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 Hannah Kyeong

Hannah grew up in New Zealand and completed her veterinary studies at the University of Queensland, in 2015. After graduating, she moved to the Gold Coast with her husband and their menagerie of animals which now include two pigeons.
She joined the Animal Options and Wet noses family in January 2020.

Hannah enjoys all aspects of veterinary care and providing the best service to her clients and their pets. In her spare time, she loves travelling, eating everything and outdoor sports.

Dr Emily Carrico

Emily graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London, but is originally from the United States. Growing up in both America and the U.K., she gained an interest in veterinary and her love for animals from her grandmother in England.

She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her black rescue cat, Josie.

Our Nurses and Support Staff

Jody Langmaid

Jody joined the Animal Options/Wet Noses team in January 2020. She started out as a midwife and after 15 years in midwifery had a career change to become a Practice Manager in a busy Sports Medical Clinic in Geelong, Victoria. Jody made the move from Geelong to the Gold Coast in 2018 to be closer to family and spent 2 years managing a group of Physiotherapy Clinics on the Gold Coast. She decided to make a switch from people to animals and has come to Animal Options/Wet Noses as Practice Manager to help with the day to day running of 2 busy clinics.

When not working, Jody spends her time running around after her teenage children and husband. She can often been spotted at local AFL clubs in her volunteer role as team manager for her children’s respective AFL teams and at dog parks and beaches accompanied by her family and her very large and friendly 2 year old German Shepherd ‘Mako’.

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.

Carly Winton

Carly joined the Animal Options and Wet Noses team in 2020. She graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in marine and wildlife science, and a certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2019. She loves to keep busy and spends a lot of her free time adventuring with her partner and their two crazy Dalmatian puppies.

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).

Sandy Winkler

Sandy comes to us from a customer service and veterinary background. Having recently worked in a pet crematorium business and prior to that as a Veterinary Nurse in a mobile equine practice. She has fostered more than 300 cats and kittens over the last 20 years and simply cannot imagine life without pets.  Animals are her passion, so it’s no surprise that she has found herself back in the Veterinary industry. She is currently owned by Remi the senior red kelpie, and cats Josie, Bunny, Lucy Lu and Crazy Ellie.

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.

Stephanie Dear

Stephanie joined the reception team at Animal Options and Wet Noses in November 2020 having initially emigrated from the UK in 2007 to Bundaberg.

Stephanie is a qualified riding instructor with a love for all animals and has spent most of her life with her own horses, cats and dogs.

Stephanie has come to the team with a background of working in customer service, reception and event coordinating.

She loves to talk to people and get cuddles from the pets in the clinic whenever she can.

When not working Stephanie can be found walking on the beach with her beautiful boy Buddy.

Grace

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.

 

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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