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 emergency small animal medicine, the horse racing industry and as a horse stud vet. She has a great love of native wildlife and works with Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, Blackbutt Reserve and Australian Reptile Park.

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

 

She discovered her love for travel shortly after graduation. She is a certified scuba diver and has travelled all over the globe in search of the perfect dive site.

Robin's achievements also include:

 

Practitioner Of The Year 2019 - ASAV

Wildlife Rehabilitation Award 2017 - Australian Wildlife Society

 

Gabriela Dahmen

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Business Manager, 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 three dogs, Gavin, Rusty and Kuki, her horse Corsica, three 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.

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 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 and Social Media Coordinator

Katerina graduated from the University of Sydney 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 Justine Norwood

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Veterinarian

Growing up in Sydney with a menagerie of much adored pets (including dogs, cats, birds, rodents and reptiles) and caring for orphaned and injured wildlife, Justine has a passion for pets and wildlife.

 

With a background in wildlife and tourism businesses and the qualification of Master in Business Administration,  Justine returned to study at University of Sydney, graduating as a veterinarian 2017.

 

Since qualifying as a veterinarian,  Justine has worked in general practice and emergency care in Sydney and the Central Coast.

 

Outside of work, you will find Justine exploring bush walking trails or at the dog beach with her family and super enthusiastic dog, joined by a foster puppy or two.

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.

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.

Hollie Spender

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Veterinary Nurse

Hollie has been a qualified Veterinary Nurse for an impressive 24 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. She graduated and worked in Sydney for three years before moving to the United Kingdom where she locumed for four years, working in a variety of hospitals.

 

When she returned home, she joined the Internal Medicine team at North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre where she worked for 6 years before joining their Emergency team. She now divides her time between Somersby Animal Hospital and a local Emergency Hospital.

 

Hollie joined our team at Somersby so she could spend more time working with Australian wildlife. She is a registered wildlife carer and is particularly passionate about macropods but adores all species. She can often be found spending her lunch breaks outside on the grass with the wallabies she is raising!

Courtney Smart

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Veterinary Nurse

Courtney completed her Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse work placement at Somersby Animal Hospital in 2019 and we immediately jumped at the opportunity to add her to our team.

 

Courtney has a strong passion for wildlife and patient care. She predominantly works as our ICU nurse, ensuring all hospitalised patients are provided the highest level of care. 

Outside of work Courtney has her hands full with her two dogs, Luna and Noogie, one bird, three turtles, and hilarious daughter LIv

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.

Leah Zwaanswijk

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Veterinary Nurse

Leah was born in Albury and spent a lot of time growing up on her grandmother's farm with her horses and dogs, where her love of animals started. She worked as a chef for 20 years before changing career paths and chasing her dream of working with animals. She joined the Somersby Animal Hospital team in 2020 and has been a wonderful addition. 

Leah is particularly passionate about horses and large animals, and would love to do further studies into their care. She spends a lot of time on her father's horse property. 

Leah is also passionate about large dogs and has a 4 year old husky, Harley and 1 year old malamute,  Nalah. The dogs, along with her two teenage daughters, keep her very busy outside of work!

Natasha Carlier

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Receptionist and Veterinary 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. 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.

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.

Frances Wilson

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Human Resources Officer

Frances holds a Bachelor of Management degree, majoring in Marketing and Human Resources. She worked in the pharmaceutical industry as an HR advisor for 8 years before making a change and becoming a Retail Store Manager.

With her strong passion for people, animals and customer service, she is here to support the team. Frances will help us to provide an even greater level of service and care to our clients and patients. 

In her free time, Frances loves to do yoga, play tennis and go to the beach with her family and dog, Daisy.