Dr. Louis Kwantes
BSc DVM MSc
Born in Michigan and having grown up in Japan, after a college stint in Iowa and five years in Guelph, Dr. Kwantes graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 1987. His first job as a vet was in beautiful Goderich, Ontario in a mixed animal practice. Since then he completed a Masters degree in Tropical Veterinary Medicine and has had more than 25 years of awesome veterinary experiences in Canada and internationally.
In Alberta, Dr. Kwantes is the Alberta representative on the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association council board. He previously was a member of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, including a term as president in 2015-16. Dr. Kwantes also enjoys teaching a class for the Animal Health Technology course at NAIT on reptile and amphibian medicine and, with all the things he has been privileged to see, he wrote a book of short stories entitled “Catfight in the Kitchen.”
All of this information probably matters much less than the fact that he loves working with pets and with people, and feels honored to share in the bond of trust between pets and their caretakers. He is proud of the great team at Park Veterinary Centre and the difference we make in the lives of pets and pet owners. Dr. Kwantes lives in Sherwood Park with his wife and children (fewer over the years as they leave home now) and one remaining pet – a lucky rescue cat.
Dr. Michelle Meckelborg
Dr. Meckelborg graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in her hometown of Saskatoon in 2003. She spent her first year out of vet school in a large animal practice in rural Alberta. After coming to her senses, she joined Park Veterinary Centre in 2004 and has lived in Sherwood Park ever since. These days, Dr. Meckelborg is kept busy caring for her two young girls. Given a free minute, she loves to sneak off for a run or hot yoga class. She also cares for an adorable pup named Ruby and two busy guinea pigs, Rocket Newton and Starlett.
Dr. Teresa Bousquet
Dr. Teresa Bousquet is originally from Saskatoon. In May 2007, she graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and moved to Edmonton to start working at Park Veterinary Centre. Dr. Bousquet has a special passion for exotic animal medicine. She is a member of The Association of Avian Veterinarians, The Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, The American Association of Fish Veterinarians and The World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the President of The Alberta Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy. She has recently started treating backyard poultry and is having a blast learning everything she can about chickens, ducks, and turkeys! At home, Dr. Bousquet has a husband, Peter, a Papillion dog named Spring, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Myshka, three cats, Eeyore, Tapka, and Katniss, and two guinea pigs, Sheldon and Leonard.
Dr. David Oladipo
Dr. David Oladipo originally hails from Nigeria, a country situated in the West of Africa. He moved to Canada in the winter of 2004 as a permanent resident through the Canadian immigration program. This was the beginning of the fulfillment of his aspiration to experience a North American Veterinary practice. Dr. Oladipo lived in Calgary for a year before eventually moving to Edmonton in 2006.
Dr. Oladipo’s dream of becoming a veterinarian was actually rooted in series of conversations he had with his now deceased father who was passionate about animal health. There was also a strong influence from a true life story he read in a Readers Digest while he was in high school. It was about a man who was dragged into his house by his dog after he collapsed in the compound without any help in sight. His dog stayed with him until his son came to his rescue several hours later. This story created an indelible mark in Dr. Oladipo’s mind about the human-animal bond.
In 1987, he entered a six year pre vet and veterinary training program. The six year program ended up becoming seven due to academic program disruptions in his native country at the time. He graduated in the spring of 1994 and experienced a year of National service, which is a way of integrating the multicultural diverse nation to forge unity in Nigeria. This was also a form of social education, which enables young Nigerians to temporarily live in other parts of the nation.
Dr. Oladipo had a ten year combination of working in small veterinary clinics and house call services between 1995 and 2004. This did not satisfy his initial desire to pursue veterinary medicine. It was not always possible to translate knowledge into practice due to lack of equipment and client expectations. He then pursued the rigorous certification process and obtained his license to practice in Canada during the summer of 2008.
Dr. Oladipo found a nest in Park Veterinary Centre in February 2009, which he is thankful to God for always. This has given him the opportunity to translate his boyhood dream into reality.
He currently resides south of Edmonton with his wife, Bola (a pharmacist), and their two wonderful boys, Seyi and Dami. Dr. Oladipo is also pastor a growing church in the south of Edmonton. He hopes to be at Park Veterinary Centre for a long while, bringing comfort to our lovely patients and a smile to the faces of their owners.
Dr. Melissa Gowenlock
Dr. Melissa Gowenlock is an associate veterinarian at Park Veterinary Centre. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2009. She also holds a B.Sc. in Genetics from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Gowenlock moved to Sherwood Park and started working shortly after graduation, leaving her family in southern Manitoba. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but really loves surgery.
Dr. Gowenlock has been at the clinic for more than 7 years now, and life has sure changed for her in the course of that time. She bought her first house, slowly expanded her fur family to four crazy cats and two large dogs. Outside of work, the pets keep her occupied and Dr. Gowenlock can usually be found at the Sherwood Park off-leash park with the dogs most days.
A welcome addition to Alberta, Dr. Gowenlock is also someone who actually quite enjoys winter, as she has become an avid snowboarder, which was an unavailable hobby back in Manitoba. Trips to the mountains are frequent once the snow falls. She and her husband also enjoy hiking and camping trips in the summer. Spending time outdoors is very important to her.
When she is at work, Dr. Gowenlock always looks forward to all the interesting cases, as well as developing relationships with the clients. She enjoys the communication aspect of the job and always tries to make the visit fun and really get to know people and their pets.
Dr. Marissa Rodriguez
Dr. Marissa Rodriguez is one of the associate veterinarians at Park Veterinary Centre. She was born and raised in Miami, FL and is of Cuban descent, but now resides in Sherwood Park, AB. She married her Canadian love in December 2011, whom she met in the Cayman Islands.
Dr. Rodriguez received a Bachelor’s in Biology at Florida International University and from there continued on to achieve her Veterinary Degree at St. Matthew’s University in the Cayman Islands. Her clinical year was completed at North Carolina State University, and in addition, she spent a year as an intern at the Calgary Animal Referral and Specialty Centre, in association with the University of Calgary. She has an interest in diagnostic imaging, including radiology and ultrasonography, as well as surgery.
Dr. Rodriguez and her husband share their happy home with their little monster cat, Mr. Moe. Outside of work, she enjoys Sunday fun days with her husband, travelling, working out, shopping and embracing all that life has to offer! Dr. Rodriguez always looks forward to meeting new clients and patients, but it brings her great joy to walk into a room and be greeted by all the familiar faces and furry friends she has made at Park Veterinary Centre. She strives to provide each and every patient and client with a pleasant experience – one that surpasses expectations and lives up to the highest of standards.
Dr. Eryn Hanak
Dr. Eryn Hanak was part of the first graduating class from the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine program in 2012. She has been very interested in wildlife, zoo, and exotic animal medicine since the very beginning of her veterinary career. Her favorite part of the job is getting to see all animals, great and small! At home, she has a border collie named Vimes. Together, they practice sheep herding and occasionally compete. Her other hobbies include reading, skiing and hiking. Vimes loves coming on hikes but he hates wearing his own “backpack.”