Our Staff

Meet The Gang

Dr. I. Rozema, DVM

Dr. Ingrid Rozema

Dr. Ingrid Rozema loves her job!  Since she was a young girl growing up in a small farming community she knew she wanted to become a veterinarian!


She graduated from WCVM (Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK) in 1996 and started her career as a mixed animal practitioner in Cremona, AB.  She married in 1998 and moved to the Edmonton area where she branched out, working in small animal emergency and gaining experience in small animal medicine.  in 2001 she moved to Black Diamond, and two years later decided to take the plunge, and opened her own practice with the help of her good friend and AHT, Tara Cydeyko.


What Ingrid loves most about her work life is the relationships that she can build with her clients and their pets  Often veterinarians are a part of emotional and difficult situations and when there is a personal connection, this interaction is more meaningful and open.


She believes that at Eastern Slopes Veterinary Services, everyone and everypaw is family!

Dr. Jordan Holt, DVM

Dr. Jordan Holt grew up in Medicine Hat.  He moved to Calgary where he completed his degree in Veterinary Medicine and graduated with the UCVM class of 2012.  Since then he has been practicing general Mixed Animal Veterinary Medicine in the area and now resides in Black Diamond. Dr. Holt is happy to have teamed up with Eastern Slopes Veterinary Services and is looking forward to getting to know the wonderful people of the High Country region.

Dr. Bruce Rodger, DVM

This is Dr. Rodger’s second tour at Eastern Slopes Veterinary Services! In the early days of the practice, Dr. Bruce covered for Dr. Rozema during maternity leaves and other times when needed over the years. Dr. Rodger is well known in the Foothills area and has been practising Veterinary medicine since 1985. Dr. Rodger is also certified in Veterinary Acupuncture.

Dr. Rodger is looking forward to returning to a smaller and more personal community style practice once again.

Bruce and his wife Pamela are also known for the wonderful Standard Poodles they breed and Pamela’s beautiful porcelain pottery and mosaic tables. In his spare time, he plays in a world beat fusion band, Scruffyfish, and tends his acreage in Bragg Creek.

Stop on by and meet Dr. Bruce Rodger – his experience and personality will make you feel right at home!


Tara, R.A.H.T

Tara grew up on a farm in South Eastern Alberta and from a young age was taught the importance of the care and respect that animals require. Tara was actively involved in 4-H Beef for most of her youth and enjoyed countless hours on horseback. Tara graduated from Fairview College in 2000 and has been an active member of the AAAHT ever since. After graduation Tara relocated to Okotoks and hasn’t left. She joined up with Dr. Rozema in 2003 to start up Eastern Slopes. Tara loves her work and feels very fortunate to be able to work with such amazing clients, pets and colleagues. She feels that client communication is very important and essential in providing the best care for her patients. She believes there is no such thing as a “stupid question.”

Candace Thomson, Animal Health Technologist

Candace graduated in 2002 from Fairview College with an Animal Health Technology diploma.  For the past 9 1/2 years she has been working at an emergency practice and in June 2014 she joined the Eastern Slopes Veterinary Service Team!  Candace lives with her husband and son on a ranch east of Black Diamond and run a cow/calf operation.  In her spare time she enjoys body building, anything involving the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Elmer Sandoval, Medical Veterinary Technician

Elmer comes to us from Chihuahua Mexico. He graduated from UACJ – the University of Ciudad Juarez. Elmer is very passionate about making a remarkable, positive change in our patient’s lives. He enjoys the interaction with his co-workers – “We always have something new to learn!” Elmer lives with his wife, daughter and two cats Mureca and Tizol. He has a variety of interests that include Photography, Airplanes and anything to do with Veterinarian Medicine.

Laurie, Veterinary Medical Receptionist

Laurie made the move to the Foothills in 2013 to be closer to the Mountains. Laurie joined the Eastern Slopes team in 2015. With her experience as a Veterinary Laboratory Technician along with years of Professional Customer Service, Laurie will always make you feel welcome when you come through the door.  Laurie has had many pets including a Shih-Tzu, Shetland Sheep Dog, Bull Mastiff and Standard Poodle – all at the same time! A few of Laurie’s hobbies include spending time in her garden as well as hiking, camping, fishing and canoeing.

Kari, Veterinary Medical Receptionist

Kari joined our dynamic team in the summer of 2017.  Her previous Medical Office Unit Co-coordinator experience in the Health Industry also included
Large Animal Practices and Guidelines.  Client care is top priority to Kari who has years of Professional Customer Service experience to offer.  Kari has a teenage Son – which keeps her busy, and is pictured here with her Son’s puppy “Piper”.  Kari is from Calgary, has lived in the North West Territories and now resides in Okotoks.  Kari’s passions include spending time with her Son, camping and riding in the mountains.

Debbie, Veterinary Medical Receptionist

Debbie started at Eastern Slopes in August 2008 and, according to her, has not looked back.  She and her husband have raised their two sons in the country with an array of animals.  The sons are grown, her husband has retired, and the animals are still plentiful.  She has Rogan and Trooper, the pet horse and donkey.  Many named and unnamed cows.  Barn cats Cocoa, Cassidy and the new-comers Hunter, Oliver and Ryder.  Dogs Willow, Hannah and Ringo.  Life is anything but boring at home!  In her spare time you can find Debbie sitting on her front deck relaxing with a  cup of tea and a decorating magazine.


Hello – My name is George! I was looking for a Home and stopped in here for a short while.  Well, we all got along so well, that I decided to make Eastern Slopes my permanent address and never left!  You can find me lounging around the reception area waiting to greet you with my entrancing eyes! Can’t wait to see you so you can tell me how magnificent I am! I love it here!