Meet Our Team

Our experienced and passionate team are here to help you and your pets. 

  

Rachel Picot

Practice Owner (BVSc (Hons))

Rachel graduated in 1999 from Melbourne University.  She has completed further study in both internal medicine and ultrasound.

In her limited spare time Rachel likes to crochet. People sometimes look at her strangely when she says that, until she shows them her amigurumi which is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures.  A very suitable hobby for a vet. 

Rachel’s other hobbies include photography and collecting cookbooks which she sometimes uses to cook!  She also enjoys watching movies and numerous tv series ranging from sci fi, to historical drama and comedy.

Most of all, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family.  Perry and Rachel have been married since 2002. Their daughter Deni shares her parents’ love of animals. They share their home with Othello a Schnoodle who Perry rescued as a puppy (performing heart surgery to save his life) and their two new additions Luna, a beautiful champagne mink Tonkinese girl and Neo, a gorgeous blue Burmese boy.


Sharnee Lehrmayer

Practice Owner (BVSc (Hons))

Sharnee has been working as a small animal veterinarian since graduation from Melbourne University in 2010. Sharnee has a special interest in internal medicine, ophthalmology and clinical pathology and enjoys keeping up to date with new and developing treatment options at conferences both in Australia and abroad.

Sharnee is owned by Xena, a brown Burmese cat who is very mischievous and likes to terrorise Sharnee on a daily basis, and new addition Salem, a black domestic shorthair kitten, who likes to terrorise Xena on a daily basis. In her free time she also enjoys horse riding, rollerskating and reading a good book.


Perry Kazantzis

Practice Owner (BVSc)

Perry graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2000. He loves doing surgery – ranging from basic procedures like speys, castrations and dental procedures to more complicated orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries. Apart from surgery he loves to interact with clients and generally have a good chat with them about their pets but also a wide range of other things ranging from cars, favourite places to eat, holiday destinations and a wide range of other varied topics.

Perry loves to do things with his hands – he loves to find out how and why things work especially electronics – if something is broken Rachel can come home to find it in pieces and then miraculously it is fixed and working again – after a bit of electronic microsurgery!!

Along with fixing things Perry also likes to build things – you can’t just go out and buy a cat tower with a cat wheel attached……..Perry draws up a design, makes the compulsory Bunnings trip(s) to purchase supplies and then puts together up a multilevel cat tower with a ramp and cat wheel attached which the 2 cats love and make full use of by the way. If he is not building a piece of furniture, he is possibly building another Lego creation.

He also likes to relax watching varied TV series and movies – sci fi are a particular favourite of his.

Family is very important to Perry - spending time with his wife Rachel and 5 year old daughter Deni is a priority, whether it is a quite day spent at home or out and about on another family adventure.


Sarah Peterfreund

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Sarah graduated from Murdoch University in Perth in 2018. She completed a Bachelor in human nursing and has also worked as a veterinary nurse before completing her veterinary degree. Sarah has a strong interest in imaging and medicine and absolutely loves meeting and developing relationships with her clients and their pets. During her veterinary degree Sarah spent time in India and northern WA working with pets and stray animals and hopes to continue educating and helping people and their pets.

Sarah also has a true love for Shar Pei dogs and all wrinkly-faced animals. Ollie, her gorgeous 8 year old Shar Pei is the reason for this. He is the centre of her world. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family, running and reading and loves to travel whenever possible. She also enjoys being creative and has recently taken a few pottery classes but admits that she is still learning the art of using a pottery wheel. Sarah is so excited to be joining the Thrifty Vet team and can’t wait to get to know you all.


Naomi Barr

Head Nurse (Cert IV Vet Nursing)

Naomi started her nursing career at Burvale Heights Vet Hospital 8 years ago with Dr. Perry, Dr. Rachel and Dr. Sharnee. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through the Animal Industries Resource Centre in 2016. She has a keen interest in surgical nursing and for the last year has been working at a surgical specialist centre to further develop her skills. Naomi is very excited to join the Thrifty Vet team and work alongside the vets to give a high standard of veterinary care and of course lots of cuddles to your fur babies.

Naomi is a sucker for a rescue animal and currently lives with her tribe of animals which includes her German Wirehaired Pointer x dog “Buddy”, three mischievous cats “Alfalfa”, “Darkus” and “Rose”, two scruffy and food obsessed guinea pigs “Fudge” and “Theodore” and handsome eastern longneck turtle “Napoleon”. When she’s not looking after her mini zoo she loves enjoying good food and wine with family and friends as well as going caravanning with her husband Brad around Victoria in their old school pop top caravan.


Wendy West

Veterinary Nurse

Wendy started Veterinary Nursing at the beginning of 1996 the year after completing Year 12. Wendy's passion for working with animals started when she worked part-time on her Uncles Miniature Horse Stud and she was introduced to the local Vet. Wendy completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Institute in 1997.

Wendy has three dogs, Charlie and Asha both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and a Maltalier called Lexi, as well as a cat and two birds.
Wendy is married with two children and enjoys supporting her daughters love for netball and is heavily involved in coaching, being a team manager and committee member.


Charisse Seymour

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Charisse is a student nurse, currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Institute. She has two rescue cats, Paisley and Olivier, who never let life get boring! Although she considers herself a dog person, she is a very passionate cat lover - on her days off, she is usually found looking after rescued cats and kittens, and fostering for a local rescue group. 

Charisse is very passionate about horses and equine welfare, having previously worked in equine rehabilitation for several years. She also cares deeply about human welfare and wellbeing, and has spent many years volunteering with Riding for Disabled Association, which she found to be very rewarding. 

In her spare time, Charisse will often be found playing guitar and singing with  this rest of her band. She also enjoys getting out in nature for long photography trips, looking after her veggie garden, and in the right season, snowboarding. 

She is enjoying her time with the rest of the team, and especially loves getting to meet all the animals (and their human companions) who come to see us at Thrifty Vet. 


Gael Tan

Client Relations


  
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