About Us

Dr Alex Rosenwax

 

Dr Alex Rosenwax is currently President of the Australian Avian Veterinary Medical Association (AAVMA) which is a special interest group for avian veterinarians.

Alex undertook his veterinary studies with the specific aim of working with birds. This desire stems from an early childhood love for and fascination with birds.

 After graduating from Veterinary Science in 1991, Alex worked with birds in England, Hong Kong and Australia. He successfully completed the Membership Exams for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health in January 1996.

Since establishing an all-bird veterinary service in Sydney in November 1996, Alex sees cases from other vets as well as those from pet owners. He is dedicated to providing quality care and treatment for all birds.

Rescued and re-homed budgies and cockatiels inhabit a large outdoor aviary, while two large "adopted" parrots (a galah and a Major Mitchell x corella) share his home.

 

 

Dr Tegan Stephens

 

Dr Tegan Stephens joined us as a veterinarian in 2009, and has been involved with the clinic since 2005. In July 2013 Tegan passed her Membership Examinations in Unusual and Exotic Pets.

Tegan’s love of ‘interesting’ animals developed from a young age moving around the Australian countryside and then sealed while living for a short period in Indonesia.

This interest grew leading to volunteer work at the National Zoo and Aquarium, study at various exotics clinics during her final year of university, and work with crocodiles in the Northern Territory before graduating in 2009.

Although she would love to have a pet crocodile, a potted python named Manny, Katarina the Woma Python, Becky the cockatiel, Ginny the dog and a slightly nervous husband make up the Stephens family.

 

 

Dr Daniella Hsu

 

Dr Daniella Hsu joined our team as a veterinarian in 2012. She completed 2 years of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney before deciding to pursue Veterinary Science studies. Daniella is passionate about all animals great and small. She has worked as an animal attendant at Sydney Dogs and Cats home for 2 years then as a veterinary nurse for 6 years. She has kept birds as pets since a young age and is interested in pursuing further studies in avian medicine.

Daniella currently shares her home with a beautiful Golden Retriever, a playful mutt, a docile cat and a sneaky Alexandrine Parrot called Megatron.

 

 

Dr Natalia Otavski

 

Dr Natalia Otavski joined our team in 2015. Before becoming a vet, Nat worked for many years as a veterinary nurse in both emergency and general practice. She has also completed a degree in Biomedical Science and a Masters in Wildlife Health and Population Management where she worked in research studying Pacheco's disease in imported exotic bird species in Australia.

Nat has always had a passion for everything bird-related and knew from a young age that she wanted to work with them. Since starting with us, she has also become increasingly fond of all the other species that come to visit our clinic, especially rabbits and guinea pigs.

When not in the clinic, Nat spends the remainder of her time raising her little girl and teaching her to admire animals (especially birds) as much as she does. And that goes for her husband, too.

Sandy Beynon, veterinary nurse

 

Sandy has a degree in Science (physiology, zoology) and a Graduate Diploma of Education, which saw her involved in human medical research for 12 years prior to working at a small animal practice for 2 years. She has also worked as a WIRES volunteer, rescuing and fostercaring for injured and orphaned native wildlife.

She has a particular love of and interest in birds and joined our practice in July 2002.

While Sandy has kept pet rats in the past, four cockatiels, three eclectus, three budgies, and seven axolotls currently share her home.

                                     

Niamh Hofman, veterinary nurse

Niamh qualified in human nursing in 2004 however she has always had a deep love for animals and in 2015 she began her studies for a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

She is owned by a cheeky Kakariki and a vocal Quaker Parrot who were delighted when she joined their team of carers at our clinic in 2016.

 

 

 

 

Eleanor Thatcher-Smith, veterinary nurse

 Eleanor has always had a passion for all animals especially birds growing up with many pets including a long billed Corella, budgies and a cockatiel. At a very early age Eleanor worked on the family farm in Goulburn and developed a strong interest in birds helping out with the bird aviaries. She has completed her certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing and previously studied Animal Studies. Eleanor joined our team in July 2014 and previously has worked and volunteered at dog and cat clinics and at a pet shop hand taming baby birds.

 

 

Phoebe Conti, veterinary nurse