Meet Our Barrie Team
Simcoe Veterinary Hospital is staffed with a team of veterinarians and support staff who all share the same passion for pets. Most of them are pet owners themselves, so you can be confident knowing that when you bring your pet to our hospital, they’ll be in good hands. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our Barrie team.
Dr. Mark Bolton, DVM
Dr. Bolton is the owner of Simcoe Veterinary Hospital. He was born and raised in Shanty Bay and attended Eastview High School in Barrie. He grew up with lots of pets and spent a lot of time working on neighbouring farms. He liked helping the animals and wanted to become a surgeon. In high school, he worked at clinics and travelled to different farms with large animal veterinarians. He did many farms duties including milking cows. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Guelph before attending the Ontario Veterinary College.
As one of our veterinarians, Dr. Bolton keeps our patients healthy. He performs examinations, gives vaccines, does wellness blood testing and parasite prevention. He treats sick animals and performs surgery as well as dental cleanings and surgical extractions of teeth.
Dr. Bolton and Dr. Schmidt have two kids, Lauren and Carter. They also have a Doberman named Stella, a donkey named Moritz, two ponies named Foxy and Scout, and Dr. Bolton’s favourite pet, a guinea pig named Twinkle Toes. The family enjoys working around the farm, boating and swimming in the summer and skiing and tobogganing in the winter.
Dr. Bolton has attended many extra courses on general and orthopedic surgery, dentistry and oral surgery. He feels most fulfilled performing a complicated surgery or successfully completing a difficult dental case. Watching the pets go on to heal and be comfortable is very rewarding.
Dr. Katrin Schmidt, DVM
Hospital Administrator and Chief Veterinary Director
Dr. Katrin Schmidt is in charge of making sure all team members understand their impact on the client-and-pet experience to ensure a better outcome for all. She was born and raised in Germany in a rural mountain setting. She enjoyed horseback riding and country living at an early age. In fact, she spent most of her childhood working with animals including horses. Training horses exposed her to many of the behaviour principles we apply to most species, including humans. As a teenager, she lived in Dallas, Texas, and Hudson, Quebec.
Dr. Schmidt has always had a passion for medicine, science, and technology. Her interest and experience in solving complex problems with new and unique ways led her to attend the Veterinary College in Guelph. Veterinary medicine seemed just a little bit more challenging than human medicine or computer science.
Since graduating with a BSc. in 1991 and a DVM in 1993, Dr. Schmidt—along with her husband, Dr. Bolton—has been a veterinary practice owner since 2000. She co-founded the Barrie Veterinary Emergency Clinic in 2001. As primary patient care coordinator and hospital administrator, it was important for her to be adequately trained in patient and client care as well as business needs. So in 2004, she completed her Certificate of Veterinary Practice Managers diploma and most recently graduated from the MBA program at Lakehead University.
With her work experience in veterinary community services, she is able to help clients and members of the team with personal and professional challenges and dreams. Helping others succeed in improving pet health and strengthening the human animal bond continues to be a rewarding experience. As a constant learner, she also enjoys educating and coaching others.
Dr. Schmidt is very fortunate to have her immediate family residing in the Barrie and Orillia area. She lives with her husband, Dr. Bolton; their two children; and their Doberman and ponies in lovely Horseshoe Valley. The family loves spending time outdoors both in the summer and winter.
Dr. Holly Spring, DVM
Dr. Spring grew up on the family dairy farm in Elmvale, where her childhood was enriched with many different animals, from cats to cows. She loved to work with the animals and was inspired by the family farm vet who treated the sick animals.
Dr. Spring attended the University of Guelph and completed her undergraduate work in animal biology. She volunteered and worked at clinics to get experience. She went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. Now, she works with companion animals, mostly dogs and cats. She performs surgery and examinations. She also educates clients about preventive care, nutrition, pain management, and dermatology.
Dr. Spring and her husband, Dr. Cameron Lindsay, have a household of furry children. Maude is their happy go lucky Boston terrier. They also have four cats named Jim, Pete, Herb, and Ronald. She likes spending time with friends and family, CrossFit training, and cross country skiing in her spare time.
Maura McConachie, RVT
Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
Maura was born and raised in Owen Sound. She moved to Orillia in 2005 to attend the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College and moved to Barrie after graduating in 2007. Maura had a co-op position at a veterinary hospital in high school and loved the experience, so she wanted to be more involved in helping animals. She was also an active member in the 4-H Dairy Club.
As one of our wonderful registered veterinary technicians, Maura assists the doctor and educates clients. She has been trained to run laboratory work, perform X-rays, monitor patients in surgery, and perform dental cleanings.
Maura has a 2-year-old lab mix named Reese. She also has a yellow lab named Willow, who lives in Owen Sound with her family. In her spare time, Maura loves to camp and travel. She also enjoys watching movies with friends and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Danielle Best, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Danielle is one of our full-time Registered Veterinary Technicians. She strives to keep your pet’s stress as minimal as possible while at Simcoe Veterinary Hospital, especially our feline friends who don’t venture out of their homes very often.
Danielle was born in North Bay but grew up in Barrie from the age of 2. She always had a love for animals and knew that her true passion would be working with them one day. She did just that after having her two children, Mitchell and Dana. She graduated with honours from the Veterinary Technician Program through Georgian College in 2006. Since graduating, Danielle has stayed in the small animal vet industry and now enjoys working with clients and their furry family members. She also enjoys helping out and fostering for local rescue groups and giving a voice for those who don’t have an owner.
During her time off, Danielle likes to spend time with her kids and her furry creatures that she has collected in her years in the veterinary profession. She is owned by six kitties, two dogs and two rats! When they aren’t keeping her busy, she also likes to keep active, read and garden.
Jen Hart, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Jen is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) who graduated with honours from Georgian College in April 2015 and became registered soon after. Jen’s career path didn’t start in the veterinary medicine field. She was born and raised in Hamilton, went to McMaster University, and graduated with an honour’s Bachelor of Arts in psychology neuroscience and behaviour. She went on to receive an advanced diploma in autism and behavioural sciences. After working in the developmental services field for a couple years, her love for animals found her relocating her life up north.
Jen loves all aspects of being a veterinary technician, with a special interest in nutrition and dentistry. She recently moved to Waubaushene with her spouse and their three cats Piper, Joe, and Breeze. Outside of work she enjoys gardening, travelling and renovating her house. You may also see Jen at the Huronia Veterinary Emergency Clinic, as she recently started working there part time. She is looking forward to expanding her skills as an RVT.
Courtney Fraser, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Courtney is our newest team member! She received her Diploma of Veterinary Technology from St. Lawrence College’s 3 year program in Kingston, ON in 2016. Courtney had some interesting job placements after graduating that allowed her to hone her research skills as well as gain more experience with exotic animals. She would love to combine her interest in exotic animals and zoo medicine with her passion for travel!
She grew up in the Barrie area but spent time in Whitby and Oshawa before moving to Kingston to finish her diploma. Although she always loved animals, she chose to pursue the technician career path because of the clinic staff that treated her family with respect and sympathy during the passing of their family pet.
When Courtney isn’t out walking Briar, her Bernese Mountain dog, she spends her weekends camping, painting, or drawing.
Her favourite part of her work day is interacting with clients to provide the best care for their pets.
Lindsay grew up in Georgetown and moved to Barrie after high school. Ever since she was a little girl, she had a strong connection with animals, so when she was older, she completed the Animal Care Worker program through Georgian College. She also completed the Advanced Anesthesia and Pain Management course through Ridgetown College, University of Guelph.
As one of our veterinary assistants, Lindsay has many duties within the clinic. Some of these duties include assisting the doctor and technicians, monitoring anesthesia, client education, and inventory management.
Lindsay lives in Barrie with her husband, Dan. They have two beautiful children, Anna and Cam, and a very lively Bengal cat named Billy. When not at work, she enjoys skiing, running, and spending time with her family. She completed her first half marathon in 2012.
Finance Coordinator/Behaviour Consultant
Christy has recently returned to Simcoe Veterinary Hospital from maternity leave after her and her husband Adam welcomed their first child, Olivia. Christy is happily welcomed back as she not only takes care of all of our accounting, she also does behaviour consultation and training.
Christy was born in Parry Sound and raised in Barrie and has always had many animals. She worked as a structural designer for 6 years and then realized it was not her passion. She wanted to help animals have a voice and to understand them better.
Christy was lucky to start a job in a veterinary practice and has been taking continuing education programs to further her animal behaviour career. She has completed certificates in animal behaviour including Patient Behaviour Advocate (PBA) & Karen Pryor Academy (KPA.)
Christy lives with her husband Adam and their daughter. They have 2 cats, Timber and Cedar, and a canary. Christy enjoys reading and spending time with her family, especially visiting places like Ripley’s Aquarium.
Jaycee has been with Simcoe Veterinary Hospital since the summer of 2001, after completing the Animal Care Worker Program at Georgian College. She has also graduated with honors from Classy Clips Professional Grooming Academy and grooms at Simcoe every Tuesday through Friday (by appointment only). When she’s not grooming at Simcoe Veterinary Hospital, she works part-time at the local Veterinary Emergency Clinic as the Patient Care Coordinator.
Jaycee lives in Barrie with her husband, Scott, and her house of furry and feathered friends. Her hobbies include landscape and design, reading, traveling, and a variety of sports and outdoor activities. She also enjoys taking continuing education courses to keep her up-to-date with all the new grooming techniques, tools, and styles. Please feel free to call her for all your pet’s grooming needs at Picture Perfect Pets located at Simcoe Veterinary Hospital 705-725-2565.