Meet the Team
Dr Lawrence Baker Principal Veterinarian
Prior to opening the Selwood House Veterinary Hospital Lawrence practised as a veterinarian in the Blue Mountains and at clinics in the UK, spending the majority of his time at a primary accession and exotic animal referral hospital in Leeds. In February 2014 Lawrence founded the Selwood House Veterinary Hospital and the following year integrated the Mid Mountains Animal Health Centre with Selwood House Vets. Lawrence has a keen interest in surgery and at Selwood House he aims to offer his clientele evidence-based, best practice veterinary care in a beautiful aesthetic environment. He lives in Blackheath with his wife Jess and their children Asher and Lilah and cat Molly, and when time permits he enjoys hiking, jogging, reading, gardening and awkwardly strumming an acoustic guitar.
Dr Mark Frost Clinical Director
Mark graduated from the University of Bristol and has practised as a veterinarian for over 10 years in the UK. In 2011, Mark and his wife Jennie visited Australia where he worked as a locum veterinary surgeon at a number of practices in Sydney. On returning to the UK, he worked for a practice in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, became a partner and director at a practice in Taunton and worked in a large vet hospital in North Somerset. However, Mark and Jennie could not get Australia out of their minds, so decided to start the process of visa applications and organising to move half way around the world. Having visited the Blue Mountains previously and having spent a lot of time here, they had fallen in love with our landscape and lifestyle. Mark has a particular interest in small animal dental health and dental radiography. Outside of his professional life, Mark has a keen interest in bushwalking & landscape/wildlife photography – what better place to be than the Blue Mountains!
Dr Hadrian Cullum Veterinary Surgeon
Alana Howard Practice Manager
Alana grew up in NZ on a dairy farm, where she developed her love of animals. Alana completed her veterinary nurse training in NZ in 2001, following which she worked in a busy mixed practice before moving to Australia. In Oz Alana has worked at a busy small animal practice, as well as at a feline specialist clinic and she has owned a pet shop. Alana has two beautiful girls, Ella and Mia, plus eight fur babies: two dogs, Grace and Benji; four cats, Taz, Wally, Gizmo and Honey and two ferrets, Delilah and Tinkerbelle.
Tonya Halay Veterinary Nurse
Tonya has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2017. She has a love of native wildlife, animal behaviour and animal communication and looks forward to studying these things in more depth.
Zoe Gasser Veterinary Nurse
Zoe recently completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is a Hazelbrook local who has grown up with a passion for animals, and has an interest in animal nutrition, behaviour and training. She has a cheeky pup named Ruben, who she has enjoyed training. She also has two bearded dragons (Lizzie & Daisy), two rabbits (Asha and Butternut) and lots of fish.
Kaliya Ferry Veterinary Nurse
Kaliya recently completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing, and has been working in the animal care industry for 3 years. She has a keen interest in reptiles and fish keeping, and has a particularly soft spot for cats. Kaliya;s family includes her python: Phoenix, Burmese; Mira, Exotic Shorthair; Evie, rats; Serena, Maisy & Gretta, and dozens of tropical fish.
Cheraya Polinsky Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Cheraya has always had a passion for animals and after finishing a degree in fine arts, decided to move on to studying in the animal field, and is now currently working on completing her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. After finishing uni in Edmonton, Canada in 2014, she moved to Australia to be with her Aussie partner, Harry, and they have been living happily in the Blue Mountains since then. She grew up in a small town in northern Alberta, where she watched moose, eagles, bears, and beavers frolic, played with lots of farm cats, and hung out with her Dalmatian, Sasha, and Peach Faced Lovebird, Mikey. Cheraya loves knitting, sewing, reading, and painting. She also loves to bake (and eat), watch movies, play in the snow, and she adores Dalmatians, parrots, and kittens.
Jessica Cooper Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Jessica is a trainee nurse who is currently working towards completing her Certificate II in Animal Studies, with intent to continue on to a Certificate IV in Vet Nursing. Jess has already completed two years of university at the University of Sydney, where she was studying to be a high school teacher, but found that her passions lay elsewhere. After a chance encounter with a ringtail possum and her two babies, Jess realised that her true calling was in the animal care field. She has always loved animals, having grown up around them, and the chance to work with animals professionally has been an amazing opportunity for Jess. She certainly keeps their company often, her house resembling a zoo at this point. She has an Indian ringneck (Saphie), a catfish, a toy poodle (Molly), a Staffordshire-cross-Boxer (Pepper), a moggie (Womble), and recently adopted the clinic rescue cat, Paisley. Jess has plans of eventually returning to the University of Sydney to commence a Bachelor of Animal Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.