Meet Our Caring and Compassionate Veterinary Health Care Team!

Marnie Edwards

Dr. Marnie Edwards was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1987 and moved to Leduc, Alberta where she practiced for three years in a mixed animal practice. In 1990 she moved to Nanaimo and practiced as an associate Veterinarian until 2004 when she purchased Benson View Veterinary Hospital with Dr. Summa.

Marnie has a special interest in dermatology, endocrinology, and soft tissue surgery.

Marnie and her husband, Malcolm, have three children, a senior mixed breed rescue “Cedar”, and an energetic Australian Shepherd “Quincy”. In her spare time, Marnie enjoys horseback riding, swimming, going to the gym, and a good relaxing yoga class!

Anne-Lii Summa

Dr. Anne-Lii Summa is a co-owner of Benson View Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Summa graduated from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College in 1988. After graduation, she went on to complete an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Cornell University’s New York State College of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to British Columbia in 1989 where she practiced as an associate Veterinarian in Nanaimo for fifteen years before purchasing Benson View Veterinary Hospital in 2004. 

Dr. Summa has three children, Hannah, Chloe and Lukas, and two step-children, Aliza and Callum. She lives with her husband Thomas, their two dogs, Sully, a Standard Poodle and Lobo, a Mexican rescue, and their cat Shadow. Dr. Summa and is an avid mountain biker, hiker, skier, and cyclist. Dr. Summa is proud of her Estonian heritage and also enjoys making traditional Estonian foods, reading, and music. Professionally, she has a special interest in surgery and ophthalmology.

Dr. Courtney Kolbe

Dr. Courtney Kolbe just recently moved to the island from Kingston, ON and is loving the outdoor lifestyle! She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and then worked in Kingston before coming to Benson View Veterinary Hospital. 

Dr. Kolbe enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and all water sports. She is looking forward to exploring the island with her fiancé Shawn and their cat Roland. 

Dr. Kolbe is interested in many different aspects of veterinary medicine, but is passionate about animal behaviour and reducing the stress of veterinary visits. She is excited to meet you and your pets!

Jill

Jill is a Registered Veterinary Technologist, graduating from Cariboo College in Kamloops, B.C.

She has been an invaluable member of the Benson View team for over twenty years and has a special interest in cytology. She also has a keen interest in equine behaviour and natural horsemanship.

Jill has several horses and is owner/operator of Win-Ryt Farm and Forge (winrytfarm.com) with her husband, Mark, who is a certified journeyman farrier (AFA). Jill is also a certified riding instructor with her English (jumping) Level 4, Western Level 4, and Trail Level 1 (CHA). Jill and Mark share their lives with their niece and nephew, two dogs and a cat.

Natasha

Natasha was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and completed the Veterinary Technician program at Georgian College in 2019. Shortly after, she successfully passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam.

Natasha began work in January 2019 doing her practical training in Barrie, Ontario and continued there after graduation, until moving to Nanaimo to join our team at Benson View in November 2019.

Although she currently hasn’t any pets at home, she fulfills her need for animal connection in working with her animal patients every day. In her time off she enjoys painting, hiking and exploring new places.

Jess

Jess is a registered Animal Health Technologist who has a passion for travel. She grew up in Alberta, and moved to BC in 2016. After gaining valuable experience in Emergency and Internal Medicine in Vancouver, she travelled to Berlin, Germany to work in a general veterinary practice for a year. 

Before moving back to Canada, Jess went on a bicycle tour through Germany and Austria. Her decision to move to Nanaimo came from her love for the outdoors. She joined the Benson View Team in 2020 and now lives in the city with her partner and their adorable cat, Spud. 

Taylor

Taylor joined the Benson View team in 2016 shortly after moving to Nanaimo from Sooke where she grew up. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys camping, kayaking, and doing yard work. Taylor has always loved spending time with animals and currently lives in Nanoose Bay with her partner Brandon and their two dogs Gator and Flynn.

Shayla

Shayla started with the Benson View family in August of 2018. She currently enjoys a quiet life in Nanaimo with her fiance and their two sweet kitties, “Westley” and “Kwyn”. Life as they know it will soon change when a new furry family member, a Siberian Husky, joins them soon! Shayla grew up on Vancouver Island and loves life here. She enjoys spending her time reading, camping, and exploring this beautiful Island we live on. Her favorite place in the world is the Ocean.

Kimberly

Kim was born in Hope, B.C. and raised in Chamiss Bay and Nanaimo. She knew from a very young age she wanted to work with animals. With 16 years in customer service and a love for meeting new people, it seemed a natural fit to become a welcoming receptionist at Benson View in February 2019. When she is not at work, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 furry family members, “Peanut” a 15-year-old long-haired chihuahua, and her newest addition “Lola”, a rescue puppy. Kim ‘s hobbies include cooking, baking for family and friends, making jewelry, and playing video games. Each day Kim looks forward to hearing her husband singing hilarious personalized songs to her!   

Riley

Riley was born and raised In Nanaimo. She graduated from Vancouver Island University’s Animal Care Aid Program in 2019 and has worked at Benson View Veterinary Hospital ever since. Riley has had a love for animals for as long as she can remember. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, going to the gym and spending time with her two dogs, Lucie and Harley. 

Stephanie

Stephanie was born and raised on Vancouver Island.
Over the years, she had become so committed to helping animals and their owners that she decided to pursue an education in the veterinary field.
In 2018, she graduated from the Veterinary Hospital Assistant program in Kelowna. Following graduation she moved to Vancouver to work in a veterinary hospital where she could apply her skills. After  just over 2 years she decided she was ready to return to island life.  

Stephanie has a tuxedo cat named Domino, whom she loves to spend time with.
His hobbies are her hobbies. Whether it’s watching movies, painting, or playing music and video games, he’s always right there with her!

 

Cheryl

Cheryl joined Benson View as our bookkeeper in 2015. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, she has always loved animals and over the years has had a variety of animals including birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, turtles and even a tarantula! She currently has two cats named Scottie and Sticker.

In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys golfing, curling, going for walks, camping, and travelling.