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Meet Our Team

Dr Baljinder Makowal; DVM, Practice Owner

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Dr Makowal graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. To gain his Veterinary Clinical experience, he attended Iowa State University in Ames. Dr Makowal has gained extensive experience in small animal medicine, surgical and emergency care in Michigan and Ontario. On April 1, 2005, Dr Makowal became the new owner of Simcoe Street North Veterinary Clinic. Dr Makowal served as a Board member for the HSDR for 7 years. The practice has grown from just over 2000 pets too approximately 7500. He is married with 3 children, and spends time with his pal 'Max' a domestic short hair cat and his Boxer mix "Riley".

Dr Ihab Messiha, DVM; Locum Veterinarian


Dr Messiha graduated from the VSTEP program in Guelph Ontario. He started his career in Lethbridge Alberta in 2007. He has also worked for the Toronto Veterinary Emergency Clinic in their ER department. Dr Messiha started working for Simcoe Street North Veterinary Clinic in February 2010. His main interests are internal medicine, critical care and preventative medicine. He is married with 2 children and has a Shih Tzu mix named 'Rico'

Jacqueline Barber-Feret, Office Manager


Jackie graduated the Animal Care Aid program from Ontario Business College in 1986. Before starting to work at a veterinarian clinic, she use to breed and show Himalayan and Persian cats. In 1990, Jackie started working for her former boss as a receptionist/assistant and continued to work for her until the practice was bought by Dr. Makowal in 2005. In 2010 Jackie became the Office Manager but still spends the bulk of her time at the front desk. Her quiet time at home is spent with her 2 domestic short hair cats; 'Serena' who is 15 years old and 'Lemieux' who is 7 years old. Jackie also adopted a Harlequin Great Dane at the age of one and now has found her forever home. Lexi will be turning 8 years old this year.

Dawn Sebris, Registered Veterinary Technician


Dawn graduated from St. Clair College in 1995 gaining her Veterinarian Technician diploma. She then went on to complete her Ontario Association of Veterinary Technician Registration exam the same year earning her the RVT Certificate. Dawn started  working as a Technician in 1995, with the previous owner of Simcoe Street Veterinary Clinic. Dawn remained at Simcoe Street North when the practice was bought by Dr Makowal in 2005, her experience helped Dr Makowal with his transition. In her spare time, Dawn shares the company of her two dogs; 'Willow' a 4 year old Beagle and her 4 year old Bichon Frise 'Diamond'.

Amanda Edge; Receptionist


Amanda graduated from the Veterinarian Assistant program at Durham College in 2010. Within a few months of graduating, she started working for Simcoe Street North Veterinary Clinic. Amanda's main duties here are Reception but you will find her also assisting the Veterinarians when needed. Amanda has also volunteered with the HSDR as well as the SPCA. Amanda spends her spare time with her fur babies; 'Mya' , a 6 year old Domestic Short Hair, 'Zelda', a 3 year old Domestic Medium Hair and 'Mr Butters' a 3 year old Domestic Long Hair.

Paige Neira;  Receptionist

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Melissa Jeffreys, Veterinary Technichian

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