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 Debra Kneale


Debra graduated from The University of Sydney in 2003 and has worked in small animal practices around Newcastle since. In 2017 she joined the Doyalson Animal Hospital team. Dr Debra has a special interest for medical and endocrine cases. She has two active shorthaired pointers, Locki and Lucy and Molly the cat. Her spare time is spent enjoying her family and two gorgeous girls.

Dr Marcella Chan


Dr. Marcella achieved her childhood dream when she graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 2015.

After gaining sufficient experience working in a small animal clinic in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, Marcella was thrilled to join the Doyalson team in June 2017. She has always had a strong interest in soft-tissue surgery, emergency critical care, as well as is particularly passionate about caring for our feline patients. She enjoys interacting with our clients and their pets on a daily basis, ensuring the owners have all the best cares and knowledge to provide their pets a healthy and happy life.

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 Joshi 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.

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