Meet the Team at Tallebudgera Veterinary Clinic
Our experienced and friendly team of veterinarians, nurses and support staff are specialists in providing first-class care for your much-loved pet.
All members of the Tallebudgera Veterinary Clinic continuously upgrade their skills to ensure that every pet receives outstanding, compassionate care and the best quality experience. Whether it be for a check-up, grooming or treatment for injury or illness we are here to help you and your pet family.
Our staff are a fun-loving, close knit clinic family, who share the same work related goals. Your pets are our passion! And we will treat your beloved fur babies as though they were our own.
Dr Ross Evans (BVSc MACVSc) – Veterinary Surgeon
Ross grew up in Rockhampton, Qld. At age 17 Ross was accepted at University of Queensland to study Veterinary Science. After graduating in 1976 with second class honours Bachelor of Veterinary Science, he travelled to the U.K. where he spent 6 months before flying to South Africa. He loved the country so much he ended up spending 25 years there, where he met his wife Sue and worked in several self-owned South African veterinary practices, primarily in a surgical position.
After their two sons were born, Ross packed up his family in 2009 and returned to Australia where he and Sue started up Tallebudgera Veterinary Clinic. Ross furthered his qualifications by completing a Masters in Veterinary Science and has since completed his membership in small animal surgery along with several other courses which have enabled him to broaden his veterinary skill and is qualified to do a number of complicated and specialised surgical procedures.
Ross demands a high level of medical and surgical practice from himself and the staff. He is found at the clinic most days of the week and alternates weekends with our two other vets, Dr Leonora and Dr Christina. Constantly in demand and loved by his clients and patients, there are no forthcoming signs of retirement for Ross, as there are too many exciting new changes in his profession which he finds challenging and inviting.
Dr Leonora Vargas (BVSc) – Veterinary Surgeon
My name is Leonora and I always wanted to be a vet. I graduated in Chile, my home country, in 2006 and I moved to Australia in 2007.
I love small animals and I am particularly passionate about emergencies and internal medicine as I enjoy working up difficult cases.
One of my most fulfilling experiences as a vet was volunteering in India and I am looking forward to go back one day.
I live with my boyfriend at an eco-cabin and we recently adopted our first pet. “Pisco” was a stray kitten when was hit by a car, suffering multiple fractures and being unable to walk. He has recovered exceptionally well and enjoys climbing trees now.
I like learning new skills on my free time and I am currently taking piano and singing lessons.
Dr Christina Webb BVSc BVMS
Dr Christina Webb comes to us all the way from the USA but has been living in Australia for 11 years. She obtained her Veterinary Degree at Murdoch University in Western Australia.
Christina worked for 3 years in a semi-rural practice in South West, WA, and often saw Alpacas, Sheep, Goats, Wildlife and Small animals. She then worked in Perth and the Gold Coast for 3 more years before joining Dr Ross and Dr Leonora recently here at Tallebudgera Veterinary Clinic.She’s happy to see anything weird and wonderful such as fish, turtles and snakes. She’s even seen a pet Walking Stick! She has a soft spot for alpacas , llamas and goats but really loves all animals.
Dr Christina lives with her husband Steve and has 2 dogs, 2 rescue cats, and 2 horses. She loves paddle boarding and horse riding and her ultimate goal is to practice horseback archery because she is crazy like that.
Sue Evans – Business/Practice Manager
Sue is the business/practice manager at Tallevet and you can find Sue in the office most days of the week. After running successful practices in South Africa, Sue immigrated to Australia with Ross and their two boys Here she has immersed herself in helping Ross to build a successful family orientated veterinary clinic, that meets the needs of our local community. She comes from a family of vets, so animals have always been a big part of her life. Sue dedicates her time to ensuring the clinic runs smoothly and efficiently in the manner our clients have become accustomed to.
As a busy mother of two teenage sons, Sue’s ability to multitask and problem solve is outstanding. Together with Ross, Sue leads the team in our strive for excellence. She is always willing to try and help in any way she can, ensuring that both our clients and pets are satisfied and happy with their experience at Tallebudgera Veterinary Clinic.
Debbie Grimley – Head Nurse
Debbie is our amazing practice Head Nurse. She spent her first 8 years in Canberra where she obtained her qualifications. Deb then moved to Sydney where she spent 7 years in a managerial role in small animal practices where she was actively involved in rehabilitating and rehoming pound animals. She is highly valued for her skills and experience as a nurse and Deb is efficiently keeps order in the surgery and prep room. She assists the staff with ongoing education in our clinic’s strive to always deliver the newest and best treatments for your pet.
Deb has a beautiful labrador called Nigel and an adorable little boy called Alex. Her partner Dave completes her delightful family. Always cheerful with a beautiful smile to greet fellow staff members and our clients, Debbie heads up our awesome nursing team and dedicates much of her time to improving clinic protocols and ensuring our nursing team delivers the highest standard of care to our patients.
Jodi Lopez – Senior Nurse/Puppy Preschool
Jodi is a qualified veterinary nurse with 26 years’ experience in the industry. She has been with us for nine years and works for us part time as a senior surgical nurse. Puppies are Jodi’s passion and she runs our very successful Puppy Pre-school classes every Sunday between 1 and 2pm at our clinic.
Outside of work Jodi is kept busy with exercising, looking after her children, both two legged and four legged. Jodi has a Staffy pup called Zara and a cheeky Burmese called Carlos who keep her on her toes.
Jodi has a special way with puppies and is always happy to give you advice on raising a happy and healthy puppy. So feel free to call on her for any queries regarding your new puppy.
Kirsten Coleman – Reception
Kirsten joined the Tallebudgera Vet Clinic in March 2013 and works in Reception Tuesday Wednesday and the occasional Saturday. When Kirsten is not in reception she is at home with her husband Dion and two young children Seth and Tilly.
Kirsten is always willing to help with any questions you may have regarding the latest in pet products.
Kirsten has 3 dogs Sanchez, Pushkin and Ralph a cat Ghost and pony Poppie.
Justine Scarborough – Groomer
Hi, my name’s Justine and I’m the head groomer at Tallebudgera Veterinary Clinic. I’m born and bred Gold Coast. I live in Tallebudgera Valley with my husband and two delightful young children. A qualified vet nurse for 18 years, I took up grooming two years ago and you can find me here at the clinic three days a week beautifying your furry four legged babies.
I have a gorgeous Cavoodle puppy named Kirby as well as two guinea pigs, a cat and a 30 year old horse living out her twilight years in my paddock. I look forward to pampering your pooches, and don’t forget those matted and knotted cats. I’ll have them looking beautiful in no time.
Silja Mack – Veterinary Technician / Receptionist
Silja is our Veterinary Technician and part time receptionist here at Talle Vets. She joined our great team in 2014 after working at an emergency clinic and after numerous overseas surf trips. She enjoys a wave almost every morning before providing top care to your furry friends.
Silja has a lively staffordshire bull terrier as well as a laid back Irish Wolfhound. She brings a bright sunny smile to our family practice and is always willing to give advice where needed on what is best for your pets, as well as providing plenty of cuddles to every darling that sets foot through our doors.
Yuri – Contract Groomer
Hi, my name is Yuri and I am a dog groomer at Tallebudgera Veterinary Clinic. I am originally from Japan. You can find me at the clinic on Tuesdays, turning your beloved furry friends into beautifully groomed pets. I’ll have your scruffy little four legged babies looking and smelling like star pooches in no time.