DENTAL AND ORAL SURGERY FOR PETS
FRASER HALE, DVM, FAVD, DiplAVDC
Founder and Practice Owner
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 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 (now the
Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry), has served on several committees of
the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and the American Veterinary Dental
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.
Dr. Hale is currently adjunct professor of dentistry at the Ontario
DANNY DEROSE, DVM
Dr. DeRose graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006. He worked as an associate in small animal practices in Richmond Hill and Markham as well as a busy emergency clinic on the weekends for 3 years. In 2009 he founded Cachet Village Animal Hospital in Markham.
After several years in general practice, Dr. DeRose began to pursue dental continuing education opportunities abroad and found a great passion for dentistry. With his new found enthusiasm he knew that focusing on dentistry solely was what he truly desired. He started his dental residency program with Dr. Hale in the spring of 2017 and is now accepting patients at Hale Veterinary Clinic three days a week.
Dr. DeRose derives great satisfaction from being able to improve the quality of lives of pets by tending to the many oral problems prevalent in the pet population.
Dr. DeRose and his wife,
Amber, live with their dog Elfie, 4 four cats and their son, Joe
(2019). In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and is
an avid runner and ran his first marathon in the fall of 2016.
REGAN MORRIS, DVM
Dr. Regan Morris proudly graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2001. Treating both large and small animals was a daily routine until 2008 when she accepted a position in an exclusively small animal clinic. Two years later, in 2010 Dr. Morris built the Bayview Wellington Veterinary Clinic in Aurora where she continues to practice small animal medicine.
Dr. Morris started her dental residency in January of 2017 and is at Hale Veterinary Clinic most weeks on Monday and Tuesday. She is now accepting dental patients of her own at Hale Veterinary Clinic while still providing services at Bayview Wellington Veterinary Clinic the rest of the week.
Passionate about pain prevention and treatment, she has become a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner. Dr. Morris is dedicated to making sure that pets have a pain free mouth.
When Dr. Morris is not
working or studying, she enjoys spending time with family and staying
active with golf and exercise. Dr. Morris currently lives in
Stouffville and is married to Kevin and has two step children, Jordan and
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Stephanie Klages, RVT
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.
As our Referrals Co-Ordinator, Stephanie will typically be the first person you talk to when you call the clinic as well as the person who greets you when you arrive for your appointment.
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. Hale's attention she will defer to him.
Away from the clinic, Stephanie enjoys spending her time golfing as well as scrap booking. She is kept busy at home with her sons, Joshua and Reid. Stephanie and her family find endless entertainment with their cat Badger (Snowshoe-point Siamese) and their whippets, Cricket and Stan-Lee.
As Dr. Hale’s Executive Assistant and Referrals Co-ordinator, please do not hesitate to give Stephanie a call between 9:00 and 3:00 Monday to Friday if you have any questions about Hale Veterinary Clinic.
Kim Surette, RVT
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 spent several months with Dr. Hale covering a maternity leave in the late '90s and was pleased to have the opportunity to take the position permanently when it became available again in 2001.
Kim works primarily in the treatment room as Dr. Hale's assistant during procedures. Her focus is on monitoring and managing your pet's anesthesia. 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 boys in competitive hockey and baseball. They enjoy their downtime relaxing with the entertainment of ‘Ivy’, their Bengal cat and her crazy antics along with 'Abby', the love-sponge Labrador retriever.
Carys Jenkins, RVT
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.
As with Kim, Carys' day is spent mainly in the treatment room monitoring anesthesia, assisting Dr. Hale in procedures and keeping the treatment area and equipment in good shape.
Carys enjoys competitive rowing and spending time at the family cottage near "The Tub". Carys and her husband, Carmine have a daugher (Brooklyn, born in 2018), Sam (orange & white domestic long hair Carys adopted in her final year at Ridgetown) and a Bernese Mountain dog aptly named Atlas who joined the family in 2019.
Stella (Mengxi) Zhu, RVT
Stella came to Canada from China in 2012. She achieved her master's degree in animal behaviour 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 Technicial (RVT), she worked at a general practice for a year and half before joining us in January 2018.
Apart from enhancing her anaesthesia skills, Stella is also interested in low stress handling for animals, especially for cats that are nervous during their vet visit. She completed her Fear Free Certification in 2017 and is aiming 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 centre of the universe. When Stella is not at work, Cheech likes to ask Stella to take him for leash walks in the back yard or to play laser pointer 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
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.
Stacey will be assisting Dr. Hale and his dental residents (Drs. Morris and DeRose) in the treatment room, as well as calling you to find out how your pet is feeling after their procedure. She is looking forward to learning more about oral health in companion animals.
Stacey and her husband share as much of their home as their two cats, Peaches and Magpie and their dog Macaroni will allow. The tale of how Macaroni came to live with Stacey is epic and she would love nothing more than to regale you with it. Stacey is also the lifestyle manager for a miniature donkey, Bandit and competes in western dressage with her retired Quarter Horse, Teddy.
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