Meet our team
Dr Allen Yang
Lead Veterinarian
  • BVSc

Allen graduated from Massey University in 2010. After working at Wellington SPCA for 4 years, Allen made the move back to his home town of Auckland to begin work as an exotic pet veterinarian.

While Allen mainly focuses on tending to our exotic patients, he still likes to see the occasional cat and dog which always brings back good memories of the SPCA days.

Outside of work, Allen can be found at the gym, playing basketball, eating (a lot) and chasing after his 1 year old son!

Dr Olivia Patterson
  • BVSc

Olivia graduated from Massey University in 2019 although is not new to working in veterinary clinics. At the age of 14 Olivia got her first job in a cattery attached to a clinic, then in 2012 graduated with a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing before deciding she wanted to take it one step further and become a veterinarian. Olivia brings a wealth of clinical experience to the team and has hit the ground running as a veterinarian!

Olivia has a strong love for small mammals and is a self-confessed bunny slave at home. When not being a veterinary superstar or tending to her food-crazy rabbits, Olivia spends her time keeping fit, practicing pole fitness, yoga and has recently taken up surfing (or trying to, at least)!

Dr Chantal Villeneuve
  • MS
  • BVetMed

Chantal joined our team in 2020 after making the move to New Zealand once graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2019. In addition to her qualification as a Veterinarian, she also has a Masters of Science in Conservation Medicine and a Bachelors of Science in Ecology, Evolution & Animal Behaviour.

Before studying to be a Veterinarian, Chantal worked as an ornithologist (bird expert!) for five years, studying rare & endangered birds in North America.

Chantal owns a cockapoodle named Gye, and in her free time she enjoys running, yoga, hiking & coffee.

Dr Simone Ginwala
Shondell A
Team Leader & Head Veterinary Nurse

Shondell joined the team in 2016 after spending a number of years working in busy companion animal practices & emergency after-hours clinics across Australia and New Zealand. In 2019 she took on the additional role of team leader and works closely with our Lead Veterinarian to keep the practice running.

She has a strong passion for animal welfare and loves the variety of working at Pet Doctors St Lukes & Exotics Centre.

In her spare time, Shondell likes to spend her time tending to her ridiculous amount of house plants, experimenting with vegan cooking, traveling to new countries & volunteering at animal sanctuaries when she can.

Rebecca C
Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca (or "Becca" as you'll probably hear us call her) joined us in 2019 after making the move from Dunedin. She worked in companion animal clinics for a number of years before moving over the world of exotic pets.

Rebecca has a special interest in wildlife and enjoys the variety of working in our very mixed practice. She especially loves all of the baby birds we often look after in the spring, even hand raising a few Silvereye chicks this season.

When not at work, Becca enjoys trail walks and exploring the great outdoors.

Codee D
Veterinary Nurse

Codee worked for a couple of years in veterinary clinics across Auckland before joining the Pet Doctors team in 2018. Starting out at the Mt Eden branch, she now works with us at Pet Doctors St Lukes.

She has a special interest in cat-friendly handling in order to reduce stress while in an unfamiliar place.

Outside of work Codee can be found weightlifting, practicing yoga, traveling or just hanging out with her sassy cat Bernadette (Bernie for short)!

Elena S
Veterinary Nurse

Elena graduated from her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing course in early 2019. She has a keen interest in wildlife, animal behaviour and even participated in a volunteer desexing programme in Tonga in 2018!

She has three fur babies at home - Dale a beautiful black lab, Tobi a sweetheart toy poodle cross and Luca a handsome ginger cat.

Jimena MN
Veterinary Nurse

Jimena joined our nursing team in 2020 after moving to New Zealand in 2019 from Argentina, where she studied her Veterinary Medicine Degree and worked as a veterinarian with a focus on exotic pets.

Jimena has a strong passion for exotic animals, ranging from pets, to wildlife to zoo animals such as big cats!

In her free time Jimena likes to keep active, read books, travel & meet new people, try new food and enjoy the outdoors.

Sarah H
Client Relations

Sarah joined Pet Doctors St Lukes as part of their clients relations team after spending 5 years living in England and travelling Europe with her partner Tom. She enjoys providing excellent customer service to both people and pets which is very rewarding.A lover of animals from a young age, Sarah has owned many pets from fish, birds, frogs and rabbits, but now she owns a Belgian German Tervuren named Wilson. In her free time, you can find Sarah travelling and bush walking.

Ashley C
Client Relations

Ashley works with our client relations team on a casual basis during university breaks where she studies mathematical science.

Back in 2016 Ashley worked with us as a veterinary nurse but she just has too many interests, so sadly left her role to continue her studies. But we're so happy to have her back now, even for short periods at time!

In her spare time Ashley enjoys anime, spending time with her fluffy Persian cat Percy (pictured), creating art and making beautiful cosplay costumes.

Allanah B
Client Relations

Allanah joined the team after spending a number of years working in the animal care industry, at pet stores and working with the beautiful dogs of the Blind Foundation Guide Dog program.

Throughout her life Allanah owned almost all of the pets we see here at the clinic, from cats and dogs, rabbit and guinea pigs, rats and mice, beardies and geckos, to fish and even hamsters when she lived overseas!

Outside of work Allanah enjoys spending time with her labradors Hettie and Loma, cat Lizzie, and rabbits May and Augustus. She also enjoys reading and raising guide dog puppies!

Harriette M
Animal Care Assistant