The The Ironwood and Seafair team are a diverse group of veterinary professionals who share a love for animals and the expertise to care for them.
Dr. Liza Lackner (Owner)
Liza Lackner was born in Richmond, B.C. and raised in Steveston. Her love for animals drew her to Veterinary Medicine, and her dual Canadian/Australian citizenship led her to study at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She received her Bachelor of Veterinary Science in December of 2008 and joined the Seafair Animal Clinic team in 2010. Liza also is a member of the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT), an organization that provides much-needed veterinary services to low-income communities. Liza is passionate about the animals she treats and strives to provide the highest standard of veterinary care for each patient.
Dr. Art Ceballos (Owner)
Originally from Toronto, Dr. Art Ceballos graduated from the Ontario Venterinary College in 2005. He and his wife Kathy moved to the West Coast shortly thereafter and now live in Vancouver with their daughter Natalie and two dogs, Emmitt and Zeppelin, and one cat, Minerva. Outside of work, Art enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching hockey and generally relaxing.
Erin Burridge (Owner)
From a very young age Erin knew she wanted to work with animals. That dream came true when she joined the Seafair Animal Clinic in 1995. Erin has a special interest in small animal dentistry and has taken numerous courses. Erin was very excited along with Dr. Art Ceballos to open up their second location, Ironwood Animal Hospital providing even more care to their existing clients as well as new clientele. Erin is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys running and playing softball in her spare time. Along with her husband, they have 3 children a budgie named “Polly” a hamster named “chubby cheeks”and the proud of owner of a miniature Goldendoodle named Mia.
Dr. Min Chung (Veterinarian)
Before calling Canada her home, Min spent her life growing up in England, Italy, and South Korea. Min pursued a degree in Cell Biology and Genetics at the University of British Columbia, but it was her ongoing love for medicine and animals that helped her realize her true calling. After graduation, she pursued her dreams of becoming a veterinarian by attending the University of Queensland in Australia. When Min isn’t at the clinic treating her furry friends, she can be found in the great outdoors – hiking, snowboarding, and jogging.
Dr. Kayla North (Veterinarian)
Kayla joined the team in January 2022. She was born and raised in Metro Vancouver and is very excited to be starting her dream job back home after graduating from the University of Melbourne with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in December 2021. She has always had a love for animals and can’t remember a time in her life she didn’t want to be a veterinarian. When she’s not caring for your fur babies, Kayla enjoys running, hiking, and camping. She has three dogs, a Labrador Retriever named Luke, and two Golden Retrievers named Molly and Buddy.
Julia has had a love for animals from a young age, but her love for them grew into a career choice when she got her dog Loki, a Siberian Husky, in April 2017. She realized that animals are her passion and joy, and decided to go to school to be a Veterinary Assistant. Julia loves to spend time with her dog/family/friends, eat, and travel. She hopes to go to Vet Tech school in the future, and eventually buy a big property and rescue dogs and cats that need homes.
Alex joined our team in October 2020 having spend her whole life surrounded by horses and animals of all kinds. She currently lives with her two elderly cats Fraser and Lila; who are her pride and joy. She also has a Marginated Tortoise named Hermie and a gecko named Z. Outside of work Alex is kept busy with school and spending quality time with her four-legged friends.
Our Veterinary Assistants
Danielle grew up in the Philippines helping her grandma with her hobby farm. She then moved to Canada in 2018. Having the love for animals of all kind, she decided to take the Veterinary Technician Assistant program and completed it in 2021. Danielle really loves Japanese dog breeds, especially Shiba Inus and would want one in the future.
Emily joined the team in March 2022, and brings 8 years of veterinary experience with her. She has two dogs Benny (Golden Retriever) and Paisley (Bernese Mountain Dog). In her spare time she is usually off on an adventure hiking, camping or paddle boarding.
Agnes was born and raised in Latvia. She came to Canada 9 years ago. Agnes has always had a special bond with animals so she decided to take the Animal Health Care Assistant Program. She has been working as a veterinary assistant for a couple years and recently joined our team in the summer of 2022. Providing care to animals in need is one of the biggest reasons Agnes loves her job so much.
Ciara joined our team in June 2022. She was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Canada in 2015. After graduating high school Ciara wasn’t sure which field she wanted to start her career in. After researching many options online, she saw the Veterinary Assistant Program and applied right away. She graduated in May 2022 and started working at her dream job. She may not have a pet of her own right now, but she hopes to have one soon.
Our Veterinary Technicians
Emily moved to Vancouver from Alberta in 2018 with her two cats and has now expanded her family to include her two cats, a dog, a fish, and a gecko. Emily started at Ironwood Animal Hospital in November 2020 and currently works at both locations. She will be starting veterinary technician school in the fall of 2021.
Stefany joined our team in March 2020 coming to us with seven years of veterinary experience. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology in 2010 but decided to switch careers into the animal field by working at a dog daycare, animal shelters, and dog rescues and finally moving into the veterinary field. She lives in Richmond with her two German Shorthaired Pointers, Sheldon and Bremen. Stefany loves the outdoors and spends her free time hiking and camping. She also shows her dogs, competes in 10 dog sports, and trains them for commercials and photoshoots.
Our Registered Veterinary Technicians
Registered Veterinary Technician
Aleesha brings 14 years of veterinary experience to Ironwood Animal Hospital. She graduated from Douglas College and is our Registered Veterinary Technician. Her areas of interest include anesthesia, emergency medicine and of course puppy and kitten appointments! She has a Chinook Sled Dog/Malamute mix named Rookie-Roo who comes along to work every day.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Kimberley joined Seafair Animal Clinic in June 2020. She completed her Veterinary Technician Assistant Program in 2017 and has been working as a Veterinary Assistant for the last three years. Kimberley loves animals but has never had the opportunity to own any until 2019 when she started fostering an elderly cat. She just applied for Veterinary Technician Program as she loves helping animals.
Registered Veterinary Technician