Our Veterinarians


Dr. Helen Bell

Dr. Bell earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1984. Helen has worked in exclusively feline practices since 1987 and finds feline medicine and surgery a stimulating, fascinating and ever-changing field of work. Her particular interests are internal medicine, including cancer care, feline geriatrics and chronic disease management. Dr. Bell is a member of the Canadian and B.C. Veterinary Medical Associations, American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association, At home she has two cats Wooly and Mish-Mash who provide constant entertainment. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and enjoying all that Victoria has to offer!

Dr. Ellen Everson

Hi everyone, my name is Ellen (Ellie) Everson and I am thrilled to be starting my career as a feline veterinarian this year at Pacific Cat Clinic! Some of you may remember me from the time I that worked as a patient care coordinator here at PCC, before starting my journey through vet school. That was the year in which Dr. Bell helped in shaping my natural love for cats into a passion for pursuing the knowledge and skills in feline medicine that will allow me to spend the rest of my life doing what I love - caring for cats! I have spent the past four years studying and training at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph ON, and I am now very excited to return to the island and begin putting those years of hard work to good use. When not working at the clinic I enjoy jogging with my partner Tyler, sun-basking with our two Cornish Rex cats Mr. White (pictured) and Colonel, and cuddling with our bunny-rabbit Jezebel. I cannot wait to meet (or re-connect) with all of you and your feline friends!


Our Staff

Lee Penner

Our lovely head technician is the proud mama of a Mexican rescue dog, Kaia, and a feisty cat named Clark (pictured). She graduated in 2011 from Red River Collegiate College, and moved to Victoria in 2013 to escape the cold Winnipeg winters and be closer to the ocean. She is a horse lover, having many years of riding experience, and would love to continue this hobby. She has worked here for almost 6 years now and is very experienced with animals!


Danielle Parsons

Danielle is one of our awesome vet techs who has worked here for six years! She graduated from tech school from Thompson Rivers University in 2015. She always has a smile on her face and lives with her husband Dusty and cat Merlin. On her days off she enjoys camping and exploring the beautiful city that is Victoria!


Caitlyn Barry


Caitlyn aims to become a veterinarian, helping out all kinds of animals. She has a bit of a mini farm at her house... two cats, two dogs, and four chickens! She has now worked with us for over 3 years! Caitlyn also has a wicked arm with a history of playing fast ball!


Marina Muniz

Marina hopes to follow her passion through to become a veterinarian, specializing in equine! Marina is an avid soccer player, with the women's league out in Juan de Fuca. She has a horse named Echo, who is a 14 year old Appaloosa.  She is a hands on worker here at the clinic, assisting the veterinary technicians and Dr. Bell.


Leah Turner

Leah has worked at the clinic for 7 years! She's currently a pediatric nurse at Victoria General Hospital. She comes back to work at the clinic throughout the year and is a huge help. She also fosters a lot of our kittens while they are still growing up and has two kitties of her own! Leah is an expert with cats and through our Instagram and Facebook page she hosts “Leah’s Lectures” which provides insight into different aspects of being a cat owner. Clients and patients love her equally and she knows this place inside and out!


Netanya Karmel

Netanya has now worked with us for over a year and hopes to become a veterinarian in the future! She is an excellent asset to the clinic, helping out our technicians in the treatment room, as well as bringing her friendly smile into the exam rooms with patients and clients. 


Elle Hall

Ellen studied at the University of Victoria and has completed a bachelor of science in biology with a concentration in neuroscience. She is especially interested in how drugs affect the central nervous system. If she isn’t spending time with friends or family, you could find her swimming, biking or walking her dogs. 


Shannon White

Shannon is hoping to attend medical school in the future, focusing on the field of neurology. She likes to hike and hang out with her two dogs, Percy and Nelson and also her cat Phoenix.


Shayla Frinton

Shayla hopes to become a veterinarian someday and would like to specialize in surgery. Shayla enjoys hiking and exploring the island with her dog Tucker in her spare time.


Alexander Hylkema

Alex hopes to become a veterinarian in the future. He grew up surrounded by animals, including cats, donkeys and cows. In his free time he likes to hang out with his family and go hiking.

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Kiarra Balzer

Kiarra’s aspiration is to become a family doctor in the future. Outside of the clinic, Kiarra sings, composes music, and choreographs for her local community theatre.


Katherine Strom Trudel

Katherine has always loved animals and has raised everything from fish to ducks, so working with animals is a dream. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends or going out in nature.