Our Team

We can’t wait to play with your pets!

About us

Our staff will care for your pets as if they are their own. Everyday we arrive at Gonzo’s looking forward to the fun that we will have playing all day. With Dr. Heather leading the pack, our team is always ready and willing to give you pets the best care available. We look forward to having your pets stay with us!

Dr. Heather McGowan, DVM

Dr. Heather McGowan, DVM


Dr. McGowan has always had a soft spot for animals and keen interest in science and medicine, so putting them together for her profession just seemed logical! She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph before graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in June 2006.

Sam Desjardins

Sam Desjardins


Sam is the groomer here at the Guest House, passionately grooming since the age of 17! Sam loves what she does. She is recently back from maternity leave and so excited to be back doing what she loves.

Aleka Duguay

Aleka Duguay

Trainer/Kennel Assistant

Aleka has had a passion for animals her entire life. From snakes to horses and everything in between, she loves caring for the animals. Because of her empathetic nature, she chose careers in which she can help both human and animals by working not only at Gonzo’s but as an animal-assisted wellness coach with Big Heart Equestrian, the company she founded.

Dayna Forderer

Kennel Assistant


My puppy Viggo loves visiting Gonzo’s. He adores his human friends and playing with the other dogs. He’s always tuckered out when he gets home which is amazing! I love that they send updates so I know how he’s doing! Thanks for everything!