Christina graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University in 2008. While in vet school, she started dating a classmate, Joe, and they’ve been together ever since. After graduation, Christina and Joe moved to Gisborne, New Zealand. There she developed her interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery while caring for working dogs who often sustained injuries in the line of duty.
In 2013 she partnered with Royal Canin and Massey University on a study on nutrition in working dogs. She has attended continuing education and multiple conferences on fracture management, soft tissue surgery and KYON’s tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) lab.
After 7 years in New Zealand, she and Joe decided to return to North America to be closer to family. They brought back their English Cocker Spaniel/Poodle cross named Izzi.
From 2015-2017 she worked in Burlington, Washington at a 12 doctor, 24 hour practice advancing her medical and surgical skills. During that time she also had her son, Simon.
Christina, Joe and Simon decided to move to Nelson to raise their family and put down some roots. She joined Selkirk in 2017. Her interests outside of work include snowboarding, swimming, hiking and pottery.
Dr. Maude Gagnon
Education: University of Montreal, Dr. 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
Education: University of British Columbia & University of Saskatchewan 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.
Dr. Mary von der Porten
Dr. von der Porten is an Associate Veterinary with Selkirk veterinary Hospital. She grew up in Vancouver and her passion to be a veterinarian is motivated in a deep interest in promoting healthy communities through a strong human animal bond and happy healthy animals.
Mary has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with Distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine as well as a Master degree from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the University of Victoria.
Mary has a passion for animals big and small. As a lifelong competitive equestrian Mary gained valuable experience in animal care which led her to an academic career in biological and veterinary sciences. Before becoming a veterinarian Mary worked as a bear biologist in Whistler BC and in resource and environmental management in Nelson. Mary moved from the Coast to Nelson in 2010 to be with her husband, and after a brief time in Saskatoon, they are in Nelson for the long term.
Mary’s veterinary employment has included jobs in veterinary science research including reproduction and anesthesia as well as small animal practice. During her DVM Mary and her husband had a beautiful baby girl who is now an active Nelson toddler that loves visiting with animals and playing in the lake. Her ‘fur brother’ Smokey is a Catahoula leopard hound that was adopted in Creston 5 years ago. When not in the clinic you may see Mary shredding powder at Whitewater or blazing the bike trails at mountain station – embracing this wonderful town.
Dr. Birgit Vierheilig
Education: 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 2 dogs, 2 cats and 5 fish. Her hobbies are skiing, hiking, camping and sailing.