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 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 Sarah Stewart

B. Psych (Hons) BVSc

Sarah graduated from Sydney University in 2015 and began working on the Central Coast soon after. Originally from Sydney, Sarah decided to return to University to study Veterinary Science after working as a keeper at Taronga Zoo. Working at the zoo was not something Sarah had ever imagined, commencing as a volunteer Sarah hoped to see and experience animal training with wild animals following completion of an Honours Degree in Psychology with her thesis having focused on animal learning.
Sarah has a soft spot for Golden Retrievers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, with two mature goldie boys in the family and a demanding Cavalier known as “Monty Monster” being her constant companion. With three ‘mature’ canine family members Sarah is interested in ensuring that our older fur family members are well cared for and comfortable in their later years.

Dr Lauren Poulsom

BVSc MANZCVS(Medicine of cats)

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.

Dr Shana Doughney


Dr Shana graduated from Charles Stuart University, Wagga Wagga in 2016, moved to the Central Coast and has worked with mostly companion animals ever since. Dr Shana has special interests in small animal surgery, musculoskeletal disorders and post–surgery and injury rehabilitation. Outside of work enjoying a variety of outdoor activities, most prominently surf lifesaving and surf boat rowing in the summer and playing and umpiring AFL during rest of the year. Proud owner to a very friendly and ball-obsessed Kelpie, Finn.

Dr Aaron Bull


Dr Aaron is the newest member of the Doyalson family, he graduated from Sydney University and has recently joined the Doyalson team.
Aaron has an interest in internal medicine and is motivated to explore the many aspects of small animal medicine. Growing up on the Central Coast he enjoys spending his spare time outdoors whether it’s at the beach or playing sport. Aaron and wife Dannielle live with Sergio the border collie, Charlotte the Cavalier, Buddy the Ragdoll and Diego the parrot.

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