Meet our team

Our dedicated staff and leading veterinarians are all passionate about pets and improving or maintaining their welfare. Take a moment to meet our friendly team and their own adorable pets. 

Dr Amanda Phillips - Veterinarian

  • BVSc (Hons)
  • BSc.BioChem
Gatton Vet Surgery - Dr Amanda Phillips - Vet

Amanda is commonly referred to as the ‘Crazy Staffy and Cat Lady’! She is owned by 7 cats called Donovan, Lincoln, Annie, Julia, Christian, Charlie and Bruiser; 3 Staffies called Rocky, Gemma and Clay; 3 sheep called Mocha, George and Muriel; 6 goats called Shazza, Kelvin, Kath, Kim, Epony Rae and Trudy; and 1 alpaca called Brett.

Amanda has represented Australia in Weightlifting at the Olympics! She enjoys gardening, especially her veggies, and has a passion for preventative health care and dental surgeries.



Dr Jillian Lok - Veterinarian

  • BVSc (Hons)
Gatton Vet Surgery - Dr Jillian Lok - Vet

Dr Jillian joined our team from Toowoomba after graduating in 2013. Originally from Malaysia, Jillian lives here in the Lockyer Valley with her 2 dogs - Nana the Tibetan Spaniel X and Noah the a Cattle Dog X, her 3 cats - Spike, Sasha and Sven, as well as her 5 chooks. She has a passion for surgery and is looking to pursue further study in this area.

In her spare time, Jillian enjoys going to the gym and reading.




Dr Kathleen Rebgetz - Veterinarian

  • BVSc
Gatton Vet Surgery - Dr Kathleen Rebgetz - Vet

Kathleen is one of our regular locum vets who will give anything ago! She has an Irish Wolfhound called Gordon, a Kelpie called Bella, a Terrier X called Misty, 3 cats called Garfunkel, Indie and Ceasar, a herd of Brahmans with a particular favourite called Iris, a herd of horses, a flock of ducks and a flock of chickens! Kathleen loves surgery.

Dr Margarita Heine McNaught - Veterinarian

  • Med.Vet.Belin
Gatton Vet Surgery - Dr Margarita Heine McNaught - Locum Vet

Dr Margarita is one of our locum vets. Originally from Venezuela, she moved to Australia from Berlin, Germany in 1982 after graduating from university and completing her PHD studying the development of the Clara cell in guinea pigs. She has worked at the Oakey Vet Hospital as well as owning her own practices in Toowoomba with her husband Lindsay - East Wood House Veterinary Surgery and Clifford Park Veterinary Surgery.

Margarita is happily married to Lindsay and they have a son Ian who is married with 2 kids, and a daughter, Alexa. Together, Margarita and Lindsay have 2 thoroughbreds named Arthur and Felix, a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Nala and a ginger cat named Amanda - who was originally from Gatton Vet Surgery and is in love with Nala.

Dr Lindsay McNaught - Veterinarian

  • BVSc
Gatton Vet Surgery - Dr Lindsay McNaught - Locum Vet

Lindsay is another one of our locum vets, who specialises in hip and elbow radiographs for scoring. He has worked at many practices including Oakey Vets, Clive Chandler and multiple practices in England, as well as owning his own practices in Toowoomba - East Wood House Veterinary Surgery and Clifford Park Veterinary Surgery. He has an interest in working with horses, especially at Clifford Park with 70% of his patients being equine.

Lindsay is happily married to Margarita and they have a son Ian and a daughter Alexa, as well as their Rhodesian Ridgeback Nala, ginger cat Amanda and thoroughbreds Arthur and Felix.

Karen Lyon - Practice Manager & Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Equine Studies
  • Equine Bowen Therapist
  • Accredited Microchip Implanter
Gatton Vet Surgery - Karen Lyon - Practice Manager & Vet Nurse

Can-Do Karen is commonly seen in the reception, greeting you as you come in the door. She is married with sport-whiz son, Cody. They have 2 Great Danes named Bella and Ty and 2 female cats named Steve and Dave Karen breeds Warmbloods and likes to compete on her stallion called Lyon Lodge Kinder Surprise. She enjoys show jumping, dressage and eventing, when she is not busy being a crazy soccer-cricket-swimming -athletics Mum.

Sarah Mulligan - Veterinary Nurse

  • BApp.Sc (Vet Tech)
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Accredited Microchip Implanter
Gatton Vet Surgery - Sarah Mulligan - Vet Nurse

Sarah joined our team at the end of 2015. She has a crazy Australian Kelpie called Zoe that she loves to take running and playing in the park. She has recently started a herb and vegie garden which keeps her occupied between exercising, playing sport, farming, cooking and spending time with her family, friends and Zoe.

Lisa Munroe - Veterinary Nurse

  • Certificate II in Veterinary Nurse
Gatton Vet Surgery - Lisa Munroe - Vet Nurse

Lisa came to us from Booval in the middle of 2016 where she previously nursed for 3 years. Prior to that she has nursed in Darwin for 3 years and worked on cattle stations throughout the Northern Territory and North Queensland. She has a Chihuahua called Stitch, a Cattle Dog X called Spar, a cat called Moose and a Chestnut Quarterhorse called Houston. She competes in Breakaway Roping.

Jess Donaldson - Veterinary Nurse

  • Currently completing Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Gatton Vet Surgery - Jess Donaldson - Vet Nurse

Jess is one of our newest faces and is in her last year of study in veterinary nursing. She has always wanted to work with animals and after hairdressing for five years she finally decided to take the leap!

Jess has two English cocker spaniels named Charlie and Frankie who she takes so many photos of that they have their own Instagram. She also has two Labradors named Tucker and Oscar and a Maltese named Bella. In her spare time, Jess enjoys taking her dogs to the beach, going on adventures to beautiful places, and dabbling in some photography.



Leah - Veterinary Nurse

Gatton Vet Surgery - Lean - Vet Nurse

Leah has been nursing for close to five years now and has loved every minute of it. She loves learning new and improved ways to better care for patients while sick or recovering from surgery.

Leah has always been very interested in the medical side of nursing as well as the health and wellbeing of sick patients. She also enjoys both surgical nursing and providing knowledge to clientele about all facets of pet ownership.

Becoming a veterinary nurse at Gatton Veterinary Surgery has given her the opportunity to provide ‘Gold Standard’ care to all patients and continue to learn from experienced veterinarians.

During her free time, you’ll find Leah spending time with her husband Ray as well as her many fur-babies. Leah has three dogs – Frank and Fürter the dachshunds and Sylvester the very cheeky white boxer. She also owns two horses named Millie and Kingston.