Our support team consists of these delightful humans: Amanda, Tammy, Emma, Eliza, Tristan, Katarina, Bec, Veronika, Sophie & Chenoa  – all experienced holistic veterinary nurses, as well as our receptionists Sara, Adelle and our Saturday junior Skye.


Amanda

The Natural Vets Sunshine Coast - AmandaOur Wildlife Warrior and most loyal and long-term staff member, Amanda shares her home with three noisy and idiosyncratic Conure parrots and two Burmese cats, and enjoys walking in nature and bird spotting. She would love to live a quiet life in the country with a house full of parrots, cats and native plants.

“I have always loved animals, and started working as a voluntary nurse at Byron Bay Veterinary Surgery. I volunteered for a short time and then they employed me! I was also caring for wildlife at the time – possums, bandicoots, bats, a koala and many varieties of wild birds. I then decided to have a change and moved to the Sunshine Coast, where I was employed by Henry Stephenson at Kawana Waters Veterinary Clinic. I was able to continue my passion for vet nursing and was also introduced to homeopathy and alternative medicine.

“Throughout the years working with Henry my fur family consisted of a German Shepherd and two Burmese cats, they all lived extremely long lives due to the veterinary care they were given.  I am now owned by three cheeky Conure parrots , Bobby, Ribbit and Pineapple – two rescues and a stray. This has broadened my interest in wild birds at another level again, as pet birds are still wild in their heart and soul. Walking in nature and learning more about wildlife are my interests, together with my garden, cooking and sharing good food with friends and family.”


Tammy

The Natural Vets Holistic Nurse TammyBeautiful soul Tammy, our other most loyal and long-term staff member who started with us when Henry and Renee opened The Natural Vets’ doors. Tammy spends her days off horse-riding in the bush, is known to have an allergic reaction when she eats green sprouts, and hates having her photo taken. Everyone loves Tammy, especially our canine patients who know she always has a pocket full of treats ready for them!

“I’ve worked in the holistic veterinary world for over twenty years, first with Dr Henry at his old practice and then followed him to The Natural Vets. I have a love of all creatures great and small and have gained extensive knowledge on natural therapies by working alongside Dr Henry and Dr Renee. I love coming to work everyday with a smile and metaphorical hardhat ready for whatever the day may throw at me.

“I’m very passionate about small animal surgery and would like to further my studies in emergency nursing and equine medicine. I love The Natural Vets as it allows me to help animals naturally and holistically, and work with an amazing team.

“When I am not at work you can find me atop a horse, eating a sandwich or hanging out with my husband, daughter and two adorable dogs or teaching our bird some colourful language found only in the surgery room.”


Emma

The Natural Vets Sunshine Coast - Emma

Our Turquoise Mermaid, Emma loves to keep our clinic organised, tidy and free of clutter and works with incredible speed and efficiency – if you want to GSD you ask Emma! Emma is an exceptionally skilled veterinary Nurse, who gained her certification through the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London in 1993. When not returning to her UK homeland to visit family, Emma spends her holidays pretending to be a mermaid scuba diving in tropical waters amongst the coral, fish and sea life.

“I have worked in various large and small animal general practices in the UK and Australia, including Specialist Ophthalmic, Orthopaedic and Feline Centres before discovering my passion for holistic Veterinary Care at The Natural Vets. I love the beautiful Sunshine Coast lifestyle and been a part of The Natural Vets since 2015 – joining the team just a few months after the doors were officially opened.

“I am known as the clinic Cat Whisperer and regularly practice this skill with my Harry Bear! 😂 (or Prince Harry as he is sometimes called). With a talent for fixing or renovating things, I am usually the first one called upon when the clinic computers/printers/fridge/freezers/equipment break down, and am known to carry pliers and a tape measure in my handbag. When not at work, you will find me not far from the sea.”


Eliza

The Natural Vets Sunshine Coast - ElizaOur Intuitive Rabbit, Eliza always knows when something might be wrong with a patient and is quick to respond with compassion and care. She spends her days off paddle boarding with her two dogs William and Esky and may also be found chasing after the mischievous but gorgeous William dog who loves being off leash so much he doesn’t always come back! 

“What attracted me to a holistic practice:
Nature, energy, and plants heal!!!

I have always had a strong interest in natural therapies for myself and a passion for animals and wanted to work in both fields. When I discovered The Natural Vets clinic it was my dream job as I could combine the two! I cut out the advertisement for the business and stuck it on my fridge and everyday told myself “this is my job” and 4 months later I was blessed and hired by Renee. The power of affirmations 😊

How I became a nurse:
I grew up in Tasmania and was always taking in stray animals and I finding animals that would turn up at my doorstep. I worked as a stable hand in Hobart and did some volunteering at the RSPCA. I moved to Queensland in 2014 and did some volunteering in the wildlife centres before I found The Natural Vets clinic. Being a Vet Nurse makes my heart sing. I love it because it is so rewarding.

Interests:
When I am not working I will be anywhere outdoors in nature. I love the ocean and running in the rainforest with my two furry besties: Esky and William.

My pets: Esky: our rescue Kelpie x who is the loudest and boldest in our family. She is sporty spice and loves a competition.
William: our Kelpie x is a dreamer and the socialite of the family. Always up for a party, everyone tells us he is handsome including William.”


Tristan

The Natural Vets Sunshine Coast - TristanEveryone’s Soul Brother, Tristan has a gorgeous heart underneath the rough exterior of tattoos and loves to take care of everyone. A Star Wars and Harry Potter fan, Tristan was originally employed as Dr Renee’s Nanny and proved himself to be highly skilled at managing wild creatures (kids provide the best training ground for that!). And so, he was offered a job at The Natural Vets!

“Hi, I’m Tristan! I’ve been working at the Natural Vets since 2016 and we may have spoken over the phone, email or you may have seen me around the clinic.  I am currently studying a diploma in Equine and Companion Animal Combined Naturopathy and I also have a strong interest in canine nutrition.

“Animals have always been a part of my life from a young age. I was forever bringing them home, or nagging my family for more. I have loved them all from the crustacean to the canine, from the rat to cat, and bird and fish. One of the most beautiful experiences was recently having the opportunity to raise a native Spangled Drongo and soft releasing it. I have a strong connection with the North American wild wolves being born in the Chinese year of the dog, and love looking after all our patients here at The Natural Vets.

“I was attracted to working with Holistic Vets as it aligns with my core value of doing no harm. Holistic veterinary work uses the same techniques and medicines that I have been using for myself and my children for many years and so I have seen how effective it can be.

“I have an amazing dog who thinks she is tough but is scared of the hose, a cat who thinks he is the house ruler and 5 human children. If I’m not working you can find me running on the beach with my dog or padded up playing ice hockey at the local rink on the Gold Coast.”

Tristan had to move to the Gold Coast to support his growing young family. He now works mostly off-site answering our phones every morning and responding to all your emails. You can find him in the clinic on alternate Fridays.


Katarina

The Natural Vets Holistic Nurse Katarina

“I grew up in a small country town called Inverell and then to Tamworth. I grew up on large acreage surrounded by animals from large to small, all the moos, quacks, neighs, meows, woofs and many more… At 16 I moved to the Sunshine Coast and finished High School then went into University where for the last 4 years, I am completing my Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.

“I am fresh into the Veterinary world, but I strive to learn and begin many years of experience and gain more knowledge as well as continue holistic measures within my practice. I have interacted as well as rescued numerous animals which I will forever have passion for. When I am not at the clinic or studying, I enjoy scuba diving, hiking, yoga/Pilates and travelling.

“I am very grateful to Dr Renee and the team to welcome and help me in which I am able to learn new things every single day. I feel blessed and am able to continue my passion for caring for animals. I feel I can really help them as well as clients. To welcome clients and their animals into the clinic and make them feel as comfortable as possible, as a visit to the vet can sometimes be stressful especially for the fur-babies.”


Bec

The Natural Vets Sunshine Coast - BecAnother highly skilled and compassionate Nurse, Bec has also trained in acupuncture and hands-on massage therapies.  You may meet Bec when your pet needs an acupuncture treatment, a dental check, or intravenous vitamin infusion, where her gentle, caring nature puts pets and their families equally at ease.

Bec holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has been vet nursing for over 2 decades. She has worked in various clinics on the coast and gained invaluable experience nursing in busy practices in the UK whilst travelling. She has always had the desire to use natural therapies to help animals, and in 2014 started studying TCM and Animal Acupuncture. We are blessed to have a Nurse with her knowledge, skills and dedication!

“My passions are TCM herbs, acupuncture, massage, food therapy, essential oils and animal behaviour. I enjoy empowering and educating owners to use natural remedies at home under the guidance of Vets.

“I share my home by the beach with my husband, our two children, and our pets – ‘Roxy’ the gentle Irish Wolfhound X Cattle Dog, ‘Toffee’ the young Cavoodle, two guinea pigs and ‘Spike’ the Bearded Dragon. When not looking after the menagerie of animals either at work, or at home, I explore my other passions which include Yoga, Surfing, SUP, dancing and enjoying family adventures in the outdoors.”


Sara

Sara The Natural Vets 3x2

Sara is our resident full time cleaner and sometimes receptionist. It was meant to be the other way around but who are we to stifle her natural talents?

If you’ve ever walked into the room after Sara has worked her magic you’ll probably have a religious experience. The heavens will open, an angel chorus will erupt as a single golden beam of light encases you with its warm, buttery arms of cleanliness.

Maybe it’s her farm girl roots. We’ll never know why she’s so good with a scourer and some gumption. We’ve learnt not to look a gift horse in the mouse.

She’s also very good at other things too. Her skills include but are not limited to:
* customer communications – this girls can talk to the cows come home and so phone skills are her bag; again this may be an inheritance from her country upbringing
* taking no prisoners when it comes to throwing out Tupperware left in the fridge
* becoming instant best friends with every dog that walks through the doors
* volunteering for coffee runs just when everyone is needing a refuel (her timing is both pleasing and disturbingly accurate!).

When not being an admin ninja (adminja?) Sara enjoys wishing Uni exams were easier, reminiscing about her days en pointe for the Russian ballet, lazing away her worries on the beach or cleaning her apartment.

A true asset to the TNV family, we couldn’t get by without her.


Veronika

Veronika or more commonly known as ‘Pilates Princess’ was born to do three things and three things only.

1. Pilates
2. Drink copious amounts of coffee far beyond what regular, normal people would consider OK by regular, normal people standards. And still be able to function perfectly well.
3. Be the best anaesthetic nurse that ever told a dog to count backwards from ten.

However, like all the gifted staff members that grace the halls of The Natural Vets, we soon discovered that she has many extra talents as well. Although she may not have been born to do them, we’re not complaining that she’s acquired the know-how.

1. The ability to keep her cool when all around her is in chaos. Her calm demeanour can actually be unnerving at times, she is that calm.
2. Create new words from current words with her incredibly creative spelling on clinic messages – Shakespeare would be both befuddled and proud of her contributions.
3. Apply her dog training skills in Puppy Kindy like she was born in a whelping box.

Veronika is currently studying to be a Veterinary Technician, and utilises her university training in a variety of situations – from the way she handles a dental to her exemplary skill in getting an IV line in even the trickiest of Dachshunds.

She has a keen passion for everything holistic when it comes to animal care, and is proving to be a fantastic asset in the clinic. She’s so great that we’re even going to forgive her for microwaving fish for lunch that one time.


Skye

Ever since I was a young girl I’ve always wanted to be a vet and help out with animals; it just brought me so much joy. I live at home and I have two dogs and a cat who I love dearly and I in the past I’ve had five camels, three cows some chickens and a couple of goldfish.

I have been brought up on the holistic approach for all of my life and I have seen first hand the amazing impact it has on one’s life including animals. I first started pursuing my dream when I was in grade 7 as I participated in a couple of Saturday work experience days.

If you told me then that I would now be working at this amazing clinic, I would not have believed you. It is truly wonderful.


Sophie

The Natural Vets Holistic Nurse Sophie“I love animals, all animals big or small, wild or tamed, friendly or not. My love and respect for them has always been bigger than I thought possible. ⁠

“As a little girl I wanted to be a vet but the conventional industry at the time didn’t connect with me. I ended up travelling a lot and found myself teaching little bubs for six years before giving it all up to start a path in holistic health and wellness. ⁠

“I found that traditional medicine makes so much sense to me and helped me immensely to regain my own health but something was missing. When I found The Natural Vets it was like all the pieces of puzzle were put together. It aligns with my passion for traditional medicine and my love for animals. I just feel like home. ⁠

“At the clinic I love taking time to build trust with all the furry ones and give them lots of TLC. If they are lucky enough they can get a complimentary intuitive massage when I have time. ⁠

“Also I have a funny accent because I am originally French, but I do not eat frogs, nor snails and I really dislike cheese…go figure…”⁠


Ahyo

The Natural Vets Sunshine Coast - AhyoOur Indian Soul Sister with a deep connection to horses and Mother Earth, Ahyo is our Saturday constant who thrives on having a few hours off from being a mama and being of service to people and their animals instead for a while. Prior to turning up for her shift on Saturdays she can be found at the farmers’ markets at sunrise, wearing beautiful turquoise jewellery and gathering baskets of organic fresh produce to feed her husband and two beautiful boys, and with a Fruitarian Father, Ahyo knows how to pick the best fruit!

“Respect for all living creatures is something I have always believed in. I have always had a love for animals, and horses have been a passion of mine for many years.  I have worked in many areas with animals but have never agreed with the way we have “cared for” or treated them.

“My family always insisted I become a Vet but at the time I didn’t really know what I wanted to be and didn’t agree with mainstream medicine.  I have always had an holistic approach to health and well-being, and for a few years now I’ve had my own small natural horsemanship business in which I love, care for and train horses in a gentle and compassionate way.  Animals have always been in my life, and a main priority, alongside my human family. You will usually find me with my own animals, or horses I am caring for when not with my children, or all of us together!

“At The Natural Vets I am able to care for animals in a way that aligns with my values. I feel so blessed to be part of a team that feel the same way about animals as I do.”

Ahyo is currently on maternity leave caring for her third bubba, and first baby girl!  Welcome to the world little Evie.


Please contact The Natural Vets today on (07) 5476 7674, or via our contact page, to discuss your pet’s needs with one of our holistic nurses.