Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Crescent Falls Veterinary Hospital in Vernon, BC! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 250-545-8200  to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Tanya Schimpl


Dr. Tanya Schimpl grew up in Vernon and after graduating from high school, spent many years living abroad and traveling the world. On returning from her overseas adventures, Dr. Schimpl completed a Bachelor in Agricultural Science from UBC. During this time, she was drawn to the career of veterinary medicine and went on to complete her Degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, graduating in 2008.

Following graduation, Dr. Schimpl spent her first few years in the Cariboo region before returning to her hometown of Vernon. After working as a locum throughout the Okanagan, Dr. Schimpl purchased Crescent Falls Veterinary Hospital in 2015. She loves working with her patients and getting to know her clients.

Dr. Kristina Ringness


Dr. Kristina Ringness grew up in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, near Crescent Falls. She attended the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Specialization degree in Zoology in 1990. It was at this point she set her sights on becoming a Veterinarian, and attended Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, graduating in 1997.

After this, she moved to the North Okanagan and has enjoyed the area since. In 2003, she opened Crescent Falls Veterinary Hospital and a few years later, was able to build the current facility. She enjoys companion animal surgery and medicine and the rewarding feeling of working together with clients for the health of their pets.

Dr. Ringness and her family live on a farm outside Vernon with her various cats and her dog Sulby who comes to the clinic every day.

Dr. Emilie Laurin



Registered Veterinary Technician

Anna grew up in Sweden and first came to Canada as a student. She settled in the North Okanagan and went on to graduate from Thompson Rivers University as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2002. She joined our team in the summer of 2005.
Anna is our resident “cat whisperer” and lives with her husband and fur children on a farm outside of Vernon.


Registered Veterinary Technician

Katrina grew up in the Lower Mainland and moved to Vernon in 2007 after taking a position at Crescent Falls a vet assistant. It was already her plan to enroll in the distance learning program to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. This 3-year program offers students the opportunity to study and work simultaneously, while achieving their diploma. After graduating in December 2010, she chose to remain with Crescent Falls as a RVT and valued member of the team.

Katrina finds her varied duties as a vet tech very rewarding. She lives with her husband and a variety of rescue cats that she has adopted through the clinic.





Kathy grew up in Vernon and joined our team as a Receptionist in 2006. Over the years she has remained an integral part of our team and she has grown to know most of our clients and their pets and appreciates the one on one interactions.
Kathy and her husband have 2 daughters and a dog named Ruxin and they enjoy the Okanagan lifestyle!


Veterinary Assistant

Kalea is originally from Armstrong, BC and joined the team at Crescent Falls in the summer of 2019, after graduating from the Veterinary Assistant Program through the Centre of Arts and Technology in Kelowna.

Kalea has always had a deep love of animals and is fulfilling her goal of working in animal health. Kalea lives with 7 animals, including a dog, 2 cats, 2 rats, a rabbit and a ferret.