Dr. Cheryl Lewis
Dr. Cheryl Lewis works at the Millwoods East Veterinary Clinic. She is a past volunteer of the Edmonton Association of Small Animal Veterinarians and returned to join the executive in 2017. She is an avid gardener and wildlife enthusiast.
Dr. Daryl Meger
Dr. Meger is a 1995 grad from WCVM with a wide variety of experience. Currently, he is doing locums in the Edmonton area. In his spare time, you'll find him gardening, hiking, traveling, playing guitar and enjoying the great Alberta oudoors.
Dr. Christie Gingras
Christie graduated from WCVM in 2000, and began her career at the Spruce Grove Veterinary Clinic shortly thereafter. She enjoys internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry and soft tissue surgeries. She served on the Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society (ACTSS) for 4 years as a board member in its early days.
Christie and her husband have a busy family with 2 children, a golden doodle, orange tabby, and 2 Guinea Pigs. She enjoys watching and supporting her kids in their sports and music. She loves travel, photography, camping, hiking and anything in the great outdoors. When she has a minute to herself, Christie enjoys yoga, workouts, and a glass of red wine.
Dr. Lisa Collis
Dr. Lisa Collis (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a 2004 WCVM graduate. She has developed a professional interest in dermatology (skin disease) and in the medical conditions of older pets, especially feline and canine diabetes, thyroid, pancreatic and kidney disease.
Raised in Brandon, Manitoba, Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Brandon University and her Master of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Toronto working in the research department of the Hospital for Sick Children. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon and worked at the Delton Veterinary Hospital from 2004 until April 2020.
Dr. Collis previously served as an EASAV director as the CE Chairperson and the President (2010-2011). She was one of 22 recipients of the 2010 CVMA's Emerging Veterinary Leaders Awards. Since 2011, she has served with the University of Calgary as an Adjunct Professor, teaching a small animal medicine community rotation for 4th year veterinary students. In 2018, Dr. Collis was elected to serve as Member-At-Large for the Executive Committee of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology.
Dr. Collis currently practices as a locum veterinarian in Edmonton, Alberta. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys biking, gardening, camping and hiking, yoga, sewing, baking, playing the piano and reading a quiet book.
Dr. Robert Coppock
Bob began his career as a clinical pharmacologist immediately upon graduating with a DVM from the Michigan State University. His early work was to develop Telazol and Ketamine. Soon after, Dr. Coppock bought a practice whereupon a case of cattle feed contamination sparked an interest in toxicology. He became board certified with the American Board of Toxicology (DABT) soon after. Bob taught veterinary pharmacology and assisted in analytical toxicology and field investigations for the Oklahoma State University while completing his Master's Degree, which studied the humane use of drugs in euthanasia. After Okahoma State, Bob worked for the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine where he helped organize the Toxicology Emergency Response Team.
From there, Dr. Coppock moved to the University of Illinois and began the Flying Poison Doctors Program, which allowed a practicing veterinarian or government agency to request a field investigation team in cases of suspected animal poisoning. Bob is an instrument-rated pilot and would fly the team to farms undergoing investigations! He was also one of the driving forces behind the database for the Animal Poison Control Centre. He went to complete a PhD in Toxicology, followed by a board certification in Veterinary Toxicology. He became the head of Clinical Investigations (later called Toxicology) at the Alberta Environment Centre, now known as the Alberta Research Council, in Vegreville. While at the Council, his research focus was on the effects of oil and gas field substances on cattle.
Bob has authored and co-authored over 200 scientific publications, over 40 book chapters on veterinary toxicology and nutraceuticals and he has served on the Board of Scientific Reviewers for the American Journal of Veterinary Research.
In his spare time, he has volunteered on both legislated and non-legistlated AbVMA committees for over 15 years and is a member of the Canadian Veterinary Reserve.
Mrs. Smokey Walters
Smokey graduated from the Animal Health Program at NAIT with Honours in 1997. She also holds an advanced french bilingual diploma and has completed a few University courses and extensive continuing education in administration, health sciences and more.
Before Smokey began her work with EASAV in 2009, she had worked as an RVT in veterinary practices across Alberta. She was fortunate to have worked with veterinarians who had special interests in equine surgery, exotics, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology and dentistry and still locums, today!
Smokey believes that it takes a community to support families and professionals. She has been an active volunteer in her communities since the age of 15. She began with teaching karate, practicing environmental stewardship and organizing suicide prevention workshops and committees in high school. Later, she took on roles managing at the Yardbird Suite, serving on committees of the AAAHT & the AbVMA, her children's PTA associations, as a running room instructor, soccer coach and more. She is currently the chair of one of her children's school Parent Advisory Council and Association.
Her past-times include playing lead trumpet in the CJam Big Band, canoeing, walking, sewing, gardening, baking, canning, cooking and training her dog!
Dr. Clare Leger
Dr. Clare Leger is a 2001 graduate from the Atlantic Veterinary College. She has done a large animal internship at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been working at the Millwoods East Veterinary Clinic since 2002 and does all of their major surgeries. She also has an interest in pain management.
Clare joined the EASAV board of directors in 2015 and has been the CE Chairperson since 2016. She and her husband, Mitch, have 2 daughters, and a very busy black lab named Jess.