Staff

The Hospital was established in 1983 in a small house along a quiet road.

It had a major face lift in 1997 to cope with the growing demands and is now the biggest Veterinary Hospital in the area and one of the largest in the state.

Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital is proudly independently owned by Dr Mark Reeve who took over the practice that his parents founded 35 years ago. During this time we have been serving the pet community of the Adelaide's North Eastern Suburbs and beyond!

In 2017 we moved to our brand new, purpose built veterinary facility which is located right across the road from the original TTG Vet site.

Our team is constantly striving to provide excellent care for your pet, and we believe that ongoing education is the key to this.

All vets in our practice are members of the AVA (Australian Veterinary Association) and participate in continuing education to ensure they stay up to date with latest developments in veterinary medicine. Individual vets are members of various special interest groups, including Small Animals, Dentistry, Behaviour, Dermatology and Radiology.

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Staff

Dr Mark Reeve

BVSc

Hospital Director, Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Mark graduated from Vet School at Sydney Uni in 2004. Since then he has worked in general and emergency practice, in privately owned veterinary hospitals, and University hospitals here and overseas.

In 2013 Mark proudly took over management of the TTGVH from his parents and is supported by his two sons Patrick and William and their standard poodle, Trae.

Mark is passionate about communicating for pets, making sure their needs are heard. In practice he spends most of his time looking after sick pets or in surgery putting them back together. His special area of practice include the most complicated surgery's like knee repairs and upper airway surgery on flat faced pets.

As well as practice Dr Mark Reeve writes a weekly column in The Advertiser on pet care and is a regular commentator for pet health on 891 ABC radio with Sonya Feldhoff.

His favourite part of practice is seeing people grow with their pets, especially when people whose parents brought the family pets to the practice get their first pets and bringing them into the hospital.

Dr Karen Phillips

BVSc (Hons)

Veterinary Surgeon

Karen graduated from Sydney University in 2007. Having previously worked as a kennel hand in her uni holidays, she joined the Tea Tree Gully team in 2008. Since graduation she has spent a year working in the UK before returning home to Adelaide. Karen is an accredited small animal export vet - helping owners to prepare their pets for travel overseas.

Karen lives with her two beautiful ginger cats - Charlie and Teddy - and in her spare time enjoys reading and would love to travel more.

Dr Victoria Bailey

BSc (Hons), BVSc (Hons)

Veterinary Surgeon

Victoria graduated 2009 at the University of Queensland. She has a special interest in internal medicine and enjoys soft tissue surgery. She will often be found in the ultrasound room with our wonderful new ultrasound machine but she still loves her bunnies and other pocket pets.

Victoria has a lovely, but always hungry Dalmatian called Helena and a bossy eclectus parrot called Geordie. She is not quite full time any more as she is a very lucky mum to three beautiful children.

Dr Nicole Taylor

BVSc, CVA (IVAS), BLabMed (Hons)

Veterinary Surgeon

Nicole graduated from James Cook University in Townsville 2011. During her studies, she spent some time learning and helping out at Tea Tree Gully when she could during holidays. Despite enjoying the tropical humidity, torrential rain and occasional cyclone, she came home to South Australia to join the Tea Tree Gully Hospital team permanently in 2012.

Nicole has a special interest in acupuncture and its role in complementing veterinary medicine. She is certified through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) after completing the course through the Australian College of Veterinary Acupuncture (ACVA) in 2016-2017. She has also done an introductory course in Canine Integrative Rehabilitation and is starting to see good results with improved therapeutic exercise plans for musculoskeletal injuries and post-surgical cases.

Nicole has an adopted Siamese cat called Lily who loves a warm lap to snuggle but is good at avoiding cuddles from the toddler. In her spare time Nicole enjoys netball and playing her saxophones and flute in a little big band and orchestra with her wonderful and supportive husband, Henry.

Dr Benjamin Feo

BVSc, B.Sci (AnSci) (Hons)

Veterinary Surgeon

Benjamin was born and raised in Adelaide. In 2010 he completed an Honours degree in Animal Science from the University of Adelaide and commenced his studies in Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in 2011, graduating in 2015.

Benjamin loves all animals, but has a soft spot for cats. Ben has 5 cats - Seven, Indi, Phoenix, Bumblebee and Soda. His veterinary interests include dermatology, pharmacology and oncology.

When not at work, Benjamin can often be found attending a football, baseball or cricket game. He also loves to travel, particularly cruises.

Dr Conor Brand

BSc DVM

Veterinary Surgeon

Conor graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2017 and joined the team at Tea Tree Gully Vet Hospital shortly after. Throughout his university career Conor particularly enjoyed studying small animal medicine and pathology, and has been an active member of several committees and special interest groups.

In his spare time Conor enjoys hiking, travelling, having a coffee or wine with friends, and taking his Labrador, Niamh, for a walk and swim at the beach.

Dr Melissa Ewens

BHSc (Hons) BSc DVM

Veterinary Surgeon

With no veterinary course originally offered in SA, Mel completed a degree in Health Science and worked as a researcher for the health of women and babies. Nevertheless, her love of animals persisted, so as part of the University of Adelaide’s inaugural veterinary class, she graduated in 2013 and has since worked in small animal practice around Adelaide.

Mel has an immeasurable love of cats and a passion for feline medicine. With four cats of her own, two purr-fect Burmese (Oli and Mieke) and two adopted domestics (Thomas and Oakley - who she treated for burns), she is happiest when meeting, treating and of course cuddling her feline patients. She is currently completing a 2-year Feline Medicine course via the University of Sydney with a view to obtain feline memberships in the future.

Away from work she enjoys camping, bushwalking, travelling, fine food and wine, reading, and of course all things cat!

Dr Alexandra Carey

BSc DVM

Veterinary Surgeon

Alex graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2017 and went onto complete a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at a busy specialist referral hospital in Melbourne. After this, she returned home to Adelaide to excitedly join the Tea Tree Gully Team at the start of 2019.

She loves all aspects of veterinary general practice and is especially interested in small animal internal medicine and is keen to increase her skills in diagnostic imaging.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family's Labradoodle Albie, travelling (when she can!) and eating her way around Adelaide with friends and family.

Dr Mitchell Graham

BSc DVM

Veterinary Surgeon

Mitchell graduated from The University of Adelaide in 2020 and was thrilled to join the Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital team shortly afterwards. Growing up close by, Mitchell’s family pets were looked after at Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital and he is excited to provide the same care and kindness that his family was shown in the past.

While he doesn’t have any pets of his own at the moment, Mitchell enjoys spending time with his family’s Labrador, Pippa, and taking her to the beach.

After working at a winery in the Barossa during his studies, Mitchell is no stranger to a cellar door and enjoys discovering South Australia’s best food and wine spots with friends in his spare time

Jodie

Director of Clinical Operations

Jodie, a fully qualified Cert IV Veterinary Nurse, is our most experienced and senior nurse. She has over thirty years’ experience in the veterinary industry working in 4 different surgeries in Adelaide over time. We were lucky enough to have her join the Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital in 2004. Her personal and professional standards have integrated well into the hospital to achieve the wonderful levels of care and compassion we offer. Her love of the job and passion for the care of animals transfers through her amazing energy into training and development of our dedicated team.

Jodie is also a wife and a mum with two lovely boys. Jodie enjoys spending time with her family especially water skiing at the river, bike riding and watching her boys play sport.

Jenny

Assistant Director of Clinical Operations

Jenny joined the team at Tea Tree Gully in June 2013 and has since completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing along with a course in Pet Obedience and Basic Dog Grooming. She has a huge love for all animals big and small.

Jenny’s dream for helping animals started when she was young and she loves coming to work every day to fulfil that passion. She likes to help and care for sick and injured animals and especially has a soft spot for baby animals.

Jenny enjoys spending her spare time with her son. At home she has 2 cats, T-Rex and Leroy and a bearded dragon called Lenny.

Melissa C

Hospital Operations Manager

Melissa joined the team at Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital in July 2010. She loves her role and the diversity that it brings each day. She always feels lucky to be able to begin her day in the office being greeted by our two beautiful hospital cats Mila and Floyd, and to be able to combine her love of administration management and animals!

Outside of work, Melissa loves spending time with her family - her husband, two sons and their two furry family members, Riley the Weimeraner and Sam a Labrador x Golden Retriever.

Naomi

Business Development Manager

Naomi joined the team in September 2018 as a Customer Service Representative.

She had over 10 years experience in administration and front desk roles when she was extremely excited to join the TTGVH family. In 2020 she joined the Management team as the Business Development Manager.

Naomi has always had a love of all animals and at home has two dogs (Nahla & Lucy) and a Birman cat (Picasso).

In her spare time she enjoys camping with her friends and family, reading and watching old movies.

Janine

Veterinary Nurse

Janine has been veterinary nursing for over 30 years and is a fully qualified Veterinary nurse. She started her career at the age of 15 and knew that working with animals was her calling. She's worked in only 2 other veterinary hospitals since nursing, showing dedication, commitment, and loyalty to those practices and in February 2007 Janine joined us here at Tea Tree Gully Vet Hospital. Janine's vast amount of experience and knowledge is a great asset to our hospital. She has a genuine love of animals and enjoys working with our dedicated team. She is very interested in all aspects of veterinary nursing, particularly dentistry, and has a keen interest in dog breeding and has bred 2 litters of Italian Greyhounds.

Janine is an outgoing staff member with a passion for animals. Janine, her husband & two children live on 15 acres at One Tree Hill and have two Italian greyhounds, "Bella and Nahla", one cat "Mr Fang", a pony "Kitty"and some chickens!

Tascha

Veterinary Nurse

Tascha began working as a Veterinary Nurse in 2008, becoming qualified in 2010 and completed a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing in General Practice in 2015. She has also become nationally recognised by the Australian Veterinary Association as an Accredited Veterinary Nurse and has maintained unbroken accreditation since 2015. Tascha is also a Registered Veterinary Nurse since 2019. Tash is very passionate about Veterinary Nursing and actively volunteers as a committee member of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia. She also volunteers for South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management and Safe Pets, Safe Families.

Tash joined the Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital in 2010. Tash works a lot behind the scenes of the hospital as a team leader, scrubbing into surgeries or seen team consulting with the Vets. She has a keen interest in emergency, anaesthesia and dentistry. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her husband and exploring parts of the coast around Australia. She keeps busy with her two dogs, Arjy a black Labrador and Hazel a Jack Russel X Pug.

Lisa

Veterinary Nurse

Lisa started her nursing career in 2000. Over the past 15 years she has cared for a wide variety of family pets and wildlife. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing with a special interest in ultrasound, endoscopy and dental health.

Lisa lives with her partner and daughter as well as 20 pets including 1 dog, 2 cats, 3 chickens, 4 parrots, a lizard, turtle and 8 fish.

When not at work, or caring for pets, Lisa enjoys cake decorating and playing field hockey.

Rhoda

Veterinary Nurse

Rhoda joined the team at Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital in November 2012.

She began her career in animal care in 2003, working in the Veterinary and Applied Science Centre at TAFE and The Animal Welfare League.

Rhoda has worked as a veterinary nurse since 2006 and has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Rhoda grew up in a small country town with lots of pets, including cats, rabbits, fish, birds, sheep, and a turtle. Her current pets include, two cats Belle and Beau and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named Abbie and Sophie.

Chelsea

Veterinary Nurse

Chelsea began her veterinary nursing career in 2014 and completed her Certificate IV qualification in November 2015. She later joined the TTG Vet team in March 2018 where she has gained her certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy and maintains her interests in emergency and critical care. Chelsea enjoys Vet Assist in Surgical and Consulting roles.

Chelsea lives with her fiancé, son and dog, Kaos. Kaos is a 6 year old American Staffordshire.

When not at work, Chelsea enjoys traveling with her fiancé and adventuring around Adelaide.

Alex J

Veterinary Nurse

Alex graduated from the University of Adelaide with an Honours degree in Animal Science. After spending time travelling overseas and volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Borneo, she decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Nursing. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2017 and joined the team at Tea Tree Gully in 2018. Alex lives with her fiancé and their Kelpie X Rhodesian Ridgeback, Archie.

Sarah Z

Veterinary Nurse

Sarah joined the team at Tea Tree Gully Vet Hospital in January 2013 as an Animal Carer after completing work experience in Year 10. She loves working with all the staff and looking after the animals and helping them to get better.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys going to the Gym, walks along the beach with her Groodle Remi and socialising with her friends and family.

Kristen

Veterinary Nurse

Kristen began working at the hospital in 2017 as a trainee and completed her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing in 2019. She's always wanted to pursue a career with animals and her passion for helping them grows each day. Kristen spends most of her time behind the scenes as a team leader, vet assistant or you may see her on the reception desk or team consulting with the vets. She offers nutrition and weight loss advice for pets and has a particular interest in surgical and emergency nursing. Kristen has recently become a Registered Veterinary Nurse and plans to complete further study in 2021.

When not at work she enjoys taking her two cheeky Jack Russells Marlie and Theo for walks in the hills. In the future Kristen plans to utilise her knowledge and passion in overseas exotic Veterinary Rescue Centres.

Jasmine

Veterinary Nurse

Jasmine has always aspired to become a vet nurse and in February 2016 she joined the TTGVH family.

She is currently studying for her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and absolutely loves working with such a great team of people and looking after all of the animals that we have the privilege of caring for.

At home she has Chester, a British Shorthair and Finley, a Koolie.


Rikki-Maree

Veterinary Nurse

Rikki joined TTGVH in November 2018.

Rikki began her career in animal care in 2006, working at a boarding kennel. She then pursued vet nursing in 2016 working at two other vet clinics before TTGVH. Rikki has a special interest in feline medicine and exotic animals, particularly working with lizards as well as having a soft spot for golden retrievers.

When she isn't working she enjoys hiking with her golden retriever Milly, going to the beach and meditation. She also owns two rescue cats Shadow and Rory.

Hannah

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Hannah joined the Tea Tree Gully Vet as a Kennel Hand in 2016 after completing one week of work experience in Year 10.

During her time as a Kennel Hand, Hannah completed Certificate 2 in Animal Studies and Certificate 3 in Retail.

Due to her love of her role at the TTG Vet she decided she wanted to pursue a job in Veterinary Nursing and applied for a Traineeship in 2018. She is currently undertaking her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

Hannah has always had a love for animals and grew up with dogs, cats, chickens, budgies, fish, cockatiels and guinea pigs. Hannah enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Nursing but has interests in Ultrasound and enjoys Blood Work.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time at the beach and seeing friends and family.

Caitlin

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Caitlin is a student at Pedare Christian College, and is studying Animal Science at TAFE one day a week to compliment her position as an Animal Carer. She was thrilled to be offered a position doing a job that brings her dream of working with a variety of animals to life, loving every minute she spends with her work family and all the new things she learns every shift.

Caitlin has had the somewhat unique experience of being exposed to the Professional Cat breeding world, helping wherever possible and eventually being given her pride and joy Ziggy- a Russian Blue. Caitlin has taken Ziggy to many shows and is very proud to have a growing collection of awards. Along with Ziggy Caitlin also has two German Shepherds- Sabre and Mia.

Another love of Caitlin’s is travel, she has been to many locations in Australia and also to Singapore, London, and her favourite place Paris.

Upon completion of year 12 Caitlin plans to pursue a career caring for all animals, whilst expanding her knowledge and experience along the way.

Katelin

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Katie is currently studying year 10 at Golden Grove High School and hopes to become a Vet after finishing high school

Katie has always loved animals and has always wanted to have a career in the area of helping animals. She loves working at TTG Vet as it is a great environment to work in, and loves helping look after the animals.

She has two pets. Mishka, a Burmese cat and a dog, Jesse.

In her spare time Katie loves to read, watch movies, listen to music and spend time with her family and friends.

Molly

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Molly has a genuine interest and passion for all animals. Over the years, she has had cats, dogs, sheep, chickens, ducks, fish and the occasional kangaroo and koala make an appearance in her backyard. She currently has three cats, (Chloe, Kodah and Harvey) and a dog (Prickle).

She has previously fostered and cared for cats through the cat adoption foundation.

In 2020 she completed her Certificate three in companion animal services, which led her to the opportunity of a vet nursing traineeship at TTGVH.

Soraya

Customer Service Representative

Soraya has been in customer service for nearly 15 years and was very excited to join the TTGVH family. She loves interacting with clients and their furry friends at the front desk and loves to give cuddles and treats to patients while they wait for their appointments.

In the past, Soraya has volunteered at rehoming shelters and has fostered many dogs while helping them find their forever homes.

When she isn't at work, Soraya enjoys exploring Adelaide with her fiancé and their two daughters or relaxing on the beach with some fish and chips.

Lauren B

Animal Carer

Lauren is currently in her final year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at The University of Adelaide. She joined the team at Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital after a week of work experience back in July 2013.

Lauren loves caring for animals of all shapes and sizes and is thoroughly enjoying the knowledge and experience she is gaining whilst working at the hospital. Her love of animals is great as she has two Griffons of her own named Creature and Precious.

In her spare time Lauren enjoys reading, horse riding and anything musical although finds most of her time nowadays is spent studying.

Casey

Animal Carer

Casey joined the Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital as a Kennelhand in 2019, after she had been visiting the vet herself as a client and decided she wanted to pursue a career in animals at the TTGVH.

During her time as a Kennelhand, Casey completed her Certificate 1 and Certificate 3 in Animal Studies at TAFE SA. During this time, Casey decided she wanted to become a Veterinary Nurse.

Casey is now completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE SA fulltime, leading her to be a qualified Veterinary Nurse by the end of 2022. Casey enjoys taking on the role as an anaesthetic nurse during TAFE training and hopes to apply that to her future career as a Veterinary Nurse. Casey has a special interest in wildlife and animals of all shapes and sizes.

Casey loves to spend her spare time with her domestic shorthair, Loki and her chocolate Labrador, Sampson.

Lauren C

Animal Carer

Lauren joined the Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital team in 2019 as a Kennelhand after completing a week of work experience in Year 10. She is currently completing her Certificate 3 in Animal Studies at TAFE SA, and hoping to continue her education next year after finishing Year 12.

She loves the atmosphere at TTG Vet and highly enjoys working with all the amazing vets and nurses.

When not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs. She can generally be found reading a book or watching TV.

Kelsie

Animal Carer

Kelsie joined Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital in April 2019 as a Kennelhand and has loved the experience and time spent with all the animals at TTGVH. She loves her role as it is rewarding and having the privilege to work with some amazing people is a massive positive.

She is completing Year 12 at Banksia Park International Highschool and is wanting to go to Flinders University in 2022. She hopes to work in the animal industry and travel across Australia in future years.

She has grown up with many pets such as dogs, cats, lizards, ferrets, snakes, fish and birds which got her wanting to work with all animals.

Sarah S

Animal Carer

Sarah is a secondary student with a love for animals. Sarah joined the Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital team in 2020 as a Kennelhand after volunteering in 2019 and loves her role. She has a soft spot for boxers and is blessed to have a female boxer named Luna. Sarah has a love for animals but is still working on her career path. She loves the friendly environment at TTG Vet.

Outside of work Sarah is involved in her local youth group and enjoys horse riding when she can.

Mila and Floyd

Hospital Cats

Mila is a Russian White cat who joined the team as a kitten in 2010. She is a quietly curious cat and loves to observe the world from the top of book cases and filing cabinets. Mila loves Greenies, running water and can be quite a chatterbox!

You might see Mila wandering around the consulting rooms or perched on the waiting room chairs early in the morning as she waits for her favourite human, Mel, to arrive for work.

Floyd is a brown Tabby who was adopted by the Tea Tree Gully Vet family in 2015 after being a victim of the Samson Flat bushfires. He spent several weeks with us as a patient after being brought in by a lovely lady whose property was badly damaged by the fires. Floyd has recovered remarkably well from his injuries and has benefited greatly from his ongoing treatment including acupuncture therapy.

Floyd enjoys eating ANYTHING and you might find him sitting with the nurses at the Reception desk, waiting to take advantage of any stray liver treats that might fall out of the packet! He spends most of his day curled up on the Boss’ chair upstairs in the office, or laying on the stairs catching some rays.

Life is pretty good for a Practice Cat!