Owned and operated by Dr. Attila Stewart
Dr. Stewart and his team are available to assist you with your pet’s emergencies when your primary care veterinarian is closed or unavailable.
Dr. Attila Stewart was born and raised in the Toronto area. After graduating veterinary school in 2003 he moved shortly after to Newfoundland, Europe then to the United States where he practiced at larger veterinary emergency and referral hospital for small animals. He quickly realized he liked the high pace of emergency medicine and surgery. As he moved back to Ontario he started working in a variety of emergency clinics all over Ontario. In 2011 he started The Veterinary Emergency Hospital of West Toronto, following his vision to offer urgent care, diagnostics, and emergency surgical procedures in Etobicoke. He built his ER practice slowly focusing on high-quality care for every single patient but with a realistic approach. In 2015 he bought the Burlington Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital where the same approach is applied. Outside of the veterinary world, he loves any sport that will give him an adrenaline rush. You may find him mountain biking, rock climbing, kiteboarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. He also thoroughly enjoys scuba diving and would take any given chance to go snorkeling with his kids.
Dr. Camilla Amundsen is originally from Norway and graduated from Szent Istvan University in Budapest, 2003 with honor. Due to her love of travel, she has practiced and gained medical experience from several different countries. From sterilization programs for stray dogs in Turkey and Portugal to internal medicine externship and internship in Norway and USA. She has been in Canada since 2006 and worked at several small animal hospitals across southern Ontario before joining the West Toronto Emergency team in 2012. Over the years she has developed a keen interest in ultrasonography and is currently doing abdominal scans for our patients on an emergency basis. The ultrasound images are sent out to a board-certified radiologist for interpretation 24/7. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Amundsen enjoys horseback riding, rock climbing, and hiking.
Dr. Matthew Kornya has worked in several emergency practices throughout Southern Ontario, and has been with our team since 2015 as one of our “Weekend Warriors”. He is currently enrolled in Canada’s first ABVP Feline Residency Program, working to attain board certification. He is originally from Welland, Ontario, and completed his undergraduate degree in Bio-Medical Science at the University of Guelph before graduating from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program with the Andrew Smith Medal (the highest honour awarded to a graduating veterinarian). He has had a lifelong love for cats and feline medicine with special interests in emergency medicine, oncology, and pathology. In his spare time, he enjoys reef aquarium keeping. He lives with his 5 cats and his cockatiel.
Dr. Joanna McPherson is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario and holds both Master of Science and Honours Bachelor of Science degrees. She was born and raised in Etobicoke and later spent several years studying and practicing veterinary medicine in Guelph and Kingston, Ontario, respectively, before returning to her roots in 2015. Dr. Joanna has a keen interest in the veterinary fields of pain management and emergency medicine. She also has experience working with pocket pets, avian species and reptiles. In her spare time, Dr. Joanna enjoys playing sports such as basketball and hockey. She is passionate about music, enjoys singing and plays both the violin and guitar. She proudly shares her home with her human, canine and avian family members: Adam, Rusty (Shih Tzu) and Rosie (Cockatiel).
Dr. Sheena Wong graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and works with our team full time. She has worked in several emergency practices throughout Windsor and the GTA, as well as volunteering at various shelters. She has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, learning Spanish, and cuddling with her Yorkiepoo.
Dr. Michelle Yoshida was born and raised in California and she attended veterinary school in Ireland. Her time in Ireland lead to her adoption of Daithi (David) the cat. Daithi loves to walk on a leash and he actually enjoys the snow. After graduation from veterinary school in 2013, Michelle went on to complete her emergency and critical care internship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists. Michelle then worked at emergency hospitals and an animal shelter in California. While in California she adopted 4 other pets (Dewi, Deirdre, Dobry, Deason). Then in early 2017, she decided to move her whole furry crew to Toronto for a new adventure. She enjoys working here and learning about cat-friendly techniques from some of our excellent staff. Pain management and very thorough medical records are some of her assets to emergency medicine. She is looking forward to ice skating as much as possible, and she hopes that your pets keep warm and safe all year round.
Dr. Rosemary Cullander is a 2014 graduate of the University of Glasgow Veterinary School where she developed a keen interest in the management and care of emergency and critical patients. Following graduation, she completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Center in Toronto. She has been a full time admitting and attending veterinarian with our team at the Veterinary Emergency Hospital of West Toronto since 2015. In her spare time, Dr. Cullander often cares for sick and injured neonatal kittens. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys travel, cooking, gardening and mountain biking. She shares her home with 2 cats, 2 dogs and a rotating cast of recovering kittens. *(Picture coming soon)
Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT)
Joan RVT started working with us since the hospital opened in 2011. She started working in the veterinary industry 15 years ago while completing her BSc in biochemistry at Trent University. She then went on to complete her technician training at Ridgetown College/University of Guelph. After working for many years as a technician for small animal practices and laboratory animal research she found her biggest interest lay in emergency veterinary medicine and in cytology. While continuing in the veterinary world she completed a graduate degree in diagnostic cytology at The Michener Institute/University of Toronto and worked in the human world at UHN in Toronto. Following her passion for animals, she now uses those skills in our in-house laboratory. Outside of work, Joan spends her time with her two children, her husband, and her dog and cat. She enjoys dragon boating throughout the summer and does a variety of arts and crafts.
Dawn RVT graduated from Ridgetown College in 2007. She went straight into emergency medicine at an emergency and referral hospital out of school. She started out with the VEHWT when it opened in 2011 and has continued with our team ever since! She works as an RVT as well as our Office Manager. She has a dog named Jackson and a cat named Meow at home.
Cara, Kelly, Amy Lee, Kayla, Nicole, Vanessa, Chandra, Jenna, Julie, and Sue are also here to provide your pet with compassionate nursing care (Bio’s coming soon!)
Client Service Representatives and Animal Care Attendants
Greta, Aga, Amanda, and Natalie, are here to answer your phone calls, and assist the Registered Veterinary Technicians and Doctors with the care of your pet (Bio’s coming soon!)