Our Team

Dr. Helen Foster

Helen is a 2008 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College and most recently worked at an animal hospital in the east end of Toronto. Helen is recently married and many of you may still know her as Helen Holowaty.

Helen lives around the corner from the clinic and loves the neighbourhood. You will often find her at a neighbourhood restaurant or more likely at Bickford Park with her shaggy Golden-doodle Sammy. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine and dermatology. In her free time Helen enjoys spending time with her husband Jeff, puppy Sammy, and cats Izzy and George. She has been known to relax by singing karaoke and enjoying a nice glass of wine.

Dr. Melissa White

Born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, Dr. Melissa White decided at the age of 6 that she wanted to become a Veterinarian. Melissa graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2011. Before starting her professional career she took a 2 month adventure through Bali, Australia, and New Zealand. Most recently, Melissa worked at an animal hospital in the north end of Toronto but is now delighted to be a part of the Bickford Park Animal Hospital team. Her professional interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, pain management and internal medicine. When she is not at Bickford Park Animal Hospital you can find her spending time at her family cottage, trying out a new restaurant/patio in Toronto, planning her next trip, skiing during the winter months, running through High Park, and spending time with her family, friends and orange tabby Oliver.

Dr. Leslie Kumagai​​

A native of Scarborough, Dr. Leslie Kumagai began her pursuit in a career in veterinary medicine ​at a young age. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016 and is thrilled to be a part of the team at Bickford Park Animal Hospital. Her professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging. In her spare time ​Leslie enjoys playing hockey, crossfit, playing the flute in a local community ensemble​, and spending days with her busy pet family which includes ​her ​cat Lucy, flat-coated retriever Toby, and rabbit Lola.​

Jessie

​Jessie graduated from Seneca College in 2007 after completing the Veterinary Technician program. She joined the team at Bickford Park in March 2016 and has loved every moment since. Jessie lives in Toronto with her partner, Daryl, and their cat Hubert.

Lily

Lily joined the Bickford Park Animal Hospital family in February of 2017 and she is thrilled to be a part of this excellent and compassionate team of individuals. She comes from a background of working in an emergency 24hr animal hospital and is passionate about caring for all animals. When she is not at the clinic she enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends, and cuddling up on the couch with her rabbit, Morty.

Sam

Sam ​joined Bickford Park Animal Hospital ​in November 2015. She comes with many years of experience working with animals. You will see her running around the clinic taking on various roles​ ​and is currently​ ​developing her technical skills. In her free time, Sam loves going to concerts, meeting celebrities at TIFF, reading and bike riding. She has 2 cats of her own, Chad Radwell and Clementine.

Tara

Tara grew up on a small farm in south western Ontario. Surrounded by animals from an early age, she’d always assumed she would end up working with animals one way or another! Now she serves pets and their owners every day at Bickford Park Animal Hospital. For Tara, it feels natural to be around animals all day. She loves to see the different pet personalities that walk through the clinic doors. Tara has two pets of her own, an adventurous Ball Python named Gandalf the White and a lovely Maine Coon named Ginger. When she gets a spare moment, Tara enjoys playing video games, drawing in her sketch book, and colorizing her sketches with her drawing tablet.

Rachel

Rachel has been a receptionist at Bickford Park Animal Hospital since it opened. She is thrilled to be studying veterinary medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College starting in the fall of 2014. Over the years Rachel has owned cats, dogs, rats, snakes and rabbits, but has greatly enjoyed her experiences with cows, horses, pigs and chickens while studying in Guelph. In her spare time, Rachel can be found attending as many plays, concerts and film festivals as humanly possible, reading novels by the likes of Stephen King and Irvine Welsh, learning to make clothing, and spending as much time with her dog Sophie and rabbit Jefferson as she can.

Jessica

Jessica joined the Bickford Park team in the Summer of 2014 after leaving her previous job to pursue a career in a field she is passionate about- animal care! She recently completed her first year at Seneca College in the Veterinary Technician program. Jessica is really looking forward to working with the rest of team, and applying all she's learned while learning new skills! When Jessica is not at work caring for other people's pets, she is taking care of her own menagerie which includes, 2 rescue dogs (Austin and Dany) and 3 adopted cats (Harley, Eve and Morrison.)She also enjoys reading and converting people to vegan baked goods!

Sammy "Mud Puddles" Foster

Sammy was adopted from Toronto Animal Services in spring of 2010 and is known to the clinic staff as a perpetual wall flower. However, when you’re not looking he will raid the cookie jar. He enjoys the finer things in life such as splashing in mud puddles, playing fetch, swimming, and smelling his own farts. Sammy is an enigma, you may think he is some sort of blonde Wolfhound but in fact he is a Golden Doodle. Other interests include hanging out in Bickford Park with his friends, painting by numbers (outside the lines) and singing along to the dirty dancing soundtrack (with his mom Dr. Foster).