Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Yvonne Giles

Dr. Giles (Dr. Yvonne) founded Basinview Animal Hospital in 1997. She grew up on the South Shore of Nova Scotia but she and her husband, Philip, now call Fall River home. She earned her BSc at Acadia University then graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1992. Special interests include surgery, dentistry and geriatric medicine , especially pain management of the senior pet.
She and Philip enjoy traveling, hiking and golfing. They share their home with several cats.

Dr. Melissa McMullin

Melissa grew up in Halifax County and attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College before obtaining her DVM from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2012. She began her career in Brandon, Manitoba, where she spent a number of years working at a mixed animal practice before returning home to Nova Scotia. Her special interests include surgery, dentistry, and ultrasound.

In her free time, Melissa and her husband, Mark, are kept entertained by their wonderful daughter, Lily, and sweet Jack Russell Terrier, Prairie, who share their love of camping, swimming, and making the most of life back on the coast.

Dr. Aimee Patterson

Dr. Aimee grew up in Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL. She obtained her BSc at the University of PEI in 2008, and her DVM at the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2011. She then moved to Nova Scotia to begin her career, where she has enjoyed working in both urban and rural settings. Dr. Aimee particularly enjoys dentistry and feline medicine. Outside the hospital, you’ll find her at her local CrossFit gym or watching food and travel documentaries on Netflix. She and her husband Dawson are kept quite busy with their two small children, Owen and Elsie, who love to ‘help’ in the kitchen, explore the outdoors and try to become friends with their cranky old cat, Molly.

Meet Our Staff

Stephanie Wood

Stephanie started at Basinview as a teenager in 2004. She has gained a wealth of knowledge and is aways eager to share her passion. She is a proud mom to her son Dallas, and cats, Toothless and Zorra. You will often find Stephanie assisting the vets, performing laser therapy or just being a versatile team member.

Sarah Bell, RVT

Sarah was born and raised in Cape Breton. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science: Honours in Biology degree. She has worked in a variety of animal care settings with a wide variety of species. She has been a registered veterinary technician at Basinview since 2012. Sarah can usually be found behind the scenes – assisting the doctors in surgery or running diagnostics. She has a special interest in senior pets and in animal behaviour. She resides in Tantallon and is a ‘surrogate mom’ to our clinic cat, FIP.

Emily Shaw

Emily joined the Basinview team in the fall of 2018. She attended St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. She is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she now lives with her two bunnies, Aurora (left) and Chester (right), and two cats, Bacardi and Munchie. You’ll find Emily assisting in appointments and/or surgery, excited to see every animal that comes through. However, exotics are her favourite

Miranda Carvery

Miranda started out with us in reception in 2012 but now works as an assistant. She grew up in Bedford and has played ringette from the time she was six. She completed the Veterinary Administrative Assistant course at Eastern College in 2012. She is a proud mom to her cat, Edee.

Jessica Mohr

Jessica grew up in the countryside of Ontario and moved to Nova Scotia in 2012. Her family loves animals and she has always shared her home with some sort of furry creature(s). Currently she lives with her partner Daniel and their cat, Leeloo. She started with Basinview Animal Hospital in fall of 2018 at front reception and now you will catch her running support for the teams as Hospital Manager at Basinview Animal Hospital and Bedford Cat Clinic.

Emily Wilson

Emily started working at the front desk at Basinview in 2016, and you would often see her warm smile when you walked in the door. She is one of our assistants, mostly working out back with our in-clinic patients. She shares her home with her husband, Danny, daughter, Chloe, and shelties, Enzo and Skye.

Sandie Miller

Sandie is one of our vet assistants and has been working part time at Basinview Animal Hospital for 10 + years! She loves animals and has an affinity for orange cats and rottweilers.

Morgan Dillman

Morgan graduated from Maritime Business College with a certificate in Veterinary Assisting in 2015 and joined Basinview Animal hospital in 2016. She has a love of cats and dogs and shares her home with her beautiful daughter Reina, a toy Australian shepard, Mila, and her two cats Ozzie and Polly

Olivia Howard

Olivia started her dream job at Basinview in autumn of 2021 after falling in love with animals when she was a kid. When she was 12 she started horseback riding and at 17, she started LifeWithParrots, a small business for parrot boarding and grooming. She’s welcomed her home to a number of birds, reptiles, and fish but her babies are Happy, Elmo, and Josie. (Plus Raven, her motorcycle, haha!)

Susan Beer

Susan grew up in Newfoundland and now lives here with her husband, 2 children and 4 pets. Susan started her career in the pet care industry as a certified pet groomer then trained as a veterinary assistant. After completing her work term at Basinview Animal Hospital, she joined our amazing team.


Kelsey joined the Basinview Team in October 2020. You’ll find her greeting you at the front desk, answering phones and helping out around the hospital. She loves all animals but has a special place in her heart for senior kitties. In her free time she loves traveling or enjoying the outdoors. She’s looking forward to meeting you