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!"

 

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.

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.

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.

Following this, Sally spent a few years travelling and working as a vet all over the world, practicing in countries such as Turkey, America 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.

 

When she's not saving animals, Sally likes to spend time hiking, horse riding, baking and travelling.

The first pets she had were two cats – Oliver, a ginger tom, and Rosanna, a female tortoiseshell. When she was young, she would sneak them into her bed at night where they would proceed to attack Sally's feet under the covers.

Dr 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 two 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.

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 and has always had a passion for animals. She knew from a young age that this was the industry for her.

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.

Natasha Oswald-Ilsley

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Veterinary Nurse

Natasha started work placement at Somersby Animal Hospital in August 2016 and on completion of her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing became a very valued vet nurse on the SAH team.

Before becoming a vet nurse, Natasha worked in the thoroughbred racing industry. Alongside her work at SAH, she also works with ex-racing greyhounds, rehabilitating them and helping them to find loving homes. 

Natasha has a keen interest in large animal medicine, as well as exotics and wildlife. Working at SAH allows her to pursue all these interests!

She has an impressive menagerie of animals of her home, including five horses, three dogs, four cats, three birds and one big Oscar fish! Pictured is "Peyote", her nine year old buckskin. 
 

Brooke Welsh

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Veterinary Nurse

Brooke grew up on a property, where from a young age she could be found bringing home ducklings and injured wildlife to care for. This sparked her passion for animals and she had wanted to be a vet nurse ever since. 

Brooke has been working in the animal industry as a qualified vet nurse since 2012. She started out in the Blue Mountains, where she developed a keen interest in wildlife and exotic animals. With this interest in mind, Brooke pursued further training and became a qualified zookeeper in 2016. She then continued to work as both a vet nurse and a zookeeper until she moved to the Central Coast. 

 

Brooke moved to the Central Coast in 2018, and at this point pursued further studies in animal behaviour and training, which allowed her to branch out to also teaching puppy preschool classes and other behaviour and obedience classes along side her vet nursing.

When not at work, Brooke enjoys spending my time with her three dogs Remi, Patch, Chewbacca, her bird Prinny and her bearded dragon, Cheeto.

Katrina Hadley

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Veterinary Nurse

Katrina started work placement at Somersby Animal Hospital in 2017, obtained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2019 and has since been a valued nurse here.

 

Katrina was lucky enough to spend her childhood surrounded by pets of all shapes and sizes and this fostered her love and passion for the well being of all creatures great and small. 

Life at the Hadley household is rather hectic, with fourteen horses, two cats, two dogs, three birds and an array of tropical fish! Whilst we're sure that Katrina would never play favourites, two standouts would be Marnie the sheltie and Malin the Norwegian Fjord horse (pictured).

Katrina aspires to pursue further studies within the veterinary industry, and has a bright future with the team at SAH.

Natasha Carlier

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Veterinary Nurse

Natasha began work experience placement at Somersby Animal Hospital in 2016, and obtained her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2018. At the end of 2019 she officially joined the team at SAH as a vet nurse.

 

Natasha grew up in England has always been surrounded by furred family members - from her parents cat Skittles that used to protect her as she slept in her cot (from her poor unsuspecting Nan!) to rabbits, guinea pigs and birds. She has always obsessed with horses, and around the age of 12 she finally prevailed and her Dad agreed to let her get her first horse. Natasha now lives with four horses, two cats and her long-suffering husband! Thankfully caring for and riding horses here on the Central Coast involves a lot less mud than it did in England!

 

Natasha has devoted her life to animals, having worked in several riding schools and yards over the years. Whilst working in a local saddlery, Natasha developed an interest in helping people to improve the well-being of their horses, and this in turn led her to pursue veterinary nursing. She loves the continual learning, challenges, and the variety of animals, as well as helping people to improve the well-being of all their pets. 

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.

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 and grey Galah named Herbie. She 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 and 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 is also a vet nurse. Her love of animals – especially horses, has motivated her throughout her studies. Working at SAH allows Kerrie to be exposed to an amazing cross section of animals - from Australian wildlife through to large animals such as horses and cattle.


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

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(02) 4372 1799

79-b Howes Road, Somersby

NSW, 2250, Australia

ABN: 24 602 766 692

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