Dr. Maryam Jajouei, DVM
Thank you so much for reading about me and Legacy Veterinary Clinic. I am honored and excited to share my life story with you.
I was born and raised in Iran in a highly educated family. I developed a huge love and respect for animals at a very young age. I always found myself bringing home injured street birds, cats, and dogs in hopes of saving them.
I finished my first bachelor’s degree in engineering in my home country of Iran. At the age of 22, I moved to Canada with the dream of getting into veterinary school. This journey began for me as I finished my second bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Dalhousie. I then moved to Calgary in hopes of being accepted to the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM). My dream came true when I got the acceptance call for UCVM on a summer night of 2008. This set me up for a 4-year journey, leaving me with an invaluable learning experience ultimately leading to graduation with my DVM degree.
Post-graduation, I worked in both primary and emergency clinics in Calgary which taught me the importance and strength of the human-animal bond. I have always believed in providing pets with every possible option for good health. Therefore, in 2016, I began my journey of acquiring an education in alternative healing- so that I could give owners a choice in patient care. I received my certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2016 and this year (2018), I have become certified in Canine rehabilitation and physiotherapy. I own a loving and faithful mini golden doodle (Luna), and a kind standard poodle (Aida) who have been inspirations for who I am today. They have taught me to live mindfully without judgment and emphasized the importance of compassion and offering a helping hand whenever possible. I am blessed to be married to my best friend, Hamed, who you may see around the clinic, and I would not be here without him.
I strongly believe that every single animal deserves an excellent quality of life, and my goal is to use both conventional and alternative medicine to help your pets. I decided to open a pet-centric, stress-free, integrative clinic that creates the veterinary experience that I always wanted for my pets. At Legacy Veterinary Clinic, you can expect an open stress-free environment where you can ask any questions you want. I believe in offering many options for your pets, and respecting whatever decision you feel is best for them. It would be my honor to be your veterinarian, and I’m looking forward to meeting you soon.
Dr. Jen Hewitt, DVM
Dr. Hewitt has lived in Calgary for the last 20+ years and attended the University of Calgary to complete both her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degrees.
She has been working in the Calgary area as a veterinarian since 2013 and has also worked in British Columbia. Her primary interest is dermatology and has accumulated many hours of continuing education in this field as well as spent time with veterinary dermatologists to further advance her skills and knowledge. She is particularly passionate about allergic skin disease and promoting wellness in her patients.
In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, travelling, and spending time with her husband and their dogs. She has a Maltese cross named Marvin and a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Archer.
Alyssa Borden, RVT
Assistant Medical Director
Hello everyone! My name is Alyssa and I’m so excited to be one of the original team members at Legacy Veterinary Clinic. I was born and raised in Calgary, having many pets of my own as I grew up. Currently, I spend most of my time outside of the clinic with my Bernese mountain dog, Ronnie, and my little grey cat, Foster. My journey to Legacy Veterinary Clinic began in 2011 when I worked in a 24 hour veterinary hospital alongside Dr. Maryam as a receptionist/TA. Working in this fast paced environment and seeing the difference I could help make in animals lives helped me realize that caring for animals was something I wanted to do. I moved to BC to attend the University of Victoria and pursue my Bachelor of Science degree and then chose to pursue my Animal Health Technology diploma at NAIT in Edmonton, Alberta in 2014. While getting my education, I was fortunate enough to work in an animal rehabilitation clinic, focusing on post operative patients and geriatric quality of life treatment. This area of veterinary medicine quickly became a keen interest of mine. Following completion of my AHT diploma, I worked with Dr. Maryam again for just over two years in a 24 hour emergency practice as an RVT. While emergency medicine can certainly be exciting, I found myself missing the personal relationships with patients and owners that comes along with a smaller practice. I couldn’t be more excited to join Dr. Maryam at Legacy Veterinary Clinic and concentrate my focus on animal rehabilitation as well as provide comprehensive care in a general practice setting. My goal is to give each patient and owner the most positive and comfortable experience possible, in the same way I would expect for my own pets. I look forward to being involved in giving our patients the best care possible for the duration of their long and happy lives. Thank you for trusting us with the care of your furry family members, I can’t wait to meet them!
Raelene Sali, RVT
Hi, my name is Raelene and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful family at Legacy Veterinary Clinic. I was born and raised in Calgary, and I graduated from Olds College with an Animal Health Technician diploma. I have a German Shepard husky cross named Polar, who was at the college as part of the ward program while I was studying there. I fell in love with Polar the moment I met her and I knew I couldn’t walk away without her.
My passion and love for animals started when I was a little girl. I knew I wanted a career where I could help animals every day, and when I found out about the Veterinarian Technician program, I knew this was the path I had to take. I graduated from the AHT program in 2019 and started working in a general practice setting right away. Wanting to broaden my medical knowledge and experience, I found Legacy Veterinary clinic. I am honored to be a part of a team that is dedicated and passionate about the well-being of your pets. While working here I will strive to give each and every patient a positive and caring visit while they are here, and will treat them like they are my own pet. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your pet for the duration of their amazing life.
Public Relaltion and Marketing Specialist
Greeting everyone, my name is Brittney Upton. I am over the moon excited to be a member of the Legacy Veterinary Clinic team.
I am born and raised in Calgary and started my career in caring for pets at age 14. I volunteered for 6 months until I was able to get a full-time job. My dream was to work with animals since I could remember. After High school, I completed 1.5 years of tech school and then left decided I wanted something a bit different. I then started working at vet hospitals, I love the craziness of a day/night there. I got to work with Dr. Maryam at that time and loved it. I then worked with Internal medicine for 5 years. I learned so much and I believe it made me who I am today. I have a love and a passion for people, communication and making people smile. I got offered the public relation and marketing position at Legacy Veterinary Clinic and could not be more excited for this adventure with an amazing group of people.
I have 2 dogs Gordi and Julio. In my spare time you can catch me at NFL games, dog parks, playing video games, camping and my favorite golfing. I look forward to meeting everyone and show you all the legacy I will create at the Legacy Vet Clinic.
Client Care Specialist
Hello, My name is Katherine, and I am a Client Care Specialist here at Legacy Vet Clinic. I also help as a technician assistant, which means I get to interact with the wonderful pets we care for. I graduated from Robertson College’s Vet Office and Technician Assistant Program in August, 2020.
I was born in the UK and moved to Canada when I was five. I went to the Alberta College of Art and Design and graduated in 2015 with a BA in Fine Arts. I love to travel and recently returned from teaching English in Japan for two years. Now that I’m back, I am dedicated to following the dream I have had since I was a child; taking care of animals. Since starting with Legacy Vet, I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with Dr. Maryam and her team. Everyone here is so passionate about the health of the animals, and I have already learned so much. In my role as receptionist, I look forward to greeting you all, answering your questions, and meeting your adorable pets!
Speaking of pets, I have a miniature dachshund named Sakura, and I recently adopted a Persian cat named Spring Roll. I have always loved critters of all types, and my dream is to one day own a duck.
When I’m not busy at work, I like to do creative things to relax. I love to sing, play the ukulele, crochet, and draw. My favorite thing to do in the world is taking a long nap. I’ll see you and your pet next time at Legacy Vet Clinic!
Client Care Specialist
Hi! My name is Kaylee. I graduated from Olds College in 2016 as a Veterinary Technical Assistant, I moved to Edmonton where I worked at a veterinary practice in Beaumont, AB for a year and a half and then moved back to Calgary in the spring of 2018. I worked at one other vet clinic in Calgary before having the opportunity to work with Dr. Maryam and the rest of the great staff here at Legacy Vet Clinic. I am looking forward to meeting all clients of Legacy Vet and your beloved pets!
I love all furry creatures, however, I have a huge soft spot for felines. I have three cats – Rosie and Aslan who are brother and sister and Tobias who is the youngest. I also have a leopard gecko named Peaches! During my free time, I enjoy being outdoors when it is warm out, at a lake, or just simply enjoying the fresh air. I also love photography and I enjoy painting!
Ciao, everyone! My name is Ryleigh and I am the veterinary technician assistant here at the Legacy Veterinary Clinic. I have always loved animals but never owned any pets growing up. My mom thought four kids was more than enough chaos.
I started my journey of working with animals when I was 14, volunteering at my local vet clinic. At 16 I volunteered to wash dogs for a dog groomer. In 2016, I rescued my first dog, Ghost, a husky cross, from the Humane Society. Two years later I adopted Cozmo, another husky, so Ghost could have a brother.
After a few years of working outside the animal industry, I found myself out of work and looking for direction. On the suggestion of a friend, I started volunteering at the Legacy Vet Clinic. After a few months, they offered me a job. Working at the clinic has given me an opportunity to see all the different jobs available to me. I will be applying to go to school to study to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in the near future.