Paul grew up on a mixed animal farm that backed onto Pigeon Lake in the Kawarthas. He remembers his father keenly observing animal behaviour. He had two uncles and an older brother who became veterinarians. He decided he wanted to follow in their footsteps. He graduated in 1984 and worked in a mixed animal practice as did his wife Barb. They have been in Gananoque since 1987. He enjoys small animals and is especially interested in behaviour, birds, pocket pets and exotics. To keep young he flies small planes, plays hockey and tries to keep up with his kids' sports.
Barb grew up in Thornhill with 2 brothers a sister and an assortment of pets. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian ever since she was 2. She graduated in 1984 from the Ontario Veterinary College where she also met her future husband. She came to Gananoque in 1987 and has been there ever since. She lives with her 4 children, husband, and again, a variety of pets. She loves to cross country ski with their Standard Poodle 'Cheena', horseback rides regularily and is very happy in her career especially surgery and opthalmology.