(02) 4372 1799

79-b Howes Road, Somersby

NSW, 2250, Australia

ABN: 24 602 766 692

©2020 by Somersby Animal Hospital.

DR ROBIN CRISMAN

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Head Veterinarian and Director

Robin graduated from Texas A&M University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Veterinary Science. She has been in practice for over 25 years. Robin has worked in a variety of environments including Racing NSW as a race day vet, in the breeding shed of several large horse studs both in Texas and Australia. She also has a great love of native wildlife working with Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, Blackbutt Reserve and Australian Reptile Park.

Robin developed her love for emergency and critical care during her time as a Assistant Chief of Staff of a 15+ Dr practice back in Texas. While working at this practice she was voted Best Vet in Dallas.

 

She discovered her love for travel shortly after graduation. She is a certified scuba diver and that allowed  travels all over the globe inn search of the perfect dive site.

Robin's achievements also include:

 

Practitioner Of The Year 2019 - ASAV

Wildlife Rehabilitation Award 2017 - Australian Wildlife Society

 

"One of my favourite things about veterinary Medicine is getting to meet all the great owners and their wonderful pets!"

 

Michelle Sizer

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Director 

Michelle is a qualified veterinary nurse and has been working in the veterinary industry since 2001. By combining her love of travel with her career, Michelle was able to broaden her experience in England as a locum; working as a Veterinary Nurse before returning to Australia to take her career forward as a Practice Manager. In 2015-16, Michelle was recognised as Veterinary Nurse of the year.

Michelle’s lifelong passion for animals has been the driver that prompted her work in the veterinary industry where she could enjoy spending time with animals and helping to make sure they are healthy and well cared for. This extends to community work as a senior instructor at the local pony club at a younger age.

Outside of work she enjoys getting outside with her husband and two beautiful children Emma and Lachlan. They also share their home with their loving Border Collie Daisy and four cats Daphne, Ebony, Mopsy and Henry.

Gabriela Dahmen

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Canine Myofunctional Therapist and Director

Gabriela combines her  finance and human resources skills with a passion for all animal welfare.

It was this combination that gave traction to the concept of a mixed practice animal hospital able to cater to a wide range of animals large, small, domestic and wild. As a team with distinctive skill sets, Gabriela joined up with Robin and Michelle to create Somersby Animal Hospital.

Gabriela has a  Canine Myofunctional Therapist. Canine Myofunctional Therapy (CMT) is a therapeutic treatment that integrates specialised remedial massage of soft tissues and stretching techniques; it encourages proper muscle function and aids restricted joint movement by addressing muscular dysfunction. It also helps in the treatment of common musculoskeletal problems.

Gabriela holds a Certificate and Diploma in Canine Myofunctional Therapy from the National College of Traditional Medicine (NCTM) and she is a member of the Small Animal and Equine Naturopathic Association (SAENA).

Gabriela enjoys the company of her 3 dogs: Ozzie, Rusty and Kuki, horses: Corsica and Millie, 3 goats and a flock of chickens.

Dr Sally Fawcett

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Veterinarian

Sally graduated from the Sydney University Veterinary School in 2008. She spent her first years in the profession in the Hunter Valley working in a mixed practice with a strong focus on equine reproduction and general equine medicine.

Sally subsequently took time away from Australia to travel and work as a vet in such places as Turkey, USA and Sri Lanka before returning to mixed practice on the Central Coast.

Sally enjoys everything about being a vet, in particular the ‘problem solving’ aspect of veterinary cases.

She also likes to spend time hiking, horseriding, baking bread and travelling.

The first pets she had where 2 cats – Oliver, a ginger tom, & Rosanna, a tortie girl. She was about 6 or 7 years old and she would sneak them into bed at night where they would proceed to attack Sally's feet under the covers.

Georgia Gibbs

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Veterinarian

Georgia recently completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney. Prior to this, she had completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Biology at Macquarie University. During her studies, she worked as a veterinary nurse at a small animal hospital on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

 

As a veterinarian, Georgia is passionate about helping owners give their animals the best quality of life through evidence-based medicine and best practice principles. Her areas of interest include small animal soft tissue surgery, ultrasonography and equine sports medicine. The most rewarding aspect of her work is helping sick and injured animals recover and return to their families.

 

From as far back as Georgia could remember she wanted to be a vet. Her love of animals, and the satisfaction that she gets from caring for them, is evident in all aspects of her life. Georgia spends most of her spare time riding her horses, walking her dogs and cuddling up with her 2 naughty cats.

Dr Katerina Skarbek

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Veterinarian

Katerina graduated from the University of Sydney in 2019 where she completed a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with first class honours from the University of Newcastle. Throughout her studies she worked as a veterinary nurse in both an inner city small animal clinic and a specialist equine hospital.   

 

Katerina has always wanted to be a vet. She grew up on a boutique horse stud in the Hunter Valley, where she was always doing something animal-related; be it fostering kittens, hand-raising goats, rehabilitating wildlife or training young horses. Outside of work, Katerina spends her time with her dog, Charlie, and cat, Tabitha, or with her horses, Storm and Aramis.

 

Wildlife, horses and exotic species are Katerina’s key interests as a veterinarian. Working somewhere that would give her the opportunity to treat a variety of animals was very important to Katerina and as such she is incredibly excited to be part of the team at Somersby Animal Hospital.

Dr Micaela Elphick

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Veterinarian

Micaela has been a small animal vet for 30 years and completed postgraduate training in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Over that period she has worked around Australia and in England.

 

Micaela owned her own practice for 14 years. She also spent time teaching veterinary students. Micaela first met and worked with Robin about 10 years ago. At that time they both realized that they had similar philosophies and passion for their veterinary work and so Micaela was delighted to have the opportunity to join the Somersby team.

 

She believes strongly in the importance of animal welfare work and has done several overseas veterinary volunteer placements and continues to be involved locally with animal welfare.

Rose Jackson

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Head Veterinary Nurse

Rose began her nursing days up here on the Coast in mixed animal practice and gained her Certificate IV nursing qualification from TAFE NSW in 2011.

To gain further knowledge and see the world Rose began her travels in 2014. First up was Asia, and the highlight was volunteering at an animal charity for 3 weeks on the island of Koh Chang, Thailand. Rose then travelled to Europe and settled in the UK where she was a locum nurse at various small animal practices for close to a year.

Upon returning to Australia in 2015 she moved to Sydney and accepted a nursing position at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital where she performed a nursing rotation throughout the various departments before settling in the treatment and dermatology areas. Mixed practice was something that she missed while away from the Coast so she decided to accept the role of head nurse when SAH opened in April 2016.

Overall, Rose thrives on variety in her nursing and is keen to develop her practical nursing skills wherever possible. In her free time, Rose enjoys spending as much time at the beach as possible, hiking, horse riding and road trips to visit friends. She shares her home with her partner Ryan and their Devon Rex cats Skimbleshanks and Shroomy who runs the house.

Jessica Horne

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Veterinary Nurse

Jess has been working with animals in the veterinary industry since 2013 while studying to gain her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Growing up, Jess has always felt a strong affinity towards animals of all sizes, knowing from a young age that working in the veterinary industry was what she wanted to do. 

Outside work, Jess loves getting active with friends and spending time with her Kelpie X 'Charlie', who very boldly demands attention at all the time. 

Jess loves working in the beautiful surroundings of Somersby alongside a wonderful supportive veterinary family, and has a particular interest in large animal nursing and animal rehabilitation

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Michelle Spratt

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Veterinary Nurse

Michelle has had an affinity with animals her whole life. She has a particular interest and affection for the Australian wildlife and so in 2009 she began working at a local wildlife park. This was an opportunity to further her education and evolved her skills a carer of native animals; getting them back to health and into their environment.

 

Michelle extended this love for animals into the veterinary world and began her veterinary nursing qualifications. Since 2012, Michelle has been a veterinary nurse and continues to enjoy all aspects of nursing, in particular dentistry.

 

Michelle also continues her education in special areas such as pathology and critical care nursing. She has adopted and hand raised her beautiful Ragdoll cat Luna. Luna is full of personality and has everyone very well trained as a comfortable cushion when it comes time to relax at home.

Jordan Dwyer

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Veterinary Nurse

My passion for animals started when I was 5 years old when my family adopted an abandoned rescue dog called “Robbie”.

At 17 years of age I started my career in the animal industry by volunteering at my local wildlife park Walkabout Wildlife Park for 2 years then moved on to Taronga Zoo as a volunteer in the Australian fauna department when not long after I was offered a casual position. After a couple of years at Taronga I then went travelling from living & doing a snow season at perisher to visiting Asia & moving around the east coast of Australia, I finally settled in back home and decided to do my veterinary nursing course where I studied for 18 months with a secured position to complete my course through Somersby Animal Hospital here I am lucky enough to stay on and be one of the veterinary nurses.

My hobbies and interests include traveling and camping. I enjoy all sorts of fitness & training and compete in powerlifting completions. At home I spend most of my time feeding & caring for my rabbit Snickers, Lorikeet Bundy and Bearded Dragon Slick.

Natasha Oswald-Ilsley

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Veterinary Nurse

Tash started work placement at SAH in August 2016 and is nearing completion of her Certificate IV Nursing Course. Here are some fun facts about Tash!

Her fur include, 5 horses, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 3 birds and 1 big Oscar fish.
This is "Peyote" the Buckskin who’s 7. 

Tash's interests are large animal medicine as well as exotics and wildlife. She loves how SAH has such a large variety of animals that come into the hospital, it makes everyday so different!

Her avourite part of SAH would have to be the fully equipped treatment area which is where the intensive care facility is located. This allows for close monitoring and gives the best care for each patient.

Erica Sialer

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Veterinary Nurse

I obtained my certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2010 in Barcelona, Spain, where I worked in two of the largest referrals hospitals in the city.

 

One day I decided to go travelling around the world and eventually made it to Sydney. Here I worked as a volunteer at Symbio for three months, then I had the opportunity to work for Small Animal hospital Specialist SASH, filling positions in different departments such as Treatment room, Ophthalmology, Oncology and Radiology. In the last year and a half I have focused on general anaesthesia for MRI Scans.


I share my spare time with my partner Manu and my DSH cat Angelo; I also dedicate as much time as possible to my other passion: the world of knitting, which includes spinning my own wool, dyeing it and overall fabric crafting.

Katrina Hadley

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Veterinary Nurse

I started work placement at Somersby Animal Hospital in 2017 and obtained my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2019.

 

My childhood was spent with pets of all shapes and sizes and this upbringing has shaped my love and passion for the well being of all creatures great and small. 

I share my home with 14 horses, 2 cats, 2 dogs, 3 birds and an array of tropical fish. I love spending time at the beach with Marnie my Sheltie.

Malin my Norwegian Fjord pictured with me is the same breed of horse featured in the Disney movie Frozen. These horses are one of the oldest domesticated breeds in the world.

I aspire to continue studying within the veterinary industry, and I look forward to progressing into the future with the team at SAH.

Kerrie Bleakley

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Veterinary Nurse / Receptionist

Kerrie has had a love of animals since she was a child. Her earliest memory was of a character filled Pembroke Corgi named Scamp and a pink & grey Galah named Herbie.
Kerrie decided to take a big career change in June 2015 when she started the process of training to become a vet nurse completing Certificate II & III in animal studies, then on to her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing which she completed in June 2017.


Kerrie’s inspiration to train as a veterinary nurse came from her youngest daughter Mel who has been vet nursing for 6 years. Her love of animals – especially the equine type has motivated her through her studies. Working at Somersby Animal Hospital gives a wonderful cross section of small animals from Australian Wildlife through to large animals such as horses & cattle.


Outside of work Kerrie loves to spend time with her family, go horse riding, camping and loves the beach. Kerrie is also a keen cake decorator.


In the future Kerrie would love to pursue her interest in Equine massage and further her knowledge and ability in this area. She would also like to get involved with Vets beyond borders.

Michele Jones

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Veterinary Receptionist

Michele has had love of animals ‘in her blood’ since she was very young. Even at the age of 4, she routinely begged her father to buy a pony and a paddock. Her dream of owning a horse would not be fulfilled until she was 34.

Michele joined the Veterinary Industry in 1999, when she volunteered to work at Fox Valley Animal Hospital in Wahroonga whilst completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Despite other commitments, Michele was able to secure a part-time position at the hospital and in this way retain her link to veterinary nursing.

In 2004, she was able to combine her love of animals with her administration experience, working as a hospital receptionist, greeting clients and pets. Michele feels it was here she finally felt she had ‘arrived’ in the Veterinary industry, loving her role & making a real contribution as she quickly became a favourite of pets and clients alike, with her genuine empathy that was recognised by colleagues.

In 2009 Michele broadened her experience and client liaison skills when she joined the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) at North Ryde. Working for a company with extremely high standards, gave Michele immense and invaluable experience.

Michele's expertise has made us fortunate to have her as part of our dedicated team.

Natasha Carlier

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Veterinary Nurse

I began my work experience placement at Somersby Animal Hospital in 2016, and obtained my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2018.

 

I have had furry family members for as long as I can remember - from my parents cat Skittles that I am told used to protect me as I slept in my cot (from my poor unsuspecting Nan!) to rabbits, guinea pigs and small birds as I grew up in the UK. I was always obsessed with horses, and around the age of 12 I finally prevailed and my Dad agreed to let me take on a horse on loan. I now live with 4 horses, 2 cats and my long suffering husband! Thankfully caring for and riding horses here on the Central Coast involves a lot less mud than it did in England.

 

I have worked in several riding schools and yards over the years, being responsible for the care of their horses as well as my own. Whilst working in a local saddlery I developed an interest in helping people to improve the well-being of their horses, and this in turn led me to pursue veterinary nursing. I love the continual learning, the challenges, and the variety of animals that we get to meet, as well as helping people to improve the well-being of all their animals. 

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Malu Wakeham

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Herbalist For Companion Pets (Dogs and Cats)

Malu has combined her love for animals and passion for Herbal Medicine. She developed this keen interest in her early 20s while living in Germany and Switzerland where herbal medicines play a strong traditional role. Her studies and experience lead her to understand the medicinal benefits of herbs, especially to treat chronic-and deep-seated ailments.

Conventional Veterinary Medicine and Herbal Medicine can complement each other to provide your pet with an optimal medical outcome.

Malu holds her Diploma in Companion Pet Herbalism from the National College of Traditional Medicine (NCTM).

Malu grew up around dogs and horses and today enjoys the company of her lovely 10 year old German Shepherd, Axel.