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Calgary Fish Creek 24 Hour Pet Hospital is owned by doctors Natasha Mutlow, Mark Norman, Stephanie Ball and Katie Van Sluys and animal health technologist Melanie Robinson. There are numerous team players necessary for our veterinary clinic to operate successfully. At Fish Creek 24 Hour Pet Hospital this includes our veterinarians (see bios below), animal health technologists, technician assistants, receptionists and kennel staff. Select a doctor from the list below to learn more about them.

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Dr. Katie Van Sluys completed a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Alberta in 1995 and then went on to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon where she graduated in the class of 1999. During veterinary school Katie met her husband Dr. Jayson Van Sluys (WCVM class 1998), who also works at Fish Creek. Jayson and Katie moved to the United States after graduation where Katie completed a companion animal internship in New Haven, Connecticut. During the internship Katie developed a passion for emergency/critical care medicine and emergency surgery wherein she further developed this interest at a 24 hour referral centre in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Katie and Jayson moved back to Canada in early 2004 and settled in south Calgary. The Van Sluys family consists of two children, a Jack Russell Terrier and some interesting caged pets. Katie currently spends her extra time volunteering with the AbVMA, the local YMCA and in her children’s class rooms. The family loves to camp and travel and when she can, Katie enjoys a good hot yoga class!

Dr. Natasha Mutlow received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (University of Saskatchewan) in 2002. Since graduation, Natasha has only practiced in 24 hour veterinary clinics and has a love for emergency medicine, internal medicine and routine and emergency surgery. As a founding partner of the Fish Creek Pet Hospital, Natasha also enjoys the challenge of managing a very busy clinic. Natasha enjoys spending time with her husband, Glen, and little girl, Evelyn, as well as with her fur kids, Boston terriers Amy and Ruby, tabby cat Rosco and horse, Guinness. She enjoys getting together with family and friends, horseback riding and traveling.

Dr. Mark Norman graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and has been practicing in Calgary ever since. He took some varying career paths before settling into veterinary medicine. He acquired his B.Sc. in Marine Biology from UBC where he was also a member of the championship Thunderbirds football team. A move to Alberta brought him to the CFL playing for the Edmonton Eskimos for 5 years which included a Grey Cup win in 1987. He then went on to complete a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta in 1994. Dr. Norman was also a marine mammal trainer which involved work at facilities close to home as well as internationally, including Florida and Australia. Dr. Norman is currently an owner of the Southpointe Pet Hospital and the Fish Creek 24 Hour Pet Hospital. He divides his time between these clinics, but admittedly has a passion emergency medicine. Any spare time is spent in Chestermere, on and off the lake, with his girlfriend and their furry family of three Bernese Mountain Dogs and one cat.

Dr. Stephanie Ball completed her BSc in Biology from the University of Regina in 1996 and continued on to Saskatoon's Western College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2000. Small animal medicine has always been her passion and through more recent years she has developed an interest in canine reproduction. Dr. Ball is currently an owner of the Southpointe Pet Hospital and the Fish Creek 24hr Pet Hospital dividing her time between the two clinics. Her outside interests include playing in a local water polo league with an annual sunny trip to California for competition. As well she tries to stay active through the year with a local group Soldiers of Fitness. Any spare time is spent with her boyfriend and their furry family of three Bernese Mountain Dogs – Magnum, Argus and Canyon and one lone cat, Goose.

Dr. Sheri Clarkson BSc, DVM DACVIM grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan but has strong family roots in Alberta which is the reason she returned to Alberta after gathering advanced education in the United States. In 1996, Sheri graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After completion of her veterinary degree she went to Tuft University, Foster Hospital for Small Animals, in North Grafton, Mass. to pursue an internship in Emergency Critical Care and Anesthesia. From 1997 through to 2000, Sheri was in Lansing, Michigan at Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital completing a Small Animal Internal Medicine residency. During her residency she also spent time at North Carolina State University Veterinary teaching Hospitals in the Oncology department. Since becoming board certified in Internal medicine, Sheri worked in two large private practice specialty referral hospitals one in North Carolina (2000 – 2003) and one in Calgary (2004-2009). Recently Sheri went out on her own and started Clarkson Veterinary Internal Medicine Services Inc to continue offering her type of specialty practice to the veterinary community of Calgary and surrounding areas.

Sheri's research papers have concentrated around the development of a diagnostic test for diabetes insipidus in the dog and Shetland Sheepdog Leukodystropy (a disorder in the Sheltie's defined by Sheri in her residency). During her residency Sheri developed a strong interest in ultrasound and has integrated imaging into her form of practice. Her interests are diverse but endocrinology, gastroenterology (bowel, liver, pancreas), nephrology/urology (kidney and bladder) and immunology/hematology top the list. Sheri has a husband, two little girls, and a Golden retriever that keeps her busy when not at work.

Internal medicine specialty services include:

  • - Consultation on any defined or currently undefined disease state to develop a diagnostic and then therapeutic plan
  • - Abdominal and thoracic ultrasound
  • - Guided biopsies, bone marrow aspirate, bone marrow core biopsy and placement of feeding tubes
  • - Treatment of oncology patients with chemotherapeutic protocols
  • - Endoscopic procedures to gather biopsies of bowel, bladder, and samples from the airways.

Dr. Audrey Remedios, even as a young child, always wanted to be a veterinarian. After finishing her veterinary degree, she completed a surgical residency and Master of Veterinary Science program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In her residency, Dr. Remedios trained in all aspect of small animal surgery including orthopedics, soft tissue, and neurologic procedures. She joined the faculty of WVCM and successfully passed the certifying examinations to become a surgery specialist as designated by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1992. During an eight year academic career, she taught numerous courses on surgical principles and diseases to undergraduate and graduate veterinary students. She also developed the total hip replacement and minimally invasive surgery programs at WCVM. She was actively involved with research within the veterinary and human medical communities. As such, she has published many scientifically refereed journal articles, book reviews, and chapters in textbooks. In 1998, after achieving full professorship status at WCVM, she moved to Calgary and established the Western Veterinary Specialist Centre. She was an adjunct professor in the newly established School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. Today, Dr. Remedios devotes her time as lead veterinarian with the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force. She also provides care for the animals of many rescue groups such as AARCS, ARF, Alberta Bulldog Rescue, Persian Dreams Rescue. She has also traveled to Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Ecuador, and Dominican Republican to provide animal health care in those areas.

Dr. Erica Johnson received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Calgary in 1994 and then attended Olds College where she obtained a Diploma in Animal Health Technology in 1997. After working for several years in a mixed animal practice outside of Calgary, she got accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated from there in 2006. Starting at Fish Creek Pet Hospital as a relatively new grad she was exposed to many aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and discovered a broad interest in several of these areas. In particular, she enjoys emergency and critical care and soft tissue surgery. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling, to what she considers as her second home, Hood River, Oregon. She currently resides in South Calgary where she lives with her 4 cats, 3 of which she adopted from this clinic.

Dr. Jayson Van Sluys graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. He initially pursued an interest in equine medicine at an internship in St. Louis, MO and then general equine practice. Dr. Jayson always had a love of small animals and after years of battling a hay allergy made the switch to companion animal practice in 2006. Joining Dr. Katie at Fish Creek Pet Hospital has allowed the couple to balance work and family life. Jayson’s personal interests include road cycling, hot yoga and outdoor activities.

Dr. Laina Knorr obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Lethbridge, her Master of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Calgary, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Laina has 3 cats, whom she loves dearly and finds a great source of companionship and entertainment. Laina loves to travel and experience different cultures. She also enjoys belly dancing, pottery and time spent with friends. Laina greatly enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but especially feline medicine and emergency medicine.

Dr. Charlotte Whale hails originally from Cranbrook, BC. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2002. Charlotte decided to continue her education at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, where she completed her Veterinary Science degree in 2007.

Charlotte has a strong interest in emergency medicine and surgery. She joined Fish Creek 24 Hour Pet Hospital in July of 2010 after completing a small animal rotating internship at the CARE Centre in Calgary.

Since arriving in Calgary, Charlotte has acquired a furry family composed of two dogs (Indy and Noodles) as well as her horse (Cereno). She is an avid horseback rider and also enjoys downhill skiing, hiking and running.

Dr. Laura Major attended the University of Guelph for 2 years prior to being accepted into the Ontario veterinary college. She graduated in 2008 with honours and practiced in emergency clinics in Ontario before moving to Calgary in the fall with her 2 cats, "Mirage and Karma". She has a passion for emergency medicine, surgery, and critical care. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, the mountains and traveling to new places.

Dr. Emma Armstead completed a Bachelor of Science/ Arts majoring in Animal Biology and Journalism in 2002 and completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science with honours at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2007. In 2008 Dr Armstead made the move from Australia to Canada to follow her husbands career and practice veterinary medicine in Calgary. Emma has a wide interest in many areas of small animal practice, especially internal medicine and behaviour. Emma and her husband live with their cat Arnold and are currently expecting their first child. Emma’s outside interests include cooking, yoga and many creative arts, especially painting.

Dr. Devin Nobert was born in raised in Calgary. He obtained a BA in Psychology and his pre-vet requirements at the University of Calgary. He then moved to Saskatoon for his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree, which was obtained in 2009. He married his high school sweet heart in 2000, and they currently live In Okotoks with 3 beautiful children and a Boston Terrier named Piper. Outside of family and vet med, Devin is an avid golfer and passionate about rock & roll. He attends as many concerts as possible and has a kick-ass album collection.

Dr. Vanessa Carl obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honours with distinction from the University of Victoria in 2003. She then went on to achieve her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2007. Dr. Carl has been working as a small animal practitioner ever since and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but especially dentistry, internal medicine and oncology. Dr. Carl has a well-fed bratty cat named Tigger, who tells all her friend’s that his owner doesn’t feed him enough. She also has a Border collie cross named Bernard, who keeps her own her toes with his “Marley and Me” type antics. She spends her time off practicing ashtanga yoga and doing home renovations.

Dr. Erin Heck obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine as one of the first graduates from the University of Calgary in 2012. This was after graduating as an AHT and also completing her pre-veterinary requirements from the University of Lethbridge. Erin has two golden retrievers, Oakley and Moe that she often takes hiking in the mountains. Her two cats that seem to rule the household are Kari and Zeke. Erin enjoys spending time her family , especially her spouse Jeff, and four nephews. She enjoys her new found free time, now that vet school is over, to read novels, hike, and hopes to get back into western pleasure riding. Her professional interests include surgery, dentistry and emergency medicine.

Our Team of veterinarians work hand in hand with our animal health technologists and support staff. Our doctors and staff are all dedicated to and take pride in caring for your pet. We aim to care for and support your pet throughout its life and through any emergency or time of illness. At all times we endeavour to practice high quality medicine and surgery, and strive to continually update our knowledge and services.

Fish Creek has a large staff of highly trained Animal Heath Technologists who play a vital role in both emergency and routine veterinary medicine. Our team of AHTs includes: Melanie Robinson, Tamara Wilson, Carrie McMillan, Lisa Beaulieu, Alma Pineda-Guyon, Tracy Rose Gray, Alysha Gagnon, Heather Price Bregliano, Sarah Eisner, Kaylee Moriarity, Opal Jane Payne, Gina Kwok, Heidi Wittke-Mcallister, Casey Bockus, Ellen Kovar, Shawna Dash, Erin Merrin and Melissa Looker.

Melanie Robinson obtained her degree in 1999 as an AHT at Fairview College in Fairview Alberta. She proudly was born and raised in Nova Scotia where she worked at a zoo for many years. She moved out west for schooling and quickly fell in love with Alberta . She enjoys spending her time with her family and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. She has a golden retriever Gunner who spends his working hours at the hospital greeting all of our great clients. She also has 2 cats Julius and Cheddar. Her professional interests are emergency medicine and dentistry.