Our Team

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Leena Sandström

Veterinarian

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I graduated as a veterinarian 1997 in Sweden. I have worked with small animals nearly my entire professional career. In my work I am especially interested in cardiology, internal diseases and ultrasonography. Alongside my job I am undergoing further education in cardiology in the european programme ESAVS.
My family consists of my husband, 3 children, 4 papillon dogs and two cats. My free time I like to spend gardening and playing the piano.

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Pamela Kvarngård

Veterinarian

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I graduated as a veterinarian in 2013.
I have worked in small animal clinics since 2013, and in Saari animal clinic since 2015.
Professionally I am interested in many areas of small animal medicine, and at the moment I am undergoing further education in orthopedics in the european programme ESAVS.
My family consists of my husband Assaf, our son David and dogs Muli and Nelli, and cat Rupert.
In my spare time I spend time with my family, I also like to read and take walks in nature.

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Assaf Wydra

Veterinarian

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I graduated as a veterinarian in 2011. After graduating I was working for 2 years in a small animal hospital in Israel. I have been working in Saari animal clinic since 2015.
My professional interests are dentistry, internal medicine, wild animals and acupuncture. At the moment I am undergoing further education in dentistry (Accesia academy), and have undergone further education also in e.g. acupuncture and wild animals.
Volunteer work is important for me, and I treat wild animals pro bono in cooperation with Nordic Wildlife Care. I also do some volunteer work with the local cat shelter and have also volunteered with homeless animals in Thailand.
My family consists of my wife Pamela, our son David, our dogs Muli and Nelli and a cat, Rupert. In my leisure time I like to spend time with my family, go out in nature, listen to music and watch movies.

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Nina Haglund

Veterinarian

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I graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Helsinki in 2017. I also have a pharmacist degree from 2010. I started working in Saari Animal Clinic in January 2020. I have previously worked in small animal clinics in Ostrobothnia and as an emergency on-call veterinarian for both small and large animals. I like my job as a veterinarian due to its versatility and contact with animals. The future will show what I will specialize in.

My family consists of my husband, labrador Malte and horse Mille. My spare time I enjoy spending in the stable or out in nature by the sea with family and friends.

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Sanna Koskiluhta

Clinic Manager, Veterinary Technician

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I graduated as a veterinary nurse in 2009, and have been working in Saari animal clinic since then. My hobby is riding and I have been competing in para dressage on an international level since 2019. Together with my horse Liptona III we have achieved one gold medal and two silver medals from the Finnish championships
My leisure time is filled by riding and taking care of horses, and I also have a cat at home. My spare time is spent taking care of horses and any vacations often in training and competition trips, therefore at the moment I donät have other pets. Funnily enough one of my favorite jobs is shaving cats or assisting in a successful acute surgery. At work I also do administrative tasks.

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Jenni Ruotsala

Head Veterinary Technician

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Animals have always been my biggest passion and interest. I graduated as an animal caretaker with focus on small animal care year 2010. I have been working in Saari animal clinic since 2014, and got my veterinary technician title 2018. The best with this work is that it is interesting, various and very rewarding. I am especially fond of cats and their care. To my family belongs my fiancé, our four indoor cats, one dog and two minipigs. We also have an aquarium. My free time I mostly spend at home with the animals, and I never say no to watching a good movie.

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Sini Salmela

Veterinary Technician

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Animals have always been close to my heart, so I decided to study to be a veterinary
technician. I graduated in 2019. I also have a bachelor’s degree in international tourism management
and human resource management.
My family includes a husband, 2 rescue dogs, 6 cats and a yellow-naped amazon. I have done a lot of
volunteer work with animals around the world and I am also a board member at the cat shelter. My free time
I spend with my friends and animals and I travel as much as I can.

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Meri Vilén

Veterinary Nurse Apprentice

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I have a horse caretaker qualification and at the moment I am doing an apprenticeship in veterinary nursing. Animals have been an important part of my life since I was a child. I have two cats and horses at home. Cats are especially close to my heart. I spend my free time with my son and my animals, and I also enjoy being out in nature.

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Guy Goldsmith

Candidate of Veterinary Medicine

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I will graduate as a veterinarian in 2022.
My career is at its beginning and my professional interests are still developing, however currently I have great interest in wildlife and internal medicine.
My family consists of my wife, 5 dogs and 4 cats.
In my free time I train karate, enjoy walks in nature, gardening, knitting and listening to good music.

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Ida-Maria Back

Veterinary technician

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Since childhood animals have always been a big part of my life. After studying to become a horse groom I practised in a veterinary clinic, after which the choice to study to be a veterinary technician was easy. I have worked at an animal clinic since 2012. Working as a veterinary technician is very rewarding and no two days are the same.
My family includes my partner, our three children, two dogs and a cat. In my free time I like to bake a tasty cake, hang out in the stable with my eldest daughter or just enjoy a long walk with the dogs.

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