Meet the Team
Dr Kieran Russell, Principal Veterinarian
Kieran graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010 with honours and started his career working in a busy practice on the North Shore. Kieran joined Vets @ North Rocks when we opened in 2012 and has since formed a strong bond with the local pet population and their loving owners. Kieran is published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and is currently undertaking a Master of Veterinary Medicine by distance education at Massey University. Kieran's major interests are internal medicine and dermatology, though he loves the variety that comes with being a general practitioner. Kieran is the adoptive father of a local abandoned French Bulldog, Bambi, who has incidentally become a clinic mascot.
Dr Kayleigh Ross, Veterinarian
Kayleigh came on board with us full time after graduating from the University of Sydney with honours in 2015. While pursuing her Veterinary degree, she was working as an emergency veterinary nurse at a busy referral practice on the North Shore and has gained years of valuable experience. Kayleigh is no stranger to us as her family lives in North Rocks, and their beautiful pets are regular visitors to the clinic. She has always grown up with family pets and is the proud mother of Arnold, who is a brave little ex-blood donor cat she adopted a few years ago.
Dr Shing Lee, Veterinarian
Shing graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009 with Honours and has been with us since opening in 2012. She enjoys the diversity seen in general practice and never says no to an interesting surgical case! Shing is a local to the area and lives in her loving household with her husband, 2 young daughters, and two cheeky cats Mr Jangles and Mo Mo. She has come back from maternity leave since Jan 2018 and consults on Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays. Shing is also our Practice Manager and is happy to receive feedback anytime to continue improving our service quality.
Courtney Riddell, Head Nurse/ Groomer
Courtney grew up in a household full of cats, dogs, horses, ducks, chickens, rabbits - you name it! She has always worked with animals, starting out as a qualified dog groomer, and now as a veterinary nurse. Courtney has completed her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing and for the past Three years has been our highly esteemed Head Nurse and is currently doing dog grooming 3 days a week in our clinic. Courtney is responsible for ensuring our in-hospital patients receive nothing but the best of care, whether they are in for a poodle clip or major orthopaedic surgery. She has a middle aged, slightly fiesty Chihuahua named Chanel, a very playful Border Collie named Ella & a clinic rescue cat named Moet, as well as a budgie named Wilson.
Jordanne Cleveringa, Receptionist/ Veterinary Nurse
Jordanne joined us full time in early 2017 after completing a one year work experience with us. She has graduated from Western Sydney University with a degree in Natural Science (Animal Science) and she has gained experience working with both large and small animals. Currently, Jordanne is studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has developed an interest in surgical as well as pediatric nursing. She is also one of our Puppy Pre-school teachers and assists in dog/cat grooming with Courtney. Jordanne's home is run by her very spoilt Moodle called Sully!
Sinead Martens, Veterinary Nurse
Sinead started her career in the veterinary industry in 2013 and joined the team in mid 2017. She lives locally and is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Having grown up around cats, Sinead loves all things feline and one day, she hopes to have the opportunity to work with big cats. Outside of work, Sinead likes to garden, cook and spend time with her pet cat Charlie.
Tasha Bylsma, Receptionist/Nurse
Tasha works the reception and nursing shifts on the weekend. She is a serious animal lover, which you will certainly notice when you carry your fur baby through the front door!
Bambi is a French Bulldog who joined the team in 2015, after being surrendered to the clinic. Bambi made such an impact with her personality that Dr Kieran decided to become her new adoptive dad. She is a very clever girl who has learnt to beg, shake and lay down. Bambi also enjoys coming up to everyone for cuddles, eating everything and anything and professionally modelling for the Vets @ North Rocks social media pages!