Meet our Staff
Dr. Gabriela Rotaru
Dr. Gabby Rotaru believes she has the best job in the world: if you think about it, what other job fills your heart with so much joy that it really brings tears to your eyes, makes you laugh and wonder, discover and create, is never boring and so uplifting? And in what other job can you feel that you truly make lives better (pets and owners alike) and learn every day from each and every pet you meet? There is this invisible bond that forms between you and all animal lovers that come through the door: owners and pets are a second family to her, they get to know each other, trust and respect each other and for this she is so grateful!
Dr. Gabby moved to Canada in 2001 with two cats and two dogs. She feels it was definitely one of the best decisions she ever made! She graduated in 1997 in Romania, Europe and has worked in the small animal field ever since.
Dr. Gabby truly enjoys the combination of internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, radiology and laboratory, which make her job so interesting. She also enjoys educating people how to prevent disease in their pets, this is where the true challenge is! Working emergencies for about 5 years before becoming the practice owner at Chestermere made her realize that some things can be prevented and it is up to us to help our pets stay out of trouble and stay healthy!
In her spare time she loves going biking and hiking with her dog Moxie, or cuddling on the sofa with her two cats Ziggy and Felix. Yoga, gardening and feng shui are other ways Dr. Gabby uses to relax and appreciate all the blessings in her life.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Jodi was born and mostly raised in Calgary. She says mostly because although she has spent the majority of her life living in Calgary, she has also lived in Vancouver, Whistler and Toronto. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Primatology from the University of Calgary in 2000.
One of her favourite things to do is travel, and her adventures have taken her to Central America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Caribbean. New Zealand provided many challenging situations (caving and sky diving anyone?) as well as the inspiration for Jodi to seek a career with animals. While travelling there she volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation centre, where she worked with native birds, kunkune pigs, goats and donkeys (to name a few). It was hard work, but rewarding and Jodi decided working with animals was what she needed to do. After returning home she found a job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic in Calgary. After working there for almost 3 years (and loving it), she went back to school and graduated from Olds College in 2011 as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
Jodi currently resides in Airdrie and joined the Chestermere team in May 2012. She enjoys all aspects of her job, but especially enjoys anesthesia and radiology because of the challenge and puzzle. Anesthesia is never "routine" because every pet responds differently, she also finds taking a good x-ray, one that helps the doctor quickly diagnose a problem, very satisfying. Jodi has an adoreable miniature schnauzer named Gaffer. She looks forward to meeting all of the clients that come to the Chestermere clinic and giving enthusiastic “squishy” hugs to all 4 legged friends!
Registered Veterinary Technician
Lindsey is originally from the Red Deer area but has also lived in Edmonton and currently in Calgary. Lindsey enjoys assisting in surgeries, and helping the veterinarians in appointments. She has a love for educating clients on how to better care for their pets, and how to prevent injury and illness.
Lindsey has strong interests in pet behaviour, and is currently studying for a specialization in pet behaviour which will require at least 3 years of study and 4000 hours of experience. She wants to make your trip to the vet low stress, and help you and your pet have the best experience! She loves working with our more challenging patients such as those with aggression or anxiety issues.
Lindsey has a love for dachshunds, including 2 rescued mini dachshunds of her own, Belle and Hannah. Hannah had severe behaviour concerns upon adoption, but Lindsey has been able to rehabilitate her to significantly improve her quality of life. She continues to work with Hannah every day, and is so pleased to see how far she has come! Lindsey also enjoys staying fit through running and yoga among other activities.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Becca became a part of the Chestermere Veterinary Clinic as a Client Care Specialist in the summer of 2013. Becca became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2016.
Becca’s days at the clinic are full of both people and animals. She loves seeing owners wanting to learn more about a healthy lifestyle for their pet. Always learning more herself she finds great satisfaction in being able to help them along the way to giving their furry family members a happy and healthy life!
Becca currently lives in Calgary with her boyfriend Lucas, and their two rescue cats. In her spare time Becca is found in B.C., dirtbiking, snowmobiling and spending time at the farm with Lucas.
Client Care Specialist
Lindsay became a Client Care Specialist at Chestermere Veterinary Clinic in September of 2014. She was born in Edmonton but has lived in Calgary since she was 5 years old, she loves being an Alberta girl!
Lindsay graduated from the Veterinary Office Assistant program at Bow Valley College in June of 2014. She previously enjoyed a career in accounting as a bookkeeper but felt that she wanted to be challenged in a new field. Lindsay has always loved animals, growing up she was often trying to save an injured bird or wanting to keep a stray cat, therefore working in a veterinary clinic was the perfect choice! Her favourite part of her position is being able to interact with both people and pets every day and getting to be part of a team that is caring, compassionate and fun!
She lives in Calgary with her husband Serge and their 3 cats Kameko, Takeshi and Rumbles. They plan on adding to their fur family soon by adopting a puppy. They enjoy camping, hiking and day trips to the mountains. Lindsay looks forward to continuing to improve her abilities in making clients and patients happy, and expects a long career in the veterinary field!
Client Care Specialist
Karly was born in St. Albert, Alberta, and moved to Calgary when she was 5. She has been a Calgary resident ever since and originally worked in human medicine. She realized her passion lay in the animal field and began as a technician assistant at the CARE Centre in Calgary.
Karly joined the Chestermere team in March of 2017 as a Client Care Specialist. She particularly enjoys assisting with surgery, and getting to know the patients and owners. She wants to help our furry friends feel better! She also appreciates the interaction between people and their pets, and building a trusting relationship with our clients.
Karly shares ownership of 2 dogs with her parents who snow bird in Mexico over the winter months: Pocket a chihuahua/yorkie cross and Piper a brussels griffon. She and her boyfriend also have a toy poodle named Lyberty Bell and a pitbull named Stax.
Karly and her dogs love the outdoors, and take part in activities such as camping, swimming and hiking. She also enjoys relaxing days spent snuggling with her dogs. She has a passion for traveling and seeing the world.
Client Care Specialist - In Training
soon to come.
Born and raised in Calgary, Angela always loved animals and had numerous pets growing up. She always knew she wanted to work with animals and graduated in 2006 from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon graduating, Angela worked at the University of Calgary’s Animal Resource Center as an Animal Care Technician. She joined the Chestermere Veterinary Clinic in March 2008 because she wanted to help keep pets healthy and live long happy lives with their families.
Angela currently works part time for the clinic so she can look after her young children. She is passionate about pet nutrition because it is one of the only things we can do every day to influence the health of our pets. She has attended numerous conferences and training programs in pet nutrition and she enjoys working with clients to find the best food to meet their pet’s needs at each stage in their life. Angela also enjoys educating clients about their pets in other ways, and looks after the clinics website and facebook page, where she can communicate with them by posting information and writing a blog on various pet related articles.
She rescued all of her current pets; a mixed breed dog named Baxter from the AARCS foundation, and 2 stray cats Gingy and Penelope. The whole family including Baxter enjoys being active and going hiking, swimming and rollerblading. Gingy and Penelope are indoor cats and love to cuddle and play together. Angela has always had a special interest in animal and environmental conservation and used to volunteer for the Calgary Zoo as a Conservation Research Ambassador.