Our team have extensive experience both in the general care of our patients as well as in specific areas of our services. Some of our veterinarians and nurses have been here for 10 years or more so experience is guaranteed.
A Great Big Family
Our family of friendly nursing staff is always on hand to give advice, help with general pet care inquiries and of course, to be there while your pet is in hospital, discussing your pets care and keeping you up to date with your pets progress. At NRVH we pride ourselves in the relationships we’ve built with our clientele, some of who have been coming to NRVH since it opened its doors in 1976.
Sharing our experience and expertise with you and your pets is a priority as well as a privilege because we know that this provides the best outcome for you and your pet. Your role in your pets care with us is pivotal and we understand how important that is to you.
Our enthusiastic and forever smiling nurse April has been nursing at NRVH since 2013. April has a wonderful rapport with our Clients and Patients, never forgetting a name or face. April has a great interest in critical care nursing and also neonate care. When not spending her long hours at NRVH, April enjoys wakeboarding, spending time with her family and going hiking and bushwalks with her beloved dog Sasha.
Our delightful and enormously talented nurse Brianna has been with NRVH for 4 years during which time she completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. Brianna’s organisation and commitment to patient care make her invaluable to the team. Some days, when we can’t hit the side of a barn with catheter placement or blood taking, Brianna is our nurse. Brianna has a keen interest and excels in the areas of orthopaedics and exotics. Her interests outside of work include bushwalking, soccer and anything outdoors. Brianna shares her life with her Mastiff Bear.
Cristin came to NRVH in 2008 whilst still at high school. An enthusiastic and skilled nurse, Cristin enjoys areas in medicine, pathology and client interaction and education. Outside of the clinic, Cristin is dedicated Mum to the beautiful Ivy and is committed to family time at the park, playground and Hawkesbury River. A keen baker and cook, Cristin always has something yummy to tempt the staff. Cristin shares her life with Layla the South African Boerboel.
Daniel has been part of our team since 2014 whilst completing his Cert IV in veterinary nursing. A hardworking team member, Daniel is the quiet achiever and uses his strength to his advantage being able to manage any animal in sight from little kittens to Great Danes. Other interests include Tae Kwon Doe, Martial Arts, cars, sports and reading. Daniel shares his life with his two Dachshunds – Dexter and Walter.
Dr Karen Hedberg
Dr Karen Hedberg established the North Richmond Veterinary Hospital in 1976. Affectionately known as ‘Boss’ to all the staff both past and current, Karen has built an enormous client base not only Sydney wide, but throughout the state and even seeing interstate clients. Karen has been a great teacher and mentor to many vets and is always available to share her wealth of knowledge and experience. An Author and Artist, Karen wrote and illustrated the well known book – The Dog Owner’s Manual – which can be found in many clients bookshelf. Karen’s involvement in the world of pedigree dogs covers breeding, genetic conditions and establishing breed health improvement schemes. Karen’s interests outside of the clinic include painting, art, wildlife, breeding and exhibiting of French Bulldogs and in the past, German Shepherd Dogs. Karen shares her life with seven French Bulldogs (Beaches, Daisy, Sassy, Patsy, Tosca, Tinks and Cossie) and Betty the German Shepherd Dog.
Dr Lee Ebeling
Dr Lee Ebeling came to NRVH in 2007 with over 25 years previous experience. Lee’s thorough approach diagnostically is regularly relied on. Lee enjoys surgical procedures, in particular, soft tissue. A wealth of knowledge, Lee is always imparting her vast knowledge and is always happy to answer any questions that eager nurses need the answer for. In her spare time, lee enjoys sailing racing yachts, snow skiing in Australia and overseas.
Dr Mami Nomiya
Dr Mami Nomiya graduated in 1998 from the Nihon University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in Japan. She completed the American Veterinary Medical Association Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates program in 2013.
For the first 10 years of her career, Mami worked as a small animal vet in Tokyo Japan, where she gained vast experience with small animals.
Mami joined NRVH in 2018 after working with Dr Michelle Dalli for 10 years at Sydney Exotics and Rabbit Vets at North Shore Vet Specialist Centre. Mami loves Australian wildlife and treats them occasionally.
In her spare time, Mami loves to travel Australia and abroad with her family. Her other interests include snowboarding and skiing.
Dr Maya Silberstein
After graduating in 2018, Dr Maya Silberstein came to work at NRVH in March 2019, bringing with her a wicked sense of humour. Maya’s interests include exotics, wildlife medicine, cytology and behaviour. In her spare time, Maya enjoys spending time with her dogs and cats (Young Oliver being a firm staff favourite) camping and Forensic TV shows.
Dr Michelle Dalli (Proprietor)
Dr Michelle Dalli started working at NRVH over 15 years ago and has recently taken over the clinic from Dr Karen Hedberg.
Michelle graduated from the University of Sydney in 2005. Her interests in exotic pets, native animals and in particular reptiles started long before she graduated. Michelle has gained vast experience both in Australia and abroad working with small animals and exotics.
Over the years Michelle has built up a loyal clientele at NRVH and with her experience working at North Shore Specialist Animal Hospital in the exotics department, her client base has extended to exotic pets of all shapes and sizes. Michelle has over the years taken on more Orthopaedic work adding to her already vast surgical repertoire. A talented and skilled small animal surgeon, Michelle is always in high demand. The staff at NRVH reap the rewards of Michelle’s knowledge as she is always happy to educate and share her experience with both New Grads and Nurses.
Michelle is passionate about environmental issues and native wildlife. She also enjoys travel, hiking, gardening….generally anything outdoors. Michelle shares her life with Duncan the Deerhound, Kira her South African Boerboel and multiple exotics and wildlife.
Dr Nao Tsujioka
The newest member of our NRVH family. Always happy with a smile on her face, Dr Nao Tsujioka comes to us with an enthusiastic and fresh outlook. With a keen interest in all small companion animals, Nao especially enjoys working with exotics, wildlife and with a particular passion for Rabbits. We are thrilled to have Dr Tsujioka on board and know our clients will be also. Nao’s other interests outside of the clinic include cooking/baking (we eagerly waiting on samples of Nao’s baking), she also enjoys a good book and listening to music. Nao shares her home with her mini lop rabbits, Sumi and Fuuta.
Kirstie takes everything in her stride and her bubbly personality shines through whether nursing, tending to reception or triaging incoming patients. Kirstie has been with NRVH since 2015, during that time gaining her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. Her particular areas of interest within the job are orthopaedics and reproduction. Her organisational skills and commitment to patient care are greatly valued in a highly busy practice. In her spare time, Kirstie enjoys all outdoor activities including fishing and camping and is also a keen on sports. Kirsty shares her life with her Labrador Leo.
Michelle has been a crucial part of NRVH since 2009. She has a Certificate IV Vet Nursing and a Diploma of Direct Marketing.
She is the Mother Hen of our clinic who has other staff members frequently looking up to her and getting advice. She is always making sure that we are all ok and coping with the busy day to day duties of our fast-paced hospital.
Michelle has an extensive knowledge of reproduction and all things breeding, whelping and neo natal care. She maintains our clinic protocols and is an all-round amazing asset to our hospital.
Michelle’s interests are her three sons and watching them play rugby. Michelle shares her life with four French Bulldogs (Polly, Finch, Scout and Luna), two South African Boerboels (Jakka and Cherry), Alfie the Staffordshire Bullterrier and Landers the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog.
Officially starting at NRVH in August 2019, Patricia (Patty) has taken on the role of Practice Manager, however, Patty’s involvement with NRVH started many years ago. Being a regular fill in for other staff over the years, her experience in the Clinic Environment is next to none. Much loved by all the staff, Patty brings a bright smile and great energy to the team. Patty’s interests include camping, 4WD with the family and her Staffordshire Bullterrier, Freddy.
Our ever smiling receptionist Rebecca (known as Bec to all that know her) has been with NRVH since 2011. Originally working as part of our nursing/kennel staff, Bec has recently taken on the role of receptionist. All that meets Bec love her easy going and gentle nature, which is a valuable trait in our very busy and sometimes hectic waiting room. In her spare time Bec enjoys bushwalking, travel, and music. Bec shares her home with her four dogs, seven cats and three ferrets.
Sam has been nursing for 6 years and has been with NRVH since 2015. Sam holds her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing as well as Equine Veterinary Nursing and Diploma of Performance Horse Industry. A keen interest in reproduction, Sam loves nothing more than getting her hands into a caesarean…the absolute favourite part of her job. Patient care is very important to Sam and she has a very strong commitment to hospital patient care, particularly medical cases. Sam’s other interests include hiking, bushwalking and family time with her son. Sam shares her life with her Great Dane Sapphire, Maltese Toren, two cats and a python.
Sean started at NRVH in 2019 while studying his Cert IV in in Veterinary nursing. Sean’s extensive experience of felines makes him a natural with cats and is always called when a fractious cat needs to be handled with gentle hands, but, when needed, Sean’s strength is greatly appreciated, particularly when moving a giant St Bernard onto a surgery table. Sean’s interests outside of work include breeding and exhibiting Alpacas, honey bee keeping and motor vehicle maintenance and restoration. Sean shares his life with many Alpaca and 5 cats.
Our beloved Stanley (The Boss), the Exotic Short Hair Cat. He’s been with us for many, many years….no-one really knows how long. Stanley can be found anywhere in the clinic, showing up at the most inopportune moments (usually involving a GSD who really doesn’t like cats) Usually Stanley’s favourite spot is on the reception desk, reclined, without a care in the world or (this has to be seen to be believed) you might find our beautiful old friend lying by the side of a sick or critical patient. He really has a knack for seeking out the patients who need his company most. Probably his most endearing quality.