Meet the Doctors

bio_meisterDr. Babette Meister – Veterinarian
Dr. Meister is the owner of Paradise Animal Hospital and graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI in 2003. In 2005 Babette became a certified veterinary acupuncturist. Dr. Meister also has training in cruciate surgeries (knee surgeries) and ultrasound. Dr. Meister spent 3 years practicing in Saint John, New Brunswick and has been practicing in St. John’s, Newfoundland since 2006.

Dr. Meister is originally from Auburn, Nova Scotia and currently resides in St. John’s with her daughter Jovie. Dr, Meister also has two cats (Sam and Lester) and two dogs (Roger and Alice). Dr. Meister can also be found hosting the TV show Save My Pet or Pet ER on the Animal Planet. Dr. Meister feels privileged and excited to be providing her services to the residents of Paradise and the surrounding Avalon region.


bio_collinsDr. Tracy Collins – Veterinarian
Dr. Collins graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2009 and has been working at the Paradise Animal Hospital since 2010. Dr. Collins has a keen interest in surgery and dentistry and has received extra training in both of these areas.

In her spare time, Dr. Collins enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing. She also enjoys cooking, music and traveling. Dr. Collins currently resides in Portugal Cove-St. Philips with her husband and her greyhound, border collie mix, and 5 cats.


bio_mercerDr. Melanie Mercer – Veterinarian

Dr. Mercer was born and raised in Spaniard’s Bay. Dr. Mercer graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2007 and worked in Southern Ontario for four years. Dr. Mercer returned home to Newfoundland and joined the Paradise Animal Hospital in 2011. Dr. Mercer now resides in Paradise with her husband Christian, daughter Elouise,their two cats (Savannah and Oliver) and their beloved beagle Karma. Dr. Mercer enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in preventative medicine and animal welfare.

Dr. Mercer enjoys visiting the dog park and running with her dog Karma, as well as travelling to Europe to explore her husband’s home country of France.


bio_effendiDr. Jennifer Effendi – Veterinarian

Dr. Effendi graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2012. She is originally from Toronto, Ontario and shortly after graduation she moved to St. John’s. Dr. Effendi enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in surgery, pain management and preventative care (particularly nutrition, dermatology and client education). During her veterinary education, she worked at veterinary clinics in both Toronto and Calgary. She also volunteered with “Global Vets” in East Africa working with both domestic and wild animals.

Dr. Effendi enjoys exploring all that St. John’s and Newfoundland has to offer. Dr. Effendi is so grateful to have found such a great practice to welcome her to Newfoundland.

bio_gaultonDr. Melissa Gaulton – Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa Power is a Mount Pearl native who knew she wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she could remember. Dr. Power fulfilled her dream in 2014, when she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College. She is no stranger to Paradise Animal Hospital, as she has worked with our staff and clients all through veterinary school. Melissa has a special interest in owner education, preventative wellness care, ophthalmology, surgery and internal medicine.

She also has had additional training in Veterinary Acupuncture while at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Dr. Power currently resides in Mount Pearl with her husband Brent, and their special little terrier Rupert. In her spare time Melissa likes to be active and can usually be found hiking with Rupert.

Dr. Maria Kearney- Veterinarian

mariaDr.Maria Kearney graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2016, and started her career at Paradise Animal Hospital shortly after graduation. She was born and raised in Paradise, and she is very excited to be practicing in her hometown. Dr. Kearney enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a special interest in feline healthcare, animal behavior, and preventative medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Kearney enjoys hiking, reading, travelling and spending time with her family and friends, her partner Graham and their two wonderful cats, Dory and Martin.

deDr. Deirdra Johnson- Veterinarian

Dr. Deirdra Johnson graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2016 and began working at Paradise Animal Hospital shortly thereafter. In 2009, she graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science degree and then moved to Charlottetown, PEI to pursue a Master in Science in Epidemiology from the University of PEI. Dr. Johnson also works as an aquaculture veterinarian with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has special interests in internal medicine and cardiology,

Born and raised in Newfoundland, Dr. Johnson moved back home after veterinary school and currently resides in Bay Bulls with her husband Darcy, daughter Ivy, German shorthaired pointer Ollie, and her two cats Puss Williams and Henry