Dr Stephanie Allison
Dr Stephanie AllisonVeterinary Director
Stephanie has been with Balgownie Veterinary Hospital since it opened its doors in November 1991. She has seen many changes as the practice has grown over the years with an increase in staff and clients.

Stephanie graduated from University of Queensland, Brisbane. She worked around the north coast of Queensland for a while before travelling overseas and working in the UK for two years.

She returned in 1991 to help establish Balgownie Veterinary Hospital. She has completed some post graduate courses in dermatology and most recently, has completed a certificate in Practice Management through the University of Wollongong.

Stephanie lives close by to the practice so she can manage the day to day needs of the hospital as well as monitor closely any critical patients after hours.

Stephanie has the support of her husband, 5 children and 2 dogs at home to help her with the demands of a busy practice.

Dr Alex Kannegieter
Dr Alex KannegieterSenior Veterinary Surgeon
Alex is a recent graduate from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and has started working at Balgownie Vet Hospital.

He has a passion for working with dogs and cats and a special interest in small animal surgery.

Originally born and raised in Sydney, Alex has ventured far and wide during his training, doing vet work in Hong Kong, the Torres Strait and throughout rural NSW.

Now he is looking to settle by the coast with his adopted stray cat Gary and enjoy life by the beach.

Dr Amanda Wong
Dr Amanda WongSenior Veterinary Surgeon
Amanda joined the team at Balgownie Veterinary Hospital in December 2014.

Amanda grew up on a farm in Tasmania where her love of animals turned into a dream to become a vet. After completing her veterinary degree through Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Amanda worked as a mixed practice vet in Tasmania prior to re-locating to the South Coast to pursue the diversity of small animals and hobby pets. Amanda’s particular interests include dermatology, surgical cases and working up challenging medical cases.

Outside of work Amanda enjoys running and spending time with her husband and young Border Collie, Hank.

Support Staff

Natasha Atallah
Natasha AtallahVeterinary Nurse
Natasha (Tash) has been with Balgownie Veterinary Hospital for a few years now.

She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Last year, she completed a diploma in practice management through the University of New England, Armidale NSW.

She hails from Harden, NSW but has decided to settle here after realizing the NSW South Coast is just too irresistible (along with her partner who works close by!)

Teenea Lamore
Teenea LamoreVeterinary Muslu
Teenea joined Balgownie Veterinary Hospital in 2009. She has a wealth of experience as a veterinary nurse and keeps us all on our toes!

She is like a whirlwind around the practice ensuring the hospital is spotless and clean, and the shelves stocked with your favourite Royal Canin food and other essential items for your pets.

She juggles her role as inventory manager with other nursing skills in the surgery ensuring your pet is comfortable if he/ she has a stay in hospital.

Teenea has many stories to tell us about her experiences working at other practices – be sure to ask her about the snake in the tyre!

Maria Ritchie
Maria RitchieVeterinary Nurse
Hej Allihopa!

All the way from Sweden, Maria and her Australian husband have been living in Wollongong for a few years now.

Having completed her certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2013, Maria is a new member of the Balgownie Veterinary Hospital team. She has worked and volunteered at various clinics in the Illawarra for the past few years.

An advocate for animal rights and their welfare, Maria and her husband are the proud guardians of two beautiful rescue cats, Pumpkin the Exotic Short Hair and Persia the Persian.

Maria is looking forward to meeting you and getting to know your beloved fury, feathered or scaly friend while making sure the best care possible is provided while in our care.

Tiana Azzopardi
Tiana AzzopardiVeterinary Nurse
Tiana joined our vet nursing team in 2014. She has completed her Certificate IV in Vet nursing. She has also completed other courses in workplace safety so she keeps us all in check with our safety routines at work ! She has grown up in the Illawarra and loves the area so hopefully is here to stay.