Our Vets

Our vets are passionate about veterinary science and committed to excellence. We have seven highly qualified veterinarians with over 60 combined years of experience in veterinary practice. The vets in our practice have worked in a range of quality veterinary hospitals in Australia and overseas.

DR Sally Smith

BVSc (Hons), MVSc

Sally is a ‘northerner’, graduating with honours from the University of Queensland in 1992. She chose Canberra to do her apprenticeship and spent 12 years in 2 large small animal hospitals there before travelling to the UK to work for a year. Sally has returned to settle on the Central Coast.

Her special interests are Ophthalmology and internal medicine. She has a Masters of Veterinary Studies from Murdoch University and owns a well behaved Staffy called Willow and two crazy British Shorthair cats called Minx and Angus. She enjoys camping and bike riding.

Dr Emma Leary

BVSc (Hons)

Emma graduated from Sydney University in 2008 with first class honours and joined our vet team early in 2009. She has a passion for her clients and their pets and loves being a vet. She has grown up on Lake Macquarie and in her time off is generally playing sport. We all love her great home made biscuits.

***Please note: Dr Emma is currently on maternity leave ***

Dr Kate Anderson

BVSc (Hons)

Dr Kate comes from the south, graduating with honours from Melbourne University in 2007. Kate has spent time in mixed practice in Victoria before heading overseas to locum in the UK. On return to Australia she has done some emergency work in Newcastle making her a fantastic medicine and critical care veterinarian.


Dr Karmen Fong


As a little girl growing up in Sydney, Karmen always dreamed of becoming a vet. After completing a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, she graduated from the University of Sydney and joined the Doyalson team in 2016. Her special interests include internal medicine, surgery and exotics. Outside of work, she spends her time playing cricket and entertaining her two greyhounds, Millie and Diesel.

Dr Melissa Paragreen


Melissa is a true Queenslander at heart, growing up in Brisbane and then moving to Townsville to study Veterinary Science where she graduated from the James Cook University in 2013. Since then she has settled on the Central Coast to work, and joined the Doyalson Animal Hospital in 2017. Melissa thoroughly enjoys working with her clients to improve the life of their furred (or feathered) family member and harbors a special interest in internal medicine and ultrasound. Outside of work Melissa spends her time playing tennis, hiking, painting or playing the harp.

Dr Joshua Dabrowski


Dr Joshua Dabrowski is the latest addition to our team, starting working at Doyalson Animal Hospital in June 2018. Originating from South Africa, he qualified in the top 5 of his class in 2005 and has years of experience in small animal diagnostics and advanced surgery. Together with his business partner, he ran an extremely successful and continuously expanding Small Animal practice in Johannesburg before immigrating to Australia.

Dr Josh is passionate about surgery and was mentored by a renowned specialist. He enjoys an extensive record of successful operations in his experience. He is motivated by the challenge of working up difficult cases and aiming for high standards of veterinary clinical practice. He is excited to start a new chapter in Doyalson.

Dr Josh is married with three young children. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, DIY projects, cycling and losing golf balls on the course. With a life- long passion for animals, he has always had a menagerie of pets in his keep, from Great Danes to snakes, tortoises and various other feathered and furry creatures.

Dr Lauren Poulsom


After graduating from The University of Sydney in 2013 Lauren her partner moved from Sydney to the Central Coast to be closer to their families in Newcastle. Having worked in the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle regions over the last five years Lauren is excited to be working closer to home and being part of the great team at Doyalson.

When not at work Lauren can be found at the beach or walking around the lake. She also enjoys travelling with her partner, Germany is by far their favourite country and Prague their favourite city. On rainy days Lauren loves a good crime fiction novel, or being rugged up with all of her fur babies on the couch watching a movie.

Their fur family consists of three cats: old stray cat Tom, the timid but loyal ginger Ernest, and snugly Burmese Margaret. Their family is completed by their beautiful nine-year-old Rex rabbit Eddi. Naturally because of her fur family Lauren has an interest in all things feline, rabbit & pocket pet medicine, as well as working with clients through challenging behavioural cases.

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