Meet the caring and compassionate veterinary team of Selkirk Veterinary Hospital in Nelson, British Columbia.

Drs. Chris Chart and Birgit Vierheilig are both graduates of the University of Saskatchewan. In 1992 they moved to Nelson to open the Selkirk Veterinary Hospital and to realize their dream of developing a practice where the bond between pets and “their humans” is fully recognized.

In developing the Selkirk Veterinary Hospital, they have integrated the use of conventional and alternative medicine and developed their own areas of special interest; acupuncture and orthopedics (Dr. Chart) and internal medicine and ultrasound (Dr. Vierheilig).


Dr. Birgit Vierheilig

4331-200x260Education: University of Saskatchewan
Birgit was born and raised in Germany. She immigrated to Drumheller, Alberta in 1976. Living on a farm there sparked an interest in veterinary medicine that culminated in her entering the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Saskatchewan. Following graduation in 1986, she worked in Ontario and the U.K. After travelling the world she moved to Nelson in 1991 and helped to establish the Selkirk Veterinary Hospital with Dr. Chart. They have three beautiful children, Tristan, Sebastian, and Emma. The family has 3 dogs, 2 cats and 5 fish. Her hobbies are skiing, hiking, camping and sailing.

Dr. Chris Chart

4361-200x260Education: Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Chris grew up in England and worked in the mining industry in South Africa and Northern Canada for several years before becoming a veterinarian. He is a 1986 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. After graduation he worked in Williams Lake BC, Southern Ontario, and the U.K. before moving to Nelson in 1991. In 1999 he became a certified veterinary acupuncturist. He is an avid fan of Manchester United and the Cornish rugby team. His hobbies are sailing, squash and cycling.



Dr. Maude Gagnon

Maude-Photo-200x260Dr. Maude Gagnon graduated from the University of Montreal in 2008. She focused her studies and externships in small animal as well as equine. She has practiced medicine in Mont-Tremblant, Montreal, Olympia, WA, and has been in Nelson for a few years.

She fell for the beautiful Kootenays and what was supposed to be a 1 or 2 years adventure is turning into something more! When not at the clinic you can find her riding her horse or on a mountain with her adventurous dog!

Dr. Rebecca Maybank

photo2UW3YA9C-e1440532715627-200x260Education: University of British Columbia
Rebecca was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and attended undergraduate school at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She began her studies with an interest in journalism; however, during a volunteer trip to Ecuador her passion for animal care and welfare became apparent. Having always loved her family dogs growing up, she transferred to Animal Sciences at UBC, and graduated from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Saskatchewan in 2015.

She is delighted to be working at the Selkirk Veterinary Hospital, and thoroughly enjoys her coworkers, clients, and patients. She has moved to Nelson with her two cats, Linus, and Fat Gord, and looks forward to adventuring in the natural beauty that is abundant in this part of the world. She enjoys soccer, singing and playing guitar, and any TV show created by Joss Whedon.

Office Manager

Jody Horvath
Office Manager

CYMERA_20150814_084701_copy_1439567226802-200x260Jody was born and raised on a small farm in the Kootenays. During her early life she developed a love for all animals with an extra soft spot for kittens. When she is not knitting or gardening with the kitty, she is out exploring our beautiful countryside with her husband and their German Shorthair Pointer.

Jody has worked for Drs. Chart & Vierheilig since 1998. First as a Receptionist & Veterinary Assistant and now as Office Manager. Her many tasks keep her very busy – but you can expect her to drop what she’s doing to cuddle a kitten or pat a pooch!

Registered Animal Health Technicians

Angela Edwards
Registered Animal Health Technician

ANGIE-05-1-200x260 Angie knew she wanted to be in this field of work at a very young age, and started working as a kennel assistant in 2005. From there, she moved to Coquitlam to complete her schooling as a Technician.

Once she graduated from Douglas college in 2009,  she stayed in the Coquitlam area and worked locally at a clinic for a couple years. However, Angela moved back to Nelson after realizing how much she loved and missed the area and her family.

Once Angela moved back, she met her boyfriend who she now lives with along with 3 dogs (Tyka, a Shepherd/Husky X, Luna, a Lab/Golden Retriever X, and Brewzer, a Border Collie X) 2 cats (Java the Tortishell, and Chaalie a Domestic Short Hair), and a Python named Alfred.  In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities like camping, hiking and fishing.

Caroline Manton
Registered Animal Health Technician

IMG_0495-200x260Caroline is a registered Veterinary Technician who graduated in 2007 with honors from Ridgetown College-University of Guelph. She took a bit of a longer road to discovering that this is what she was meant to do, with trials of University in Calgary and backpacking Australia and New Zealand. Upon her return to Canada she continued working in a 24hr emergency veterinary clinic ICU while she got her degree as a Veterinary Technician.

Since graduating she has moved around, worked and traveled the world with her husband and pets, most recently returning from a year in Glasgow, Scotland. The whole family including the cat Beans and dog Wicket, made the trip and filled their time with travel.

Now finally settled in Nelson, Caroline is excited to share in all the outdoor opportunities it has to offer. She enjoys photography and skiing in her free time.

Heather Fielding

Registered Animal Health Technician

heather-200x260Heather grew up in Scotland and became a certified Veterinary Technician in 2005. In 2006 she came to Canada and started work in Grand Forks at a veterinary clinic where she gained experience in small animal emergency care. In 2010 Heather hit the road again to Okotoks, AB. While she was there she had practical training in laser therapy and also participated in the implementation of a new veterinary clinic. Heather has now settled down on a farm in Winlaw, BC with her husband, daughter, and multiple pets. She joined our team at Selkirk Veterinary Hospital in July 2015 as a Veterinary Technician, although, you’ll sometimes see her smiling face behind the Reception desk. In her free time, Heather is also a certified Scuba Diver, enthusiastic scrapbooker, and devoted volunteer at her daughter’s school.

Client Care Specialists/Veterinary Assistants

Brooke Molitwenik
Client Care/Veterinary Assistant

10872663_10152451420450685_1040047812_n-200x260Brooke originally joined our team in 2007. After spending the past 3 years at home focusing on raising her young family, she has decided to return to
where her passion for the job began! Born an animal lover, Brooke is owned by two American Bulldog crosses -brothers, Norman and Sevy, as well as by two cats, Bosly and Goji. There is never a dull moment with the 4 of them and together they help keep her house very cozy with their desire to snuggle and abundance of fur!

Brooke is also a wife and mother of 2 young children. She couldn’t be happier to be raising her family in the Pass Creek Valley of beautiful British Columbia! She is very excited to be back with the team at Selkirk Veterinary Hospital and is eager to form new bonds and relationships with all of the patients and their families!

Jacy Soriat
Client Care / Veterinary Assistant

FullSizeRender-200x260Jacy was born and raised in Salmo, B.C. In October of 2013 she moved to Kelowna and attended The Centre of Arts and Technology where she worked towards her Veterinary Hospital Assistant (VHA) certificate.

In June of 2014 she graduated from CATO and decided she wanted to return to the beautiful mountains of the Kootenays. She began work at Selkirk Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist/vet assistant in July of 2014. She is currently living in Salmo while fostering kittens for the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program. Some of her hobbies include photography, journalism, sports, helping out in her community, and of course, animals!

Client Care Specialists

Iyla Morane
Client Care Specialist

20140929_110021-e1413421956518-200x260Iyla was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast in BC and came to the Kootenays in 2006 to escape the rain. Born an animal lover, she is always willing to help an animal in need. She lives with her young child, as well as a dog, two cats, and some smaller pets. All of her pets have special medical needs. She has a special interest in small exotic pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters. She also enjoys working with birds.

Nerissa Holt
Client Care Specialist

4381-200x260Nerissa along with her husband and two young children moved back to Nelson after living in the Lower Mainland for many years. Since being back they have bought their first house, adopted a troublesome cat named Chestnut and a Pomeranian cross named Fox. Nerissa and her family enjoy spending time outdoors and being with family.

Patti Foster
Client Care Specialist

4181-200x260Patti joined our team in May of 2002 – if you’re not sure which one she is, she will be the one regaling our clients with a selection of her many jokes!
Between working at our hospital and her other job as a Court Reporter, she’s a pretty busy girl. Patti is now remarried, having raised her two wonderful
sons who have flown the coop and are successfully on their way. If she wasn’t busy enough, Patti’s got one big pooch named Koji, a gorgeous
three-legged boy named Luka, and three sweet kitty-cats named Toby, Mya & Kiwi.

Patti’s hobbies include playing tuba in the Nelson Community Band, sunbathing, gardening, dancing, jogging, walking, baking and laughing. She
feels that she is one lucky lady to be able to work with such wonderful people and to meet the extraordinary clientele that we have at the hospital!

Veterinary Assistants

Annette Kinsella
Veterinary Assistant

annette_luther-200x260Annette and her husband have lived in the Slocan Valley since 2001. Her interests are multi-faceted, ranging from natural pursuits such as gardening, hiking to peaceful activities such as reading, writing, fine art, singing, learning the bass guitar, sewing and cooking up a storm. She currently shares her home with two dogs, the lovely Twilight and Helix, and their kitties Nova, Star and Dipper. In her garden also reside several pond fishies. Voted most likely to assist with any rodent visits, Annette is our resident rodent whisperer.

Debra George
Veterinary Assistant

DEB-200x260Debra grew up on a farm in Northern Alberta where she developed a strong work ethic. She joined our team in 2005 and we often say, “If you need something done, ask Deb.”

She now resides in the Kootenays with her husband. Deb enjoys spending time with her family which has grown with the addition of grandchildren. Deb has 2 cats, (Luna) and a rescue cat (Baby). She also has a particular interest in chickens and has developed a small flock of her own.



Kim Wiest

Veterinary AssistantKim

Kim was born and raised in Nelson, BC. She has worked at Selkirk Veterinary Hospital for each Summer since 2011.

She graduated in 2015 from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She hopes to pursue further education in either human or animal medicine.

Kim recently returned from living in New Zealand for 9 months where she worked as an au pair for a family with 3 children. She hopes to do a lot more traveling in the future.