Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of North Star Vet Clinic in Kimberley! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

We work closely with a physiotherapist in the Kootenay region who has completed further studies in providing therapy for animals. She is a member of the Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Physical rehabilitation is very useful in assisting animals recover or manage musculoskeletal and spinal injuries or disease.

K9 Rehab facebook page

ACVS website on CCL injuries

Please call the clinic to make an appointment with us. We’d love to discuss how we can help your furry friend with any of these additional services.

Please call us at 778-481-5288 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Uli Helvoigt

Veterinarian/Owner

Uli is originally from southern Germany and moved to the interior of British Columbia in 1989. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry from UBC/UCC, and then continued on to get her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Uli launched Tanglefoot Veterinary Services in the spring of 2009, and has watched it grow ever since. She has done advanced training in both equine and small animal dentistry and has completed a vererinary chiropractic course. She has also been involved in all kinds of activities from endurance and competitive trail riding, natural horsemanship, jumping and dressage to dog agility, flyball and obedience training, to marathon running and mountain biking. In her free time Uli spends as much time as possible with her family – husband Nathan and children Oliver and Miranda. She also has a house full with her two dogs, two cats, horses, and chickens.

Debbie Laturnus

Veterinary Technician

Debbie is a graduate of veterinary technology from Fairview College. She has over 20 years experience as a veterinary technician and has a special interest in dentistry. Technicians perform dental cleaning, take x-rays and assist the veterinarian with any advanced dental procedures your pet may need. She is originally from Red Deer, AB but has been living and working in the Kootenays for many years. She lives in Kimberley with her husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs and 1 cat.

Dr. Ashish Suri

Veterinarian

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in 2009, Dr. Ashish Suri went on to complete a Biotechnology Technologist diploma from Centennial College in Toronto prior to being accepted into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Dr. Suri completed his DVM program this spring, and he officially joined Tanglefoot on May 25, 2021. During the course of his studies, Dr. Suri had the opportunity to work in a variety of small and large animal clinics, including the Veterinary Medical Center in Saskatoon, Hooves & Paws Veterinary Clinic in Elrose, SK, Northgate Animal Hospital in Regina, and Ridequine Ranch, a horse boarding and training facility, also located in Saskatchewan. His past experience includes lameness exams, taking and reading radiographs, spays, neuters, pre/post-operative care of patients, wellness and vaccine exams, and much more. Ashish moved to Canada from India more than a decade ago, and he obtained his Canadian citizenship on May 23, 2018. Ashish has always been drawn to the mountains, he loves hiking and other outdoor pursuits, and he has always had a preference for smaller, more rural settings rather than big cities. He thinks Cranbrook and the East Kootenay is a perfect place to live and begin his career as a veterinarian. We completely agree!

Dr. Holly Munroe

Veterinarian

Dr. Holly Munroe joined our practice in July of 2015. Originally born and raised in Nova Scotia, Dr. Munroe spent much of her time in 4-H Light Horse and also playing soccer and basketball. She went to school in Charlottetown, PEI and graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2011. Prior to starting at Tanglefoot Veteerinary Services she had been working as a mixed animal practitioner in Peace River, Alberta. Her areas of interest include reproduction, dentistry and surgery. When not working at the clinic, there’s and good chance you’d find Dr. Munroe out on a river fly fishing – she is very excited about living in the Kootenays.

Missy Leeson

Receptionist

Missy is Kimberley born and raised. She’s been in this area her whole life and now shares 5 acres with her husband, 2 horses, 3 dogs, and 3 cats. Many of you may recognize her smiling face from other clinics in the area. Missy brings 7 years of veterinary reception experience to her position at North Star Veterinary Clinic. You will love her warm, welcoming presence. She will make you feel at ease, and be happy to answer any of your questions. We are very excited to have Missy in our clinic. Come by and say hello!

Nikita Dalke

Reception/Vet Assistant

Niki was born and raised in Kimberley and resides on a small hobby farm with her husband and 2 kids. Together they have 2 horses, chickens, 9 dogs, 2 snakes and a ferret. She started with North Star in November 2020 and before that she was a dog groomer. On her days off she can be found riding her horses, working their hounds or out in the bush, hunting, fishing and hiking

Anne Cunningham

Assistant Veterinary Technician

Anne moved to Kimberley in 2016 from Ontario, where she brings over 10 years of veterinary clinic experience.
"It was time for a change and the mountains were calling!"
Anne has a special interest in animal behavior and nutrition. She loves talking to people about ways to help improve the overall health and lifestyle of their pets. You may recognize her from caring for your pets at the local kennels or pet store.
When not at the clinic, Anne can be found doing anything outdoors with her friends and family, including her dog, Ripley.