Dr. Kanwar Chahal, DVM
I am Dr. Kanwar Chahal and I have been a full-time veterinarian at Dixie Animal hospital since graduating from veterinary school in 2015. I grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, and have always been passionate about working with animals.
I graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry specialization in 2010. I have done research in bacteriology and aided in developing on-site bacteria identification technology using gene sequencing. My passion for animal care led me to work with many different species of animals, reptiles, and fish. Later, I pursued my education at Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, ON, where I graduated with Honors in 2015.
Additionally, I am certified in animal dental care from the Animal Dental Center, Baltimore. I received my certificate in principles of orthopedic surgery from AONA at Phoenix, Arizona. I recently obtained my certificate in soft tissue surgery from Western Veterinary Conference training center, Las Vegas.
Most days my three-year-old English bulldog named Hazel tags along with me to work and has become an integrated member of the clinic.
When I am not at work, most of my time is spent with my wife Simran and my one year old daughter Savreen. In my spare time, I volunteer at local food drives, and spend time at the local dog parks.
I love working as a veterinarian along side my exceptionally talented team, where I get to share the bond between pets and pet parents on a daily basis. I find myself fortunate to help pets live a long healthy life so that they can continue to provide their families with unconditional love.
Practice Manager and Veterinary Technician
My name is Reily Wedge and I am the full time Practice Manager and Veterinary Technician at Dixie /Lacoste Animal Hospital. I joined the team as a Veterinary Technician at our sister clinic Lacoste Animal Hospital in September 2018. I then had the opportunity in April 2019 to move to Dixie Animal Hospital and take on the role as Zone Coordinator. As of March 2020, I took on the role of Practice Manager for both locations.
I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and moved to Brampton where I attended the Veterinary Technician program at Sheridan College. I graduated April 2012 and began working full time as a Veterinary Technician. I always have had a deep passion for animals and their wellbeing. Volunteering at an animal hospital made me want to pursue a career in the Veterinary industry.
I love being a Veterinary Technician because every day is different, and I get to provide exceptional nursing and medical care to a variety of different animals. I enjoy working with a passionate team who thrives to provide the best medicine possible to every single pet. We believe in caring for your furry family member like our own so we can enhance quality of life and help your pet live longer. I am also thankful to have the opportunity to manage Dixie and Lacoste Animal Hospital and work closely with veterinarians, staff and the clients that make it a rewarding experience.
My zoo at home currently consist of one cat named Moota, two hedgehogs named Gerwin and Astrid and one Cherry Head Tortoise named Tortellini. I love talking about my pets, sharing random facts, and showing photos of my furry, spikey, and scaly family members!
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my animals. Being outdoors, fishing, camping, and listening to music. I also volunteer for the Brampton Animal Shelter fostering orphaned kittens.
I look forward to meeting you and your animals and welcoming you to the Dixie and Lacoste family.
My name is Kasandra Malanca and I am a full time Veterinary Technicians here, at Dixe/ Lacoste Animal Hospital.
I have graduated with honors in all of my programs, which include the Animal Care Program, General Arts and Science program and the Veterinary Technician Program at Sheridan College. I am soon to become an official Registered Veterinary Technician, which is a personal goal of mine that I am eager to accomplish. I have been working in the veterinary field since I was 17 years old, and have been working here at Lacoste and Dixie Animal Hospital for the last year as a Technician.
My favorite part of my job is helping any fur baby that walks through our door. Ever since I was 6 years old, my passion for animals started to grow. The thought of me wanting to help any animal has stuck with me ever since, and now I am doing what I love most. Every patient I work with creates a new paw print on my heart, and nothing gives me more delight then seeing everyone’s fur baby happy and healthy.
I currently have two big teddy bear German Shepherds at home named Diesel and Dozer. I have one crazy cat named Shadow and my lovely 18-year-old Cockteil named Tweety. All my pets are unique in their own way, and each have such a loving and caring nature…with the exception of my cat Shadow.
In my past time I like to spend my time outside hiking, enjoying nature and spending time with my family, friends, pets and horses. One of my favorite hobbies is Equestrian riding; I have been riding horses for the last 13 years of my life.
I look forward to meeting and taking care of your fur babies!
My name is Rupinder Kaur and I have been working as a full time Veterinary Assistant at Dixie/Lacoste Animal Hospital since November 2019.
I have completed my Bachelors of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. I also have additional Veterinary Assistant experience at a previous animal hospital.
My favorite aspect of working in the veterinary profession is when I look in the eye of the pet I do not see an animal but I see a living being, living soul, and compassionate companion. I take pride in taking care of every patient as if it was my own pet.
My favorite breed of dog is a Yorkshire Terrier, and I really look forward to having my own Yorkie as part of my family someday. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband, doing wildlife photography and camping.
Christina Darmawan Toganti
My name is Christina and I am one of the customer service representatives at Dixie Animal Hospital. I completed the Veterinary Assistant program at Seneca College in 2017 then began working at Dixie Animal Hospital.
I have had a passion for animals since I was really young, especially with dogs and rabbits. I am grateful that in this industry I can always see them and assist the veterinary team to provide the best care for them. I love what I am doing.
I have a dog named Oreo. She is clumsy but very friendly to humans and kids. She will bark like crazy every time she sees other dogs from the car.
In my free time, I enjoy relaxing with my son and husband at home. We love taking our dog Oreo out on walks as a family.
Hello, my name is Sydney Wadden and I am one of the customer care representative at Dixie Animal Hospital. I am currently completing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biomedical Sciences.
My passion for the sciences and love for animals led me to join the veterinary field. My favorite aspect about working in the
veterinary industry over the past 6 years is being able to utilize my knowledge and education to help animals in need.
I have 3 rabbits whom I love dearly. My first rabbit, Stanley, loves apples and having his ears pet. A short while later, I got Peter and my most recent adoption was Earl.
Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my family and watching movies. I spend most weekends going hiking and camping during the summer or snowboarding during the winter months.
I understand how important pets are to us and I can’t wait to meet you and your fur friend!
Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant
Hello! My name is Jackie Letcher, I am one of the Receptionist/Vet Assistants at both Dixie Animal Hospital, and Lacoste Animal Hospital.
I am an enthusiastic animal lover and bring experience working with a variety of animals at Far Enough Farm on Toronto Islands. I am a graduate of Fanshawe College, with a diploma in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. Shortly after graduating, I realized my aspirations to work with animals and interact with them daily and began my career with animals full-time.
My favorite part about working in this industry is assisting the veterinary team to give the best care and medicine we can to every patient. I love meeting all the clients and their furry friends, meeting the new puppies and kittens, and seeing how much they have grown every time they come in.
I have a cat named Luna, who can play fetch, sit, loves to talk and knows a few other fancy tricks too. Luna loves to follow me around, so we travel together quite often.
Outside of work I love playing with Luna or my families dogs. I am an avid traveler and enjoy listening to good music and hanging with friends.
I can’t wait to meet you and all your furry friends here at Dixie Animal Hospital or Lacoste Animal Hospital.