Dr. Alexander Korol
Veterinarian & Practice Owner
Dr. Korol is a self-professed ‘veterinary nerd,’ constantly learning and implementing new protocols to maintain a high quality of medicine and care for his patients. In 2012 he took this to another level by working with his team to achieve an independent accreditation from AAHA (the American Animal Hospital Association), further elevating their standards of practice and ensuring that they must remain progressive and up-to-date with best practices in patient care and team care, in order to maintain this regularly assessed accreditation (only 6% of veterinary hospitals and Canada achieve this).
As part of his never-ending quest for treatments and services that might enable Westway Animal Clinic to maximize the care they provide, he became fascinated with the mysterious, yet time-proven, benefits of Eastern medicine. While a scientist at heart, he couldn’t deny the evidence and quickly growing pool of studies showing the incredible positive outcomes from these methodologies and, in 2018 he committed to learning more. He was intrigued by the concept of the body being a reflection of the universe, and the idea that the only way to ultimate healing was to treat the body as a whole. While admittedly not everybody’s philosophy, this was a whole world of medicine that he knew nothing about. Skeptical but curious, he quickly overcame his paradigm paralysis and signed up for the next available acupuncture class at the Chi Institute.
Whether or not you are a believer, his very first acupuncture case at Westway was a resounding success – literally treating a paralyzed patient until they could not just walk, but run. Whether or not it was beginner’s luck, it was the sign that he needed to delve deeper down this path. Now Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has became an important part of his daily practice. While Western medicine is still his mainstay (he will not treat a patient with TCVM until he has completed his Western medicine diagnostics), the ability to use acupuncture, herbal supplements and food consultations has expanded the ways in which our hospital can provide treatments for our patients and clients. While still a firm believer in Western medicine, integrating Eastern veterinary medicine into his daily veterinary routine has become his passion.
Dr. Korol grew up in Odessa, Ukraine and moved to Canada in 1990. He graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Guelph in 1999 and, in 2003, fulfilled a dream by becoming the owner of Westway Animal Clinic. Over the years, he has developed several areas of interest:
Neurological conditions (i.e. Epilepsy)
Gastrointestinal Problems (Vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, IBD)
Musculoskeletal (arthritis, disc disease, acute and injuries)
A family man at heart, he is a proud husband and father (to a veterinarian!), as well as being a fur-dad to 2 dogs (Dory and Gadja) and his cat Matroskin. Aside from his scientific interests, he does also enjoy cooking, reading, skiing and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Helen Longrigg
She volunteered and worked at many local veterinary clinics during high school and eventually applied to the University of Guelph where she completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Biology and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014. She lived and worked in Owen Sound as a veterinarian during her first year out of school, but eventually decided to move back to the GTA in order to be closer to friends and family.Her special interests include dermatology, diagnostic imaging, nutrition and endocrinology, but she hopes to expand her knowledge in all aspects of veterinary medicine in the years to come. In her spare time, Dr. Longrigg enjoys spending time with her boyfriend (who is also a veterinarian) and their orange-tabby Spanky who is a source of endless entertainment. She also enjoys exploring the city and spending quality time with family and friends, or simply curling up with a good book!
Dr. Scarlett Korol
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in 2015, Dr. Scarlett moved away from home to the beautiful island of St. Kitts and Nevis for her pre-clinical years at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, which was an experience of a lifetime. She then lived in Madison, Wisconsin where she completed her clinical (final) year of vet school at the University of Wisconsin. It was there that she learned how much she loved anesthesiology, dermatology and small animal general practice. After graduation, Dr. Scarlett moved back to Toronto as she received the opportunity to pursue an internship program.
After completing her small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Centre, Dr. Scarlett discovered her passion for emergency medicine and continues to pursue that branch of veterinary medicine today. In her spare time, Dr. Scarlett loves cooking (at eating!), traveling, yoga, catching up with friends from around the world and skiing with her family. She currently has a lovable - yet permanently grumpy-faced cat named Winifred.
Registered Veterinary Technician
After graduation she became a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) ever since. Ana has a special interest in parasitology and is very interested in becoming involved with the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) someday so that she can help animals in need. She currently spends her free time with her handsome rescue cat whose name is Belvedere!
Registered Veterinary Technician
Despite the distance, Andrea couldn’t stay away from her Westway family for long. She is thrilled to be back in her new capacity as RVT & looks forward to working with some of her mentors in the field. In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her pup, Jett, in the beautiful forests & lakes surrounding her.
She is currently studying to become a Registered Veterinary Technician at Thompson Rivers University and will be graduating from her program in 2020!
She has a pug named Peanut, a hamster named Pistachio, and two cockatiels named Cashew and Almond. Silvana would love to run her own sanctuary in the future and focus on saving wildlife and exotic animals.
She intends on furthering her education in Veterinary Medicine to work abroad with big cats. At home she has 4 cats, Gigi, Beans, Wilber, and Onyx, who keep her very busy. In her spare time, Alana enjoys drawing, painting, and going to art museums.
Her dream is to travel abroad and help save wildlife around the world. At home, she has a Bichon-Poo named Luna and 2 guinea pigs named Simon and Theo.
In the future Ashley is going to pursue a career in wildlife conservation and would love to work in a wildlife sanctuary. Outside of work Ashley loves socializing outside in Humber Park with other animal lovers and catching rays at the island beaches. As you can imagine her fur-babes keep her pretty occupied, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
She has joined the Westway team in December of 2020, and has a great pleasure meeting many of the pets and owners at the clinic. In her spare time Mica enjoys spending time with her 2 rabbits - Maggie & Lisa, running and reading a good book.