Executive Committee

PRESIDENT

Kinga Gortel photo with dogs for websiteKinga GORTEL

Kinga is a veterinary dermatologist who has worked as a clinician, instructor, and lecturer in Canada and the US since 1999. She currently practices in the Okanagan Valley and teaches veterinary students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She is particularly interested in resistant staphylococci and how they are changing the practice of veterinary dermatology. 

Kinga is a long-standing member of the CAVD. As its current President, she is excited to work toward keeping the CAVD community connected, engaged, and informed. 

In her leisure time - if she can pull herself away from a good book - Kinga loves to cook, trail run with her dog, backcountry ski, and mountain bike in the BC interior.


IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENT

Vincent Defalque for webVincent DEFALQUE

Vincent is excited to represent Canada at the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD) for the next four years.

Vincent currently works at North West Veterinary Dermatology Services in Vancouver. His special clinical interests include the diagnosis and management of ear diseases in dogs and cats as well as feline dermatology.

Vincent’s first passion is marine biology. He spends some of his free time skiing, biking, and enjoying ‘Super, Natural British Columbia’.


TREASURER

Stephen Waisglass and Penny Bio pic final for webStephen WAISGLASS

Dr. Stephen Waisglass is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD). He is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and obtained a Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK. He subsequently did his ACVD dermatology residency at the OVC.

Dr. Waisglass is very involved with continuing education at all levels. He is an Adjunct Professor at the OVC, and teaches the dermatology course to the vet students there. He also teaches the dermatology course to foreign trained veterinarians in the VSTEP program.  He is an advising dermatology consultant for veterinarians on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and lectures internationally in the field, with speaking engagements in Europe and from coast to coast in North America.

When not working, Steve enjoys skiing, tennis, travelling and spending time with his wife, children and their Golden Retriever, "Penny", who is a certified St John’s ambulance therapy dog.


WAVD REPRESENTATIVE

Vincent DEFALQUE


GRANT CHAIR

Frédéric SAUVÉ Sauve Frederic for web

Frédéric teaches and practices at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the University of Montreal, Quebec, since 2003. This way, he has joined two major passions:  veterinary dermatology and teaching. Having a strong interest for administrative duties, Frédéric has served on different administrative committees of the Companion Animal Veterinary Hospital (University of Montreal), among which he has been the medical chief.

On a personal note, Frédéric enjoys jogging, yoga and meditation: he believes in the motto of a healthy mind in a healthy body!


MEMBERS-AT-LARGE

Bajwa Jangi for webJangi BAJWA

Jangi worked in small animal practice in Vancouver for 10 years, before becoming board certified with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Currently he practices at the Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Referral Medical Clinic in Vancouver. He also travels to Vancouver Island and to Saskatoon (Western College of Veterinary Medicine), providing referral dermatology services. His specific dermatology interests include improvement of quality of life for pets with dermatologic disease, treatment of ear disease and feline allergic skin disease.

Besides taking every opportunity to spend time with his family, Jangi loves watching a range of sports and enjoys playing tennis, squash, soccer and running.


Charlie PYECharlie Pye

Charlie Pye completed her veterinary degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College, PEI and her dermatology residency at the Ontario Veterinary College, Ontario. After completing her residency and becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, she began working at Yu of Guelph Dermatology at the Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital with the rest of the dermatology team. She also continues to travel back home to teach the veterinary students at the Atlantic Veterinary College, where she is now an Adjunct Professor.

Her special dermatology interests include immune mediated skin disease and bacterial biofilm formation leading to bacterial resistance.

In her spare time, she enjoys teaching Zumba, exploring the outdoors, reading and spending time with her family.


Jennie TAITJennie Tait for web

Jennie brings a unique perspective to the CAVD, as a veterinary technician. She has over 30 years experience in veterinary medicine, including over 24 years at the Ontario Veterinary College. Jennie is one of the first members of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, holds RVT certificate #4, is a Charter Member and the Secretary for the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians, and is currently the only VTS (Dermatology) in Canada.

Jennie currently works at Yu of Guelph Veterinary Dermatology, in the Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital, where she continues to feed her passion for derm.

Away from work, she enjoys the adventures of family life, hiking, painting and yoga.


Valentine Becky 2Becky VALENTINE

Becky looks forward to her involvement with the CAVD and being a part of the future of Veterinary Dermatology in Canada.

Becky currently works at the Calgary Animal Referral and Emergency Centre (VCA-CARE). Her special interests include the diagnosis and management of allergic disease in dogs and cats, as well as the treatment and prevention of antimicrobial resistance in allergic dogs.

Becky spends her free time with her amazing twins and their dog Tula. Together they travel, ski, walk and ride horses.