Meet Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

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

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. Lead Veterinarian.

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 Maddy, a Pomeranian. She and Dr. Rubenstein are enjoying their new home in British Columbia.

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. 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. Dave Rubenstein

BSc, DVM. Lead Veterinarian.

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, an adopted Pomeranian from GAH named Maddy Pants 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. Maia Courtenay

BSc, DVM. Associate Veterinarian.

Dr. Maia Courtenay is originally from the East Coast of Canada - born and raised in New Brunswick, she moved to Nova Scotia to complete a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Psychology in 2015. She then obtained her DVM at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, graduating in 2019. Most recently, she has enjoyed living and beginning her career in St. John's, Newfoundland. Dr. Courtenay is very familiar with British Columbia, having spent many summers here growing up, and having lived on Vancouver Island while finishing high school. In 2021, she and her partner Liam decided it was time for a new, warmer adventure, and moved to Vancouver.

Dr. Courtenay decided to become a veterinarian at the age of 6, and this decision was solidified when she began volunteering in a vet clinic at 12 years old. Ever since, Dr. Courtenay has been passionate about forming relationships with her patients and clients based on open communication and trust. She has special interests in behavioural medicine and preventative health care, and is committed to providing a low stress veterinary experience for her patients and their humans.

When she's not at work, Dr. Courtenay can be found discovering BC's beautiful hikes, walking or biking along the water, or enjoying Vancouver's food scene. She has two cats, Hoppi and Skerwink, who keep her busy at home. She is very excited to get to know the West Coast better, and to provide compassionate, dedicated care to her patients.

Dr. Alberto Schlicht

MSc, DVM. Special Interest in Veterinary Dentistry

Dr. Alberto Schlicht was born in Chile, but spent a memorable childhood amongst howler monkeys and silent sloths in the jungle of Venezuela until 10 years old. Back in Chile, he lived in a farm in the Southern part of the country, finished High School and then graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine earned at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia.

He completed a MSc. degree in Animal Science at UBC in 2003, followed by the completion of his Canadian and US Veterinary accreditation in 2008. Since then, he has been a practicing small animal Veterinarian.

Dr. Schlicht is passionate about Veterinary Dentistry as it has become the focus of his professional career and development. He has accumulated extensive dental training with Veterinary Dental specialists (over 600 hours) and continues to attend conferences, lectures and wet laboratories on a yearly basis.

He enjoys talking to clients about dental disease, preventative care, and oral hygiene for their pets; striving to explain complex dental conditions and the needs of their pets as simply and clearly as possible. If your cat or dog has advanced dental disease, then Dr. Schlicht will likely be the doctor that will care for your pet on the day of their dental procedure.

Our Amazing, Incredible Team!!!

Kayla

Registered Veterinary Technologist, Treatment Liaison

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 has recently graduated from Thompson Rivers University to become a Veterinary Technician. Kayla loves learning the many different aspects of Veterinary Medicine and has a passion for behaviour. Helping pets overcome their fears to become confident pets at the Veterinary Clinic and their homes is her ultimate goal.

Kayla’s fur family includes 2 Miniature Pinschers named King and Karma, an energetic, uncoordinated Weimaraner named Kora, and a Vizsla named Reba. When she is not working, Kayla can be found training her dogs, reading a good book or on a hike.

Alyssa

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 extremely passionate about pet nutrition and enjoys being able to help pet parents navigate this confusing topic. Preventive health is another big passion of Alyssa’s, as she wants to help pets, not only have the best quality of life possible, but to lengthen the quantity of time they have with their families.

Alyssa and her husband have been fortunate to open their home to several pets in need over the years, their current fur family includes two cats and a dog. Their one cat is even a blood donor! When she’s not at the clinic, you can find her at home baking up delicious treats or at the park with her ball obsessed dog.

Tessa

Registered Veterinary Technologist

Tessa has always had a passion for animals since a young age, that started with fostering kittens and then led her to a career in the veterinary industry. She graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Thompson Rivers University in 2014. In her spare time she volunteers for BC and Alberta guide dogs as a puppy raiser and boarder or enjoying time outdoors with her Husband.

Her fur babies include retired guide dog Royal, guide dog drop out Kelsey. And cats Matriarch Maggie, Prince Archibald and tripod Gracie.

Tessa's favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are surgical assisting, behavior and keeping your pets safe and comfortable during their stay with us.

Ashley

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!

Ashley

Animal Care Assistant

Born and raised in B.C., Ashley has always had a passion for supporting the health and well being of all animals. As a new member of Guildford Animal Hospital, Ashley S has been inspired to continue pursuing veterinary medicine and intends on joining the Douglas College Veterinary Technologist program.
Ashley's fur family includes one fiesty deer head chihuahua named Dorotheia and two feline brothers, Dolce and Ralph, she also intends on adding a German Shepherd puppy to her family.

Diana

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.

Since working at GAH, Diana's adopted a surrendered senior cat named Buddy who's now living the dream of a retired and spoiled fluffball.

Evita

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:)

Lily

Animal Care Assistant

Lily graduated from Douglas College in 2010 with a Veterinary Office Animal Care Certificate. She has been working at Guildford Animal Hospital ever since!
Lily always knew her life would revolve around bettering the lives of animals. Volunteering at shelters, fostering cats until they reached their forever homes, and collecting all the neighborhood strays.

She is a key part in the team as the groups work mom, you can find her taking care of the team and all animals as her own. You can find Lily cracking jokes, working hard and making sure everyone is always happy and laughing 🙂

Lily has 1 spoiled orange tabby named Alani and loves taking him everywhere with her. In her spare time, Lily enjoys cooking (and eating); self-care and spending time with loved ones.

Myranda

Animal Care Assistant

Myranda started her Journey with the GAH family in February of 2021. Since she was little, she has always wanted to work with pets and has been a great addition to our GAH team. Her quirky dog Lola keeps her very busy, but when she isn’t spending time with her dog, you can often find her at the ice rink figure skating. She has been a competitive skater for years and continues to compete to this day.

Myranda is very excited to be a part of the GAH team and is eager to meet all of your fur babies as part of our GAH family.

Sofie

Animal Care Assistant

Sofie loves working at Guildford Animal Hospital and has been with the team since December of 2019. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician distance program at Thompson Rivers University and is looking forward to furthering her education in the veterinary field to better help you and your pets. Before joining our team Sofie spent most of her free time on the jumpers circuit with her horse, Ramona, before retiring her. Now you’re likely to find her spending most of her time in the gym or at home cuddling with her two Devon-Rex cats and her Weimaraner puppy, Envy!