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All our staff are Fear Free certified.

The Doctors



Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™

Fear Free Certified Professional  

Veterinarian (Practice Limited to Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery)

Martin Hamilton graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2016, working in a small animal general practice for two years before moving to Canada in 2018. He continued to work in small animal general practice in Toronto, before moving to Ottawa in 2020 to undertake a residency in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery.

Following completion of his residency, Dr Hamilton moved to Guelph in 2023 to join the team at Hale Veterinary Clinic. In 2024, Dr. Hamilton completed the necessary requirements and is now a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College®, meaning he is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™

Martin enjoys keeping active in his spare time, as well as cooking and gardening. Martin and his fiancée, Sarah, are kept entertained by their three crazy cats – Oliver, Bucky, and MacGregor.”



Founder (Retired)

Fraser Hale graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1984 and spent the next six and a half years in small animal general practice. In 1991 he started a mobile veterinary dental service, traveling from clinic to clinic. In 1994 he became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (now the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry) and established a stationary dental practice within a general practice in Guelph, Ontario. In 1997, Dr. Hale became a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and in 2003 he opened Canada’s first dental-only veterinary practice, also in Guelph.

Dr. Hale has been a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society since 1987, has served on several committees of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and the American Veterinary Dental College.

Dr. Hale was named Fellow of the Year by the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 2005 and received the American Veterinary Dental Society Research and Education Award in 2010. He has spoken at conference large and small around the world, has published many articles, has a textbook on veterinary dentistry, maintains an educational website and consults on the Veterinary Information Network. 

As of May 2023, Dr. Hale has retired from clinical practice. He is confident that he has left his practice in very good hands.

The Registered Veterinary Technicians

Stephanie Klages, RVT 

Fear Free Certified Professional

Stephanie graduated from Centralia College in 1992 with a diploma in Veterinary Technology.  After graduation, she spent 3 years in a mixed animal practice in Markdale, then moved on to strictly small animal practices in Owen Sound and Guelph. While trained and qualified as a registered veterinary technician, Stephanie really enjoys the '"front office" where she gets to interact with our clients on the phone and in person.

Over the years at Hale Veterinary Clinic, Stephanie has become very familiar with dental and oral disease and the way we treat these conditions. She should be able to answer a great many of your questions, so please feel free to ask away. If she feels the subject requires Dr. Hamilton's attention she will defer to him.

Away from the clinic, Stephanie enjoys spending her time golfing as well as sewing coats for whippets. She is kept busy with her sons, Joshua and Reid. Stephanie and her family find endless entertainment with their cat Badger (Snowshoe-point Siamese) and their whippet Stan-Lee.



Kim Surette, RVT

Fear Free Certified Professional

Kim graduated in 1997 from Ridgetown College with a diploma in Veterinary Technology. Since  then, she has worked at clinics in South-Western Ontario as well as working for eight months in Penticton, British Columbia. Kim's experience has taught her the importance of veterinary dentistry and she really enjoys this area of specialized practice.

Kim had been at Hale Veterinary Clinic since 2001 and has taken on the role as Lead RVT over the past few years.  

Kim works primarily in the treatment room as Dr. Hamilton's assistant during procedures. Her focus is on monitoring and managing your pet's anesthesia, inventory control and maintenance.  While we have a wide array of technologies to measure various vital statistics (temperature, blood pressure, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, electrocardiogram, respiratory rate), Kim is by far the most important monitor. Her diligent attention to your pet helps ensure a smooth and comfortable flight.

Kim and her husband Paul are actively busy keeping up with their 2 teenage boys in competitive hockey, baseball and university life.  They enjoy their downtime relaxing with the entertainment of ‘Ivy’, their Bengal cat.



Carys Jenkins, RVT

Fear Free Certified Professional

Carys graduated from Ridgetown College with a diploma in Veterinary Technology in the spring of 2006 and attained the status of Registered Veterinary Technician a few months later. She worked for just over a year at small animal/equine practice near Waterloo before joining Hale Veterinary Clinic in August of 2007.

Carys' day is split between the treatment room monitoring anesthesia, assisting Dr. Hamilton, and the role of referrals coordinator.

Carys and her husband Carmine are kept on their toes by their daughter (Brooklyn, born in 2018) and spend most of their spare time taking her to all of her activities.  Someday, Carys hopes to get back to the lake and her love of rowing.  At home, she is greeted by her Bernese Mountain dog aptly named Atlas who joined the family in 2019.




Stella (Mengxi) Zhu, RVT

Fear Free Certified Professional

Stella came to Canada from China in 2012. She achieved her master's degree in animal behavior and welfare from University of Guelph in 2014 and started her studies in veterinary technology at Ridgetown College in the same year. After graduation and becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), she worked at a general practice for a year and half before joining us in January 2018.

Apart from enhancing her anesthesia skills, Stella is also interested in low stress handling for animals, especially for cats that are nervous during their vet visit. She has completed Fear Free Certification, Low Stress Handling Silver Certification, and Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional Program. It is her goal to provide every patient a stress-free visit with us.

Stella is owned by a cat named Cheech, who was a colony teaching cat at Ridgetown College. He decided to adopt Stella as his person before she graduated since he knows she will be spoiling him like he is the center of the universe. When Stella is not at work, Cheech likes to ask Stella to take him for leash walks or to play cat wands with him.

Stella is fluent in Mandarin and she is more than happy to assist you during your visit if Mandarin is your preferred language.


Stacey Huneke, RVT

Fear Free Certified Professional

Stacey graduated from Seneca College in 2001 and achieved her RVT status in the same year. For the early part of her RVT career she worked in predominately equine practices, before transitioning into a mixed animal practice performing anesthesia on companion animals. Starting in 2013, Stacey spent five years working for the regulatory body of RVTs in Ontario (the OAVT). Looking to get back in to clinical work Stacey joined Hale Veterinary Clinic in the spring of 2018. In addition to her work here, Stacey is also a National and Internationally certified Equine Drug Testing Official.

Stacey and her husband share as much of their home as their cat Freddie Fromage, and their dog Macaroni will allow. Stacey is also the lifestyle manager for a miniature donkey, Bandit and is competitive in carriage driving with her pony, Stilton. She would talk about Harry Potter all day if we let her.

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