Dr. Justin Sewell – Veterinarian/Owner
Dr. Justin Sewell was born in Fort St. John and spent his childhood days attending Charlie Lake, Bert Bowes and North Peace schools. He grew up on a farm in the Peace valley where he spent his summers working. After graduation he obtained a biology degree from Trinity Western University in Langley. He and Maradith were married in the summer of 1998 and they moved to Saskatchewan for veterinary college. Their first son Harrison was born the year after graduation, and was joined by brothers Miles, Trace and Barrett over the next 9 years. Maradith and Justin love to travel and enjoy looking for a veterinary conference somewhere they haven’t been. If they are staying home, Justin enjoys getting out into the great outdoors and passing on his love for nature to his sons.
It was always Justin’s goal to move back to his home town and practice medicine. He had a shepherd growing up and knows how much “just a dog” can mean to someone. He understands the stress and anxiety that are present when any family member is ill, and aims to first help clients understand their pet’s condition and then work through the decision making and treatment processes with them. It really is about helping people . . . Care for their pets.
Dr. Steve Chapman
Dr Steven Chapman is a local grown talent. Graduating from North Peace Secondary School in 2009, he had already been volunteering with us for three years. Coming back each summer for employment, Steven worked his way through school completing his BSc in biology at UBC Okanagan in 2013. He was accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine where he completed his veterinary degree in 2017. At Rivers Animal Hospital, Dr. Chapman has developed his interests in large and small animal medicine, traveling to “the field” to help the larger patients. His dog, “Goose” is often his wingman on these trips and is always around when Dr. Chapman is enjoying the many fishing and hiking opportunities in the area.
Maradith Sewell – Owner
Maradith was born in Victoria, but moved to the mainland before she turned 2. She grew up in Maple Ridge on the South Allouette River. Years of swim club involvement lead to work as a lifeguard, swim instructor, aquafit instructor and swim coach. These jobs brought Maradith to the north for the first time after graduating from Maple Ridge Secondary School. For 4 summers she would return to work in Dawson Creek while pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. After meeting and marrying Justin Sewell in 1998, she transferred to the University of Saskachewan to complete her degree. Maradith continued to work with a physiotherapy clinic, a chronic disease management program, and fitness instruction classes while Justin completed his veterinary studies.
Maradith and Justin now have 4 wonderful boys: Harrison, Miles, Trace and Barrett. The past years have been spent raising boys, while continuing with her love of teaching fitness classes and courses. Many mornings are spent inspiring people to get active and enjoy it, afternoons are spent connecting with clients and their pets here at Rivers, and evenings are filled with the excitement of watching their boys play soccer.
Maradith’s personal interests involve travelling with her family, baking, teaching fitness classes, spending time with their church family and being artistic.
Kari Greco – Technician/Manager
Kari Greco (Johns) was born and raised in Fort St. John. She has a very large extended family many of whom still reside in the Peace. Kari completed the Animal Health Technology program at Fairview College in 1994. After graduation she moved to Prince George, B.C. to work at the Prince George Veterinary Hospital for eight years. During that time she met her husband Loren Greco. Kari has a stepson Devon (24 yrs), a daughter Kasey (17 yrs), and son Kaarben (12 yrs). In June of 2015, Kari became a grandmother! Her son Devon and fiancé Brandee had a baby girl whose name is Tiana Lea.
In 2004 Kari was asked by Justin and Maradith to be a part of establishing Rivers Animal Hospital. She was very excited to watch the business being built from the ground up. One of her best memories of those days was sitting on Richard Sewell’s tailgate with him, eating a burger and watching the cement walls going up.
Kari lives just outside of Fort St. John with her family on acreage. Her family has many pets including cats, dogs, horses and fish. Her favorite hobby is working with her horses. She has been involved in natural horsemanship for many years. When she is not at work, or riding her horses, she is running her kids around for motocross or hockey. Kari also loves gardening, hiking and other outdoor activities that involve spending time with her family.
Tammy Clovis – Purchasing
Tammy Clovis has been with Rivers Animal Hospital since they opened in 2004. Her family has lived in this area for many years and many of them are still here. Her role within the clinic varies from receptionist to tech assistant to purchasing and, of course, giving everyone else a hard time. She lives with her partner Dan and his son Mitchel. She has one daughter, Dayna, with whom she is very close. Tammy and Dan love to camp, fish, hunt, and ride quads in their free time.
Jocelynn Steward – Technician
As a young girl, Jocelynn always enjoyed animals. She started volunteering at Rivers Animal Hospital when she was 14 years old and graduated from the Animal Health Technology program in 2012 from Olds College in Alberta. In her first semester at Olds she acquired her two horses “Storm” and “Bailey”. In her free time, Jocelynn loves horseback riding, hunting with her family, snowmobiling in the winter and travelling to exotic places to scuba dive.
Shalise Clark – Technician
Shalise has been with Rivers Animal Hospital since 2012. She joined the team as a student volunteer but was quickly hired when her potential was realized. A warm, friendly personality, with a dedication to the team and patients, she contributes to the effort in whatever capacity she is filling. Recognizing her natural ability in working with animals and acknowledging her passion for animal wellness, she decided to make it a career. She attended the Animal Health Technology program in Fairview Alberta and graduated in the spring of 2015. She is now working full time for Rivers.
When Shalise is not working, she enjoys being outdoors with her boyfriend Brayden and her border collie “J.J.”. She also has two Axolotls (which kind of look like mini dragons in water) whose names are “Mupkip” and “Lux”. Shalise is hoping to breed them in the near future.
Kira Robinson – Technician
Kira is another one of our staff members who grew up here in Fort St. John. Kira has always had a deep appreciation for animals. Because of her love of pets, she decided to continue her education in Animal Health Technology at Fairview College where she graduated in the spring of 2015. She has four pets of her own that include “Cyprus” a German shepherd cross, and three horses “Sugar”, “Tango”, and “Sye”. She recently purchased an acreage with her boyfriend Aaron. Kira has plans to adopt another German shepherd and continue with her interests in rodeo, gardening and hiking.
Marlene Fouillard– Receptionist
Marlene was born and raised in Fort St. John and now lives on a farm with Aime, her husband of 31 years. She has been with the clinic for four years and enjoys meeting clients and their pets. Marlene has been a hairdresser for the past 32 years and was excited to try something new at Rivers Animal Hospital. She enjoys camping, gardening and traveling as well as spending time with her four children Chelsea, Cole, Candace and Clinton and three grandchildren.
Kim Thiessen – Bookkeeper
Kim was born in Fort St. John and raised on a farm in Clayhurst BC, where she met and married Jake Thiessen. They now reside in the community of Baldonnel, just outside of Fort St. John. Kim and Jake have two sons, Kaare age 25 and Branden age 22, and one daughter, Kayla, who is 19. They have a large extended family and are actively involved in a local church. In her free time Kim enjoys baking, sewing, gardening, reading and spending time with family.