206626 Hwy 26 Meaford – 519.538.4898

20 Balsam St. Collingwood – 705.446.3556

About our Team

Ardiel Animal Hospital & Balsam Veterinary Office Professional Staff

Drs Ardis Ardiel and Cindy Lennox together, have over 60 years of animal care expertise

Dr. Ardis Ardiel

Dr Ardis Ardiel, following in her father’s footsteps, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1983. After gaining valuable experience over several years working in a busy practice in Toronto, she returned home in 1989 purchasing her fathers’ veterinary practice, the Meaford Animal Clinic. Her dream of a larger, spacious hospital became a reality in 1997 with the construction of the Ardiel Animal Hospital. The Collingwood location, the Balsam Veterinary Office was opened in 2005. Over the years, Dr. Ardiel has developed a special interest in oral care, including dental surgery and internal medicine. When not at work, she enjoys the Beaver Valley, hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, gardening, cooking, and caring for her horses. Her family includes multiple felines, canines and equines.

Dr. Cindy Lennox

Dr. Lennox graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She then attended the University of Tennessee and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. She practiced Veterinary medicine in the states for 8 years before moving to Thornbury in 1996. She joined the team at Ardiel Animal Hospital in January 2001. Dr. Lennox has a special interest in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery. When not working she spends time traveling with her husband on their motorcycle. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending sporting events that her son and grandchildren participate in, making crafts with her grandchildren and volunteering in the community. Her family shares their home with their dog, Tessa and cat, Arnie.


Hootie is our mascot!!  He is a persian with many health issues (hence the reason he lives here)! He is a sweetie who loves attention from the staff as well as clients.  He has an affinity for canned food and he loves to cuddle with children!!!


Jodi joined the team in March of 2022, as a Registered Veterinary Technician and Managerial Lead. With many years of experience in veterinary medicine, her career has covered emergency medicine, dentistry, internal medicine, oncology, and neurology. Jodi is very excited to meet the community we serve and welcomes you to drop in and say hello. In her spare time, she spends quality time with her husband, three children, and many beloved rescued pets.

Lauren D

Lauren D is a Veterinary Technician and Receptionist who works primarily at our Collingwood location. Lauren has been with our practice since 1979, her many years in the business make her a valuable asset to our team.  In her leisure time, Lauren enjoys gardening, travelling, taking road trips and spending time with friends and family.


Laura began her grooming career in 1981, serving clients in the East end of Toronto for many years and then ten years in the US, returning to Canada in 2008 and relocating to the Simcoe area in 2013.  Building clientele in this area continues to be rewarding for Laura.  “I have been fortunate to have found my passion for grooming early in my life and continue to do so”. 


Rebecca joined our team in 2013. Prior to that, she completed the Veterinary Assistant Program through Georgian College. Rebecca works as our Receptionist/Assistant in our Collingwood location.  In her time away from work, Rebecca enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with her two cocker spaniels.


Breanne is one of our Veterinary Receptionists and has been a part of our team since June 2017. Breanne enjoys spending her spare time with her significant other and their two dogs, Champ and Roxy.


Beth is one of our Veterinary Receptionists and has been with us since 2018. When she is not working she spends her time running Love of Brian Farm Sanctuary, a safe haven for rescued farm animals. She lives with her husband, two cats and adorable dog, Cricket.

Lauren E

Lauren E is one of our Veterinary Receptionists/Assistants and has been a part of our team since December 2020.  She completed her Bachelor of Science with an Honours Specialization in Biology with a Minor in French at Western University in Spring 2021.  When not working, Lauren teaches skiing, embarks on periodic road trips with her significant other and cares for her labradoodle and rescued budgie.


Paige is one of our Veterinary Receptionists/Assistants during the summer months while she is home from university. She studies bioveterinary science at Dalhousie University and has a passion for animal nutrition and behaviour. While not working, Paige enjoys skiing, horse riding and working with livestock at a family farm, as well as spending time with her dog, Snowball. 


Brenda is one of our Kennel Attendants who also performs some maintenance and inventory tasks.  Her life-long passion for animals has given Brenda opportunities over the years to care and train four legged children.  Outside of work, Brenda enjoys horse riding, biking, hiking, spending quality time with five children and five grandchildren, in addition to taking trips on the water with her partner.


Kanduce is one of our kennel attendants who joined the team in March 2022.  When she isn’t working with and caring for your fur babies, she is spending time with her daughter and her own fur baby.  Kanduce enjoys hiking, gardening and watching the latest movies. 

Get In Touch.

If you have a question or would like to make an appointment for a consultation,
send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!


Ardiel Animal Hospital - Balsam Veterinary Office © Copyright 2019.