At Black Creek Animal Hospital, our team of veterinary professionals understand how much you love your pet. Since 2010, we have partnered with clients to provide veterinary care to companion animals. We offer quality health care in a warm and friendly environment.
Dr. Debbie Hrynkiw
Owner and Veterinarian
Dr. Debbie Hrynkiw graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. Soon after graduation she moved to Acton to begin her career and has gained years of valuable experience. She loved living in Acton so much that she decided to stay locally to start a new clinic of her own.
Her husband and three children are animal lovers as well and happily share their home with their kitty Cole, their dogs, BB and Tiberius.
Outside of work she enjoys camping with her family, gardening and long strolls with her two dogs.
Dr. Kristy DesRoche
Veterinarian, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
Dr. Kristy DesRoche graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010. She began her career in Burlington and joined our team in 2012. Kristy is an integral member of our dynamic team. Her dedication and love of animals are apparent in the care and gentleness she shows to each of her patients. Dr. Kristy recently obtained her Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification. She currently lives in Milton with her husband, a daughter and two sons, and her dog Cashus.
Dr Gillian Park
Dr Park attended the University of Western Ontario where she completed her Bachelor of Science before graduating with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2011. Upon graduation, she began practicing at a clinic in Toronto where she had the pleasure of working with a variety of exotic animals. She believes all species deserve high quality care.
In 2013 she switched focus and started at a small animal clinic in Mississauga where she gained valuable experience. She is very excited to join the amazing Black Creek team in March 2019. Aspiring to be a veterinarian since childhood, Dr. Park enjoys all aspects of her profession; however, forming lasting bonds with people and their pets has always been a highlight of the job. She believes that through preventive medicine we can give our pets the best quality of life for as long as possible.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Park loves going to classes at the gym, enjoying outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends. She shares her home with her husband, her young son, their rabbit Bella and a playful Airdale named Harvey.
Maxine is our Practice Manager and joined the clinic in 2010. Originally from England, she has lived in Acton for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in psychology. She is delighted to be part of the Black Creek Animal Hospital team. Maxine grew up with cats and has a very soft spot for poodles.
Senior Registered Veterinary Technician
Stacy is our Senior Registered Veterinary Technicians and our Nutrition Counselor. Stacy began working at Black Creek as a co-op student in January 2011. She joined our team as a staff member in May 2011. Growing up with pets, Stacy has always wanted to work with animals and began gaining experience in the veterinary field while in high school. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2008 with a degree in Biological Science and a minor in Zoology. She went on to complete the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in spring 2011. Stacy shares her home with her dog Bentley, and her cats Mitzy and Murphy. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, knitting, and walks with Bentley. She has a very gentle approach with our clients and enjoys helping them with their pets’ health care.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Ruth is one of our full time RVTs. Ruth joined Black Creek Animal Hospital in October 2017. She came to us with a great deal of experience. In her spare time she likes to ride her horse and also enjoys hiking with her dogs. She shares her home with many cats. She also works with many shelters and her house is full of kittens and animals in need
Lesley came to us with almost 20 years experience in the field including referral/specialty in and around the GTA.
After moving out of the big city and into the country 5 years ago, realized that she longed to be in a small town/country setting
and found BCAH through fate.
She shares her home with her husband Rick and their 3 cats (one of whom is a very special, special needs guy named Buster Kitten) nestled in the forest.
Free time is spent giving back to the wild creatures who let them live amongst them, by feeding and caring for them. During our coldest/snowiest winter there were 21 bird feeders in the back yard.
They are also volunteer drivers for The Toronto Wildlife Centre.
Yoga helps to centre her soul and body.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Matt first came to Black Creek Animal Hospital for a placement while he was studying to be an RVT. We are very happy that he felt completely at home at the clinic and decided to stay with us. Matt is a wonderful asset to our great team at the clinic. He enjoys working with our clients and caring for their pets. Matt is very gentle with all pets and is always happy and smiling.
Registered Veterinary Technician
We first met Alix when she volunteered in May 2015. We got to know her very well over the 350 hours she spent volunteering. More recently Alix began studying to become an RVT and we were delighted when she asked if she could complete one of her placements with us. As we need extra help Alix joined us as a staff member, and enjoys working with all of our clients and their furry family.
Kaila joined our team in July 2019. We are super excited to have her join our staff. Kaila worked with horses for ten years and is also a dog lover. Kaila has an adorable gremlin at home otherwise know as Miss Piggy the Pudgy Pug(gy). She also shares her home with Molly the bulldogge and her little rescue kitten Ellie. Ellie is a full grown cat, but is very small and looks like a kitten with her big eyes and cute face.
Greg joined our team in Spring of 2019. Growing up, he has always loved animals and currently lives with his two Australian Shepherds and a Golden Retriever. Greg is attending his final year of highschool in Georgetown and loves interacting with all the different pets and their owners that walk through the doors of Black Creek.
Boss Kitty ( or so he thinks)
Captain Morgan arrived at the clinic in a cardboard box in the winter of 2011. He was in a sad and sorry state. He had a badly broken back leg, and a very damaged eye. We don't know what happened to him; however, he did come from a horse barn so he may have come by his injuries by accident. We had to remove his back leg as the fracture was so complex and he had nerve damage so would have been unable to use his leg even if we had been able to fix it. He was very scared and he chose to live behind our cat kennels in a little corner, where he felt safe. We set up a warm and comfortable bed and put his food, water and litter box in his chosen space. Gradually he became more interested in exploring his new home. We were very reluctant to remove his damaged eye as he seemed to be doing well and we didn't want to put him through another surgery when he was just beginning to feel safe. Children at the local schools and a daycare raised money for his eye surgery and some clients made some very generous donations (what a wonderful town we live in) so we went ahead and removed his eye. We were apprehensive to see how he would behave after this big surgery. He surprised us all by happily running around the clinic the very next day. We think that his eye must have been causing him significant discomfort, such that taking it out gave him immense relief. He has been happily running the clinic ever since. He loves bunnies and enjoys sitting close by their cages when they come in for any procedures. He is also fascinated with Cat Carriers and takes every opportunity to check them out. Once he sneaked into the lower part of a puppy stroller and made it all the way to the parking lot, but was discovered when the client was folding up the stroller to put it into their car!
Official Food Taster
Frou Frou is 7 years old and came to Black Creek Animal Hosptial as part of a litter of 7 kittens in 2012. Frou Frou and her litter mates were very frightened when they arrived and they would all hide whenever we went into their room. We had to put their food out and leave them alone. Slowly and carefully, one of the more brave kittens would creep out to make sure it was safe. One by one, the kittens were adopted. Frou Frou's last litter mate was adopted by one of our technicians in 2015. Since then, Frou Frou has made a very comfortable life for herself at the clinic. She loves to sit in the sink every morning, she moves to her basket in our kitchen in the early afternoon and then takes up her observation post on our little cat tree in the early evening. She is watching and waiting for her food lady to arrive. Frou Frou has struggled with her weight over the years and now is on a strict diet. Her food is weighed out every morning and twice weekly she goes in the underwater treadmill at Blue Springs Animal Rehabilitation Center. She is loosing some of her chubbiness and gaining muscle mass. We are super proud of how well she is doing.