Our Staff:
  • Three full time veterinarians
  • Three animal health technicians
  • Clinic administration, reception and support staff
Our Veterinarians
  1. Dr. Tom Picherack
    Dr. Tom Picherack
  2. Dr. Sandra Bitner
    Dr. Sandra Bitner
Dr. Tom became a vet because he wanted to work with animals, and he still loves what he does!  He lives in the country close to town, where he and his family downhill ski, attend music camps a couple of times every year, and can generally be found building something new. He plays a pretty mean guitar, is learning the fiddle and harmonica, and helps to teach his kids music as well. His collection of animals also keeps him and the entire family busy - on the farm there are usually several horses, cows, cats and always his faithful dog Daisy.
Sandra has been a vet for over a decade. Before that, she spent about 20 years at the Foothills Hospital in several medical research departments including Neurology, Cardiology and Organ Donation.  Sandra had the opportunity to study Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies where she loved the warm weather! In her spare time, she loves to travel, hike, draw, do photography and generally hang out with her partner and their animals which currently includes 2 rescue dogs, some pot belly pigs, a couple of goats, a few cats and one rabbit!
  1. Dr. Laura Beckerton
    Dr. Laura Beckerton
Laura has lived in Alberta since 2009, worked in Claresholm and then in the Okotoks/Millarville area for several years. She has spent the last four years working exclusively with cattle in the Calgary area. She currently lives on a cow-calf operation east of Crossfield with her fiancé Cory and his two children Kale and Bailee.  They have a collection of creatures that includes the cattle, two house cats Charles and Heidi, a golden retriever named Dutchess, numerous barn cats, chickens, and two horses - Mercedes and Two. Laura enjoys all aspects of mixed animal practice, and has a  special passion for working with cattle! In her spare time she enjoys spending time in the mountains, horseback riding, hiking, and snowboarding!

Our Animal Health Technologists
  1. Lauren Chell, RVT
    Lauren Chell, RVT
  2. Gemma
Lauren began at Carstairs vet services in 2012. It was here that she received her on-the-job training to become a licensed technician upon graduation from the vet tech program at Olds College. She has a keen interest in bovine medicine and small animal dentistry, and a quiet calm way with the animals that our patients and owners really appreciate! She enjoys creating a bond with our clients, patients and team. At home she has the pleasurable company of her calico kitty Duncan "the Dragon". 
Gemma qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in England in 2017, and
worked in a Veterinary hospital there for a time before she moved to Canada in June 2019 and came straight to work with us!

In her work, Gemma especially enjoys monitoring anaesthetics and surgery; and in her spare time she and her boyfriend like horseback riding and exploring Alberta!
  1. Lauren Carvell
    Lauren Carvell
Lauren has worked in veterinary clinics in Calgary and the Cochrane area for the last 10 years, most recently coming to join the Carstairs Veterinary Clinic Team! Lauren moved to Canada in 2007 from England and then attended Olds College to study Animal Health Technology, graduating in 2009.

Lauren has a particular interest in cats and large animals, especially cattle. She shares her home with 2 cats, Gingy and Hammy, and has 3 horses who she likes to ride in her
spare time.