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Your Pet’s “Dream Team”

Meet Dr. Barry & Team at Coulee Veterinary Clinic in Lethbridge!

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Dr. Barry Alvarez, DVM


Dr. Barry Alvarez has called Lethbridge his home for the past 15 years. Growing up surrounded by various animals, he decided to dedicate his life’s work to helping dogs, cats, and other critters.

After graduating from the University of the Philippines – College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, Dr. Barry spent several years practicing as an Associate Veterinarian and Veterinary Locum in and around Southern Alberta. During these years, he developed his interest in preventive medicine, dentistry, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, urgency and emergency care.

While away from the clinic, Dr. Barry enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time with his wife, 2 young children, and their rescue dog, Ove.

Mindy Belisle, RVT

Registered Animal Health Technologist/ Partner

Mindy is a Registered Veterinary Technician, and has been practicing for about twelve years. She began her career at the Saskatoon SPCA and helping shelter pets remains a passion of hers. She was trained as a veterinary technologist in Saskatchewan and benefited from learning  with the DVM students at the WCVM.  She was overjoyed to come back home to southern AB to finish a BSc and settle down, and has worked with Dr Barry and Wendy in Lethbridge since 2010. She has a wonderful husband and two small children as well as two misfit pets who fill her life with joy! She loves to escape to the mountains as often as possible and you might see her little Boler trailer trundling down Highway 3 heading west in the summer time.

At Coulee Vet, Mindy loves all parts of her job and wears many hats, but she would say the best thing about her job is the teamwork. She loves to help create an energetic, happy atmosphere and work with her team to get everything flowing as smoothly and efficiently as possible behind the scenes! There’s so much that goes into each patient’s visit, and Mindy tries hard to help make sure every one she sees has the best outcome possible. You’re most likely to see her running around with a big mug of (often cold!) coffee and a smile on her face!

Wendy Klassen, VMR

Office Manager/ Partner

Wendy is one of the friendly faces that you will meet in reception when you and your pet come to visit us. Wendy is our Office Manager, a Veterinary Medical Receptionist that has graduated from the VMR program at the Olds College in 2011. She was born in Québec and raised in Lethbridge which she calls home. Wendy is fluent in French and in English. She has several years of experience working in the veterinary field and has played many different administrative roles, with a special interest in Veterinary Management using her passion for animals to provide the best customer and patient experience possible. Wendy is always happy to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Wendy and her husband are very proud parents of 3 young children. She is also owned by two Labradoodles names Coulee and Meadow which are both blood donors at the clinic and one rescue cat named Gracie. In her spare time she enjoys making the most scrumptious charcuterie boards for any occasion, camping and boating with her family.

Wendy is looking forward to welcoming you to our “Coulee Vet Family”.

Leanna, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Leanna has been a registered veterinary technician for over 5 years. After graduating from Lakeland College, she started her fear certification and is now a fear free level 3 certified professional. Leanna enjoys all things that the clinic offers but is happiest when snuggling shepherds or telling ‘dad jokes’ to her coworkers.

Leanna has been a southern Alberta local her whole life, growing up in Milk River.

Leanna has a variety of interests both in and out of the clinic. During the summer she will be found golfing, hiking, kayaking, or camping with her 2 dogs, Sophie and Salli. Over the winters Leanna is often found crafting with friends or gaming on the couch with her 2 cats, Hulk and Luke.


Medical Admin Assistant

Taylor is an experienced medical admin assistant, and is overjoyed to be able to work at Coulee Vet while she finishes an undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge.  

She has an agricultural background and many connections to the people and animal landscape of southern Alberta.  She lives in town while going to school and is proud to be owned and loved by two orange kitties, Tigger and Piglet.  

At Coulee Vet, Taylor loves all parts of her job and does all kinds of things in an average day, but she would say the best thing about her job is the teamwork. She loves to help create an energetic, happy atmosphere and is so glad to be a part of the synergy of the clinic.  And the chance to lavish a little extra love and attention on the wonderful cute patients we get to see every day doesn’t hurt, either!  

You’re most likely to see her happily multitasking up front with a big, genuine smile on her face.