Meet the Team
Say hello to our friendly team...
Dr Simone Maher - Veterinarian Services Manager
After graduating with honours from Sydney University, Simone commenced her veterinary career at the RSPCA’s busy Yagoona clinic. Passionate about animal welfare, she was an expert witness in many prosecution cases. Taking a break from clinical practice, she branched into media and dabbled in television, radio and wrote a regular column for the Sun Herald before returning to a clinic management position.
Returning to part time work after maternity leave and seeking a change, Simone took up a post at AWL. She enjoys ophthalmology, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Simone especially likes conversing with clients and ensuring they understand the specifics of their pets’ condition and requirements as well as helping to train our newer nursing staff.
Dr Yamuna - Veterinarian
Yamuna graduated as a vet in Sri Lanka in 2002, she came to Australia in 2011 and has worked as a Veterinary Nurse within AWL NSW for the past 4 years. Due to Yamuna recently passing her veterinary exams in Australia she is now a qualified Vet, and continues to with within our team in this capacity. Yamuna enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine, and is always eager to learn new things. She enjoys consulting and meeting new clients and their pets.
Dr Victoria - Veterinarian
Victoria graduated from Sydney Uni with Masters in vet studies, and a post grad in Behavioural medicine. Vic has spent her time working in small and large vets across Western Sydney, her interests are internal medicine, dermatology, animal behaviour and dentistry. Vic is certainly becoming a popular choice with our clients and their pets given her extensive medical knowledge.
Dr Stephanie Shirtley:
Steph graduated from Sydney University in 2014 and started her Veterinary career with the AWL not long after, she has a keen interest in Soft Tissue Surgery and is currently undertaking courses in Ultra Sonography. Steph thoroughly enjoys working with the AWL and helping with the welfare of all our animals, her dog Bailey is a common visitor in the clinic & is quickly taking her place as the clinic office dog!
Dr Candace Russo:
Candace graduated from Sydney University in 2013 and after visiting as a locum vet for a couple of weeks late last year she decided to stay & join the team on a permanent basis! Candace has a keen interest in Shelter work and complex clinical cases
Kelly Stonestreet - Practice Manager
Kelly is responsible for the smooth running of the Veterinary Hospital. Her duties include administration, staffing, looking after reception and much more. Kelly has been with AWL NSW since April 2016, has completed courses in Management and Vet Nurse studies, along with having 14 years in the Veterinary Industry. As with all AWL NSW staff, Kelly is thoroughly devoted to the animals in our care and in providing the best possible customer service.
Our hospital has eight full time veterinary nurses. Our nurses all have their certificate 4 in veterinary nursing
Toni is our senior nurse and she has been with us for almost 10 years now. Toni has 2 senior dogs of her own and has a soft spot for the geriatric patients.
Amy first started working at AWL as an animal attendant and has been a valued team member at the vet hospital for the past 18 months. Amy has a range of pets from reptiles to dogs.
Lynne has a background in captive animals, and has many pets of her own including dogs, cats and reptiles.
Chantelle works part time at AWL NSW, first starting with us as a volunteer and weekend receptionist. Chantelle will shortly complete her studies to become a fully quaified vet nurse.
Jayden started working with AWL NSW as a volunteer and after completing her vet nursing studies is now a vet nurse with us. Jayden loves working with all animals, always ensuring the communities pets are looked after.
Zsuzanna arrived in Australia fron Hungary in 2012, before starting work with AWL NSW in 2013. Zsuzanna always dreamed of becoming a vet nurse, and it looks like her dreams have come true since moving here!
Kelly started with AWL NSW in 2014, and is currently studying her Certificate IV in vet nursing, whilst being employed part time with us. Kel loves new challenges that AWL NSW brings along with the compassion that the organisation provides to the animals.
Volunteer vet nurses
The vet clinic is fortunate enough to have a great foundation of volunteer staff that are currently working towards their qualifications. Our volunteer network is invaluable to the clinic.
Cherie, our morning receptionist, has a passion for animals.
Jade is our afternoon receptionist, and is also a huge animal lover.
To book a consultation call 02 8777 4424 or email us we would love to hear from you.