Our Team

The Vets

Dr Will Gartrell
Will arrived in Brisbane in 1998 with a backpack and a place at vet school. After graduating in 2002, he moved to South Gippsland to begin a career in large animal practice (specifically dairy cattle medicine). There he met Dr Isabella, another dairy vet in the same practice. They married the following year, before he  whisked her away to the UK. It was during their time in Britain that Will developed a love of helping families with their pets. 
In 2008, together with his growing family, Will returned to Australia to take up a position at Frankston Heights and settle on the Mornington Peninsula. 
In the time since then, Will has continued to study, grow and refine his role in family pet practice. In addition to his work as a first-opinion clinician, a year of postgraduate study in 2010 saw him take responsibility for overseeing our diagnostic imaging. 
Will’s real love is the Human-Animal Bond, with a focus on helping families at both ends of a pet’s life. He can usually be found sitting on the floor with a patient (either in a consulting room or our outdoor consult space).
Will became a partner and co-owner of Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre in 2014, before fully taking over the practice with Dr Isabella in 2024. He believes that, as the practice’s Director, his prime responsibility is to care; specifically, for our patients, our clients, our team, and our community.
Dr Isabella Gartrell

Isabella graduated from Melbourne University in 1999 and after 5 years of large animal work in Leongatha, she left for the UK with new husband Will. After several years working as a small-animal locum in England, she returned to Australia with Will and their growing family, settling on the Mornington Peninsula.

Isabella joined the Frankston Heights team in 2009, before successfully completing a year of postgraduate study in Internal medicine in 2010. Isabella continued her studies and was awarded Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2012, an honour achieved by a relatively small number of general practitioners. Among other interests, she had devoted particular study to the management of diabetes.

Isabella is our lead clinician and clinical manager. She is a natural detective and problem-solver, loving the challenge of unpicking the knot of a puzzling diagnosis, crossword, sudoku, or whodunnit. Vets tend to be split into two groups, favouring either deep study into one subject, or shallower study into a wide range of subjects. Isabella sits between those groups, searching for both a breadth and depth of knowledge. She shares the responsibility for keeping us at the forefront of whatever medication, technique, tool or thought is considered the best available.

Dr Amanda Fischmann

Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2005, Amanda has been part of the Frankston Heights family since 2008. She likes to remind Will that she started here a month before he did. 

Amanda lives locally with her husband, two daughters, two cats (a Russian Blue and a Burmese), and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She is very arty; singing, dancing, sewing and painting.

Over the years, Amanda has contributed to multiple areas in the practice, including general surgery and dentistry. Her current area of interest is first-opinion consulting and she is part-way through a year of postgraduate study into internal medicine.


Dr Simone Gruca

Simone began her veterinary career in mixed practice on the peninsula. After a sojurn of 5 years in the UK working as a small animal veterinarian she returned to Australia and joined our team at Frankston Heights.

Simone shares her life with menagerie of rescue cats and dogs and throughout the years has developed an interest in internal medicine particularly of the feline variety.

Simone is currently enrolled in Sydney University’s Centre for Veterinary Education’s year long course in Feline Medicine.

Our Team at Frankston Heights Vets - Dr Scott Roberts
Dr Scott Roberts

Scott graduated from the University of Melbourne 2016, and worked in the northern suburbs before joining Frankston Heights.

He has a particular interest in ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery and medicine.

Outside of work, Scott is a keen hockey player in winter, and heads to the beach in summer. He owns a beloved cat Mara and 3 chickens.

Dr Veena Kendaragama

Veena graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010. Her career has seen her work as a small animal veterinarian from Gippsland to Singapore. We’re lucky that she chose to settle locally, coming to work at Frankston Heights at the start of 2020. Veena joined us immediately before lock-down, but even split-teams and carpark consulting couldn’t dent her kindness and enthusiasm for caring.

Veena is a generalist, meaning that she is skilled in both surgery and medicine – however, it is in the consulting room with a complex medical case where she really shines. She completed her Master of Veterinary Studies post-graduate degree in 2017.

Dr Erin Britton
Dr Tara Jadwani-Bungar


Adriana has been Vet nursing for over 20 years and has a keen interest in surgical and dental nursing.
She is a Delta accredited dog training instructor and has a wealth of knowledge in animal behaviour which is put to good use in our puppy pre-school where she is one of our experienced presenters.
Laura C
Laura has her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing alongside a Batchelor in Animal Technology.
She joined Frankston Heights in 2016 after years of nursing and took on the role of puppy school teacher and coordinator. With her ongoing education and interest in behaviour, Laura is committed to continually advancing our positive reinforcement program.
Alongside her keen interest in dentistry, you will also find her greeting you in the reception area and assisting during consultations.

Claire has been nursing at Frankston Heights for nearly 10 years.

She has recently returned from maternity leave to help run our Puppy School classes.

It’s great to have her back!

Emily K

Jodie is our longest standing veterinary nurse, having started at Frankston Heights in 2003. Jodie is the senior nurse in our out-patient team at reception and in team consultations and also works as a surgical nurse.

She will often be the one welcoming our clients, and performing nurse consultations and has a special interest in dermatology and cytology.



Lauren began veterinary nursing in 2003 and has worked in both small animal and emergency clinics.
She joined the FHVC team in 2018,
enjoys all aspects of nursing and currently is responsible for the maintenance and running of our in-house laboratory.
She is currently raising a puppy for Dogs for Kids.


Meagan is a cert IV qualified veterinary nurse and our head surgical nurse.

Having worked in the industry for the past 12 years she has extensive experience in general practice, emergency nursing and surgery.

With a love for animals great and small, you will find her in our treatment room where she holds a special interest in anaesthesia and dentistry.

Taylor started at Frankston Heights in 2015 as a volunteer while studying for her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
In 2016 she gained her qualification and became a permanent member of the team!
She contributes in all areas of the practice but particularly provides support and encouragement to our clients with their pets on our healthy weight program, and is responsible for our calming pheromone program throughout the practice.

Trainee Nurses

Emily S


Emily F

The Practice Manager


Practice manager

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(03) 5971 4888

Mon – Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat: 8am – 4pm
Sun: Closed




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