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. For more than 10 years, she has been working as an associate veterinarian at the Downtown Animal Hospital in Toronto. She became interested in pain control for companion animals and has since completed a course on Advanced Concepts in Pain Management. Her interests have further expanded to include geriatrics, rehabilitation and palliative care, and now hospice care. She completed 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. Most recently, she completed a course on Hospice for Pets: Providing Quality Care as Life’s Journey Ends. 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 collecting vintage flea powder tins, spinning, reading, volunteering at her childrens’ schools, photography, cottaging and spending time with her friends and family. For the past four years she has co-chaired a charity scavenger hunt which raises money and awareness for ovarian cancer research at the Princess Margaret Hospital. She shares her home with her husband and 2 children. Her pets include a Spotted Python named Spotty, a rabbit named Dudley, a box turtle named Volcano, a Chihuahua named B.D (Baby Dog) and the most loving, geriatric Bernese Mountain Dog named Smudge.

 

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 their cockapoo, Lennie Briscoe.