Founder/Veterinarian: Dr. Baljinder Makowal
Dr. Makowal graduated in 1996 from India. Then he went to Iowa State University in Ames Iowa to gain his Veterinary Clinical Experience. He has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2000. He owns and practices at Simcoe Street North Veterinary Clinic at Oshawa as well. Dr Makowal strongly believes in paying back to the community. He served as a director on the board for the Humane Society of Durham Region for 7 years and heavily participated in fundraising to build the new animal shelter in Whitby. In the seven years of serving the Humane Society he donated his funds and time to provide veterinary care for the shelter animals. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, children and their cat, "Max" and Boxer "Riley".
Partner/Veterinarian: Dr. Ihab Messiha
Dr. Messiha graduated from the VSTEP program in Guelph, Ontario and started his career in 2007 in Lethbridge Alberta. In 2009 Dr Messiha returned to the GTA and joined the ER department at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Toronto. Dr Messiha joined Makowal Animal Hospital in 2010 as a Veterinarian Associate and then in 2012 he became a partner at Makowal Animal Hospital. Dr. Messiha's best areas of interest are internal medicine, critical care, and preventive medicine. Dr Messiha is married to Nermine and has two children Mariam and Michael.
Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant: Katelyn McKenzie
My name is Kate and I graduated in 2015 from the Animal Care Program at Durham College. During my second semester I joined Dr. Makowal & the rest of the team at our Oshawa clinic, Simcoe Street North Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist. You'll now find me at the front desk at Makowal Animal Hospital or assisting the Veterinarians with your pets. It is my dream to continue my education & become a Veterinarian Technician in a few years. My down time is mostly spent with my 2 domestic cats; 'Felix' a 4 year old long-hair and 'Nala' a 3 year old short-hair.
Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant: Josalyn Stone
Hi my name is Josalyn Stone and I am a receptionist/veterinary assistant here at Makowal Animal Hospital. This means you can find me up front greeting both you and your furry babies or assisting the veterinarian with the care of your babies. Every since I was little I have always had a love for animals and have had the opportunity to work with them in many capacities. I have had everything from hamsters and guinea pigs to lizards and fish. My current fur baby is a Terrier/Hound mix named 'Honey' (Boo Boo) and a Husky/Shepherd mix named 'Buddy' which both do a great job of keeping me busy during my spare time. When I am not busy with them I enjoy spending time at my cottage and with my family and friends. I look forward to getting to know you and your furry babies soon!