Meet Our Doctors

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 our full time associates Dr. Nicola Jeffs and Dr. Lynne Blackburn already. We are also lucky enough to have added three other associates, Dr. Amanda Lewandowski (currently on maternity leave), Dr. Michael Grimshaw and Dr. Christie McLeod 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 Veterinary Hospital. 

  • Dr.
    Nicola Jeffs
    DVM

    Dr. Nicola Jeffs graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014 and practiced in Gatineau for a few year. We welcomed her to our hospital 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 just recently got married!

  • Dr.
    Lynne Blackburn
    DVM

    Dr. Lynne Blackburn has always had a passion for animals, working in several veterinary hospitals in her youth. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1994, Lynne returned to her hometown of Ottawa. She has practiced in several aspects of veterinary medicine; large animal, small animal, emergency medicine and horse competition. She thrives on being busy! In her down time, she loves relaxing in the outdoors and attending football games with her husband of over 20 years and her twin sons! 

  • 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 enjoys living in the country with her dogs, cats and horses. She rides horses competitively, but could spend all of her time on the trails – no matter the season. She is currently on maternity leave after welcoming her second baby into the world earlier this spring. 

  • 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.
    Christie McLeod
    DVM

    Dr. Christie McLeod graduated from McGill University with a biology and ethology degree before deciding that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1985 and has been practicing both small and large animal medicine since. She is on the board of directors for the Central Canadian Vet Association and was actually one of the veterinarians that influenced and taught Dr. Dunning early on in her veterinary career. When not working, Christie can be found helping around the family dairy farm and raising her two kids. 

  • Dr.
    Helen Ives
    DVM

    Dr Helen Ives 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

  • Dr.
    Mary Ellen Dunning
    DVM

    Dr. Mary Ellen 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