuncture for dogs and cats.



Dr. Birgit Wunsch, DVM 

Dr Birgit Wunsch

Dr Birgit Wunsch graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She grew up in St. Albert and is happy to be part of the team at the St. Albert Animal clinic. She enjoys general medicine, routine soft tissue surgery and routine dentistry in cats and dogs. Her favorite thing about being a vet is the ability to help clients understand their pet's conditions and treatments so they may make informed decisions about the care of their furry family members.

Over the years she has shared her home with many animals including gerbils, guinea pigs, budgies, cockatiels, horses, dogs, cats and even two or three chinchillas. They have taught her so much about the diverse and wonderful traits that our companion animals have. Veterinary medicine has taught her to keep an open mind when looking at cases and to never stop learning. There are always new medications, new technologies and new referral specialists to help treat the diverse problems we see in veterinary medicine. She looks forward to continuing to help the clients of St. Albert Animal Clinic meet the needs of their extra special pets.
Every day is a new adventure when you work with cats and dogs!




Dr. Steven Lesniak, BSc DVM

Graduated in 2018 from the University of Melbourne Veterinary Medicine in Australia.

Steve Grew up in St. Albert and even worked as a kennel assistant at the St. Albert Animal Clinic prior to being accepted into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He graduated in 2018 and has been working at the St. Albert Animal Clinic developing interests in small animal medicine and surgery.

He shares his home with two dogs and a senior cat - Harry the mini Aussie Shepherd, Iris the boxer mix and Rory the Burmese.

His spare time will soon be well occupied as he welcomes a son in April 2022.



Dr. Kennedy Brooks, BSc DVM

Kennedy

Dr Brooks Graduated in 2020 from the St. George's University Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies.

He has a love of wildlife medicine, small animal medicine and surgery. He is owned by 2 dogs, a cat and bunny.

When not in clinic, Dr. Brooks is often Paragliding, Back Country Camping, skiing and enjoying the outdoors.




Meet Our Rehabilitation Staff

Kelsey Brooks, MScPT

Kelsey graduated from the University of Alberta in 2018 with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. She went on to pursue post graduate training in Canine Rehabilitation through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and joined the rehab team at the St Albert Animal Clinic in 2021.She loves working with animals and using her knowledge of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and modalities to get them feeling their best. 

Kelsey is the live-in servant for a very spoiled cat named Maggie. She also has two horses - Warsaw and Boomer. When she is not at work you will find her at the barn.




Meet Our Registered Veterinary Technologists

Laureen, RVT

Laureen

Laureen graduated in 1976 from Fairview College and worked mixed animal practice for 21 years before changing back to just small animal practice. Laureen has a lifelong love of animals and currently has many dogs, cats, and horses as pets. Her passions at work include breeding, laboratory work (especially cytology), and client education. Laureen has a giant heart and her favorite parts of working at St. Albert Animal Clinic are working with our loyal clients and loving our amazing patients. Ask her about her Shar-Pei!


Michelle, RVT

Michelle graduated from the Animal Health Technologist program at NAIT in 2014 and has been working as a Registered Veterinary Technologist with small animals ever since. Michelle has a 10 year old German Shepherd/Pitbull cross named Bunnie and two domestic long hair cats named Oreo and Sirius, both 6 years old. When she is not hard at work Michelle likes to spend time at the lake, shooting some pool, taking Bunnie to the park, and snuggling with her animals while watching Netflix.


Leeann, RVT

Leeann

Leeann has been a Registered Veterinary Technologist for many years and graduated from the Animal Health Technologist diploma program at Olds College in 1986! 

She loves the profession and has an interest in ultrasound, a very useful diagnostic test!

Leeann has two granddaughters; Klara who is 5 years old, Antonia who is 2 years old and several grand fur-babies. Francis, the pug, is the oldest at 16 years old. She also enjoys taking care of your fur babies too!



Meet Our Support Staff

Marie

Marie

Marie has been with the St. Albert Animal Clinic since August of 1988. She lives in the country between St. Albert and Morinville with her two Boston Terriers, Bruin (7 years), Holly (4 years) and her Frenchie Pug cross named Maisy (5 years). She also shares her country home with 8 chickens! She enjoys long walks in her forest where her dogs (and sometimes the chickens too!) follow. She also enjoys sitting on her deck listening to and feeding the birds.


Lacey

Lacey has been with the St. Albert Animal Clinic since she graduated high school in 2020. She is working towards her goal as a Registered Veterinary Technologist. Lacey has two dogs, Tacey and Jack and two cats, Phoebe and inquisitive little kitten, Salsa. When Lacey is not working she enjoys listening to music, camping and spending her time with family and friends.

Sydney

Sydney

Sydney started with the St. Albert Animal Clinic in November of 2021 and when she's not at the clinic she spends most of her time working as a lifeguard and with her chihuahua Tia. Sydney is working towards a future goal of becoming a veterinarian and enjoys gaining all of the experience while being surrounded by the staff, clients and amazing animals at the clinic.


Sonja

Sonja was previously an Animal Health Technologist (synonymous with RVT) who graduated from Lakeland College. After working as a receptionist at small animal practices, an emergency clinic, and some interesting careers outside of the veterinary profession, Sonja has come back to work with us as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. Sonja shares a home with 3 cats: Jack (house panther 1), Flash (house panther 2), and Lucy; she also has 2 gorgeous bunnies named Mocha and Chewy. When she is not at work she enjoys camping, spending time with her fur babies, and making jewelry.


Meet Our Front End Staff

Jess

Jess has been working at the clinic since 2015 as one of our receptionists. She has an 11 year old Border Collie cross named Pepper, a 5 year old cat named Kahlua and a new, young Blue Heeler cross named Nelson. On days off Jess enjoys camping, fishing and spending time at home snuggling with her pets while watching Netflix.

Amanda

Amanda started working at the St. Albert Animal Clinic in January of 2022. A proud mom of two busy teenage boys, Amanda also has a senior cat named Star and a Mastiff mix named Mini. She has a strong love for both people and animals and could not be happier working in the animal health care industry. When not working at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her amazing friends and family and fun filled summers at the lake.
Amanda looks forward to meeting you and your beloved fur babies!