Our Team

Our dedicated team of Veterinarians and Support Staff are here for your pets!

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Leesa Gillies

Veterinarian & Clinic Owner

Veterinarian

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

Veterinarian & Clinic Owner

Veterinarian

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 Wagner

Veterinarian

Veterinarian

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

Veterinarian & 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

Registered Veterinary Technician

Jenna Lee graduated in 2012 with honors from University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and attained Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) status that same year. After joining the team in 2018, she considers Romeo her forever home. At home she is kept busy with 3 cats, a snake, and a horse.

Jenna Lee is very close with her husband, friends, family and loves the fact that her sister is also an RVT. The thing that Jenna Lee enjoys most about her job is the fact that it is ever changing and she gets to see and be part of the animal human bond which is so special. She has taken a special interest in out Hospice and Palliative care service and is always looking to improve this experience for both the pet and the families.

 – “People do not pick their pet. Animals choose their Human.”

Stacey St. Clair

Registered Veterinary Technician

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. 

Megan

Registered Veterinary Technician

Megan is an RVT who graduated from Ridgetown College in 2015. She grew up in Texas and went to high school overseas in Abu Dhabi before moving back to Canada for University. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph before attending vet tech school. Megan now lives in Stratford with her husband Luke, her golden retriever Sadie, and her cat Jessie. Megan loves camping, country music, and spending time with friends and family.

Veterinary Assistants

Krystal (Gowan) Leppington

Veterinary Assistant

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 well-being of all pets and their relationship with their people. She strives to help our clients with weight management and behaviour concerns.

Shari Barber

Veterinary Assistant

Shari is a graduate of Animal Care from Sheridan College. Shari was with Romeo Pet Hosital when we opened in 1997. She happily returned to Romeo Pet Hospital in 2017 after leaving to raise her wonderful 3 children.


Shari works along side the doctors, technicians, and supportive staff assisting wherever and whenever needed. Shari expertise shows when she is helping clients and their pets, she is always there to lend a helping hand. She enjoys the interaction with our amazing clients and their beloved pets. She enjoys this job because the days are never the same and it is exciting with all the new pets we get to meet, especially our pocket pets.


When she is not enjoying her time at work, she is happily spending time with her family. Shari also loves her walks with her family and their dog Toklo. Shari also has Cuddles the bearded dragon and Chomper the leopard gecko.

Client Care Specialists

Lisa (Hearn) Jeffery

Client Care Specialist

Lisa has been with Romeo Pet Hospital for 12 years now. She completed her Veterinarian Medical Office Administration program at Ridgetown Campus in 2008 and has been happily with us ever since.

As a vital part of the Romeo team, her smiling face is always ready to greet you at the front door and is always the first person to help solve a problem. Her organizational skills are put to good use as she keeps track of our Wellness Plans that we offer at Romeo.

Lisa shares her home with 2 dogs and her beloved cat that she rescued. Lisa looks forward to spending the next 12 years helping Romeo grow and be there for our patients and clients.

Ashton Wettlaufer

Veterinary Medical Office Assistants

Ashton has been a part of the Romeo Pet Hospital team since August 2012 after graduating from the Veterinary Medical Office Administration program at Ridgetown Campus in 2011.

 

A great work ethic and willingness to work with the team is what makes her such a vital part of Romeo. Ashton primarily works at the reception desk but also spends a lot of time helping in the treatment area where she has valuable skills working with patients. She uses her vast knowledge of animals and her ability to communicate with owners to make the Romeo Pet Hospital experience a special one.


Ashton spends her spare time with her 2 dogs and enjoys rock climbing.

Student Assistants

Alyssa Koehler

Student Assistant

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

Clinic Cat

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.