About Us

About Us

Dr. Faith Banks D.V.M.

dr-faith-banksd--v-m Dr. Faith Banks graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1996. Since then she has been practicing veterinary medicine in Toronto, Ontario. While working in a busy downtown veterinary clinic, she became interested in geriatric medicine and pain management for pets while caring for her own geriatric Bernese Mountain Dog, named Smudge. After learning about the developing area in veterinary medicine called, animal hospice, Dr. Banks knew she had found her passion.

 

She has completed a course on Advanced Concepts in Pain Management, an Introduction to Canine Massage course and a course on Animal Hospice, relating to geriatric and special needs care for animals through Spirits in Transition. She has completed a Pet Loss and Grief Companioning Certification course through Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, in addition to certification as a Pet Loss Counselor through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. She has completed a course on Hospice for Pets: Providing Quality Care as Life’s Journey Ends. She has completed the Canine Trigger Point therapy course.

 

She is currently enrolled in the first ever animal hospice and palliative care certification course through the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. She has written two chapters in a soon to be released textbook “Treatment and Care of the Geriatric Veterinary Patient”. She is a guest lecturer at the Ontario Veterinary College for the Art of Veterinary Medicine course on animal euthanasia. She will be starting her certification as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She is the only Canadian member on the committee to petition for recognition of the American College of Veterinary Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Her goal in providing compassionate in-home palliative and hospice care and ultimately, end-of-life care, is to allow people to strengthen and lengthen the bond they share with their much loved pet.

 

When not working, Dr. Banks enjoys photography, travelling, spinning, reading, cottaging, collecting vintage flea powder tins and spending time with her friends and family. She shares her home with her husband and 2 teenage children, a chihuahua named B.D (Baby Dog) and a lovable bernese mountain dog named Maple.

 

Dr. Karen Stekel D.V.M.

headshot_stekel Dr. Karen Stekel graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1997. She has been practicing companion animal medicine in Toronto since that time, primarily in the hospital setting, dividing her time between medicine and surgery. She is thrilled to join Dr. Banks in offering this valuable in-home service for geriatric, palliative, hospice and end-of-life care for your beloved pets. She is pleased to find that in-home consultations and euthanasia allow for more compassionate, relaxed and complete care than is usually possible in a busy hospital environment.

 

Dr. Stekel enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest in veterinary medicine through regular continuing education with a passionate focus on end-of-life care and comprehensive pain management. She has recently completed a course through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement and has received certification as a Pet Bereavement Counselor. She is a member of the CVO (College of Veterinarians of Ontario), OVMA (Ontario Veterinary Medical Association), IVAPM (International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management) and the APLB (Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement).

 

When not working in the clinic or making house calls, Dr. Stekel enjoys volunteering in her children’s school, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She shares her home with her husband, two daughters and two cockapoos, Lennie and Raffi.