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.

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.

Nicole

Nicole graduated from the Animal Health Technologist program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops in 2013. She so impressed us during her practicum at our clinic that we asked her to be a permanent member of our team.
Nicole is an island girl that grew up in Chemainus and currently lives in Nanaimo with her family.

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.

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.

Nicky

Nicole, aka ‘Nicky’, has been a receptionist at Benson View Veterinary Hospital since April 2017. Her passion for animals is life long, and she has been working with them since 2014. Nicole grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, but moved to Nanaimo in 2015 to experience the west coast lifestyle. She shares her home with her husband, Dean, and their son, Easton. Animals are a big part of Nicole’s family too, with her basset hound, Tucker, and ferrets, Freddie and Skipper. When not at work, Nicole raises their son and tries to be outdoors as much as possible, walking in the neighbourhood parks with Easton and Tucker. She has a creative side too and enjoys drawing the beauty around her and writing about her life.
Nicky loves her work and you can bet the next time she sees your pet, they will get a ton of loving and petting from her! 

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!   

Jessica

Jess was born and raised in BC, having spent the last 12 years in Victoria. She moved to Nanaimo in the late summer of 2019 with her wife and 2 dogs, Willow and Gordy. She started as a veterinary assistant at Benson View before moving into a permanent reception position. 

Jess and her wife are avidly involved in the animal rescue community on Vancouver Island and foster dogs on a regular basis; including their latest addition, Indigo, who was supposed to be a foster but never left! 

Sophie

Sophie moved to the island at a very young age and has enjoyed the island life ever since. She has been a part of the Benson View team as an assistant since 2009. She is an accomplished horsewoman and enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs, her cat and her horse. She lives on a farm where she cares for horses, miniature donkeys, goats and chickens. When not on the farm, she can usually be found exploring a new trail or beach, or playing ice hockey.

Sara

Sara is originally from Vancouver Island but grew up in Powell River, B.C. She came to Benson View in 2018 to complete her practicum for the Animal Care Aide program at Vancouver Island University and has been a valuable member of the team ever since. Sara’s interests include hiking, camping, gardening and listening to music.

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. 

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.