Practice Management

Dr Andrew Clarke 

Practice Principle/Veterinarian (BVSc Hons)

Dr Andrew is our Principal Veterinarian and Owner of Cooranbong & Bonnells Bay Animal Hospitals. He was a finalist in Petplan’s ‘Veterinarian of the Year’ competition. Andrew is experienced in all aspects of mixed veterinary practice as he celebrates his 25th year as a veterinarian. Andrew’s particular interests and advanced skills are in orthopaedic surgery where he has completed Ossability Cruciate Repair Surgery System training. He also has undertaken advanced courses in dog rehabilitation including laser therapy to compliment his surgery techniques. In addition, Andrew enjoys solving challenging cases to give our patients and clients the best possible outcomes. Andrew’s four legged family (mostly rescues), include; Snowy – Maltese, Uncle – Russian Blue. And 5 Horses; Eddie, Gracie, Mazie, Ella & Rosie. Outside of work Andrew’s interests are riding horses, farming and spending time with his wife Nicole and their three wonderful children Joshua, Jayde and Lachlan.

Nicole Clarke 

Practice Owner/ Director

Nicole Clarke is the practice owner who plays an active role within the management of the business to ensure you and your animals receive the best experience and care possible. Throughout her 24 years in the industry, Nicole has encompassed a variety of roles. These include everything from puppy-preschool trainer to management and animal care teacher at Tafe. Nicole has developed a special interest in the behaviour of animals and people and is currently working in the practice part –time while studying Psychology. Nicole is also a lifeline crisis supporter and hopes to incorporate all of her skills and knowledge to support people with animals and equine assisted therapy. Outside the practice, her interests include horse riding and spending time on the farm with her two and four legged family members!

Jacinda Wilson

Practice Manager/Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Jacinda, commonly known as Jac, joined our team in 2011 as a trainee and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. After years of working as a nurse Jac stepped into a different role and started managing both of our Hospitals although she still loves jumping into the action to lend a hand when needed.

Jac has a ragdoll Millie and has a soft spot for ferrets, having owned them for over 10 years. Outside of work Jac loves camping, wakeboarding and spending time with her partner Chris and their son Leo.

Veterinarians

Dr June Guai

Veterinarian (BVSc)

June joined our team in Feb 2018 after graduating from the University of Sydney. She enjoys the different aspects and challenges of general practice and aims to treat her patients like her own  pets. June spends most of her free time attending to the needs of her demanding housemates, consisting of 2 dogs and 2 cats, all rescues.

Dr Dolly (Dorothy) Jackson 

Veterinarian (DVM)

Dolly has always been an avid animal lover. She made her passion a career when graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary School, USA, in 2015 before moving back to Australia. Since graduation, Dolly has worked in shelter medicine and private practice.

She joined our team in 2021 and brings a special interest in surgery and small animal medicine (including wildlife and exotics). When not at work she stays out of trouble caring for her 2 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a school of fish. Luckily the husband takes care of himself. Hobbies include trail running, music and reading.

Veterinary Nurses

Christina Bellamy

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Tina joined our team in November 2016 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in March 2019.

Tina has always loved animals and many moons ago completed a degree in Zoology at Aberdeen University.  She then went on to make documentaries for the likes of Discovery’s Animal Planet.  As part of that, she has filmed dolphins in Hawaii, tigers in China and elephants in Thailand.  Starting a family and a move to Australia signalled a change of career – still working with animals but this time as a veterinary nurse, which she thoroughly enjoys.

At home, Tina wrangles a menagerie of animals including husband and kids and loves camping and the outdoors

Emma Anderson

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Emma started work experience at Cooranbong Animal Hospital in July 2018 and completed her training in December 2019.

Emma loves learning new skills from the senior nurses and veterinarians and putting them into practice. She especially loves having cuddles with all the patients!

At home Emma has a very active Kelpie named Frankie that keeps her on her toes.

Outside of work Emma enjoys travelling, DJing and visiting her dad’s farm.

Bianca Barron

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Bianca started with us as one of our work placement students and finished her qualification in 2020.

Bianca has a passion for all things animal related and is very excited to continue learning from the senior nurses.

In her spare time Bianca enjoys playing soccer, travelling and going to the beach with her crazy dog Lola. She also adores her 2 rescue cats Norman and Albert.

Hannah Reeves

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

I have been working as a nurse for over 10 years and love what I do, from the cute fluffy cuddles to the surgery and to knowing the animals in my care have been well looked after. I may have a fear of flapping birds but I’m working hard to overcome this..

I have a young family and love being a mum spending time with our family pets Neo the black lab with his fake injuries, Stitch our brave boy, and our string eating kitten Madi.

Kali Gordon

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Kali went on to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming a qualified veterinary nurse,  graduating in 2015. She joined our hospital in 2020 after moving to Lake Macquarie with her Husband, Twin boys, Rambunctious Rottweiler- Axle and Extremely cuddly rescue cat- Orphie.
She has always been a complete animal lover, growing up with birds, pocket pets, cats and dogs.
Outside of work she enjoys camping, swimming, being active and spending time with Friends and Family.

Melissa Heilbrunn – Currently on maternity leave

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Melissa  is one of our qualified veterinary nurses finishing her certificate in 2013. She is a born and bred local, growing up in sunny Martinsville. Her love of animals  was cemented after being surrounded by and helping raise goats, donkeys, dogs, birds, rabbits and fish on the family farm. Currently she cares for two dogs – Sally and Rosie, two goats – Billy and Chester and three Donkeys  – Nutmeg, Cinnamon and the very spirited wee Peter Piper. Melissa loves to travel the world with having lived in Canada and the UK and volunteering with turtle conservation in Greece. But she always returns, there’s no place like home!

Sarah Kent – Currently on maternity leave

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Sarah started at our Coorabong Hospital as a work experience student in 2017 and it did not take long to prove that she was an asset to our team. She has a passion for animal behaviour and is our Puppy Pre-school trainer.

Sarah’s family includes her husband Ryan, son Hudson, Red the Kelpie and her horse Willow. Sarah loves going camping and riding her horse in her spare time.

In The Office

Naomi Greaves

Reception Manager

Naomi is the very friendly face you see when you step foot into our Cooranbong Hospital. She is one our longest reigning staff members starting in 2009. She has a beautiful family of rescue animals 3 chihuahuas Koda, Casian and Kiara, 2 cats Pepper and Claude, 3 horses Kian, Marley and Joey, 2 sheep Benjamin and Ernie, a handful of chooks and of course her husband Roger.