Dr. Mark de Wolde DVM
Dr. Mark A. de Wolde, born in Kingston, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1993 after which he received the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award and the Hill’s Nutrition Award. A portion of Dr. de Wolde’s education was completed at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands.
After spending six years in Greater Napanee, Dr. de Wolde spent some time practicing in Kingston Upon Thames in Surrey, England. In 2001, he returned to Southern Ontario and established both the Bath Village and Lennox & Addington Animal Hospitals. In 2004, Dr. de Wolde created a business relationship with long-time friend, Dr. Jason Shepherd. Together they co-founded the Upper Canada Veterinary Group; an animal hospital management team. Subsequently, in 2006, the Limestone City Animal Hospital was opened in beautiful downtown Kingston, followed by Kingston West Veterinary Hospital in 2016. Dr. de Wolde has special interests in orthopaedic & laser surgery.
Dr. de Wolde is the current President of the Upper Canada Veterinary Group, President of Lenio Pharmaceuticals and recent past President of the Kingston Regional Pet Hospital Corporation. He is a member of standing with Veterinary Study Groups. In 2018 Dr. de Wolde was honoured at the annual OVMA convention in Toronto with the prestigious Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Award of Merit.
Dr. de Wolde is married to his beautiful wife, Jessica; together they have two handsome little boys, Owen & Benjamin. The house is filled with their rescued Husky X named Porter, a purebred Whippet named Ivy and a rescued miniature Poodle named Persie. Outreach is very important to the de Wolde family. As avid contributors to World Vision, Lennox & Addington branch of the OSPCA, Kingston Humane Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Kingston’s annual Paws for Hope Walkathon, Relay for Life, Night in Blue, Missionary Alliance and other local charities. Dr. de Wolde has been very active in the fitness community. He enjoys many activities outside of the home, including numerous sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball, and golf), movies and experiencing great local cuisine.
Dr. Jason E. Shepherd DVM
Dr. Jason Shepherd was born in Clinton Creek, Yukon and moved to the Kingston – Napanee area from the Niagara region in 2004. He graduated from the University of Guelph with Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees in 1998. Prior to practicing in Eastern Ontario, he practiced in the Waterloo region and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Dr. de Wolde and Dr. Shepherd co-found the Upper Canada Veterinary Group network in 2005 and the Limestone City Animal Hospital in 2007 & Kingston West Veterinary Hospital in 2016. His special interests in Veterinary Medicine include diagnostic Ultrasonography, internal medicine and general surgery.
In 2011, Dr. Shepherd married his wife Lydia, and the two of them live happily out in the country with their three boys, Jack, Deacon & Remi, along with their four-legged kids, Timmy, Maverick, Charlie, Armani & Chanel.
Dr. Shepherd enjoys many extracurricular activities, including soccer and music. He is a talented musician who plays numerous instruments.
Like Dr. de Wolde, Dr. Shepherd supports numerous charities in the area, including the L&A OSPCA, Kingston Humane Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Paws for Hope, Relay for Life, Night in Blue and the Missionary Alliance.
Dr. Julie Reed DVM
Dr. Julie Reed grew up on a hobby farm outside of Peterborough where her love of animals began at an early age (thanks to the assorted cats, dogs and horses that were always around!). She completed an undergraduate degree at McMaster University before pursuing veterinary medicine at the University of Guelph where she graduated in 2018. She started working for Upper Canada Veterinary Group Inc. shortly after graduation and has loved her time here in Kingston, especially exploring the water and various hiking trails. She particularly enjoys the relationships she has the privilege to form with clients and getting to support her patients throughout their lives, from puppy/kitten visits onwards. When she is not at work, you can probably find her reading a good book, baking or hanging out with her menagerie (which currently includes a cantankerous cat named Izzy, a retired service dog named Gillian and 3 horses).
Dr. Courtney Kolbe DVM Associate
Dr. Courtney Kolbe was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She moved to Canada when she was three years old (initially living in British Columbia before moving to Brockville, ON when she was nine). She graduated from Queen's University in 2015 with a BScH specialization degree in Biology and Psychology. She then completed her DVM degree in 2020 at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, ON, after taking a year off to gain more experience working with farm animals.
Dr. Courtney has special interests in veterinary surgery, animal behaviour, and internal medicine. She had the opportunity to work with a variety of different animal species before and during veterinary school but chose to pursue small animal medicine because of her love of dogs and cats.
Her hobbies include hiking (especially in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York), horseback riding (dressage), as well as snorkeling and waterskiing in the St. Lawrence River. She currently lives with her partner Shawn and their rescue cat Roland and is hoping to add a dog to their family in the near future. She is looking forward to practicing with the Upper Canada Veterinary Group and meeting all of your fur-children!
Dr. Heather Melinyshyn DVM Associate
Dr. Heather Melinyshyn grew up in Seeley's Bay, Ontario and has since moved to Kingston. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology in 2016 at the University of Guelph. She went on to complete the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 2020.
Dr Heather's special veterinary interests include diagnostic imaging, geriatric health and preventative medicine. She has spent many summers working alongside local veterinarians at various Kingston and Gananoque clinics, and the Kingston Humane Society. Heather's veterinary background also involves large animal medicine and surgery, with experiences on sheep and dairy cattle farms, as well as at the OVC large animal clinic.
In her spare time, Heather loves anything involving the outdoors. She is an avid hiker and runner. You can often find her spending time with her horse, at a friend's farms or relaxing at home with a good book. Heather lives with her partner, Brett, and their black Labrador retriever, Reed. Heather is excited to meet all the clients and patients of the Upper Canada Veterinary Group!