Meet Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians and the all important Team of Guildford Animal Hospital in Surrey.

Each Team member is dedicated to providing the utmost care for each and every pet we meet.

Our Dedicated Veterinarians

Dr. Cathy Gies

BSc, DVM. Practice Owner.

Dr. Cathy Gies was born and raised near Calgary, Alberta and received her BSc in Biology from the University of Calgary, later returning there to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Gies started working with people and their pets in veterinary hospitals when she was just 13 years of age and it has been her passion ever since. After working for several years in a busy practice in Calgary, she purchased Guildford Animal Hospital with her partner, Dr. Dave Rubenstein.

Since working in Surrey, Dr. Gies has quickly become known as one of the best veterinarians in the area. She always takes a great deal of time with each client and pet to ensure that the best care is always provided. Her clients come to see her from as far away as Vancouver, Kelowna, and even a few have followed her from Calgary. Dr. Gies is the primary dentist at our practice and she is passionate about all the pets at Guildford Animal Hospital having clean, healthy and pain-free mouths. She can often be found discussing preventative dental care, pulling a tooth to relieve the pain of a sore mouth or assisting our technicians with a dental cleaning. She is also known for her great care of our geriatric patients – ensuring that their lives are of the greatest quality for as long as possible with regular, thorough check ups. Cathy shares her home with a standard poodle named Dante, Neiman the black cat, a lovebird named Chaparral and Sadie, a cockapoo. She and Dr. Rubenstein are enjoying their new home in British Columbia.

Dr. Dave Rubenstein

BSc, DVM. Practice Owner.

Dr. Dave Rubenstein was born and raised in Toronto and received his BSc in Biology from McGill University in 1994. He graduated from The Ontario Veterinary College in 2000 with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout his career, he has worked as an Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian at some of the busiest emergency facilities in major cities in both the United States and Canada which include Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, San Jose and Huntington Beach.

Through all of his experiences as a Veterinarian he has development a vast range of medical and surgical skills. Extensive searching for the right practice to call a long-term home found him purchasing Guildford Animal Hospital in 2015 with his partner, Dr. Cathy Gies. Dr. Rubenstein is excited about the opportunity to offer all aspects of veterinary care at Guildford Animal Hospital from teaching preventative care and nutrition to his clients to the compassionate care of their sick pets.

He feels that pets are a true part of the family and shares his home with a Standard Poodle named Dante, a rescued black cat from the streets of San Jose named Neiman, a rescued Cockapoo from GAH named Sadie Seal and a rescued Lovebird from Calgary named Chaparral. He and Cathy are excited to offer exceptional care to all of the pets of Surrey, Langley and the surrounding areas and to call the beautiful Lower Mainland their home.

Dr. Kadi White

BSc, DVM. Associate Veterinarian.

Dr. Kadi White was born and raised in BC’s lower mainland. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, followed by her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2019. After spending numerous years attending school through the chilly East Coast winters, she is very happy to be back in beautiful British Columbia with her family close by.

Dr. White has wanted to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine for as long as she can remember. She has been working in veterinary clinics and veterinary diagnostic laboratories for several years, which helped her solidify her career choice and gave her a wide range of experience in the profession. She has a particular interest in client education, and enjoys discussing nutrition and other preventive care matters with clients.

Dr. White has a senior Boston Terrier named Ozzy, who has been her loyal companion since he was a puppy. Ozzy lived with Dr. White in Ontario during her schooling, and he is also very happy to be back on the West Coast.

Dr. Lisa Yee

BVetMed. Associate Veterinarian.

Dr. Lisa Yee has always had a passion for animals since she was young and she was able to realize her dreams and chase a career path that seemed like such a natural fit.

She was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2011. During her time as an undergraduate student, she started working as a veterinary assistant to get a better feel for the field of veterinary medicine. From there, she went on to complete her veterinary degree at The Royal Veterinary College in London, England and graduated in 2017. She really enjoyed the experience she had being abroad and being able to see how veterinary medicine differs between countries but in the end, she decided to come back home to settle down and start her career. Dr. Yee had been practicing at a couple of small animal practices prior to joining Guildford Animal Hospital and is very excited to be a part of our team.

As a veterinarian, she prides herself in being able to provide excellent standard of care for her patients. She truly values the relationships she has with her patients and their owners -- a relationship that is built on compassion, honesty and trust. In her time in practice so far, she has developed a passion for internal medicine and hopes to continue building on it.

In her spare time, she is at the beck and call of her two cats, Cheddar and Blair. Cheddar was a rescue whose mother was a stray and she is now queen of the household. Blair was a recent adoption who started off as one of her patients and he was just too lovely of a cat for her to let him go back to the shelter. She hopes to continue growing her fur family and providing the best possible care for her patients.

Dr. Cristian Tugui

DVM. Associate Locum Veterinarian.

Dr. Tugui (pronounced Toog-wee), originally from Romania, immigrated to Canada over 15 years ago. He attended Veterinary College at the University of Montreal and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. As a Veterinary student, he completed a student externship in dentistry at Canada West Veterinary Specialists in Burnaby. Dr. Tugui has a passion for dentistry, soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. Upon graduation, he received the American Animal Hospital Association Achievement Award for Excellence in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Tugui has a broad academic and practice background. In the past years he attended the Veterinary Dental Forum and has many hours of continuing education in Veterinary Dentistry. Needless to say, Dr. Tugui is involved with most of our complex dentistry cases.

When he is not at the hospital, you can find Dr. Tugui riding his bicycle or exploring the beautiful outdoors the West Coast has to offer. Dr. Tugui is also multilingual, being fluent in French, English and his native Romanian.

Our Amazing, Incredible Team!!!


Office Manager

Ashley, our office manager, is a vital part of Guildford Animal Hospital, having worked here since 2001. All of our clients are greeted by her at reception with a smile. Her pets are a lovable Golden Retriever named Belle (who is always smiling and wagging her tail) and a rescued Cockatiel named Iggy (who always has something to tell you).

When not at work helping care for your pets she can often be found at her cabin in the interior of British Columbia, one of her favourite places in the world!


Registered Veterinary Technologist

Alyssa joined us at Guildford Animal Hospital in 2015, having recently graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. She is a Registered Veterinary Technologist who is very passionate about the dental health and dietary needs of companion animals, especially when it comes to getting your pet to lose those few extra pounds.

Alyssa and her husband have rescued their two pets, their cat Shadow and their dog Lola, a pit bull. She also has two other family cats, Harley and Pixie. When she's not busy at the clinic, Alyssa enjoys going to yoga classes, hiking, baking and watching movies.


Registered Veterinary Technologist

Tessa has always had a passion for animals and knew she wanted to work with them from a very young age. She graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in 2014. When not at work she also volunteers for BC and Alberta Guide dogs as a puppy raiser and boarder. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, and going for ice cream.

Her Fur Babies include a 5 year old ball obsessed retired guide dog named Royal, a 3 year old guide dog drop out named Princess Kelsey, and a feisty 12 year old rescue kitty, Maggie. One day she would like to add a goat to her family!

Tessa's favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are Behaviour, Rehab and Surgical assisting-monitoring. She is always working to keep your pets safe and comfortable during our procedures.


Animal Care Assistant

Diana has always had a passion for animals and feels like the luckiest girl
in the world being able to work in our reception area, meeting the most adorable fur babies. Since she started working with pets in 2018, she's become inspired to continue on the career path of animal care. How could she say no to puppy eyes and kitten meows?

If you’re wondering about her baldness, it’s a symptom of Alopecia. A similar condition can be seen in some pets. In her free time, you'll find Diana petting any animals within her reach, or sitting out in nature and basking in the sun.



Animal Care Assistant

Evita graduated from the Douglas Veterinary Office and Animal Care Certificate program in 2020. She then started working at Guildford Animal Hospital. You will often see her smiling face in our reception area as you enter our hospital. Evita has been influenced by animals ever since she was a young girl. She first came to GAH years ago when her dog, Teddy, had hernia surgery performed here.

She is currently hoping to reach her goal of having another fur baby in her life:)


Treatment Liaison, Registered Veterinary Technologist in Training

Kayla graduated from the Douglas Veterinary Office and Animal Care Certificate program in 2016. She started working at Guildford Animal hospital right after graduating. Her passion for animals started at a young age as she chased down the neighborhood strays and hid them in her room until her parents caught her. Kayla is now continuing her education and has gone back to school to become a Veterinary Technician at Thompson Rivers University. Kayla loves learning the many different aspects of Veterinary Medicine and you will often see her in our reception area helping all our pets and their human friends:)

Kayla’s fur family includes 2 Miniature Pinschers named King and Karma, an energetic, uncoordinated Weimaraner named Kora, and playful cat named Skylar. When she is not working, Kayla can be found hiking, running and trying new restaurants around Vancouver.


Animal Care Assistant

Lily graduated from Douglas College with a Veterinary Office Animal Care Certificate in 2010 and has been working at Guildford ever since. Lily is a very important part of our team and enjoys making everyone laugh!

Lily loves working closely with all of the pets that visit our hospital and has a knack of catering to even the most finicky of eaters among our patients. She has 1 extremely spoiled orange tabby named Alani that she loves to do everything with, including travel! In her spare time, Lily enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with loved ones.



Animal Care Assistant

Rebecca was born and raised in North Vancouver. She has always had a passion for animals of all shapes and sizes:) This led her to pursue her education as a Veterinary Office Assistant and she completed this program at Sprott Shaw College. She has enjoyed working at GAH ever since!

When she is not at work, she is often at home spending time with her pets. She has 2 cats:
Oreo who thinks that he is the boss and Fritz who is the sweetest and, at times, most paranoid kitty.

She also has pet rats that keep everyone entertained!


Animal Care Assistant

Selena started at Guildford Animal hospital in June of 2018. She has been a long time client, starting in 2001 with her bunny, Snowball. She will be pursuing her career as an RVT in 2019!

Selena has always been passionate about animals and loves learning new things about Veterinary Medicine. She has 2 pets: a sock-obsessed Yorkie named Bella and a cat named Mia. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors.


Animal Care Assistant

Sofie has been a part of the Guildford Animal Hospital team since December, 2019. She started-out as a volunteer to gain experience before applying to school to become a registered veterinary technician. She loved working here so much that she decided to become a permanent member and hopes to continue working here throughout attending school in the fall. She’s always had a strong passion for animals and is happiest around them. Growing up she has had many pets including a Labradoodle, an Airedale terrier, a Miniature Schnauzer and a silver Bengal. She also owned her own horse, Ramona, a big grey warmblood who she competed with in jumpers over the years before retiring her as a broodmare.

In her free time you’d most likely find her cooking or baking, then attempting to work it off at the well as spending quality time with her dog Griffin, and hanging out with the horses at her best friend’s barn.


Animal Care Assistant

Stephanie has been working as a Veterinary Assistant for over 9 years and has been at Guildford Animal Hospital since 2013. If she is not nursing your pets back to health or helping the vets in the exam rooms, you can find her hiking the West Coast mountains with her husband Peter, playing with her 7 nieces and nephews, dancing at a local studio, or working on anything creative. Stephanie is currently pursuing a career as a Registered Nurse, so much of her time will be taken up studying.

Stephanie and Pete have a rascally cat named Pocket (though at home he only goes by “Kitten”) and a newly-adopted Border Collie named Tucker.

Kitten and Tucker are learning to like each other, though the urge to chase the Kitten sometimes gets the better of Tucker:)