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Dr. Mary Ellen Dunning & Dr. Helen Ives are hanging up their stethoscopes but not their hats!


After over 25 years of practice, Dr Mary Ellen Dunning and Dr Helen Ives are hanging up their stethoscopes and turning over their patient’s care to their very talented team of permanent associates. Many of you may have had the pleasure of a visit with Dr Julie Beauchesne, Dr Jennifer Young or Dr Nicola Jeffs. We are also lucky enough to have added two other associates,Dr. Amanda Lewandowski and Dr. Michael Grimshaw to our family! Not to worry! Dr. Dunning and Dr. Ives are not turning their backs on Cumberland Veterinary Hospital! They will be present and available on a regular basis as they switch to a management role. The goal - to continue to deliver that same high level of care and service you have come to expect from Cumberland Vet!

  • Dr.
    Julie Beauchesne
    DVM
    Dr. Julie Beauchesne joined the Cumberland Veterinary Hospital team in May 2017. Dr. Beauchesne graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal in 2009. A native of Ottawa, she has practiced in the Ottawa / Gatineau area since obtaining her doctorate. A true animal lover, she takes care of all her patients with the same love she shows her own dog and three cats. She annually attends conferences to further her knowledge and keep up to date with modern technologies. When she is not treating patients in the clinic, Dr. Beauchesne can be found out enjoying nature, biking, swimming, and taking long walks with her Bernese Mountain dog.
  • Dr.
    Nicola Jeffs
    DVM

    Dr. Nicola Jeffs graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014, and has been practicing in Gatineau for the past 3 years. We welcomed her to our clinic in September 2017, where she has been warmly welcomed by clients and patients alike. Dr. Jeffs has special interests in internal medicine, nutrition, and behaviour. She has a handsome rescued black cat, Taz and is currently busy planning her wedding!

  • Dr.
    Amanda Lewandowski
    DVM

    Dr. Amanda Lewandowski graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2009. Some of our long term clients may recognize her from years ago as a receptionist in our front office while in high school! She now has joined us as a regular part-time veterinarian & animal chiropractor. Having grown up in Ottawa, Amanda returned to the area to work as an equine veterinarian for several years before pursuing her career in small animal practice. Amanda is currently also teaching at Algonquin College in the Veterinary Technician program. Amanda enjoys living in the country with her dogs, cats and horses. She rides horses competitively, but could spend all of her times on the trails – no matter the season.

  • Dr.
    Michael Grimshaw
    DVM

    Dr. Michael Grimshaw is our regular part-time veterinarian. He graduated from The Royal School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey and basketball. He loves the outdoors and takes every opportunity to go camping and hiking

  • Dr.
    Jennifer Young
    DVM
    Dr. Jennifer Young is the newest associate to join Cumberland Veterinary Hospital. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1996 and returned home to the Orleans area to practice. Most recently she has been filling in at various local clinics as a locum veterinarian. Since 2007, she has been breeding and showing CKC registered pugs under the Gryphon kennel name. Dr. Young actively shows in conformation shows as well providing dogs and support for junior showmanship events. In her spare time, she can be found cheering on the Sens! She is excited to join the team at Cumberland and looks forward to meeting you and the furry members of your family.
  • Dr.
    Helen Ives
    DVM
    Co-owner of Cumberland Veterinary Hospital, Veterinarian
    Dr Helen Ives is a co-owner of the Cumberland Veterinary Hospital and a full time veterinarian. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 1990. She has worked in the Ottawa area since graduation but before coming to us she worked exclusively with cats. Dr Ives shares her country home with her beautiful orange tabby cat, Joey. In her “off” time you can find her touring various cities in Canada and the United States on her Harley Davidson motorcycle.
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    Mary Ellen Dunning
    DVM
    Co-owner of Cumberland Veterinary Hospital, Veterinarian
    Dr. Mary Ellen Dunning is a co-owner of the Cumberland Veterinary Hospital and a full time Veterinarian. Dr. Dunning graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1988. Her special interests include orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation medicine. After graduation, she practiced in Cornwall for several years before taking time off to backpack across Europe. She then began working in a small animal practice in Northern England near Manchester. After returning home, Dr Dunning founded Cumberland Veterinary Hospital in 1994. Her hobbies include: restoring classic pinball machines and driving antique VW Beetles. She also shares her home with 3 dogs and 6 cats. Or perhaps it should be said, the four legged kids let Dr. Dunning and her family live with them!