DR. ROBERT PEPPER JONES
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Jones was born and raised in Carbonear, Newfoundland. He graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI in 1992, worked in Wallaceburg, Ontario for two years, then moved to Toronto in 1994. Dr. Jones was the managing partner and medical director of a large veterinary clinic in Scarborough from 1995 to 2013.
As well as running a full-time veterinary practice, Dr. Jones sits on the Board of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and is the Secretary of the Toronto Academy of Veterinary Medicine and edits “The Scalpel”, their official newsletter. He is also a triathlete, loves to play his tenor saxophone, and is an avid cook.
DR. JOHN SHIN
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. John Shin graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2013. For the past three years he has lived and worked in Mississippi, where he enjoyed his fair share of SEC college football, crawfish boils, and Southern hospitality. He has also worked as a veterinarian in Miami, Hamilton, and Oakville. Dr. Shin is excited to be joining the team at Main Street Veterinary Clinic and to be moving back to Toronto with his wife to settle down close to family. Dr. Shin has a passion for travel and has been fortunate to have volunteered in service projects in India and South Africa. He has also volunteered at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Rai, Thailand and at a dog and cat rescue in Koh Samui, Thailand. When not working, Dr. Shin likes to spend his time cycling, playing tennis, camping, hiking, and playing board games. Dr. Shin is fortunate to share his home with his three fur children, Freyja (a Mississippi rescue dog), Tuna (a 3-legged cat), and Shenzi (his extra special cat with brain damage).
Pet Weight-Loss Expert: Fat Pets No More
Stacey graduated from the Animal Health Technician program in 1989 and during her years since has gained experience as a technician, pet groomer, client service and in management. While she enjoys all her roles, she found her passion in helping clients with overweight pets achieve their ideal weight through education and support.
Stacey joined the Main Street Team in February 2020 as practice manager and has worked with Dr. Jones and Karen for many years previously, making the dynamic of the clinic very fun and effective.
Stacey is owned by Orlagh, a Golden Retriever and two cats, Andy & Spiderman.
Lead RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)
After graduating from Centralia College, Karen began working as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) at a clinic in Scarborough where shortly after, Dr. Jones joined the team. They have been working together now for over 25 years! When Dr. Jones decided to open Main Street Veterinary Clinic, he didn't hesitate to give Karen a call to ask her to be the manager and head technician.
Karen enjoys all aspects of being an RVT, from dental procedures and surgeries, to taking xrays and caring for ill pets. She also loves having our new in-house blood machines.
When not at Main Street, you can often find her at the local rugby pitch or at home watching a rugby game with her husband, George, their son Ethan and their pets Lennie, the Frenchie, and Buddha the cat. Although they live in Canada, their "home away from home" is at the beach in Cuba where Karen and her husband got married 15 years ago!
RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)
We first met Wiingushk (or Wiing for short) when we brought her on as a placement student in 2017. We loved her so much that we hired her shortly after graduating from Seneca College in May. After graduation she passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become an RVT with flying colours. Wiing has developed into what we like to call a "super tech" and continues to improve on her impeccable skills daily.
Wiing loves all aspects of being a technician with a special affinity for surgeries. She loves all kinds of animals including lizards and spiders (but hates millipedes/centipedes).
Wiing has grown up with many types of pets and currently has a zoo at home comprised of two cats, Boo and Hermione, Lucy the Frenchie, as well as a cornsnake named Nagini (big Harry Potter fan here), and a crested gecko, Squish. Outside of the clinic Wiing loves watching lacrosse, hockey and reading. She is also an avid video game player with her favorite video game being The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Customer Care Specialist
Heather is our newest team member at Main Street Veterinary Clinic having started in the fall of 2018. She attended Ryerson University from 1985 to 1987 and worked as a medical administrator for five years. She then decided to follow her passion and work as a caretaker for children with special needs which she did for twenty-five years. She also enjoys cooking for her family and friends any chance she gets. Heather, along with her husband, are the loving owners to two beautiful cats named Charlotte and Daisy. She is very happy to be following her other passion of helping care for pets as part of the Main Street crew!
Kiara started working with the Main Street Team in May of 2020 after graduating from the Veterinary Assistant program at Seneca College. She is planning to go back to Seneca to continue
her studies in the Veterinary Technician program and get her RVT license. She also has a special eye for animal dentistry. She's grown up with all types of animals including dogs, cats,
snakes, lizards and even birds. In her free time, Kiara loves to watch Football. Go Vikings! As well as spend time with her friends and family and play lots of video games.
Stephanie began working with the Main Street team in May of 2018 after finishing her BSc. at Trent University in Biology. She aspires to continue her studies in Veterinary Medicine in the near future. She also assists with an NGO in Mexico to provide veterinary care to pets in need of medical attention, and homeless dogs and cats who need homes and shelter. When she isn’t taking care of animals at the clinic, she can be found walking, running and hanging out with her chocolate lab, Dakota, or snuggled up with him and her sweet tabby cat, Summer. She also loves spending time with family and their pets which includes Dakota's mom, Mocha, a mastiff named Kaya, and a very special kitty cat named Freeway. Stephanie is also the Head Coach of the Markham Speed Skating Club and spends lots of time at the arena and with all of her athletes!
Customer Care Specialist
Lee joined Main Street Veterinary team in March 2020. She has worked with animals since 2002. Lee graduated from Sheridan College's Animal Care program in 2006 studying in domestic, wildlife and exotic animals. She is the epitome of an animal lover. Her bright, cheerful and caring personality are just a few of the qualities that allow her to excel in her specialty. Lee is mom to 2 dogs, Sophia and Ty, a cat named Squirt and bird, Amiga.
Tara is currently following the path to become a veterinarian. She is a full-time student at the University of Guelph. During her time off school she is learning hands on techniques as a veterinary assistant while gaining experience in the field in order to build her career. She began volunteering with the clinic in the summer of 2018, and joined the staff team this May 2020. We are all excited to be working with Tara as she is such a driven and hard working individual. Tara adopted a cat named Lala during the time she volunteered with us and is now ruled by her cat's daily rules and requirements.
Tara is also a member of the Guelph Gryphons Volleyball Team.