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Meet Our Team

Dr David Lee

BvSc(Hons I), MVSt, MANZCVSc(Avian Health),
MANZCVSc(Small Animal Medicine)

Principal Veterinarian

David is the principal veterinarian of Sylvania Veterinary Hospital.
Throughout his career he has gained tremendous knowledge and experience working in some of the largest veterinary hospitals in Australia.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary science with first class honours from the University of Sydney in 2003, he started full time work at the RSPCA in Yagoona, gaining a large exposure to a vast array of different cases, and animals great and small, before joining the team at Sylvania Veterinary Hospital in March 2005. From 2003 to 2006, David also worked part time at the veterinary emergency and critical care units of the Animal Referral Hospital, and the North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre, alongside some of Australia's leading veterinary specialists.
David has an interest in bird medicine, and completed a one year course in Avian Medicine with the Post Graduate Society in 2007. In 2008, he was inducted as a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Specialists after successfully passing examinations in the subject area of Avian Health. He is also a Member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians Australian Committee.
David has also furthered his disiplines in all aspects of small animal practice, completing one year distance education courses in Ultrasonography and Oncology through the Post Graduate Foundation of the University of Sydney. In 2009 he was awarded a Masters of Veterinary studies in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University, in recognition of 4 years of further study. In the same year he recieved further accolades, successfully passing membership examinations of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine.
When he can tear himself away from the practice, he enjoys family time with his wife Berena, and his two gorgeous children; daughter Jelena, and son Aiden. Also, we can't forget his cheeky Labrador Mango, and chirpy Banana, a rescued Indian Ringneck.


Dr Matthew Burke



Matthew has been a practicing small animal veterinarian for over 22 years. After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1992, he has worked in a large number of veterinary hospitals, gaining tremendous amounts of knowledge and experience.

He has a particular interest in internal medicine and clinical pathology, although all areas of small animal practice are greatly enjoyed.

Outside of work, Matt keeps himself quite busy with several extra-curricular activities. He describes himself as a clumsy surfer, a possibly good skier and an enthusiastic actor. Twice to three times a year he performs at the Elenora Players in theatre production.

Matthew can't wait to welcome the pets at Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital with his warm manner and compassionate care.

Anita ChungDr Anita Chung
BSc (Hons), BVSc


Anita is one of our full time veterinarians. Being a veterinarian has been a life-long dream, and one that has taken many detours for her to fulfill. She hails initially from Canada, and completed a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph. The urge to become a veterinarian, as well as one too many of those cold Canadian winters resulted in a move to Melbourne, where she completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at the University of Melbourne.

Having had experience working in multiple practices in both Canada and Australia, Anita brings a wealth of knowledge to the team at Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital. Her particular interest is in small animal surgery, although she enjoys all aspects of small animal practice.

Away from the practice, she enjoys bushwalking, sports and exercise, as well as being a grade 10 piano player.

Mandi Kaplan

Business Manager


Mandi joined the practice in May 2015. She is a focussed leader with more than 15 years’ experience in ensuring organisational effectiveness. In her previous roles across a wide range of industries, she has been a key member of the executive team, with her primary focus being the director of day to day operational functions, including development and implementation of strategy, and organisational policy, procedures and practices.

Mandi is passionate about motivating people around her to develop their full potential. Her leadership style is collaborative and a she has a deep commitment to achievement and delivering the best possible outcome for the business and its clients.

She has a passion for animals, especially her two golden retrievers, Maddie and Toby.

Nikki Menner
Cert IV VN

Veterinary Nurse


Nikki is one of our experienced nurses, and has been at Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital since 2010. She has completed her certificate IV in veterinary nursing, and the hospital continues to benefit from her experience and knowledge.

The great feature that Nikki loves about working at Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital is the close interaction that she can enjoy with the clients and their beloved pets. She really loves the hands-on work involved in and around the clinic, and has particular interests in clinical pathology, surgery, and dentistry.

Nikki is always seeking opportunities to learn more, and hence provide a better standard of care for our pets. She has a can-do attitude and works well under pressure, keeping the whole team calm and focused.

Away from the practice, she enjoys anything to do with arts and crafts, including painting and sketching, as well as exercise. Nikki is a pet parent for Poppy, a cheeky, chatty but very affectionate Plum Head Parakeet, and an English Staffy named Rambo.

Kristy Fleming
Cert IV VN

Veterinary Nurse

Kristy is one of our experienced vet nurses and has been at Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital since 2011. She completed her veterinary nursing certificate IV in early 2009, having known from the age of 6 that she always wanted to work with animals.

Kristy enjoys the surgical aspects of the job and loves nursing animals to recovery and back to health. Kristy also gains great enjoyment in working with the Ku-ring Gai Shelter, as she finds it very fulfilling to find animals their 'furever' homes.

At home, Kristy has four animals of her own, all rescue animals. Her cat 'Mischief' is a troublesome tabby cat who plays fetch and is learning to play the piano! There's energetic 'Yogi', a Staffordshire who is a constant bundle of fun. And we can't forget 'Onyx' and 'Raven', who are sisters that came from the shelter, that Kristy couldn't bear to separate.

Away from the practice Kristy loves snowboarding and unicycling, which she taught herself to do, and now competes in the National Unicycling Competition in a variety of disciplines. She also has a fondness for baking and is learning how to decorate cakes.

Madison Kircher
Cert IV VN

Veterinary Nurse

Madi is one of our newest nurses to become a part of the TVH team and she brings with her over 3 years of Veterinary Nursing experience.

She has grown up on acreage, surrounded by animals and working with them has always been a passion of hers. Madi especially enjoys the one on one care with the animals and providing environmental enrichment. She is a very efficient and thorough worker and her positive personality is a great asset.

When she is not at work she enjoys trips to the Blue Mountains and spending time with her cat "Little D" and her elderly Jack Russell Terrier named "Billy".

Lilit Askanian
Cert IV VN

Veterinary Nurse

Lilit has been passionate about nursing animals from a very young age and has a special interest in anatomy. She enjoys learning something new every day and love's the hands on experience at Thornleigh Vet.
Lilit cares about the health and wellbeing of all animals and appreciates the chances to interact with clients and their pets.

She has 2 pet goldfish, loves spending quality time with friends and family and listening to music in different languages.

Rebecca Arbuz

Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca is one of our weekend veterinary nurses, who is always ready to put her hand up to help out during the week when required. She is in the final year of her Masters of Chiropractic Science at Macquarie University.

She has a real menagerie of pets-8 in fact! Two dogs, one cat, one rabbit, three chooks and one galah! They all keep her very busy and amused at home.

When away from the practice... well, is she ever away from the practice? She will be the first to admit that even on her days off, she can be seen hanging around the practice cuddling a furry friend or interacting with the other members of staff.

Business Hours
Mon:8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Tue:8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Wed:8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Thu:8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Fri:8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Sat:9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sun:9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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