Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team in Cranbrook, BC!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Steeples Veterinary Clinic in Cranbrook! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 250-489-3451 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Our Veterinarians

Marie-Eve Fradette DVM

Dr. Marie-Eve Fradette earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Montreal in 2006. As part of her training, Marie-Eve participated in a number of equine-focused externships in the United States, Mexico, Peru, France, Germany, and Ireland. She continued her education with a one-year internship at The New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center in Dover, New Hampshire. Marie-Eve cares for numerous horse and small animal patients. She is an avid outdoorswoman with a keen interest in the many activities rural Cranbrook and area offers throughout the year.

Pat Rice DVM

Dr. Pat Rice completed his Bachelor of Animal Science degree at University of Idaho in 1969, his Master of Science in Ruminant Nutrition from Oregon State in 1971 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University in May of 1975. Pat opened Steeples Veterinary Clinic in 1977 and sold the practice to Dr. Ruth Sawatsky in 2008. Pat’s current focus is on small animal orthopedic surgery, trauma (emergency) procedures, and horse and cattle work. An experienced outdoorsman, Pat enjoys hiking and exploring the rugged Kootenay backcountry.

Ruth Sawatsky DVM

Dr. Ruth Sawatsky is the owner of Steeples Veterinary Clinic. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Saskatchewan in May of 1991. She has been a resident of Cranbrook since 1999. Her areas of special interest at work include all things feline, canine medicine, small animal dentistry, orthopedic (bone) surgery, and a growing passion for rabbits, rodents, and exotic pets. Outside work, Ruth enjoys playing bassoon with the Symphony of the Kootenays , and the Kimberley Community Band.

Sarah Tijon DVM

Dr. Sarah Tijon joined our staff in December 2016. She graduated from veterinary medicine at the University of Edinburgh and immigrated to Canada in 2015.

Sarah’s interests are in small animal medicine and surgery, including exotic pet patients. She has experience with sheep, goats, and other assorted farm animals.

Dr. Sarah has a diverse and interesting background. She was in the British military, in the City of Edinburgh Universities Officer Training Corps, an officer training reserve unit. She was involved in a small animal surgery program in Cyprus, studying wild animal and zoo medicine in zoos around the world, and working with great white sharks. Sarah was excited to have been the student clinician with J.K.Rowling’s horse while at veterinary school in Scotland!

These days, Sarah enjoys snowboarding, horse-back riding, dressage, polocrosse (like lacrosse, but with a horse!), and hiking through the mountains in the summer.

She is also the proud owner of a chubby Manx cat, Mr. Kitty… and he’s on a diet.

Sarah Ort DVM

My nature has always been to help animals. As a young girl I would 
rescue animals that had fallen into the pool and feed stray cats that 
wandered onto our property. I enjoy working with animals, large and 
small, as well as problem solving and meeting new people. So a career as 
a mixed animal veterinarian was the perfect job. I want my clients to 
leave happy and my patients to leave healthy. I believe this is 
accomplished by answering all questions and finding solutions to all 
problems. My Cranbrook family includes my dog Rupert and my cats Meeko 
and Freya. I am the middle child of two older siblings and three younger 
siblings. My parents also have a dog, cat, andn a salt water aquarium.

My Mantra: Try to have fun every day, hakuna matata.

Our Care Team


Amy has been working at Steeples Veterinary Clinic since 2003 as a Veterinary Assistant and is now the Director of Large Animal. She has two horses, three dogs (Jetta, Libby and the newest addition, Dino), and four cats (Kit Kat, Jiggs, Mystro and Hank). Outside of work, Amy likes spending time with her family and riding her horse, Rufus and hiking with her family. She enjoys working with all of the different animals that we get in the clinic.


Andrew has been working at Steeples Veterinary Clinic since May 2016 and is now the Director of Administration. Andrew has graduated from the BBA program at the College of the Rockies and has been enjoying working with animals. He just has one dog for now, a Chihuahua named Wendy. Outside of work he enjoys rock climbing, biking, and skiing.


Bobbie has been working at Steeples since 2011 as a Veterinary Assistant. She has four horses, three cats (Ratchett, Garfield and Milo) and two dogs; a Golden Retriever named Layla and a Dachshund named Louie. Outside of work, Bobbie likes riding horses, rodeoing and spending time with her family.


Bryn started at Steeples in October of 2017 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has a Basset Hound named Tucker and loves hockey, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family. Bryn loves working as an RVT because she is able to make a difference every day with people and their pets.


Cheyenne has been with Steeples Veterinary Clinic since September of 2017 as a veterinary assistant. She loves being able to work with animals and learning new things every day. When she’s not at Steeples, she can be found riding and working on horses.


Jane has been with Steeples Veterinary Clinic since October of 2016 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She loves working with animals, and the fact that the work is so dynamic. She also loves being a part of the human animal relationship and being a part of helping clients understand their animals better. Outside work she enjoys spending time with her horse and her cat, horseback riding, hiking, and exploring new activities and opportunities that living in a mountain town has to offer!


Jennifer has been working at Steeples since January 2011 as a Registered Animal Health Technician. She has a Rottweiler Cross named Remus, a cat named Baloo. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys swimming and being outdoors. She is very interested in animal rights and welfare. Jennifer likes working at a vet clinic because animals are her passion and she likes to making a difference in their lives.


Jessica has been working at Steeples since May 2014 as a Kennel Assistant. She has a Doberman named Loki, a German Shepherd cross named Kody, a Pomeranian named Odin and 2 horses. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys horseback riding and going to the lake with her dogs. She likes working at a vet clinic because she enjoys working with animals and their owners.


Krista started here at Steeples Veterinary Clinic in August of 2017 as an assistant. She loves working in a veterinary clinic because she gets to work with all sorts of animals. Outside of work, she can be found doing Archery, or going hunting and camping.


Leah has been working at Steeples since November 2013 starting as a Receptionist and is now a technician assistant. She has a St. Bernard, German Shepherd cross named Lola and a Jack Russel, Blue heeler cross named Ranger. She also has 13 horses. Outside of work, Leah enjoys swimming and being outdoors. She also enjoys photography and film making.


Riley has been working at Steeples Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist since June 2015. She has a Border Collie cross called Harley and a Husky cross called Molly. In addition, she has two cats named Dora and Diego.

Outside of work Riley enjoys snowmobiling in the winter, baseball in the summer, and spending as much time as possible with her husband and dogs outdoors.


Valerie has been working at Steeples Veterinary Clinic for 33 years now as a Animal Health Technician. She has a dog and cat, horses and cattle. Outside of work, Val runs a ranch with her husband and loves to garden.


Shanaia has been working at Steeples since August 2017 as a Receptionist. She has a Chihuahua named Misty, a Shepherd X named Bella, and a cat named Schnapps. Shanaia graduated from McKay Career Training in 2015 as a Veterinary Office Assistant in Saskatoon SK. Outside of work, Shanaia enjoys hiking with her dogs, going to the lake, and hanging out with her family. She is very passionate about animals and their wellbeing and loves that she gets to work with them every day.