About Us

Finding Inspiration in Every Patient Visit

Pictures speak a thousand words, and these pictures exemplify who we are. Our team of dedicated veterinary professionals pour their hearts and souls into caring for your pets. We challenge ourselves to be the best we can be by upholding accreditation on more than 900 standards of veterinary excellence. Why? Because your pet deserves nothing less. 

Our Story

Healthy Paws Forward Veterinary Hospital was born on the belief of providing current diagnostic tools, reliable treatments, and enrichment options; while creating a genuinely caring environment with an individual client and patient focus. Trust in your veterinary professional is imperative. Our goal is to earn and keep your trust by working with you through a collaborative approach for your pet's care. Together, as a team, we will provide the best possible solutions to help ensure your pet lives a happy and healthy life. 
We strongly believe that prevention is the best medicine and offer everyday vet care for your dog, cat, ferret, and exotic pets. We also understand that accidents happen and offer emergency vet care for all pets with a special focus on ferret medicine and surgery. 
People often wonder if we are also pet owners, and the answer is simple - of course we are! As pet lovers, we strive to offer every available option when it comes to your pet's care. Every recommendation is made with the utmost concern for you and your pet. 
Are you struggling to find a reliable vet that is right for you and your pet? Schedule a visit or stop by to say hi. We welcome and even encourage clients and their pets to visit our hospital before scheduled exams to help the animals become familiar with the environment. 


Meet the Team

Dr. Shelby Kimura graduated from the University of Calgary in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology and minor in Psychology. After graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne in 2006, Dr. Shelby Kimura, a native Calgarian, returned to Calgary to practice as a veterinarian at a 24-hour small animal practice; she owned and worked at a busy 24-hour primary care and emergency practice until late 2018. Dr. Kimura co-founded, and was actively involved with ferret rescue for over 10 years and owned ferrets for 20 years. As a result, she has a strong interest in ferret medicine and surgery. Over the last several years, Dr. Kimura has taught ferret handling and medicine for the RVT program at Olds College and for vet students at the UCVM. She is currently the Vice President for the Calgary Academy of Veterinary Medicine and has been on the CAVM Board of Directors since 2008.

She is a loyal Calgary Flames fan, a Calgary Flames Ambassador and takes advantage of every opportunity to watch a live Flames game.

Dr. Jan began her career teaching high school Biology and Math. She spent her afternoons assisting the State Veterinarian and discovered her love for animals and veterinary medicine. Dr. Jan pursued her newfound passion in South Africa at the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated in 1993. While raising her son Thomas, Dr. Jan ran a veterinary house call practice serving the Canmore, Banff, and Calgary area.

She is now a full-time member of the Healthy Paws Forward Veterinary Hospital team and shares her life with a hairless Chihuahua named Elsie whom she adopted from the Calgary Humane Society. She has a special interest in therapeutic laser therapy, which is a treatment option focused on relieving pain and stimulating healing by applying a laser to the body's surface. Dr. Jan is a firm believer that most behavior problems can be corrected by using exercise, discipline, and affection, and delights in being able to assist owners with the fears and phobias of their pets.

Since he was a little boy, Dr. Luis has always loved animals of all kinds, but if cornered, he’d tell you he’s a cat person. His passion and dedication to improving animal wellness and life expectancy drove him to study veterinary medicine in 2004. Dr. Luis graduated in 2010 from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and went on to pursue a specialty in Internal Medicine and General Surgery in Dogs and Cats. He has an affinity for soft tissue surgery and practiced in Mexico City for 6 years before moving to Canada. 

When not at the hospital, you can find Dr. Luis relaxing with a good science fiction book or out hiking in the mountains.

From a young age, Karis has had an affinity for animals and would often bring home strays much to her family’s chagrin. Her childhood passion grew into a desire to make the world a better place for animals however possible, leading her to work first in rescue and then in the veterinary industry. Having owned and worked with animals for most of her life, she was intent to follow her dreams and graduated with a bachelor of science from Mount Royal University in 2016.

While Karis has dabbled in other industries, none could quench her thirst to learn, educate and promote responsible animal custodianship. Karis adopted a 4-pound Yorkshire Terrier named Bridget in 2017 and jumped into small dog life with both feet (and hasn’t looked back). You can often catch the two of them together, whether at work or out adventuring!

Mel is a Registered Veterinary Technician and cat lover. Having owned cats all her life, she has always had an affinity for the feline mentality. Mel discovered her love for science while studying Wildlife Biology at the University of Northern BC in her hometown of Prince George. After university, she knew she wanted to work with animals in a more hands-on way. She completed a wildlife rehabilitation internship at WildARC on Vancouver Island and in 2012, graduated with her AHT degree from Douglas College in Coquitlam. Since then, she has worked at clinics across BC and AB in both primary and emergency care.

When she is not caring for your furry friends, she can be found curled up watching a movie or reading a book with her three kitties Hiccup, Simon, and Athena. Some of her other favourite past times include cross-stitch, road trips, live music, and discovering new restaurants.

Ashley is drawn to the carefree nature of animals. Throughout her life, you could always find her trying to herd kittens from under a barn or introducing herself to any animal she could. Big or small, she felt connected with them all. Her career working with animals began by volunteering at a shelter, leaving a lasting impact on her. This opportunity led Ashley to spread animal welfare awareness by volunteering, fostering, or donating. Her journey continued as she became a cat shelter assistant. Her energy and passion grew stronger allowing her to realize her dream of helping animals by working in an emergency veterinary hospital. You can always count on Ashley to be an advocate for our furry friends. 
You will always find Ashley with her tiny rescue dog, Apple, by her side. Apple enjoys sitting in reception and visiting with all the clients who come in. Ashley also owners two rescue cats and a hamster and occasionally fosters other animals! Her home and heart never feel empty being filled with so much love from her animals. 

Sabina knew her future would comprise of two things: animals and medicine. When she was younger, Sabina aspired to be a human doctor but quickly learned that animals are her passion. During high school, she volunteered at a local SPCA and offered her services as a dog walker and pet sitter in her community. Soon after, she engaged in dog training and volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center. 
Sabina earned her university degree in Animal Sciences with a particular interest in behaviour and conservation. While at university, she did a co-op work term at a busy emergency veterinary hospital, and it was there that she fell in love with animal medicine. 
Today she enjoys volunteering with many rescues, working with various universities on wildlife conservation projects, and educating the public on responsible pet ownership and stewardship. She is passionate about improving the lives of all animals, big and small, wild and companion. 

Ever since she was a kid, Caitlin has felt at home around animals. Starting at the age of eight, she discovered her love for animals while assisting her mom with her work at the MEOW Foundation. Not soon after, Caitlin adopted her first cat, Loki, and is on her way to becoming a foster fail by adopting her foster dog, Karen. Caitlin is an advocate for animal rights and supports anti-breed specific legislation or BSL.

Caitlin started as a volunteer at Healthy Paws Forward Veterinary Hospital and was ecstatic to join the team soon after. She recently completed a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of Calgary and will be applying to the veterinary program at the University of Calgary in the fall.

Caitlin enjoys spending her free time volunteering at Megan’s Rescue Efforts Society and going for walks with her foster dog. She also loves to spend hours in the gym, reading, playing guitar, and trying to keep her many plants alive.

Mercedes' love for animals is undeniable. Growing up with her two dogs, Jazzy and Diamond, she always dreamed that someday she would have the privilege of working with animals. After graduating high school in 2017, Mercedes decided to take time off from school and work. Life became busy and along the way she lost sight of her dream. In 2019 Mercedes decided to adopt two crested geckos, Rex and Millie, and that is when she realized it was time for her to take the next step of pursuing her dream of working with animals. She left her job and started volunteering full time at an animal rescue and Healthy Paws Forward Veterinary Hospital. Mercedes is working on going back to school to become a Veterinarian Technician and has dedicated her life to helping animals. 

Meet Ciana and her dog, Ranger. When she's not providing care for our amazing clients, you can find her training Ranger and her two other dogs, Grizzly and Maple, in sports or photographing them for their Instagram account. She and her dogs trial in agility, rally obedience, competition obedience, herding, trick training, and soon-to-be dock diving.

Katie is a born and raised Calgarian with a background in culinary training completed at SAIT Polytechnic. A career change into the veterinary industry allowed her to pursue her love for animals and provide pet owners with the care they need while still using her culinary skills to cook at home for fun. Katie has an undeniable passion for learning about and caring for animals which she credits to growing up with four cats, a dog, and many fish. She currently has four beautiful adopted rescue cats named Dexter, Pepper, Gus, and Rory. In her time off, Katie enjoys gardening in the summer and ice skating in the winter.

Kiran discovered her passion for animals as a young child growing up in Calgary, where she'd often come across injured wildlife near her home. Summers mainly consisted of rescuing these animals and assisting in rehabilitation. When she isn't at the clinic or volunteering she can be found spending time with her eight-year-old Siberian Husky or curling up with a great book.

Her love and dedication to animal welfare drove her to pursue a degree in Zoology at the University of Calgary. Her passion for helping animals and meeting new people made the veterinary industry a perfect match. Kiran has been a part of the Healthy Paws Forward Vet team since its inception and helps make our clinic a warm and welcoming place.