Meet Our Team

Our Doctors


Dr. Ray Snopek


A 1987 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Dr. Ray has spent his entire career in small animal medicine and has a great deal of interest in caring for brachycephalic breeds such as English and French Bulldogs. He is the founding doctor of Ellwood Park Animal Hospital and opened its doors in our original location in January 1992. Dr. Ray is still performing some surgeries as a locum vet at our hospital.


Dr. Kelly O’Blenis


Dr Kelly graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island in 1998, and after a brief stint in the US, moved west to escape winters. She fell in love with Chilliwack, and after working in two small animal practices and an Emergency Hospital, she accepted a veterinary position with us in 2005, and is a co-owner of Ellwood Park Animal Hospital.  Dr Kelly is very interested in Veterinary Behaviour, as well as Radiographic Imaging.


Dr. Deb Engle


Dr. Deb graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She has been working at Ellwood Park Animal Hospital since October 1999. Dr. Deb works at Ellwood from Monday – Thursday helping your pets.


Dr. Lindsay Mueller


Dr. Mueller, born and raised in the Fraser Valley, graduated from Veterinary School in 2017 after attending Ross University and Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

She joined the Ellwood Team in October 2020 and is available to care for your pets on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.





Hospital Manager

Cheryl is the Hospital Manager and co-owner of Ellwood Park Animal Hospital. She has been with Ellwood since August of 1994. Although she is the Practice Manager, she enjoys assisting wherever she is needed in the hospital, which we are so grateful for. Cheryl takes care of the entire team at Ellwood, organizing our events, continuing education and implementing hospital protocols. She is absolutely integral in keeping the many cogs in motion at our hospital!




Margaret is our head receptionist. She began her career at Ellwood Park in August of 1995 and has worked tirelessly ever since. She is with us on Mondays and Wednesdays and is always beyond helpful. She is our rock! In her days off, Margaret is an avid reader, golfer and enjoys time with her family.


Our Vet Techs



Registered Veterinary Technologist

Jessica has been employed as a Registered Veterinary Technologist since March 2009. She brings with her a wealth of experience from several other practices and enjoys all aspects of feline medicine. We are thrilled with her hobby of trying new recipes and baking, as Jessica spoils us with her beautifully decorated treats. She has a very sweet young rescue cat, Freyja that she loves spending time with at home!



Registered Veterinary Technologist

Leanne came to Ellwood in 2018 after working many years at another Veterinary Hospital, and we are so very glad that she did! She has been a registered veterinary technologist since 2002 and provides compassion care and gentle handling techniques to her patients. She works part-time at Ellwood, keeping busy on her off-days by spending time with her family, including her husband, daughters, two cats Freddie and Maestro, and two dogs – a young Staffordshire terrier named Vedder and a Doberman named Gibson, who inspired her independent small business of ‘Gibson’s Gourmet Goodies.’



Registered Veterinary Technologist

Sarah joined the Ellwood Team in August 2019.  Sarah has an extensive background in Veterinary Medicine, starting out as a Veterinary Assistant in 2006, followed by completing the Animal Health Technology Program at Thompson Rivers University in 2013. Sarah is Elite Fear-Free Certified, and a member of the SVBT with a special interest in behaviour. In her spare time Sarah enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her family including her rescue cat and dog!



Registered Veterinary Technologist

Kelsey joined our team in early 2015 after completing her Veterinary Office and Animal Care program at Douglas College. In May 2022, Kelsey completed the Veterinary Technology Program at Douglas College. We are very proud of Kelsey’s accomplishments and are so happy to have her back working full-time with us after obtaining her RVT. Congratulations Kelsey! Kelsey has a keen interest in anesthesia and her hobbies include playing baseball and enjoying outdoor adventures with her dog Alfie and her two cats Batman and Robin at home.



Registered Veterinary Technologist

Olivia became a part of the Ellwood Team in early 2021, coming from a large specialty hospital and bringing along loads of knowledge with imaging and diagnostics. We are proud that Olivia regularly works alongside a radiology specialist, and that she can provide ultrasound scans here at Ellwood, which is her passion. In her spare time, Liv likes cooking new recipes and taking her dogs Petunia and Hank to explore beautiful BC!


Our Support Staff




Darlene started her position with us in 2009. She brings many years of experience and training to reception. As Darlene’s passion lies in client communication, her warm, bubbly voice puts patients and clients at ease. Darlene’s home is a busy one, with multiple rescue pets including cats, birds, guinea pigs and koi fish!




Charlette has been working at Ellwood since 2017 and has experience in the veterinary and human medical field.  She is one of the first people you will see when you come through the doors at Ellwood and is happy to assist you in any way she can! Charlette enjoys travelling and spending time with her Persian cat Kizzie and her partner Rick.



Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Angie joined our team in the Fall of 2019.  She brings over a decade of experience working in the veterinary field and works Mondays at Ellwood assisting our RVTs and DVMs. Angie has two working breed dogs that can keep up with her busy life with her husband and daughters! She is very artistic and creative and likes to spend any free time she has leaning into this talent.



Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Grace graduated from the UFV Veterinary Administrative Assistant program in June 2018 and lucky for us, joined our team in April 2019. Grace works full-time assisting our RVTs and DVMs, bringing her patient and calm energy that we are deeply grateful for. She keeps a busy schedule, offering her experience in house and pet sitting services when she is not at Ellwood, and spends her time with family and friends, including her family dog Bella, and practicing her skills on the ukulele.



Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Mackenzie began her career in veterinary medicine after completing her veterinary assistant program in 2017 and joined the Ellwood team in 2021. Mackenzie is excellent with patient handling and care and has an excellent witty sense of humor, keeping us all on our toes. She has two cats and a dog Ronan that she rescued from the CARE Centre, who she loves going camping and on local outdoor adventures with!



Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

We were so pleased that Janel joined the Ellwood team in February 2021 as she brings such a kindness and high level of care to our hospital! She completed her Veterinary Administrative Assistant Program at UFV and has been helping in the field since 2015 prior to her arrival at Ellwood. She shares her home with her lovely family, including her three cats and her cute little Beagle Mia.



Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Cailin obtained her VOA (Veterinary Office Assistant) at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2018 and began working in the field immediately, joining our team in 2020. We are so lucky to have Cailin’s high energy and great spirits Tuesday to Saturdays at Ellwood, and when she is not at the hospital, she enjoys spending her time with her awesome Boston Terrier Conrad and her partner Mason. She loves to travel around BC and explore both indoor and outdoor activities with these two!



Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Kaylee became part of the Ellwood Team in 2022 and brings such a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. She became a graduate of the Veterinary Office Assistant program in 2015 and comes to us from working at an emergency and speciality hospital for many years, and we are so pleased to have her sunny disposition and helpful manner at Ellwood. She is an avid video gamer who enjoys spending time with her two cats, Charles the rescue and Rengar the cross-eyed baby.


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