Our Incredible Boss-Lady

Jeannet Kessels

Jeannet Kessels

Owner / Director
Education: BVSc Honors

Dr Jeannet graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours in 1986 and has worked in Camira and Springfield as a vet for 30 years. Jeannet has won a number of awards such as the Business Manager of the Year award from the Australian Veterinary Business Association, and has spent a number of years studying leadership with other forward-thinking veterinarians and business leaders. Her Groodles Australia program has donated over $300,000 to charity. She has previously been an AVBA board member, and has taken an interest in the industry as a whole.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her kids and exploring artistic pursuits.

Our Fabulous Vets

Dr Abbie Tipler (BVSc Hons, MANZCVS Surgery)

Dr Abbie Tipler (BVSc Hons, MANZCVS Surgery)

Surgical Director
Bio
Dr Abbie Tipler is Greater Springfield Veterinary’s unicorn — that exceptionally rare, once-in-a-lifetime veterinary surgeon every practice dreams of having on board! She possesses over ten years experience in Small Animal Medicine. Dr Abbie has worked in an orthopaedic referral practice in London, and obtained her membership in Small Animal Surgery in 2011. She has also attended many conferences and courses world-wide in the field of Small Animal Surgery, and was an examiner for Small Animal Surgery Memberships in 2016. Her passions at work including lameness consultation, brachycephalic airway disease, hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, soft tissue surgery, and orthopaedic surgery (especially for cruciate ligament disease and luxating patellas).

Aside from being our go-to woman for difficult cases and surgeries, Dr Abbie maintains an active and philanthropic personal life, with her passions including running for Can Too, which raises money for Cure Cancer Australia, her two children Ashton and Maddie, and her two gorgeous ragdolls ‘Little Bear’ and ‘Mr Tuffy’.

Dr Josh Gardner (BVSc Hons)

Dr Josh Gardner (BVSc Hons)

Clinical Director
Bio
Dr Josh is an excellent Veterinary Surgeon who joined our team in 2016, having graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours before interning at Veterinary Specialist Services for a year. Since then, he has swiftly risen to the position of Clinical Director, overseeing the excellent work of our veterinarians and veterinary nurses with an eye for detail in clinical work and practice procedures, and a wonderful ability to boost team morale! He is a particularly kind and careful vet, with an interest in diagnostic imaging and the management of chronic disease.

Dr Josh enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle outside of work, and is particularly fond of hiking.

Dr Karen Burnett (BVSc Hons)

Dr Karen Burnett (BVSc Hons)

Veterinary Surgeon
Bio
Dr Karen graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours in 2007 and has been at Greater Springfield Veterinary ever since. Karen’s interests include canine medicine and surgery and has been one of our clinic’s principal ultrasonographers. She is a most particular, careful, kind and thorough veterinarian. Karen loves horses and spends her leisure time riding and training her bay thoroughbred ‘Pete’ for local competitions, where the duo have had many successes.

Dr Karen is currently on maternity leave and we look forward to seeing more of her soon!

Dr. Chloe Steffensen (BVSc Hons)

Dr. Chloe Steffensen (BVSc Hons)

Veterinary Surgeon
Bio
Dr Chloe graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 and immediately launched into work with Greater Springfield Veterinary, proving herself to be a capable and careful veterinarian. She’s since worked as a locum in Mackay, where she gained lots of surgical experience. In fact, surgery (especially emergency surgery) is a particular area of interest for Dr Chloe. She’s also interested in reproduction and enjoys being involved in our Groodles Australia program.

Dr Chloe has two pampered pooches — ‘Snickers’ the Moodle (Maltese x Miniature Poodle) and ‘Alfie’ the Italian Greyhound. In her time off, she loves traveling, having been to a number of countries throughout Africa, North and South America, Asia and Europe. The only continent left on her list is Antarctica… Stay tuned for updates on that!

Dr Lauren Byrne (BVSc Hons)

Dr Lauren Byrne (BVSc Hons)

Veterinary Surgeon
Bio
The very kind and caring Dr Lauren graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012 with First Class Honours, before working for a number of years at a busy Sydney veterinary practice. Thanks to her dedication to her practice, she is already considered our very own walking, talking veterinary encyclopedia! She has a particular interest in medicine and medical imaging, and enjoys getting to the bottom of a difficult case with thorough investigation.

Dr Lauren has always loved animals, and grew up with three cats, two dogs, four birds, a horse and a fish! She now owns a beautiful rescue cat called ‘Riley’.

Dr Lauren Parkes (BVSc Hons)

Dr Lauren Parkes (BVSc Hons)

Veterinary Surgeon
Bio
Dr Lauren is our excellent new veterinary surgeon, recently graduated from an internship at Veterinary Specialist Services, where she gained invaluable experience in referral small animal medicine and surgery. Prior to that, she graduated from the University of Queensland with Honours. Her interests include small animal internal medicine and ultrasonography.

Outside of work she enjoys scuba diving and film. Her beautiful little companion is ‘Sushi’, a medium-haired tabby cat with bright green eyes who will happily cuddle up in her lap for hours.

Dr Tom Wright (BVetBiol, BVSc Hons)

Dr Tom Wright (BVetBiol, BVSc Hons)

Veterinary Surgeon
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Dr Tom graduated from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga in 2015, before landing a formative internship at Veterinary Specialist Services, where he gained invaluable experience in veterinary medicine and surgery. His interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, especially emergency surgery and critical care.

Outside of work he loves to keep active, enjoying golf and rugby. He has a silver tabby cat called ‘Fish’.

Our Brilliant Nurses

Sandra Miotto

Sandra Miotto

Head Veterinary Nurse
Bio
Sandra started at Greater Springfield Veterinary as a receptionist, igniting her desire to become a Veterinary Nurse. She has since completed her studies and risen — through hard work, dedication to her studies, and an incredibly caring attitude — to become our Head Veterinary Nurse. Extremely thorough and enthusiastic, she aims to provide the highest level of care to all our patients. Sandra’s mature and compassionate nature ensures all our hospital patients (and staff!) are provided with all the tender loving care they need to recover, and provides comfort to those in pain. She is particularly interested in emergency critical care medicine, radiology and pathology.

She loves to teach and mentor our nurses and trainees, and is deeply involved in nurturing our student nurses as they progress through their studies and employment with us. Sandra has quite the menagerie at home with three horses, three dogs, a cat and chickens! Sandra’s family also includes ‘Chilli’ and ‘Poppy’ who were part of the Groodles Australia project.

Bec Apps

Bec Apps

Senior Veterinary Nurse / Groodles Australia Manager
Bio
Bec is an incredibly committed member of the Greater Springfield Veterinary family, demonstrating patience, motivation and consideration in everything she does. She is also completing her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing and has a particular interest in breeding and orthopaedic surgery. Bec adores the furry members of her family, including ‘Mia’ the Bull Arab cross, her fostered orphan cats ‘O’Malley’, ‘Bonnie’ and ‘Sampson’ and the not-so-furry Albino Darwin Python and Bearded Dragon, and many more.

As you can tell, Bec loves animals! She has recently risen to the challenge of managing our ever-growing Groodles Australia program, which sees gorgeous Groodle puppies bred and sold, with the proceeds benefiting an East Timor scholarship program and Beyond Blue.

Stevie Clark

Stevie Clark

Senior Nurse
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Stevie is a qualified Veterinary Nurse with a prior degree in Marine Biology from the University of Queensland. She provides an invaluable contribution to the clinic with her kindness, absolute compassion, cheerful and steady nature and high level of patient and client care.

Her furry family includes her two senior cats ‘Tris’ and ‘Seb’ and two staffy crosses ‘Duke’ and ‘Boston’ who she adopted through the clinic. Stevie is currently on leave and we look forward to welcoming her back soon!

Sam Bayly (Cert IV)

Sam Bayly (Cert IV)

Senior Veterinary Nurse
Bio
Sam is an incredible member of our team who has really grown with the practice! She is nearing completion of her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, having worked full-time whilst studying part-time for the past six years. She thoroughly enjoys working with animals, particularly puppies, and loves to help out with caesareans. Her family is the proud owner of ‘Red’, a beautiful red poodle who was originally a part of the Groodles Australia program, and Reid the Mini Poodle, a current father in the Groodles program!

Sam also enjoys grooming and is a fantastic advocate for our Groodles program. Sam was the recipient of the Veterinary Nurse Student of the Year for 2014 and we are extremely proud of her.

Leah Gaeta (BAPLSC Vet Tech)

Leah Gaeta (BAPLSC Vet Tech)

Veterinary Technician
Bio
Leah Gaeta is a veterinary technician with a keen interest in and a deep understanding of animal behaviour. She has a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through DELTA institute and is our go-to lady when it comes to questions of animal behaviour and any reptiles that come into the clinic.

She lives on the Gold Coast with a huge collection of beautiful reptiles, including a variety of dragons, skinks, pythons, and elapids (such as a red-bellied black snake named ‘Rubius’!). Two pets that are very close to her heart are her Spencer’s Monitor ‘Percival’ and her Border Collie ‘D’artagnan’, who was named after the fourth Muskateer.

Meegan Batkin

Meegan Batkin

Veterinary Nurse
Bio
Meegan is our wonderful new studying Veterinary Nurse, who has five years experience with both domestic pet and wildlife care. Her passions at work include assisting the veterinarians on interesting medical cases, intensive care, and rescuing stray kittens!

Outside of work, Meegan leads an active and social life, playing and watching soccer and netball regularly. Her two cats ‘Olivia’ and ‘CC’ are both rescue kitties with disabilities, while her dog ‘Jackson’ is a big, lazy purebred husky who loves carrots.

Danica Drieberg

Danica Drieberg

Veterinary Nurse
Bio
Danica has been a delightful and dedicated addition to our family since she started in January of 2015 as part of our work placement trainee program, quickly proving herself to be a rare and fantastic team member who joined us officially as a vet nurse in July of 2016. Prior to Greater Springfield Veterinary, she worked at the RSPCA for two-and-a-half years and also worked in real estate before realising her life-long dream of working with animals. She is an exceptionally hard worker who goes above and beyond to look after our clients and patients.
Joanna Quested

Joanna Quested

Veterinary Nurse
Bio
Joanna is a veterinary nurse who hails from the lake district in the UK and moved to Australia in 2007. She is passionate about animal care and always dreamed of working with pets; at work she enjoys emergency and preventative care. Joanna has run a successful weight-loss program for a number of our client’s more full-figured pets.

She has two rescue cats — Amber and Scout — who love to cuddle up in her lap of an evening. Her rescue dog Annabelle is a Golden Retriever who is very food-motivated! Joanna also has two beautiful human babies, Matilda and Phoebe, who keep her on her toes.

Holly Fyfe

Holly Fyfe

Veterinary Nurse
Bio
Holly is a studying Veterinary Nurse with a background rich in customer service and meeting important deadlines, having worked predominantly in the building industry with many global clients over the years before following her true calling: animal care. She excels in attentive patient care, client consultations, and assisting the veterinarians with a range of treatment-related duties.

Holly is super active and loves the outdoors, and participates in the Augustine Heights Park Run, a local running group that meets every Saturday at Catherine Morgan Park. Feel free to join her! She also has two beautiful pooches — a Dogue de Bordeaux called ‘Brick’ and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called ‘Spencer’, not to mention a gorgeous thoroughbred horse named ‘Carrot’.

Storm Higgins

Storm Higgins

Puppy School Manager
Bio
Coming Soon!

Our Wonderful Administrative Staff

Kelly McGovern (BASc)

Kelly McGovern (BASc)

Reception Manager
Bio
Our whip-smart Reception Manager Kelly studied Animal Health Science and Husbandry at Scotland Rural College’s Elmwood campus and is now studying veterinary nursing. Originally from Fife in Scotland, she also has 15 years experience in 5 star hospitality management! Kelly has two beautiful Border Collies — Ollie and Freya — and enjoys teaching them tricks. In fact, it was when Ollie was diagnosed with Bilateral Hip Dysplasia that Kelly became interested in the industry, after seeing her dog so wonderfully cared for.

She’s also a Brisbane Broncos member and loves reading and photography in her spare time. Recently, she welcome her first son Nate into the world and we couldn’t be happier for her and her family!

Danielle Ngamata

Danielle Ngamata

Administrative Manager
Education: CertIV VNurs, CertIV FLM
Danielle is a fantastic team member who’s always willing to get in there and do the hard work. As well as looking after stock across both practices, she arranges many of the clinic’s events and marketing in collaboration with our Marketing Team. She also oversees many of the practices’ crucial administrative tasks. Danielle has a Cert. IV in Vet Nursing and a Cert. IV in Frontline Management, and previously managed a grooming salon.

Outside of work, she loves outdoors adventures, and once back-packed through Europe for eight months! She has two Great Danes, which always keep her busy, and she loves to cook.

Megan Henriksen

Megan Henriksen

Practice Coordinator
Education:
Coming soon!
Victoria Law

Victoria Law

Veterinary Nurse
Bio
Victoria is a qualified Veterinary Nurse with 17 years of experience. She has worked in small animal practices and specialist hospitals both in Australia and overseas. She has a drive for providing exceptional customer service as sees the invaluable ‘client experience’ as the key difference between a good and a great veterinary practice.

Victoria has been jokingly referred to as our ‘cat whisperer’ and is currently working towards gaining our feline accreditation – an independent accolade awarded by the International Society of Feline Medicine, which is designed to create a specific cat friendly veterinary environment which reduces stress for our feline patients.

Mark Constable

Mark Constable

Marketing Manager
Education: BAppMedia, MA | PhD candidate – ETA 2018
Mark has been a loyal customer of Greater Springfield Veterinary for five years before beginning employment as our upbeat Marketing Manager. He began his higher education studies during high school where he studied a Bachelor of Applied Media course at the University of Southern Queensland, finding employment as an assistant casting director on Steven Spielberg’s ‘Terra Nova’ among other projects upon graduation in 2010. After a short stint at the Brisbane Broncos, Mark began work as an Academic lecturer/Tutor at USQ while studying a Master of Arts in 2013. He graduated within a year, moving on to study a PhD focusing on Australia’s growing internet piracy issues.

Mark possesses an exceptional artistic and technological mindset and thrives in challenging environments. He is also a natural born leader, with his charismatic personality and unparalleled ‘lead from the front’ ability easily transitioning over from work to his passion for fitness and sport. He plays touch football weekly, exercises daily and is a medal-winning athlete at the Northern University Games. He loves to involve his beloved Rottweilers Theia and Luna on many of his outings.

Jasmine Gardner (BJus)

Jasmine Gardner (BJus)

Receptionist
Bio
Jasmine is our fabulous receptionist, with great skill in the realms of administration, management and customer service. She has a Bachelor of Justice from QUT, has worked in London for a number of years, and was a Manager at the high-end jewellery store Pandora. A welcoming face at both of our practices, Jasmine has a beautiful, bubbly personality and is passionate about animal health and care. It’s no secret that Jasmine desperately wants a kitty, but in the mean time she enjoys playing ball with her lively German Shepard ‘Star’.
Tara Sempf

Tara Sempf

Receptionist
Bio
Tara is extremely passionate about animals and their welfare. She excels in helping customers choose the best care for their furry kids as she has great knowledge about a wide variety of products and equipment. Tara began her journey as a foster carer and volunteer for RSPCA. She has a certificate in Animal Studies as well as Vet Nursing and an extensive experience working within kennels and a number of clinics. Tara is now enjoying her role as our receptionist at Greater Springfield Veterinary. She’s always happy to have a chat with new clients, and to give them a tour of our clinics!