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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 veterinary technician, Stephanie really enjoys the '"front office" where she gets to interact with our clients on the phone and in person.

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 playing baseball and broomball 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 two cats, and Briggs and Badger (Snowshoe-point Siamese) and their whippets, Cricket and Stan-Lee.

As Dr. Hale’s Executive Assistant please do not hesitate to give Stephanie a call 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 will be on parental leave until the middle of 2019. Congratulations to Carys and Carm on the arrival of Brookly. 

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. The addition of Carys to our team has allowed us to get more done in less time, thereby getting our wait-times for appointments back under control.

Carys enjoys riding (English jumper) and spending time at the family cottage near "The Tub". Carys and her husband, Carmine, have Sam (orange & white domestic long hair) and a Burnese Mountain dog aptly named Titan.



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, 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 to help while Carys enjoys her parental leave.

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 a retired Quarter Horse, Teddy.

Dental Residents Starting in January of 2017, Hale Veterinary Clinic will be host to two veterinarians engaged in a part time residency program to work toward board-certification in veterinary dentistry with Dr. Hale as their residency supervisor (details of the program can be found at www.avdc.org). We are very pleased to welcome Drs. Regan Morris and Danny DeRose to our team.

As Drs. Morris and DeRose progress through their programs, they will be increasingly involved with the care of patients at Hale Veterinary Clinic, always with full disclosure to the patients' owner.



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. 


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 Sarah. 



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 weekend for 3 years.  In 2009 he opened Cachet Village Animal Hospital in Markham where he could provide the high level of medicine and service he strived for.

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.  Dr. DeRose finds great satisfaction in being able to improve the quality of lives of pets by tending to the many oral problems prevalent in the pet population.  Dr. DeRose is thrilled to be starting his residency with Dr. Fraser Hale and the amazing staff at Hale Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. DeRose lives in Stouffville with his wife Amber, along with their dog Elfie and 4 four cats.  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.




Other Guest Visitors
It is quite common for us to have visitors at Hale Veterinary Clinic. We play host to many veterinarians and veterinary students throughout the year. These are people who are interested in learning more about veterinary dentistry and have come to learn from us.

You can rest assured that these other visitors will be observing only.

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