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Our Team

Our dedicated staff members include:

 

Veterinarians

Dr. LEESA GILLiES
 
Dr. Gillies started her veterinary career in Mount Forest after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2001.  Before veterinary school, Dr. Gillies studied physiology and pharmacology during her undergraduate and Master's of Science degrees at McMaster University.  After a brief stint working in Kitchener, Dr. Gillies finally settled in Stratford at Romeo Pet Hospital, in 2004.  Dr. Sealey invited her to become a partner in 2006, and they worked together for 10 years to create a clinic environment that excels in service and communication to best fulfill the needs of their clients and patients.   In January 2016, Dr. Gillies took on the role of sole ownership of Romeo Pet Hospital and is excited to have Dr. Hodge join her as owner in 2019.  Dr. Gillies lives in Stratford with her husband and 2 children, and their pets, Marie the Papillon, Boone the Doberman, her cats Marvin and Olliver, and various farm animals.
 
Dr. LESLIE HODGE
 
Dr. Leslie Hodge started practicing veterinary medicine with the Romeo Pet Hospital team after her graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006, and has joined Dr. Gillies as owner in 2019.  Prior to veterinary school in Guelph, Dr. Hodge completed her undergraduate and Masters of Science degrees, focusing on the physiology and genetics of osteoarthritis, at the University of Western Ontario.   Originally from North Bay, Dr. Hodge settled in the Stratford area with her farming husband and 2 young children, her adorable cocker spaniel Chloe, her farm dogs Polaris and Pup Pup, and their many pigs and cows.   Dr. Hodge is certified in Hospice and Palliative Care and is currently leading our initiatives at Romeo Pet Hospital to bring this amazing services to the Stratford area.
 
Dr. EMILY WAGLER
Dr. Emily Wagler's interest in veterinary medicine was fostered through a high school co-op program in Southampton and she hasn't looked back since! Dr. Wagler is excited to join alongside the Romeo team in offering excellent medical and surgical care along with compassionate, dedicated client and patient service. After graduating from Guelph's Veterinary College in 2005 she has enjoyed caring for companion animals in a number of clinics across Southwestern Ontario including the London Regional Veterinary Emergency clinic. Dr. Wagler lives in the Stratford area with her husband and two boys, along with their beloved Cavalier Spaniels- Winnie and Paprika, 4 cats (Skittles, Peanut, Junior and Blacky), a few laying chickens and a number of dairy cattle to complete the farm.
 
DR. LEEANN SEALEY (clinic founder)
Dr. Sealey opened the doors to Romeo Pet Hospital in 1997 at its original location on Romeo St in Stratford.  Dr. Sealey brought Dr. Gillies in as a partner in 2006.  In 2016, Dr. Sealey sold the practice to Dr. Gillies in order to follow her new passion in shelter medicine but has found herself back working at Romeo Pet Hospital in 2019.
 

Registered Veterinary Technicians

JENNA LEE SCHEERLE
STACEY ST. CLAIR
 
Stacey completed her schooling to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2005 at St. Clair college in Windsor.  She is originally from Stratford but moved to Kitchener where she worked as a RVT for 8 years.  She is very passionate about every aspect of her job but her favorites roles include assisting in dentistries and monitoring anesthesia during other surgeries. 
 

Veterinary Assistants

 
KRYSTAL (GOWAN) LEPPINGTON
 
Krystal started at Romeo Pet Hospital in March of 2005 after completing her Veterinary Medical Office Administration certificate at University of Geulph- Ridgetown Campus. After spending a year and 8 months with us she moved to Alberta to gain life experience where she worked as a pen rider caring for cattle in a feedlot. After a year she returned to Romeo Pet Hospital as our Receptionist. Krystal has recently changed positions at the clinic: you will now find her assisting our doctors and RVTs. She is passionate about the health and wellbeing of all pets and their relationship with their people. She strives to help our clients with weight management and behaviour concerns.
 
SHARI BARBER
 

Veterinary Medical Office Assistants

LISA (HEARN) JEFFERY
 
Lisa has been with Romeo Pet Hospital for 6 years now. She completed her Veterinarian Medical Office Administration program at Ridgetown Campus in 2008
 
ASHTON WETTLAUFER
 
Ashton has been a part of the Romeo Pet Hospital team since August 2012 after graduating from the Veterinary Medical Office Administration in 2011. Ashton has always known that she would like to work with animals and people.
 

Student Assistant

 
ALYSSA KOEHLER
 
Alyssa is the most recent addition to the Romeo Pet Hospital team. She started as a high school cooperative education student, and then was offered a part time job for the new year. She is currently in grade twelve at Stratford Central Secondary School and enjoys her science and math courses. Alyssa is very interested in veterinary medicine and loves the environment at Romeo Pet Hospital. Her favourite part of the job is assisting with surgeries. 
 

Retired Quality Control Officer (Clinic Cat)

 
PUMPKIN
 
Pumpkin joined the Romeo Pet Hospital team in 2009.  She was an adorable, tiny kitten, that had come to us from the shelter to be spayed.  She caught Dr. Sealey’s eye because of her resemblance to one of Dr. Sealey’s previous pet cats.  Not being able to have cats of her own at home, Dr. Sealey suggested that maybe it was time for us to have a pet again.  Needless to say, Pumpkin never made the return trip back to the shelter, and she entertained us and our clients for 6 years, before retiring to her new home at Anne Hathaway Retirement Residences.  We miss her but know that her considerable love and charm is much appreciated at her new home.