Your Healthcare Team
Dr. Jason Rowan, Veterinarian
My dad was a vet and I helped in the clinic when I was a young child... they say vet's often know if they are drawn to the progression by elementary school, and that certainly was the case for me. I spent my teenage years growing up on a farm on the prairies. (Read about Jason's veterinary journey.) I am drawn to animals... people tell me that my presence calms their cats and dogs. But I enjoy being around them just as much. Challenging cases that require a lot of research and thought make me keep learning more and more to find the best solutions for my patients.
Medicine is my passion, and I love researching new practices. I try to keep an open mind and it's opened many doors for me. The last few years, I discovered my passion for Traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine has been around for so long and get it correlates with many of our cutting edge medicinal practices - it's amazing.
In Kelowna, I'm very involved in the adoption community, as our daughters were adopted from Ethiopia. I am also a volunteer ski patroller at Big White in the winter, which is a great way to be active and practice an entirely different kind of medicine.
At home, we have a snuggly kitty Vega, my sweet Irish wolfhound Ragna, and our twin miniature dachshunds Kaldi and Kolo.
Dr. Marcella St. Louis, Veterinarian
I hail from outside of Edmonton but actually lived in Kelowna 10 years ago… and just had to come back! My previous career was in occupational and physiotherapies, facilitating a program that taught employment and life skills to teenagers with mental health diagnosis. I have always loved animals and eventually was drawn to my calling was in veterinary medicine.
I proudly graduated in 2018 from the University of Calgary with my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. For 2 years after graduation, I worked at a mixed animal practice in Northern Alberta, helping everything from cats and dogs to cows and horses! My passions include small and large animal surgery, small animal dentistry, working with rescue organizations and emergency medicine.
My goal at Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital is to practice quality medicine and provide the best care possible for each patient. I believe in giving people options to make the best decision for themselves and their animal. I hope to always work to understand where my clients are coming from, and be a consistent presence throughout their pets’ lives.
Dr. Pamela Carlson, Chiropractor
Personally, dogs, cats and horses have always been a big part of my life. I've been passionate about animals since I was a little girl. Even as a child, I loved midwifing for mother dogs whelming pups.
Early in my chiropractic career, I was drawn to animal treatment. Ten years after my original chiropractic training, I completed my animal training at American Veterinary Chiropractic College in Illinois. I left my traditional office-based practice to work in stables, barns, homes and health offices.
This rewarding work helped me balance a lifestyle of homeschooling my children and working out of home. I first practiced in the Lower Mainland, then Vernon, where I had a small hobby farm, and now in urban Kelowna. Recently, I returned to human practice, and find the combination of human and animal work very rewarding.
I am passionate about proactive health, and living a balanced lifestyle. Our family frequents the slopes at Silver Star and I am a dedicated master swimmer. Each day, you can find my dogs and I hiking the hillsides and creek valleys of our beautiful Okanagan valley.
My family is very involved in Swaziland, where I run a development charity called Swazikids. We are also very involved in the local adoption community.
Hannah, Clinic Manager
My journey with Pandosy Village Vet started a little more than 6 years ago (wow..time flies!) I’ve been fortunate enough to “grow-up" with the clinic. From helping at the front desk, nursing patients in the back, assisting in acupuncture appointments to now being called the Clinic Manager, well, I do a little bit of everything!
I’ve been dubbed the “nutrition guru” around the clinic, as I have a passion for the nutritional health of our furry friends. Usually I’m the first to get called in to help with any nutritional questions you may have. I graduated from my Veterinary Hospital Assistant course in 2011 in Kelowna, BC. Since then I’ve been given the opportunity to further expand my knowledge by taking the Advanced Natural Animal Nutrition online course through Centre for Intergrative Veterinary Therapies, as well as the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for Technicians course at the Chi Institute (AKA acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies.)
My golden oldie boy has since passed (Marles Barkley - I miss him dearly!) who is the cutie with me that you see in the photo above. These days my fur family consists of just Bubbacat, my slightly angry, slightly senile 18 year old tortoiseshell kitty. I also have what I like to call my part-time cat, (whom I’ve named Lil P) we enjoy having morning coffee visits on my patio most days. When I’m not busy at work I like to spend my free time exploring the beautiful Okanagan with friends (in all seasons), enjoying the lovely little patios and city life of downtown Kelowna - and having lazy Sunday afternoons on the couch with Netflix or a good book.
Ashley, Registered Veterinary Technician
Originally from White Rock, I started in the veterinary field in 2010 and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2014. On the coast I worked in a few small animal practices as well as emergency clinics. Last year my husband and I moved to Kelowna and I joined the team in March 2019. I have a special interest in veterinary dentistry and am very passionate about our surgical cases. When not working I love hiking, camping, and off-roading with our Indian street dog, Rhee and our Belgian Malinois Stanley. When I’m at home, cuddling the cats (Freyja the Maine coon and Theodore the Ragdoll) is my favourite pastime.
Ally, Front Desk
I grew up just outside of Toronto, Ontario but am really a BC girl at heart. After completing my Veterinary Hospital Assistant diploma I spent 6 years working in emergency veterinary medicine, and then started a dog walking business focusing on large-dog off-leash adventure hikes. I joined the Pandosy Vet team in September 2019 and have really enjoyed learning more about holistic pet care and sharing my passion for preventative medicine and nutrition. I have been an active volunteer and foster mom with multiple dog rescues for the past 8 years, Paws It Forward being my home rescue. Fostering and rehabilitating many different dogs and helping them find their forever home has been so rewarding. Animal rescue is very dear to my heart. In my spare time I love to do yoga, bike ride to different restaurants and breweries, as well as adventure around the Okanagan (rain, snow or shine!) with my own rescue mutt, Oso.
Tia, Veterinary Assistant
I am a born and raised Kelowna girl with 10+ years experience in doggy fun, having worked at a local daycare for over a decade prior to joining the Pandosy Vet team. Around the clinic I am usually behind the scenes making sure everything goes as smoothly as possible for our daily surgeries and appointments, but you’ll also see me at the front desk occasionally as well. I have a special interest in dog training, and in my spare time my Minnie Australian Shepherd, Juniper and I compete in Agility. Our newest addition to the gang is Tadpole, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and she has already taken after her sisters love for agility! I can’t wait to give your pups some treats next time you’re in the clinic and assist with any of your training questions.
Dylane, Front Desk
I have lived in Kelowna my whole life but caught the travel bug after graduating! My travels took me to India to complete my 500 hour yoga teacher training, and while there I extended my stay to volunteer with a local dog rescue. There was a very sick puppy that stuck out to me, and I’m sure we can figure out how this story ends - I just couldn’t resist bringing that sick pup home! It took a lot of time and TLC but now Ravi is happy and healthy and loving the Okanagan lifestyle. He is the reason I wanted to get in to working with animals. I spent a year working with the local SPCA as well as another small animal practice before finding my perfect fit here at Pandosy Vet. I stay true to my yogi spirit at the clinic and always do my best to empathize with clients and make them feel at home.
Arnica Rowan, Proprietor
My first cat of my own was Kari, a soft grey little fuzzball that followed me from dorm room to my university dwellings. My first dog was Hamish - a love child between a collie and a cairn terrier. Hamish was amazing - he was my first baby and best friend. Hamish and I went through the rigorous therapy dog training and used to volunteer between my undergraduate classes in the paediatrics and palliative care wings at the U of A hospital.
While I was still working on my Bachelor's degree in Business, a friend and I wrote a business plan for a dog bakery, that included a community hub for pet parents. Little did I realize that another degree, a dozen years, a career as a professor and a veterinarian husband later, I would be opening my own pet store and hospital.
As an academic and consultant, I specialized in sustainable business. Jason and I have infused those values and knowledge into every room and practice in our hospital. I'm the driving force behind our unconventional approach to pet care, constantly challenging my staff (including my husband) to learn more and revolutionize the field of veterinary medicine.
I've stepped back from running the clinic day-to-day, and now focus on strategy and marketing. I have another wine consulting business, and run a charity, Vulnerable Children Society, that helps kids and families in Ethiopia. With Jason, I co-parent two humans, three dogs and a cat.
Lots of love to our staff that have found new homes far away:
Jackie, now in Nova Scotia (but she still works for us virtually!)
Christine, now in Costa Rica
Amanda, now in Sweden
Sadia, now in New Brunswick
Julian, now at vet school in Australia
Olivia, now at vet school in Saskatchewan
Molly, now working as a vet in Hawaii
Nicole, now in Alberta
Aleks, running her own pet shop in Ontario
Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital
Our integrative vet clinic offers holistic care for cats and dogs, such as vaccinations and titre testing, Western and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional consultations, Traditional Chinese acupuncture, and chiropractic care, as well as conventional medicine, ultrasound, radiology and laboratory diagnostics, spay/neuter surgeries and dentistry. We also stock carefully curated, high quality raw and dry food, nutritional supplements, gear and toys. Shop online!