Meet our Team!

Our Vets

Dr Anna Abdala

Dr Anna Abdala graduated in Brazil in 2009 and ever since has been working in Small Animal clinics in Brazil and Australia. She has a Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture and participated in many conferences in holistic therapies.

Dr Anna quickly fell in love for Australia when she first arrived in Sydney in 2012. In that same year she moved to the beautiful Fraser Coast where she worked for 4 years. She is now the head veterinarian of Animal Options Vet Clinic.

In University, Dr Anna learnt all the skills necessary to start her new career as a vet. However, she also realised that conventional medicine was not unable to fully understand the reasons your pet would get ill. She noticed that conventional medicine linear and mechanic approach to the body was not enough to understand why pets get sick and how to manage their condition. From that moment on, Dr Anna started her journey into studying complementary. Now, she feels comfortable to offer Integrative Medicine, elaborating treatment plans that combine conventional therapies and alternatives, such as acupuncture and laser.

Dr Anna believes all animals deserve an opportunity to improve their quality of life, whether they are a small young puppy or an old age cat. Animals are very resilient and use a distinct language to communicate, they don’t speak or understand to our words, but they can certainly send us messages! All we need to know is to open our eyes and read their body, listen to their voice and feel their touch.

Dr Sonja Pieters

Dr Sonja was born and raised in South Africa. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with animals in their natural environment. Driven by volunteer work in the zoo and childhood vacations in Kruger National Park, she wanted to become a game ranger, managing wildlife in a game reserve. But after her postgrad studies in Wildlife Management, and working as a game farm manager of a private game reserve, she still felt unfulfilled. She longed for a more stimulating and challenging career. She went back to University and Graduated as a vet at University of Pretoria in 2008. While studying she discovered a whole new world of complementary and alternative medicine in the university library, even though it wasn’t taught to students. She also attended a course on environmental enrichment in zoo animals.

She worked in rural mixed practice in a wildlife rich area for the next 11 years where she became self-sufficient in dealing with emergencies, surgery and a wide variety of clinical cases in many different types of animals.

She then got an opportunity to join her siblings in Australia and was fortunate to get valuable experience in a busy, gold standard small animal clinic in the Gold Coast where she worked for 2 years. She realised that having a time limit for consultations, trying to examine scared animals before getting them to relax, in a noisy clinic environment wasn’t how she wanted to practice as a vet. She also wanted to explore complementary and alternative medicine and examine animals in a more relaxing way, helping them to feel safe and enjoy their visits. She continues to learn about Chinese medicine, acupuncture, laser and behaviour training and strives to provide holistic veterinary care.

Our Nurses and Support Staff

Sarah Wakefield

Sarah started in the veterinary industry in 2008 as a trainee nurse after graduating high school. While working she completed her studies and became a fully qualified veterinary nurse in May 2012.

At the end of 2012 Sarah got married and moved out west to Dalby with her husband Travis. During their time out west Sarah worked in a small country clinic in Bell, where she had the opportunity to work with a variety of small and large animals. In 2016 they moved back to Brisbane and welcomed their daughter, Hannah into the world.

Sarah joined the team at Animal Options in February 2017, working 3 days a week.

Since then welcomed twin girls Zoe and Quinn to the family in April 2019.

When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her chocolate border collie, Oscar and loves being a mum.

Ana Polli

Polli graduated in 2010 as a veterinarian in Brazil, and worked as a vet there until moving to Australia in 2016. She began working as a vet nurse and quickly realised she preferred the one-on-one patient care that comes with nursing. She has a keen interest in veterinary nutrition and formulates our home made diet plans. Polli is also currently studying a rehabilitation course for animals, to help them recover after orthopaedic surgeries and improve the quality of life for our golden oldies.
When she is not working she enjoys anything in the outdoors with her husband, and spending time with her rescue chihuahua, Pepper – who will soon be joined by a little baby brother!

Chiara Faroni

Chiara is one of the latest additions to the nursing team here at Animal Options. 

Chiara has two years experience working in the Veterinary Industry. She graduated as a Veterinary Nurse in June 2020 and was lucky enough to join the amazing team at Animal Options and Wet Noses soon after graduation.

She cares for animals and respects them deeply – you can trust her to treat your pets like they’re her own fur babies.  

When she’s not at work she likes to go for long walks at the beach with her crazy Kelpie ‘Kookoo’ and partner Pete.

She also has a soft spot for birds and wildlife in general, which is why she also volunteers at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the weekends.

Chiara is extremely passionate about her job and will continue to research and study in order to become the best Vet Nurse she can be and provide your animals with the best of care.

Gabriel Lui

Originally from Hong Kong, Gabriel moved to the Gold Coast with her husband in 2016. She started volunteering in a local shelter with a passion for the wellbeing of animals and became a qualified veterinary nurse in 2020. In her spare time, Gabriel loves spending time with her family including 2 fur babies, Moca (Jack Russell Terrier) and Jiji (DSH).

Ella Langmaid

Ella works a couple of evenings a week at Animal Options Vet Clinic helping out at the end of the day. She is currently studying at school and when she finishes she would love to become a Vet Nurse which makes this the perfect job for her. Ella lives at home with her Mum, Dad, and older brother. Ella also has a 3 year old German Shepherd called Mako and a bearded Dragon called Mickey. When not working or at school Ella likes to hang out with friends and watch her teammates play AFL.

Angela Curtis

Angela joined Animal Options in February 2020. She has loved animals her whole life and has been volunteering with animal rescue since 2018. One of her proudest achievements is helping save many dogs from death row in pounds though foster caring.

In her spare time she enjoys dog training and spending time with her friends and dog Maverick.


Grace is our receptionist and she loves to meet people and their pets. She’s a Great Dane X Bull Mastiff and was born deaf, this means Grace can’t hear anything you say, but that won’t stop her from loving everyone. Her favourite trick is to jump on the counter to say hello, so make sure you give her a big smile! When Grace is not working, she loves to go to the beach and the dog park, where she can meet new friends.


Isabelle Godwin

Isabelle graduated UQ in 2019 as a Veterinary Technician and has been working in Toowoomba as a vet nurse for the past two years.

She recently relocated to the Gold Coast with her partner and joined our animal options and wet noses team. She loves all aspects of nursing and has a keen interest in radiography and surgical nursing.

Isabelle grew up around all sorts of animals and although she doesn’t have a pet at the moment, she really wants to eventually get a Bernese Mountain Dog.

In her spare time, Isabelle loves to go to the beach, explore, go out for brunch and hang out with her friends and family.

Amie Yabsley

Amie has always had a passion for both wildlife and domestic animals. While at uni she discovered her love for dogs volunteering as a dog walker at the local shelter. After completing university Amie moved on to working at a dog daycare but is more interested in the medical side of animals. Currently, Amie is looking to follow her passion for animals by developing her education within the medical side of the industry. In her spare time Amie loves going for long walks and exploring with her beautiful Jack Russell Pretzel.

Join the Animal Options team!

At Animal Options Vet Clinic, we are always looking for people who share our passion and motivation for improving the lives of pets and their families. We recognise that genuine, animal focused, quality care requires the efforts of a whole team. We would love to meet others keen to work with or alongside us.

If you are interested in being part of our team, please check out our current job vacancies board below.

What is Holistic Medicine?

We believe every pet deserves a comfortable and positive experience in a vet clinic environment and we know you are a dedicated pet owner and that your pet’s health is very important to you.

We believe that the most valuable tool for the health and wellbeing of your pet is to have a close connection with their health care professionals, such as vets and vet nurses, so you feel open to talk about your concerns and together we can agree on what is best for you and your pet.

Every pet is a unique creature with special needs, but they all deserve kindness and compassion.

Positive experience for your pet

It is also important for us that your pet has an enjoyable experience when visiting our clinic. Many pets are terrified or anxious when coming to a different environment and react when approached too quickly or too firmly. Pets need time to accommodate to new surroundings and smells and gentle approach to feel comfortable. Therefore, we allow extra time for your pet examination and use gentle handling and voice commands, pheromone sprays and diffusers, positive rewarding techniques and sedatives whenever necessary.

Holistic & Conventional Therapies

We are proud to offer conventional therapies like any pet hospital, along with integrative and advanced modalities to give your pet more options to the traditional approach. From conventional medicines to natural remedies, we also offer acupuncture, titre testing, laser therapy, advanced orthopaedic procedures and alternatives to long term pain medication.

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