Dr Lucy White
Lucy White graduated from Edinburgh University in 1981. After four years in mixed practice in the UK, Lucy traveled through Asia to Australia for a working holiday and never left!
Lucy is the co-owner of Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre and has a special interest in dermatology – including otitis (ear infections) and allergic skin disease – and in behaviour management and internal medicine.
She is also the co-founder of the West Arnhem and Daly Dog Health Programme, which has been providing health care to dogs in remote communities in the Top End for the last 12 years.
Locally she is lead vet for Pets in the Park Frankston – a monthly pop up clinic providing veterinary care to the pets of those who are ex;periencing homelessness.
In 2018 Lucy was awarded Practitioner of the Year by the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association for her contribution to the profession and her work within the community.
Dr Will Gartrell
Since moving to Brisbane in 1998, Australia has become Will’s home. He is proud of his Australian vet degree, Australian wife and children, and Australian citizenship.
After years of adventures with farm and family animals in both South Gippsland, and the UK, Will and Isabella settled back into family practice on the Mornington Peninsula.
Will enjoys being a true family vet GP and spends most of his time in first-opinion consultations. Will’s particular interests are the human-animal bond and diagnostic imaging. After a year of post-graduate study in 2010, Will heads up our imaging department, in particular ultrasonography.
In 2014 Will became a co-owner of Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre.
Dr Isabella Gartrell
Isabella graduated from Melbourne University in 1999 and after 5 years of large animal work in Leongatha, spent 3 years doing locum work in the UK.
She returned to settle on the Mornington Peninsula with her husband Will and their 3 children.
In 2010 Isabella successfully completed a year of postgraduate study in Internal medicine. She continued her studies and and recently gained her Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine.
Although she is interested in both medicine and soft tissue surgery, Isabella, together with Lucy is the go to vet for medical dilemmas.
Dr Amanda Fischmann
Dr Michaela Enright
Michaela graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2016 with First Class Honours and joined the team at FHVC in 2018.
She knew she wanted to be a vet from a young age combining her love for animals and science. She lives with her fiancé Trent and rescue cat Denzel and one day wants to adopt a dog.
Michaela loves the range of cases she sees at FHVC and loves being part of a team dedicated to providing high standards of care. She enjoys doing both consultations and surgery.
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.
The Nurses & Receptionists
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Practice Manager