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Kim Mizzi

Kim Mizzi graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in 1997.  After working in private practice for 7 years, she purchased the Ringwood Veterinary Clinic in 2004.  Kim loves the challenge of running her own business as well as caring for the wonderful clients who visit the clinic.

Kirsty Lynch

Kirsty Lynch graduated from University of Melbourne in 2000. She worked as a vet in Australia for a year before spending 15 months in the UK travelling and working.She has been working at the Ringwood Veterinary Clinic part time since March 2011. When she is not being a vet, Kirsty enjoys spending her time with family and friends, playing with her dog Jazz, cow Gumboot, and riding her horse Dizzy.

Sonya Nagel
Vet Nurse

Sonya Nagel has worked at numerous clinics around Melbourne, including a Bird Specialist, for nearly 3o years. She has a passion for dog training and behavior and has been taking Puppy Classes for over 20 yrs. “Educating owners of new puppies on up to date training methods and puppy socializing is a huge pleasure for me and I find it very rewarding. I find I have a great bond between the puppies and owners that will last a life time!”

Sonya has hand reared birds, numerous kittens and puppies over the years, usually she finds homes for all of them but the last puppy was too special to give up. “Beans, an Irish wolfhound x who is now a member of the family which includes “Bosco”- the super dog Staffordshire bull terrier and “Buzz”- the ugliest cat in the world, the mischievous Devon Rex.

Danielle Williams
Vet Nurse

Danielle Williams Danni has been nursing for over 20 years and has always had a passion for all animals. She has previously owned many animals including mice, cats, birds and even a horse. She currently owns two dogs; Bronson a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Casper who was rescued from the pound who is also a Staffi.  Her three year old son Levi keeps her very busy as well as running a mechanical business with her husband in her spare time.

Briar Beca
Vet Nurse

Briar Beca has been working with the Ringwood Vet Clinic since October 2014. She has been working in the vet and zoo industry for the past 5 years after completing a bachelor degree in Animal and Veterinary Biosciences. Briar hopes to continue her studies by starting another degree in Veterinary Technology next year. She has 3 furbabies of her own; an 11yr old Swiss Shepherd ‘Jess’, a silver tabby ‘Jack’, and crazy Bengal ‘Kai’.

Jeny Heislers

Jeny Heislers graduated from Melbourne University in 1994 with an honours degree in veterinary science. As a new graduate, she ventured to Mildura for several years to work in a busy mixed practice, before heading to the UK for a working holiday.

Upon her return to Australia, Jeny worked in small animal practices in Melbourne and Geelong, and in 2004, she began working for Kim at the RVC. Jeny currently works part time whilst raising a young, active family.

Her animal companions have all originated from towns where she has worked – Bailey, a Ridgeback X from Mildura; Ember, a Kelpie X rescued from a Geelong shelter and the newest family member is Jasper, a black feline furball who adopted the family whilst they were living in Warrnambool for a time!

Alyssa Yelland
Vet Nurse

Alyssa Yelland joined our nursing team in November 2015, marking the beginning of her veterinary nursing career. Alyssa successfully finished year 12 in 2006 and embarked on a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University in 2007. Sadly in late 2008 Alyssa fell ill and was unable to work or study for a number of years. In 2014 after great improvement in her health Alyssa decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Nursing. After completing two introductory courses and relevant work placement through Box Hill Tafe, Alyssa applied for a nursing position with us at Ringwood Vet Clinic and much to her delight she was successful.  Alyssa loves her work in our clinic and is currently completing her certificate IV in veterinary nursing.  Alyssa enjoys spending her spare time with her wonderful fiancé Krys, her two rabbits Leonardo Da Vinci and Arnold, her quaker parrot Jay Jay and her two horses; an Arabian Warmblood named Daisy and a Thoroughbred named Teddy.

Georgina Daubeny
Vet Nurse

Georgina Daubeny started her nursing in 2007 in Rowville and has completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  Georgina joined Ringwood Vet Clinic in March 2017.  She enjoys all aspects of nursing and has a keen interest in animal rescue.  Life is busy with her fur kids Lucy her Mini Labradoodle, Leo the rescue Beaglier and Dimmy her rescue cat who was hand reared from 2 weeks old.  In her spare time she loves to walk her dogs , travel and spend time with loved ones.

Fiona Kates
Animal Chiropractor

Fiona Kates grew up on a dairy farm in the the north of England and began riding horses at the age of seven. She has been a practising chiropractor for people since 1989 following graduation from a UK chiropractic college.
She came to Australia in 1999 and embarked on two years of study and clinical experience, resulting in a Graduate Diploma in Animal Chiropractic from RMIT University in Victoria. From 1999 to 2003
Fiona was also the assistant program coordinator for the animal
chiropractic course at RMIT.
From 2001 to 2006 she worked as both an animal and people chiropractor and now practises solely with animals.
Through chiropractic Fiona aims to improve the health and quality of life of pets and horses for owners who prefer a natural approach.

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Leo Leonardo
Veterinary Surgeon

Leo grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, where even as a child, he dreamt of being a vet. This was thwarted by the notion that in Indonesia, vet science is skewed more towards agriculture, so he temporarily abandoned this idea. He came to Australia when he was just 15 years of age to study, leaving behind his family & friends. After completing a degree in Biomedicine, Leo realized he could actually achieve his dream of becoming a small animal vet and in 2017, graduated from the University of Melbourne. He has been with the Ringwood Vet Clinic ever since and is a valuable asset to the team. When he’s not at work, he enjoys playing Badminton, baking and spending time with his friends.

Sharon Curtis
Dog Groomer

Sharon is a professional dog groomer with over 20 years grooming experience both in England and Australia. She has also been involved in breeding and showing toy poodles, Lowchens and Yorkshire terriers.
she is a mum to 3 teenage boys, and her pets include a Maltese x poodle and 2 guinea pigs. In her spare time she enjoys Yoga, Pilates and spending time with her family.


Skittles Our new boss Skittles came to the clinic as a stray. The family who brought him in would’ve loved to have kept him but they already had a clouder of cats.  Skittles has wasted no time in making the clinic his home and delights in greeting the patients.  Skittles got his name from being a crazy cat, running and skidding his way around the polished floors of the clinic.

Nicole McIntosh
Vet Nurse

Nicole McIntosh has been working with the Ringwood Vet Clinic since doing year 10 work experience here at the clinic! Nicole is currently studying to be a veterinarian in Perth but is more than happy to join us on her holidays.

Fat Cat

RIP Fat Cat Fatty was one of the clinics icons and came to the clinic as a stray. He was part of the family for almost 10 years and sadly succumbed to renal failure in 2016.  Fat Cat had a habit of sitting on computer keyboards, desk chairs, laps, heads… basically anywhere where he is the centre of attention.  He will always be remembered for his affection. Fatty was great with dogs and clients, he somehow knew when they were sad and would come out of nowhere to sit on their lap. Fatty also had a habit of speed dialling clients when no-one was around and also liked to hang up on them too. Nothing was safe from Fatty, whether it be the toy mice or staff lunches. Fatty you are missed.