Dr. Hermen Geertsema, Veterinarian/Owner
From a large family, Hermen worked hard to earn scholarships and pay his own way through university. He graduated from farrier school between university degrees. Shoeing not only helped to fund his education but benefited Hermen greatly in his knowledge of equine lameness – both in diagnosis and treatment.
Graduating from the University of Guelph, Ontario, family convinced Hermen to move west where he started his own veterinary practice in 1995. He brought with him a down-to-earth, practical, and respectful side of working with horses, which he’s known for in the equine community.
Horses are in the Geertsema’s DNA as Hermen’s son now works as a farrier and one of his daughters is busy training horses. In Hermens down time he can be found riding the beautiful backcountry on one of his many horses with his wife and children. This love of the wild means Hermen tries to offer veterinary services to communities that often don’t have any services, as it enables him to see more of the country.
Dr. Fashad Maloufi, On Call Veterinarian
Bio coming soon.
Shannon was born and raised in Maple Ridge, she completed her Pony Club A Level at 18 years old. Shannon went on to get her veterinary assistant certification through West Coast College of Health care. Shannon has dedicated years to taking care of animals both large and small. When not at work she can found exploring beautiful BC with her dog Charlie.
Marlene Roman, Office Manager
Marlene has been with Hermen since 2001, in her own words “far too long” . Marlene has helped build and shape West Coast Equine over the years. At the beginning she spent many hours on the road with Hermen, before settling on an office position – although her knowledge far surpasses this title. Marlene is well known within the equine community of Langley, and she was strongly involved with the local pony club and 3-day eventing community.
Victoria joined the staff in May 2018, she spent her childhood riding horses in New Zealand and Europe before relocating to Canada. Victoria completed an equine reproductive internship, she has a passion for equine reproduction and breeding. In her free time, she us usually at home on the farm with her horses and family.
Donna works part time in the office helping to keep on top of accounts and ordering. Like Shannon and Marlene, she has strong ties to the local Pony Club and eventing community.
Stephanie Geertsema, CFO
The better half of Hermen Geertsema, Stephanie is responsible for the payment of all commercial invoices, payroll and income.