Our Staff

Dr. Rory Wiens, DVM


Dr. Wiens completed 3 years of a Bachelor of Science in Genetics before being accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 2004). After graduating, he worked at a busy 24-hour emergency hospital in Calgary and then completed an internship in medicine and surgery. His fascination with ocular surgery and medicine took him to Las Vegas, where he attained an internship in ophthalmology. He grew homesick though, so returned to Alberta in June of 2007 and has lived in St. Albert ever since. He purchased Sturgeon Animal Hospital in March of 2012. Dr. Wiens is very happy to be practicing in the community that he loves and lives with his wife Lorna and two daughters.

Dr. Nancy Bruyere, DVM


Dr. Bruyere graduated from the Western Collage of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1983. The experience she has gained in her 35 years of practicing veterinary medicine has made her an extremely knowledgeable and compassionate veterinarian. Her passion for animal wellness is very evident in her care for her patients and kindness with owners. Nancy enjoys spending her time outdoors; whether it's hiking in the Rockies or strolling through St. Albert's ravine trails with her family. Nancy and her husband share their farm with two mousers (Shorty and Homer), two horses (Cyress and Windy) and a Border Collie named Socks.

Amanda Babey, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician / Treatment Room Manager

Amanda grew up in Nova Scotia but moved to Alberta in 2004 to attend the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT. She graduated from the program in 2006 and has since worked with small animals in both clinic and shelter environments. Amanda has been with Sturgeon Animal Hospital since the re-opening in March of 2012. She has an increased interest in the areas of nutrition and dental health. She shares her home in St. Albert with her husband, daughter, and two cats (Felix and Chewbacca).

Leah Kosinski, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Leah graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT in 2002 and gained valuable experience working at three, busy small animal hospitals in Edmonton and St. Albert. Leah joined our team in the spring of 2012. Her strong interests are in anesthesia, pharmacology, surgical assistance, and client education. Leah’s spare time is spent golfing, swimming and sharing her love of animals with her husband and two daughters. She shares her home with a collection of dogs, cats, and horses.

Penny Isaak, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

After teaching for 11 years in the Sturgeon School division, Penny decided to change her career path. She graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT in 2014 and joined the team at Sturgeon in 2016. She has an increased interest in animal behaviour. In her free time, Penny enjoys reading, cycling and hiking. Penny lives on a farm outside of the city with her husband, three dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and two llamas.

Brittany Ball, VMA

Veterinary Medical Assistant / Reception

Brittany was born in British Columbia, but spent the majority of her childhood in Northwestern Ontario. She moved to Alberta in 2014 to attend the Veterinary Medical Assistant program at NAIT. She graduated in 2015 and has since worked with small animals in a clinic environment. In her free time she can be found hanging out with her Golden Retriever, Sadie, and kitten, Dori. Brittany also enjoys camping, quadding, fishing, and traveling. She plans on returning to school and attending the Animal Health Technologist program. She hopes to one day start a rescue of her own.

Maddi Malychuk, VMA

Veterinary Medical Assistant / Reception

Maddi joined our team in 2015 as a new graduate of the Veterinary Medical Assistant program at NAIT. Her friendly personality and excellent memory has made her an amazing asset to our team. She is working part time in our clinic as she is continuing her education at NAIT and pursuing a career in Respiratory Therapy. She can often be found hanging out with her three dogs (Ginger, Piper and Harper) and is always looking for a new book to read!

Lynsey Bent


Lynsey joined the Sturgeon team in 2012. After working full-time for a few years, she went back to school to study Conservation Science and has been working-part time for us since. In her free time, Lynsey enjoys hiking, spending time in the mountains, and adventuring with her dog Peanut.

Grant Slaa

Tech Assistant / Kennel Staff

Grant joined the Sturgeon team in December of 2016. He is a full-time student, and hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. During the summer months, he also works for a landscaping company. Grant lives in St. Albert with his family and dog, Ryder.