About Us

Rob F. Stables, DVM, Owner and President
587-887-1934 ext. 1 | embryos@bowvalleygenetics.com


 Member of XL Vets

Dr. Rob Stables was born and raised with purebred Black Angus in Rosetown, Saskatchewan. He was an active member in 4-H and enjoyed his time on the cattle show circuit. He entered the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture in 1989 and was accepted into Veterinary Medicine in 1992. After graduating with his DVM in 1996, he went to work at Davis-Rairdan Embryo Transplants in Crossfield, AB following his interest in genetics and reproductive technology. He specialized in bovine embryo transfer for 8 years and perfected his bovine reproductive skills. In 2004 he joined Bow Valley Veterinary Clinic and purchased the clinic with his wife Candy in September of 2004. Over the next few years he grew the embryo transfer side of the practice to the point that it has become a fulltime commitment with the expansion of embryo transfer services and then into semen production and the construction of an export qualified bull stud.

Daryl Leppa, Sire Manager
306-858-7101 | siremanager@gmail.com

I grew up in West Central, Saskatchewan, on a mixed farming operation that had grain, a small purebred herd and a commercial herd. That is where my passion for the livestock industry started to develop. Through my childhood years, I was involved in 4-H and other junior beef programs intriguing my interest even more!

In my early adult years, I was involved in my family’s farm and I also had the interest to get involved in show and sale cattle preparation (fitting and clipping). Through the following years, I was very fortunate to work for many astute cattleman and beef leading purebred operations across North America, honing my knowledge about this great industry.

In 2008, I took on a new role as Show and Sale Cattle Manager at a prominent ranch at Six Mile Angus. As the title says what my part of their operations was. But it also got me involved with many of the other facets of the ranch like marketing, genetics, etc. etc.

In 2015 is when I decided I would take a different career path in my life with new challenges but stay in the industry I have passion for. In September 2015, I started working at Bow Valley Genetics.

Helen Bateman-Jackson, Laboratory Director
bvgl.labdirector@gmail.com

Helen Bateman-Jackson grew up in small town near Hamilton, Ontario. She graduated with a BSc in biomedical science from the University of Guelph followed by an MSc in Reproductive Physiology from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in conjunction with the Toronto Zoo. Helen’s Master’s thesis research was investigating and establishing semen cryopreservation protocols in domestic Dogs as a model for the Red Wolf. This lead to a position as a research Associate at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo in the US, where she researched semen cryopreservation, in-vitro fertilization, and embryo culture and transfer in a wide range of species – predominately feline, rhino and mustelid species. Helen has a large number of scientific publications in the animal reproductive field including publications in Theriogenology, Animal Reproductive Science, Biology of Reproduction, and Zoo Biology journals. After moving her family back to Canada, Helen joined the BVG team in November 2016, applying her reproductive, cryopreservation and research skills to Bovine semen production and freezing. As Lab Director, Helen aims to ensure semen frozen at Bow Valley meets and exceeds a high standard of quality whether used for AI, embryo flushing or IVF.

Justin Glessman, Donor Manager
403-362-1934

Justin Glessman grew up in Saskatchewan with 4-H being a big part of his up bringing. Justin attended the University of Saskatchewan and Lakeland College to obtain his Diploma in Animal Science Technology in Purebred Beef. He was on the Lakeland College Purebred Beef Team where he was in charge of Herd Health. Justin also attended the fall and spring shows that the Purebred Team promotes every year and helped with the Beef Day Bull Sale Lakeland College put on every spring. He became the Donor Manager in May 2016 to be responsible for donor health, injections, records, and other day-to-day jobs at the E.T. Barn. Justin is looking forward to helping you with any of your donor questions.

Justin Kristjansson, DVM
587-887-1934 Ext 4 or 403-793-0909 | jrkristjansson@bowvalleygenetics.com

Dr. Justin Kristjansson was raised in southern Manitoba on a cow-calf operation specializing in purebred Shorthorn and commercial cattle production. Justin’s involvement in the management of the farm and genetic improvement of the herd lead to an interest in veterinary medicine, especially assisted reproductive technologies. Undergraduate studies in Biology at Brandon University and Animal Science at the University of Saskatchewan allowed Justin to stay active in the family farm and expand the purebred herd via embryo transfer. Justin’s years at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine were spent seeking out opportunities to advance his understanding, skill set, and specialization in all areas of bovine reproduction. Justin joined Bow Valley Genetics as the Centre Veterinarian in May of 2017 after graduating from the WCVM and enjoys all aspects of overseeing the health and production of all of the bulls in stud, donors cows, and recipients. Justin is passionate about working with all our clients to optimize the efficiency of the role that assisted reproductive technologies play in their herds genetic advancement goals.

Kim Ranger, Office Management
587-887-1934 Ext 3 | bvgl.office@gmail.com

Kim is a 9-year veteran of Bow Valley. Having worked first with small animals then joining the BVGL team at its start—In the past it was early morning drives with Dr. Stables for flushing and embryo transfer, to now- managing the front office. Kim has been an integral member of the team. With a love of animals, and an 8-year history working as a Veterinary assistant, Kim is both passionate and well-suited for her role at BVGL. You can find Kim at the front desk assisting a customer or lending a helping hand wherever needed. She loves her work at BVGL, and the amazing team around her.

Marianne Janzen, Distribution and Office Assistant
587-887-1934 Ext. 0 | bvgl.labtech@gmail.com

Marianne was born and raised on a farm in Rainier Alberta. She was a member of 4-H for several years until going off to Olds College to take the Animal Health Technology course. She worked for Bow Valley Vet Clinic for a few years until starting a family in Rosemary, where she currently still lives with her husband Matt and their three children. She has been with Bow Valley Genetics since 2013.

Roxy Gentis, Embryologist
bvgl.ivf@gmail.com

Roxy is the Chief Embryologist at Bow Valley Genetics since January 2018. She is originally from South Africa where she obtained her master’s degree in human Reproductive Biology. Roxy is starting up our very own in-house IVF laboratory whereby we can offer many innovative techniques to our clients.

Rae-Lynn Armstrong, Sire Assistant Manager

Rae Lynn Armstrong grew up on a family ranch just outside of Bassano. Proud mother of three, she has been a professional trick rider and stunt woman for the last 22 years. She has also performed across North America entertaining audiences.

Jacques Du Toit, Assistant Herdsman

Jacques is originally from South Africa and has been at Bow Valley Genetics since March 2018 as the Donor Herdsman. Jacques takes care of the client’s donors and prepares them for the various procedures including embryo recoveries and oocyte collections. Jacques is always around to lend a helping hand, whether it be to the vets, staff or clients.

Krista Scherger, Assistant Herdsman

Krista Scherger grew up in Southern Alberta in a farm and ranch family. She was always very involved in rodeo and 4-H. She attended LCC and then went on to manage a 25,000 head feedlot in Enchant. There she acquired her knowledge in herd health and feed bunk management. She now lives outside of Bassano with her husband and two young boys. At BVG, she helps with semen collections, feeding, and general daily health of the animals. It is her priority to make sure every bull has top quality care while at our facility.

Trisha Pynten, Laboratory Technician
bvgl.embryos@gmail.com

Trisha is originally from the small Alberta town of Kitscoty. She grew up in a 4-H family where her love of animals began. After she finished high school, Trisha took a year off and travelled to New Zealand where she worked on a dairy farm. Coming back from New Zealand, Trisha then went into the University Transfer program at Lakeland college for one year then transferred to the University of Saskatchewan. Trisha spent 4 years at the U of S studying Animal Bioscience. Trisha’s position at BVGL is Embryologist. You can find her in the embryo lab where she will be searching, freezing/thawing and implanting.

Robin RetzlaffLaboratory Technician

Robin Retzlaff is a local! Born and raised on a farm near Rosemary, AB.  She recently graduated from Ambrose University with a BSc in Biology, focusing in Health Sciences.  Robin previously worked seasonally with BVG, when not in school, and started full-time in April 2018 as a semen lab technician. Robin chose BVG to start her Animal Science career and is excited to dive deeper into the world of bovine reproduction and genetics!

Stephanie HarbinsonLaboratory Technician

Stephanie Harbinson grew up in small town Bassano, AB. She attended a year in Vermillion at Lakeland College, where she took general agriculture. Stephanie has been with Bow Valley Genetics since July 2017 as a vet tech. In her spare time, she keeps busy on their family farm.

Lisa Peeters, Laboratory Assistant

Lisa grew up on a dairy farm east of Duchess AB. Upon graduating from high school she perused her passion of horses. She trained horses for a few years before deciding to go back to school. Lisa then graduated from Olds Collage with a diploma in Animal health Technology in 2015. Once she graduated Lisa worked in Equine reproduction, focusing on breeding and embryo collection. Lisa decided to peruse a career at BVGL due to her interests in reproduction and cattle.

Rob F. Stables, DVM
Owner and President
587-887-1934 ext. 1
embryos@bowvalleygenetics.com

Daryl Leppa
Sire Manager
306-858-7101
siremanager@gmail.com

Marianne Janzen
Distribution and Office Assistant
587-887-1934 Ext. 0
bvgl.labtech@gmail.com

Kim Ranger
Office Management
587-887-1934 Ext 3
bvgl.office@gmail.com

Justin Glessman
Donor Manager
403-362-1934

Justin Kristjansson
DVM
587-887-1934 Ext 4
403-793-0909
jrkristjansson@bowvalleygenetics.com

Helen Jackson-Bateman
Laboratory Director
bvgl.labdirector@gmail.com

Trisha Pynten
Laboratory Technician
bvgl.embryos@gmail.com

Robin Retzlaff
Laboratory Technician

Roxy Gentis
Embryologist
bvgl.ivf@gmail.com

Lisa Peeters
Laboratory Assistant

Rae-Lynn Armstrong
Sire Assistant Manager

Stephanie Helmle
Laboratory Technician

Krista Scherger
Assistant Herdsman

Jaques Du Toit
Assistant Herdsman

Shantelle Patterson
Assistant Herdsman

Cody Allison
Assistant Herdsman

Patricia Fawley
Embryo Technician

Alexander Cameron
Semen Lab Assistant

Maxine Chizik
General Assistant