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 Jillian Lok - Veterinarian
- BVSc (Hons)
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 Jason Tait - Veterinarian
- BVSc (Hons)
Jason is passionate about providing a great service to his clients and the highest standard of care to his patients. His philosophy of 'treating your patients the way you expect your own pets to be treated' has endeared him with clients and patients alike. He has a keen interest in dentistry and reproduction. Jason graduated from the University of Queensland in 2004. As a new graduate Jason worked for 3 years at the Gatton Veterinary Surgery in a mixed animal capacity. Jason and his wife Megan then purchased their own practice which they owned for 10 years at Springfield Lakes. Jason continues to work at Springfield but has also returned to where it all began in Gatton.
When not at work Jason enjoys fishing, riding motorbikes and spending time with his furry family. Jason's pride and joy is Smeagle, a 14 year old Cornish Rex. She is a mischievous little devil but loves nothing more than being cradled like a baby for cuddles with dad. The elder statesman of the household is Bud the Ridgeback cross who has made it to the ripe old age of 16. Rounding out the tribe is a rambunctious rebel named Sue. Sue is an 8-month-old Cattle dog pup who loves to leave a trail of destruction in his wake!!!
Dr Kathleen Rebgetz - Veterinarian
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
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
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.
Dr Madelein Taylor - Veterinarian
- BVSc (Hons)
Maddy graduated from University of Queensland in 2014 and worked at a mixed practice in Toowoomba for 4 years before starting at Gatton. She is passionate about medical cases and enjoys a challenge.
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her five dogs (Eva, Finnley, Juno, Mouse amd river), three horses (Riley, Aroura and Sienna) and one cat (Cleo).
Dr Dion Woodborne - Orthopaedic & Specialised Soft Tissue Surgeon
- MANZCVS (Surgery)
Being born and raised in South Africa, Dion had the kind of introduction into a career in the care of animals that Australian trained vets only get to dream about. As a school leaver, Dion studied Nature Conservation, and worked for 3 years for the Natal Parks Board as a ranger, working amongst the amazing wildlife of Africa on land and at sea. Dion’s exciting experiences include getting up close and personal with Great White Sharks and Seals off the South African Coast, whilst participating in the tagging and monitoring of these magnificent creatures.
Dion completed his Veterinary degree and went on to work in large and small animal practices in South Africa, the UK, and NZ before settling on the Sunshine Coast with his young family. Their home is a menagerie of creatures, with birds and dogs, and a blue tongue lizard, which Dion and his daughters reared after rescuing it from a roadside as an injured baby. Dion is an avid water sportsman; he has solo swum the English Channel and is now a keen kite boarder.
Dion is passionate about surgery, and in 2011, after rigorous written and oral examinations, he gained his Membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons, in Small Animal Surgery.
Karen Lyon - Practice Manager & Veterinary Nurse
- Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
- Certificate IV in Equine Studies
- Equine Bowen Therapist
- Accredited Microchip Implanter
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-
Lisa Munroe - Veterinary Nurse
- Certificate II in Veterinary 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
Jess is one of our newest faces and is in her last year of study as a vet nurse. She has always wanted to work with animals and after hairdressing for five years she finally decided to take a leap and do something about it.
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 one-eyed 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.
Louise Gabriel – Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Louise has recently joined our team as she continues to study her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. Louise has always had a love for animals and has always known that she wanted to be involved in the veterinary field. Louise aspires to learn and improve in order to become the best nurse possible to her patients.
In her spare time, Louise enjoys spending time with her two beautiful children, Rosalie and Fletcher. Her three horses, Kitkat, Chief and Tina, as well as three dogs Autumn, Coco, Dolly AND two cats Annie and Storm keep her busy!