Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarian, Team and their Pets, of Tamarack Veterinary Clinic in Edmonton! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 780-250-1700 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Suzanne Misiaszek

Veterinarian / Owner

I am so very proud to be part of the Tamarack Veterinary Clinic. As far back as I can remember I have wanted to be a vet. My mom says I was 5 the first time I announced that I was going to be a vet. Twenty years after graduating, I am still excited and honored to be part of this profession. I have a wide range of experience including large animal, small animal, small animal house call, volunteer work and most recently, emergency practice. I am so excited to bring what I have learned to Tamarack. I hope to help educate pet parents so that they can make good decisions for their families. I also am very excited that Tamarack will be a fear free practice with all employees trained in low stress handling techniques. We are currently striving to complete the requirements to become an American Association of Feline Practitioners gold standard feline friendly practice. Lastly I would like to be able to provide outreach services for citizens of Edmonton that are unable to bring their pet to the vet. I would like to be able to help seniors and other citizens who are unable to get to our clinic as well as provide service to pets that simply cannot make the trip to the veterinarian. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your lives. We appreciate your trust in our family.

Amy Smith

Clinic Administrator / Owner

As our practice administrator, I bring a lifelong passion for all animals as well as a strong background in business and marketing. Starting at a young age with my first pets, my love of all things animal blossomed and led me naturally to a career in the veterinary industry. Although I can most often be found on the floor of the clinic getting to know each and every patient, I also enjoy the personal interaction involved in building and maintaining client relationships. Animal rescue work has always been near and dear to my heart, having worked with several different animal rescue organizations throughout the Edmonton area over the years. I especially cherish the times I’ve watched the amazing transformation in rescue animals into healthy and happy souls. My energy, drive and above all, compassion are integral and evident in my daily duties. I am so excited and honored to be a part of the Tamarack team and look forward to our journey together.

Dr Vanessa Scanlan

Veterinarian, DVM

I grew up in rural Nova Scotia, exploring the beaches and woods around my house, and bringing home stray animals and injured wildlife from a young age. I went on to train and ride competitively as a dressage rider in my teens and early twenties, competing in international competitions, coaching, and managing a riding school. The decision to become a veterinarian seemed like a given and when I graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College in 2013 my greatest goal was to find an interesting and rewarding position that never felt like “work”. I spent my first years of practice in a mixed animal position in Nova Scotia, which included companion animal, equine, dairy, small ruminant, wildlife and emergency. My partner and I (along with our two dogs, two cats, and two horses) found our new home in Edmonton in 2016 and recently added two humans – our twin boys, Oscar and Theo - to our family as well. When returning from maternity leave, my goal was again to find a position in our new community that I was passionate about and to share it with equally passionate people – I truly believe I’ve found it. I feel lucky to have become part of a practice which values high quality medicine, a low-stress experience, and the human-animal bond as much as I do, and I look forward to serving the members of my community, both two- and four-legged.

Kelsey Cyre

Team Lead RVT

Since I was a little girl, my love for animals has grown into a passion that has led me to my lifelong career. After graduating high school and moving to Kelowna to complete my photography diploma, I applied for the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College and graduated in April of 2017. I can’t express my gratitude towards the staff here at Tamarack for opening their arms to me. I look forward to building relationships with our clients here at Tamarack Vet! I enjoy spending my days off with my family at our lake lot at Lac Sante in the summer, catching up on a good book, watching hockey (GO OILERS!) and taking photographs.

Shantel Poulin

Registered Veterinary Technologist

I have had a love for animals as far back as I can remember. Our first family pet was a dwarf rabbit. As I got older I became interested in reptiles/amphibians. When I was in high school I was not entirely sure what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. There was a local pet store that I would visit many times a week that was looking to hire. I applied for the position and ended up getting a job there. I started as a sales associate but soon moved into the animal department and this is where my passion started to grow and shine. Years past, and I wanted to do something more meaningful. I applied for a tech assistant position at a veterinary clinic. I worked there for a year and then decided to apply to the Animal Health Technology program at Lakeland College. While going to school, I worked part time at an emergency clinic in Edmonton. Working at an emergency clinic really helped sharpen my technical skills and provided me with opportunities to learn new things every day. I graduated from the AHT program in the spring of 2017. Recently, I began working at Tamarack Veterinary Clinic. I am looking forward to getting to know the clients and patients at TVC. I know that I will do anything I can to provide the best care for our patients. I would do anything and everything to save animals. Animals have become a huge part of my life and I am fortunate to share my home with a few of them. I am excited to start this new journey in life learning how to build long term relationships with clients instead of only being there in emergency situations. When I’m not working I enjoy going to the gym, watching movies and hanging out with my 3 dogs, 3 cats, African grey parrot, eastern box tortoise and 2 frogs.

Brittany Bryks

RVT/Client Care

Hey everyone! My name is Brittany and I’m the newest addition to the Tamarack family! I am a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) and I have been in the veterinary field for about 4 ½ years. Since graduating from NAIT with an Animal Health Technology diploma in 2014, I have worked at a few different clinics, and have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of species! I’m from a small town in Northern Alberta and I worked at the clinic there for a couple of years where I got to help treat cows, horses, goats, and even an abandoned wild hare, and an iguana! I do love working with dogs and cats of course, and my passion for helping animals only continues to grow the longer I am in the field. One of my strengths is Client Care and I believe that my true calling is helping animals AND helping their loving humans to understand what they need to live their longest and best lives! When I’m not answering your phone calls or answering your questions at the front desk, I love to practice yoga, read almost anything I can get my hands on (if you have suggestions for must-read books definitely let me know!), and cheer on my favorite team in orange and blue (GO OILERS GO!). I also spend most of my free time with my rescue cat, Norman, mainly holding him while he struggles and tries to squirm away from my smothering love. The thing that I am looking forward to the most in this new chapter for me is getting to know all of you and your amazing furry family members! I am so excited and honoured to be a part of the Tamarack family!

Goober

Clinic supervisor

My name is Goober. I came to Tamarack from Zoe’s Animal Rescue after going through a left hind leg amputation. Don’t worry, I can still motor around just fine. I can even jump and try to get to the food bags on the shelf which I feel I must pre-taste for our patients. You will notice my fancy manicure/pedicure. It is my life’s mission to end this tortuous practice forever so I can scratch all the chairs to my satisfaction. I am generally happy to meet all the patients of Tamarack Veterinary Clinic however, I’m still learning how to handle those happy dogs that want to play with me. My life is perfect as long as I can get the humans to feed me on time and take my poop away with their tiny shovel. Rest assured I am here to ensure that you are getting only the best service at Tamarack Veterinary Clinic.

Our Furry Family

Penny

Owner: Suzanne Misiaszek

Hello, my name is Princess Penny and I’ve been told I’m perfect. My mom rescued me from the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society when they had run out of foster homes. My mom brought me home as a “foster” but I think that was just to soften up my dad. As soon as he saw me I had him wrapped around my paw. I like outsmarting my brother, being off leash, snow and making sure that everyone has a chance to pet me. I’ve heard that I shed too much but I think that is just my way of sprinkling love all over the house. I hope to meet you at the new clinic! I am sure there are many more people in this world who need hair on their pants.

Walter

Owner: Suzanne Misiaszek

I’m Walter. I was adopted by my mom when I was 18 months old as my previous family was having trouble with my bad allergies and anxiety. I love my boy (I follow him everywhere), eating poop in the yard, going to the off leash park and goobering on my sister Penny. I am anxious when my people leave and wonder what they are doing without me? I like the idea of the new clinic but I hope they don’t trim my nails.

Charlie

Owner: Suzanne Misiaszek

My name is Charlie. My mom adopted me from a family that couldn’t keep me anymore. I have trouble keeping weight on so my mom named me Charlie after Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree. Feeding me is a full time job. I have a heart of gold and love to please people. I am lucky enough to have two mommies. My mom shares me with another veterinarian who spoils me rotten. I get lots of cookies, apples and carrots. My second mom just found out that I like Christmas oranges. She is also teaching me fancy dressage moves. People say my mom saved me, but really I saved her.

Herbert

Owner: Amy Smith

My names Herbert, my people call me “Herb, Herbie or Meow-Meow”. I’m the new cat on the block in the Smith household. I have settled in quite well. I enjoy eating (a lot), playing fetch, and snuggling. I demand a great deal of attention and I will let you know when I need it. Fynn is my new buddy. I can be a bit rough on him at times but he knows I really love him. I will even let him give me a nice groom before bed. My favorite spot is bathroom sink. I think it bugs my mom a bit, but not as much as when I jump into the fridge as soon as it opens. Life’s good around here. I’m happy I’ve found my home.

Stuart

Owner: Amy Smith

Hi my name is Stuart but they call me Boom-Boom or Boomer for short. I have 2 cat brothers and I like to make sure they have very clean ears, are well practiced in the sport of wrestling and I also try to eat their food to make sure they stay at a healthy weight. My mom thinks I look like the Lorax but my Auntie Suzanne thinks I look more like E.T or Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars. I’m pretty sure I am a reincarnated King or was part of some sort of dynasty in my past life. These humans need to start feeding me gourmet food and being more attentive to my needs. It’s hard to find good help these days….

Finch

Owner: Amy Smith

Hi my name is Finch and I am the newest member of the Smith household. However, all the credit does go to my Aunt Suzanne and Zoe’s animal rescue for bringing my perfect self into their home. I am the perfect cat, they truly couldn’t ask for anything more, and HANDSOME!!!
My human parents talk to me in a baby voice I can’t really understand but I think it means that they love me. I am so much smarter than the dog, how could they not. Feel free to cuddle me and feed me treats. I am the perfect man.

Gemma

Owner: Kelsey

Hi, my name is Gemma! I was given this name by some very lovely people at Old McDonald Kennels in Ponoka, where I was then sent to Olds College for the surgery rotations. That’s when my new mom found me! I sense that my mom often wonders about my history, but I make sure that I show her every day how thankful I am to have a home now. I get scared sometimes with people that have their faces covered with hats and their mouths covered with fuzzy stuff. My mom is working really hard with me to get more comfortable with them, I think I’ve come a long way! You can often find me throughout my house lying down on those nice warm sun spots, out for walks/runs at the dog park, and playing with my best friend Emma.

Herman

Owner: Shantel

My name is Herman I am 6 years old. My mom adopted me when I was just a kitten from a rescue called BARS. I came in to the pet store she worked at with all my brothers and sisters, after a few weeks being at the store I got really sick and I ended up being in a room all by myself I think it was called “isolation’. I was there for a month. My mom got very attached to me and she ended up taking me home. She had another cat named bubbles. Bubbles didn’t like me very much in the beginning, but we became such good friends. Unfortunately, last year she got so sick we ended up losing her. I have never been the same. I’m trying to love Grizzly and Buttons, but I still miss Bubbles!

Buttons

Owner: Shantel

Hi my name is buttons! As you can see I only have 3 legs. I was found in a fan belt of a car and was brought into the Emerg clinic by some very nice people. My new mom was working that night and ended up adopting me. I went in for surgery the next day to get my leg amputated it was hard at first but now I am such a fast runner. I love my brother grizzly so much he lets me bite his ears and he even plays with me! My other brother herman still doesn’t like me very much he always hisses and growls at me when I want to play, my mom keeps telling me he will come around eventually but I don’t know if I believe her. I love to be wrapped in a blanket like a burrito and held in my moms arms, it’s the best way to sleep

Squirt

Owner: Shantel

My name is squirt I am an eastern box tortoise. I am coming on 8 years old which isn’t even that old for my kind. I can live 80-100 years in captivity! I am supposed to eat fruits and vegetables but I hate them so much I just like my protein. My favorite is wax worms. My mom has been the greatest! When I was a baby she hand fed me for 4 months because I didn’t want to eat on my own. I’ve been to the vet many times because she was so scared of loosing me, but I always stuck around. I love to bask under my light and take nice baths in my bowl. Sometimes if I’m good (whatever that means) I even get feeder gold fish to eat, yumm!!

Grizzly

Owner: Shantel

Hi everyone, my name is Grizzly or Grizz. I am a huge mommy’s boy, I never leave her side when she is around. I snore a lot and love to play. I love every animal and human I meet. I love to roll in the grass; one time I even went down a hill it was amazing!! I sleep with my mom and take up most of the bed! I get possessive over mom sometimes when the cat wants to cuddle with her, I just can’t help it! I love her so much! I enjoy going to my mom’s work, mostly because I’m with her but she gives me a giant blanket and I make a little hut and hide in there, it’s so much fun!!

Norman

Owner: Brittany Bryks

Hi! My name is Norman, but I most often go by Normie, Bubba, Kitten, or Little Panther. My mom seems to be a bit confused about using the actual name she gave me, but it’s okay; I will ignore her no matter what she calls me so it doesn’t matter. My human adopted me from Zoe’s Animal Rescue almost 2 years ago. I was just a little tiny thing and was the smallest of my brothers and sisters. I am actually very lucky to have survived because I was born almost 6 hours after my siblings! Unfortunately my mama rejected me so I had to be bottle-fed until I was old enough to eat on my own. But now, I’m so big and strong! I love to sleep in my window seat and the laser pointer is my absolute favorite toy ever. I also enjoy trying to trip my mom by attacking her feet when she’s walking around the house. I guess I’m a bit of a troublemaker sometimes, but I’m so cute I (usually) get away with it! And don’t believe what people say about black cats…we’re not unlucky at all!

Mika

Owner: Brittany Bryks

Hello, my name is Mika and my mom rescued me four years ago after my first family left me alone in a mobile home with my brother when they moved away. I was sad at first that they didn’t take me with them, but my new family loved me so much that soon I forgot all about my rough start to life. My nickname is Little Coyote because of my resemblance to my wild ancestor. I have two dog siblings and a cat brother, who were also adopted. I still live in my mom’s hometown with my grandma. I was too used to being spoiled with a HUGE backyard and lakes to swim in that I didn’t want to move to the big city when my mom had to go. I still get to see her all the time and I love when she comes to visit because she takes me to the dog park! I also love when my mom gives me empty pop bottles because I am the best at chewing the tops and taking the caps off, but then I get bored with them once they’re opened. My special talent is having mastered the “puppy dog eyes” so that my mom will give me whatever I want. I haven’t met anyone who can say no to my adorable face yet!

Myah

Owner: Brittany Bryks

Hi, I’m Myah and despite my size I am the biggest baby you will ever meet! I was adopted by my mom almost 2 years ago, and I was so happy to meet my sister and brothers. I definitely love my cat brother the most, because I like to annoy him until he plays with me! My mom doesn’t know exactly what breed I am, but I definitely have some hound or Great Dane in me, and maybe some Shepherd or Rottie! My nickname is Dobby because of my floppy ears and my mom’s Harry Potter obsession. I’m still a bit of a puppy even though I am so large, and I sometimes do things I know I’m not supposed to like dig holes in the backyard. But I’m such a sweetheart that my mom doesn’t get too mad at me. I am the youngest after all! My favorite thing to do is ZOOMIES all around the yard because I’m the FASTEST! My bark is so deep and loud that most people think I am a big mean hound doggie protecting my yard and my humans, but I’m really a sissy who loves everyone. I also have “happy tail” and don’t realize how much it hurts when I whack my mom or my siblings with it…but I can’t help it! I’m just such a happy girl!