Meet Our Team!
Dr. Terrie Faber BSA, DVM, Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry
Dr. Terrie Faber always felt a special kinship with animals and by age seven decided she would become a veterinarian. After attaining a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (with Distinction) in 1982, she attended the
Western College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1986. She enjoyed many years of general small animal practice, but as she became increasingly aware of the silent suffering many of her patients had because of dental disease, she began to focus her practice on veterinary dentistry. In 2001, she became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and thereafter restricted her practice exclusively to dentistry.
In November 2014, Dr. Faber was pleased to open Alberta’s first veterinary facility dedicated and designed exclusively for small animal dentistry. Centrally located and equipped with the finest and most modern equipment,
Dr. Faber and her staff ensure their patients receive the best possible care of their dental and oral health concerns. She works closely with referring veterinarians to ensure they are kept fully informed of treatment recommendations and surgical treatments. Dr. Faber’s dedication to veterinary dentistry is fueled by the dramatic improvement in her patients’ quality of life that results from their dental disease and oral pain being alleviated.
Dr. Faber teaches small animal dentistry to the 2nd and 3rd Veterinary students at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) and offers elective in-clinic rotations to 4th year students. She has provided a wide range of continuing education seminars for the veterinary community and donates her time performing dental work at the Calgary Zoo.
Dr. Faber is married to Perry and has two adult children, Jared and Mikaela. Her extended fur-family consists of a handsome cat named Sammy and Josie, a rescued Maltese cross.
Kayla Shand Registered Veterinary Technician,
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Dentistry)
Kayla grew up in Lethbridge and lived there until moving to Calgary in the summer of 2014 to begin working with Dr. Faber at AVD. She graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technologist in 2013 from Olds College, through which she completed the online RVT course. Kayla’s always had a keen interest in helping animals and realized during school that dentistry was particularly appealing to her; she found it very rewarding to be able to alleviate an animal’s pain so quickly. Kayla is also passionate about education and enjoys teaching at recurrent in-clinic wet labs and seminars. In June 2019, she obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialist designation in Dentistry, and looks forward to offering more dental knowledge to the community of Calgary and beyond! When not busy helping the animals that visit the practice, Kayla can be found hanging out with her husband Ryan, their rescued Catahoula mix Zoey and Marley, a rambunctious DLH cat! Kayla also enjoys paddle-boarding, boxing, and yoga.
Tammy Brooks Registered Veterinary Technician,
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Dentistry)
Ever since Tammy can remember, she has always had a love for animals. Growing up in Calgary she realized she wanted to become a Registered Veterinary Technician while volunteering for a local veterinary clinic; she loved the idea of being able to help all those dogs and cats that could not speak for themselves. Tammy graduated from Fairview College in 2002 and worked with Dr. Faber for a number of years before starting a family. She was reunited with Dr. Faber when she joined the AVD team in January 2015. Tammy’s passion for dentistry has always been evident in her work, and in June 2018 she obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialist designation in Dentistry, making her the second in Canada with this title! She is grateful that she will be able to help so many more pets in discomfort. When not at the clinic, Tammy is kept busy with family projects and her daughter Lilian.
Opal-Jane Payne Registered Veterinary Technician
Opal-Jane grew up in a small community in Newfoundland and has always been surrounded by animals. In 2011, she moved to Moncton, New Brunswick, where she completed her veterinary technology diploma at Oulton College. Shortly after completing her diploma, she moved to Alberta, where she had the opportunity to work in emergency medicine for five years. She completed her BSc in Zoology in 2019, working in general practice part-time while completing her degree. She has always enjoyed dentistry and was overjoyed to be able to join the AVD team in October of 2019. Opal-Jane shares her home with her two Chihuahuas, nine-year-old Kahlua, and her seven-year-old tripawd named Kricket.
Amy Lemke Office Manager
Growing up on a farm near Three Hills, Amy realized her love for animals at an early age. Whether it be the family dog, one of the many cats or her horse Laddie that she received for her 7th birthday, being around animals made her very happy. After moving to Calgary and obtaining her training as a registered massage therapist, Amy soon realized she wanted to pursue a career involving dogs and cats and has now been working in the veterinary industry for over 15 years. Her first position was actually for Dr. Faber all those years ago! Amy is married to Chuck and has two children, Dylan and Abbey. When she is not busy running them around, she can be found visiting her family farm or hanging out at her in-law's cabin on weekends.
Michelle Friesen Veterinary Technician Assistant
Michelle was born in Calgary but grew up in Cochrane. She has always had a love for animals, especially cats and dogs, which lead to her recent change in career. Michelle is a trained chef and baker, and worked in the industry for 30 years. In 2017 she completed her Veterinary Office and Technician Assistant program through Robertson College and has been with Alberta Veterinary Dentistry ever since! She has two beautiful daughters whom have been very supportive in her recent career change, and also has 3 fur babies of the feline variety; Lynx, Shiloh and Rum Tum Tuggers. In her free time, Michelle loves to travel, read and enjoys photography.