Meet Our Team

  • Dr. Tyler Hughes
    Veterinarian/Owner

    I'm often asked why I became a veterinarian, but I never imagined myself doing anything else. I was fortunate in life that I was able to follow my passion, first with a science degree at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and then my veterinary degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College. After school we spent 6.5 years in large progressive veterinary clinics in Western Canada, but being from this area, our hearts were always here and the opportunity to move back home to work and raise our family was too good to pass up and in 2015 Kristina and I purchased Sackville Animal Hospital.

    Kristina and I live on a hobby farm with our daughter, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 horses and numerous other small farm animals. When outside of the hospital, I like to golf, watch as many Leaf games as I can and spend as much time with my family as I can fit in the day. For me there is nothing more important than family and I consider pets part of the family. My goal day in and day out is to try and make sure that people get as much quality and quantity with their furry family as possible. I enjoy preventative medicine, dental health and cancer treatment but above all the uniqueness that each day in veterinarian medicine brings.

  • Dr. Kristina Hughes
    Veterinarian/Owner

    Dr. Kristina is originally from Moncton and has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2008, when she graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College. Kristina worked in a mixed animal practice in PEI for 1 year prior to moving out west and practicing in busy hospitals in Vancouver and Alberta. It was in Alberta that Kristina was able to gain a large amount of surgical experience and expertise. Kristina has performed several advanced training courses on orthopedics, and has an avid interest in anything surgery related. Dr. Kristina also has training in abdominal ultrasonography and laparoscopic procedures. In her spare time Kristina enjoys spending time with her family, especially daughter Emmy, and many animals, including horses, dogs, cats and chickens. She also enjoys gardening, kayaking, quilting, crocheting, swimming, wine, and time with friends. Kristina values your pets just like she values her own, and puts a high priority on everyone having a good experience at the vet!

  • Karen Johnson
    Veterinarian

    Dr Karen Johnson grew up in the small coastal village of Chester, Nova Scotia. She is a graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College and is very passionate about being a Veterinarian. Life has taken her many places, including across Canada, over to Scotland, and “Down Under” to Australia. Working with animals in so many different areas of the world has deepened her belief that our pets are very important members of our families. She believes herself fortunate to be able to help people take the very best care of their furry family. She is particularly interested in alternative and complementary medicine and behavioral medicine but also loves happy working up routine and complicated medical cases and performing surgery. Dr Karen has returned to Chester after many years away, and is very happy to call this part of the world home. She lives with her daughter and golden retriever, and enjoys gardening, reading, and crafting.

  • Crystal Power
    Practice Manager

    Crystal has been in the veterinary industry for 20 years and has a passion for feline behavior and client education. Crystal is married with 3 children and 2 furbabies and when she is not in the office she enjoys spending time with her family and taking in the local yard sales. Crystal is wonderful with the staff, clients and patients at the clinic and has knack for connecting with people.

  • Tammy Lawson
    Animal Health Technologist

    Tammy graduated from the NSAC and became a registered veterinary technologist in 1999. She started her career at a small animal practice in Winnipeg, MB and from there went to PEI and worked at the Atlantic Veterinary College for 5 years. After moving back home to Nova Scotia in 2005 and having her first child she joined the team at Sackville Animal Hospital in 2006. Tammy lives on a small hobby farm with her husband Trevor and their two children Isaac and Charlotte along with 2 horses, 2 dogs Jackson and Lucy and a cat Ceilidh. Being a mom with two active children takes up most of Tammy's time. She also enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends boating in the summer.

  • Christina Gregory
    Animal Health Technologist

    Christina graduated from NSAC in 1996 from the Animal Health Technologist program and joined the SAH family in 2006. Christina has a huge love for animals and knew from a young age that she was destined to work with them in some capacity. It has been rewarding over the years helping educate owners to give their animal companions the best that they can and be there for them through the happy and the difficult times of their lives. Christina has a special interest in exotics and she shares her home with many including snakes, tarantulas, gerbils, 2 guinea pigs, her dog Bailey and kitty Stan Lee. With the little spare time that’s left after taking care of her critters and working she loves to go shopping( especially second hand) and expanding her garden. I love knowing and sharing obscure/weird facts!

  • Jenna Willis
    Animal Health Technologist

    Jenna is passionate about patient care and making sure that each pet's experience at the vet is as good as it can be. Jenna is hard working and enjoys the daily learning opportunities that veterinary medicine provides. Jenna and her partner have a Schnauzer poodle mix named buddy and two cats named Frankie and Felix. In Jenna free time, she enjoys cooking and baking and spending time with friends and family.

  • Sarah Hodgins
    Animal Health Technologist

    Sarah is an animal lover. She and her husband have 2 dogs; Sam and Bruce, 2 cats; Spike and Cleo and 2 rabbits; Laundry and Hutch. Sarah is Passionate about patient care and takes special pride in taking care of your special family members when they are in our care. Sarah always tries her best to give our patients the love, cuddles and care that she would want her own fur babies to get if she couldn't be there. In Sarah's free time she enjoys relaxing, watching movies, taking the dogs for a hike, going to jiu jitsu or yoga and doing crafts. In addition to being a great technologist, Sarah is also an accomplished author, having published a kids book called 'Sleepy Time for Mammals' that won second place L.M Montgomery literature for children award in 2014.

  • Chelsea Swinimer
    Animal Health Technologist

    Chelsea graduated from Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in 2016 from the veterinary technician program. She became a registered veterinary technician later that year. Chelsea has always had a love for animals. Her favorite thing about being a technician is providing the best patient care she can.  

  • Karen Austin
    Client Services Coordinator

    Karen has spent the last 30 years in customer service including the last 3.5 years in veterinary client services. Karen is married with 2 sons and emigrated to Nova Scotia from England in 2007. Karen loves seeing the patients and clients come into the clinic and has 1 pet at home, a senior English Doberman named Reggie.

  • Deanna Greenman
    Client Services

    Deanna Greenman originally grew up in Ontario with her family. She moved to Nova Scotia six years ago to attend. Acadia University. Prior to joining our team she worked at the Nova Scotia SPCA for 5 years. Deanna has a love for fostering animals; particularly bottle babies, behavioral cases, and palliative care animals. 

    Deanna’s passions for animals started at a very early age and has only grown as the years have gone by.
    Deanna now lives with her partner Colin where they share their home with their 3 beloved dogs, two mischievous cats, a high maintenance horse, and a rooster!

    Deanna loves meeting all the patients that walk through the doors of Sackville Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting/greeting you soon! 

  • Laura Hobbs
    Assistant Manager

    Laura is the Assistant Manager at Sackville Animal Hospital. Laura joined the practice in 2006 after graduating as a Veterinary Administrative Assistant from Eastern College, Halifax Campus. Laura Chose a career in the Veterinary Medicine field because of her strong love of helping pets and people alike.

    Laura has many interests in Veterinary Medicine, but mostly her areas of interests are in The Client/Pet experience and working in a team environment. You will often see her working Reception, or supporting all other clinic staff.

    Outside of her clinic life, Laura is a dedicated Mother and wife to her two Children; Daughter Quinn, Son Max, and her husband Steve. Laura has two pets also; Her dog “Buck”, and her cat “Huxley”. She finds joy and reward in growing her own vegetables, and loves all things gardening. At home she has a passion for cooking, baking, and crocheting.

    As a child Laura grew up in Sackville, and spent much of her adolescence singing in large choirs, many times catching the solo part in competitions.

    She truly loves all animals, especially the ones that live in her home!

  • Faith Rice
    Veterinary Assistant

    Faith was born and raised in Digby, Nova Scotia. She always had an interest and love for animals and growing up she knew she wanted to work with them. She graduated as a Veterinarian Technician in 2017.


    When she is not working she enjoys walking her 8 month old crazy Pitbull, Murphy and cuddling with her two cats, Grayson and Reese, who she loves very much.  

    Her goal in life is to give her patients the love and care she would like her pets to have at the Vets. The only issue Faith has is that she wants to take all her patients home with her every day!!  Her dream is to have a hobby farm where she can spend all her energy rescuing fur babies!! 

  • Cayden Quinn Kennel Technician

    When Cayden is not spending all of his time being slathered with puppy kisses he enjoys hiking the untraveled paths of Nova Scotia, whipping up a mean batch of s’mores cookies, and getting ready for Halloween 365 days a year! What Cayden likes most about veterinary medicine is meeting all the unique animals that walk through our door and getting to know each quirky personality. At home he resides in a small zoo in the urban city, he has an Akita named Luca, a cat Jujube, and 2 snakes; a ball python named Misha and a boa constrictor named Pluto ( Pluto would like you to know he’s going to be the worlds biggest noodle some day! )

  • Svetlana Epshtein
    Groomer

    Svetlana was born in Russia, moved to Israel in 1998 and in September 2016 moved to Canada. Svetlana owned and operated her owner grooming salon in Israel prior to coming to Nova Scotia. Svetlana, her husband, two children and Yorkie 'Tory' live in Lower Sackville. Svetlana is an excellent groomer and does a lot of smaller dogs and cats.

  • Simon
    Chairmen of the Board of "Dog"rectors

    Simon has been immersed in the veterinary industry since he was a pup. You could say he was born into it, but it would be more appropriate to say that he was sold into it. Simon has been working for Sackville Animal Hospital for the last 3.5 years and previously worked at a progressive practice in Alberta for 5 years prior to that. Simon's interests outside of work include chewies, laying on the couch, chewies, laying on the bed, chewies, hanging out with his family and chewies. Simon's favorite part of veterinary medicine is chewies. He just really likes dental chews.