About our Team
Ardiel Animal Hospital & Balsam Veterinary Office Professional Staff
Drs Ardis Ardiel and Cindy Lennox together, have over 60 years of animal care expertise
Dr. Ardis Ardiel
Dr Ardis Ardiel, following in her father’s footsteps, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1983. After gaining valuable experience over several years working in a busy practice in Toronto, she returned home in 1989 purchasing her fathers’ veterinary practice, the Meaford Animal Clinic. Her dream of a larger, spacious hospital became a reality in 1997 with the construction of the Ardiel Animal Hospital. The Collingwood location, the Balsam Veterinary Office was opened in 2005. Over the years, Dr. Ardiel has developed a special interest in oral care, including dental surgery and internal medicine. When not at work, she enjoys the Beaver Valley, hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, gardening, cooking, and caring for her horses. Her family includes multiple felines, canines and equines.
Dr. Cindy Lennox
Dr. Lennox graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She then attended the University of Tennessee and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. She practiced Veterinary medicine in the states for 8 years before moving to Thornbury in 1996. She joined the team at Ardiel Animal Hospital in January 2001. Dr. Lennox has a special interest in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery. When not working she spends time traveling with her husband on their motorcycle. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending sporting events that her son and grandchildren participate in, making crafts with her grandchildren and volunteering in the community. Her family shares their home with their dog, Tessa and cat, Arnie.
Hootie is our mascot!! He is a persian with many health issues (hence the reason he lives here)! He is a sweetie who loves attention from the staff as well as clients. He has an affinity for canned food and he loves to cuddle with children!!!
Thea is our head Veterinary Technician. She completed her certification at Northern College and has been working with us since 2017. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse and hiking with her spouse and two dogs Molly and Cas.
Lacey is one of our Veterinary Technicians. She completed her certification at Northern College in 2015 and has been with us since 2018. In her free time, Lacey enjoys spending time with her husband, her cats: Panther and Wolf and her dog Bandit.
Lauren is a Veterinary Technician and Receptionist who works primarily at our Collingwood location. Lauren has been with our practice since 1979, her many years in the business make her a valuable asset to our team. In her leisure time, Lauren enjoys gardening, travelling, taking road trips and spending time with friends and family.
Laura began her grooming career in 1981, serving clients in the East end of Toronto for many years and then ten years in the US, returning to Canada in 2008 and relocating to the Simcoe area in 2013. Building clientele in this area continues to be rewarding for Laura. “I have been fortunate to have found my passion for grooming early in my life and continue to do so”.
Rebecca joined our team in 2013. Prior to that, she completed the Veterinary Assistant Program through Georgian College. Rebecca works as our Receptionist/Assistant in our Collingwood location. In her time away from work, Rebecca enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with her two cocker spaniels.
Breanne is one of our Veterinary Receptionists and has been a part of our team since June 2017. Breanne enjoys spending her spare time with her significant other and their two dogs, Champ and Roxy.
Beth is one of our Veterinary Receptionists and has been with us since 2018. When she is not working she spends her time running Love of Brian Farm Sanctuary, a safe haven for rescued farm animals. She lives with her husband, two cats and adorable dog, Cricket.
Nadine joined our staff in the spring of 2019 where she assumed our office administration duties. Nadine and her husband have enjoyed discovering the surrounding countryside since relocating to this area in 2017. She is an avid family participant and relishes any time spent with grandchildren, family and friends.
Sierra is our full time Kennel Attendant. She has only been with us for a few months but is already an important part of the team. In her free time Sierra enjoys being out in nature with her rescue pup, Giigzwa. She is also a passionate animal rights activist.
Alyssa became our part-time Kennel Attendant in the summer of 2019, after successfully completing a student co-op placement at Ardiel Animal Hospital. In her free time she plays basketball and loves going on walks with her rescue dog, Airabell.