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Our Team

We are a team of qualified veterinarians, traditionally trained in conventional and alternative medicine who are supported by our dedicated veterinary nurses.

Dr Barbara Fougere VetDr Barbara Fougere BSc BVMS (Hons), BHSc (Comp Med), MODT, MHSc (Herb Med), CVA (IVAS), CVBM, CVCP, CMAVA

Barbara started her studies in complementary medicine at university in 1986. Since then she has studied human and veterinary complementary medicine, and is certified in veterinary and human herbal medicine, veterinary acupuncture as well as veterinary chiropractic, veterinary Chinese herbal medicine and veterinary and human homeopathy. She has also explored energy medicine with Reiki and several other lesser known therapies such as prolotherapy, tui na and Chinese food therapy.

Barbara actively participates in industry related associations and committees. She was honored to have held the position of President for the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Association (2003 - 2007), and the International Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (2003 - 2006). She has also held the position of Policy Council Member for the Australian Veterinary Association when she was an advisor for Holistic, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (1996-2003).

Barbara is the current Australian representative for the House of Delegates (IVAS), and a member of Australian College of Nutrition and Environmental Nutrition, National Herbalist Association Of Australia (NHAA), and Australian Veterinary Association Chartered (CMAVA). Barbara is also a board member of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association.

Barbara has been the inaugural recipient of the AVA Community Service Award for her role in rehoming thousands of dogs and cats through the programs and websites she developed in Australia.

Barbara enjoys sharing her passion for holistic care within the international veterinary community. She has lectured in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Japan, Canada, India and Sri Lanka and is involved in teaching veterinary Western and Chinese herbal medicine, complementary medicine and holistic nutrition.

Barbara is the author of two books, Healthy Dogs, A Handbook of Natural Therapies (2003) and Natural Healing for Cats and Dogs (2005), she has also co-authored Veterinary Herbal Medicine with Dr S Wynn (2006) and was an contributing author of Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice (2008).

She has also featured on Television programs such as Harry's Practice, Totally Wild and Creature Features, as well as in Magazines such as New Idea, The Australian Woman's Weekly, and has been published in various Newspaper articles. You can also hear Barbara live on air at

Barbara shares her life with her partner Karl and their Burmese Tallulah and Sweet Pea, a lively worm farm, and more than 50 orchids.

Dr Karen Goldrick BVSc, CVA (IVAS)

Karen Graduated from the University Of Sydney in 1987, and has worked in small animal practice in Sydney and the UK with an interest in holistic veterinary medicine. She has also studied acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncturure Society (IVAS). Karen has also studied Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine at the Sydney College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine and animal rehabilitation.

She uses a combination of therapies for her patients including; nutritional guidance, acupuncture, Chinese and Western Herbs, Bach Flower Remedies, and Physical Therapies to aid mobility including chiropractic adjustment, myofacial release, trigger point therapy, therapeutic ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for pain relief.

Karen writes regularly for Wellbeing Magazine, as well as a monthly column in the local Village Voice newspaper, the Chinese Medicine Times (an international magazine for Traditional Chinese Medicine) and is currently the editor of the Journal of Veterinary Botanical Medicine for the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (VBMA). She is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), IVAS, VBMA and the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group (AVAG). She enjoys diagnostic challenges and employing natural medicines (and conventional medicines where needed) to treat all sorts of conditions. Her special interests include musculoskeletal conditions, cancer support, and chronic skin disease. She has a growing interest for pocket pets including rats, mice, rabbits and guinea pigs which surprisingly have been well researched in herbal medicine!

Dr Emily Yan BVSc

Dr Emily Yan graduated in 2002 from the University of Sydney and completed her post-graduate studies in Surgery with the Post Graduate Foundation in 2006.

Emily has gained a wide-variety of veterinary skills from the different places she has worked at. She started off her career in Bathurst working with both large and small companion animals, as well as learning the traits of Homeopathy. She continued to further expand her experience in treating infectious diseases, chronic skin problems and cancer in Hong Kong. Emily returned to Sydney in 2006 and is now a focused small animal practitioner. She also offers her invaluable skills as an emergency veterinarian at several major emergency hospitals in Sydney.

Emily has special interest in surgery and Homeopathy and believes in using an integrative approach to treat her patients. She often combines both high quality conventional medicine and well-validated holistic therapies in her treatment. We are very pleased to have her on board our team at All Natural Vet Care.

Dr Joanne Righetti Animal Behaviourist B.Sc.(Hons), Ph.D., Dipl.Couns.

Dr Jo consults, educates, writes, motivates and informs a wide range of pet owners and professionals as well as commercial companies, non-profit organisations, government and the media on the human-animal relationship and in

Joanne is a consultant to the Animal Welfare League NSW, Delta Society Australia, co-hosts the Pet Talk Radio show and is "agony aunt" for and Dog's Life Magazine.

She has published booklets which include Barking Problems Solved and Cat Toileting Problems Solved and answers pet owners' questions weekly on Radio 2UE. Joanne is also chairperson of Delta Society Australia. She lives at home with many pets and children.


Dr Christine Hawke

Christine is a veterinary dentist who is holistic in her approach and works along side our veterinarian team. She handles our more advanced and specialised dental cases like crowns and root canals!

Maria Badolato

Maria is our Animal Care Attendant and Dispensary assistant.
She has a great love of animals and is currently enrolled in animal studies certificate II at TAFE NSW.

Maria thoroughly enjoys looking after and giving lots of cuddles to all of our boarders in our “home away from home” cattery.

Simone Li

Simone is our Saturday and uni holiday veterinary receptionist. She is a 3rd year student currently studying a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney. A menagerie of animals cohabits with her at home including two moodles, an adopted cat with a bad case of princess syndrome and a lovely Berkshire rattie. 

Six years of studying food technology during high school has lead to a developing interest in companion animal nutrition, especially in the raw food diet, which her cat, Tiana, has been on since she was adopted into the family.

Simone also revisits her Chinese/Singaporean roots by learning more and more about Chinese herbs and their roles in animal and human health. She has a soft spot for schnauzers and loves investigating different dog breeds and watching animal documentaries in her procrastination time.

She does occasional volunteer work at the Cat Protection Society and also enjoys on-farm professional experience.

Jaime Manning

Jaime is our Saturday and uni holiday receptionist and veterinary assistant. She recently moved from the Central Coast to study a Bacherlor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney. Jaime has a very active cat named "Scooter", who is best friends with her dog "Miki". She also has another cat "Tiger" who simply loves food! Jaime is an aspiring veterinarian.


Sarah Dilger

Sarah is a fully qualified Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse. She assists the veterinarians in all aspects of medical and surgical nursing. She is a dedicated nurse and takes pride in ensuring that patients under her supervision receive the highest quality of care possible. 

She has a cheeky 4-year old female cat named "Alaska" and a 3-year old male cat named "Socks" whom she raised by hand since he was a kitten. She also has a mischievous dog named Indiana a.k.a. Indi impossible!


Kathy Tang


Kathy is our casual weekend nurse and is a 3rd year Veterinary Science student at the University of Sydney. She has developed an interest in alternative medicine after having experienced the effectiveness of some of the chinese medicines first hand (mum is a natural herbs/chinese medicine enthusiast). She has a black cat named “Kyo” who loves keeping people on their toes by jumping on them unsuspectedly. The two met a year ago when he was brought in as a stray, it was pretty much love at first sight and the rest is history.