Get to know us!
We’re pleased to provide compassionate veterinary care and pet rehabilitation. We want to offer the best care for your best friend!
Dr. Alison Higgins, DVM, B.Sc.
Veterinarian, Practice Owner
Dr. Higgins' Bio
Dr. Alison Higgins graduated with distinction from the College of Agriculture and Bioresources (Animal Science) in 2009 and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Growing up on a farm near Vanscoy, SK, Dr. Higgins’ love and passion for all animals started from a very young age. In veterinary school, Dr. Higgins spent a summer with Global Vets in Africa where she helped with the care and treatment of wildlife including rhinos and chimpanzees as well as livestock. In 2015 Dr. Higgins joined the team at Acadia and began working closely alongside her mentor Dr. Wickstrom in preparation for her biggest goal and dream, and in 2019 she became the proud owner of Acadia Veterinary Clinic. Acadia’s great reputation in reproductive services continues on as Dr. Higgins has a special interest and advanced training in canine reproduction. She also loves performing surgeries especially foreign body surgery, cruciate surgery, and emergency caesarians, although her greatest joy comes from helping to keep pets healthy. Nothing feels better than seeing a sick or injured pet become well again and the happiness it brings to their loving owners. Dr. Higgins currently has 2 cats Luke and Dennis, a Chinese Water Dragon named Elizabeth Targaryen, and a horse named Taz. In her spare time, Dr. Higgins loves being with her family and pets, enjoying the outdoors, camping, hiking, and fishing as often as she can.
Dr. Christie Braaten, DVM, B.S.A
Dr. Braaten's Bio
Dr. Christie Braaten graduated from the College of Agriculture and Bioresources (Animal Science) in 2009 and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and started her career working with small/companion animals. Dr. Braaten and her husband have a son who they welcomed in 2018 and she joined the team at Acadia in 2020 after her maternity leave. Being a Type 1 Diabetic, Dr. Braaten has a soft spot and special interest in helping Diabetic patients live their best lives. She also enjoys working up tough medicine cases and keeps us all smiling with her cheerful and kind demeanour. Dr. Braaten has a dog named Ari, 3 cats named Tuna, Minnow, and Guppy, and also some actual fish! In her free time, she enjoys going to Rush games, travelling with her little family and watching her son experience the world.
Dr. Sunghyang Choi, DVM, B.Sc.
Dr. Choi Bio
Dr. Sunghyang Choi grew up with a passion for science and mathematics that was inspired by her mathematician father. She received her Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the Yonsei University in Korea in 2003 and began a career teaching biology and chemistry to high school students after graduation. It was when she traveled to India for volunteer work that she recognized her calling to become a veterinarian. When she came back home to Korea, she applied to veterinary school and successfully graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University in Korea in 2013.
While in veterinary school, Dr. Choi met her husband and had two lovely children together. Eventually, they decided to move their family to her husband’s home city – Saskatoon! Dr. Choi started her veterinary career here in Saskatoon in 2018 and later joined the team at Acadia in January of 2021. Dr. Choi has a fur allergy, so she does not have pets of her own, but her allergy wasn’t enough to stop her from doing her life’s work as a veterinarian! She is a dedicated vet with a deep passion for the health and wellbeing of the animals in her care. Dr. Choi is keenly interested in surgery, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation and is especially devoted to working with patients with chronic diseases who are in need of long-term care and medical management. Outside of her work as a veterinarian, Dr. Choi focuses on quality time with her family. She enjoys indoor wall-climbing with her children and loves outdoor activities such as camping and fishing. Dr. Choi also loves to sew clothes for her children with her old classic sewing machine, which was passed down from her mother-in-law.
Marlee Wiebe, RVT
Head Registered Veterinary Technologist/Office Manager
Sarah Mooney, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Sarah graduated as a registered veterinary technician from SIAST in 2013 and started working at Acadia shortly after; drawn to the practice because of its’ alternative therapy treatment options and use of modern veterinary medicine. Sarah grew up on an acreage with her three sisters and two brothers where she discovered her passion for animals. Her favorite weekends at the family farm consisted of heading to the nearby auction mart to pick up the next furry family member. At the age of 12, she fulfilled a childhood dream of owning a horse; after years of saving she purchased “Breeze”, an Arabian Welsh cross. Her other pets include Nevada a Shih-Tzu x Pomeranian, Rosie the Ragdoll cat, Casper the Ring-Necked Dove, and 4 fish. Sarah and her husband have a rambunctious toddler who loves all creatures big and small, just like his parents do. Sarah loves spending time with friends and family (including the furry ones), walking her dog, horseback riding, gardening, staying active, and cooking/baking/drinking wine.
Brittany Tkachuk, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technologist
Brittany graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at SaskPolytech in June of 2017 and joined the Acadia team that summer to fill a maternity leave before joining the team as a permanent member. Originally from Watrous, SK, she spent some time travelling before choosing to settle down in Saskatoon in 2012 where she now lives with her boyfriend, his daughter, their dog, cat, and leopard gecko. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys playing music, creating art, playing roller derby, or just watching a good movie with her family and their pets.
Bailey Kzyzyk, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technologist
She is from Saskatoon and loves camping, gardening, hiking, traveling, and basically anything involving the outdoors. Bailey has a 24-year-old red Eared Slider turtle named Sheldon.
Shayla Wenc, VOA
Veterinary Office Assistant
Gloria Hooshmand, B.Sc.[An.Biosc], AVA
Gloria joined Acadia in 2012 and is the clinic’s Media and Marketing Director, as well as the Client Care Coordinator. She recently graduated with a degree in Animal Bioscience from the University of Saskatchewan and is also a certified veterinary assistant. Gloria has lived in Saskatoon her whole life and lives with her senior rescue dog named LittleBit. She has been an avid animal lover since she was a child and has a passion for animals and supporting their wellbeing. She spends her free time volunteering alongside local wildlife rehabilitators and enjoys knitting, reading, and gardening.