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
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
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 Wendy Fisher
BVSc(Hons) MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine, Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care)
Wendy graduated from Sydney University in 1997 and headed straight over to the UK for 4 years. She returned in 2002 with an English husband in tow. Wendy’s first 5 years in practice were spent with a focus on large animals but then changed focus onto small animals after moving to Newcastle in 2004.
For the next 7 years she worked in local Newcastle practices and successfully passed her membership examinations in Small Animal Medicine and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2009 and 2010 respectively. It was during this time that she started casual weekend and public holiday work at a local emergency centre. This cemented an interest in emergency and critical care practice and when she went back to the UK for 3 years in 2011, she worked in full-time emergency practice.
Wendy spent several years in management but has recently chosen to return to work as a practising vet. In her spare time Wendy enjoys nothing more than spending time with her husband and 3 daughters, preferably in outdoor activities and camping.
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 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.