Dr. Heather H. Moreau, BVM&S, MRCVS
Dr. Moreau grew up ‘back east’ spending her childhood years in Pennsylvania before relocating to Massachusetts with her family. Developing a love for skiing and racing at an early age, she studied at the University of Maine, Fort Kent where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology while competing on their Nordic and Alpine Ski Teams. While at UMFK, Dr. Moreau was elected as the University’s Student Representative to the Board of Trustees for 2 years, gaining valuable skills in team leadership and communication. Dr. Moreau graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 on a full presidential scholarship.
In 2008 Dr. Moreau and her future husband Julian relocated to Salt Lake City due to their love of skiing and family connections. Shortly thereafter she got her start in veterinary medicine through mutual ski team friends. Dr. Moreau worked full time as a veterinary technician at a small animal practice in the SLC valley before attending veterinary school in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Moreau was accepted into the University of Edinburgh’s Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies accelerated 4-year program in 2012. The school was founded in 1823 by Professor William Dick and is one of the oldest Veterinary Schools in the world, offering a well-rounded multi-species education. After a challenging four years studying and honing her clinical skills in and out of the classroom, Dr. Moreau was awarded the ‘Best Student in Dermatology’ award by the University at graduation in 2016.
Since graduation, Dr. Moreau has been working full time in small animal practice here in the Salt Lake Valley. Her areas of interest are dermatology, diagnostic imaging, and internal medicine. She enjoys speaking and educating both Veterinary professionals through local continuing education conferences as well as clients on a daily basis. She’s thoroughly looking forward to running her own veterinary practice where she can create a close-knit team of professionals that are here to provide the best care for your beloved pet family members.
Dr. Jennifer Carmody, DVM
We are proud to introduce our first associate veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Carmody. Dr. Carmody grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although she started her college career with a focus on sports-medicine she quickly realized her real passion was for helping animals. She went on to earn her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at Marquette University before continuing on to veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin. Before joining the Canyons team she practiced at a busy Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dr. Carmody is very interested in integrative medicine and loves to mix alternative therapies with her usual treatment methods. She’s completed over 300 hours of coursework in both veterinary acupuncture and veterinary chiropractic studies and is also a Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner.
Dr. Carmody’s interests away from work include hiking, fishing, reading, and playing volleyball. She played competitively for more than 12 years, and her college team won the national championship two years in a row! Dr. Carmody also loves to spend time with her husband, who works as a dentist. They have a one year old Australian Shepherd named Floyd.
Please join us in welcoming her to CVC, we know you will love her down-to-earth attitude and love for animals.
Dr. Viviana Alava, DVM
We are proud to introduce our second Associate Veterinarian Dr. Viviana Alava. Dr. Alava grew up outside of Tampa, Florida where she earned her bachelors degree in integrative animal science at the University of South Florida. Dr. Alava originally went to college to pursue human medicine, but after volunteering at an animal hospital during undergrad, she decided that veterinary medicine was her calling. She worked as a veterinary assistant for three years gaining hands-on experience before her acceptance to vet school at Ross University of St. Kitts.
Dr. Alava spent most of her free time researching in the field as well as the lab on Q-Fever in sheep while in vet school. This work has since been published. She later went to Iowa State University for her clinical year where she discovered her passion for preventive medicine and surgery.
Outside of work Dr. Alava enjoys spending time outdoors & enjoying the mountains with her dog Harvey, who was adopted on St. Kitts. Dr. Alava also has two cats named Salem and Norman who love to lay around in the sun.
Dr. Mary Margaret Patrias
We are proud to introduce our third associate veterinarian, Dr. Mary Margaret Patrias. Dr. Patrias grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Patrias originally planned to pursue human medicine, but found veterinary medicine was her passion through animal science courses and working as an assistant at a veterinary hospital. She was accepted at the University of Minnesota for veterinary school, and completed her DVM.
Dr. Patrias has strong interests in soft tissue surgery and preventive medicine. In her free time, Dr. Patrias enjoys hiking, reading, camping, and trying new restaurants. She also enjoys spending time with her husband TJ and Boxer-mix Huck.
We are happy to introduce you to Camden Christensen, one of our Veterinary Nurses. Camden started as an intern while still in high school at a local veterinary clinic where he grew up in Pocatello Idaho. Upon graduation from high school, he transitioned into a full-time position as a Veterinary Nurse where he worked for 3 years. In 2017 he moved to Utah where he happened to get a job at the Veterinary Clinic where Dr. Moreau also practiced before starting Canyons Veterinary Clinic. Impressed with his skills, willingness to learn new things and client care she offered him a position which he accepted. He has three cats; Ella, Eris, and Fat Baby, as well as a Boston Terrier, named Dexter. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, swimming, reading and playing PlayStation 4.
We are thrilled to introduce our newest full-time nurse Louise (July 2020). Louise brings 18 years of experience to our team, and a wealth of knowledge developed at some of Salt Lake’s finest specialty practices, including Eyecare for Animals. She currently has three dogs, a Doberman named Vera, a boxer named Stella, and a lab mix named Brad. She also has two cats, an orange tabby named Walden and a tuxedo named Doobie. When she’s not at work she can be found with family, camping, enjoying the dunes on side x sides, and hanging out with her dogs. Please join us in welcoming Louise to our team. We know you’ll enjoy her sensible, caring, and fun-loving approach to animal and client care.
We are excited to introduce Haley Roberts, our newest Veterinary Nurse (March 2020). Haley is a 2015 graduate of Animal Behavior College and has been working as a vet nurse for the last 4 & 1/2 years. She brings a broad range of clinical skills as well as client care experience to our close-knit team. We are looking forward to her joining our nursing staff and we know you’ll appreciate her calm and patient demeanor. Haley has several pets of her own. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going camping, hiking, and BBQing.
We are happy to introduce Madeline Gilea, one of our full time Veterinary Nurses. When she isn’t at the clinic Madeline enjoys spending time with her family collecting commemorative cups and making homemade dog treats for her two pitbulls, Nala and Anastasia.
We are proud to introduce Sabrina Stermer as one of our awesome veterinary nurses. Sabrina has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and years of experience as a Veterinary Nurse. Her favorite part of being a veterinary nurse is assisting in dental procedures. Born and raised in Northern California she recently moved to Utah to be closer to family. She has a one-year-old Golden Retriever named Roo and a 13-year-old Tabby cat named Ronin. Her hobbies include Surfing, rock climbing, hiking and camping.
We are happy to introduce Lenora Chistilaw as one of our compassionate veterinary nurses. She started as a customer service representative and worked her way up to veterinary nurse. When it comes to Veterinary Medicine Lenora has a deep interest in Dermatology and Orthopedics. She loves to assist in Surgery and says that Dental procedures are her jam! Lenora has 2 dogs, 2 cats and 3 ball pythons. Lenora’s hobbies include; reptile rescue, Tissue culture and sterile cloning of her house plants, hiking, and running with her dogs.
We are happy to introduce Kara Kindig as one of our friendly veterinary nurses. Kara enjoys working with pets and owners while helping to maintain healthy and happy lifestyles for their pets. In high school, Kara was a member of 4H and the rodeo team. At home she has 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses and a couple ferrets round out the herd. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, riding horses, riding ATVs in the mountains and kayaking.
We are happy to introduce Tyler Mitchell as one of our wonderful Veterinary Nurses. Tyler graduated from Broadview University and has been in the Animal welfare industry for 3 years. Tyler has two pets, a one-year-old husky mix and a 4-year-old border collie mix. His hobbies include camping and traveling. Tyler’s favorite part of being a veterinary nurse is assisting in surgery and the hands-on aspects of the job.
Client Service Representative
With great pleasure, we introduce you to Sierra Miller, a full-time Client Service Representative. She has loved animals her entire life but joined the animal welfare field 8 years ago. She has done shelter work, veterinary nursing, and rescue work. She grew up in Southern California but now calls Utah home. She loves the beach, is an avid reader, and enjoys second-hand shopping. We know you will appreciate her experience when you call or come in for an appointment.
Client Service Representative
We are excited to introduce Shaelyn Riley as one of our client service representatives. We are sure you will like her calm and caring demeanor. She has grown up around animals. Currently she has two Yorkies named Sage and Rosie as well as a horse named Charlie and a rescue lamb named Busters. Her hobbies include golf, baking and riding Charlie.
Client Service Representative
We are excited to introduce Tiffany Moore as one of our awesome client service representatives. Tiffany has a great love for animals and has transitioned from hotel hospitality to the veterinary field. At home she has a 14-year-old Shih-tzu terrier mix named Gracie and a long hair chihuahua named Penny. Tiffany’s hobbies include going to concerts, photography, collecting vinyl records, and traveling. She’s backpacked through 5 countries in Europe and taught English in China for 3 years.
Client Service Representative
We are happy to introduce Clarissa Muniz as one of our exceptional client service representatives. As the only receptionist at her last clinic, she learned a lot in a short period of time. In this busy industry Clarissa loves to be able to focus on Client care. She loves being as attentive to owners as she is to their pets, meeting and talking to people providing them as much comfort in sometimes worrisome situations as she can. She has two dogs, a 10-year-old Aussie named Buddy and a 6-year-old long hair chihuahua named Charlie. In her free time, she enjoys watching hockey, playing video games, meeting new people and skateboarding.
Client Service Representative
We are proud to introduce Dana Lewallen as one of our wonderful client service representatives. Previously working as a receptionist in Texas we are happy to now have her in Utah. She has a 7-year-old Schipperke named Ninja that she brings to work some days as well as 2 cats: a 15-year-old domestic short hair named Millie and a 5-month-old rescue named Pascal. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, tennis, volleyball and exploring Utah with her husband.
Veterinary Nursing Student Interns
Interested in completing your veterinary nursing externship at Canyons? Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to have all of these amazing animal care providers on our team. Dr. Moreau personally interviewed and selected every employee based on their skills, compassion for animals and amazing attitudes toward client care. We all look forward to serving you and your pet at Canyons Veterinary Clinic.