Volunteer Executive Members

1/5/2022 5:03:24 PM

EASAV is run by a board of directors made up of local volunteer veterinarians!
Each board member that is voted in, serves a minimum 3-year term with EASAV; most stay for 2 terms!
Our Executive Team meets 9 -10 times each year; if you are an EASAV member and are interested in joining this progressive group of veterinarians, please email us at info@easav.ca!

EASAV's current executive volunteer veterinarians:


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.
Vice President

 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 (drcollis@telus.net) 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.
CE Chair

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. 
Executive Assistant
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!
Past President 

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.

EASAV Executive Volunteer Nomination Form

Edmonton Association of Small Animal Veterinarians List of Past Directors
(being updated continually)

 Year  President  Vice President  Secretary  Treasurer  CE Chair  Director(s)
 2021     Cheryl Lewis  Daryl Meger  Christie Gingras  Lisa Collis   Bob Coppock   
 2020         Clare Leger          Cheryl Lewis  Christie   Gingras  Lisa Collis         Clare Leger  Margaret Fisher
 2019         Natasha Russell /Clare Leger  Cheryl Lewis  Christie   Gingras  Lisa Collis  Clare   Leger  Margaret Fisher, Tahir Sheikh
 2018  Gurmeet Tuli   Natasha   Russell  Lisa Collis        Lisa Collis   Clare   Leger   Kelti Kachur, Cheryl Lewis, Christie Gingras
 2017    Kelti Kachur       Natasha   Russell  Shannon   Wawryk  Gurmeet Tuli  Clare   Leger  Nour Hashish, Cheryl Lewis
 2016  Kelti Kachur      Natasha   Russell   Shannon   Wawryk   Gurmeet Tuli  Clare   Leger  Chandan Maan
 2015  Letitia Chow     Gurmeet Tuli  Shannon   Wawryk  Chandan Maan   Kelti   Kachur    Clare Leger, Heather Lam
 2014  Navjot Gosal  Leti Chow  Shannon   Wawryk  Chandan Maan  Kelti   Kachur   Gurmeet Tuli
 2013  Guillermo   Trimino   Navjot Gosal  Shannon   Wawryk  Daryl Meger  Kelti   Kachur   Gurmeet Tuli 
 2012  Martin Schiebel         Guillermo   Trimino  Shannon   Wawryk  Colleen Pratt        Kelti   Kachur  Navjot Gosal, Daryl Meger
 2011  Gayle McDonald         Martin   Schiebel          none  Colleen   Pratt            Navjot Gosal, James Irwin,
 Shannon Wawryk, Guillermo   Trimino        
 2010  Lisa Collis  Gayle McDonald         Jeff Person  Jeff Person Lisa Collis  Colleen Pratt, Martin Schiebel,   Guillermo   Trimino
 2009   Annabelle   Sydie-Smith  Suzanne   Misiaszek          Jeff Person  Doug   Heffelfinger    Gayle McDonald, Guillermo Trimino,   Lisa   Collis
 2008  Annabelle   Sydie-Smith  Suzanne   Misiaszek       Jeff Person  Doug   Heffelfinger    Gayle McDonald, Guillermo   Trimino,   Lisa   Collis
 2007  Cam Friesen   Annabelle Sydie-   Smith  Jeff Person   Doug   Heffelfinger    Jackie Simmonds, Mary Kooyman,   Lisa   Collis
 2006  Max Rosetti  Cam Friesen  Jeff Person  Todd Scott    Art Cegieski, Jackie Simmonds,   Mary   Kooyman
 2005  Jeff Person  Max Rosetti  Tara Edwards  Todd Scott  Cheryl Lewis  Jackie Simmonds,   Mary Kooyman
 2004  Jeff Person  Art Cegielski  Tara Edwards  Greg Parks              Cheryl Lewis  Jackie Simmonds
 2003  Karen Lange     Jocelyn Forseille  Jeff Brooks  Greg Parks      Cheryl Lewis  Jackie Simmonds
 2002  Karen Lange      Jocelyn Forseille  Agnes Tenszen         Jeff Brooks  Cheryl Lewis  
 2001  Stephen Lewis  Karen Lange  Jeff Brooks  Adrienne   Leversedge  Cheryl Lewis  
 2000  Stephen Lewis    Jocelyn   Forseille  Adrienne   Leversedge  Cheryl Lewis  
 1999  Susan Robertson    Jocelyn   Forseille  Adrienne   Leversedge  Cheryl Lewis  
 1998  Susan Robertson    Janet Lees  Adrienne   Leversedge  Tara Bidgood/Cheryl   Lewis  
 1997  Carol Nyeretyegona  Susan Robertson  Janet Lees  Adrienne   Leversedge    
 1996  Louis Kwantes  Carol   Nyeretyegona  Colleen   Harman          Siobhan Smith    
 1995  Louis Kwantes    Colleen Harman     Siobhan Smith    
 1994  Deb Bear  Louis Kwantes  Susan   Lapointe          Siobhan Smith  Craig Wilkinson & Max  Rossetti   SPCA Rep: Milton Ness
 1993  Pam Goble        Deb Bear  Ted Chotowetz  Susan Lapointe    
 1992  Jeff Brooks  Pam Goble  Kim McKall  Susan Lapointe    
 1991  Brent Jackson  Jeff Brooks  Susan Lapointe  Dan Degner    
 1990  Milton Ness  Brent Jackson  Ken Keeler  Sandra Rutherford  Steve Marsden, Dr.   Boyle  PR: Dr. Yelle, SPCA: Mary Koooyman, Dr. Armstrong, 
 1989  Jocelyn Forseille  Milton Ness  Ken Keeler  Colleen Hauer  Drs. Maynard & Brent   Jackson  PR: Drs. Baynton, McFetridge, Jocelyn Forseille, Gerrow   and Martin Schiebel
 1988  Ben Boisvert  Jocelyn Forseille  Ken Keeler  Colleen Hauer    
 1987  Liza Baynton  Mike Kolla  Ken Keeler  Ted Purcell         
 1986  Lloyd Abbey  Liza Baynton  Ken Keeler  Ted Purcell    
 1985  Clay Gellhaus  Lloyd Abbey  Ken Keeler  Ted Purcell    
 1984  Dave Cartledge  Clay Gellhaus  Hugh Semple  Mike Kolla    
 1983  T. Gerrow  Dave Cartledge  H. Barlow  Mike Kolla    
 1982  S. Beck  T. Gerrow  Ken Keeler  A. Greenbank    
 1981  P. Claffey  S. Beck  Ken Keeler  A. Greenbank    
 1972  Ed Spratlin  Richard Hertling  Ian Gent         Ian Gent    
 1971  Ed Spratlin  Richard Hertling  J. L. McManus   J L McManus    Don L. Kreycik, Ken Abbey